Campaign Victory!

The Faces of Change


Imagine not being able to smile like everyone else. Or eat, or drink, or talk, or even hear like everyone else. A child born with a cleft lip and/or palate may not be able to eat, swallow, or speak in the “normal” way. The incredible team at the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic treats the unique combination of needs for each patient, walking side-by-side with them through 20 years of surgeries and other treatments all while encouraging those beautiful smiles.

While the Clinic has long been at the forefront of treatment and research, our equipment and facility have not kept pace with advances in technology and patient needs. That’s one of the challenges of being the nation’s sole independent cleft treatment clinic, the only one not embedded in a major medical center or university.

In early 2019 the time came to elevate the facility to match the exceptional level of care our patients receive. We’re delighted to share that despite the many challenges encountered during the nearly three years involved with making this happen—including a flooded lower level and the Covid 19 Pandemic—we have achieved that goal! Please join us in thanking all of our campaign volunteers and donors who have made this full, state-of-the-art renovation possible. The Clinic Team is already treating more patients—those with clefts and children with other special needs—in a better, brighter, modernized facility. Through their generosity the Clinic is poised to continue its vital work for many more years to come, bringing more smiles and life-changing treatments to our kids.

With grateful smiles,

Samuel Lombardo, Bunnie Buckwalter, and Liz Prada

Clinic Video

Thank you, Dennis Owens, news anchor, clinic volunteer and patient parent; and Anthony Durso and team at ABC27 in Harrisburg!

Samuel Lombardo

Campaign Co-Chair
Chairman and CEO
Benecon and ConnectCare3

Madelyn “Bunnie” Buckwalter

Campaign Co-Chair
Real Estate Developer

Elizabeth Prada, DMD, MPH

Executive Director


Following the latest guidelines from the CDC for dental care, our entire facility is now equipped with a building-wide HEPA filtration system, and negative pressure HVAC systems in all pediatric operatories and other treatment spaces.

Arriving for an appointment has become much easier—and safer. The Clinic’s main entrance has moved from Lime Street to the rear side of the building. The change puts the entrance right next to the parking lot—a more convenient location for everyone, especially parents with children in wheelchairs or strollers.

New plantings behind the building will beautify the entrance and reduce storm water runoff.

Stairs or a new elevator will take arriving families to the main floor.

Handicapped parking spaces are moved next to the new entrance. The parking lot is being repaved for smoother walking and wheelchair travel. A bright new mural now identifies the Clinic and enhances the neighborhood.

The renovations enable us to help children with special needs beyond craniofacial conditions. Other non-profit health care organizations refer their most complicated pediatric dental cases to the Clinic. These children usually have medical or behavioral conditions that require specialized care. Many have severe dental decay, the most common chronic childhood disease. It causes pain, infection, premature tooth loss, and problems with growth and development. If his or her mouth always hurts, a child can’t learn and grow properly. The Clinic is one of only a few dental practices in Lancaster County that participates in Medical Assistance programs.


Families are discovering the main floor has “flipped,” moving the main entrance and waiting room to what is now the rear of the building. Patient care and support services have expanded to occupy almost the entire main floor. These renovated spaces benefit the families who spend hours at the Clinic on Team Day, seeing all their child’s specialists and therapists in one convenient visit.


  • Play area for small children
  • Lounge for parents and children 
  • Private conference room to discuss treatments or finances
  • Dedicated feeding room for moms
  • Parent seating close to treatment spaces


A cartoon or movie now playing on the ceiling-mounted television can help distract young patients during a procedure. The nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) line is plumbed up through the floor to hide equipment that might seem scary. We have three additional pediatric dental rooms that have now increased our capacity by 150%.

For children with certain special needs, even trying to take a simple X-ray can elicit frightened cries. The treatment rooms now have sound-reducing doors and walls to lessen the impact on other children and their families. The rooms have been intentionally placed as far from the waiting room as possible.


Following the latest guidelines from the CDC for dental care, all our orthodontic treatment rooms have been made private.

In the building’s southwest corner, we have introduced four new, private orthodontic suites which have access to natural light. Exposure to natural light has been proven to benefit patients in health care settings.

The renovation creates a separate, enclosed room for orthodontic exams and procedures. The quiet space is more soothing and less distracting for children on the autism spectrum or those with behavioral issues.

The Clinic has long been a leader in cleft research, thanks in large part to Director Emeritus Dr. Rusty Long, the grandson of Clinic founder Dr. H. K. Cooper. Now located in a new research suite, Clinic staff continue to participate in studies that determine the most effective treatments for various craniofacial anomalies.


The team approach—bringing all the specialists and therapists together in one place to decide the best treatment plan for each patient—has long been the Clinic’s hallmark. The modernization project includes elements that foster the team culture to the ultimate benefit of patients.

Weekly team meetings have moved to a larger, more functional, dedicated room on the lower level. On the main level, a small conference room with five workstations provides a space for specialists to work or meet with colleagues in between patient appointments.

Several team members’ services are donated by other health care organizations, enabling these specialists to spend one to four days a month treating patients at the Clinic. Improved work spaces for them signal our gratitude for their commitment to our mission and our patients.

The modernization includes new diagnostic and treatment tools for hearing, speech, and feeding as well as upgrades to electronic medical records systems. Computers and servers have been upgraded or replaced throughout the organization, improving staff efficiency and productivity.

Campaign Leadership

Honorary Committee

Gib and Marty Armstrong

Ann B. Barshinger

Philip and Patricia Frey

Bill and Kitt Gamber

Steering Committee

Sam Lombardo, Co-Chair, CEO, Benecon

Bunnie Buckwalter, Co-Chair, Real Estate Developer

James I. Alton, Consultant, Lindsley Development Consulting

John Cooper, President, Cooper Dentistry

Scott Fiore President, TriStarr Staffing

Dave Hanson CEO, Fulton Financial Advisors


Ross Kramer CEO, Listrak

Todd T. Lindsley, Principal, Lindsley Development Consulting

Rusty Long, Orthodontist and LCPC CEO Emeritus (retired)

Amanda Owens, President, Martin Owens Group

Dennis Owens, News Anchor, ABC-27 Harrisburg

Mark Richards, Lobbyist, S. R. Wodjak & Associates

Ed Carr, Executive (retired)

Communications Committee

Amanda Owens, Co-Chair President, Martin Owens Group

Dennis Owens, Co-Chair News Anchor, ABC-27 Harrisburg

Maureen Rostolsky, Co-Chair Speech Therapist, LCPC Staff (retired)



Teddie Chairsell, Community Volunteer

Kae Wagner, President, North Star Marketing

Beth Bostwick, President, Masterpiece Marketing

Rebecca Bissonnette, Administrative Assistant, Highmark

Suzanne Woodard, Social Worker, LCPC Staff

Lisa Freeman, Comptroller, VIZpin


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For further information about ways to give, including if you wish to make a planned gift (bequest, life insurance policy, charitable distribution from an IRA, Charitable Gift Annuity) to support the campaign, please contact Dave Foulk, Development Director, at 717-394-3793 x117.

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    Campaign Donors

    Confirmed Gifts as of 2.16.22

    $1.2 million
    Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

    Samuel N. and Dena M. Lombardo

    Armstrong World Industries Foundation
    Armstrong World Industries (In Kind)
    Ann B. Barshinger
    Madelyn “Bunnie” Buckwalter*
    The Clark Associates Charitable Foundation
    Hon. Robert J. and Anita Y. Eby*
    Bill and Kitt Gamber
    Estate of Michael Nunziata
    Henry Schein, Inc. (In Kind)
    Dwight and Kae Wagner*

    Meg and Peter Brubaker
    Ed and Barbara Carr
    Philip and Patricia Frey
    High Foundation
    The Thomas A. and Georgina T. Russo Family Foundation
    The Weiss Family

    A-DEC Inc. (In Kind)
    Mary Ellen Bachman
    Dr. and Mrs. William R A Boben, Jr.
    Frank Carano, DDS*
    Clinic Staff Collective
    Compass Network Group (In Kind)
    Dr. and Mrs. John A. Cooper, Jr.
    Victor DaCosta and Elizabeth Prada DaCosta*
    Ecore International (In Kind)
    Lisa and Robert Freeman*
    James and Iris Frey
    Fulton Bank
    The Gamber Foundation
    Dr. John and Susan Garofola
    Marjorie Gerhardt (in honor of Ryan and Kylie Gerhardt)
    Cory and Jennifer Giltner
    Mr. and Mrs. David B. Hanson*
    The Estate of Jean Hennen
    Tim and Debbie Kershner*
    The Josiah W. and Bessie H. Kline Foundation
    Larmore Scarlett LLP
    Ross and Barbara Long*
    Donald and Susan Mackay*
    Howard Kelin and Maryann Marotta*
    Martin Owens Group
    Rotary Club Of Lancaster
    Mace and Joyce Rothenberg
    Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Samson
    Dr. and Mrs. Gary Seldomridge
    Jack and Joni Soost
    Kenneth and Susan Stoudt
    Jack Vogel 
    The J. William Warehime Foundation
    Richard and Nancy Witwer
    Wayne and Cheri Work*

    Albert Einstein Medical Center Orthodontic Alumni Association
    The Allen Family Foundation
    Bruce and Christie Alton
    Hon. and Mrs. Gibson Armstrong
    Art By Smiths (in-kind)
    Bob and Julie Belser
    Stefan Bender
    Mark and Erin Brinser
    Bernard and Beth Bostwick 
    Althea Ramsay Carrigan
    Fred and Teddie Chairsell
    Derck & Edson (in-kind)
    F. David Foulk
    Eugene and Bernadette Gardner
    Dr. and Mrs. Charles Gemmi
    Dr. Edward Gold
    Andrew and Samantha Gordon* 
    Tim and Marcia Hamilton (in memory of Al Hamilton)
    Justin and Emily Herbert
    Steven Farrell and Andrea Smith 
    Dr. Austin Feeney and Virginia Gambale 
    Daniel and Lauren Grossman
    Clarence and Jody Kegel
    Barry and Carol Keller
    Scott and Cathryn Hill Ketterman
    Ross and Krista Kramer
    Lancaster County Dental Society
    W F Vann, Jr. and J Y Lee
    Mark Boyd Photography (in-kind)
    Dr. James Macomson 
    Dr. and Mrs. Harold Middleberg
    Sarah Wentzel and James Muiter*
    Dr. John Nista
    Dr. Kathleen Pale
    Stephan and Mary Anna Pavlos
    Joe and Justine Rogevich
    Dr. Lisa Russell 
    Robert L. Schroeder
    Craig and Rachel Sharnetka
    The Stoutland Family
    Two Dudes Painting Company (In Kind)
    Henry H. Ross & Son, Inc. (In Kind)
    Susan Scott
    Michael and Andrea Shirk
    Justin and Candice Sylvestre 
    Dr. and Mrs. Britt Vinson
    Michael and Denise Warfel
    Dr. Wasna Dabbagh (in Honor of Khaerea Saeed)
    Dr. Chris Wenderoth
    Dr. Sean Willcutts
    Chris and Suzanne Woodard


    *Denotes a Clinic Board Member

    Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic Board of Directors

    Thank you for your dedicated service! 

    Wayne Work, Chairman
    Owner, Work Computer Solutions

    Scott Fiore, Vice Chairman
    President, Tri-Starr Staffing

    Kae G. Wagner, Secretary
    President, North Star Marketing

    Timothy Kershner, Treasurer
    CPA, Principal Walz Group

    Frank D. Carano, DDS
    Dentist (retired) Carano Dental Group

    Lisa Freeman
    Comptroller, VIZpin

    Andrew J. Gordon
    Vice President, Fulton Bank

    Howard L. Kelin, Esq.
    Partner, Kegel, Kelin, Litts & Lord LLP

    Ronald H. Pollock, Esq.
    Attorney-at-law Saxton & Stump

    Thomas D. Samson, MD
    Plastic Surgeon, Penn State Hershey Medical Center

    Sarah Wentzel, DMD, MS
    Orthodontist, Lancaster Orthodontic Associates, LLC

    Rusty Long, DMD, MS, PhD
    Orthodontist (retired), LCPC Executive
    Director Emeritus, ex officio

    Elizabeth K. Prada, DMD, MPH
    Executive Director
    ex officio, Pediatric Dentist

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