Bridge of Hope National Board of Directors
Douglas MartinBoard Chair
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.
Bill Hartman, J.D.Board Vice-Chair
Executive Vice President, Everence
Bill currently serves as Vice President for Organization Services for Everence, coordinating 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, attend James Street Mennonite Church and 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.”
Jodi GibbleBoard Secretary
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.
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 neighboring relationships for women and girls. The program model of Bridge of Hope is built around building these relationships for women and children facing homelessness.”
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.
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.
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, physical fitness, and his beloved chocolate lab (Champ). Steve looks forward to utilizing his skill set to further the mission of Bridge of Hope.
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.
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.
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.”
Recently Retired Area Director, World Vision
Marilyn served for 12 years as Area Director for World Vision where she raised funds to help vulnerable families around that globe. Previously, Marilyn was the E.D. of City as Parish, a ministry of the Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation. Marilyn also worked as the Director of Marketing and Training for National Development Corporation and owned her own consulting company. She has served on the Lazarus Center board, the Episcopal Diocese Standing Committee, and on her parish vestry. Having been a single mother, Marilyn understands the struggles faced by single mothers and their children, and wants to connect the Church to meet their needs. Marilyn is married to Gary and has a son, daughter, and step daughter. She also has five precious grandchildren. Marilyn is passionate about diversity, cultural humility, and social justice.
Ben Cattell Noll
Technical Assistance Specialist, National Alliance to End Homelessness
Ben Cattell Noll is a Technical Assistance Specialist with the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Ben works with his colleagues at the Alliance’s Center for Capacity Building to provide training, consultation and technical assistance to communities across the country seeking to adopt best practices to improve their homeless services systems with specific focuses on rapid re-housing and crisis response services. Ben got his start in the field as a permanent supportive housing case manager, developing his skills in participant-centered models and kindling his passion for ending homelessness. He has also managed a team of case managers and specialists within a Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) rapid re-housing program in Washington, DC. Ben and his wife Laura live in Hyattsville, MD and attend Community House Church. Ben was introduced to Bridge of Hope as a child, when his mother volunteered in PA. Ben is excited to see his journey with Bridge of Hope come full circle as he shares his insight and perspective as a professional in the field.
Bethany Shue Nussbaum
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 by through creative business solutions. 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 and has a passion for creating community and developing others. She and her husband, Scott, live in Ohio, attend Oak Grove Mennonite, and enjoy spending time with their amazing nieces and nephews. Bethany says, “I’m reminded how many of my interest and values overlap with the mission of Bridge of Hope. I’m honored to work to end homelessness by engaging communities to walk with and develop our sisters to reach their God-given potential.”
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.
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.
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.
Communications Director, The Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation
Colleen is a native Pittsburgher. She graduated from Grove City College with a degree in Social Services and Christian Ministry. She began working for The Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation in 1994 in various capacities and today serves Communications Director. 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.