Nazareth Project

Nazareth Project Inc.

Partnering with Nazareth Trust in Nazareth and surrounding areas
(717) 290-1800

Our Leadership

Nazareth Project Board and guests met on June 8, 2019 in Lancaster, PA.
Left to right: Howard Good, Allen Quine, Kim Haines-Eitzen, Welby Leaman, Bruce Stauffer, Wayne Speigle, Midge Crystle, Jean Kilheffer Hess, David George, Richard Mayhew, John Boll.

Nazareth Project, Inc (NPI) is a 501-c-3 nonprofit corporation based in Lancaster, PA. and governed by a US-based board of directors. The NPI Board provides oversight to the operations and finances of NPI, including an annual audit.

NPI collaborates closely with the Nazareth Trust, a Scotland-based charity that owns the Nazareth Hospital, Nazareth School of Nursing, Nazareth Village and SERVE Nazareth.

Nazareth Project and the Nazareth Trust operate under a Memo of Understanding that is approved by both boards of directors. The Executive Directors consult regularly to plan joint initiatives.

NPI is led by Executive Director, Howard Good, and the NPI Board of Directors. The board meets four times per year – twice in person and twice by phone meeting. Current officers are:

  • Welby Leaman, Chair
  • Wayne Speigle, Vice Chair
  • Twila Rohrer, Secretary
  • Michele Gish, Treasurer

Nazareth Project Board Members

J. Welby Leaman, JD, Washington, DC

Now NPI Board Chair, Welby Leaman volunteered at Nazareth Hospital in 1992. He is a Senior Director for Global Government Affairs at Walmart. Previously, he served at the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee, Treasury Department, and National Security Council. He has also worked at law firms in New York and Washington DC and in several positions in Latin America. Welby holds a B.S. from Messiah College and a J.D. from Yale Law School. He is a member of Stumptown Mennonite Church in Bird in Hand, PA, and also attends Sowebo Community Church in Baltimore, MD.

Wayne Speigle, Telford, PA

Wayne has served as lead and interim pastor in several Mennonite congregations in eastern PA and Virginia and has been on the boards of charitable organizations and in Mennonite denominational leadership. He has studied in Israel/Palestine on several occasions.

Twila Rohrer, Lititz, PA

Twila Rohrer was born and raised in Lancaster County, PA. Twila is a Licensed Practical Nurse. Recently, Twila volunteered as a greeter for a local medical practice. She and her husband Dale live and work on their farm. Together they enjoy traveling and spending time with their three children, their spouses, three precious grandchildren and friends.  Additional hobbies for Twila include baking, flower gardening, reading, knitting and Sudoku puzzles.

Michele Gish, JD, Boone, NC

Michele Gish currently serves as a Regional Finance Officer at Samaritan’s Purse in Boone, North Carolina and was an attendee of NPI’s inaugural tour to Nazareth. Inspired by the ministry of the Nazareth Hospital, Michele served on the NPI Advisory Council starting in May 2018. Michele has experience in both public and private accounting and has consulted for nonprofit organizations. She has been the Financial Controller for various firms in California. Michele has also served at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague, The Netherlands and at the African Court for Human and Peoples’ Rights in Arusha, Tanzania. Michele holds a B.S in Accounting from Indiana Wesleyan and a J.D. from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law with a concentration in International Law.

Midge Crystle, Lancaster, PA

Midge Crystle served as NPI’s Executive Director for 12 years and more recently as Secretary of the NPI Board. She volunteered at the Nazareth Hospital in 1993 and 1995, both as an instructor at the School of Nursing and as a clinic nurse. Marjorie received her B.S. in Nursing Education from Millersville University, Millersville, PA. She is a member of East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church, Lancaster, PA.

David George, Lancaster, PA

David is a Senior Consultant at Bridgetree, a marketing consulting company based in South Carolina. He has previously managed ecommerce for Ten Thousand Villages in Akron, Pennsylvania, and has also worked for the same organization in the role of a service worker for Mennonite Central Committee. He has held positions in Europe with Tesco Stores and Time Magazines Europe. David has a B.A. from Eastern Mennonite University and an M.B.A. from Yale University. He and his wife Jessica live in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and are members of East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church.

Elias Haddad

Elias Haddad is a cardiologist at Ascension Saint Thomas Health in Nashville, TN. He specializes in interventional cardiology and is active in his medical societies including the American College of Cardiology and the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention. Elias received his B.Sc. from University of Tennessee, Knoxville and his M.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis. He completed his Residency in Internal Medicine and fellowships in Clinical Pharmacology, Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. Elias served on the faculty of Vanderbilt University Medical Center for 9 years before being recruited to Ascension Saint Thomas. He has served as a Senior US Technical/Medical Advisor to the Nazareth Hospital on the Heart Catheterization Laboratory project.

Kim Haines-Eitzen

Kim Haines-Eitzen grew up at the Nazareth Hospital during the 1970s and 80s when her father served as chaplain at the hospital. She is now the Director of the Religious Studies Program and a professor of Near Eastern Studies at Cornell University. As a scholar of early Christianity, she draws from her childhood experiences as well as her research and expertise in the history of early Christianity. She has written about the early Christian scribes who copied the texts of the New Testament, the women who contributed to the preservation and dissemination of early Christian literatures, and now, most recently, how the deserts of the Middle East gave rise to the development of Christian monasticism. Kim is mother of two sons and her husband, John, is a cellist.

Eric Kennel

Eric Kennel is the Executive Director of Compass Mark, a non-profit addiction prevention organization in Lancaster, PA. Prior to this role he served as Director of Grant Development for Liberty Lutheran Services in Ambler, PA and as Site Director for a refugee resettlement program. Eric has traveled widely throughout the world and maintains an active interest in the Middle East following a cross cultural experience with Eastern Mennonite University. He received his Masters in Public Administration from Penn State University. Eric and his wife, Elizabeth, have two children and are members of Laurel Street Mennonite Church, Lancaster, PA.

Andrew Shadid

Nazareth Project Staff

Executive Director: Howard Good, Lititz, PA (2017-present)

  • Howard Good was appointed Executive Director in October 2017. He previously worked for Mennonite Economic Development Associates (1993 – 2015) a several roles providing senior leadership in the areas of community economic development and member products and services. During the 1980s, Howard and his wife, Gloria, served with the Mennonite Central Committee in Uganda and Zaire as unit leaders and country representatives. Howard has a BA in Economics from Goshen College and a MA in Public Administration from Penn State University. Howard and Gloria live in Lititz and are members of Lititz Mennonite Church. Their four married children live in the Philadelphia area and in Indiana.

Accountant: Roger Ledyard, Lancaster, PA (2007-present)