Joining the board in July 2012 and leading the Human Resources Committee, Amanda’s passion for Family Promise Harrisburg Capital Region lies in the organization’s ability to help families to not just survive homelessness, but gain valuable life skills in a safe, secure, family setting helping them out of homelessness. FPHCR creates an environment where kids don’t have to suffer during homeless, they see that they are not alone in their situation and can focus on just being a kid. She believes that this program is vital in keeping families intact and providing hope in hard and humbling times; all of this would never be possible without the caring and generosity of our volunteers and financial contributions of our network. After being born and raised in the Harrisburg region, Amanda spent the majority of her professional career located in the Mid-West. She returned here in 2008, Shawn and she started their family in 2009 and are now the proud parents of Lee, Audrey and Truman. Amanda brings to us over 10 years of management experience in Human Resources. She has led HR teams in international manufacturing and the healthcare insurance industry, covering all facets of the HR profession. Amanda received her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Rider University, double majoring in Human Resource Management and Management & Organizational Behavior, minoring in Multicultural Studies.
Karen Yeselavage – Treasurer
Karen Yeselavage joined the Board of Trustees for Family Promise of Harrisburg Capital Region in July 2010. She serves as the Board Treasurer and Chairperson of the Finance Committee. She is also a member of the Fund Development and Day Center Committees.
Karen is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. Degree in Accounting. After graduating from Penn State, she worked in public accounting for KPMG LLP for 6 years, primarily serving on government, non-profit, and public school audits. She then served as the Business Manager of Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School for 4.5 years before leaving the workforce to raise her two daughters. Now that her daughters are both in school, she is actively involved in the Paxtonia Elementary PTA as the Board Treasurer and also serves as a Girl Scout Troop Leader.
Karen has been married to her husband Bob for 13 years. Their family currently resides in Lower Paxton Township, PA.
Sandy Olley – Secretary
Sandy was raised and currently lives in Enola, Pa with her dog, Nicki, a Bishon Frise. She is a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Enola and has been employed by Goodwill Keystone Area for the past 43 years.
Sandy serves on Council for her church along with the Fellowship and Memorial Committees.
Sandy has an Associate’s Degree in specialize business majoring in Accounting from Thompson Institute. She also has an Associate’s Degree from Harrisburg Area Community College in Business Administration.
In her 43 years with Goodwill, Sandy started out in the Accounting Department, then became the Sales Director managing the 12 retail stores for 12 years. She then took on the task of starting a purchasing department and at the same time started the IT department to bring us into the 20th century. After several years, Sandy returned to the Accounting department where she loves the challenge of nonprofit accounting. Goodwill merged with two other Goodwill locations, and Sandy became the Retail Accounting Manager under the merger to create a reporting system for the 40 retail stores. She helped develop a Web based reporting system that is currently being used.
Sandy’s hobbies involve the love of the Hershey Bears. She’s been a season ticket holder for the past 40 years. She also enjoys the theater and has season tickets at Theater Harrisburg, Hershey Theater, and Oyster Mill. Sandy enjoys doing gardening, Jig Saw puzzles, and reading.
John Bechtel, Jr.
I’m a retired state auditor. I live in Susquehanna Township, Harrisburg. My wife Ginny and I attend Tree of Life Lutheran Church. I have two children from my first marriage.
Back in the dawn of history, I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural India. Best job I ever had. I’d like to say a heart for service took me over there. The truth is that staying out of the war in Vietnam had a lot more to do with it. India made a deep impact on me. While the Peace Corps trainers did try hard, nothing really prepares you for India. Yet living there sure does teach what you can live without. You never take too very much for granted, ever again.
After outliving the risk of military service and wending my way back to the USA via Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran (you could still do that then), I joined the IRS, serving as a Revenue Officer from 1974 until 1985. Collecting federal taxes disarmed my fear of attorneys, put my name on a few lawsuits, and taught me more than I ever wanted to know on wielding power and authority. But after 11 years, I’d had enough. Wanting to become more popular, I decided to be an auditor instead.
Although I am skipping over a few years, I did serve as a performance auditor for the state government. Performance auditing is all about economy and efficiency. We tried to see the best ways to run an organization. Then we tried even harder to write clear and concise reports to present and defend our views. It’s ironic, but performance auditing taught me more about words than numbers.
In 2003, my big break came. By the grace of God, I was able to trade money for time by retiring early at the age of 54. Since then, I’ve been involved in a volunteer capacity with Tree of Life Church, the Harrisburg Sudanese Lost Boys Alliance, Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light, and Family Promise.
Tim Horstmann joined the Board of Family Promise Harrisburg Capital Region in 2016 and serves on the Finance Committee. He is a finance and tax attorney with the Harrisburg law firm of McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC and represents a variety of clients in both the public and private sectors. He principally advises municipalities, school districts and nonprofit organizations on the structuring of taxable and tax-exempt revenue bond and general obligation bond financing’s for a variety of capital projects, including manufacturing facilities, hospitals and other health care facilities, parking facilities, schools and higher education institutions and water and sewer projects.
Ben Cochran – Junior Board Member
Ben is studying economics and politics at Messiah College. He was born in Georgia, spent his childhood in Ohio, and now calls Pennsylvania home. Over the past several years, he has spent time at HOPE International, a microfinance nonprofit, and the American Enterprise Institute, a DC-based think-tank. After college, he hopes to study behavioral science and work in local government.
Ben was drawn to Family Promise by its community-based response to homelessness. He has been inspired by the resiliency and strength in its clients, and he admires its inter-faith commitment. Since 2015, he has served as an office volunteer, overnight host, and photography recruiter.
I’m staying here because my kids are busy having so much fun with the volunteers that they don’t even know they’re homeless.