“Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision and relentlessly drive it to completion.”

~ Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO of General Electric Co.

Judith A. McCowan

Judith A. McCowan


Judith McCowan is President/CEO of UCP Central PA. In her primary role as CEO, Judith McCowan is responsible for directing all facets of UCP Central PA, a leading mid-state disability services provider across a 17-county footprint, as she charts a course for its continued growth and success. She leads the agency’s strategic planning initiatives as they relate to program operations and will assume direct oversight of UCP’s HR, IT, finance, fundraising, development, marketing, communications, and community relations functions. In addition to her effective leadership skills, Judith has a proven track record of improving performance and profitability across public, private and nonprofit sectors alike. She has demonstrated strength in several key skill sets, including fiscal leadership, strategic business development, contract and grant administration, and project management.

Judith McCowan was most recently Chief Executive Officer of Core Business Consultants, a privately-owned firm specializing in consulting with struggling human services programs in their quest to achieve transformational change. Prior to that she was Chief Contracts and Program Officer at Melwood, a leading DC-based nonprofit provider of employment and supportive services for people with differing abilities. She also previously served as Regional Director of Operations and Federal Contracts Administrator at Bright Horizons Family Solutions, the largest provider of employer-sponsored childcare in the United States. She has extensive experience in childhood and educational program operations and as a K-12 private school principal as well. 

An avid community volunteer, Judith’s time, talents, and expertise have benefitted the Public School Systems of Baltimore City, the District of Columbia, and Queen Anne’s County; Scholastic Press Association; The Council on Professional Recognition; as well as Chesapeake College. She has received numerous personal and professional awards for her transformational leadership, performance, and achievements on project work at the highest levels of government and on both the national and global stage.

She holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Drexel University and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from International Seminary in Branford, FL, as well as Masters-level Certifications in Advanced Contract Management. 

Judith resides in Carlisle with her wife who is an educator and a 10-year-old daughter who is avidly engaged in performing arts.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors for UCP Central PA includes successful community and/or business leaders who desire to give back to the community in a measurable way. They often have an affinity for (if not a personal stake in) UCP, and are willing to put their time, talents, and abilities to work to help sustain and grow programs and services for people with disabilities. The Board provides direction to ensure that the activities of the organization move forward in a manner consistent with our mission and values.

Executive Committee

Richard Long

Richard Long, Treasurer, Operations & Finance Committee Member

Marisa Tokarsky

Marisa Tokarsky, Foundation Chair, Community Relations & Development Committee Member

Deloitte Consulting LLP
John M. Coles Esq.

John M. Coles, Esq., Board Chair, Operations & Finance Committee Member

Barley Snyder, Attorneys at Law
John B. Zonarich

John B. Zonarich, Secretary

SkarlatosZonarich, LLC
Myles Miller

Myles Miller, Chair, Community Relations & Development

Scott E. Coburn

Scott E. Coburn, Human Resources Committee Chair

Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors
Dr. Stephanie V. Bowen

Dr. Stephanie V. Bowen, Chair, Programs & Services

Joseph M. Entenman

Joseph M. Entenman, Chair-Elect, Operations & Finance Committee Member

Orrstown Bank


Dr. Lisa Bailey-Davis

Dr. Lisa Bailey-Davis

Geisinger Health System
Lindsay Berkstresser

Lindsay Berkstresser, Community Relations & Development Member

Post & Schell, P.C.
Jennifer Clarke

Jennifer Clarke, Community Relations & Development Member

Commonwealth Charter Academy
Lauren Guida

Lauren Guida

Microsemi Corp.
Syria Harrell

Syria Harrell, Programs & Services Member

Healthier By Consulting
Sheldon Jones

Sheldon Jones, Community Relations & Development Member

Sjones Communications, LLC
Brian Keefer

Brian Keefer, Programs & Services Member

Community Volunteer
Gerard C. Kramer Esq.

Gerard C. Kramer, Esq.

Kevin L. Krause

Kevin L. Krause

American Insurance Administrators, Inc.
Jessica  Mitchell

Jessica Mitchell, Programs & Services Committee Member

John P. Morris

John P. Morris, Human Resources Committee Member

Ascensia Diabetes Care
John M. Murphy

John M. Murphy, Human Resources Committee Member

Poole Anderson
Stacy L. Orwan

Stacy L. Orwan

The St. Onge Company
Dr. Nancy J. Patrick

Dr. Nancy J. Patrick

Messiah College
William R. Schultz

William R. Schultz, Chair, Operations & Finance Committee

Community Volunteer
Tyne  Stock

Tyne Stock, Community Relations & Development Member

Miller's Mutual Group
Dillon Strouse

Dillon Strouse, Programs & Services Committee Member

Strouse Entertainment, LLC
Jacob Theis

Jacob Theis, Board Vice-Chair, Programs & Services Committee Member

Penn State Health
William K. Wilkison

William K. Wilkison, Human Resources Committee Member

UPMC Pinnacle

Life Board Members

Lawrence B. Abrams III, Esquire

Lawrence B. Abrams, III, Esquire

William J. Kaldes

William J. Kaldes

Shaun E. O'Toole Esquire

Shaun E. O'Toole, Esquire

Susannah M. Rothman

Susannah M. Rothman

Todd R. Vander Woude

Todd R. Vander Woude