A native of Annapolis Maryland, Shalawn James, has dedicated her life to the advocacy of marginalized and underserved populations in the community. Whether it be counseling survivors of domestic violence, working with children and adolescents at Milton Hershey School, providing counseling services to abused and neglected children and their families or advocacy and policy reform for the mentally ill, adjudicated juveniles as well as current and ex-offenders Shalawn believes that every person should be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.
halawn's formal education includes degrees from Delaware State University, York College of Pennsylvania and Eastern University. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Criminology with the hopes of furthering her impact for change within her local community and nationwide.
Holly Chase is a seasoned financial educator, writer, and presenter specializing in community-based financial education for adults. She has worked with national, state, and local non-profit organizations and government agencies in the areas of financial education program development, training, outreach, and delivery. Ms. Chase has extensive experience with at-risk populations including, low-income families in subsidized housing, homeowners facing foreclosure, veterans transitioning from homelessness, ex-offenders preparing for re-entry, and people with disabilities.
Ms. Chase co-authored the EIFLE™ Award winning program, Right On the Money and was nominated for the Secretary's Award for Excellence by the Pennsylvania Department of Banking.
Ms. Chase is currently the financial education officer with the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA). In this capacity, she leads the financial literacy initiatives and training across the organization, including housing counseling and education, housing services, and mortgage servicing divisions. Ms. Chase designed PHFA's flagship financial education program, Building Your Financial House.
Ms. Chase holds a BS degree in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin and is a Certified Financial Planner™ certificate. She is president of the Speyer Foundation and board member of the Capital Region Ex-Offender Support Coalition and The Program, "It's About Change".
Regina King-Dykes has been in the nursing field for over 20 years. She received her degree at Pennsylvania College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Regina currently works for Landmark Health, a physicians medical group as the Health Services Director. Before starting at Landmark, Regina spent 14 years as Chief Clinical Officer at Hamilton Health Center. She served as director over several programs such as Sexual Transmitted Infection (STI), Teen Clinic, Diabetes, Lead, HIV/AIDS, GYN, Pediatrics, and Community Health Outreach.
Regina served on several committees/Boards such as: PA Department of Health Integrated HIV Planning Council, United Way of Capital Region Focus Care Council, Dauphin County Vo-Tech Medical Assistant Program, PA Department of Health AIDS Planning Coalition, Patient Centered Medical Home (PCHM) Advisory Council, Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, and Johnson and Johnson UCLA Healthcare Executive Program. Regina also served as a consultant for Health Resource and Service Administration as a Grant Reviewer.
In 2016 Regina was acknowledged as the Healthcare Heroes Nurse of the Year, DREAMS People Who Care, and YWCA Women's of Excellence.
Regina is a wife and proud mother of 3 (and soon to be grandmother). In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family.
Shaleeta Washington is Counsel in Highmark Inc.’s law department, where she supports a wide range of areas including contract review and negotiation, West Virginia Medicaid, credentialing, fraud waste and abuse recovery, and member services. Dedicated to serving the community, Shaleeta also participates on the law department’s pro bono committee, where she spearheads the department’s Pennsylvania Innocence Project volunteer efforts. Previously, Shaleeta was the Assistant City Solicitor for the City of York, where she advised the mayor, city council and other city representatives on a variety of legal matters affecting the city. In addition, she has served on a number of community boards focusing on women’s healthcare rights and services, diversity and inclusion, as well as helping lower income families become self-sufficient. For several years, she also acted as the legal mock trial advisor for two urban schools in York and Harrisburg, where she mentored young students interested in pursuing legal careers.
Shaleeta holds a B.A. in International Studies from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Prior to graduating, she spent time at Maastricht University in The Netherlands in order to study international law and human rights. Following her undergraduate studies, she obtained her Juris Doctor from the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, where she was selected to the Order of Barristers and was named a Miller Center For Public Interest Advocate. In her free time, Shaleeta can be found hiking with her dog, trying to figure out photography, or indulging in her wanderlust and traveling the world.
AliceAnne is the Chief Executive Officer of The Program, "It's About Change", a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to providing resources and encouragement to ex-offenders after incarceration.
AliceAnne holds a degree in Accounting from York College of PA and is currently pursuing her MBA with a primary focus in nonprofit management. She not only brings with her a vast knowledge of nonprofit operations and financial expertise but has a passion for the mission. She believes it is the mission of The Program to empower reentrants with the tools they will need to create better lives despite prior missteps. The Program's goal is to ensure that any man or woman leaving incarceration knows that The Program is the place to find the help he or she needs, either through our services or it's collaborators.