Our volunteer board is a robust one, has extensive local business, financial, fundraising, and human resources experiences. The work of those who serve on the board and as volunteers for Emmaus Haven is essential to the health and welfare of those they help and for our community.
Reverend David E. Betz, President. A graduate of Franklin High School, Edinboro University and Northwest Ministry Institute. Dave was ordained a Deacon Episcopal Church assigned to St. John’s Episcopal Church in Franklin, PA. He was also a general contractor for 44 years. His spouse, Susan, is VP for PNC working in Trust at risk management in Oil City. Dave was one of the founding members of Emmaus Haven in 2015. His past volunteer work also includes Chairing Helping Hands Venango County and is also a member of Shepherd’s Green Food Pantry.
William R. Buchna, Vice President. Bill is the Airport Manager of the Venango Regional Airport and is currently serving in Afghanistan as part of his National Guard service. Bill is a long time member of the community both as a volunteer and a professional and was also one of the founding members of Emmaus Haven.
April Hull, Treasurer, is the Parish Administrator at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Franklin. She lives in Venango County and attends First Presbyterian Church with her husband and daughter.
Ardelle Lynn “Ittsey” Tologo, Secretary, is an employee of Venango City Human Services Housing Department. She is a life-long resident of Cooperstown and a member of Oakland Twp. Fire Dept. She is also a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church and serves on their Church Board.
Verna Carson, Board Member. Verna is a member of Oakland United Methodist Church in Dempseytown. She serves as ministry leader of Celebrate Recovery in the Venango, Warren and Crawford County area.
Steven Craver, Board Member. In 2013 Steve started a non-profit organization called Renewed Living in Venango County. The mission of the organization was to help people who were struggling with addictions in Venango County. That organization identified the need for a shelter in Venango County to help the proliferation of homeless individuals. Soon, Renewed Living joined in to help create the non-profit Emmaus Haven. Steve is committed to help people become more self- reliant and considers the Bible as the best helper and guide in combating his own addictive behaviors. He was one of the founding members of Emmaus Haven.
Barbara A. Feroz, Ph.D., Board Member, is a member of the Oil City Catholic Community, St. Joseph’s Parish, and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville.
Mary Jeanne Gavin, Board Member, is a member of Good Hope Lutheran Church and the Executive Director of Community Services of Venango County, Inc. for the past 5 years. She has extensive work in Social Services and housing issues since 2002. She is a graduate of Valparaiso University and received a Master’s Equivalent from the University of Maryland. Mary Jeanne is a founding member of Emmaus Haven.
James O. Johnson, Board Member, is a graduate of Franklin High, spent 4 years in the U.S. Air Force (1968-1972), and worked at the Chicago Pneumatic Tool Company and the PA Electric Company. Currently retired, he serves as a Franklin City Councilman. He is also a board member of the Franklin YMCA, Franklin Housing Authority, Oil Region Alliance, and the Heritage Advisory Committee.
James R. McDonald Jr., Board Member. Jim has lived in Venango County for most of his life and is a graduate of Oil City High School. He retired from a career as a part-time delivery driver and is a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Mary S. Nelson, Board Member. A graduate of Warren Area High School in Warren, PA, she also attended Mount Union College. Mary is a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church and serves on the Vestry Committee. Her background includes working in retail and as a Registered Medical Assistant at Wolfcreek OBGYN until her retirement. She is widowed and has two grown children and five grandchildren.