Board of Directors


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Dr. Gwedolyn Poles
Board President

Dr. Gwendolyn Poles is a retired physician, board certified in Internal Medicine, who served as Medical Director at Hamilton Health Center and Kline Health Center, Pinnacle Health System. She was Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Penn State College of Medicine and Drexel University College of Medicine from which she received the Dean’s Special Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching and the Golden Apple Award.

She led health care quality improvement initiatives and provided guidance in policy making decisions for PA’s Medical Assistance Program where she was the Medical Director of the Office of Medical Assistance Programs.

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James R. Hobbs
Board Vice President

James Hobbs is a Senior Consultant for Ernst & Young, where he specializes in Web Application Security solutions.   Additionally, he is a Realtor and Real Estate investor; roles which he is striving to utilize for community development opportunities.  He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from North Carolina A&T State University. James has a purposeful interest in philanthropy and servant leadership. 

In the Central PA region, he has served as a Board Member and/or volunteer with the Three Star Foundation, Capital Region Partnership for Career Development, Harrisburg Young Professionals, The Emerging Philanthropist Program, The Front Porch Project, and Christian Fellowship Church.

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Alisha Williams
Board Secretary

Alisha Williams resides in Dallastown, PA with her husband Freddrick Williams and their three children Freddrick II, Aryka and Aden. She has designated a large part of her life advocating and taking care of her son Freddrick II living with Sickle Cell Disease. Alisha is a philanthropic and spiritual 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 served as an Executive Administrator for 10 years for one company.

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Glenn Williams, III
Board Treasurer

Mr. Williams retired from the Commonwealth of PA in 2018 with over 28 years of service.  He served as director for the Bureau of Administrative Services within the Department of Human Services in the Office of Administration for twelve years.  Prior to that position, he served as the director for the Bureau of Contracts and Public Records for eight years in the PA Treasury Department.  In addition, he served as the director for the Bureau of Public Assistance Audits in the PA Auditor General’s Office for over seven years.  Glenn’s service with the Commonwealth included extensive administrative, audit and professional staffing operations. 

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.

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Shelly Mosley, PHD
Board Member

Dr. Mosley is a small business owner, and works as a consultant helping private and public industries to collaborate, partner, and/or network. Some of Shelley’s experience includes the American Cancer Society, Capital Region Chamber of Commerce, Capital Region Economic Development, United Parcel Service and the Harrisburg/Hershey/Carlisle Tourism Bureau.  Her enthusiastic interest in nonprofits and government affairs was cultivated by her experience with the Pennsylvania Department of Treasury, the PA House of Representatives, and working on 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.

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Dr. Herman Lawson, Jr.
Board Member

Dr. Herman Lawson is a board-certified physician in family medicine. He is semi retired physician. He is a Harrisburg native and a graduate of Lincoln University. He taught school in the Harrisburg school district for several years before entering medical school. He is a graduate of Penn State university medical school. His residency training was in family medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburg medical school‘s  residency program at the McKee sport Hospital in McKeesport Pennsylvania. He was a volunteer for the American Cancer Society for several years. He currently is the Medical Director of the Harrisburg school district.

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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