Wanda R. D. Williams
President/Chair of Administration Committee
Bio: Council President Williams is a proud lifelong resident of the City of Harrisburg. She graduated from William Penn High School and continued her education at Harrisburg Area Community College. She is married to Jerome K. Williams Sr. and together they have 5 children, 19 grand-children and 7 great-grandchildren. Her affiliations include: Executive Board Member, Pennsylvania Municipal League; District Board Member, Pennsylvania Municipal League; Member, Human Advocacy Committee, National League of Cities; Member, Parking Advisory Committee; Member, Broad Street Market Task Force; Former Board Member, Rejoice Adoption Agency; Former President , AFSCME Local 3105; Former President, Harrisburg School Board of Directors; Former Troop Leader, Girl Scouts of America; Former Cheerleading Coach/Tutor, Harrisburg Packers Midget Football.
Awards and Recognitions: Rosa Parks Award, Community Woman of the Year Award, International “Who’s Who” of Professionals Award, Catalyst Award, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Excellence Award for Community Service, “Hoops 4 Community” Award and NGUZO SABA Award.
Chair of Public Works Committee
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Chair of Community & Economic Development Committee
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Chair of Parks, Recreation & Enrichment Committee
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Chair of Public Safety Committee
Bio: Cornelius was born in the great City of Harrisburg in July of 1988. He spent his childhood living in the Allison Hill section of Harrisburg. He attended Melrose Elementary School, then transitioned to the Math and Science Academy, and would eventually graduate in the first class from SciTech High School. Cornelius graduated from Pennsylvania State University with two Bachelor of Science degrees, one in Toxicology and the other in General Science.
Upon graduation, Cornelius was recruited by ChemAdvisors, a private sector environmental consulting company in Pittsburgh, PA, and worked as a Hazard Communication Specialist. After a year, he decided to return to Harrisburg and re-invest in the community that groomed him. In 2012 he began serving as the Health Officer for the City of Harrisburg in the Department of Building and Housing.
While working for the City of Harrisburg, Cornelius instantly made an impact by addressing public health concerns that were pending for over a year. He was not only responsible for inspecting more than 400 eating and drinking establishments within the City of Harrisburg, but was also charged with addressing numerous environmental and public health concerns from residents, as well as collaborating with other departments for special assignments. Cornelius worked diligently with the Department of Building and Housing and their Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program advocating for lead testing to be done on Harrisburg School District children. Cornelius was very passionate about his role with the City of Harrisburg and worked hard each day to make sure the concerns of the residents were met.
Cornelius also worked as the head of the Health Department for Susquehanna Township, where he is responsible for public health concerns, executing the department’s budget, managing contracts and grants, and other related tasks that fall within the jurisdiction of the Health Department. Within his first year at Susquehanna Township, he was able to revamp the department and introduced innovative ideas to better serve the residents. In March of 2014, Cornelius launched the “Sticker Compliance Program” that required restaurants to post stickers on their front door informing the consumer whether the facility was “In” or “Out” of compliance. This program was the first of its kind launched in Pennsylvania and served as a model to other local municipalities in an effort to provide transparency to consumers. Currently Cornelius is employed with The Hershey Company as a Quality Assurance Specialist.
Working within local government has helped Cornelius to understand the true meaning of being a public servant. These opportunities have allowed for him to understand the importance of efficiency as well as effectiveness within daily operations of a local government. While working full-time, Cornelius is also pursuing his Master’s in Public Administration at Shippensburg University with a completion date set for December 2016.
Cornelius’ parents instilled the importance of personal involvement in the community in him throughout his childhood. He has always wanted to be in a position to “help those around him,” and he always looked for different ways to become involved. Cornelius has been a member of various organizations such as the NAACP Youth and College Division and YMCA Teen Achievers. Through these organizations he has helped organize different community drives and events for those less fortunate in Harrisburg. Upon Cornelius’ return to Harrisburg, he saw the need for youth mentoring and immediately began volunteering with the Camp Curtin YMCA as a Cluster Leader for their Teen Achievers program. As a Cluster Leader, he has exposed his Achievers to different career fields, planned college tours and workshops, and provided mentoring.
Cornelius is enrolled in the Greater Harrisburg Martin Luther King Leadership Development Institute. This experience has advanced his leadership skills and advocating techniques for underserved and underrepresented communities. Additionally, Cornelius is a member of Harrisburg Young Professionals and K.I.N.G.S. (Keeping Inner City Neighborhoods Great and Safe).
Cornelius has been actively involved in community restoration events, such as the revitalization of the 4th & Emerald Street playground, and community literacy events such as the “100 Men Read” program which involves reading books to elementary school children. He believes that in order to lower crime and create safer streets, we must invest in our youth.
Wherever there is a need, Cornelius has been known to get involved and give a helping hand.
Shamaine A. Daniels, Esq.
Chair of Building & Housing Committee / Vice-President
Bio: Shamaine Daniels is an immigration attorney in Harrisburg, PA. Prior to opening her own practice she served low-income Pennsylvanians in class-action suits to remedy minimum wage and overtime violations, represented tenants in uninhabitable housing, and challenged the Commonwealth’s special education funding formula which had an adverse effect on low-income Pennsylvanians with disabilities. Daniels is most known for her work as Plaintiff’s counsel in Lozano et. al. v. City of Hazleton.
Her community involvement includes being the current President of Harrisburg Area NOW and Chair of the Board for the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition. She graduated with a B.A. in Political Science: International Relations and Sociology from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of Cincinnati and a J.D. from the University Of Cincinnati College Of Law. Daniels is the first immigrant to be elected to Harrisburg’s City Council.
Chair of Budget & Finance Committee
Bio: Ben Allatt is a local executive in Harrisburg, PA with over 15 years of experience in the Human Resource field, with a large emphasis on staffing and recruiting. Additionally, he is devoted to serving the community at large. This passion has driven him to become more involved in the local political landscape. Ben is the Vice President of Human Resources for Harrisburg University, located right in the heart of downtown Harrisburg. Ben earned a degree in Human Resource Management and a minor in Speech Communications from Messiah College. He is dedicated to working with diversity and inclusion programs and has played an integral role in bringing diversity to the forefront both in the workplace and in the community. He has participated in numerous panels on diversity and has developed diversity recruiting strategies for implementation in a variety of organizations and workplace settings.
Ben has made Harrisburg, PA his home for over 15 years and remains committed to serving the community at large through numerous community engagements. He is a graduate of Leadership Harrisburg Area, a Community Leadership Training Series and has been actively involved with local colleges providing career guidance and resume development. Additionally, he is earnestly involved in several non-profit groups including several Board appointments. Currently, Ben is the President of the Board of Directors for the Human Resource Professionals and has served in the past as a Vice President and Diversity Chair. Ben is also the current President for the Capital Region Stonewall Democrats. He also served on the board with Open Stage of Harrisburg and volunteered with the LGBT Center of Central PA as a youth leader and as an advocate for issues pertaining to LGBT youth. In 2013, Ben was recognized as one of the “Top 40 under 40” by the Central Penn Business Journal.