Edith YoderBoard Chair
Edith Yoder, EdM, is the Chief Executive Officer of Bridge of Hope National and serves as community board chair of Bridge of Hope Chester County. She authored the original church volunteer training manual for Bridge of Hope 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 30 years with Bridge of Hope, Edith is more passionate than ever about building neighborhoods of support for families facing homelessness.
Nicole AndersonFounder and President, Nicole Anderson Legacy (NAL) Speakers Bureau
Nicole Anderson has over 25 years of operations and business development experience. NAL Speakers represents a diverse group of professional speakers and leadership development workshop leaders. Nicole holds a BA in International Business and Finance from Temple University’s Fox School of Business and a MBA from LaSalle University. A life-long advocate for improving the lives of women and children, she has held several leadership roles on various non-profit boards in the Philadelphia area. Since 2011, Nicole has been involved with Bridge of Hope including working on the committee for the Annual Spring Gala. Nicole shares life with her husband Caswell, two children and their dog Auggie. Nicole commented, “I believe in Bridge of Hope and its mission because every family deserves a home, to feel safe and to feel secure. This is why I’m passionate about the work that Bridge of Hope does and the positive impact that they have in the lives of mothers and children.”
Kyle J. BoyerDean of Students in the Norristown Area School District and Senior Pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church
Dr./Rev. Kyle J. Boyer is an educator, minister, and social justice advocate. His work and studies lie at the intersection of education, the church, and public policy. He serves as Dean of Students in the Norristown Area School District and the senior pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Coatesville, PA. As a local pastor, he is uniquely acquainted with the importance of partnering with others to help those in the community. Kyle is a graduate of the George Washington University, the University of Pennsylvania, and United Lutheran Seminary. “I am happy to support the important work that Bridge of Hope continues to do in our community.”
Lauren CampbellAdministrator of Decade to Doorways
The reality is, nearly 40% of Americans are one paycheck away from poverty or homelessness. My great passion is determining ways in which to bypass this stage, along with the trauma, hurt and shame that come along with it.
I have spent the last four years dedicated to creating a County wide plan to ending homelessness as the Administrator of Decade to Doorways. As a licensed Project Management Professional, I have relied heavily on intense research, wide collaboration, and well thought out operational plans in order to accomplish this goal.
My educational background includes a B.S. Marketing and minor in Business from Messiah College near Harrisburg, PA. My previous experience is in communications and strategy as a project manager with the American Bible Society.
Jeff FelderAccount Manager with GE Healthcare, A General Electric Company
Over his 20-year career with GE Healthcare, Jeff has held several sales and account management positions providing hospitals and healthcare professionals with medical technologies. While with GE Healthcare, he has enjoyed building and cultivating authentic relationships with his customers. He enjoys being part of a team working together collaboratively to drive desired outcomes and positive change. Jeff has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing.
He and his wife, Dana, live in Oxford, PA with their two daughters and attend Sacred Heart Parish in Oxford.
Jeff says “I am honored and excited to serve as a community board member for an organization that has been part of my family’s life for many years. I look forward to the opportunity to contributing to the success of Bridge of Hope’s mission to end family homelessness.”
Dave LangfordSocial Worker, Semi-Retired
Dave Langford, MSW, has worked in the Social Work field for 30 years, 22 of those years with The Salvation Army, and the past 13 years as the Divisional Social Services Director for Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware. He is now enjoying semi-retirement and works part-time at Giant Foods.
Dave and his wife, Cindy, live in West Chester Borough and attend Calvary Chapel–Chester Springs in Lionville. They enjoy walking on Chester County’s scenic trails.
Dave commented, “I am passionate about the mission of Bridge of Hope because it combines my two favorite things – Christian faith and service with quality social work to support families facing homeless.”
Laura LutherCreative Director at Creative Presence Design Works
Laura Luther has more than 30 years’ experience in marketing and communications. She has also worked and volunteered for nonprofits for the past 20 years, and brings that experience to our board. Laura and her husband attend Grove UMC in West Chester, and in her personal life enjoys gardening, travel, photography and urban art. Laura says, “the prospect of lessening the struggle of families facing financial uncertainty and potential homelessness is a cause I feel compelled to assist and hopefully creatively energize.”
Adrienne Nash MelendezNational Director of Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)
Adrienne Nash Melendez is the National Director of Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) for the Dept. of Veteran Affairs. She is very knowledgeable about homeless services in the county and region. She is an excellent facilitator and has planned and led numerous national-level meetings for Dept. of Veterans Affairs homeless services grantees. She is also a strong collaborator and empathic listener. Adrienne attends Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Coatesville.
Mary Ann NagelMedical Social Worker for Main Line Health Care
Mary Ann Nagel, MSS, MLSP, LSW is a medical social worker for Main Line Health Care who works with patients and families to address any barriers to care. Mary Ann has been a social worker for 31 years in a variety of hospital and community settings addressing social concerns including poverty, lack of affordable housing and mental health issues. Mary Ann grew up in Mexico City, Mexico, speaks Spanish fluently.
Mary Ann, her husband, Mike and their 17-year-old daughter, Taylor, live in Downingtown and have been members of Marsh Creek Community Church in Exton for 15 years. Mary Ann and her family enjoy traveling and have been to all 50 states including many National Parks as well as 9 countries.
Mary Ann has served twice as part of a group of Neighboring Volunteers and believes in the power of intentional friendship to assist single moms and their children to reach their potential.
Misha OverbyCompliance Control Analyst at The Vanguard Group, Inc.
Misha Overby is a Compliance Control Analyst at The Vanguard Group, Inc. where she has worked for over 20 years. She is a program alumna who lives in the Coatesville area. She holds a dual Bachelor’s degree in Human Performance & Organizational Dynamics from Immaculata University. She attends First Baptist Church of Glenarden. Misha says, “I believe in Bridge of Hope because I experienced their mission of engaging Christian faith demonstrated through Christ’s love in ending family homelessness.”
Donna OxfordPartner/Owner at the Institute for Strategic Educational Partners
Donna Oxford is a partner/owner at the Institute for Strategic Educational Partners in Exton, PA. Donna is a program alumni of Bridge of Hope and will be speaking at our Gala Luncheon this May. She currently serves as part of the Neighboring Volunteer group with Vineyard Church – Chester Spring. Donna is passionate about the work of Bridge of Hope.
Shadell QuinonesPlacement Administrator at Chester County Department of Children, Youth and Families
Shadell Quinones, M.S.S., L.S.W, M.L.S.P. is the Placement Administrator at Chester County Department of Children, Youth and Families. Shadell has a master’s degree in Social Work and Law and Social Policy from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of School Work and Social Research.
Her passion for Bridge of Hope comes out of her own experiences as an alumnus of Bridge of Hope and a desire to give back to the ministry of Bridge of Hope and to touch the lives of women and children facing homelessness. She served on the board of Bridge of Hope National from 2009-2018.
Louise SnyderCommunity Volunteer and retired Case Manager
Louise Snyder is a retired family caseworker who brings 10 years of experience in working with Bridge of Hope. She was part of a neighboring community with her home church, Forks of the Brandywine EPC and has served on various committees there. Louise currently serves on the Board of Chester County Women’s Services and is a long time resident of Chester County.
She is mother to two wonderful sons, is blessed with wonderful daughter-in-laws, and has six grandchildren.
Louise would like to encourage all churches to consider the experience of being a neighboring community; it has the ability to make a significant impact on someone else’s life.
Pat YoderMaternal-Child Health Supervisor at the Chester County Health Department
Pat Yoder, MSN, RN is the Maternal-Child Health Supervisor at the Chester County Health Department where she manages nurse home visiting programs to pregnant moms and families with young children. Professionally and personally she is committed to nurturing healthy families, especially promoting parent-child engagement. She also enjoys program and organizational development.
Pat and her husband Nelson live in Eastern Lancaster County. They have 3 grown children and 3 grandchildren whom they love to visit. Nelson and Pat are members of Ridgeview Mennonite Church. Nelson has recently been serving in interim pastor roles in Lancaster and Chester counties and Pat has been enjoying getting to know wonderful people in these various congregations.
Pat was one of the founding members of Bridge of Hope and continues to strongly support the power of “relationship” in nurturing personal, family, and congregational health.