Meet Our Ambassadors


Autumn Bishard

Autumn Bishard

We at UCP were first exposed to Autumn’s many and varied talents when she submitted the winning essay for her grade level in 2012. In it, she wrote of what it was like to live with cerebral palsy. The winning essay began “CP doesn’t stand for Cerebral Palsy. It stands for Courage and Persistence.

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Andrew Burkley

Andrew Burkley

The Burkley family has been receiving services from UCP Central PA for several years: inclusive preschool at the Capital Area Children's Center, medical equipment through Changing Hands, and family activities, support, and medical advocacy through Family Support Services. Andrew's family shared the following about their UCP experience:

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Bryan Gibbs

Bryan Gibbs

Bryan knows the power of positive thinking... and the value of persistence. A Cumberland Valley Life Skills graduate, Bryan’s long-range plans always included college, though he found it “difficult to find colleges that offer disability services for students like me.” Fortunately, Bryan connected with UCP’s Links to Independence program in May 2011 and took his college placement test a year later.

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Demi Keller

Demi Keller

A force of nature, Demi was born with Down Syndrome in 1995. At the time, her doctors’ advice to the family was to “just enjoy her” and not expect too much. The Kellers soon connected with UCP... and Demi has been proving the doctors wrong ever since. A 2013 Cumberland Valley graduate, Demi participated on her high school water polo and swim teams. She loves to sing, dance, and play piano. She is currently a freshman at Messiah College, where she is studying Health and Spanish, and working in the campus bookstore. She also works at Bamboo Frozen Yogurt Cafe in Mechanicsburg.

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William R. Schultz

William R. Schultz

Bill’s history with UCP spans almost the entire 60 years of the organization’s existence. He was among the first to receive services at the CP Center in Camp Hill in the late ‘50s. As a result of his time in the UCP classroom and therapies, Bill went on to graduate from Trinity High School and Wilkes College (now Wilkes University). He enjoyed a long and successful career with the PA Department of Labor and Industry from which he retired nine years ago. A great believer in “giving back,” Bill has served on the UCP Board for a total of 24 years.

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Grace House and Teresa Grace Shank (1959-2013)

Grace House and Teresa Grace Shank (1959-2013)

Grace and her daughter Teresa have been involved with UCP since April of 1980 when Teresa began attending the Alternatives Adult Day Program in Camp Hill five days a week. She was a resident of UCP Community Homes for nearly 35 years, most recently at the Fulton Street Home, until her passing in March of 2013. Both mother and daughter have been exuberant supporters of UCP, participating in our annual Gift Wrap Event and fundraising walks.

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Keith Parsons

Keith Parsons

0.98 seconds. That’s how quickly the course of Keith Parson’s life changed. It’s less time than it took you to read the last sentence. It’s also how long it took for his free-falling body to hit the asphalt parking lot from a drug-induced leap from a three story building. Fortunately, Keith has spent much of his time since then developing and refining a plan to help other young people avoid making similar choices... and having to live with similar consequences.

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Hope Johnson

Hope Johnson

When Hope Johnson receives her undergraduate degree in English from Messiah College (currently anticipated to occur in 2014) there will be a cadre of like-minded souls reveling in her achievement. Among them will be a small group of women who have invested their time, energy, and endless physical and emotional support toward a single goal: to help Hope achieve her dream of earning a college degree.

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Michelle Stackfield

Michelle Stackfield

In late 2000-early 2001, Michelle Stackfield was living a full life. She was going to school full-time, working full-time, and was devoted to her husband Tom and her family. Then, unexpectedly, Tom suffered a series of strokes. Michelle knew they needed help, but she didn’t know where to turn. Fortunately, the local Agency on Aging recommended that she contact UCP Central PA.

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Francis McKendrick

Francis McKendrick

Francis McKendrick is extraordinary in so many ways. Born in 1959 with Down Syndrome, he lived at home all his life with his mother and even served as her caregiver for a while after she developed Alzheimer’s. When she moved to a nursing home three years ago, Francis moved out on his own. Since then, he has been living independently, with the assistance of attendant support from UCP.

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Evelyn Conklin

Evelyn Conklin

Evelyn Conklin is a Snyder County resident in her late 70’s who used to be active in her church and with her grand-children and great-grandchildren. Today she suffers from severe arthritis in her hips and back. Evelyn has undergone back surgery twice. While she is able to walk short distances with the aid of a cane, she often has days when the pain is too great for her to walk at all.

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Nikola Kendall

Nikola Kendall

Nikola Kendall, better known as Nicky among his family and friends, was probably among the last people anyone would have thought would become a regular at the gym. That’s because Nicky was born with Down syndrome nineteen years ago.

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Camp Hill, PA 17011 map/directions

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Fax: 717.975.3333

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