A Church-Based Approach to Ending Family Homelessness

National Board

Bridge of Hope National board September 2015

Bridge of Hope National board
September 2015

Rev. James Lapp, D. Min. (Board Chair)

Rev. James Lapp began his service as chair of Bridge of Hope National’s board of directors in 2011. Jim earned his Doctorate of Ministry from Drew University School of Theology and most recently served as an intentional interim pastor in Henderson, Nebraska. An ordained minister, he previously served congregations in Pennsylvania, Indiana and Oregon. He has also held a variety of elected and staff denominational positions, including General Secretary of the Mennonite Church from 1987 – 1995 and Conference Pastor for the Franconia Conference from 1996 – 2006. Jim’s denominational executive leadership for 8 years and his conference executive role for ten years are some of the key experiences that position him well for his leadership role with Bridge of Hope National. Jim’s wife, Miriam F. Book, is also a pastor. They have three children and seven grandchildren. “I want to invest in meaningful ministries that meet tangible needs,” says Jim. “Bridge of Hope National effectively meets real needs and I am happy to be a part of such an effort.”

Bill Hartman, J.D. (Board Vice-Chair)
Executive Vice President, Everence

Bill currently serves as Vice President for Organization Services, coordinating Everence’ services for profit and not-for-profit organizations nationally. In addition, he is part of the management team of Everence Trust Company, a division of Everence. Earlier in his career, Bill worked for 16 years for the Farm Credit System in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Bill is a graduate of Widener University School of Law, and is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He also is a registered investment advisor. Bill and his wife, Dot, are members of Hope Community Church, where he serves on the Elder team. Bill and Dot have two daughters. “I believe that Christ’s imperative for us as 21st century believers is to love and serve the people that society marginalizes,” says Bill. “My passion for the work of Bridge of Hope stems from this belief.”

Anne Redlus (Board Secretary)
Board member of General Federation of Women’s Club national board

Anne is the Immediate Past State President of the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC. Anne has been involved at the local, state, national and international levels since 1975. Anne lives in Westampton, NJ with her husband Howard. They are parents of 3 adult children and 1 grandchild. She attends First Presbyterian Church in Mt. Holly where she has served in a variety of positions. Anne whole heartedly believes in the Bridge of Hope concept of ending and preventing homelessness in your community…one church and one family at a time. This closely follows the motto of the NJSFWC, “Making a Difference, One Project at a Time,” which has guided her volunteer work for many years.

Jennifer Schwalm, C.P.A. (Treasurer)
Chief Mission Development Officer, Masonic Villages 

Jennifer Schwalm is the Chief Mission Development Officer at Masonic Villages.  She earned her Accounting degree from Shippensburg University and, in 2009, was named one of Pennsylvania’s “Best 50 Women in Business.” Jennifer previously served on the endowment committee for Lutheran Camping Corporation of Central Pennsylvania. She currently volunteers with United Way Capital Region and is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. “I’m excited to serve on the board of Bridge of Hope National,” says Jennifer. “I have always been committed to the importance of mentoring relationships for women and girls. The program model of Bridge of Hope is built around mentoring friendships for women and children facing homelessness.”

Peter Barwick, J.D.
Attorney, Alston & Bird

Peter Barwick is an attorney in the Global Finance & Debt Products Group of Alston & Bird in Charlotte, North Carolina. His practice focuses on structured finance. Peter earned his J.D. from Duke University where he was a Williams Scholar. His M.A.R. in Ethics is from Yale Divinity School where he was a Carpenter Scholar. Peter currently attends Uptown Church, a Presbyterian Church in America congregation. “I’ve always been a fan of the vision of Bridge of Hope,” he says. “What appeals to me most about Bridge of Hope is the ministry of friendship component and the engagement of local churches in a ministry that transforms lives.”

Christine Bugher, M.S.
Executive Director, Marriage Resource Center of Frederick County

Chris holds a master’s degree in Education from Johns Hopkins University. During her professional career, she has been a teacher, reading specialist, educational consultant, business owner, training manager, and non-profit executive director. Chris is married to David Bugher, who has served as the executive director of rescue missions in Pittsburgh (PA) and Jacksonville (FL). Chris is passionate about the holistic recovery process needed to turn hopelessness into hopefulness. Chris and David have two grown sons.

Jodi Gibble
Director of Marketing for The Highlands

Jodi is the Director of Marketing for The Highlands at Wyomissing, a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Wyomissing (PA).  Previously, she was the Vice President of Marketing and Community Relations for Luthercare, a Lutheran service organization in Lititz (PA).  Jodi has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from Bloomsburg University (PA).  As a social worker, Jodi is excited about the opportunity to serve on the board of Bridge of Hope National, as she whole-heartedly supports the mission of the organization.  Jodi and her husband, Brett, are the parents of twin boys.

Herta K. Harman
Artist and Retired Mental Health Clinical Counselor

Herta was born in Brazil and lived there until 2005 when she moved to the USA. She has a degree in Clinical Psychology from University of Tuiuti and a specialization in Community Mental Health from Catholic University of Curitiba Brazil. Herta provided clinical counseling and managed a faith-based mental health clinic in Curitiba for 14 years. Herta sees Bridge of Hope as a unique bridge that helps us to become aware of health and social realities and that mobilizes churches and people to reach out to the world – offering inclusion, support, healing, and hope. Herta and her husband Carl live in Harrisonburg (VA) and attend Harrisonburg First Nazarene Church. She has two sons, a daughter, and a stepson. She is the proud grandmother of 3 grandsons and 2 granddaughters.

Brandon J. Haynes
President, Allegheny Financial Group, Ltd.

Brandon has a bachelor’s degree in Financial Management from Grove City College and is a Certified Financial Planner. He has been with Allegheny Financial Group since 1996 and offers professional, comprehensive financial planning services to individuals and small businesses. In 2011, Brandon was promoted to President of Allegheny Financial Group and Vice-President of Allegheny Investments. Brandon and his wife Shawna live in Wexford, PA and are members of Allegheny Center Alliance Church in Pittsburgh. They are the parents of twin daughters.

Dr. Robert L. Hewitt, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Social Work for Shippensburg University

Dr. Robert “Bob” Hewitt is Professor Emeritus of Social Work for Shippensburg University, PA.  He has 44 years of national and international professional, multi-level, human service experience, both in the practice and academic realms. Bob’s work and activities in the community and in the academic arena have not gone unnoticed. He has received a large number of athletic, professional, and community service awards. Most recently Bob was selected as Chambersburg’s 2014 Mike Waters Citizen of the Year.  He is currently involved with men and boys’ ministry, community development and leadership, and as a trainer and consultant.  Bob’s interest and commitment to Bridge of Hope’s mission flow out of his commitment to the church as a place of addressing justice issues and his passion for the profession of social work from a cultural humility/strengths-based approach.  Bob and his wife and training partner, Nicole (also a Ph.D. social worker), reside in Chambersburg, PA and are members of Brownsville Church of God (BCOG) and serve/sing with the BCOG Worship Team.  They have three children and two grandchildren.

Sherry Lapp
Co-owner of Burkwood Associates

Sherry, a former elementary school teacher, and her husband Kevin own Burkwood Associates (a real estate company in Lancaster County, PA).  They are the parents of three school-age children.  Sherry co-chairs the Bridge of Hope National Gala.  She also serves on the board of the Manheim Township Public Library and attends Neffsville Mennonite Church.  Sherry says, “Bridge of Hope affords women and their children the chance that they deserve. By partnering together with local churches much can be accomplished.”

Douglas Martin 
Sales Manager of PaulB WholeSale

Before joining PaulB Wholesale, Doug served as the Vice President of Operations for Auntie Anne’s in Lancaster, PA. Prior to that, he was a co-owner and operator of Edgewood Printing, a commercial printing company in Lancaster, PA. Doug has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management from Messiah College. Doug and his wife Crystal were introduced to Bridge of Hope many years ago by his father, Paul Martin (founding board member). He enjoys making a difference in the lives of others by helping Bridge of Hope National continue to impact the lives of families in need. Doug and Crystal attend LCBC (Lives Changed By Christ) Church – Lancaster Campus and are the parents of two grown sons.

Shadell Quinones, L.S.W., M.S.S.
Adoption Manager, Chester County Department of Children, Youth and Families

Shadell is the Adoption Supervisor for the Department of Children, Youth and Families in the County of Chester (PA). Her dedication and passion to the work in Child Welfare comes from her personal experience of being a foster child.  Shadell is a licensed social worker who lives in Chester County and is the mother of a young adult daughter. She has a master’s degree in Social Work and Law and Social Policy from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. Shadell attends Praise Fellowship Church. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, exercising, writing, spending quiet time alone and praise dancing. Her passion for Bridge of Hope’s work comes out of her own experiences as an alumnus of Bridge of Hope Lancaster & Chester Counties (PA) and a desire to give back to the ministry of Bridge of Hope and to touch the lives of women and children who are challenged by some of the same circumstances she once faced.

Craig Schloneger, M.Div.
Partner and Senior Consultant, North Group

Craig is Partner and Senior Consultant with North Group after serving as the CEO of Ten Thousand Villages, the world’s largest fair trade retailer. Craig has also worked as a CPA, educator in Swaziland, President of Dutch Corp, and pastor of Neffsville Mennonite Church (PA). Craig has a bachelor’s degree from Goshen College and a Master’s of Divinity from Eastern Mennonite Seminary. Craig and his wife, Ann, live in Lancaster (PA) with their three children.

Lee Snyder, Ph.D.
President Emeritus, Bluffton University

Lee served as the President of Bluffton University (OH). She was also the Vice President and Academic Dean of Eastern Mennonite University (VA). Lee received her Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Oregon. She is the author of At Powerline and Diamond Hill: Unexpected Intersections of Life and Work. Since retiring, Lee continues to write and is involved with assignments for educational organizations, boards of trustees and Mennonite Church USA. She and her husband, Delbert, divide their time between Virginia and the west coast, and are members of Community Mennonite Church (VA) and associate members of Salem Mennonite Church (OR).

Rev. William Snyder, M.Div., S.T.M.
Vice President – Philanthropy & Community Engagement, Luthercare

Bill currently serves as Vice President – Philanthropy & Community Engagement at Luthercare in Lititz, PA. Bill holds a Master of Divinity from Luther Northwestern Seminary and a Master of Sacred Theology from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg.  He is an ordained minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Prior to joining Luthercare in 2009, Bill served as Vice President, System Leadership and Collaboration with Lutheran Services in America.

Joan Gotwals Yoder
Co-Owner Brook Ledge Horse Transportation

Joan Gotwals Yoder is part of the ownership team of a family operated transportation company. She and her husband, Terry, have two children and attend James St. Mennonite Church. “I served on the board of Bridge of Hope Lancaster & Chester Counties at the time when the national concept was ‘being birthed’,” says Joan. “So it is extremely exciting to be participating at the national level. This program has a proven success record and now it can make a lifetime of difference for even more homeless women and children.”

Bridge of Hope National Advisory Board Members

Michele Beamer

Graduate of Bridge of Hope Lancaster & Chester Counties (PA) and passionate advocate for homeless single mothers

Kent Martin

Award-winning business leader, CEO of Signature Custom Cabinetry

Rev. Phil Olson

Chaplain with Cancer Treatment Centers of America and author of Churches That Make Difference: Reaching Your Community with Good News & Good Works

Ron Sider, Ph.D.

Author, retired seminary professor, proponent of holistic biblical faith, and the founder of Evangelicals for Social Action

Christine Sine, M.D.

Adjunct professor, author and co-founder of Mustard Seed Associates

Edgar Stoesz

Author, former chair of Habitat for Humanity International and first board chair of Bridge of Hope National

Heidi Unruh

Faith-based community development researcher and author of Hope for Children in Poverty