Interim Board President
Nicole has been working with kids since she was a kid herself, volunteering at childcare centers and churches. She began taking courses in early childhood development and psychology, and as a single mom at age 22 opened a childcare center in Florida. Always having a heart for those with disabilities and kids from hard places in 2010 Nicole became a foster parent for the Bair Foundation and a resource provider for Keystone services. From here she began her journey of understanding trauma and how its experience affects our brain, and in turn behavior. After serving as a foster parent and adopting her first child she became certified in CRR-ITP (Community Residential Rehabilitation-Intensive Treatment Program) providing the most intensive level of in home care. It was during this time that Nicole became keenly aware of the need for older youth aging out of foster care to have greater connection and a more solid grounding platform. Nicole is trained as a TBRI caregiver. She is the recipient of several awards to include Foster Parent of the year for the state of Pennsylvania through the Bair Foundation and Resource Family of the year also for the state of Pennsylvania through Keystone Services. In 2018 Nicole again expanded her family and added 6 more children adopted from foster care with three older biological children, this made her a mom to ten.
In 2014 Nicole established Highland Child and Community Services to serve as a central hub for non-profit work with youth here in the US as well as youth and community development abroad, specifically in Haiti. Nicole is a co-founder of PA Soy Candle and founder of Trade Faire, which she continues to run today. Nicole enjoys animals, children, dance and adventurous travel.
Interim Board Vice President
Victoria grew up in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, volunteering in her church’s children’s department since she was 12, working in a local daycare as a teenager, and annually participating in Read Across America Day by volunteering to read in local elementary school classrooms; she’s been told her “character voices” were a hit, year after year!
She received her B.S. in Biology from Messiah University and spent several years teaching math and science to 1st through 12th grades in Harrisburg, PA. She has written project- and research-based grants since 2010, and has extensive coursework in research, data analysis, and statistics. She and her husband have been medical foster parents since 2015, when they learned of the shortage of homes available for teenagers in foster care and opened up their home specifically for teens. Thanks to her fostering journey, Victoria has over 200 hours of training in both Trust-Based Relational Intervention and Structured Intervention.
On the home front, she has six children and two grandchildren; she and her husband adopted two brothers who came to them in foster care and have a fantastic, ongoing relationship with their birth mother. They are currently in the process of adopting both their oldest, who is 21 and aged out of foster care, and their youngest, who is 2 and in foster care. Victoria enjoys reading, writing, painting, and riding her bike with her children.
Andrea received her Bachelor of Business Administration with a minor in Psychology. She has been working in several administrative roles such as medical office manager and mortgage finance. She also has certifications in Financial Education and Life Coaching and has completed an Entrepreneurial Leadership program through Youth with a Mission (YWAM). Andrea spends much of her time volunteering with nonprofit organizations. Recently she served on the Development Committee for Wildheart Ministries in Harrisburg, PA. Currently she is working with Embrace Grace that assists single pregnant mothers in Wilmington, NC.
Tammy has acquired a vast array of experience in working with youth, multi levels of management, bookkeeping, accounting, and so much more.
Since 2012 Tammy has worked with Jewel David Ministries as a store manager, bookkeeper, building supervisor, and business manager. She has served on the board of Jewel David Ministries since 2017 as treasurer.
Currently Tammy is employed by RV Value Mart Inc. in Manheim, PA and is responsible for their accounts receivable and payable. Tammy has management skills in serving as the head cook at Faith Friendship as well as a children’s camp. Tammy was a substitute teacher for 15 years while also working in a child care center. She has lead the craft program at a summer bible camp.
Tammy has adopted 4 children, as well as raising her three biological children. She’s provided housing for single moms and their babies, she’s also worked for Summit Quest, a rehabilitation program for 10 to 21 year old male youth.
Gina Wiser has a BA in Sociology and an MPH in Public Health. She is currently employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Epidemiologist for their Maternal Health Program. Gina’s work in Public Health has given her a wealth of knowledge in budget management.
Gina served as a foster parent for approximately 2.5 years during which time she adopted a child.
Paige earned her degree in Communications Arts from Hood College and has enjoyed a 25+ year career in Sales and Marketing Management in the Technology and IT Services industry. Most recently, she has left technology to pursue an entrepreneurial opportunity as a kitchen and cooking consultant, and she is creating a food and lifestyle blog and website. She currently serves as the President for the Lancaster North Chapter of Referral Partners Plus and is involved in other local Women in Business organizations.
However, in addition to her business experience, her most significant accomplishments fall under the more esteemed title of “Mom”, which she holds proudly and passionately as a result of parenting two biological children (now adults), over 20 foster children (newborns to teenagers) and her youngest school-aged son who was adopted from foster care.
Paige has served in the past in volunteer and leadership roles in her children’s schools, in her church and in her community. She enjoys being a member of a support community for foster and adoptive moms.
Currently a single mother, Paige lives in Ephrata, PA with her son Xavier and their cat Mr. Moo. She enjoys cooking, entertaining, decorating her unique historic home, reading, traveling, writing, and singing (but only when no one is listening). She is a self-proclaimed coffee snob.