Melissa Ressler, executive director, a Lancaster City resident, most recently served as a Career Counselor Manager with the Occupational Development Center where she provided job training services and designed and implemented programming to expand employment opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. She holds a degree in Gerontology from Messiah College, and has previous experience as a Care Manager for the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging.
Judy Zimmerman Herr, president, spent her career in various administrative roles with the Mennonite Central Committee, a faith-based relief and development agency, both in the Akron headquarters office and in several African countries. Most recently, she spent 5 years based in Nairobi as Director of MCC’s programs in East Africa, returning to Lancaster in 2014. She has also worked for Tabor Community Services as a supportive services staff person. Judy’s hobbies include reading and gardening, and she enjoys walking and cycling around Lancaster. She resides in Lancaster city on West Walnut Street.
Janice Stork, vice president, former Mayor of Lancaster (1990–1998) continues to serve the city as a member of the City Planning Commission and the Lancaster Library Steering Committee. She formerly served on HARB, City Council and Downtown Merchants. Her current volunteer activities include Community Meals sponsored by Lancaster County Council of Churches, the brown bag lunch program at St. Anne’s and VITA sponsored by United Way that offers tax preparation assistance. Janice lives on the 400 block of West Walnut Street.
Carol Eby-Good, secretary, has lived on Nevin Street for over 24 years with her husband, Michael, their high school and college-age children Aaron and Quinn, and their dog, Pepper. Her children have attended the School District of Lancaster from kindergarten through high school, and she currently volunteers with the McCaskey marching band and theater department. She is a member of Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster where she serves on the church council and teaches the 2 and 3-year-old class. She currently works at Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) as Constituent Engagement manager. Carol's work focuses on connecting people with MEDA's business solutions to poverty through events, conferences and trips. She is a graduate of Eastern Mennonite College University with a B.A. in business administration and Penn State with a master's in public administration. Many of the things she enjoys doing are in Lancaster City.
Ken Nissley, treasurer, and his wife have lived on the 400 block of W James Street for the past 14 years. In 2013 he retired as case manager and trainer for the restorative justice programs of Center for Community Peacemaking (now Advoz). He now serves as secretary of the Advoz Board and was a volunteer on one of the Lancaster City Youth Aid Panels for more than 12 years. Previous work included IT manager, computer programmer, teacher, and administrator in various settings including 9 years in Somalia, East Africa.
John Kanagy grew up on a farm in Kishacoquillas Valley, Mifflin County. After college at Eastern Mennonite Univ. in VA, he moved to Lancaster County and lived in an intentional community with another family on a farmette near Akron. Work included Provident Bookstore (his first introduction to downtown Lancaster) and later warehouse manager at Ten Thousand Villages in Akron.In midlife, he pursued graduate school at Misericordia Univ., obtaining a degree in Occupational Therapy, followed by 15 years as a OT in local retirement communities. In January 2015 he retired and became more actively involvedwith Downtowners, although a member since its founding. John and his wife Ellen live in Hamilton Park, Lancaster Township. His interests include history, gardening, reading, bike-riding and grandparenting.
Timothea “Timi” M Kirchner, PR and Communications Committee chair, is a widely respected, highly regarded public administrator who has lived in Lancaster during all except 5 years of her adult life after graduating from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in history and an M.S. in Educational Psychology. After a 20- year leadership role with the School District of Lancaster and various Boards of Directors, she served as CEO of the County of Lancaster for 8 years; then worked as a consultant on leadership and operations, through the PA Department of Community and Economic Development as well as private sector firms. Most recently she served as the Manager of the Borough of Lansdale in Montgomery County. Timi loves the city of Lancaster where she can walk to grocery shops, boutiques, restaurants and friends’ homes. Her son is a proud McCaskey grad.
Kathy O’Kane, BSN, RN, is originally from Glen Rock, NJ, and is a current resident of Hamilton Park, Lancaster Township since 2012. She resides with her husband, Jeff, and her springer spaniel Taco. After earning her BS in Biology from Lincoln University, she earned her BSN from West Chester University. She worked at Lancaster General Hospital as a Medical/Surgical RN and then as a Case Manager. She currently volunteers with Lancaster Downtowners Just One Call (JOC), Hospice and Community, and Water Street Rescue Mission clinic. She enjoys painting with acrylics and oils, gardening, and RV travel.
Bill Parson was born in Harrisburg and now lives on Virginia Ave., Lancaster with his wife Beth. He is employed as a Certified Senior Advisor® with Everence and has worked in a variety of health insurance-related positions since 1986, most recently focused on Medicare. He also serves on the board of Mennonite Home Communities in Lancaster. Bill is a graduate of Shippensburg University with a degree in Education and attends James Street Mennonite Church.
William H. Poole Jr, advisory board member, graduated from Dickinson College in 1972 and from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1978. From 1978 to 1979 Bill clerked for the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, and has been in private practice in York since 1979. He started his private practice career with a mid-sized law firm, then opened his own practice in 1983. In 1987 he was the co-founder of Miller, Poole and Bortner (later Miller, Poole & Lord and MPL Law), where he practiced until 2011, when he again opened a solo practice. He has been with Bellomo& Associates, LLC, an estate planning and elder law practice firm, as the legal-technical attorney since 2015. Bill has years of experience in drafting documents and reviewing them for technical accuracy. Bill also served for 28 years on the board of directors of York Day Nursery, Inc. a non-profit childcare center in York, including as President, Vice President, and Secretary of the Board. He is the proud parent of two great sons and two terrific step-daughters, and is an especially proud Pop Pop to a 4½ and a 2 year old grandsons, and will be welcoming a granddaughter in September, 2019. Bill’s firm is expanding its services into Lancaster, and is pleased to be able to lend his years of hard-learned experiences to the Lancaster Downtowners.
Tana Woodcock, Just One Call Committee chair, taught American and World history at Lancaster Catholic High and Warwick High School. Currently she serves on the Quest Board and as a conductor for the African American tour sponsored by the African American Historical Society of South Central PA. Occasionally she substitute teaches at Sacred Heart School. Tana has three sons and eight grandchildren, as well as 2 rescue cats, 2 grand cats, 5 grand dogs and 1 great grand puppy.
Jim Zink ran the Herb Shop at Central Market, which he and his wife owned, for his last twenty years of working. Retiring at the end of 2013, he has been an antiques dealer ever since. Jim has served on several boards in his life and has always been active in any organization to which he has belonged or where he has worked.