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YWCA Lancaster announces the election of Deborah Wilson Gadsden as the Chair of the Board of Directors.

“In this time of racial and social reckoning, I want to be on the right side of history, helping to lead the YWCA forward with equitable and sound solutions.” Deborah Wilson Gadsden.

Ms. Gadsden is a 47 year veteran of the child welfare arena in Pennsylvania. As a Training Specialist with Family Design Resources, she has recently focused her efforts on racial and social justice issues. She is a certified trainer in school and workplace bullying prevention, the University of Pittsburgh Child Welfare Resource Center and a member of the YWCA Lancaster Social Justice training team. She has served as a Board member since 2014. She was previously a member of the Executive Committee and the Women of Achievement Selection Committee. For the past several years she has led a very active Mission Committee of the Board where the work has focused on assuring the agency mission is evident and moving forward.

A Harrisburg, PA native, she and her family have lived in Lancaster County for the past 30 years. She and her husband, Nathan, have a blended family that includes five children, 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild. She relaxes by reading, volunteering, and crafting. She is also a member of the Lancaster Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. They live in Mount Joy, PA.

Ms. Gadsden follows Sheila O’Rourke as Chair of the Board. Additional Executive Committee selections were made at the December, 2020 Board meeting with Kesha Morant Williams and Shruti Sharma joining the Executive Committee. Current and continuing members also include Kathleen Bowers, Molly Ramos, Angela Rieck and Jennifer Reiner.

To see the entire list of YWCA Lancaster’s Board of Directors visit our Teams page.