Jacqueline Pace Rucker
Born and brought up in the midwest, my desire was to become a missionary. I attended Valparaiso University and Indiana University Northwest; my goals and objectives were redirected to creative writing. After completion of an MALS with a concentration in English from Valparaiso University, I continued working in human services (writing on the side!) for the next forty years. Along the way I obtained a JD degree from Widener University School of Law ( now Commonwealth Law). I retired from Christian Churches United as the Executive Director in 2015 and now spend time helping at the garden at Fort Hunter, sewing, knitting and reading. I have begun working with a very small number of individuals and small nonprofits as I try to decide my next steps.
Currently I am serving on the board of Tri County Community Action and am an active member of my church, Messiah Lutheran. I also serve on the Harrisburg CropWalk committee.
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From whence does my help come? My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth. From Psalm 121
Linda is a retired registered nurse. She graduated from Harrisburg Polyclinic School of Nursing and studied at Susquehanna University and Kaplan Institute. She has worked in various nursing positions throughout her career – as a staff nurse and clinical head nurse, managed care coordinator and triage nurse, at Hershey Pediatric Center, as a substitute school nurse for the Derry Township School district, as a staff nurse at Leis, Battista and Associates, as a legal nurse consultant, bodily injury, worker’s compensation and litigation claims consultant for Lincoln General Insurance Company, and as a staff nurse at Hershey Medical Center, all in Pennsylvania.
Linda is active in Grace United Methodist Church, Hummelstown, PA, where she is serving as a Trustee, on the medical response team and the visitation committee. She was a youth advisor for five years.
Linda lives in Hummelstown, PA. She is the mother of three daughters and has two granddaughters.
Terri currently works as a child grief specialist as part of the clinical team and manages the role of outreach and education coordinator at the Highmark Caring Place, a center for grieving children and their families, in Lemoyne, PA. She became involved in serving underserved populations as a volunteer and has a passion for supporting those in need and believes ‘connectedness’ is of utmost importance to having a healthy society. Terri’s varied business background in sales and marketing gives her the opportunity to marry her experience with her passion of finding unique ways to reach those in need. Serving to further the mission of Someone To Tell It To is a natural extension of the work she desires to do in our local community and around the world. She holds a M.S. in clinical psychology from Millersville University and a B.S. in psychology from the Pennsylvania State University, is certified in thanatology (CT) through the Association for Death Education and Counseling, and most recently obtained a Level-1 trauma and loss clinical specialist certification through The National Center for Trauma and Loss in Children.
Gil is currently serving as the President/CEO of Hospice of Central Pennsylvania, a not for profit organization serving an average of 230 terminally ill patients daily. Prior to joining Hospice of Central Pennsylvania, Gil served as the COO for 8 years at Hospice by the Sea, Inc., a Florida-based not-for-profit provider of hospice, home health care, and palliative care services. Gil’s extensive career in healthcare includes positions at The Institute of Living, corporate and regional positions with Aetna Health Plans, Director of Managed Care for the Queens Health Network of the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation and Director of Managed Care for Continuum Health Partners in New York City. Gil has a B.A. in psychology from Bloomsburg University and a M.S. in organizational behavior from the University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business.
Brian M. Duke
Brian M. Duke most recently completed a four-year term of service as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, serving over one million Pennsylvanians annually. Mr. Duke’s background includes administrative and leadership roles in the field of aging and healthcare. Prior to his nomination, he served as Director of the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging, as Executive Director of the New Jersey Foundation for Aging, a statewide public charity dedicated to promoting innovative approaches to improve the quality of life of older people, as a consultant working with the US Administration on Aging and the AARP Foundation in the development of statewide caregiving coalitions in 12 states. He also co-chaired the Caring Community, a coalition of over 100 organizations convened by WHYY, the public broadcasting station serving the greater Philadelphia region which provided a forum which enhanced outreach and created award winning programming focused on the topics of aging, caregiving and civic engagement.Mr. Duke has also served as consultant with the Family Caregiver: Outreach and Assistance in Our Communities Projectwith the Pennsylvania State University, Agricultural and Extension Education, Intergenerational Programs and Aging. He is the author of Caregiver Coalitions Advocacy Guide: Uniting Voices, Building Community with theNational Alliance for Caregiving. Brian participates at the national, state and local level to foster effective strategies to support family caregivers, encourage aging well and build effective community partnerships.
Mr. Duke holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Scranton, an MHA (Health Administration) from George Washington University and an MBE (Bioethics) from the University of Pennsylvania, and is an Associate Fellow of the Institute on Aging of the University of Pennsylvania.
He lives in Washington Crossing, PA.
Bob Haigh spent many years working in Pennsylvania human services including serving as chief of staff to two DPW secretaries, acting head of the state mental health program for nearly three years and foundation liaison for two governors. Before leaving state service he generated over $65 million in foundation support for service innovation including a nationally recognized
prenatal program for high risk, low income women- the approach was then built into the Medicaid managed care specifications and continues to lead to better birth outcomes. He was the founding executive at a Lancaster health foundation and directed the early years of Pre K Counts. His passion continues to be linking Funders with innovative programs . He lives in Harrisburg with a conservative cat.
Mark is currently serving as Director of Children and Family Ministries at Carlisle United Methodist Church, Carlisle Pennsylvania. He is also the Founder and Principal Consultant for mschoryconsulting llc where he actively serves as a property valuation and business consultant for several large multi-national industrial companies. He is a fully credential Pastor and sits on the Boy Scout Committee of a local church as the COR and Chaplain.
Mark has a strong background in both business and church strategic planning and has worked in over 30 states and Canada. He has served in many different ministry capacities including Senior Pastor, Interim Pastor, Church Planter and Creative Arts Minister. He has a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky, and work credited towards a M.S. in Church Development from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Winebrenner Theological Seminary, both in Massachusetts. Mark has a passion for and is actively involved in not-for-profit charitable organizations where compassion is at the heart of their mission and vision.
Mark is married to his wonderful wife Debra and they have a son living in the Boston, Massachusetts area. Mark and Deb live in Carlisle, PA.
Justin Stimpson is a passionate social-impact entrepreneur. He is the Founder and Director of fathering.me, a non-profit organization that encourages, empowers and equips the young fathers of unplanned pregnancies to become the best dads they can be. He grew up in rural/coastal Maine (which he misses very much), where he developed a deep love for the mountains and the ocean. He spent five years with the United States Coast Guard as a Helicopter Rescue Swimmer before deciding to attend Messiah College, in Grantham, Pennsylvania, to study Business Entrepreneurship and Christian Ministries. When he’s not working, Justin loves spending time with his wife, their two Australian Cattle Dogs, and their friends. Together, they love to go hiking and canoeing, sitting by a campfire, enjoying a good bottle of wine, and sometimes just a really good movie. Justin and his wife, Celeste, are in the adoption process and can’t wait to meet their future child from Haiti!
Justin and Celeste live in Mechanicsburg, PA