BOARD AND COMMITTEES
Making a Difference of Lebanon, PA is managed by a Board of Directors consisting of no more than twelve directors. We are all volunteers dedicated to our mission and giving back to our community. The Officers of the Board are the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and Corresponding Secretary. We oversee the four committees: Education, Events and Activities, Community service and Fundraising.
Cornell was one of the Co-Founders of Making a Difference, and he the current President of the Board. Cornell was born and raised in Lebanon, PA. He was a graduate of Lebanon Senior High School and went on to obtain a BA in Sociology at Lebanon Valley College. Cornell has dedicated his life to helping youth and being an active member of his community. In the past, Cornell was a soccer and basketball coach, a foster parent, a Rotary member, a member of St. John A.M.E Church, a Latino Health Fair Committee member, a SARCC board member, and a house parent for Lebanon County Children and Youth. In his profession, he has always worked in social services, and he is currently a Case Manager at Welsh Mountain Health Centers. He is a former elected member of the Lebanon School Board andLebanon City Council.
Michelle has been a business owner for 33 years. She also works for Patriot Homes for the last 2 years. She resides in Lebanon and is a mother of two daughters. She enjoys volunteering and being involved in her community.
Sonya was born and raised in Lebanon and still currently resides in South Lebanon with her family. She is currently a stay a home mother of 3 and enjoys all the time she gets to spend with her family. (Partner Chris and children Jaelyn, Mariah, and Dontae) She enjoys volunteering and being involved in her hometown community, and leading by example to her children and others that when we come together we can truly make a difference.
Leader of Event Commitee
Francy presently resides in Lebanon with her husband Shannon and two daughters. A Lebanon County resident for her entire life, she graduated from ELCO and went to Lebanon Valley College to pursue education. She has been with the Lebanon School District her entire career and wants to give back to the community who helped mold her into the person she is today. Her core value is positive people produce positive results, and she wants to lead by example for her daughters, Mia and Ozlynde, as well as her students. She looks forward to working on the Events and Activities Committee to bring joy and camaraderie to the community.
Keith is a founding member and managing partner of Commonwealth Strategic Partners (CSP), a lobbying firm in both Washington, DC and Harrisburg, PA. Prior to CSP, he spent over 12 years as a senior advisor to former Congressman Tim Holden, including 2003-2012 when the Congressman represented Lebanon County. Keith serves as an adjunct professor in government at American University.
Keith settled in South Lebanon Township in March 2021, where he lives with his girlfriend, Carly, and her two daughters. He stays active by going to the Lebanon YMCA and playing tennis and golf and looks forward to giving back to the Lebanon community.
Dan serves as the Executive Director at Spang Crest, a Luthercare community here in Lebanon. Prior to this appointment, he served the last seven years as Nursing Home Administrator at Stonebridge Health and Rehabilitation Center in Duncannon, Pa. Previously, he spent six years with Manor Care Health Services, managing a 215-bed skilled nursing center in Sinking Spring, Berks County, and overseeing operations at Manor Care locations in Lancaster and West Reading.
Dan and his family moved to Cornwall, Lebanon County in May 2016. Of special note: Many people may not know that he is a classically trained pianist and was a church organist for 20 years!
Cindy has lived in the City of Lebanon most of her life, along with her husband, two children, and grandchildren. She has been involved in many volunteer opportunities, including the Northside Neighborhood Elm Street Program to coordinate community activities for the holidays, picnics, back to school events, and a community garden.
Drew Gingrich was born and raised in Lebanon County, PA. Currently, he is teaching at Cedar Crest Middle School and pursuing his master’s degree in education at Villanova. Drew believes firmly in the power of communities acting for lasting change that create a more equitable and just place for all people.
Jennifer was born and raised in Lebanon and resides in Lebanon with her husband and daughter. She received her undergraduate degree from Penn State University as well as a Masters Degree in Psychology and has been working in the human services field for a majority of her working career. Jennifer works as a family therapist and is passionate in her mission of helping others both professionally and personally in giving back to her community.
Alisher has lived in Lebanon city for the majority of his life, working within the community in any way he can. In 2017 Alisher founded, and is currently the director of education for, Yellow Brick Robotics (a 501©3 educational nonprofit based in Lebanon). Additionally, as a commercially license drone pilot Alisher owns and operates a private videography production business based in Lebanon City. To Alisher, the well-being of Lebanon is personal. In his free time he is an activist, volunteer, neighbor, friend, etc... and he wants to make a difference.
Events & Fundraisers:
Events that are entertaining, fun and activities for the community. anything that deals with educating the community or Education Field. Education is who we are and we want all of our events and fundraisers to be focused on this aspect of the community.
Ex. Back to School Festival, Pizza Making Contest, Game nights, Bus Trips, Halloween Party, Beach Party, Whacky Olympics, Dance, Bake Sales, Vendor Show, Food Truck Show, Sub Sale, T-shirt Sale, Walmart, Camps, Reading to Kids, Speakers, Yellow Brick Robotics, Healthy Kids Day, MAD Information Booths, etc.
Giving service back to the community.
Ex. Clean-ups, Drives, Holiday Meals, Feeding homeless
Traditional events or big projects/initiatives.
Ex. Annual Reception, Park Revitalization, Partnership with Norah Library, Easter Festival, and Adopt a family.