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.
Compassionate Listener and Trainer
My name is Angela Dickinson and listening is my passion! Whether parenting my three kids, educating young children, training for my next karate belt, or attending yoga classes, Compassionate Listening Training through Someone To Tell It To has significantly affected the way I listen to and interact with those around me. I am hopeful that my simple actions now will continue to have a lasting and positive ripple effect throughout my community to anyone feeling lonely, lost, discouraged, or less-than. Sitting down with another person to TELL your story takes courage. Sitting down with another person to LISTEN to their story takes concentration and intention. And yet, connecting deeply through the sharing of our stories is a gift both for the sharer and for the listener. I’m so honored to be part of the Someone To Tell It To movement!
“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.
Media and Communications Manager
I’m excited to bring my experience in digital media and publishing to the mission of Someone To Tell It To. It is an organization that has touched and benefited my life and the lives of my family in countless ways. My goal is to help their message find others through power of communication and the impact of digital connections.
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.
Connections and Development Officer
Adam Porter is co-founder of st@rtup, Harrisburg PA’s first coworking space. Since 2013, along with his co-founder, Adam has grown a community of remote workers, freelancers and entrepreneurs steps from the Capitol. When not coworking, you’ll find Adam managing Midtown Cinema, Harrisburg’s art house cinema or serving on the board of Harrisburg Young Professionals. He also co-founded Provisions, a neighborhood grocery that served downtown Harrisburg for just over 2 years. Prior to his time at the Cinema, Adam served on the development teams of several local nonprofits including Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region and Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Board Finance Chair
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.
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.
Joshua D. Bonn, Esq., is a partner at the Harrisburg law firm Nauman, Smith, Shissler & Hall, LLP. Josh concentrates his practice in civil litigation, public records, and municipal law. His interest in Someone to Tell It To stems from his personal and professional experiences. As the father of a child with a rare form of pediatric cancer, he sees the importance of communication between families and health care professionals. In addition, he previously conducted child-abuse investigations while working as an Assistant District Attorney in York, Pennsylvania. He learned that all people, no matter age or circumstance, need a venue to express their concerns. Josh resides with his wife and three children in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Carlisle United Methodist Church. He is a graduate of the 2017 class of Leadership Harrisburg Area’s Community Leadership Series. He attends charitable events for the Four Diamonds Fund, THON, and the Ronald McDonald House. He is a big fan of the Penn State wrestling and football teams.
Beth owns and operates the family business she grew up in, Ralph E. Jones, Inc. (REJ), currently celebrating 95 years of “work that speaks for itself” as a painting, wall covering and special coatings contractor serving the Mid-Atlantic region in the institutional, commercial, and industrial market segments. Her love for the community and conviction for giving back to those less fortunate is evidenced by community service efforts with many local organizations. Most recently: Harrisburg Area YMCA (immediate past Board Chair), Humane Society Harrisburg Area (President), Four Diamonds Fund (Advisory Board Member), YWCA Greater Harrisburg (Association Board Member), and CREDC Board. Beth is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, and has an MBA from Lebanon Valley College. Beth embraces an “attitude of gratitude,” enjoys each moment, and lives each day to its fullest.
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 serves as Chief Culture Office at LINKBANK in Camp Hill, PA. Throughout his career, Ray has worn many hats: benefits specialist, compensation professional, trainer, marketer, and HR strategist. Prior to joining LINKBANK, Ray worked for HOPE International, 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.
Cecilia has over 10 years of experience in risk management, internal controls, and compliance. After her business degree at Bocconi University, she held a number of senior risk management roles in multinational companies and, in 2015, she founded Fraud Fence, a consultancy company specialized in internal fraud prevention. More recently she founded Internal Control Toolbox, a company providing risk management services and products. She is an active member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and a fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Born Italian, Cecilia considers herself a citizen of the world. In the last 10 years, she lived in London (UK), in the USA and worked all around the world (from Singapore to Russia, from Dubai to Brazil). She is now based in Vienna, Austria and she loves to explore the world with her two children and her husband, Carlo.
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.