Professional Staff

Kirt Barden

CEO

Kirt has 25 years of experience in corporate management, turn-around, and employee motivation.  He served as the Vice President of two of the four largest truck rental companies in the United States.  At Rollins Systems, he was in charge of a budget of $550 million along with 20,000 trucks, tractors and trailers.  He trained and motivated over 1000 emerging leaders in leadership development, attitude, and organizational management.  Kirt has also owned three separate businesses, including one which performed medical exams for life insurance companies, which was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  Through this major adversity, Kirt learned that it is best to ask the Lord, “What are You teaching me, that I may draw closer to You,” instead of “Why me, Lord?”  He is publishing an autobiographical book about Hurricane Katrina and how God teaches us through adversity.   Kirt’s qualifications also include Christian life-coaching, and a BA degree in Marketing. 

Brian French

Director of Programs

Brian has worked in the field of services for people with Intellectual Disabilities since his graduation from Eastern Mennonite University in 1983 where he studied Psychology and Bible. After 2 years at a vocational program in Homestead, Florida, Brian returned to Pennsylvania and served at Friendship Community until 2012. During his time at Friendship Community, he was instrumental in expanding residential services, increasing government funding and promoting valued roles for people with Intellectual Disabilities. Brian also worked with many families, providing guidance to help them navigate the service system and access funding and support for their loved one. Brian joined the Lighthouse team in January, 2016 and is blessed to have the opportunity to serve the Lighthouse community. He lives in Blue Ball with his wife, Amy. They have four grown children.

Stephen Badoo

Director of Finance & Human Resources 

Stephen joined Lighthouse Vocational Services in late 2017.  He oversees all Financial aspects of the three entities associated with Lighthouse, along with Human Resource policy related matters.  Stephen works closely with Lighthouse’s CEO, the Director of Organizational Management & Warehouse Operations, the Director of Programs, the Billing Specialist and the Audit/Accounting firm. As Lighthouse adapts to meet the changing landscape of the Human Services field, Stephen is especially responsible for technological and other necessary related implementation.

Pam Wise

CESP/Employment Services Coordinator

Pam is a graduate of Messiah College.  In 2016 she earned status through A.P.S.E. (the Association of People Supporting Employment First) as one of 1500 Certified Employment Support Professionals in the United States.  She also completed 40 hours of ACRE-endorsed training in Employment Services (Association of Community Rehabilitation Education.)  Pam’s experience working with people who have unique abilities spans over 25 years in a variety of settings: summer camp programs, school to work, one-on-one instruction, vocational rehabilitation, and job coaching. 

 

Pam has a passion for helping others to reach their full potential and find employment that brings them hope, joy, and fulfillment. She leads a team of four employment specialist, who provide on-the-job support to individuals or take a group of three individuals out to businesses for Small Group Employment. 

Crystal Smeltzer

Director of Community Relations

Crystal has worked at Lighthouse for over 10 years.  Crystal has her Associates Degree in HealthCare Management and is currently working on her Bachelor’s in Business Management. Her role as Director of Community Relations is to develop and maintain valuable relationships with members of our community, both businesses and individuals.  She also works to saturate the community with awareness of our organization and to discover how Lighthouse can creatively match the needs of potential partners.  Crystal assists with the coordination of special events and projects at Lighthouse.  She is also a member of the Lighthouse Fundraising Committee.

Christina Cruz

Director of Office Administration

Christina has worked at Lighthouse since 2015.  In addition to supervising the Front Office, she coordinates the Lighthouse newsletter and acts as a media liaison for radio and printed publicity materials. She also plays a strong organizational role in Lighthouse fundraising events and provides administrative support to the Executive Director and other staff.    She has a BA degree from Goshen College, five years of experience working as a Therapeutic Recreation Assistant at Mennonite Home Retirement Community, and one and a half years’ experience as a Manager at the United Choir School.

Paula Smith

Billing Specialist

Paula joined Lighthouse Vocational Services in 1997.  Over the years she has used her background in bookkeeping to manage the finances for three companies as Fiscal Manager.  Paula retired from that position at the end of 2017 and has taken on the position of Billing Specialist.  As part of that position she submits claims for reimbursement through waiver funding.  She also assists with project management.

Cheryl Brooks

Certified Employment Specialist

Cheryl began at LVS as a Job Coach and started out by working on a proposal to OVR for LVS to become a community partner. She was successful in obtaining approval and LVS is now qualified to provide Pre-Employment Transition Services for high school students and Community Based Work Assessments and Job Coaching for adults. During the last year and a half at LVS, Cheryl developed an updated New Employee Orientation Program which she continues to plan and administer. 

Cheryl currently serves as the OVR Services Coordinator with LVS and has obtained her Community Employment Support Professional (CESP) certification. She is currently working to achieve certification through ACRE, which is a required program for those providing employment services. Cheryl graduated from Lincoln University in 1998 with a master’s degree in Human Services.

Nate Bouffard

Creative Marketing Manager

Nate has worked at Lighthouse since 2010 and has held a variety of rolls during his tenure. Having worked on the Production Team for a number of years, Nate will now be able to use his degree in Graphic Design and begin to forge a new path for Lighthouse as Creative Marketing Manager. His responsibilities will revolve around brand consistency and promoting Lighthouse through our website, videos, Social Media and many other creative branches. 

Katie Martin

Community Participation Coordinator

Katie has worked at LVS for over 7 years. She began at Lighthouse as a Small Group Supervisor from 2011-2017 before moving to the Community Participation Services department. Her role in Community Participation started as a Community Participation Professional before moving to the Coordinator role in February 2018. Community Participation Services (CPS) work with individuals to gain job skills in community settings by volunteering at several area non-profits. CPS also works on physical health with a membership at the New Holland YMCA. As Community Participation Coordinator She plans the monthly schedule, meets with local businesses to make connections and works with participants to help them find opportunities that work best for them. 

Paul Ashway

Vocational Services Coordinator

Paul has been a resident of Lancaster County for over 30 years; originally from Franklin County, PA.  He is a graduate of Lancaster Bible College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Bible/Christian Education.  He has been involved in human services since college graduation through residential services, and now at Lighthouse Vocational Services.  Paul is currently the Vocational Services Coordinator; overseeing the Program Specialists associated with each vocational program.  Paul also serves on the committee that plans and schedules the Staff Development training for the 90+ programming & transportation personnel.  As a Program Coordinator, Paul is involved in the intake process for each participant as well as coordinating the team meetings associated with each participant.  Paul also assists the Director of Programs in making sure regulations are being met throughout the program.

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144 Orlan Rd, New Holland, PA 17557

Email: info@lighthousevoc.org  Phone: 717-354-0355

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