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 Wilson

President

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 was a former elected member of the Lebanon School Board and is currently a member of the Lebanon City Council.

Dan Deitzel

Vice President

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!  

Sonya Green

Corresponding Secretary

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. 

Angelic Perlaki

Leader of the Fundraising Committee

Angie is a lifelong resident of Lebanon, where she currently resides in the heart of downtown.  Her experience in volunteering began as a young girl helping her mother and grandmother in various church sponsored projects.  This gave her the desire to continue to help others. Along with being on the board, Angie serves at the chair of the Fundraising Committee. Reading is a favorite pastime of hers.  Her favorite quote is, “Be the change you wish to see in the world” - a tenant she aspires to live by.

Francy Reigert

Board Member

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.

Cindy Schlegel

Leader of the Education Committee

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.

Letonya Raiger

Leader of the Events Committee

LeTonya was born and raised in Lebanon.  She still resides in Lebanon County with her husband and two sons.  She works in the dental field serving veterans. LeTonya organizes events and activities with Making a Difference.  She loves to give back to her hometown community.

Barb Arnold

Treasurer

Born and raised in Lebanon city along with 4 other siblings. Resides in Annville with husband, Mike. Daughter, Angie, is leader of the fundraising committee which I also help with that committee.  Retired after 32 years as Office Adm for Miller & Bixler Napa Auto Parts.

Have volunteered with Glass Slipper, Rescue Mission and Friends of the Annville Free Library.  I enjoy being around people and helping for a worthy cause.

Ed Harmon

Ed is a program director for Lebanon County Youth Advocate and has been a part of their organization since 2003. He previously worked for two years as a part time childcare worker at Bethany Children’s Home in Womelsdorf, PA. Ed is a graduate of Northern Lebanon High School and currently takes online classes at Arizona State University. Ed has coached little league baseball and youth basketball. He lives in Jonestown with his wife and two children.  

Committee Descriptions

Fundraising:

Anything to raise money for organization

Ex. Dance, Bake Sales, Vendor Show, Food Truck Show, Sub Sale, T-shirt Sale, Walmart

 

Education:

Anything that deals with educating the community or Education Field. Also, education of who we are.

Ex. Camps, Reading to Kids, Speakers, Yellow Brick Robotics, Healthy Kids Day, MAD Information Booths

 

Events & Activities:

Events that are entertaining, fun and activities for the community.

Ex. Back to School Festival, Pizza Making Contest, Game nights, Bus Trips, Halloween Party, Beach Party, Whacky Olympics

 

Community Service:

Giving service back to the community.

Ex. Clean-ups, Drives, Holiday Meals, Feeding homeless

 

Organizational Events/projects:

Traditional events or big projects/initiatives.

Ex. Annual Reception, Park Revitalization, Partnership with Norah Library, Easter Festival, and Adopt a family.

Making a Difference of Lebanon, PA

PO Box 1425

Lebanon, PA 17042

(717) 769-0533

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