Meet The Team

Meet The Team

Rev. Matthew Best 

President

Rev. Best serves as pastor of St. Stephen Lutheran Church in New Kingstown, PA and has a passion for ending homelessness. In addition to working with Emmaus Village, he is engaged with the congregation in a homelessness ministry at a local truck stop, helping to launch a group that will provide rental assistance to get people into stable housing, leads the Lower Susquehanna Synod Homelessness Task Force, and more. Rev. Best loves to read and write. You can find his writings and videos at www.pastormatthewbest.com. Rev. Best received his M.Div. from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg in 2017 and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Grove City College in 1998. Rev. Best is married. He and his wife have four children, a dog, and a guinea pig and reside in Carlisle. 

Shari Bellish

Vice President

Shari Bellish has made a career of helping others. She currently manages a Harrisburg-based healthcare nonprofit where she is creating a bilingual social media presence as well as raising additional funds and community partners. Previously, Shari ran a Carlisle nonprofit that served those who were homeless. She started out as a solitary volunteer and, over fourteen years, grew the organization into a full-time staff of nine people, 400 volunteers, and $300,000 budget. Faith and family are important to Shari, who enjoys spending time with her husband, two adult children, and four grandchildren. She is also an avid painter.

Kellie Crawford, B.A., B.A., Secretary

Kellie Crawford has worked in social services for 21 years, helping those from all walks of life, including those who are homeless and near homeless. She is a Senior Human Services Case Manager for the Cumberland County Homeless Assistance Program. A 1999 graduate of Pennsylvania State University with Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Psychology and in Administration of Justice as well as a minor in Women’s Studies, Kellie has experience in multiple social service arenas (mental health, drug and alcohol, juvenile residential, juvenile and adult probation, corrections, domestic violence, magisterial district justices (evictions), case management, local shelter organizations, and community agencies). She is also active in a variety of groups and chairs two workgroups with Cumberland County’s Community Partners for Change, formerly LHOT (Local Housing Options Team). Kellie loves to spend time with her family. She also loves flamingos, crafting, dancing, and reading books. She is married, has two children, and resides in Waynesboro. 

Laura Portillo

Treasurer

Laura Portillo, owner of Keystone Bookkeeping Solutions, is both a numbers and a people person. In addition to providing bookkeeping and payroll support to area businesses and non-profits, Laura is part of a team that owns and runs several popular area restaurants. She is also the financial manager of the Carlisle Theatre, treasurer of the Carlisle YWCA, and recently was on the Board of Directors for the Carlisle Chamber of Commerce. Laura also has eight years of local experience as a township manager.  

Gerald Gordon, CAC

Gerald Gordon is the owner and president of Gordon’s Pond Utopia, a local aquascape design and construction business. He has over 20 years of experience in building outdoor patios, walls, and other hardscapes. Gerald is also a firefighter and active member of his church community. He and wife Tina live with their two daughters in Shermans Dale.

Holly C. Hoffman, MD, FAAP, MAMS

Dr. Hoffman is a pediatrician and ELCA Deacon. Graduating from the Univ. of Florida in Gainesville in 1979, she went on to get her medical degree at the Univ. of S. Florida in Tampa in 1982. She moved to Carlisle PA in 1985, where she has practiced medicine at Carlisle Pediatric Associates ever since. She has served as Chairman of Dept. of Pediatrics at Carlisle Hospital/Regional Medical Center for a combined total of 12 years. She is VP of Cumberland County Medical Society. she received a master's degree from United Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg in 2009 and has been on staff at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church since 2010. Dr. Hoffman is Medical Director at Christ Lutheran Health Ministries in Harrisburg, where she has provided free prenatal care since 2006. She co-founded Living Water Dental Health Clinic in 2012 and remains an active participant and board member. 

Ashley Rohm, M.A., CRS

Ashley Rohm’s professional work as the Coordinator for Cumberland County’s Adult Reentry program has given her first-hand experience in finding and securing resources for people in need and in partnering with agencies and organizations to do so. She also has a Masters degree in Applied Psychological Research and is a Certified Recovery Specialist, which gives her knowledge and insight into mental illness, addiction, and effective evidence-based practices. She uses all of these tools to guide, support, and inspire those who are broken and suffering to enhance their dignity and confidence as they journey along the renewed road God has paved for them.

Stacy Schroeder

Stacy Schroeder has over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including the formation and revitalization of several organizations. She has served in both church and outdoor ministry settings as well as the public library system and local cultural networks. Most recently, she spent a decade leading a national nonprofit for adoptees and their families whose annual conference brings together people from across the world. Stacy is also a writer who manages a regional racial justice blog, produces a quarterly church magazine, and is beginning work on her second book. Stacy, her husband, and their two college-age children live in Mechanicsburg. She believes Emmaus Village will become an important part of improving the quality of life for people in Cumberland County. 

Steve Shissler

Steve Shissler served the citizens of Cumberland County for nearly 27 years as a Hampden Township Police Officer. He served as a patrol officer, field training officer and criminal investigator. As a member of the department command staff, Steve assisted with policy development and implementation and was the department accreditation manager. After retirement, Steve completed a degree in Communications at Harrisburg Area Community College. Steve is a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Etters, PA, where he has served as Council President, Treasurer, and chair of the Property Committee. He enjoys spending time with his wife Dawn, their adult children, and grandson.

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