Board of Directors

Our organization is led by a passionate, professional, and servant-hearted team.

 
 
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John Null, President

John retired in 2012 after a successful business career. He also served on the Board for the Central Market Trust in Lancaster. He first learned about Faith Friendship Villa when his church began to do some volunteer work for the ministry.

He became a member of the board in May of 2007.

I knew one of the residents who moved to Faith Friendship Villa. When I saw how happy he was and how proud he was of this place he called ‘home,’ it made me realize what a great ministry this is – not to institutionalize people who cannot live on their own, but to give them a satisfying and rewarding life.
— John
 
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Mike Gaines, At-large Board Member 

Mike began serving as treasurer in May 2017, but he and his family have been involved as volunteers with FFV for most of the time since moving to Lancaster ten years ago. He and his wife, Valerie, have two grown children (who used to come set up Christmas decorations at FFM) and are excited to be new grandparents.

He has served the Lord as a youth pastor, and as a representative for a Christian publisher. He is currently now sales manager for a Christian-owned printing company in Myerstown and is active in his local church.

Something that impressed me when my family and I started visiting FFV was how so many people worked together to help things go more smoothly for others. Growing up as an adoptee, the oldest of four children in a blended family, I learned early that we are all in this together and that life goes so much better when we are actively serving and encouraging one another. Residents and staff are doing this every day at FFM, and I feel honored and blessed to be a small part of what the Lord is doing here.
— Mike
 
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Samuel Ruggiero, Board Secretary

After 41 years of service with the Postal Service, Sam is enjoying retirement with his wife, Gerry. Along with his involvement in Faith Friendship Ministries, he is an Elder at his church in Landisville.  Sam first became involved with the ministry after his church choir performed for the residents of Faith Friendship Villa.

After the performance, Sam met two male residents who touched his heart, leading to more frequent involvement, and ultimately serving on our board since 2005.

I remember it always, and it is the real meaning of why I am here today serving as a volunteer and a board member. When I first met the guys here, they were so excited about my offer to teach a class for men at the Faith Friendship Villa, but they responded with, ‘Do you mean it, really, ‘cause others say they will be back, but they don’t come back?’ As I was making plans for the class, this scripture came to me: Ecclesiastes 5: 4-6 ‘When you make a vow to God, do not delay in fulfilling it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow. It is better not to vow than to make a vow and not fulfill it. Do not let your mouth lead you into sin.’ I have been given a gift of God and have kept my vows with Him to serve those at Faith Friendship Villa.
— Sam
 
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Mike JulianAt-large Board Member 

As a realtor, Mike has used his compassion and knowledge to assist those in difficult housing situations. In the process, he has become actively involved in both local government activities, and in serving numerous agencies that seek the betterment of those in our community.

Mike has also been a long-time member of Lancaster Alliance Church, having served in various leadership roles.

Tom Brokaw said “It’s easy to make a buck, it’s much tougher to make a difference”. Judging by the sparkle seen in the eyes of the residents and by the sounds of their laughter it would seem that the ministry of Faith Friendship is succeeding at doing the tougher thing - making a difference. The warmth with which I’m greeted and the “thank you’s” that are expressed during my visits speak volumes to the fact that residents here are cared for, made to feel important and loved. It is easy to want to serve in an environment where caring is the top priority.
— Mike
 
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Dr. Barry Hart

Barry is a clinical psychologist in private practice with his wife in York, where they live with their two children. He was in England for 26 years and spent part of that time rehousing those with chronic mental health problems from psychiatric hospitals into group homes. He now specializes in the treatment of adults with anxiety, depression, psychosomatic disorders, and chronic pain.

Barry is an active member of St. John Chrysostom Antiochian Orthodox Church in York.

It’s very rewarding to be involved in an organization that helps meet fundamental needs of people who are disadvantaged. It’s also sobering that in a very wealthy country, there are many who have very few belongings; no home; and no chance for three square meals a day. FFM is a lifesaver for many and it’s an honor to serve this group in even a small way
— Dr. Barry
 
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Diane Adams, Treasurer   

Besides working as a math and science tutor and volunteering as a GED tutor, Diane has been a regular volunteer at FFM since April 2017. As an active member of Hempfield UMC, she previously headed up the Christmas “giving tree” ministry to benefit FFM family members, and she and her family have volunteered in various capacities at the Villa in the past. She and her husband are the parents of two grown children.

Ever since I found out about FFM, I have been drawn to its ministry of caring for these dear people who are often overlooked in our busy world. I am honored to be able to serve here, and have enjoyed getting to know the family members and compassionate staff.
— Diane