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Board Member Highlight – Katarah Jordan

Katarah Jordan is a firm believer in the power of community service and social justice, a key motivator in her role as CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Allentown. When she first learned of New Bethany through a friend and supporter of the organization, she was immediately motivated by our commitment to serving…

by on May 29, 2024

Board Member Highlight – Carrie Nedick

Meet Carrie Nedick, the director of donor services at Lehigh Valley Community Foundation and a member of New Bethany’s board of directors. In her role at LVCF, Carrie works with New Bethany to help the organization build its endowment fund. She and her colleagues have also volunteered at New Bethany during the holidays, and both…

by on April 3, 2024

Board Member Highlight – Michelle Kott

Michelle Kott, chief of the Bethlehem Police Department, has made a career out of serving the City of Bethlehem. She recently decided to take this role one step further by volunteering her time as a New Bethany board member, where she helps to ensure hope and support are equitably available for her community.    Before…

by on March 25, 2024

Board Member Highlight – Jack Silva

Say hello to Dr. Jack Silva, one of the newest additions to the New Bethany board of directors. Jack has lived his entire life within the Bethlehem community and remembers New Bethany from its inception. He has grown more aware of the organization’s critical services since he began working as superintendent of Bethlehem Area School…

by on March 13, 2024

Board Member Highlight – Jane Patriarca

Meet Board of Directors member Jane Patriarca, Crayola’s vice president of product integrity and process development. Jane first learned about New Bethany from a co-worker during Crayola’s United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley campaign season. After discovering that New Bethany is one of the organizations Crayola benefits through their United Way annual contributions, she…

by on June 2, 2023

Board Member Highlight – Hector Gonzalez

Meet Hector Gonzalez, a member of New Bethany’s Board of Directors. Ten years ago, Hector experienced a difficult season in his life, leading to homelessness. In the winter of 2012, he learned about New Bethany through a friend who told him about their free meal services for those in need. Hector came to New Bethany,…

by on May 2, 2023

Board Member Highlight – Roy Gruver

Meet Roy Gruver, New Bethany Ministries Board of Directors member. Roy learned about New Bethany while volunteering with his family as a young adult. His parents believed that the community needs to work together and support each other, and Roy continues to live by that principle.  Roy’s mother volunteered in the kitchen even before the…

by on December 8, 2021

Board Member Highlight – Jane ​​Brooks

Meet Board of Directors member Jane Brooks, Community Affairs Regional Manager for Highmark Blue Shield. In addition to her primary role at Highmark, she serves as program officer for the Highmark Foundation, providing high-impact health grants to organizations serving the uninsured and underinsured population in Central and Northeastern Pennsylvania.  Jane discovered New Bethany Ministries in…

by on August 24, 2021

Board Member Highlight – Roland Kushner

Meet Board of Directors member Roland Kushner, a business professor at Muhlenberg College. The Canadian relocated to Bethlehem, PA in 1980 and quickly got involved, including leadership roles supporting Musikfest, The Bach Choir, Rose Garden Children’s Festival, and WDIY.  A passionate volunteer, Roland discovered New Bethany Ministries in the mid-2000s while part of United Way…

by on June 29, 2021

Board Member Highlight – Brian Gates

Bethlehem native Brian Gates was familiar with New Bethany Ministries but it wasn’t until his interest in the community grew that he truly recognized the organization’s impact.  After meeting New Bethany’s Executive Director, Marc Rittle, Brian knew he wanted to get involved. Now, as one of New Bethany’s newest Board Members, Brian aims to grow…

by on June 23, 2021

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