THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS is the governing body SCPASCC that helps keep the organization on track by providing vision, raising money, and advocating on behalf of the organization and is vital to the community.  The Board functions based on its constitution and bylaws. Each Board member serves a three (3) year term.  A board member may extend their term, pending a need at the time with the full Board's approval. The maximum number of diverse members is 15. The Board term governed by Roberts's Rules of Order and has adopted the Carver Model of governance. The Board has elected its various officers and standing committee chairs appointed by the Board president.

Dr. Gwedolyn Poles

Board President

Gwendolyn Poles, D.O. is a retired osteopathic physician who has served the greater Harrisburg community in a variety of capacities. 

Most recently she was a faculty member of PinnacleHealth System’s Department of Internal Medicine Residency Program through which she provided education, leadership and guidance to residents, mid-level practitioners, and staff in the in-patient and out-patient settings.


Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member and Medical Director at Pinnacle’s Kline Health Center in March 2006, Dr. Poles was Medical Director in the Office of Medical Assistance Programs, Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare and a part-time Pinnacle faculty member.

James R. Hobbs

Board Vice President

Mr. Hobbs is an Application Security Engineer who is versed in helping organizations strengthen the security of their web applications through security testing. Community/Philanthropic Involvement: Capital Region Partnership for career Development, Harrisburg Young Professionals, The foundation for Enhancing Communities.

Alisha Williams

Board Secretary

Alisha Williams resides in Dallastown, PA with her husband of 18 years Freddrick Williams and their three children Freddrick II (17), Aryka (15) and Aden (13). For the past 17 years she has designated a large part of her life advocating and taking care of her son living with Sickle Cell Disease. Alisha is a philanthropic and pastoral leader; she dedicates her life to helping and improving the lives of others. She is someone who cares for, guides, and tends to the needs of others. Alisha is a small business owner and has also served as an Executive Administrator for over the past 10 years for one company.

Glenn Williams, III

Board Treasurer

Mr. Williams is a retiree from the Commonwealth of PA, having last served in the Department of Human Services as the Director of Administrative Services. His responsibilities included oversight coordination of the department’s property portfolio, critical assets and leased building agreements ($40 million annual lease payments), capital projects, maintenance projects, and guaranteed energy savings initiatives in excess of $192 million.

Other Commonwealth positions over his career included the Treasury Department’s Director of the Bureau of Contracts and Public Records, and the Auditor General’s Director of the Bureau of Public Assistance Audits. He also served as the Harrisburg City Treasurer.

Carlos Graupera

Immediate Past President

Mr. Graupera is the President of the Spanish American Civic Association, a position he has held since the founding of the organization in 1973. SACA is a community based organization that provides:

  • human services

  • workforce development and employment

  • behavioral health services

  • housing and neighborhood revitalization

  • community broadcasting services

Community Service Activities 1973 to present

  • Helped organize the Spanish American Civic Association and have been its Executive Director since 1973.

Teresa Nixon

Board Member- Client Rep.

I am the mother of twin 19 year old sons who have Sickle Cell Disease (SCD), and a son 35 years old who has Sickle Cell Trait (SCT). Throughout the last 19 years, I have coordinated their medical care, advocated for them medically, and researched available social services.

My hope is to be a strong voice not only for my children, but for other children, adults and families struggling to have their voices heard and be able to obtain support services entitled to them. Services that do not exist for patients and families are a top priority for me.

Shelly Mosley, PHD

Board Member

Dr. Mosley is a small business owner and works as a consultant helping private and public industries in collaborating, partnering, and/or networking.

Shelley’s employment experience includes the American Cancer Society, Capital Region Chamber of Commerce, Capital Region Economic Development, and the Harrisburg/Hershey/Carlisle Tourism.  Her enthusiastic interest in government affairs was cultivated by her experience with the Pennsylvania Department of Treasury, the PA House of Representatives, and various political campaigns.

Shelley earned a BS in Human Resource Training and Development from Georgia State University, a MPA from Walden University, and a Doctorate of Business Administration from Walden University.  

Wendy M. Jackson-Dowe

Board Member

Ms. Jackson-Dowe has developed drone centric STEM curriculum and flown missions for a variety of clients. Her expertise in STEM program development has been nominated for awards and sought after by major academic institutions. She received her BS in Mechanical Engineering from Tennessee State University. She has over 20 years of business leadership and process management experience.Ms. Jackson-Dowe launched SkyPixGroup, LLC after receiving her FAA Part 107 drone pilot certification and is now providing drone powered services and education throughout the eastern region of the country.

Dr. Herman Lawson, Jr.

Board Member

Dr. Herman Lawson is a native of Harrisburg and a graduate of Lincoln University. He was a Harrisburg school teacher for several years before entering medical school at Penn State University’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. His residency training in Family Practice was at McKeesport Hospital in McKeesport, PA. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine.

Ronald Johnson

Board Member -Client Rep

Mr. Johnson has lived with Sickle Cell Disease since 1964 and sits on the Board, representing the interests of other individuals and families served by the Council. He was featured in the November 2011 issue of the Harrisburg Magazine, passionately conveying to the readers what it is like living with this painful, incurable and life-threatening disease.


Ron credits God with his longevity and ability to do what most said he’d never be able to achieve. Aside from his work on the Council, Ronald is an active member of the St. John CME church, Harrisburg, PA, serving in numerous capacities of ministry. He is also widely recognized in the area as a community servant leader.

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