Chris Hoover SeidelExecutive Director firstname.lastname@example.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.
Maria RodriguezProgram Director email@example.com
Maria began working with Bridge of Hope in 2021. Maria’s undergraduate areas of focus were Psychology, Family Studies, and Sociology. After earning a MA in Counseling, Maria worked in local schools for 12 years as a School Counselor. Previous work experience included assisting adults with disabilities in their volunteer roles within the community and leading activities for youth at a residential program.
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.
Carolyn NutterNeighborhood Resources Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeana SimmonsAdministrative Assistant email@example.com
Jeana Simmons and her husband, Jeff, both grew up in Rockingham County and they couldn’t imagine a better place to raise their three children. With two daughters in college now, Jeana is ready to get more involved with community outreach. She is very excited to support Bridge of Hope in their quest to end homelessness.
Watching the community come together to help those in need is one of the things she loves most about her hometown. Jeana also loves working with children and families in her role as a preschool teacher. When she’s not making messy crafts and cooking with her students, she enjoys doing home improvement projects and snuggling with her pets.