Edith Yoder became the first executive director of Bridge of Hope National in April 2002 after serving as executive director of Bridge of Hope Lancaster & Chester Counties since 1990. She authored The Mentor’s Resource Guide, a training tool which helps equip caring Christians for an effective ministry of friendship with homeless families. She has also written and developed many other Bridge of Hope manuals on nonprofit management, fundraising and board issues and speaks nationally at various conferences.
Edith’s own spiritual journey has included a deep sense of call to engage and equip churches in ending homelessness for single mothers and children. “It is a joy to see God at work through mentors from various Christian churches,” says Edith, who holds a master’s degree in Adult and Organizational Development from Temple University. “Over and over we see that the connection with a mentoring group from a local church makes the difference for homeless single mothers and their families.”
Kathy joined our staff in November 2010. She is a former board member of Tel Hai Retirement Community and Bridge of Hope Lancaster & Chester Counties, where she chaired the Garden Brunch event for many years. Kathy is also development director for a Christian school. Previously, she was advertising director for a real estate company and a claims attorney for a major healthcare company. Kathy holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and English Literature from Franklin and Marshall College and a law degree from Villanova School of Law.
Kathy says, “I have a strong passion for both Bridge of Hope and development and am excited to be part of the staff and share the mission with others.”
Director of Outreach
Anne joined the staff of Bridge of Hope National in 2012 after working for almost ten years as Special Events Coordinator and then Development Director for Bridge of Hope Lancaster & Chester Counties. She is an active member of Ascension Lutheran Church, serves on various school and community committees, and is married with three children. Anne holds a bachelor’s degree from Millersville University and has previous experience in social services, sales, and customer relations.
Anne has a deep passion for the work of Bridge of Hope. “Having been raised by a single mother, I can relate to the difficulties and hardships that mothers face when trying to balance work and family life alone. Add to that the fear of homelessness and those obstacles seem overwhelming. The Bridge of Hope program is a viable solution that empowers women experiencing homelessness to rise above those obstacles and calls the church to action in a ministry of friendship. And isn’t being in relationship with one another how we all survive?”
Director of Marketing and Resource Development
Mindy Fetherman came on staff with Bridge of Hope National in July 2008, having served for 14 years as the Director of Outreach for a large Presbyterian church. She is passionate about people in the church being involved in God’s work in the world. And she says that equipping the church in mission is the great blessing of her professional life.
“I love that Bridge of Hope calls churches to work together and Christians to put their faith in action” says Mindy, who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Administration-related fields. “I desire to increase resources so that Bridge of Hope can empower more churches to work together in the name of Jesus to help women and children experience home.”
Sarah Kim joined the staff of Bridge of Hope National in January 2014, having previously served on the program staff of two Bridge of Hope locations. She has a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. Sarah is currently also a therapist with Glad Services, and she and her family are active with Koinos Community Church.
Sarah explains, “I remember when I truly got the full picture of Bridge of Hope’s mission, it felt like I was home. The combining of social work (my chosen profession) and the calling of churches into action to help those in need (and possibly be changed themselves through the process), felt like a direct outflow of my heart. I couldn’t not be a part of something like this.”
Courtney Long joined our staff in April 2014. She previously served as the Assistant Director of Regional Giving at Jefferson Foundation in Philadelphia, as well as the Assistant Director of Annual Giving at West Chester University. Courtney has a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in psychology from Penn State University, and she and her family attend St. Peter’s Catholic Church.
Courtney says, “There are times in life when we all could use a helping hand, whether that comes from a family member, a friend or a stranger. I have experienced this in my life and that is one of the many reasons I choose to work with and support Bridge of Hope National.”
Wendy Hoke Witmer
Director of Program Services
Wendy Hoke Witmer joined our staff in 2007. She has a master’s degree in Social Work and brings extensive experience in program development and leadership in the child welfare and disability fields. Wendy is also a foster/adoptive parent.
”Bridge of Hope intrigued me for years, even before I joined the staff,” says Wendy. “It gives feet to the Church and support systems for families who are often lacking these when social services exit their lives. I’m excited to be able to help Bridge of Hope locations fine-tune their programs and services to promote the best possible futures for families.”
Michelle Wright joined the staff of Bridge of Hope National in August 2008, having worked in customer service and management roles in the fields of travel, finance and health care.
“I first heard about the local Bridge of Hope when our moms group bought Christmas gifts for a family one year,” says Michelle. “When I was preparing to return to work after my children went to school, I knew I wanted to work with a Christian faith-based organization and make a difference. This position at Bridge of Hope National was the right fit at the right time.”