Our Local Board of Directors
Sally Best, Board Chair
Sally is a Licensed Professional Counselor and sole proprietor of Breakwater Counseling Services in State College, as well as an itinerant school counselor providing services to non-public schools in Clearfield, Clinton and Centre counties. She also works as a per diem therapist for UCBH in Bellefonte. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition Education/Dietetics from IUP and a master’s in Counselor Education from Penn State.
Having spent 14 years as a struggling single mom, Sally has a passion for the assistance and emotional support that Bridge of Hope offers, and feels honored to be serving on the board of such an important organization. She especially loves the faith based group support. “I would loved to have had this kind of mentoring and support when I was experiencing the same circumstances as our families!”
In her “spare” time, Sally is active in various community theatre groups, Essence 2, summer/fall gleaning events through the Society of St. Andrew, the Tides bereavement support program, a local women’s singing group, assisting Hearts 4 the Homeless day shelter, and stealing away to Lancaster as often as possible to see the little ones who know her as “Mimi.”
Terry Padden, Treasurer
John Schaffer, Vice Chair/Secretary
John joined the board in June 2014.
Joe Soloski, Treasurer
Joe Soloski, CPA, has been in Public Accounting since December 1979 and managed his own accounting firm in the Pittsburgh area for 27 years. During that time, Joe focused on providing management advisory services to many of his clients, as well as tax planning, tax return preparation, auditing, business valuation, and litigation support services. Joe has extensive experience in advising small businesses; primarily closely-held, family-owned companies.
Joe has also served as Comptroller for companies in the publication and construction industries as well as serving as the Financial Analyst for companies in the scientific instrument and public transportation industries.
Having moved to Centre County in 2013, Joe now lives with his wife, Sally, in the Port Matilda area. He enjoys golf, flying, community theatre, and classic automobiles. He has served as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of Bridge of Hope Centre County and is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Centre County.
Meredith Wideman, Program Committee
Meredith joined the board in April 2015. Meredith is a registered nurse with a background in emergency nursing and cardiology. She is currently employed by Summit Health as an independent contractor working at local wellness clinics. She is also the mother of two young children and a member of University Mennonite Church. Two of her core faith beliefs are that the church is called to actively work for justice in the local community and to care for people in tangible ways. Bridge of Hope’s mission embodies both of these beliefs, and Meredith is excited to be a part of the organization.