Our Board

Bridge of Hope Lancaster is governed by and overseen by the board of Bridge of Hope National.

Click here for a full list of Bridge of Hope National board members.  Bridge of Hope Lancaster’s Community Board Members support the implementation of the program locally and include:

Edith Yoder

Board Chair

Edith Yoder, EdM, is the Chief Executive Officer of Bridge of Hope National and serves as community board chair of Bridge of Hope Lancaster. She authored the original church volunteer training manual for Bridge of Hope and developed many Bridge of Hope manuals on nonprofit management, fundraising, and board issues. Edith holds a master’s degree in Adult and Organizational Development from Temple University and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Eastern Mennonite University. After 30 years with Bridge of Hope in varying roles, Edith is more passionate than ever about building neighborhoods of support for families facing homelessness.

Elaine Lapp Esch

Business Owner

Elaine Lapp Esch, BS in Business Administration, is the sole proprietor of a house painting business that she has run since 2013.  She enjoys the hands-on process and the daily gratification of seeing change and beautification.  She likes helping her diverse clients create and improve the space they call home and nestle into it, and hopes to facilitate that sense of nesting in the Bridge of Hope community as well.

Elaine has one daughter in college and one in high school.  She lives in Lancaster Township and attends Blossom Hill Mennonite Church.  She loves being outside as much as possible and her favorite hobbies are hiking, kayaking and gardening.

Elaine says, “I have supported the work of Bridge of Hope for many years, but when I went through a divorce several years ago, I realized how easily finances, safety nets and social structures can become destabilized.  It made me more passionate about being part of a network that makes sure no-one faces these challenges alone.”

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Sarah Fritz

Program Facilitator for Compass Mark

Sarah is a Program Facilitator for Compass Mark, where she provides life skills and substance abuse prevention to at-risk youth with the Student Skills for Life program. Sarah previously served as the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office and as a Community Homeless Assessment and Referral worker at Tabor Community Services, which allowed her to make important connections with stakeholders across the county. Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Hanover College and a master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University.

She and her husband live in East Lampeter and attend Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster. Having worked alongside those experiencing homelessness in Lancaster during her time at Tabor, she is passionate about assisting Bridge of Hope with any connections and guidance that will foster the most effective and engaged service to all Lancastrians!

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Catina Hostettler


Dawn Ranck-Hower

Pastor of New Holland Mennonite Church

Dawn Ranck-Hower, MDiv, is the pastor of New Holland Mennonite Church. Dawn relates to church members and to the hundred children and their families at the New Holland Early Learning Center, connecting families with local social services, including Bridge of Hope.

Dawn and her husband Bryan Hower, live and are active in the New Holland community. In her spare time, Dawn is an avid crocheter, reader, and enjoys hosting in her home.

Dawn has been a part of four Bridge of Hope groups of Neighboring Volunteers and served for four years on the Bridge of Hope BuxMont board of directors. Dawn says: “It has been a joy, through my neighboring and board experience, to see Bridge of Hope give families the extra support that they need to not only survive but to thrive.”

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Nancy Sauder


Joan Gotwals Yoder

Co-owner of Brook Ledge Horse Transport

Joan Gotwals Yoder part of the ownership team of a multi-state family owned/operated transportation company, Brook Ledge Horse Transport, where she spends much of her time in payroll, benefits and general office administration. She received her B.A. from Goshen College (IN) in Business in 1983.

Following graduation she married Terry Yoder and they have resided in Lancaster County ever since.  Joan and Terry are the parents of two young adult children.

Joan has served on the board in various capacities with Bridge of Hope over the years, including nine years on the board of Bridge of Hope National and many years co-chairing the Gala Luncheon.

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Karene Zimmerman