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 – Vice President
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.
Tim Horstmann – Treasurer
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.
Samantha Weiner – Secretary
I’ve been working in HR for the past 4 years and am currently the Human Resources Administrative Assistant for The Warrell Corporation, a confectionary contract manufacturing company. Previously I’ve worked in payroll for Rite Aid’s corporate office and human resources for Computer Aid, an IT outsourcing company. I graduated from Penn State University in 2014 with a double major in Marketing and Business Management with a concentration in HR. While I’ve spent the majority of my adult life in Central PA, I’m originally from the Poconos where my family owned a small animal farm. I started serving on the HR committee in October of 2016 and have recently joined the board. What I love about FPHCR is that it helps families in our local community and provides them with a safe and stable environment.
Pastor Kathy Baker
Joining the board in July 2017 and serving on the Network Relations Committee, Pastor Baker’s heart for Family Promise Harrisburg Capital Region lies in the organization’s ability to work with interfaith partners, doing God’s work together. Providing housing and assistance are the work of every faith. As FPHCR expands its network of partners and volunteers every year, she is excited to see where partners beyond the Christian tradition can become involved in this critical work.
She grew up in rural western Pennsylvania and graduated from IUP with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Flute Performance. She received her Master of Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg and a Master of Sacred Theology in Pastoral Care and Counseling from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. She started her ordained ministry in 2000 in downtown Harrisburg. In 2008 she began a call as the pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Paxtang. She and her husband, Pastor Joel Petruschke, enjoy time with their children, Mary and Jonah; attending their various athletic and music activities; volunteering for Susquehanna Service Dogs; and traveling.
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.
Jacob Haas is currently the Vice President of Operations for AMES Companies Inc. (manufactures non-powered lawn and garden tools). Jacob has over 25 years of experience in manufacturing and distribution, with roles in quality management, operations management, project engineering, logistics and supply chain. Jacob relocated with AMES from Louisville, KY to central PA in 2008.
Jacob has been married to his wife Jane for 21 years and has two daughters, Jordan and Jensen. He spends much of his time out of work enjoying time with his family and/or attending one of their sporting events. He enjoys hobbies like fishing, running and golf. What drew Jacob to the Family Promise organization was the focus on empowering families with the skills to move from homelessness to support themselves with housing and financial independence. Helping others to understand the value of setting and achieving goals is a rewarding experience. The tools provided through the Family Promise program help the community and individuals to sustain improvement for the families they touch for the rest of their lives.
Garri Ann Hearn
Garri Ann has 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Prior to joining RKL, she worked at a large 404 bed skilled nursing facility as a Business Office Director, primarily responsible for all accounts receivable functions with emphasis on Medicaid application process. Garri Ann worked for a Consulting firm providing consulting to long term care, independent, assisted living, home health and hospice facilities. The firm provided oversight and interim staffing services to multiple skilled nursing facility business offices, education related to third party reimbursement and regulatory guidelines, along with recommendations on reimbursement maximization, and process analysis and recommendations for improvement. Garri Ann also has extensive experience with software system implementations with a primary focus on Point Click Care.
She has a B.S., Management with concentration in Health Care Management.
Garri Ann and her husband, Matthew, reside in Camp Hill with their two sons. They are very active members of Grace Lutheran Church in Camp Hill. Garri Ann is the founder of Market Square Friends, a not-for-profit that works with the homeless in the Harrisburg Area and operates the 1604 House which rehomes members of the homeless community. In her free time she enjoys knitting, watching her sons play travel hockey and working in her gardens.
Dennis L. Mahaffey, Harrisburg is a professional marketing manager with DRAYER Physical Therapy Institute, Hummelstown. In this role, Mahaffey is responsible for the marketing efforts and the coordination of a multi-disciplined team approach to new and inviting health care initiatives for all aspects of the DRAYER mission including benchmarking and follow up care initiatives throughout south-central Pennsylvania.
A big believer in relationship building, Mahaffey supports the DRAYER mission with enthusiasm, and a collaboration approach. He is excited to take his passion to help others to Family Promise of Harrisburg Capital Region.
Mahaffey is a seasoned rehabilitative health care provider; prior to DRAYER, his career began at HealthSouth and Tri-County Physical Associates. He holds dual degrees of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Health Science from Lock Haven University. Mahaffey is a current board member of the Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce, representing DRAYER Physical Therapy Institute and the interests of Mechanicsburg businesses.
Mahaffey is no stranger to strong minds and strong bodies, having spent many years as a fitness and strength coordinator with the Hershey Bears Hockey Club and has coached youth soccer and is an avid cyclist.
To contact Dennis L. Mahaffey, email him at DMahaffey@DrayerPT.com.
Mahaffey is married to Mary Pellegrino Mahaffey and they have two girls, Nicole Elizabeth, Philadelphia and Ashley Lynne a student at Loyola University, Maryland and a member of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church and Parish, Harrisburg.
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.
Ashley Douty-Frank – Board Member Ment-ee
Ashley Douty-Frank is the Firm Administrator at Keller Financial Group in Camp Hill. Her responsibilities include, overseeing and implementing company policies and procedures, managing the Firm’s information systems and overseeing it’s functions, assists in the marketing of the Firm’s accounting services and manages and coordinates the human resource functions.
Her skills include, leadership, strategic planner, a professional experience and strong team communication.
She is a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business and has an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration and Criminal Justice.
Born and raised in Williamsport, PA she now resides in York County with her husband, Chris.
They both are involved in the local Sprint Car Racing events. Ashley enjoys spending time with her family, working out at the gym and gardening.
There’s a lot of nice people in the world – all the volunteers – they didn’t have to be here to help us, but they helped anyway.