Chief Listening Officer
“Working with Someone To Tell It To allows me to be a part of a movement of compassion and deep connection which rivals the hatred, violence, segregation, and loneliness that are so prevalent in our society. Becoming a better listener impacts every aspect of life; it builds better teams, communities, and families; it makes Someone on the margins feel empowered to be the best they can be; it crosses divides of race, creed, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and so much more.”
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“I enjoy working with Someone To Tell It To because they build relationships through listening, and through that mission impact the lives of those who don’t have the gift of someone to tell it to. The Bible says to be slow to speak and quick to listen (James 1:9). What simple, yet profound words in an age when everyone feels compelled to share their opinion. Practicing listening over talking allows others to take the center stage and share their story, which is a gift most people long for.”
Freelance Graphic Designer
“One of my favorite quotes is, ‘Being listened to is so close to being loved that many people can not tell the difference’ by David Oxberg. I truly believe listening is loving and it’s one of the kindest things we can do for one another. Someone To Tell It To values people and emphasizes the relational need we have in a society that seems to be more disengaged than ever. Our culture encourages busyness and fosters an increased interest in social media ‘connections,’ among other things, which give a false illusion of relationship and ultimately propel people deeper into isolation. Someone To Tell It To takes a bold stand against this cultural epidemic of loneliness through the simple act of listening with compassion.”
“I wholeheartedly believe in the mission of Someone To Tell It To because listening is one of the most important things in my life, both as a listener and as someone who needs to be listened to. To me, there is no greater loving act than listening. We all, as humans, have the need to be heard, and fulfilling that need is God at work.”
“Someone To Tell It To has inspired me to be a better listener, both at home and in my job. Sometimes we get too caught up in the words to feel what is not being said, so listening allows us to FEEL the emotions and better understand the needs of others. Listening is an important part of our every day lives; without it, we would not hear what people are really trying to say.”
Social Media Intern
“Listening is the crux of healthy relationships and constructive growth. To have an organization dedicated to both providing listening services and training others towards compassionate listening is incredible. To be a part of that vision is even better.”
“I grew up hearing the adage, ‘God gave you two ears and one mouth for a reason.’ It’s a simple saying, but I think there’s a lot of truth to it. Listening often proves to be (at least) twice as important as speaking. Someone To Tell It To demonstrates this truth beautifully by fostering meaningful relationships in which people are truly heard, seen, known, and loved.”
Mark is currently serving as Director of Children and Family Ministries at Carlisle United Methodist Church in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He is also the Founder and Principal Consultant for mschoryconsulting llc where he actively serves as a property valuation and business consultant for several large multi-national industrial companies.
Mark has a strong background in both business and church strategic planning and has worked in over 30 states and Canada. He has a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky, and work credited towards a M.S. in Church Development from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Winebrenner Theological Seminary, both in Massachusetts. Mark is married to his wonderful wife Debra and they have a son living in the Boston, Massachusetts area. Mark and Deb live in Carlisle, PA.
Brian M. Duke
Brian M. Duke most recently completed a four-year term of service as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, serving over one million Pennsylvanians annually. Mr. Duke’s background includes administrative and leadership roles in the field of aging and healthcare. Brian participates at the national, state, and local level to foster effective strategies to support family caregivers, encourage aging well, and build effective community partnerships.
Brian holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Scranton, an MHA (Health Administration) from George Washington University and an MBE (Bioethics) from the University of Pennsylvania, and is an Associate Fellow of the Institute on Aging of the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Washington Crossing, PA.
Bob Haigh spent many years working in Pennsylvania human services including serving as Chief of Staff to two DPW secretaries, acting head of the state mental health program for nearly three years, and Foundation Liaison for two governors. Before leaving state service he generated over $65 million in foundation support for service innovation, including a nationally recognized
prenatal program for high-risk, low-income women. He was the founding executive at a Lancaster health foundation and directed the early years of Pre K Counts. His passion continues to be linking Funders with innovative programs. He lives in Harrisburg with a conservative cat.
Justin Stimpson is a passionate social-impact entrepreneur. He is the Founder and Director of fathering.me, a non-profit organization that encourages, empowers, and equips the young fathers of unplanned pregnancies to become the best dads they can be. He grew up in rural/coastal Maine (which he misses very much), where he developed a deep love for the mountains and the ocean. He spent five years with the United States Coast Guard as a Helicopter Rescue Swimmer before deciding to attend Messiah College, in Grantham, Pennsylvania, to study Business Entrepreneurship and Christian Ministries. When he’s not working, Justin loves spending time with his wife, their two Australian Cattle Dogs, and their friends. Justin and his wife, Celeste, are in the adoption process and can’t wait to meet their future child from Haiti!
Justin and Celeste live in Mechanicsburg, PA.
Linda is a retired registered nurse. She graduated from Harrisburg Polyclinic School of Nursing and studied at Susquehanna University and Kaplan Institute. Linda is active in Grace United Methodist Church, Hummelstown, PA, where she is serving as a Trustee, on the medical response team and the visitation committee. She was a youth advisor for five years. Linda lives in Hummelstown, PA. She is the mother of three daughters and has two granddaughters.
Terri currently works as a child grief specialist as part of the clinical team and manages the role of outreach and education coordinator at the Highmark Caring Place, a center for grieving children and their families, in Lemoyne, PA. Terri’s varied business background in sales and marketing gives her the opportunity to marry her experience with her passion of finding unique ways to reach those in need. She holds a M.S. in clinical psychology from Millersville University and a B.S. in psychology from the Pennsylvania State University, is certified in thanatology (CT) through the Association for Death Education and Counseling, and most recently obtained a Level-1 trauma and loss clinical specialist certification through The National Center for Trauma and Loss in Children.
Gil is currently serving as the President/CEO of Hospice of Central Pennsylvania, a non-profit organization serving an average of 230 terminally ill patients daily. Gil’s extensive career in healthcare includes positions at The Institute of Living, corporate and regional positions with Aetna Health Plans, Director of Managed Care for the Queens Health Network of the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation and Director of Managed Care for Continuum Health Partners in New York City. Gil has a B.A. in psychology from Bloomsburg University and a M.S. in organizational behavior from the University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business.
Jacqueline Pace Rucker
Born and brought up in the midwest, Jacqueline’s desire was to become a missionary. She attended Valparaiso University and Indiana University Northwest. After completion of an MALS with a concentration in English from Valparaiso University, she continued working in human services (writing on the side!) for the next 40 years. Along the way she obtained a JD degree from Widener University School of Law (now Commonwealth Law). She retired from Christian Churches United as the Executive Director in 2015 and now spends time helping at the garden at Fort Hunter, sewing, knitting and reading.
Jacqueline currently serves on the board of Tri County Community Action and is an active member of her church, Messiah Lutheran.
Saeed has over 20 years experience in establishing and growing businesses with roles that span from international business development, operation, finance, and technology. Saeed is founder and CEO of Xpansion Leasing with the mission to provide financing for all aspects of building mechanical equipment, whether it is multi-residential, commercial, or institutional. He also founded NovoTech Software, which is specialized in providing analytical software for GeoTechnical Engineers. He is passionate about providing helping hands to less fortunate people and has been a board member and director of project funding for World Forgotten Children Foundation (WFCF) since 2013. He resides in North Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada.