Lissette Gonzalez, MPS – Executive Director
Lissette is a native of Harrisburg who has a passion to give back to the community that she was raised in. She is a graduate from Harrisburg High School who was the first in her family to attend college at Kutztown University. She had her first truly life-changing experience at Berks Women in Crisis as a volunteer in 2005, where she had the opportunity to work with children of mothers seeking refuge from domestic violence. It was in this first experience that Lissette vowed to empower women, families, and children. Upon graduation in 2007, Lissette held several different direct service positions in fields such as mental health, addictions, and improved health. She was able to work directly with families in improving their health, mental health, and socioemotional circumstances through the use of resource coordination and support. Lissette has also had the opportunity to move into leadership positions, where she had the ability to impart change through the development and oversight of several grant funded programs, such as Greater Harrisburg Healthy Start and Baby Love of Hamilton Health Center. She received her Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Organizational Development in 2015. She has served on the Board for Arts to the Core charter school, works as an Adjunct Professor at Central Penn, and has been a Big Sister for the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Capital Region for the last 9 years. She believes all people are simply one circumstance away from needing support and/or help and therefore those that work in helping others should look to be partners with the ones receiving it.
Eric Ziegler – Director of Development and Programming
Eric has spent his entire decades-long professional career in the Fundraising, Marketing and Sales fields. As a native of Williamsport, PA, Eric achieved his B.A. in Journalism/Mass Communications from Lock Haven University. Living in the State College region most of his adult life, Eric worked for the College of Engineering at Penn State on their Development team as Associate Director of Development through two of Penn State’s major campaigns. He has also had professional stints as Director of Development for a handful of non-profits in the Central PA Region and most recently had been running his own small non-profit company that tailored its services to assist small non-profits in their development, fundraising, marketing and public relations fields. He has two children – a son, Aaron, who is 18 years old – and a daughter, Becca, who is 14 years old. When not working, Eric enjoys playing golf, watching and participating in sports of all kinds, travel, and performing/acting in local theater productions around the State College region.
Eric stated “I am thrilled to be a part of the Family Promise team! I cannot think of a more noble effort to work at than to assist our local community members strive for better, improved lives by giving them the necessities they need during their down times. The Family Promise people have been great and I will look to work hard to move our organization forward to strive to offer the community members what they need to improve their lives and thrive in the Capital Region community.” Feel free to contact Eric with any questions or fundraising ideas, initiatives or events and he would be happy to meet and speak with you to see what can be done to raise the funds to help grow the FPHCR program!
Rafé Shearer, MEd – Case Manager
Rafé Shearer joined FPHCR as a Case Manager in May 2015. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Albright College and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Temple University. After spending several years as a stay-at-home mom, Rafé most recently worked in communications at a local church. Previously, Rafé was an elementary guidance counselor for ten years at the Mechanicsburg Area School District. Rafé is looking forward to helping the Family Promise guests set and achieve goals that will allow them to reach their full potential. She is the mother of two active boys, Max, age 12 and Sam, age 9. Away from the office, Rafé is very involved at her church, Camp Hill United Methodist, where she serves as Co-League Director for Upward Sports, and helps with children’s Sunday school. She enjoys reading and summer camping with family.
The program is just wonderful. It’s really great to be on my own now, but in some ways, I kinda miss it. They’re such great people, all the volunteers. I really miss them. It’s like they’ve become a part of my family.