Our Team

Meet the Team
 

Michael Gingerich

Co-Founder & Chief Encouragement Officer

Co-leading Someone To Tell It To with his closest friend is a privilege for Michael, and he strives every day to live the mission of the organization. He is most passionate about fostering relationships of depth and about listening with intention to everyone he meets.

Tom Kaden

Co-Founder & Chief Encouragement Officer

As an INFJ, Tom is among the smallest personality types in the world and is a unique hybrid of a dreamer and a realist. Both help him co-lead Someone To Tell It To in its mission. Tom’s deepest passion is to connect with all types of people in a way that makes sense to them.

Elizabeth Armistead

Chief Operations Officer

Growing up in the Czech Republic, Elizabeth learned the importance of having open, safe, and compassionate spaces for deep and genuine relationships to develop. She is passionate about people and systems and loves using her gifts to make an impact.

Angela Dickinson

Chief Listening Officer

Whether parenting three kids, doing yoga, or training for her next karate belt, Angela uses her experience to bring listening into all her relationships by creating safe environments for compassion and vulnerability.

Matthew Dickinson

Listener Trainer

Matt is a choral and music educator who’s spent his career in public education. He’s especially interested in how he can connect with and empower young people through listening.

Rhonda Dyson

Graphic Designer

Telling Someone To Tell It To’s story through design is an honor for Rhonda. To her, designing is more than simply assembling, but is a way of communicating without saying a word. 

Elizabeth Givler

Lead Trainer & Compassionate Listener

Elizabeth has  seen the power of sharing one’s story without judgment and hopes to create safe spaces for people to feel heard. She puts listening and compassion at the center of her mediation and conflict transformation practice.

Isabelle Harman

Writer Editor Publisher

My personal mission is to alleviate suffering in all its forms as it is presented to me. My chosen method is through writing. My guiding principle is unity. I know what I am meant to do and my method to help others. I am a writer and a publisher.

Reggie Holmes

Strategic Brand and Design

Reggie Holmes is Founder and Creative Director at Enthuse Creative, a strategic branding and design company in the DC Metro area. Through coaching, strategy consulting and design, he works with entities from experts to business and nonprofits to help them position, polish and promote their brands. Reggie believes that brand shaping is a way to make meaning and create value that can be shared with others.

Kristin McAleavey

Media & Communications Manager

Kristin brings a rich career in digital media and publishing to Someone To Tell It To. Having seen the impact of our work firsthand, she hopes to use her skills to communicate our mission to others.

Kofi Odoom

Accountant

As the founder of Odoom & Associates and having spent 5,000 hours tutoring EMBA/MBA students, Kofi is at the forefront of financial services in Pennsylvania and brings these concepts into the real world.

Clark Stefanic

Videographer & Video Editor

Through videography, Clark hopes he’s able to give others a platform to be heard and fight oppression. He wants to use his skills to give life to others’ stories and experiences with compassion.

Debra Steransky

Listener Trainer & Compassionate Listener

Debra is a retired teacher and Master Naturalist living in north-central Pennsylvania. Having spent 34 years in the classroom, she hopes to use her experience to advocate for nature and help others through listening.

Timothy Wahlstrom

Executive Assistant

Timothy is enthusiastic about creating brave spaces for compassionate listening and his heroes include Jaques Cousteau and Mr. Fred Rogers. Timothy considers it a privilege to be part of the team at Someone To Tell It To.

Jessica Vinton

Grant Writer

After a leap of faith inspired her to apply for her first grant writing job, Jessica Vinton has spent over ten years working in various aspects of fundraising and development. In July 2020, she started Nonprofit Jess to provide hands-on support to help nonprofit organizations reach their fundraising goals. Jessica is passionate about helping her clients make an impact in the communities where they provide services.

Our Board

Conor Donnan

Board Chair

Conor Donnan received his PhD in the History at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his B.A. in History from Ulster University in Ireland and his M.A in Historical Studies from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. 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.

Joshua Bonn

Board Vice-Chair

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.

Steve Gift

Treasurer

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.

Beth Peiffer

Board Secretary

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.

Sheila C. Bentley

Sheila Bentley, Ph.D., is a past president of the International Listening Association and has been a member since 1984. Although currently retired, she had a consulting business for 30 years providing training and coaching in communication and leadership skills with clients nationwide, including Disney, Nike, FedEx, Johnson & Johnson, the U.S. Army, Dell Computers, Methodist Healthcare, and numerous government and education institutions. Sheila has focused on helping people identify specific behaviors that will produce better outcomes and enhance relationships while listening.

Lisa Homa

Lisa Homa earned her ADN from St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing, a BSN from Pennsylvania State University, and MSN-Ed from Western Governors University and a PhD from Walden University. As a surgical trauma nurse, she won a prestigious award, Excellence in Caring Practices, for providing ethically challenging care to complex surgical patients. For the past twenty-five years, she remains clinical active in Neuroscience Integrated Critical Care working with patients and families impacted by primary brain tumor illness. At the conclusion of Lisa’s post-doctoral fellowship her research interests shifted towards improving the delivery of nursing education in a virtual platform. Currently, she is a Founding Director of Nursing at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, PA where she strives to cultivate a dynamic, enthusiastic, and nurturing student-centered environment. 


Anthony Johnson

Anthony Johnson is a proud Native of Buffalo, New York, He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Multidisciplinary Studies from West Virginia University. His minor in Entrepreneurship and Leadership Studies make him a strong advocate for personal growth and leadership development. His eighteen plus years of military service has provided him the opportunity to train and mentor hundreds of our military service members. As the current owner of Continuous Journey LLC, Anthony strives to change lives as a Life Coach and Leadership Consultant. He is excited about the current rebranding of his coaching business; he created a coaching program for co-parenting fathers to transform their lives and create powerful connections with their children.

Beth McKinley

After 15 years as a donor advisor for a variety of regional, national, and international non-profit organizations, Beth (she, her, hers) transitioned her experience in charitable gift planning to the financial services industry. As Co-founder of Allied Financial Group at Thrivent, Beth is building a practice that is focused on serving those who want to include giving in their financial plan, helping women feel confident in their financial future, and prioritizing the needs of the LGBTQ+ community.
At Thrivent, Beth is also committed to creating a culture of equity and inclusion corporately as a leader of the Thrivent Pride Network Business Resource Network (BRN) and a member of Thrivent Speaker’s Bureau. Professionally, Beth is an active member of Women in Insurance and Financial Services (WIFS), where she helped establish the Central PA Chapter and until recently, served as the chapter secretary. She is also a member of the Keystone Business Alliance, the Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce, the Harrisburg Chamber of Commerce, and the Susquehanna Valley Council of Charitable Gift Planners. She is the first Chair for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) for the Carlisle Branch of AAUW, Co-chair for the Lower Susquehanna Synod LGBTQIA+ Affirming Taskforce, and member of the East Pennsboro School District Business Advisory Council. Additionally, Beth continues to support fundraising efforts as an active volunteer on the Development Committees for Project SHARE, Emmaus Village, and YWCA Carlisle and Cumberland County.

Sharon Sidorov

Board Recording Secretary

Being a volunteer, supporter and Board Member at the inception of Someone To Tell It To was such an honor. It has been a joy to watch the organization take shape and grow to reach out to the many people world-wide who have responded to the need for compassionate listening. I know first hand how healing and comforting it is to have a non-judgemental, caring place to tell my story. I’ve been able to use what I’ve seen and learned as a co-founder of Wonders Found, an all-volunteer thrift shop where all proceeds are given to missions and ministries. I am privileged to share my abilities to continue to support this important mission.

Our Advisors

Ray Chung

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 Locati

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 Otufat-Shamsi

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.

Randy Weaver

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.

Meghan Bachmore

Meghan uses her background in sales to connect with others in the Harrisburg region.  Meghan currently serves as the Executive Director for Harrisburg Young Professionals. She values deep, authentic relationships and wants to make everyone she interacts with feel heard..

Adam Porter

As the co-founder of Pursuit coworking  in Harrisburg, Adam brings his enterprenurial mindset, development prowess, and focus on community building to Someone To Tell It To.

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