Speaker will be Brenda Alton, founder and CEO of BMA Ministries.
Music will be provided by the Interdenominational Ministers Conference Citywide Mass Choir with appearances by minister Danny Fordham and soloist Diane Wilson-Bedford.
Worship leader will be Echoes of Glory gospel radio host C.T. Hailey.
The mission of the MLK Leadership Institute is, "To prepare and empower individuals committed to exercising creative leadership to improve conditions in the Greater Harrisburg community."
The 2017 graduates are:
Dr. Warren Anderson is the chief inclusion and diversity officer and Title IX coordinator for HACC. Anderson also is a trainer and presenter on topics including college access, recruitment, retention, diversity/inclusion, Title IX and student engagement. He has a bachelor's degree in liberal studies from Mansfield University, a master's degree in multicultural education and urban transformation from Eastern University, and a doctorate in higher education from Widener University.
Leslie Avila is a sociology student at Penn State Harrisburg. She has a meditation and yoga club.
Vladimir Beaufils was a firefighter with the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Civil Service and BLM and is a disabled Vietnam War veteran. He founded Sound Community Solutions to provide life coaching, consulting, training, facilitating, motivational speaking and grant writing. He was director of the Communities That Care program in Harrisburg for more than six years then left that position to serve as director of the South Central PA Workforce Investment Board Youth Council.
Myra Blackwell is a sales consultant with TRC Interactive. She has more than 15 years of experience in the financial services industry selling e-learning training programs to C-level executives of banks and credit unions. She has a bachelor's degree in speech communications from Old Dominion University. She is chairwoman of the scholarship committee of Bethel AME Church, which annual organizes a college prep workshop for the Harrisburg community. She also is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Cathy M. Hall is the senior assistant to Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse. She has a bachelor's degree in speech communications and a master's degree in public administration from Shippensburg University.
Destini Hodges is an administrative technician for the safety and security department at HACC and was elected to Harrisburg City Council in 2016. She has a bachelor's degree in political science from Penn State Harrisburg and a certificate in paralegal studies from HACC. She previously served on Harrisburg School Board. She is a member of the YWCA Junior Board and is a ruling elder at Capital Presbyterian Church and serves the Presbyterian Church as a Diversity Coordinator for Presbyterian Women of Carlisle and a member of the Advisory Committee for Women's Concerns through the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Janet Jones is the director of specialized services for Gaudenzia. She has a master's degree in human service from Lincoln University. She created a youth program called Positive Image.
State Rep. Patty Kim represents the 103rd District in the House of Representatives. She previously served on Harrisburg City Council for seven years. She has a degree in communications from Boston College.
John Langel Sr. is employed by Servpro Hershey. He has been involved with Special Olympics for more than 25 years and is certified in 14 sports. He has participated in the Gideon ministry for 25 years and has a passion for prison ministry, which he has been doing for 16 years in Perry County. He is a member of Susquehanna Icebreakers Toastmasters Club.
DeShawn Lewis is the director for the Bureau of Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities for the state Department of General Services. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Harrisburg Alumnae Chapter and serves as chairwoman of the social action committee. She also is a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and has served as facilitator for Family to Family classes. She is also a member of the Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church.
Samia Malik is an American Muslim woman and a social/racial justice activist. She has served on boards including the ACLU and currently serves on the board of the YWCA. She is from India where she attended a Catholic university. She has lived here for more than 40 years.
Gedeon Mudacumura is a professor of public administration at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, and a part-time lecturer at Penn State Harrisburg where he earned his Ph.D. in Public Administration. He previously worked for the Pennsylvania State Treasury and the government of Rwanda, his native land. He is president of the Interdisciplinary Action Research Centers, a consortium of academics and practitioners dedicated to reducing vulnerability through in-depth research and assessment of successful re-entry efforts with vulnerable populations.
Captain Gabriel Olivera oversees the criminal investigation division of the Harrisburg Bureau of Police. He is a trained negotiator for the Dauphin County Crisis Response Team, previous chairman of the Dauphin County Gang Task Force and a previous member of the Dauphin County Human Trafficking Task Force. He has been involved with the Boy Scouts for more than17 years and has held the position of scoutmaster for 13 years. He has mentored 19 Eagle Scouts.
Darrel J. Reinford is the executive director of Christian Churches United of the Tri-County Area, a partnership of churches in Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry counties. He has a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Va., and previously worked for Paxton Ministries in Harrisburg. He is a volunteer with the Capital Area Coalition on Homelessness.
Michael Walsh is the deputy secretary for administration for the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. He previously was director of policy and communications for Sen. Allen Kukovich and a deputy secretary at the Pennsylvania Department of Education. He is a graduate of St. Vincent College and has a master's degree in public management from the H. John Heinz III School at Carnegie Mellon University. He is the immediate past president of Historic Harrisburg Association, a board member of the Martin Luther King Day of Service Committee, a board member of the US Green Building Council Central PA chapter, and is a founding board member of the Smart Growth Partnership of Westmoreland County.
Terri Washington recently retired as director for IT Program Management at Aetna. She has received her basic certification as an associate chaplain for PinnacleHealth and is working on her advance certification. She is in training to become a certified recovery specialist through the Dauphin County Drug and Alcohol Services. She is an author of four novels and her fifth novel will be released later this year. She has attended Queens College in Charlotte, N.C., Lebanon Valley College and HACC.
The event is open to the public. An offering will be accepted.