Sally BestBoard Chair email@example.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.”
Joe SoloskiDonor 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.
Sue BosakTreasurer and Church Relations
Leigh TinikSecretary and Vice Chair
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 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.
My name is Lori Haines, and I’m happy to be serving on the Bridge of Hope Centre County
board, taking my first steps with this organization in March 2019. For my day job, I am the executive director for the Centre County Housing Authority where, along with 13 staff members, we serve Centre County individuals and families through federally funded housing programs.
I was born in Lewistown, PA, and I had the opportunity to move for work at the Lancaster City Housing Authority (LCHA). I worked for LCHA a few years – 31 years, 6 months to be exact. My duties while in Lancaster included managing public housing properties, working as the accountant in the finance department, and coordinating the activities of the Housing Choice Voucher program.
I have a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Elizabethtown College with a concentration of studies in human resources, communications, and social work. I am married to my husband, Chuck, for 34 years and call two beautiful women my daughters, Alicia and Cara. I attend Milroy White Memorial Church in Mifflin County, and I believe that I am poised to serve and learn everything that I can about Bridge of Hope.
Lauren is a Licensed Professional Counselor with Sunpointe Health. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from Penn State Altoona and Master’s in Counselor Education from Penn State.
Lauren is from Hollidaysburg and throughout college was always active with the community through volunteering. Lauren moved to Harrisburg in 2009 to pursue a school counseling job within the district. While living in Harrisburg Lauren became a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.-Nu Sigma Zeta Chapter. A huge part of Zeta Phi Beta is giving back to the community through service and helping others excel. When Lauren moved back to the area she was drawn to Bridge of Hope because it was a way to serve the community and to bring awareness to homelessness in Centre County.