A Church-Based Approach to Ending Family Homelessness

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.”


Sherry Gensemer

Sherry Gensemer, Board Chair

Sherry is an owner of retirement plan administration and record keeping firms, Trident Retirement Services, LLC and Coastal Daily Balance, LLC.  As a graduate of St. Francis University, she has a degree in organizational leadership.  Formerly a single mother, Sherry fully embraces the mission of Bridge of Hope and God’s work in the relationships that develop as a result.  She and her husband, Frank, are having a great time in their additional role of Mimi and Grandad.


Terry Padden, Treasurer

Board Member since June 2013.  Welcome Back Terry!


John Schaffer, Vice Chair/Secretary

John joined the board in June 2014.


Rich “Bo” Barbrow

Bo joined the board in October 2014.  Bo is a retired teacher and baseball coach who enjoys being an umpire and referee for local baseball and basketball teams. In addition, he’s had an eBay sales business for the past 20 years. Bo has a heart for serving others and supports Bridge of Hope Centre County because he believes that “it is important to put our individual problems in perspective and realize how fortunate we are. Our focus and energy should be directed to those whose problems are much more significant than our own. Bridge of Hope gives each of us an opportunity to help others get back on the road to success.”


Joe Soloski, Treasurer

Joe joined the board in April 2015.



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.