Staff

Kait Gillis-Hanna

Executive Director

Kait provides strategic direction and oversight to BHA: its mission, vision and programs. She is also responsible for financial and property management for the organization. Kait has a B.A. in Corporate Communications from Susquehanna University and an M.B.A. from Villanova University. Kait lives in Camp Hill with her husband, two kids and their two dogs.

Marilyn Bellesfield

Program Director

Marilyn assists the families in our programs to develop and achieve goals surrounding employment, education, parenting, relationships, health, and housing. Marilyn has a B.A. in Family Studies from Messiah College and over 20 years of experience serving homeless families in the Harrisburg area. She is the recipient of the 2016 Department of Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) Outstanding Alumni Award at Messiah College. Marilyn, her husband Mark, and their three children live in Etters, PA.

Jessica Johnson Vinton

Director of Development

Jessica develops and manages fundraising and marketing efforts designed to help BHA fulfill its vision and mission. Jessica has a B.A. in Theater from Kutztown University and an English Secondary Education Certificate from Millersville University. Jessica lives in Palmyra with her husband, daughter and their four dogs.

Ella O'Bell

Youth Coordinator/Family Advocate

Ella leads the weekly youth program that fosters resiliency and emotional regulation while also creating an environment for growth in children of all ages. She manages all youth programming with the program staff while training and supervising volunteers and Youth Program Assistants. She is also the Side By Side program coordinator. She aides the Side By Side families by teaching budgeting skills and how to maintain a rental unit, while also connecting them to resources/supports in the community. Ella has her Bachelor's degree of Psychology with a minor in Human Services from Elizabethtown College, which is also the town where she currently resides.

Sarah Swankler

Family Advocate

Sarah works with families in the Transitions program. Sarah received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Messiah College and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Shippensburg University. Sarah has a background in child welfare as a Children & Youth caseworker as well as working in drug and alcohol treatment as an outpatient counselor. Sarah currently resides in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania.

LaToya Burns

Family Advocate

LaToya works with families in the Transitions Program.LaToya received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Wright State University and a Master's Degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix.She has experience working as a Crisis Worker, Mental Health Adult Intensive Case Manager, and a Case Worker II.LaToya lives in Middletown with her two children.

Abbey King

Director of Operations

Abbey oversees financial and personnel matters in addition to daily office management at BHA.She is also the point person for volunteer work groups. Abbey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Eastern University.Abbey and her daughter, Miya, live in Ono. 

Dennis Saylor

Property Manager

Dennis oversees the general maintenance of BHA's current properties in use, as well as the renovations of new properties being developed. His entire career has been spent in the construction and carpentry trades. Dennis, his wife Ann, and their children reside in Manheim and attend BHA member church, West Greentree Church of the Brethren.

Brethren Housing Association

219 Hummel Street

Harrisburg, PA 17104

Email: bha@bha-pa.org

Phone: 717-233-6016

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