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LGBT Center of Central PA

New exec director named


Amanda L. Arbour of Harrisburg has been selected as the next executive director of the LGBT Center of Central PA.

“We are excited to welcome Amanda as the third Executive Director in the Center’s history,” said Shaashawn Dial-Snowden, president of the Board of Directors for the LGBT Center. “We are confident that Amanda will hit the ground running with her experience in program creation, event planning, project management and fundraising.”

Arbour joins the LGBT Center from her most recent work as the racial justice program coordinator at the YWCA Greater Harrisburg. She earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and politics from Messiah College and is pursuing a masters of education in training and development from Penn State Harrisburg.

“I’m proud to be part of this diverse, vibrant and resilient community,” Arbour said. “I look forward to working with the Board of Directors, staff, partners, donors and community members to continue providing the safe spaces, supportive services and educational programs that the LGBT Center has become known for.”

Arbour’s past work includes service as the legislative liaison for the PA Department of Aging and interim coordinator of local community service for the Agape Center for Service and Learning at Messiah College. She was named a 2017 Wonder Woman by Harrisburg Magazine.

“I am appreciative of Amanda’s evolving understanding and continuous display of ally-accomplice-ship to communities of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, Trans-specific issues and more,” Dial-Snowden said. “Amanda is a bold, consistent voice in our movement and I look forward to working with her.”

Arbour’s role as executive director begins at the Center on Sept. 11. To welcome her, an open house will be held at the LGBT Center, 1306 N. 3rd St., from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22. The community is invited.

The LGBT Center of Central PA is a nonprofit organization that serves LGBTQ+ people and their allies throughout central Pennsylvania. The Center’s programs and operations are supported annually by its members, individual and corporate donations, and an active grant-seeking process.

Projects affiliated with the Center include Common Roads, Aging with Pride, the LGBT History Project, the GSA Leadership Summit held annually at Dickinson College, and the Fall Achievement Benefit and fundraiser known as FAB.

The LGBT Center’s Board of Directors – a 17-member group of individuals with backgrounds in the arts, business, academics, government, media and community involvement – began a search for its next director in July following the departure of Louie Marven, who stepped down from the post after more than 5 years at the helm. Pat Van Horn is the Operations Manager at the LGBT Center and Lindsay Lughes is the Center’s Youth Programs Director.

Additional information about the center is available on its web site centralpalgbtcenter.org.