Our Board

Sally Best

Board Chair sallybridgeofhope@gmail.com

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.”

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Meredith Wideman

Treasurer

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.

Joe Soloski

Donor Development

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.

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Sue Bosak

Marketing and Church Relations

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Leigh Tinik

Secretary

Leigh began her journey with Bridge of Hope in August 2015 serving as a neighboring volunteer
and joined the board in January 2018 after witnessing first-hand what a difference Bridge of
Hope can make. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Crime, Law and Justice, and a Master’s degree
in Sociology from Penn State University. She currently works as the research and analysis
manager for the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing. She is a member of Faith United
Methodist Church where she enjoys making music in the hand bell choir.

Renee Hoover

Fundraising

Renee joined the board in April 2018. She enjoys being able to use her skills and strengths to help Bridge of Hope and enjoys how the organization makes a tangible difference in the lives of women and children; ending the cycle of poverty. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Bowling Green State University and a Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Akron. Renee has spent the majority of her career in higher education at public and private universities in 3 states. Having worked with students in admissions, financial aid, counseling, and advising, she believes that education – learning inside and outside the classroom – is life changing. Renee is also the mother of a young son and stepmother to 3 girls. She is enjoys yoga, reading, cooking, and re-learning the piano. She attends Calvary Harvest Fields.