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30 AUGUST 10-16, 2011 Social Service


WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE 2011 Social Service


JACQUELINEWILSON CEO


Three Rivers Adoption Council As head of one of the largest adoption


ANDREA M.WILLIAMS Executive Director


Children’s Sickle Cell Foundation Inc. As founder of the Children’s Sickle Cell Foundation Inc., AndreaM.Williams is


working to battle a disease that directly impacts people of African descent and helping the community access lifesaving services. The mother of four, one of whomis affected by the disease, created the organization in 2002 by identifying and addressing gaps in service, creating community partnerships and focusing on education, wellness and outreach for families affected by sickle cell. Her ef- forts to organize statewide advocacy events and discussionswith state and local policy makers have lead to her appointment to the Health Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children. Williams will begin serving on the committee in October. Her advocacy has taken her as far as Africa, where she represented parents during the opening ceremony of the 1st Global Congress on Sickle Cell Disease in Accra, Ghana. She also conducted a support group in Kumasi, Ghana, which has since become the model for a strategic plan to spread the program to New York and Puerto Rico.


agencies in the region, JacquelineWilson’s work is a key factor in bringing many area families and children together. During her 11 year tenure as CEO of Three Rivers Adoption Council, the organization has been lauded by the Congressional Coali- tion on Adoption Institute and the U.S. De- partment of Health and Human Services. Beyond her current position, Wilson worked as a foster care director for Family Services of Western Pennsylvania. Her volunteer commitments to the field include sitting on the board of directors of Voice for Adoption and the Adoption Exchange Association and serving as advisory board member for the Pennsylvania Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network. In 2005, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption named her as a National Angel. Her volunteer efforts include work withMy Brother’s Keeper and with Mt. Ararat Bap- tist Church. Wilson holds a Bachelors of SocialWork and a Masters of SocialWork fromthe University of Pittsburgh. She is in the process of pursuing her PhD in admin- istration and leadership studies in non- profit management from Indiana Univer- sity of Pennsylvania.


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