Board of Directors

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS is the governing body SCPASCC that helps to keep the organization on track by providing vision, raising money, giving advice and advocating on behalf of organization and is a vital link to the community. The Board functions on the basis of its constitution and bylaws. Each Board member serves a three (3) year term. However, a board member may be asked to extend their term pending a need at the time with approval of the full Board. The maximum number of members is 15. The Board is governed by Roberts’s Rules of Order and has adopted the Carver Model of governance. The Board has elected officers and standing committee chairs appointed by the Board president.


Carlos Graupera

Carlos Graupera

About Carlos

About Carlos, SCPASCC President

Mr. Graupera is the President of the Spanish American Civic Association, a position he has held since the founding of the organization in 1973. SACA is a community based organization that provides:

  • human services
  • workforce development and employment
  • behavioral health services
  • housing and neighborhood revitalization
  • community broadcasting services

Community Service Activities 1973 to present

  • Helped organize the Spanish American Civic Association and have been its Executive Director since 1973.
  • Organized the Centro Hispano in Lancaster, November 1973.
  • Opened Nuestra Clinica bilingual mental health and drug and alcohol outpatient clinic.
  • Developed Nuestra Clinica Residential, a Latino focused residential drug and alcohol treatment program for adult males.
  • During my tenure with the organization, I have overseen the creation of SACA Development Corporation- a housing development corporation dedicated to home ownership opportunities for inner city residents. SACA Development has rehabilitated over 100 single family units for sale to low and moderate income first time home buyers.
  • SACA Development built 40 new townhouses for sale to moderate income first time home buyers.
  • SACA Development facilitated the location of a credit union in the barrio as a result of an economic development venture.
  • SACADC is currently building 30,000 feet of commercial retail space as part of its latest neighborhood economic development venture.
  • I have also overseen the creation of WLCH FM, Radio Centro, a full time Spanish language educational public radio station serving the Latino community of Lancaster.
  • With the help of local education advocates, I helped to open La Academia Charter School in Lancaster.
  • As past Chairman Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs, I had the opportunity to advocate for the needs of Latino communities across the Commonwealth.

It is an honor to work with health advocates as a member of the Board of Directors of the South Central PA Sickle Cell Council.

Email: cgraupera@sacapa.org

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Saeed Gbadamosi

Saeed Gbadamosi

About Saeed

About Saeed, SCPASCC Treasurer

Mr. Gbadamosi was named President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the STG Group Board of Directors in January 1999. As CEO he is responsible for the company’s vision, strategic direction and operational management.

He has more than 25 years experience in the Petroleum, Construction and Accounting industries. Previously he was Vice-President, Chief Operating Officer for Hightowers Petroleum Co; Hi-Mark Construction Group, Hi-Mark Building Group and Hi-Mark Trading Group with responsibility for day to day management of the business and organization effectiveness.

KPMG, LLC (an international accounting firm) is where he started his career as an Audit Trainee. He later joined Price Waterhouse Coopers, LLC as an Audit Manager and later worked as a Consultant holding various management positions.

Saeed serve as the President of Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants (Miami Valley Chapter) from 2003 to 2005. He has a PhD in Finance and Accounting. He is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Institute of Certified Management Accountants, Institute of Certified Management Accountants and Institute of Certified Financial Management.

Saeed currently services on the boards of five private companies. A conscientious results oriented professional financial manager with solid accounting background and over twenty-five years of resourceful leadership in the private and public sectors. Lived and studied in three continents; and worked in two of them.

Email: saeed@stggroupinc.com

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Keith Chase

Keith Chase

About Keith

About Keith

Keith Chase is a Senior Consultant with Gannett Fleming Inc. (www.gannettfleming.com). He was also Co-Founder and Senior VP of AvantIMC (www.avantimc.com) a Gannett Fleming – Dering Consultant Group joint venture providing strategic planning, management consulting and organizational development services to the public and private sectors. His professional interests include strategy, consensus building, leadership development, public policy, and public-private partnership formation. Keith has led several hundred planning and strategy projects. He is an experienced facilitator and has participated in a wide range of training design, development and delivery engagements for private and public sector organizations including leadership workshops for public transportation authority boards and change management train-the-trainer workshops for a major pharmaceutical firm in conjunction with their acquisition of two companies. Since 2012 Keith has participated in numerous PA DOH projects including the Comprehensive Chronic Disease Strategic Plan, The Health Equity Plan, The PA Cancer Control Plan, an Arthritis Project Plan, as well as some support for the Tobacco Cessation Division.

Keith joined Gannett Fleming in 1995 after 14 years with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He served as PennDOT’s Deputy Secretary for Aviation, Rail, and Ports (1990-1995); Unit Manger with the Joint Legislative Budget & Finance Committee (1989-1990); Executive Policy Analyst with the Governor’s Policy Office (1984-1989); Transportation Planner with PennDOT’s Office of Planning (1982-1984); and as a Pennsylvania Management Intern (1981-1982). While Deputy Secretary he led the PA Double-Stack Rail Clearance private-public partnership, numerous regional and shortline railroad projects, and several goods movement planning initiatives. Keith had oversight for the operations of state owned air and rail facilities, including Harrisburg International Airport, Pennsylvania’s third largest commercial airport. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania nominated Keith for two prestigious awards for his service and achievements—the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Young American Leaders and the AASHTO Intermodal Innovation award. Keith assumed a full-time executive leadership position with an area church during a time of significant transition from March 2011 until June 2013. He had direct oversight for HR, Facilities and Operations, IT and Finance. During that time he remained active in numerous consulting projects on a part-time basis.

Keith holds bachelors and masters degrees in public service (political science) and public administration (M.P.A. with distinction) from Penn State. He served with the United States Air Force and with the PA Air National Guard. He completed the AASHTO Executive Institute. He is an adjunct professor with Harrisburg University and serves on several other boards—including the American Red Cross Susquehanna Valley Chapter and the Susquehanna Regional Airport Authority Board (SARAA). Keith is also Co- Chair of the PRO Wellness Center at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

Keith and his wife Denise live in Camp Hill and have five children.

Please contact Keith at 717-418-2073 (6/10/14).

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Lisa Green-Powell

About Lisa

About Lisa

Lisa Green-Powell is a native of Harrisburg Pennsylvania and graduate from William Penn Vo-Tech School.

She is the grandmother of young man who has Sickle Cell Disease and has assisted in his care since his birth.

Lisa’s lengthy involvement as an active volunteer for the South Central PA Sickle Cell Council prompted an invitation for her to serve on the Board as a client/family representative.

Her passion for those suffering from the disease and her infectious enthusiasm serve as a reminder to the Board of the impact they are capable of having throughout our geographical area.

Email: lcg1022@aol.com

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Ronald Johnson

About Ronald

About Ronald

Mr. Johnson has lived with Sickle Cell Disease since 1964 and sits on the Board, representing the interests of other individuals and families served by the Council. He was featured in the November 2011 issue of the Harrisburg Magazine, passionately conveying to the readers what it is like living with this painful, incurable and life-threatening disease. Ron credits God with his longevity and ability to do what most said he’d never be able to achieve. Aside from his work on the Council, Ronald is an active member of the St. John CME church, Harrisburg, PA, serving in numerous capacities of ministry. He is also widely recognized in the area as a community servant leader. Some of his mayoral appointments include membership on the Public Safety Committee, Spiritual Outreach Board, Sub-Committee on Codes and the City Reinvestment Board. For the past decade he has served as chairperson of the Neighborhood Square Watch Group and was recently appointed to the South Allison Hill Strategic Planning Committee. A devoted son, Ron is the sole caregiver for his mother and the two of them are often seen together throughout the community. His favorite Biblical passage from which he draws daily strength is Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not yet seen.”

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Herman Lawson

Dr. Herman Lawson

About Herman

About Herman

Dr. Herman Lawson is a native of Harrisburg and a graduate of Lincoln University. He was a Harrisburg school teacher for several years before entering medical school at Penn State University’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. His residency training in Family Practice was at McKeesport Hospital in McKeesport, PA. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine.

Email: lslick50@aol.com

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Theresa Nixon

About Theresa

About Theresa

I am the mother of twin 19 year old sons who have Sickle Cell Disease (SCD), and a son 35 years old who has Sickle Cell Trait (SCT). Throughout the last 19 years, I have coordinated their medical care, advocated for them medically, and researched available social services.

We are native Californians and have resided in PA for 12 years. We currently reside in Lower Paxton Township.

My hope is to be a strong voice not only for my children, but for other children, adults and families struggling to have their voices heard and be able to obtain support services entitled to them. Services that do not exist for patients and families are a top priority for me.

Email: Theresa.Nixon@crump.com

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Mr. Robinson

Harlon Robinson

About Harlon

About Harlon

Mr. Robinson founded Robinson Management Services, LLC in Harrisburg. He provides exemplary custom management advisory services in areas of Human Resource Management, Cultural Diversity Development and Implementation, as well as, individual Management Coaching to businesses and organizations in need of such services.

Previously, Mr. Robinson was Corporate Vice President, Human Resources & Administration, United Concordia Companies Inc. in Harrisburg, PA From 1996 – 2009.

Reporting directly to the CEO, he defined and directed the delivery of cost-effective human resource and administrative programs supporting United Concordia’s strategic goals. This involved managing the entire human resources function (staffing, employee relations, training, compensation, affirmative action, and occupational health); enhancing an all-inclusive Corporate Cultural Diversity program; managing and editing corporate communication vehicles; ensuring the physical security of employees and facilities; directing corporate facility and real estate activities, while managing company community affairs efforts.

Email: rharlon@verizon.net

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Mark Robinson

Mark Robinson

About Mark

About Mark

Mark Robinson is a Sourcing Specialist/Contract Manager II with Members 1st Federal Credit Union. He is responsible for cost reduction and containment while acquiring a wide range of products and services. In addition, he develops sourcing plans and specifications, solicitation requests, tactical negotiation plans and assembles sourcing teams when necessary. Mark has 10 years of experience in procurement and sourcing. In addition to his sourcing role, Mark serves on the Portfolio Review Committee and the Wellness Committee within Members 1st.

Mark also serves on the Advisory Board for the Judge/Bradley Leadership School for Credit Unions.

Mark joined Members 1st in 2008 after 5 years with the Commonwealth of PA where he served as a Commodity Specialist within the Department of General Services managing the Pharmaceutical Contract, Tobacco Supplies Contract as well as numerous others. Also, while at the Commonwealth, Mark worked on team to consolidate 23 warehouses and storerooms into 3 warehouses. His primary responsibility was space consolidation and allocation of space for the affected State Agencies.

Early in Mark’s career, he assisted in the start-up of the Pinnacle Health Behaviors Systems, Children’s Partial Hospitalization Program. As a Psychotherapist he conducted group therapy for 8-12 years experiencing various mental diagnoses’.

Email: robinsonm@members1st.org

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