As I have grown up I have realized the importance of communication. One of the most essential parts of that is listening without the intent to respond. Someone To Tell It To has enabled me to share in hearing, understanding, and teaching others to do the same. It brings me great joy to be a part of this team and to use my gifts to listen and to further the mission of Someone To Tell It To.
“To design is much more than simply to assemble, to order, or even to edit: it is to add value and meaning, to illuminate, to simplify, to clarify, to modify, to dignify, to dramatize, to persuade, and perhaps even to amuse. To design is to transform prose into poetry,” – Paul Rand. Being able to tell the story of Someone To Tell It To through design is an honor. I’m excited to be a part of this caring team.
Compassionate Listener & Trainer
I have experienced the power of telling my story without fear of judgment or ridicule. I have also experienced the power of healing in listening to others. In our polarized time, listening without judgement is important for healing and moving forward in life. My desire is to create safe places for people to express their thoughts and be heard, and to listen to others, so that healing can happen and relationships can be restored. I have brought this desire in my mediation and conflict transformation practice, as well as faith-based organizations in conflict. When I stumbled upon STTIT on a podcast, I immediately reached out to the organization. I am excited to be a compassionate listener and trainer.
I’m honored to be part of an inspiring team of people dedicated to listening regardless of where you’re from, what you look like, and without judgement of what you have to say. I’ve always believed we are put through battles in life for a reason, not only to learn and grow but to teach and connect with others as well. So often we keep the stories that shape us to ourselves, but that’s the amazing thing about this organization. There is finally Someone To Tell It To.
Chief Connections & Operations Officer
I first became connected to Someone To Tell It To through a community meeting . We started meeting on a regular basis to share ideas and provide support to one another in our work. In our world of technology, it is a rare thing to sit with someone and truly be heard. I’m excited to be part of this dynamic and caring team that works hard each day to change our world for the better!
Someone To Tell It To has inspired me to be a better listener, both at home and in my job. Sometimes we get too caught up in the words to feel what is not being said, so listening allows us to FEEL the emotions and better understand the needs of others. Listening is an important part of our every day lives; without it, we would not hear what people are really trying to say.
As a videographer and editor, I share the same mission as the selfless people at Someone To Tell It To. It is so important that we give others a means to speak, whether it be to fight hate and oppression or to simply share joy and happiness. Everyone has a story to tell, and we turn down one of the greatest gifts given to us if we don’t stop and listen to those stories with compassion and understanding.
Compassionate Listener & Trainer
Debra Steransky is a retired teacher who lives in a somewhat rural, definitely agricultural area of north central Pennsylvania near Hughesville, PA. She retired from teaching after 34 years spent mostly in another small town, Benton. Her career as a teacher was split between elementary special education and regular 5th grade. Debra is curious and passionate about the outdoors and protecting the environment, and to better serve in that area, she has become a Pennsylvania Master Gardener and a Pennsylvania Master Naturalist. Serving in those organizations allows her to combine her passion for God’s creation and her desire to teach others about it. Because she is a long-time friend with Michael, co-founder of STTIT, she has been a supporter from the start, and took the on-line training in the fall of 2018 with the goal of becoming a better listener. God seems to have more in mind than just self-help sometimes, so Debra has recently joined STTIT as a listener and trainer. She and her husband, Mike, are the parents of one daughter who currently lives in Oregon. They also share their home with a lovable black Labrador.
Business Strategy Intern
I’m Jireh Bagyendera, a Ugandan Business Administration major with a concentration in Entrepreneurship at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. I am delighted to serve at Someone To Tell It To this summer and through the fall! I had the privilege of participating in a service trip to DC last Fall. I experienced the uplifting dignity that listening gives to the homeless, a demographic so frequently ignored. I am thrilled to serve with Someone To Tell It To by listening, helping manage our social media platforms, and planning for our September Annual Gathering!
Mark is currently serving as Director of Children and Family Ministries at Carlisle United Methodist Church in 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. Mark has a strong background in both business and church strategic planning and has worked in over 30 states and Canada. 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 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.
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. 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. Brian 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.
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. 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.
Linda is a retired registered nurse. She graduated from Harrisburg Polyclinic School of Nursing and studied at Susquehanna University and Kaplan Institute. 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.
Rosemary Browne has more than 30 years of experience in the nonprofit and government sectors, working to improve quality of life for residents of South Central Pennsylvania. Since 2014, she has proudly served as President & CEO of Alder Health Services, whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of persons living with HIV/AIDS and members of the LGBTQ community in a culturally competent, affirming, and empowering environment. Rosemary serves on a number of nonprofit boards and advisory committees, including Goodwill Keystone Area Foundation, The Foundation for Enhancing Communities’ Women’s Fund, the Ida Browning Trust, and the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg. She was recently appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to the first-in-the-nation Commission on LGBTQ Affairs. Rosemary is the proud mother of two sons and lives in the Harrisburg area with her dog, Miles.
Conor Joseph Donnan is a doctoral candidate in the History Department at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his B.A. in History from Ulster University in Ireland. Afterward, Conor moved to the United States where he obtained a Master’s degree in Historical Studies from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). At Penn, Conor has been a graduate associate at the Perry World House, a fellow at the Collegium Institute for Catholic Thought & Culture, and a contributor to the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia. Having grown up in Belfast, Conor has always had a strong commitment to public engagement and conflict resolution. Before attending Penn, Conor was a conflict resolution volunteer at Corrymeela and a community volunteer at Quaker Cottage. He worked tirelessly to promote pathways to peace in Northern Ireland and received a UN Peace Day Community Medal from the Mayor of Belfast in 2013. He has brought his dedication to community engagement and non-profits to his profession as a historian by working as a board member of the Irish Railroad Workers Museum in Baltimore, developing a historical video game, and appearing on podcasts for the U.S. National Parks Service and LifeFM radio.
Stephen Gift, CPA, CFP, PFS established Gift CPAS, (formerly Gift & Associates) in 1984 with a vision of becoming a trusted advisor to small and medium-sized businesses in central Pennsylvania. As Managing Partner, Steve has used his experience and expertise to support business owners as they make key operational decisions, strategically plan for the future and navigate an ever-changing marketplace. Today, Steve focuses primarily on coaching businesses through high-level strategic decisions, including succession planning, business expansion, and audit issues. In addition to Someone To Tell It To, Steve has served as Treasurer and Board Member for Tri County Easter Seals, West Shore Country Club, and the Professional Association of Small Business Accountants. Steve graduated from Shippensburg University and joined the Someone To Tell It To Board of Directors in 2019.
Molly Janczyk is an enthusiastic Admissions Counselor at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA. For the last few years, she has worked closely with high school students and their families as they consider their future options in education. While completing her undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Science, she interned with Someone To Tell It To and discovered a passion for their unique mission. Molly is currently in the process of earning her MBA in Strategic Leadership from Messiah College, and she also serves on the leadership team of a local church plant, The Open Door at Calvary.
Sharice is currently employed as coordinator of youth development programs, mentor and coach at the Milton Hershey School. Her work entails developing special programs centered on building character and leadership skills for hundreds of high school students. She has fifteen years of experience in facilitation, leadership, and advocacy for community programs. Sharice is passionate about empowering others through her many speaking opportunities across Central PA. She holds a B.S. in Social Work from Delaware State University, and is currently finishing her M.S. in Youth Development Leadership from Clemson University. Sharice and her husband, Kellen, are welcoming their first child and live in Harrisburg, PA.
Barbara Wadsworth serves as the Senior Vice President of Patient Services and the Chief Nursing Officer of Main Line Health. She shared, “Nurses have the unique privilege to care for patients and families at the most important, challenging, and exciting times of their life. The most important part of this work is being authentically present, listening, and creating an experience for the patient and family. ‘Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care,’ a famous quote from Theodore Roosevelt, really captures the work of caregivers. Healthcare is complex and caring for patients is challenging and at times is difficult for the staff. Caring for the caregiver is as important as caring for patients. Building resilience, psychological safety, and supporting the caregivers in a meaningful way includes listening, supporting them, and providing resources. Someone To Tell It To provides a resource like no other for patients, families, staff, physicians, and leaders through authentic listening, presence, and genuine caring that has proved to be tremendously valuable and appreciated by my staff.”
Randy is a skillful senior sales executive with exhibited success in building strategic long-term relationships with a habit of exceeding established quotas. Rich experience in the financial services industry, business-to-business market and also the business-to-government market. Adept at building and deploying strategies into financial institutions, businesses and governments to include: consumer and commercial credit risk, fraud and ID theft, marketing, analytics, mortgage and compliances. As a Relationship Manager at Members 1st FCU, Randy develops business for the credit union’s products and services to members and prospects through a consultative sales culture. His position is a pivotal point-of-contact and ensures member awareness of available financial products and services by recognizing needs and assisting in the delivery of a full range of products and services. Additionally, Randy provides team input in the areas of Deposit Services, Lending, Brokerage and Investments.
Nate offers full-line insurance services ranging from health and life insurance to personal and commercial lines coverage. He also provides retirement planning services. He has owned and operated Simplified Insurance Solutions, LLC for almost 10 years. As a licensed insurance agent, Nate has access to numerous reputable carriers and provide quoting, sales, and service for individuals in central Pennsylvania and beyond. It is very important to him that clients understand their coverage. He always presents options and explains exactly what is covered and more importantly, what is not. Through an agreement with Keystone Insurers Group in Elizabethville, PA, Nate has additional support services for many of the products he offers. The goal is always to keep clients working with him and his support network as opposed to directly with the insurance company. This has proven to result in high levels of customer satisfaction and maximum benefit in claims situations.
Nate graduated from Bloomsburg University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Currently, he holds licenses for Property, Casualty, Accident, Health, Life, Medicare, Dental, Vision, Disability, Supplemental, and Fixed Annuities. He was also a Houseparent at Milton Hershey school for 7 years. Nate lives in Harrisburg and has three children, Tatiana, Isiah and Jonah. When not working on client needs, he officiates High School and college basketball, and follows the greatest team in all of sports, The Pittsburgh Steelers. He has donated his time to provide insurance educated at churches, Harrisburg High School, and other community events.
Ray has served with HOPE International since 2011. He currently serves the HOPE International team in the area of Human Resources. He has worn many hats in his career: benefits specialist, compensation professional, trainer, marketer, and HR strategist. Prior to joining HOPE, Ray worked as a human resource consultant for Willis Towers Watson in Asia, and had a variety of roles at TE Connectivity. His other involvement includes serving on the Messiah College alumni council, Christian Leadership Alliance advisory board, and as board member for Rider Musser Development. Ray and his wife, Heather, have three children, Micah, Delia, and Eden. They live in Dillsburg, PA, and are members of The Meeting House Church.
Saeed has over 20 years experience in establishing and growing businesses with roles that span from international business development, operation, finance, and technology. Saeed is founder and CEO of Xpansion Leasing with the mission to provide financing for all aspects of building mechanical equipment, whether it is multi-residential, commercial, or institutional. He also founded NovoTech Software, which is specialized in providing analytical software for GeoTechnical Engineers. He is passionate about providing helping hands to less fortunate people and has been a board member and director of project funding for World Forgotten Children Foundation (WFCF) since 2013. He resides in North Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada.
Jacqueline Pace Rucker
Born and brought up in the midwest, Jacqueline’s desire was to become a missionary. She attended Valparaiso University and Indiana University Northwest. After completion of an MALS with a concentration in English from Valparaiso University, she continued working in human services (writing on the side!) for the next 40 years. Along the way she obtained a JD degree from Widener University School of Law (now Commonwealth Law). She retired from Christian Churches United as the Executive Director in 2015 and now spends time helping at the garden at Fort Hunter, sewing, knitting and reading. Jacqueline currently serves on the board of Tri County Community Action and is an active member of her church, Messiah Lutheran.
Board Member, 2016 – 2018
Our dear friend and board member 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. He was the founding executive at a Lancaster health foundation and directed the early years of Pre K Counts. Sadly, Bob passed away on May 12, 2018.Read our tribute to Bob