Leadership

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Clara Ames, BA
Executive Director

Clara was blessed to join the NLAM team in July 2017, and traveled all the way from Ohio to do so! She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Ohio Northern University and pursued her passion for service to others by working at a local homeless shelter in the area, ministering to men and women in need of temporary housing, support, and Jesus!

From there, she moved into providing permanent supportive housing for men and women with severe and persistent mental illness/substance use disorders – which meant she was still able to invest in her love for the field of housing, while getting to build longer term relationships and meeting greater needs of those whom she was housing. But, Clara worked for a local government agency and knew that something was missing – being able to share about the hope and empowerment found in Christ.

So, when Clara’s husband (a pastor) received a call to ministry that would bring them much closer to family, they picked up and moved to York County – and God brought her to No Longer Alone! Clara is honored to lead this incredibly vital ministry supported by a strong team who shares her vibrant faith in Jesus. She holds great hope for the future of the ministry and counts it as a blessing to work for a professional, Christ-centered organization striving for mental wellness. Along with the NLAM team, Clara appreciates every opportunity she receives to provide brighter futures for all who are touched by mental illness in Lancaster County.

 

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Ann King-Grosh, BSN, CPRP
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Specialist and REACH Program Director

Ann began working at NLAM in 2011 after many years of living and working in East Africa.  She has a Master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling, a Bachelor’s in nursing, and is certified in Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

Ann is married to Jerry Grosh. They have three adult children.  She enjoys reading for relaxation and intellectual stimulation, walking for exercise and prayer, gardening to keep her hopeful, and composting to help her work out the tough times in life.

 

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Jeffrey P. Witman, Ed.D., CTRS
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Professional

Jeff is a Lancaster county native. He and his wife Kathryn live in Mount Joy and are members of Donegal Presbyterian Church where Jeff has served as a deacon. He is an adjunct professor at York College and volunteers as a Manager for Special Olympics.

Jeff’s graduate studies were completed at the University of Oregon and Boston University. His work experience includes college teaching/administration and a variety of healthcare positions including Director of Occupational Therapy/Therapeutic Recreation at Hampstead (NH) Hospital and Director of Recreational Therapy at Philhaven (PA) Behavioral Health.

From 2002-2005 Jeff worked with the Pathways program. He rejoined the No Longer Alone team in January 2017.

 

Emily Keener, CTRS
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Professional & Church Liaison

Emily started working at NLAM in March 2018.  She has worked as a Recreation Therapist in numerous populations and settings, from adolescents to geriatrics.  She received her degree in Therapeutic Recreation at Temple University in 2009.  She is passionate about working in the Mental Health field and educating families and communities how to be involved and supportive.

Emily and her husband Randy enjoy biking, running and hiking together. She appreciates the power of art and was able to design and paint a mural in 2013 that highlights the beauty and diversity in Lancaster City.

 

D. Renee Gray
Director, Donor Relations

 Renee joined the No Longer Alone Ministries team in 2013 providing leadership for Development and Donor Relations.  Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Texas, Renee returned to her birthplace after college to begin her career in marketing and fundraising by working  for 10 years with the National Captioning Institute, which closed captions television programs for the deaf and hearing impaired population.  She moved to central Pennsylvania in 1996 and continued her career in development, working 10 years at Messiah College.  She has a passion for people and is motivated by missions that empower and transform lives.

Renee also has a passion for women’s ministries and purposes to respond to God’s call to teach His Word and encourage women in their relationship with God to live life for His glory. Her motto is always, no matter where you are in your journey to “Keep the faith!”  Renee is married to her husband Charles and they are blessed with two talented children; a daughter at Millersville University who loves singing and a son, a high school athlete at the Middletown Area High School.  The family attends and is involved with the Living Water Community Church in Harrisburg.

 

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Miriam Bowers, BS
Bookkeeper

Miriam is excited to have joined No Longer Alone Ministries in the summer of 2017. She graduated from Liberty University in 2012 and has worked as a billing assistant, graphic designer, and a preschool teacher (sometimes simultaneously). She’s glad to get back to numbers!

Miriam and her husband Steve live in Lititz with their three year-old son, Paul, and infant daughter, Paige. Their beloved church family gathers at Lancaster Evangelical Free Church. Outside of No Longer Alone Ministries, Miriam classically educates her son at home, and is passionate about systematic theology and chocolate.

 

Angie Gunderson
Administrative Assistant

Angie moved to Lancaster County with her family in 2013 and thoroughly enjoys life in Amish country.  She and her husband, Mike, have two teenage daughters who keep life fun and exciting.  They are members of Christ the King Community Church and serve there in various roles.  In her spare time, Angie enjoys reading, gardening, playing the piano, and sharing coffee and long walks with friends.  She and her family particularly enjoy visiting God’s amazing creation in Wyoming to visit family.  Angie began her part-time work at NLAM in February 2016 and continues to babysit for neighbor children and tend to her family on the other days of the week.

 

Sharon Givler, BA, MEd
Administrative Assistant

Sharon started working part-time with NLAM in June, 2016, after a 38-year career in higher education serving as assistant/associate dean of students/director of career development at Geneva College, Houghton College, and Lebanon Valley College, as well as executive assistant to the president at Huntington University.  Now that she is semi-retired, Sharon enjoys spending more time with family activities and especially enjoys watching the athletic competitions and theatrical performances of her grand-nieces and nephews. She hopes one day they will come to love tennis and golf as much as she does.  Other interests include reading, music, leading worship, and offering spiritual direction.


Board of Directors
Nelson Yoder, LCSW – Chair
Janet E. Umble, MS – Vice Chair
Kenneth J Langeman, BComm  – Treasurer
Ed Longenecker, MSW – Secretary

Evon Bergey, MSW, LCSW
Loice Robi Byler, BA
Anne Cooper, JD
Myron Good
Evelyn Hershey, BS
Robert Musser, LSW
John C. Simkins