Meet Our Staff

Management

Jenni

Jenni Wagler
Program Manager

Jenni is from Millbank, Ontario and joined the team at Meadows of Hope in 2016. She has a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Waterloo, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Development Studies from the University of Waterloo, and an Associate's degree in Biblical Studies from Rosedale Bible College.

Jenni's previous experiences include case management and community development work with refugee and immigrant youth in Canada, teaching English and mentoring university students in Cambodia, volunteering with refugee resettlement organizations in Canada (and now in Pennsylvania), family support work for children and adults with developmental disabilities, and providing spiritual and emotional support for college students at Rosedale Bible College. Jenni enjoys working with people of all ages and cultural backgrounds, although she especially enjoys teenagers and refugees. She is extremely fond of the teen girls in the program at Meadows of Hope. They are brave and beautiful young ladies, with so much potential ahead of them.

Jenni loves her family and friends and is very thankful for the important people who make up her personal support network. When Jenni is not in the office at Meadows of Hope, you might find her globetrotting, taking a road trip, canoeing, reading, making curry, baking cookies, drinking coffee, playing guitar, spending time with friends, or laughing at herself.


Curt

Curt Weaver
Office Manager

Curt has been resident of Northeastern Lancaster County all of his life. After graduating from Sharon Mennonite Bible School, Curt married Tresa (Newswanger) Weaver (his high school sweetheart) and then taught school at Terre Hill Mennonite High School (where he and his wife both graduated from). After teaching high school for 7 ½ years, Curt earned a Bachelor's degree in Bible and Christian Life and Ministry from Lancaster Bible College. After working in Human Resources for a few years in the family business, Curt moved his family to Northwestern PA for 1 ½ years, graduated from Faith Builder's Educational Programs with an Associate's degree in teaching, and went back to the classroom at Shalom Mennonite School where he taught 7th-8th grade for five years.

During these five years at Shalom Mennonite School, Curt joined an exploratory committee that Camp Andrews assembled to research the possibility of starting a residential girl's home. The first committee meeting was held on January 14, 2011. After the Board approved the creation of a girl's home, Curt resigned from teaching and served on a steering committee to help start Meadows of Hope (MOH). Preceding the opening of the girl's home, Curt came on staff to serve in the office at MOH.

Curt enjoys spending time with his wife, Tresa, and their five children (ages 13-24), doing activities such as drinking coffee with Tresa, finding new bike trails with Tresa, exquisite food preparation with his three sons (and eating it), playing Acquire with two of his sons, swimming with his children, deer hunting, and having meaningful conversations with his family. In addition, Curt loves playing competitive racquetball and tennis with his younger brother.


House Staff

Jewel

Jewel Stoner
Girls' Care Supervisor

Jewel grew up in Landisville, Pennsylvania on a beautiful family farm. It was there that she cultivated an enjoyment for all kinds of life's adventures, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. While at Institute for Global Opportunities (IGO) in 2010, a friend told Jewel to not deaden her dreams, but instead give them to God. After waiting for several years, she was very excited when God brought a couple of her dreams to life in one place: a home for girls started up, and it included an equine therapy program. In off-duty moments, Jewel enjoys catching up with friends, seeking solitary places, burrowing into a good book, traveling home for some 'family 'n farm therapy', or hopes that her fun-loving youth group will hang out again.

Jewel loved serving as a Mentor at Meadows of Hope from 2014-2016, where it felt like she was often on the cutting edge of learning something new, exciting, and life-changing. She loves this program's focus on God's transforming work in the heart. A quote from Jewel, "I used to pray to see miracles. God listened. Now I live among them all the time."

In 2016, Jewel accepted the position of Girls' Care Supervisor at Meadows of Hope. She also spent several months serving as House Mom in 2017 when the need arose. She currently serves in the program as the Girls' Care Supervisor, which involves supporting the House Parents and Mentors in their direct care of the teen girls in our program.


Daryl & Mary

Daryl and Mary Martin
House Parents

Daryl and Mary are from Lititz, Pennsylvania. They were both born and raised in Lancaster County. They joined the staff at Meadows of Hope in 2017 as House Parents. Before coming to Meadows of Hope, Daryl was a self-employed contractor doing home repairs and remodeling. Mary worked for S. Clyde Weaver selling meat and cheese at Central Market, in Lancaster.

Both Daryl and Mary have a heart for youth and through the years have served in roles impacting the youth and young adults at their church, Millport Mennonite Church. They also served at local outreach programs in their community. They cared for 11 children through the foster care system and have maintained some of those relationships. They do not have any biological children.

Daryl and Mary are passionate about their work with "The Second Tunic", (www.secondtunic.org) an organization that they founded in 2005 to send, support, and serve long-term national missionaries. Currently they support workers in the Philippines, Thailand, Nepal, and Hong Kong. Through regular travel to spend time with those they support, they are able to use their gifts of encouragement, mentoring, and member care. They have also served in overseas missions assignments with Eastern Mennonite Missions and Youth With A Mission.

Recently while traveling in Asia, God was speaking to them and asking them, "In response to the pain and brokenness in our world today, how will you live using the talents and gifts I have given you?" The opportunity to serve at Meadows of Hope as House Parents seemed like the answer to this question. They both love people and have a desire to disciple and nurture them, pointing them to the hope and healing found in Jesus Christ. They want to be obedient to the call of the Lord. As Paul said in Acts 20:24, "But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus."


Susan

Susan Stoltzfus
Mentor

Susan was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and spent the first 8 years of her life there. Her family then moved to a farm in central New York. Growing up in a large family and on a farm, there was never a lack of things to do and experience. Susan grew up milking cows, mowing yard, pulling weeds, and other farm activities. In her teen years she spent many hours taking care of the family produce stand. Susan loved displaying the good quality vegetables and fruits in an attractive way. She also loved interacting with the public and getting to know people from the surrounding towns and beyond. Susan also loves kids and spent some time babysitting.

As Susan grew older she had a desire to broaden her worldview beyond small town, country living. She spent some time at Bible schools, in other countries, and in New York City. Her love for kids broadened to teens, along with a desire to mentor troubled teens. She wanted to work with them someday. The opportunity presented itself sooner that she dreamed was possible. A position opened up in 2016 to serve as a Mentor at Meadows of Hope. After hearing more about the program, Susan realized that it was just what she wanted to do. With excitement and trepidation, she accepted the position.

Susan enjoys seeing and helping the teen girls at Meadows of Hope to grow. She also enjoys wilderness trips and especially loves having good conversations around a campfire and a cup of coffee. Susan thinks that having your hair and clothes smell like smoke is amazing. She also enjoys photography.


Deb

Deb Strite
Mentor

Debra was born in Pennsylvania. Her family moved to New Mexico for a few years and on to Texas in 2000. She comes from a large family, who loves to travel and sight see. There was never a boring moment with many siblings to keep up with. After finishing school, she worked in the family bakery and deli.

After a few years, Deb decided to go into voluntary service. She served at Hillcrest Home in Arkansas for 3 years. She served in several different positions, but being a Certified Nursing Assistant was definitely her favorite position. She found joy in providing care for the elderly in their last months of their lives. She also enjoyed the opportunity to pursue and care for the girls that came to serve as well. She loved to see them rise above their hurts in their lives.

Over her time at Hillcrest Homes, God placed a passion in Deb's heart to help hurting women thrive in life instead of survive. Not knowing where to go with the passion, she went overseas to Institute for Global Opportunities (IGO) in Thailand for a term. God slowly brought Meadows of Hope into her life through several people. As God opened the doors, she walked through them. After sensing God's leading, she moved to Meadows of Hope in 2017 to fill the need for a mentor. Deb is excited about joining the team at Meadows of Hope. She desires to be used by God to help teen girls find healing and freedom in Christ.

Some of Deb's passions and hobbies are quality time with friends and Jesus, authenticity, sewing, baking, cooking, painting, coffee, and chocolate.


Support Staff

Melissa

Melissa Ticen
Counselor

Melissa grew up in the small town of Bellwood, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Baptist Bible College (now Clarks Summit University) in 1998 with a Bachelor's degree in Counseling, she moved to Lancaster to pursue her passion for acting by joining the cast of Sight and Sound Theatres. There she met fellow actor Scott Ticen, and they married in 2004.

After seven years in the cast, Melissa and Scott felt God was calling Melissa to a different career ministry. She enrolled in graduate school at Lancaster Bible College, where she obtained her Master's degree in Counseling.

Melissa has been a counselor since 2005 at Upward Call/Shepherd's Touch Counseling Services in Leola, Pennsylvania. Also, she has served as Meadows of Hope's counselor since its beginning in 2014. Melissa passionately loves serving God's daughters, counseling clients as young as age 9 and as old as they can get! She has extensive experience in counseling clients with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, abuse histories, grief, self-mutilation, Obsessive-Compulsive disorder, relationship problems, and much more. One of her greatest joys is witnessing clients' transition from barely surviving to thriving—all to God's glory!

Melissa lives with her husband Scott and their two exuberant children, Aria and Hunter. She enjoys reading, writing, public speaking, cooking, movies, the theater, the outdoors, traveling, tea time, friendships, and time with family.


Bree

Bree Bryant
Equine Supervisor

Bree has been a lifelong resident of Southern Lancaster County. Her passion for horses began when she was very young, prompting her to join the local chapter of the United States Pony Club and 4H through her teen years.

She continued her equine education with certifications in EAGALA equine assisted therapy and the Certified Horsemanship Association while pursuing a Bachelor's degree at Tyler School of Art at Temple University. It was clear that God was calling her to continue her work with horses as part of a ministry, although where and when were still uncertain. In 2011, she began working at a local horse farm teaching riding lessons, handling horses, and assisting with summer camps.

A short while later, she was asked to give input on equine facilities and programs as part of Meadows of Hope's steering committee. Bree was immediately inspired by the vision to help hurting teen girls and to use horses in the healing process. After completing her college education in 2012, Bree continued working with horses and searching for a ministry or program where she could use horses to help people. She was offered the position of Equine Supervisor at Meadows of Hope in 2013, which she eagerly accepted. Since then, Bree has felt overwhelmingly blessed by the work that God is doing and His leading in both the challenges and triumphs of this program.


Bettina

Bettina Yoder
Educational Supervisor & Creative Expression Supervisor

Bettina grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, near Charlottesville. As a young adult, she volunteered at a home for children with intellectual disabilities. She completed the Teacher Apprenticeship program at Faith Builders Educational Programs and holds a Bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies from Lancaster Bible College. Before coming to Meadows of Hope, she taught elementary and middle school grades for nine years. During these years she taught music and developed an Art program for grades 1-8 at Shalom Mennonite School. Her love of music motivated her participation with Oasis Chorale for five seasons. Bettina joined the team at Meadows of Hope in 2015.

Bettina has a growing passion for leading teens and children in creative experiences which develop their artistic skills and nurture redemption and beauty in their lives. Believing that creativity and beauty reflect God's glory and invite a broken world back to wholeness, she delights in walking alongside teens in this process. Her hobbies include biking, hiking, cake decorating, crocheting, drinking coffee with friends, singing, and painting.

Janelle

Janelle Herschberger
Medical Supervisor

Janelle grew up on a farm near Marietta, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Faith Mennonite High School, Janelle took a year to study Bible at Sharon Mennonite Bible Institute. There she met Phil Herschberger from Hudson, Ontario, who she married in 1989 during her third year of nursing school. Janelle graduated from the former St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing in 1990 and from Millersville University with a Bachelor's degree in Nursing in 1991. Janelle has worked as a critical care nurse, a telemetry nurse, and a resource nurse in a retirement community. Her desire to see other countries may someday lead her to take her nursing skills on short-term mission trips.

A few years after getting married, Phil and Janelle moved to Camp Andrews in southern Lancaster County, where Phil became the Administrator of that ministry to urban children. The camp setting was a great place to raise three active sons, homeschooling for some of their school years.

Presently, Janelle is employed at Meadows of Hope, a ministry of Camp Andrews, providing residential care and therapy for hurting teen girls. She serves in a role that involves assisting administrative, school, and house staff. Managing health issues, planning staff education, assisting in school, and running errands for staff are all part of Janelle's work at Meadows of Hope.

Janelle loves spending time with her husband, her three married sons, and her daughter-in-laws. But the shine in her smile is her new grandson, Rylan. Janelle's hobbies include reading, playing piano, taking walks, teaching ladies Sunday school, and being with her family.

 

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