Our Staff

Marlene Derstine

Case Manager

“It is a blessing and privilege to work for Bridge of Hope BuxMont. This model of ministry brings people together and offers necessary support to single mothers and their children as they work towards family stability. It is a wonderful way to bring about God’s Kingdom here on earth.”

Marlene has 15 years experience in pastoral ministry, 8 of those years were in Puebla, Mexico where she was involved in leadership development, mentoring, administration and prayer ministry. Marlene is fluent in Spanish and has an Associates Degree in Human Services from Montgomery County Community College. Marlene and her husband, Arnold, have been married for 34 years and have three beautiful young adult daughters and two grandchildren.  They currently attend Plains Mennonite Church.

Read More

Sarah R. Gehman, MSW, LSW

Case Manager

Sarah began working as a Case Manager with Bridge of Hope BuxMont in November 2018. She is honored to be a part of what God is doing through this program – helping families become stronger and seeing single moms accomplish their goals is her primary desire for this role.

Before working here, Sarah worked for three years as an inpatient social worker at a psychiatric hospital. In that role, she was able to learn a great deal about working towards healing from trauma and mental illness. Her desire is to bring these skills into her work with the mothers within our program.

Sarah and her husband, Andrew, have been married for six years. They currently attend Iron Works Presbyterian Church in Phoenixville and are blessed to be a part of that community. When they are not working, they keep busy by chasing around their energetic two-year-old daughter and enjoying the outdoors together. They are very much enjoying this time as a family and watching their daughter learn and grow!

Read More

Jennifer Yothers

Executive Director ED@buxmont.bridgeofhopeinc.org

Jennifer became Executive Director at Bridge of Hope BuxMont in March 2014.  She brings passionate commitment and a gracious spirit to serve those involved in our ministry.  Jennifer has found the faithfulness and mercy of God to be abundant throughout her life.  Her desire in serving at Bridge of Hope BuxMont is to be actively part of providing hope and empowering single mothers and their children.

Previously she was Director of Advancement for a local Christian school and also served as Special Markets Manager for an international distributor of Christian visual media.  Her professional experience began with close to 20 years experience in the banking industry, where during that time she was privileged to be a part of a ten person team that started a de novo bank in Pennsylvania.

Jennifer and her husband Jeff have been married for 29 years and have three children.  They currently attend Penn Valley Church in Telford where Jennifer is actively involved on their worship team.  She enjoys playing piano, singing, baking, reading, entertaining people of all ages in their home and most of all being her kids’ biggest cheerleader!

Read More