Board of Trustees
Reverend Jean Thau
Jean was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania but spent most of her childhood and adult life in Baltimore, Maryland. For twenty-seven years she worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital in various positions, but for a number of years served as Assistant to the President and later as Coordinator for Patient Education and Support Services for transplant patients. After the death of her husband in 1999, she and her youngest daughter, Amanda, moved to Dillsburg, Pennsylvania to be near her parents.
In 2000, Jean served as Administrative Assistant to the General Secretary of the Brethren in Christ denomination. During this time, she felt God’s call to ministry and began attending seminary at Myerstown Evangelical School of Theology working toward a Masters of Divinity degree. She received her MDiv in 2012. In August 2004 Jean joined the Dillsburg Brethren in Christ ministry staff as Associate Pastor of Discipleship and Administration. She retired in August 2014.
Jean is the mother of four children—Cheryl, Rick, Jamey, and Amanda—and grandmother to six—Ellie, Jordan, Dylan, Bradley, Isabella, and Charlotte.
Jean is serving as the President of the Board and volunteers in a variety of capacities to ensure that every child has a home.
Brian Marchuck is a Principal with Brown Schultz Sheridan & Fritz in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. Brian primarily performs accounting and tax services for non-for-profit organizations and local governments. He maintains a bachelor’s degree from Millersville University in accounting and finance as well as being a member of American and Pennsylvanian Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Brian resides in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with his wife, daughter, and two cats. In his free time, Brian enjoys football, field hockey, and the outdoors. His other community activities include volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.
Brian serves as the Treasurer of the Board and chairs the Finance Committee.
Pastor Kathleen Baker
Pastor Baker 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.
Joining the board in July 2017 and serving originally on the Network Relations Committee and currently chairing the Human Resources 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.
Nate Cook is the Branch Executive Officer of Pennian Bank’s West Shore Office located in Lemoyne. He has a long tenure of working in the banking industry and enjoys helping individuals and businesses achieve their financial goals. Nate originally was born and raised in southern CA. He moved to PA 20 years ago and really enjoys raising a family in Central PA.
During his free time, Nate enjoys spending time with his lovely wife, Lauren, his son, Noah, and two daughters, Olivia and Elliyanah. He also enjoys grilling, bowling, golf, video games, movies, and sports. His family also has 2 dogs, Marty McFly, a Yorkie, and Milo, a French Bulldog.
Nate and his wife, Lauren, have been actively helping Family Promise for several years. He serves on the Finance Committee and is passionate about Family Promise’s purpose and vision.
Sam is a corporate attorney with McNees Wallace & Nurick. She concentrates her practice on advising business owners in all aspects of the entity lifecycle. Sam is committed to using her skills to serve and integrate into her community.
Sam received her undergraduate in Accounting from Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania, and her Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While attending Pitt Law, she served as Executive Editor of the Pittsburgh Tax Review.
In her free time, Sam enjoys breweries, baseball and traveling – often all three at the same time.
Clyde Farling is the Service Coordinator for Patient Experience and Regulatory for the Cumberland Division of UPMC Pinnacle Hospital System with oversight for the UPMC Pinnacle Carlisle and West Shore Hospital campuses. He joined UPMC Pinnacle in 2016, hailing from a long tenure in the banking industry, where he played a vital role in shaping organizational culture through leadership development and corporate training. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Public Relations from Point Park University.
In his free time, Clyde enjoys traveling with his family: his wife, Megan, and two girls, Ellie and Claire, as well as the family’s pet Corgi, Tucker.
Clyde is a graduate of Leadership Cumberland Class of 2019 and is excited continue to serve on the board for Family Promise of Harrisburg Capital Region and on the Human Resources Committee.
Rossana works for Sellers Dorsey, a consulting firm in Harrisburg. Her role draws on her experience and knowledge of Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, nursing facility operations, and quality improvement initiatives to provide guidance to clients and project teams, primarily supporting Medicaid Long Term Support Services. Rossana is a licensed PA Nursing Home Administrator and has previously worked in various leadership capacities in long term care providers focusing on creating a positive work environment and providing quality care to those in need of services.
Rossana holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Kutztown University and a Master of Science in Health Care Administration from the University of South Dakota. Rossana grew up in the Lebanon area and lives in Harrisburg with her husband, Eric, and Pitbull, Newman. She enjoys being outdoors. Some of her favorite things to do in her free time include traveling, hiking, and reading. Rossana is also an active volunteer with Castaway Critters.
Rossana became a member of the Board of Family Promise Capital Region in 2021 and is also part of the Human Resources Committee.
Chris is a financial professional with experience helping individuals and families reach their financial goals. After over 11 years working in banking, Chris left to pursue a career as a financial professional at Thrivent in 2008. In 2010 he joined the West Shore Group of Thrivent as a financial associate. What drew Chris to Thrivent is the ability to combine faith with financial planning so families can do the most good with the resources they have.
Structure of our Board
Strong Committees, Effective Board
Except for the Executive Committee, board members will not be required to chair our committees. However, each board member will be expected to serve on one standing committee and represent the committee(s) at our regular board meetings. The bulk of our board directives will be carried out by our committee chairs.
Board Size and Terms
Our Board will consist of up to 18 members, ideally 12-15 members based on need, interests, and skill sets. Members will serve three-year terms that are renewable for one additional term.
President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer
Regular meetings will be held monthly. Board meetings may become bimonthly or quarterly based on program needs and growth.
Special meetings of the Executive Committee may be held at the discretion of the President.
Standing and Special Committees