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Community CARES

Meet the Board

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Bradley “Brad” L. Griffie

Board President

Place of Employment: Griffie & Associates, P.C.
Position: Owner/ President
Family: My wife, Julie and I live in outside of Carlisle, and our 4 adult sons live in San Francisco; Frederick, Maryland; Ashburn, Virginia; and Emmitsburg, Maryland. We also have 2 granddaughters. My mother lives in Carlisle, as well, and my mother-in-law lives in Chambersburg. I have been practicing law in South central Pennsylvania for 42 years and Julie has been working for Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe, Inc. (Martin’s Potato Rolls and Bread) where she is the Human Resource Director for over 35 years.

Reason for Joining: I volunteered at CARES at the front desk starting about 9 years ago and became committed to the CARES mission. When there was a new Board of Directors established, I was asked to serve on the Board and to be President of the Board, which I agreed to accept. I have now been serving as the Board President for the past 7 years. I believe 100% in the CARES Mission statement and hope to see the day when we no longer need to address the scourge of homelessness.

Brad Griffie - President

Griffie & Associates, P.C.

Andy Lippert - Vice President

U.S Army War College

Dave Wickard - Treasurer/Finance Committee

Pediatric Associates

Mike Zick - Secretary

Retired, US Air Force

Tom Drexler - Board Development/Governance

Alliance Financial

Carley Miller - Community Development
Orrstown Bank


Heather Knisely - Staff Relations Committee

Orrstown Bank

Charles Stoup - Program Development

Community Volunteer

Corp. David Rogers - Member at Large

Carlisle Police Department (not pictured)



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Dave Wickard

Board Treasurer

Place of Employment: Pediatric Associates

Title: Regional Controller,

Family: Married with two sons and live in Mt Holly Springs

Reason for joining: Seeing the good the organization does and how they help those in need.

Andy Lippert

Board Vice President

Mike Zick

Board Secretary

Place of Employment: Retired, United States Air Force

Title: Faculty Instructor at the U.S. Army War College

Family: He is married to his High School sweetheart, the former Mrs. Emily Ebling of Pottsville, PA and they have two children, Megan (28) and Ryan (25). 

Reason for Joining: Mike Zick joined Community CARES as Board Secretary in April 2023, but his affiliation with CARES extends back to 2020 when as President of the Rotary Club of Carlisle-Sunrise he and the club helped renovate our kitchen at the Emergency Shelter. 

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Place of Employment: U.S. Army War College

Title: Academic Executive Officer for the Department of Command, Leadership, and Management

Family:  My wife, Amy, and I live in Carlisle and we have four adult children.

Reason for Joining: I first heard about CARES from some friends, and began helping in 2015. I was immediately impressed with CARES' staff and volunteers.  I have been on the board since 2016 and now serve as Vice President and head of the Building Committee. I am also a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Carlisle Rotary - Sunrise Chapter. From CARES' interaction with those and other community service non-profits, it's obvious that CARES provides "More Than Shelter," and is always pursuing a Whole of Community Approach. Beth Kempf and her team are truly making a positive impact every day for those experiencing homelessness. I enjoy supporting the CARES mission and am honored to help in any way I can.

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Tom Drexler

Place of Employment : Alliance Financial

Title: Financial Advisor

Family: Married

Reason for Joining: I began helping with Community CARES as a member of their golf tournament committee two years ago. I have helped with other non-profit organizations over the years and always felt like I was more part of a social organization rather than helping the community. After learning more about CARES, I became a board member recently because I can see the impact CARES has on the local community. I want to help effect change, not just take up a seat to socialize.

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Carley Miller

Place of Employment: Orrstown Bank
Title: AVP, Mortgage Originator
Family: Married to my wonderful husband for 10 years with 2 boys
Reason for joining: I got to know CARES because of Leadership Cumberland. The mission of CARES is so important for our community and I love being a part of sharing the mission through the development team.


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 Heather K Knisely

Place of Employment: Orrstown Bank
Title: Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer
 Family: My husband and I have been married for 23 years and we have a 19 year old daughter
named Emma and a yellow lab named Scarlet.  

Reason for Joining: My goal is to provide support to Beth and the CARES staff from an HR and Learning and Development perspective. I am partnering with Beth to create a strong HR foundation and a structure to the learning and development opportunities that are available to the staff, so they have all of the
tools necessary to do their job to the best of their ability; and in turn provide a good experience for all of the
clients that they interact with.

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Charles Stoup

Place of Employment: Retired

Title: Oral Surgeon.

Family: Married

Reason for Joining: I have long been interested in activities and organizations that serve our community. Few organizations fit that need as does Community CARES.

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