Barbara Matthie, CPIA, President
Commercial Lines Manager| McConkey Insurance & Benefits
Barbie has been instrumental in the success of many of McConkey’s largest commercial accounts and brings more than 25 years of experience to the enterprise, with roots in the Administration and Bond departments.
In addition to her duties as Business Insurance Executive, Barbie serves as the Commercial Lines Manager and is responsible for the oversight of all the Commercial Client Service Agents, acting as the liaison between the CSAs and the Business Insurance Executives.
Barbie is a graduate of the University of Delaware and currently holds the Certified Professional Insurance Agent (CPIA) designation. Her community involvement has included working with the House of Hope York, Pa, York Area Housing Group, Leadership York’s Executive Connections Class of 2010, Dress for Success, Junior Achievement and Putting for a Purpose.
Barbie lives in Seven Valleys with her husband, David, and has three grown children. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her many relatives, taking long walks and relaxing at the beach.
Bob Behler, CCIM, Vice President
Executive Vice President| Bennett Williams Commercial
Bob began his career in real estate in 1981 with Bennett Williams after graduating from York College with a BS in Business Management. Bob was subsequently promoted to Assistant to the President, and to his present position in 1989. In 1991, he assumed the responsibilities of Broker of Record.
He has participated in the sale, leasing, marketing and development of tens of millions of dollars of commercial and industrial real estate. Bob has his CCIM designation and he currently holds a Broker’s license in the states of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, and South Carolina. He is a Life Member of RPAC and has his CCIM Designation. Bob is past Chairman of the RPAC & Commercial/Industrial Committees for RAYAC. He also served on Commercial Industrial Forum, MLS Committee, Affordable Housing Committee, the Leadership Development
Committee, Consumer Protection and Long-Range Planning Committees for the Realtors Association of York & Adams Counties (RAYAC). Currently, Bob has twice served on the Board of Directors of RAYAC.
In the community, Bob has participated for many years in York Hospital Fund Raising, including the Giving for Living Campaigns and the Century Campaign. He also served as Chairman for the Good Neighbor Fund Campaign. He has also been involved in other community fund raisers including Muscular Dystrophy, March of Dimes, York County Special Olympics and the Strand Capitol Corporate Membership Campaign. Bob is a member of the Masons, and Scottish Rite, and has served on the Board of Directors for the Masonic Center. He served on the Board of Habitat for Humanity of York and on their Building and Site Committee.
Bob also enjoys spending time at Bethany Beach, hunting, skiing, kayaking, hiking and everything the outdoors has to offer.
Amy M. Gorman, Treasurer
Over her almost 40-year career, Amy worked as an accountant holdingmultiple positions starting in the public accounting industry and transitioning to a publicly traded defense contractor, a family-owned graphics company, a non-profit private Montessori school, a woman owned advertising agency and a family-owned flooring distributorship. She also worked as a stay-at-home mother when her children were young.
In 2018, Amy retired and moved from Baltimore, Maryland to coastal Delaware. She has two grown daughters who reside in the Baltimore Washington area. Amy currently is enjoying retired life while exploring different volunteering activities including those that benefit a local hospital, helping seniors remain in their homes and helping transport injured wildlife birds. She loves the beach, her neighborhood walking group, cheering on her alma mater Delaware Blue Hens and spending time with her family.
Lisa Stahlman, Secretary
Pharmacist | Wellspan Pharmacy
Born and raised in York County. Graduated from Dallastown High School. Graduated from Temple University School of Pharmacy in 1988. Works for Wellspan Pharmacy Dallastown as the pharmacy manager. Has been with Wellspan for 23 years. Met Lori Ziegler in 1995 when I started working at York Apothecary (now Wellspan Pharmacy). Attended Women of Faith conference in Philadelphia with Lori where Sarah Trollinger and a teen from House of Hope Orlando were speaking. Lori asked me to come along side her to help her start a House of Hope here in York. I’ve been with House of Hope since 2005. I have served in many different capacities, most recently as secretary of the House of Hope board. I feel that I can help our teens, not by being able to connect with them due to their circumstances that caused them to come to HOH but by being able to show them unconditional love. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, camping, watching my husband race cars and my son autocross, boating on Raystown Lake and spending time with my family (husband Erich, daughter Danielle, son Nicholas and four legged child, Zues) and friends.
Lori Ziegler, Member
Founder, Executive Director | House of Hope York, PA
Prior to Lori’s life-changing experience at the Women of Faith conference in 2005, she worked at Pines Pharmacy for 15 years and WellSpan Pharmacy for 12 years. Inspired by her healing and her rededication to Christ, Lori decided in 2005 to begin work on opening House of Hope York PA. Currently, Lori not only runs the House of Hope York PA, but serves with the Keystone Emmaus Community and the prayer team at Christ United Methodist Church. She attended and graduated from Leadership York’s 2010 Executive Connections program, learning about York County history and its leaders, arts and culture, education, health care, community needs, government and the local economy. Lori is dedicated to being a force of change in our community and beyond by giving teenage girls the chance to heal their heart wounds and learn to be loved for who they are. Lori enjoys spending time with her husband and children children, loving on her grandson, cooking for others, researching genealogy and playing golf.
James Partridge, ACAS, MAAA
Chief Operating Officer (COO) | Glatfelter Insurance Group
Jim is currently on the senior management team at Glatfelter Insurance Group (GIG), serving as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and has been in the insurance industry for close to 30 years. His current job responsibilities include general oversight of the Underwriting, Claims Management, IT, Actuarial, Product Development and Program Analytics divisions at GIG, along with overseeing GIG’s Enterprise Risk Management program (ERM) and all reinsurance operations.
Jim is a graduate of Liberty University, with a BS degree in Mathematics. He is a property and casualty insurance actuary by trade, an Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society (ACAS), a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA), and is a licensed property and casualty insurance agent.
Jim is a graduate of Leadership York’s Executive Connections Class of 2012; currently serves as the treasurer of House of Hope; currently serves as board member, finance committee member, and co-chair of the Sustainability Committee of the Margaret E. Moul Home; and previously served as board member, treasurer and Vice President of YorkArts (now Creative York).
Jeremy Wagner, Member
Tech Support & Training | Lancaster-Lebanon IU 13
Jeremy Wagner is a Desktop Support Technician for Lancaster-Lebanon IU 13. He has worked in Desktop Support for over three years. He has an Associate Degree in Specialized Technology from Thompson Institute and Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Kaplan University.
Susan W. McDowell
Founder of the McDowell Institute at Bloomsburg University, National House of Hope Consultant.
Susan W. McDowell ‘s passion is working to enhance the social and emotional well being of young children and adolescents. She has a long history of personal commitment to helping others to make positive changes in their lives. During Ms. McDowell’s philanthropic journey, she has established the McDowell Institute for Teacher Excellence in Positive Behavior Support in the College of Education at Bloomsburg University. Education majors at the University learn how to address behaviors of students who are facing issues such as anorexia, parental divorce, sexual abuse, and bullying.
She is also actively working on projects involved in The McDowell Integrated Behavioral Health Fund. This fund allows Geisinger to pioneer novel approaches for pediatric, psychological, and psychiatric care. The fund provides resources to respond to complex diagnoses and to provide individualized care plans for each child. With Susan’s partnership, Geisinger is pioneering innovative approaches for pediatric-focused care. Child psychologists are now available at many community clinics to assist family physicians in providing an even more specialized care to their young patients.
Prior to establishing these educational and behavioral partnerships, Susan was the President and Founder of the Susquehanna Valley House of Hope. She began her career in the Girl Scout organization as a troop leader and then professional, during her time there she noticed the children in every troop who were withdrawn, antisocial or unlikeable and wanted to comfort them. She also worked in Human Resource roles in the Geisinger Health Systems.
Ms. McDowell attended Bloomsburg University and was an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from the University in 2012. She has Served as the President of Susquehanna Valley House of Hope, was a member of the National House of Hope Board, the Geisinger Advisory Board and current member of the Geisinger Steering committee.
Pennsylvania is a place that Susan will always call home, but she shares her time between Florida, Selinsgrove and Idaho where she can enjoy her favorite pastime …fly fishing! Her constant hope and goal are to improve young lives and create brighter futures for children in our communities. For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord. They are plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope – Jeremiah 29:11.