Haven of Hope Farm & Residence Board of Directors
Patricia Brooking, Director
Pat has a strong background as an entrepreneur and in mortgage accounting. She owned and operated a country store in Charleston, NY for ten years, during that time she added a bakery and restaurant to make it a profitable business while making affordable prepared foods available to a rural low income neighborhood. She also owned and operated a family style adult home where she cared for 4-5 elderly residents in addition to caring for her own young children with a staff of two. Pat is an elder, Stephen Leader and Stephen Minister of the Fonda Reformed Church. She currently provides spiritual care to inmates at the Montgomery County Jail. Pat understands homelessness as she herself was homeless from the age of 15 to 17.
Reverend Ginny Ogden, Co-Director
Ginny is the rector at Church of the Good Shepherd, Canajoharie, where she has pastored since 2011. In the past she has served on the board of Healing a Woman’s Soul, a ministry to abused women and is currently involved with Reuel’s Well, a community development forum in the Canajoharie area. Pastor Ginny is passionate about the mission of Haven of Hope.
Deborah Young, Treasurer
Deb has served on the board at the Haven of Hope Farm since 2012. Along with her work as Treasurer/Bookkeeper at the Farm, Deb holds a full time position as a Sr. Administrative Assistant for a Company in Niskayuna. She is also an active Stephen’s Minister, Treasurer on the Board at the Frothingham Free Library in Fonda and supports the Music Ministry at the Fonda Reformed Church. She has served in the past as a Youth Group leader, Deacon on Consistory, Building and Property Ministry and church sexton at FRC. For many years she served as Secretary for our local Fire Department Auxiliary board and also served on the Board of Christian Women’s Association. Deb has a heart for community service and feels Blessed to be part of the Haven of Hope Farm.
Donald Young, Secretary
Don currently serves as Building and Property Chair on the Board at the Haven of Hope Farm. In addition to Don’s career as an Electrical Engineer, he serves as a Volunteer Fireman and a Trained Emergency Medical Technician for our local Fire Department. Don has served as Deacon and Building and Property Leader at the Fonda Reformed Church and runs the Audio/Visual equipment for the church and church events. Don feels he has learned so much about the needs of the homeless in our counties and is happy to serve such a worthwhile organization.
Haven of Hope welcomes a new Officer to the Board:
Cheryl McGratton VP, Marketing, Communications & Public Relations for Nathan Littauer Hospital
Rhonda Przybycien - Volunteer Coordinator
Board member and dear friend, MaryJo Rave passed away January 30, 2018. MaryJo was a frequent helper in the farm house kitchen baking zucchini breads and carrot cakes, she always arrived equipped with a food processor tucked under her arm! She was a dedicated volunteer and board member and will never be forgotten.