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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
Board Member Highlight – José Mendez

Board Member Highlight – José Mendez

Meet José Mendez, one of New Bethany Ministries’ newest Board Members. An active member of the Episcopalian community, José spent the last 20 years involved with our neighbor, the Cathedral Church of the Nativity. He learned about New Bethany in 2012 when he began facilities management work at the church, ensuring all Cathedral services and…

by on May 21, 2021

Board Member Spotlight – Robin Riley-Casey

Meet Robin Riley-Casey, one of New Bethany Ministries’ newest board members. Robin had been seeking to join an organization where she could actively participate in the work. She wanted to find somewhere that she could genuinely contribute to the Lehigh Valley. When Robin discovered New Bethany’s extraordinary services, she set her sights on getting involved….

by on April 6, 2021
Board Member Spotlight – Joanne Anderson

Board Member Spotlight – Joanne Anderson

Meet Joanne Anderson, recently retired New Bethany Ministries Board Member. Joanne made the decision to get involved over 20 years ago after attending a holiday party benefiting children living here. Impressed and touched by the way the children and parents were cared for, she was determined to join our mission.  Along with her 3 ½…

by on October 23, 2020

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