National Board

Bridge of Hope National Board of Directors

Bethany Shue Nussbaum

Board Chair

Senior Development Officer, Mennonite Economic Development Associates
Bethany serves as Senior Development Officer for Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), a nonprofit based in Ontario that empowers vulnerable populations out of poverty through business. Previously, Bethany was Advancement Director for Central Christian School, a private Christian school in northeast Ohio. Bethany holds a MBA in Leadership from Goshen College, recently completed an intensive Year of More program on social and emotional intelligence with Wright Foundation and has a passion for creating community, building relationships and developing others. She lives in northeast Ohio and enjoys reading, writing, spending time with her amazing nieces and nephew and finding God in nature. Bethany says, “So many of my interests and values overlap with the mission of Bridge of Hope. Building relationships and walking with women (and children) who are in need of support, care and connections during a difficult season of their life is a holy calling with a long lasting impact.”

Katie Engle

Vice-Chair/Chair Elect

Account Executive, Lockton Companies
Katie is a proud graduate of Boston College with a degree in Psychology and Hispanic Studies. Katie works as an Account Executive at Lockton Companies, a commercial insurance brokerage firm, in Boston working with a variety of large commercial and Not for Profit clients. Prior to Lockton, Katie worked at Travelers Insurance in Boston as an Account Executive in their National Accounts group.  Katie believes Bridge of Hope is a very inspiring organization, especially in the way we are effecting change and providing aid to such a critical population. She says, “I am inspired by the work that has been achieved and excited to be a part of this work.” Katie attends a Catholic church in Boston where she lives with her husband, Charlie.

Ben Cattell Noll

Board Secretary

Homeless Services Consultant with ICF International
Ben Cattell Noll is a stay-at-home Dad to his 1-year-old daughter and part-time homeless services consultant with ICF International. Throughout his career, Ben has worked in a variety of roles in homeless services including serving as a permanent supportive housing case manager and assistant director for a rapid re-housing program in Washington, DC and as a technical assistance specialist with the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Ben and his wife Laura recently re-located from the Washington DC area to Lancaster, PA, where Ben grew up and was introduced to Bridge of Hope as a child when his mother volunteered. Ben and Laura are still looking for their new church home in Lancaster but keep in touch from afar with their beloved Community House Church in DC.

Steve Hawbaker

Board Treasurer

Chief Financial Officer, Allegheny Financial Group, Ltd.
Steve, a C.P.A., is the CFO and Chief Compliance Officer of Allegheny Financial Group in Pittsburgh, PA. Steve and his wife Tammy have three adult children and attend Memorial Park Presbyterian Church, where Steve served on the Deacon board and with several other ministries of the church. He served on a local school board for 12 years and on the boards of Community Auto (a car donation organization he helped to form), Foster Grandparents, Western PA Community Accountants, and the IRS VITA program. In his spare time, Steve enjoys his family, music, and physical fitness.  Steve is glad to be utilizing his skill set to further the mission of Bridge of Hope.

Colleen Ulke

Executive Committee Member at-large

Graduate Student and Birth Doula with Birth Doulas of Pittsburgh
Colleen is a native Pittsburgher.  She graduated from Grove City College with a degree in Social Services and Christian Ministry.  She is a graduate student as well as a birth doula with Birth Doulas of Pittsburgh and previously served as Communications Director at the Pittsburgh Kids Foundation. Colleen is excited to serve on the National Board of Bridge of Hope.  She believes that the Bible is clear about taking care of those who are in need. She has personal experience with family members who could have greatly benefited from the support that Bridge of Hope extends to young women and their children.  Colleen attends Orchard Hill Church in Wexford and is a member of the worship team there.  She has been married to her husband, Ayhan, for almost 24 years and has two daughters and a son.

Dr. Samuel R. Benbow, D.Ed.

Associate Professor, Department of Social Work & Gerontology, Shippensburg University of PA
Sam brings a wealth of experience in Social Work; mental health, disabilities, professional development, inclusionary practices and team building. He has served on local, regional, national and international boards within the field of social work practice. He and his wife Bernadette are parents of two young adult daughters. They attend St. Peters AME Church in Shippensburg, and in their spare time enjoy riding motorcycles, and spending time with family and close friends.  Sam says “I have experienced extreme poverty and near homelessness growing up in a single parent home in inner city Philadelphia. Growing up, I was blessed to be surrounded by caring people in our church and community who helped raise me to always remember that to whom much is given much is required.  Bridge of Hope provides a wonderful opportunity for me to give by being a partner and supportive voice in our collective efforts to help build strong and resilient families.”

Veronica Danielle Hennessy

Customer Cares Specialist, National Reservations Center for Penske
Veronica Hennessy is a Customer Cares Specialist for the National Reservations Center for Penske, in Berks County, PA, where she has worked since 2019.  She is a program alumni of Bridge of Hope from 1997-98.  She has been actively involved with Bridge of Hope alumni over the years and loves staying connected with other alum via Facebook.

Her sons are now young adults and she is very proud of them.  Veronica attends Glad Tidings Church in Reading, PA.  Through her work with Penske, she has also served as the Loaned Campaign Specialist for the company with Berks County United Way.

Veronica says, “I am so grateful to Bridge of Hope and am humbled and honor that you would consider me for this important opportunity.”

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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.

Pastor Victor Johnson

Pastor of Brownsville Church of God
Pastor Johnson has led Brownsville Church of God in Fayetteville (near Chambersburg, PA) for 39 years. He is a principled, articulate Christian leader who loves people and serves them on both the micro and macro levels. Pastor Johnson is a person with a depth of awareness of cultural humility. Vic served as a bi-vocational pastor, working for Schindler Elevator Corporation for 42 years. He retired as Senior Division Leader in 2013, and now works full-time in pastoral church ministry. Vic and his wife Katherine have been married for 44 years. They are proud parents of three children, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Pastor Vic believes that God is at work in our world today reaching out to all generations. He has a deep love for God, for all people, and for the work of ministry.

Alisa Miller

President and CEO, Kairos Health Systems
Alisa Miller, C.P.A., is President and CEO of Kairos Health Systems.  Alisa and her husband live in Haymarket, VA and are the parents of one son.  Alisa’s educational and professional background includes nearly 20 years in public accounting for both national and regional firms. The mission of Bridge of Hope resonates with Alisa, having learned the importance of a support network for families from her father’s experience growing up with an abusive parent that routinely forced him, his siblings and mother to be without a home, seeking the kindness of family and friends.

Will Rothenberger

President, Bomberger’s Store
Will Rothenberger is President of Bomberger’s Store, Lititz, PA.  Bomberger’s Store joined Signature Custom Cabinetry as a host for our Golf Classic, in 2012.  Will brings years of expertise and experience in digital marketing and leadership, as well as a degree in marketing from Millersville University.  Will and his wife Nikki are 6th generation family at Bomberger’s.  They attend Victory Church – Lititz Campus.  Will and Nikki live in Lancaster County, PA, and are the parents of 4 kids, one of whom came to them through foster care and whom they hope to adopt soon.  Will says, “I believe in Bridge of Hope because it couples a local support system of churches in the area with a national support system of resources and education. The result of supporting woman and children in need to not only help them in the long term through education but by providing needed support in the short term, is tremendous. I am thankful that an organization like Bridge of Hope exists and fortunate I can be a part of it.”

 

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Vegee Sardi Black, Bridge of Hope National Board Member

Vegee Sardi-Black

Vegee has a Communications degree from Temple University. She enjoyed a 25-year career in the advertising/marketing industry as a senior sales executive across television, direct mail and print mediums. In more recent years she worked alongside her husband, Brian Black, to establish Legacy Law PLLC in Lititz, PA as the client services and office administrator.

She and Brian married in 2016 and  share a blended family of 5 young adult children. They enjoy warm weather travel together as a family, and have been privileged to journey with each of their children as they establish their careers, enter into marriage and navigate other life changes. Vegee and Brian have made Calvary Church in Lancaster their faith home. To strengthen and deepen her walk, she pursues personal quiet time, small group studies and creating space to help others in need.

Vegee says, “I am excited to join the board and believe in Bridge of Hope because serving single parents and their children is near and dear to my heart and very much embrace the importance of empowering families and instilling hope to them for a greater future.

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Bill Snyder, Bridge of Hope Board Chair

Rev. William Snyder, M.Div., S.T.M.

Vice President – Consultant – Greenstone Mosaic, LLC
William C. Snyder currently serves as Consultant – Greenstone Mosaic, LLC, a subsidiary of Greenstone Living. Greenstone Living is affiliated with Luthercare, Lititz, PA. Greenstone Mosaic provides consulting services to organizations in the areas of cultural values alignment, leadership development, strategic planning, and board development. Bill previously served as Vice President – Philanthropy and Community Engagement.  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.

Bill holds a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from Grove City College (1979), Master of Divinity from Luther Northwestern Seminary (1983) and Master of Sacred Theology from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (1996).  He has served in numerous ways in the church and community, is a Certified Aging Services Professional and is a Leading Age Leadership Academy Alumnus, Class of 2008. He was a co-facilitator the Leading Age PA Fellows in Leadership Program. Currently Bill sings with his congregation’s choir. He also enjoys time with his family, skiing, reading, cooking, hiking and teaching.

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Beth Trout

Vice President of Advancement, Landis Communities
In her role with Landis Communities (Lititz, PA), Beth seeks to builds relationships with current and potential partners of Landis Homes and Landis Communities to help them achieve their philanthropic goals. Through her more than 25 years of professional experience in the nonprofit environment with organizations like the American Heart Association and the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse, Beth has always found meaning in being able to connect to the mission and vision of an organization. Introduced to Bridge of Hope through our Gala Luncheon, Beth was immediately drawn to the service model and impressed by the excellent work being done across the country. Beth is now the co-chair of our Gala Luncheon. She and her husband Jason have 4 young adult and adult children. She and Jason attend LCBC Church.

Reverend Dr. Marsha Brown Woodard, DMIN

Senior Lecturer in Christian Ministries and Director of Supervised Ministries, Palmer Theological Seminary
The Reverend Dr. Marsha Brown Woodard is Senior Lecturer in Christian Ministries and Director of Supervised Ministries at Palmer Theological Seminary, the Seminary of Eastern University, in St. Davids, PA.. She is a member of the Saints Memorial Baptist Church in Bryn Mawr, where she serves as Associate Pastor. She also has ministerial standing in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Dr. Woodard is passionate in helping people become all that God intends for them and whether that is in the classroom, from the pulpit or in a community organization her work leads to transformed lives and transformed communities. Bridge of Hope helps families to be transformed as they move from homelessness to homes and the opportunity to share in this work is what led Dr. Woodard to join the Board. She resides in Norristown, PA is an avid reader and loves to collect pink elephants.