LHA Board Members Past and Present
Board & StaffAdvancing Our Mission
Leadership Harrisburg Area’s Board of Directors includes volunteers who serve three year terms to advance the mission of the organization, increase fiscal stability, and create a visionfor our future. Many board members are graduates of our programs as indicated by the class year after their names on the list below.
Two full time staff members and one part time staff member work to execute programs; respond to alumni and community needs; conduct community presentations; implement new programs and community partnerships; and manage all daily operations of the organization.
Patty Higgins, ’12, Chair
Craig Flemmens ’14, Vice Chair
Highmark Blue Shield
Jeff Walker, ’16, Treasurer
Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz (BSSF) CPA’s
Dr. Linda Fedrizzi-Williams, ELS ’16, Secretary
Central Penn College
Dr. Todd Allen, ELS ’19
The Foundation for Enhancing Communities
Jennifer Burd, ’20
Brad Garfinkel, ’14
Members 1st Federal Credit Union
Suzanne Graney, CFRE. ’01
Four Diamonds, Penn State Children’s Hospital
Jayne Huston, ELS ’17
ThistleSea Business Development
Mike Jaeger, ’18
John Kubeika, ELS ’16
AAA Central Penn
Matthew Lutcavage, ’14
The Giant Company
Michael McHenry, ’19
Beth Mihmet, ’12
Hospice of Central PA
Kerry Mullen, ’15
Feeser’s Food Distributors
Paulo Oliveira, ’11
Tracy Pawelski, ’97
Ruth Ritchie, ’19
Victor Rodgers, ELS ’15
Claudia Williams, ELS ’15
The Human Zone, LLC
Ami Zumkhawala-Cook, ELS ’13
Penn State Health Children’s Hospital
Kara Luzik Canale
Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC
Una Martone, ‘07President & CEO
In 2007, Una Martone joined Leadership Harrisburg Area as President and CEO. In addition to program development and delivery, Una is responsible for executing LHA’s strategic vision; building and cultivating partnerships; increasing resources; and overseeing all organizational operations. During Una’s tenure, enrollment in all LHA programs has increased, doubled in some cases. A highlight of Una’s role with LHA is the development of Beyond Leadership, a servant leadership curriculum launched in 2015 and presented to hundreds of people since then. Una has elevated Leadership Harrisburg Area’s profile to the extent of reaching over 2,000 people each year through programs, services, and activities.
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As an active member of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg since 2006, Una served on the Board of Directors from 2009 to 2015. Una was 2012/13 President of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg and was 2013/14 President of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg Foundation. Through several unique fundraisers, Una has raised thousands of dollars for club projects. In 2015, Una was elected as District Governor for the Rotary District 7390 which serves 7 Central PA Counties, 43 clubs and nearly 2,400 members. At a District Level, Una has served as a Membership Coordinator, Assistant Governor, District Conference Committee Member & Chair, Foundation Dinner Chair, and Grants Committee Member & Chair. Una’s term as District Governor was fulfilled from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. During her term, Una was one of 103 women, in the entire world, who served in this position. Now as a Past District Governor, Una serves Rotary District 7390 as District Trainer; is a member of the Teacher Impact Awards Committee, and chair of the 4-Way Test Speech Contest. Una earned the distinction of serving as a Training Leader at the 2020 Rotary International Assembly and is one of 5 women in the world invited back to serve in 2021. Una is a Facilitator for the Rotary Zone Institute and has also accepted the role of Regional Vice Chair for the Rotary Leadership Institute Northeast America. She is a Paul Harris Fellow (+2) which is a distinguished level of charitable giving within Rotary. Una is on the marketing committee Hospice of Central PA and represents Leadership Harrisburg Area on the Board of Directors for the Harrisburg Regional Chamber.
Una earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Central Florida and earned the CFRE distinction, Certified Fund Raising Executive, for a history of successful fund raising. She graduated from Leadership Harrisburg Area’s Community Leadership Series Class of 2007. She is certified in Organizational Development from the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership and certified as an Interpersonal Skills Trainer for The Color Code ~ which is now offered through Leadership Harrisburg Area. Una recently completed a Master Course in Servant Leadership with Cheryl Bachelder, former CEO of Popeyes. Una Received the Robert D. Hanson Excellence Award from the Rotary Club of Harrisburg in 2009. She was recognized as a Woman of Excellence by the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg in 2013.
She earned the District Service Award from Rotary District 7390 in 2016 and was named Business Woman of the Year at the 2018 Business Women’s Forum. Una was recognized with the 2018 Visionary Award as part of the West Shore Chamber’s Luminary Awards. Most recently, Una was the 2020 Circle of Excellence award recipient in the Central Penn Business Journal’s Women of Influence program and she was awarded the 2020 Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Central Penn College. A native Floridian, Una is a first generation American whose parents were both born in Ireland. Una is the youngest of seven children; aunt to 27 nieces and nephews; great aunt to 10 little ones; and Godmother to four. (The holidays are always an adventure!) Una currently lives with her spouse of 27 years, Mike and two children, Michael (25) and McCaffrey (21), in Mechanicsburg.
Marla SheafferProjects & Operations Manager
Marla Sheaffer joined Leadership Harrisburg Area in 2005 as Program Manager. Today, Marla serves as the Projects & Operations Manager. She manages logistics for all LHA programs and operations as well as provides administrative and fund raising support. Marla is the creative force behind all LHA media including website, mass communications, flyers, newsletters, registration pieces, brochures, directories, and invitations.
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Prior to joining LHA, Marla was the Office Manager at CONTACT Helpline for 10 years. Before joining the non-profit world, Marla worked in full-time ministry at several churches.
Marla earned a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from Penn State University and a Master’s in Ministerial Education from Indiana Wesleyan University. This year marked 19 years serving as a Director of Senior High Youth Camp at Camp Yolijwa where she plans a week-long Christian enrichment experience for nearly 200 students every year. She is a member of the camp’s board of directors and currently serves as Treasurer of Doubling Gap Center.
Marla serves on an Allocations Panel for the United Way of the Capital Region annually. She was recognized as a Woman of Excellence by the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg in 2016.
Marla is involved with various ministries at her church including media, hospitality, event planning, and decorating. In 2019, she assumed the duties of church treasurer. She loves all things history and reading historical fiction is a favorite pastime. Marla and her husband enjoy life in Susquehanna Township with a cherished pet cat.