Edith Yoder, EdM, is the Executive Director of Bridge of Hope National. She authored the Mentor’s Resource Guide and developed many Bridge of Hope manuals on nonprofit management, fundraising, and board issues. Edith holds a master’s degree in Adult and Organizational Development from Temple University and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Eastern Mennonite University. After 25 years with Bridge of Hope, Edith is more passionate than ever about building neighborhoods of support for families facing homelessness.
Director of Strategic Engagement
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’s prior experience was as development director for a Christian school, 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.”
Program Consultation Specialist
Bekah joined the staff of Bridge of Hope National in February 2016. Bekah has a master’s degree in Social Work from Millersville University. She worked as a school-based therapist and also provided multi-systemic therapy supporting family preservation for child welfare involved families. Bekah is a member of Lampeter Church of the Brethren (a past Bridge of Hope mentoring church) where she attends with her husband and three young boys.
She shares, “I am very excited to be part of Bridge of Hope’s mission. I am passionate about working together with the church to end and prevent homelessness. Bridge of Hope feels like home for my soul where my values and love of social work meet God and His love for His people.”
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, has served 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 be in relationship with families facing homelessness. And isn’t being in relationship with one another how we all survive?”
Location Resource Coordinator
Dana Felder joined the Bridge of Hope National staff in January 2017 as Location Resource Coordinator (having served previously as Web & Database Administrator). She is a member of Sacred Heart Church and she has had a lifelong interest in seeing people stuck in tough situations be able to succeed with the support and encouragement of others.
“Most of us have had at least one person in our lives who believed in us,” says Dana. “That’s what I like about Bridge of Hope’s program. The help for mothers and children is not only monetary; it also includes Neighboring Volunteers – people who say, ‘You can do this!'”
Mary Beth Henry
Mary Beth joined the staff of Bridge of Hope National in November 2015. Mary Beth has a financial services background and most recently served as office manager for an investment management firm where she worked for 8 years. She has a B.A. in Communications from East Carolina University, in Greenville, NC. Mary Beth and her husband are members of Bacton Hill Bible Church and they also actively participate in the ministry of the Christian Motorcyclists Association.
She says, “I feel as followers of Christ we are called to be His hands and feet and that’s what Bridge of Hope is doing through its church-based neighboring model. I am excited to be part of the Bridge of Hope National team and look forward to what God will do through the efforts of everyone involved with this mission.”
Program Enhancement Specialist
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 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.”
Kristi joined Bridge of Hope National in November 2016 as Program Curriculum Specialist to focus on curriculum writing and resource development for program staff and neighboring volunteers. Kristi has extensive experience of successfully implementing Bridge of Hope from serving as Neighborhood Resource Specialist for Bridge of Hope @ Hannah’s House (IN) for 4.5 years. Kristi’s M.S.W. degree from Arizona State includes a child-welfare specialization.
Kristi explains that: “Through my years working as a Bridge of Hope Neighborhood Resource Specialist, I witnessed the power of relationships. I experienced the power of people working together, supporting each other, and creating friendships resulting in a once-homeless family being fully empowered to achieve their own personal successes. Bridge of Hope is life-changing for all who are involved, and I’m truly grateful to be a part of it.”
Kristi and her husband have four children. The family worships at Sacred Heart Parish at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN.
Director of Development
Lila joined the Bridge of Hope National staff as Director of Development in July, 2017. Her professional career has included ministry leadership at multiple churches and a denominational district office, as well as a variety of sales positions. As a pastor’s wife, she has served in the Christian & Missionary Alliance with her husband, John, for over 25 years. She holds a masters degree in Human Services Counseling from Regent University, Virginia and a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Nyack College, New York.
Lila says, “I’m so grateful to God and so excited for this opportunity to serve with the Bridge of Hope National team! The vision, mission, and values align with my heart for Kingdom life, especially the inclusive and holistic emphases – let’s be in this together, and let’s be all in! My desire is to facilitate an experience where ‘We choose hope by promoting transformation and positive changes which occur in [all of us] through [our] involvement in Bridge of Hope.’ (Bridge of Hope Values Statement)”
Wendy Hoke Witmer
Chief Mission Support Officer
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 served as Office Administrator at Bridge of Hope National from 2008 – 2015 and has now re-joined our team as Project Coordinator. She has a bachelor’s degree from Delaware Valley University in business administration. She and her husband, Mark, have 2 teenagers and attend Sandy Hill Community Church. Michelle says, “I believe in Bridge of Hope because Deuteronomy 15:11 says “For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’”
Bridge of Hope National Staff – September 2017