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Deb became New Hope's Executive Director in May, 2019. From 2008 to 2015 she had been the manager of New Hope Community Closet so was already quite familiar with the ministry of New Hope. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 20 years and her main areas of expertise have been in fundraising and donor development
Along with oversight of staff, Deb will provide vision, spiritual direction, marketing and strategic planning for New Hope. She is excited to see how the ministry can grow so that more in our community experience the healing and abundant life that comes through Christ.
Deb and her husband John have lived in Quarryville for over 30 years. Their 4 children are now adults and they have 3 wonderful daughters-in-law. They love being Gigi and Buzz to their 3 grandchildren.
Deb received her BSN from Columbia University.
Education NCC Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health and Pastoral Counseling, CACREP accredited program, Neumann University, Aston, PA PA Certification in Elementary Education, St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA Bachelor of Arts in Social Science, Our Lady of Angels College
Significant Work Experiences Counseling Internship at New Hope Community Life Ministry, Quarryville, PA - Counseled individuals and couples dealing with depression, anxiety, life changes, relationship issues, grief and personality concerns. Water Street Mission, Lancaster, PA - Designed and facilitated groups for women, engaged in individual therapy sessions for female guests of WSM, monitored and presided over weekly Chapel meetings.
Professional Affiliations - Alpha Omega Nu Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota National Honor Society - American Counseling Association - Greater Philadelphia Area Counseling Association
Philosophy of Counseling As a practicing counselor, Kathy strives to create a bastion of warmth and safety for all who seek healing. By offering hospitality, recognizing the face of God in others, acknowledging the darkness in life, acting in a congruent manner, unconditionally accepting people for who they are, and exercising empathy, it is her hope to answer God's call to build the Kingdom here on earth.
Personal Nearly forty years ago, Kathy began her career as an educator. She has enjoyed every minute of teaching elementary school! Now God has called her in another direction. Even though her days as a school teacher are coming to an end, they have provided valuable experiences as a springboard for this new ministry as a counselor.
Kathy and her husband are the parents of a son and daughter, both young adults. They are now officially empty-nesters! The two of them reside in southern Lancaster County with their two dogs and one very content cat.
M.S. in Counseling, Cairn University B.A. in Biblical Studies, Lancaster Bible College A.A.S. in Collision Repair Technology, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology
Significant Work Experiences
Counseling Internship at Oasis Counseling Center in Langhorne PA. Assistant chaplain with We Care Program working with the prison population in Atmore, AL
Before Levi started working as a counselor, he was employed in the auto body field, fixing cars for several years. Now he believes that God has called him from the work of restoring cars to the work of restoring hearts. Levi is passionate about helping others find hope, healing, and freedom as they wrestle with the experiences of life. In his spare time, Levi enjoys playing sports, exploring nature, reading, and running.
Mary has been the manager of the counseling office since July 2006. She loves the office atmosphere and cares deeply about those who are hurting. Mary enjoys the different challenges that this job offers...from answering phones to designing brochures!!
Mary and her husband Steve live in Holtwood and attend River Corner Mennonite Church. They have three sons, one daughter, three daughters-in-law, one son-in-law, and eight grandchildren. In her spare time, Mary enjoys reading, watching sports, playing scrabble and being a grandparent.