Our Staff

Chris Hoover Seidel

Chris Hoover Seidel

Executive Director director@hr.bridgeofhopeinc.org

Chris Hoover Seidel joined Bridge of Hope Harrisonburg Rockingham as the first director for the affiliate.  Chris is a multipotentialite, with a background in Behavioral Science and Education. Following her time as a public school teacher, she and her husband lived in Palestine for three years doing advocacy work through Mennonite Central Committee. Chris then served as Director of Children and Youth Programs at Community Mennonite Church in Lancaster, PA, while pursuing her MA in Religion at Lancaster Theological Seminary and Spiritual Direction Training at Kairos School for Spiritual Formation.

In 2016, Chris and her family moved to Harrisonburg, VA and she recently worked on staff at Eastern Mennonite University Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. Chris currently practices spiritual direction and Reiki as a way of accompany others in the deep work of healing and presence. Chris has hung several art shows, depicting her experience of faith and the world.

When she’s not working, Chris spends time playing games with her children, walking in the woods, refurbishing furniture, or talking and laughing with friends.

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Maria Rodriguez

Neighborhood Resource Specialist nrs@hr.bridgeofhopeinc.org

Maria moved from Pennsylvania to Harrisonburg to attend Eastern Mennonite University in 2002 and has since called the Valley her home. Maria’s undergraduate study areas of focus were Psychology, Family Studies, and Sociology. After earning a Master’s degree in Counseling, Maria worked in local schools for the last 12 years as a School Counselor. She enjoyed providing support to students and their families, collaborating with community agencies, teaching in classrooms, and facilitating community circles. Previous work experience included assisting adults with disabilities in their volunteer roles within the community and coordinating activities for youth in a residential program. Maria’s approach to working with others is founded in the belief that all individuals have value and finds joy in encouraging their strengths. She is excited to work on the Bridge of Hope team and to partner with participants to encourage their goals.

 

Maria loves the rich diversity of the Valley, the mountains to explore, and connecting with others to learn their stories. In her free time, Maria can be found biking with her family, reading in a hammock, organizing, or spending time outdoors.

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Makayla Anne Fulmer

Neighborhood Resource Specialist program@hr.bridgeofhopeinc.org

Makayla Fulmer has a BA in Spanish & Interdisciplinary Religious Studies from James Madison University and is currently earning her MA in Transformational Leadership at Eastern Mennonite University. She also works at NewBridges Immigrant Resource Center as a Case Manager specializing in Immigration. Her passion is to connect and work with communities who have been marginalized and collaborate to help them meet their goals.

While born and raised in the Richmond area, she now calls the Shenandoah Valley home; she enjoys living in a diverse community and getting to know folks from all over the world. Makayla sees opportunity here in the Friendly City for collective, transformative healing and opportunities for us all to grow in cultivating an inclusive, accessible, and equitable community where families and individuals don’t just feel safe, but also loved, supported, and genuinely welcomed. 

In her free time she enjoys spending time outdoors in nature, playing music, and learning new languages! 

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Pamela Hoffeditz

Administrative Assistant office@hr.bridgeofhopeinc.org

Pam is an autodidact with a variety of interests including religion, philosophy, history, economics, land/agrarian issues, and the intersections of religion and American politics.  She has worked and volunteered for non-profits.

Besides reading and learning, Pam enjoys baking, sewing, knitting, gardening, and various do-it-yourself projects.  She lives in Broadway with her husband, children, dog, and sheep.

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