Lauren WatkinsBoard Chair
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.
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.
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
Kevin is a CPA currently working in the Office of the Corporate Controller at Penn State University. Prior to moving to State College in 2015, he spent six years in public accounting in the Harrisburg area, with a focus on audits of local governments and nonprofit organizations. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Penn State and extensive experience in nonprofit accounting and financial reporting.
Kevin lives in the Houserville area with his wife and three sons and is a member of the State College Evangelical Free Church. He enjoys spending his free time with his family and particularly enjoys hiking, fishing, stargazing, and watching Penn State football. Kevin is honored to have the opportunity to serve the local community through Bridge of Hope.
Lori is an Administrative coordinator at the Pennsylvania State University. She has worked there for 26 years. She earned an Associate Degree in Secretarial Science from the Altoona School of Commerce. Lori is from West Virginia, lived in Pittsburgh, New York, Hollidaysburg, and State College. She was one of the founding members and secretary of the African American Heritage festivals in Altoona. Participated in a literacy program through the Salvation Army, served as a reading coordinator. Member of the United Way Committee at Penn State. Served as a proctor for special needs students taking engineering exams for local colleges.
Lori was attracted to the opportunity to serve at Bridge of Hope after attending a fund raiser and learning more about it. Homelessness is a very real problem that we all need to be aware of and help to end it. Lori attends Unity Church of Jesus Christ in State College.
A New Orleans native who drifted ashore Happy Valley after Hurricane Katrina fourteen years ago, Shannon’s background consists of more than thirty years’ experience working in various industries where she provides Customer Success and Administrative Support for both non-profit and for-profit organizations. Professionally, she currently supports the Associate Dean’s Office for Undergraduate Students in the Eberly College of Science. In addition to her six-year tenure at Penn State, for the past three years Shannon has also dedicated her weekends to serving our seniors as an essential employee in the healthcare industry as a Concierge/Receptionist at The Village at Penn State and Harmony at State College retirement communities.
In her spare time this mother of three and grandmother of one enjoys volunteering in her community where she provides servant-leadership, wearing multiple hats as a Community Activist, Advocate, Connector and Educator. Her servant leadership spans many organizations which include: serving on the Ferguson Township Planning Commission, the State College Community Land Trust (SCCLT) Outreach and Development Committee, the SCCLT’s Diversity Equity & Inclusion Committee, the Centre County Human Relations Advisory Council (CCHRA) to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC), Global Connections Executive Committee as the Co-Vice Chair of Cultural Luncheons, the Chair of the Community Diversity Group (CDG) Sub-Committee Cultural Corners, the Secretary for the Forum on Black Affairs (FOBA) at Penn State University at University Park, the Pine Grove Mills Small Area Plan Advisory Board (Pine-SAP), Centre County Women’s Leadership Coalition (CCWLC), the Community Volunteer Leader for the Centre County American Red Cross where she is also a founding member of the Diversity, and Inclusion Committee, Board Member for Bridge of Hope Centre County (BOHCC) and the BOHCC Church Relations Committee, and last but not least a member of both the Community Care Committee and the Health Committee with the NAACP State College Chapter.
Her most recent accomplishment was completing the Leadership Centre County community development training program and becoming a proud member of the Class of 2020 cohort.
As an agent of change, Shannon believes volunteering, philanthropy, and humanitarianism are all gifts that keeps on giving. It is for this reason that she aspires to inspire others to be servant-leaders by volunteering in their community so that they can be the change they desire to see.