Jeff Bruce became the Executive Director at Center for Champions in 2014. He came to Center for Champions originally as a volunteer. Jeff came with a vision of bringing Center for Champions from a traditional after school program to a life on life mentoring ministry. He bring over 25 years of youth ministry and teaching experience to Center for Champions. Jeff received his BS from The King's College, NY and his M. Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary, FLA.
Alison Maurer joined the Center for Champions team in June 2017. Alison started as a volunteer at Rooted. Alison has her Bachelors Degree from Penn State University in Criminal Justice and has a Masters Degree from George Mason University in Public Policy. Alison has spent the last 10 years investigating union and public corruption, as well as other labor violations, in Philadelphia. Her experience has taught her a lot about the human condition and has developed a desire to help children rewrite their narratives.
Jason DiLissio is a central Pennsylvania native who has served in youth ministry for over twenty years. Jason has led student ministries in Philadelphia, Virginia, Ohio, and most recently Harrisburg. Jason has also worked as a family based therapist for adolescents and their families in the Harrisburg area. Jason oversees Rooted Varsity and CFC's male mentors. Jason resides in his hometown in Perry County where his wife is a music teacher and his two teenage children attend school. Jason enjoys video games, skiing, basketball, and driving his Ford Mustang.
Stephanie Heckman joined Center for Champions as Fundraiser Coordinator in September 2018. Stephanie worked for the Department of the Auditor General for 33 years. She's recently retired and watches her grandchildren with her husband. Stephanie also worked with the students at Central Dauphin High School for 18 years to help raise money for families with children with cancer for the Four Diamonds Fund. During Stephanie's last 9 years, she became the head advisor. While working with students, she was able to make changes that helped increase donations.
Jenny is our high energy, creative genius. Jenny is a pro soccer player for some small Spanish league and she widdles in her spare time.