Our Staff

Kevin Lutz

Executive Director

Kevin joined Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area as Executive Director in March of 2022. He will be involved in directing all aspects of Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area while focusing most of his energy and attention on organizational advancement opportunities, networking with other Social Service organizations in South Central PA, increasing the number of church relationships interested in partnering as Neighboring Volunteers and working together to end family homelessness, and discovering more opportunities to grow the Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area program ultimately ending homeless for more families in Cumberland, Dauphin and York Counties.

Kevin has worked in the Print and Mail industry for the past 25 years, owning and managing a printing company in Harrisburg for 22 of those years. Prior to working in the business world, Kevin had a career working for Non Profit organizations, working for 2 Vocational Rehabilitation organizations, Dauphin County Case Management and also as a Program Director for Keystone Residence. He is active in the community, having served as a Director on a number of Boards including Bethesda Mission and PA CASA, is active in the Church and volunteers in several ministries. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Shippensburg University.

Kevin grew up in the Harrisburg area and graduated from Central Dauphin High School. He has been married to his wife, Donna, for 34 years. They have 2 adult sons as well as two 2 grandchildren whom they are raising. When not attending softball or soccer games, he enjoys spending time reading, exercising and riding his Indian motorcycle.

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Kristin Leiss

Development Coordinator

Kristin joined Bridge of Hope in October of 2023 as the Development Coordinator. Her responsibilities include donor cultivation, stewardship, as well as developing ways to increase awareness of Bridge of Hope.

Kristin received her associate degree in paralegal studies from Harrisburg Area Community College and recently completed her bachelor’s degree in political science at Penn State University. During this time Kristin realized her true passion was to help others. She has been a volunteer with Church World Services since 2022, where she assists in the resettlement of refugees in Central Pennsylvania.

Kristin lives in Hershey with her husband, PJ. They are the proud parents of three remarkable children and two grandchildren whom they enjoy spending time with.

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Vickie Jones

Director of Administrative Services

Vickie started with Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area in August 2016 and is responsible for the oversight of all organization-wide administrative services.

After working in the corporate world for almost 30 years, Vickie felt a tug to be involved in an organization that helped the community in which she lived. That’s when she found her position with Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area and never looked back. She states, “I get up every day thankful I get to do this work.” Her passion for helping others and her experience in administrative services, project management, and marketing have brought many opportunities within the organization.

She has been married to her husband, Bruce, for 40 years. They have one adult son and three beautiful grandchildren. She loves spending time with family and friends, being involved with her grandchildren, traveling to her home in Florida, being outdoors, and spoiling her two rescue shih-tzu dogs.

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Brenda Lee Strawbridge

Lead Program Case Manager

Brenda has extensive experience in the field of human and social services, where she aided victims, primarily women and children, who suffered from domestic violence and sexual assault. She has also worked with the homeless population through shelter and outreach services.

Brenda has first-hand knowledge of what it’s like to navigate life without a support system. She is a single parent and woman of color who grew up in poverty and as an adult continued to face social and economic hardships. Her understanding of many of the issues encountered by our moms makes her passionate about our mission to engage Christian Faith communities in ending family homelessness through neighboring relationships that demonstrate Christ’s love.

Brenda earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Managerial Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University.

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Dianna Thomas

Program Support Specialist

Dianna started with Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area in July 2022. She has many years of administrative and development experience with non-profit organizations. Dianna is responsible for all administrative program support services.

She has been married to her husband, Daryl, for 30 years. They have 2 adult children. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.

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Lynn Pierro

Program Administrative Assistant

Lynn began with Bridge of Hope at the York affiliate as an administrative volunteer, bringing her skills to create processes and procedures to help with office operations. When the York affiliate office closed, Lynn took time off to spend with her family. As our Harrisburg affiliate expanded, so did the need for program administrative support, and Lynn joined our team as the Program Administrative Assistant. Lynn assists in coordinating events, monthly meetings, onboarding Neighboring Volunteers, ensuring all documentation for incoming participants is up-to-date, and providing administrative support to the Program Director.

Lynn’s past work experience was in management, specifically Project Management. She retired from Bank of America in 2012. After she retired from Bank of America, Lynn was employed by Santander Bank and worked in the event planning industry. She volunteered her time with Little Green Theater in costume creation and stage coordination.

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Sherry Tate

Communications Manager

Sherry started as a volunteer for Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area in 2016 and became the communications manager in 2023. She has years of experience in communications, policy and legislative affairs after working for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for 21 years.  Subsequently, she worked for the research unit at the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Penn State College of Medicine, assisting researchers with communications and administrative tasks

Sherry is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in Government and Politics.

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