Board of Directors
KARINDA MCMAHON | BOARD CHAIR
PAM SOUDERS-BERTA | BOARD MEMBER
JEAN GOOD | BOARD MEMBER
DAVE LLOYD | BOARD MEMBER
BRIAN SULLIVAN, MD | BOARD MEMBER
Gabriella Farhat, ESQ | BOARD MEMBER
Apart from practicing law in Lancaster County for over 32 years, Gabriella has always integrated in her community, dedicated to giving back her time and efforts to those missions she treasures. She relishes and has assisted in numerous fundraising and improvement of quality of life events: as a member of the Turks’ Head Auxiliary of The Chester County Hospital, a Ticket Sales treasurer for their Annual Polo Club Fundraising Event, a Mentor to high school juniors through the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce program. She has served as both a committee member and volunteer for her church, at environmental-friendly sponsored events such as The Greenfest in Philadelphia, the Sierra Club in Chester County. She comes from a large family where both education and supporting others played key roles in her upbringing. To satisfy the “education” element, she attained a dual B.A. degree and a Law Degree from Villanova University. To satisfy “supporting others” element, Gabriella participated in events from childhood to pre-teen, teen, adult and current years. As education and volunteerism were key to building a strong Gabriella character, joining Mom’s House of Lancaster is a natural transition. It underscores her ongoing values of helping others to achieve and attain an education and become self-supportive. Gabriella is thrilled to become an integral productive Board Member, to raise funds and awareness.
GRAHAM CYSTER | BOARD MEMBER
Bio coming soon.
SARAH KRATSAS | BOARD MEMBER
Sarah is a CPA with strong ties to the Lancaster community. In her role at Kauffman CPA Company, Sarah provides bookkeeping services for small businesses and non-profits. In addition to the Mom’s House Board of Directors, Sarah serves on the Schwarzwald UCC Preschool Board and co-leads a Girl Scout Daisy troop. She resides in Reading with her husband, Zach, and their three children.
HANNAH WALTERS | BOARD MEMBER
Hannah is a graduate of Conestoga Valley High School and holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Government. She also has two daughters enrolled in the school district. Hannah has served on a number of boards and committees throughout Lancaster County but especially excited to join Mom’s House because she was once a single parent. The services Mom’s House provides are invaluable to the parents, their children, and families, and to the communities they serve.
In her spare time, Hannah and her family enjoy traveling, being outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and trying new cuisines.
STEPHANIE THOMAS | BOARD MEMBER
A servant at heart, Ms. Stephanie Thomas is fondly known in the community for capturing the heart of the audience with her powerful original written spoken word/poetry leaving the audience captivated, impacted, empowered, their thoughts provoked and their lives transformed. As a social-justice advocate, she writes for and performs at various events throughout Lancaster, Chester, and Berks County with the aspiration of impacting lives on a global measure.
Ms. Thomas, serves as Advisor/Creative Impact Strategist of Speak To My Soul. Speak To My Soul is a movement that serves as a voice that creatively expresses stories of people through use of the performing arts, hosting events, creating productions and incorporating programs in the community to empower, educate and elevate a diverse range of people in society.
Ms. Thomas has served as a secretary with the School District of Lancaster since 2003; serving 2 years simultaneously in the departments of: the Families In Transition department (formerly the Homeless Student Project Parent Involvement and Special Education. She has worked 2 years at Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 Instructional Service Department as a program assistant. She has worked 10 years at the County Of Lancaster Court of Common Pleas in the departments of Domestic Relations Child Support Enforcement as an enforcement clerk and the Office of Special Offenders Probation & Parole for offenders diagnosed for mental health or mental retardation as an office manager. In addition, Ms. Thomas has served on various boards and committees in Lancaster, Allentown and Freemansburg, Pennsylvania.
TIMOTHY PONESSA | BOARD MEMBER
Administrative Services Sergeant
Manheim Township Police Department
Timothy Ponessa was born and raised in Lebanon, Pennsylvania and graduated from Lebanon High School in 1978. He joined the U.S. Army and served 15 years on Active Duty in the Military Police Corps and later joined the Army Reserves retiring in 2013 as a Master Sergeant with 21 years of service. Tim is a veteran of the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan wars and his military medals include the Meritorious Service Medal, seven Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, and numerous other medals and citations. Tim joined the Manheim Township Police Department in 1995 and currently serves as the Administrative Services Sergeant. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and of the University of Phoenix with a Master’s degree in Organizational Management. Tim is married with two adult daughters, two adult step daughters, and 6 grandchildren. He has served as the Vice Chair on the Board of Directors of Mom’s House of Lancaster, Past President of the National Sojourners, Lancaster Chapter 292, and as a Past Trustee and Board of Directors member of the Lancaster Elks Lodge 134.