Our Board and Staff
Joy Knight LanierProgram Director/Case Manager ProgramDirector@greaterbaltimore.bridgeofhopeinc.org
Joy Knight Lanier began working with Bridge of Hope of the Greater Baltimore Region as Program Director/Case Manager in February 2021. Joy’s educational background includes a B.A. degree in Psychology; a M.A. in African American Studies; a M.Ed. in Rehabilitation Counseling and a Doctorate in Counseling, Adult and Health Education. Professionally, Joy has extensive experience in Education and Human Services and has worked to improve the quality of life experiences for low-income families, youth in foster care, domestic violence survivors as well as individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities, mental health conditions, and substance use disorders. Joy is grateful for the opportunity to serve with Bridge of Hope because “it allows me to use my life to help others to improve theirs.”
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Sue AshmanBoard Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan (Sue) Ashman is currently the Chair of the Board for Bridge of Hope Greater Baltimore Region. As an active member of Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church, Sue served the church as a volunteer case manager for a homeless family, using the Bridge of Hope model, for three years before working toward establishing the new non-profit affiliate program that is now Bridge of Hope Greater Baltimore Region.
Sue has a BS in Education and an MA in Human Development from the University of Delaware. She worked in higher education administration before she and her husband became foster and adoptive parents. She has had a small home-based business with Close to My Heart scrapbooking and stamping for the past 25 years, which is her creative outlet. She and her husband Bob have resided in Howard County for the past 15 years and have three adult children and three grandchildren.
Philip DaviesBoard of Directors
Philip and his wife Maha have lived in Columbia, MD since 1994 where they are members of Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church. He has been an Elder and a faithful member of the Mission Committee for many years. Now retired, Philip has enjoyed a 40-year career in humanitarian relief and development with leading international nonprofit organizations. He held senior management positions in the field and at headquarters with Save the Children and American Near East Refugee Aid, as well as Feed the Children, Islamic Relief USA, and International Orthodox Christian Charities. In addition to BoH, he serves on the board of Rene Moawad Foundation USA. Philip has a BA in Sociology from Muskingum University and an MA in Anthropology and Near East Studies from the University of Michigan and speaks Arabic and French.
Ben GallagherSocial Media Volunteer
Ben Gallagher is a student in Howard County attending Hammond High School. While in high school Ben has participated in multiple sports and extracurriculars included National Honors Society. Ben has also been involved with Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church since a young age both through their LOGOS youth program as well as attending regular worship. Through CMPC Ben was able to meet Sue Ashman and received an offer to help with the content creation and management at Bridge of Hope Greater Baltimore which he happily accepted.
Pastor Scott HoffmanBoard of Directors
Rev. Scott Hoffman serves as Pastor and Head of Staff at Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church in Columbia, MD. Scott earned his BA in Christian Education from Westminster College (New Wilmington, PA) and his MDiv. from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY). He has served as an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament for the last 15 years. Scott is honored to serve on the founding board of Bridge of Hope Greater Baltimore Region and believes that when churches respond, homelessness ends, and hope begins.
Melva LowryBoard of Directors
Melva Lowry is one of the founding board members for Bridge of Hope Greater Baltimore Region. She is an ordained Ruling Elder for the Presbyterian Church (USA). Melva was introduced to Bridge of Hope while working in Baltimore for the National Presbyterian Church (USA) out of Louisville, KY. She was inspired to join by reflecting on her own moments of struggle just after finishing undergrad. “Without the support and love of family and others, I would have been homeless. So many were ‘neighboring volunteers’ to me, so many were my actual neighbors!” Melva’s motto is Luke 12:48, “to whom much is given, much [more] will be required.” Currently, Melva is serving the board remotely from her home in Georgia.