Jen Brothers, co-founder and board president, is involved in HOB curriculum development, grant writing, training, and community engagement. Jen also works as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Leadership Consultant. She is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity at Union Presbyterian Seminary. Jen has undergraduate degrees in Communications and Spanish and a master’s degree in Counselor Education.
Jordan Hertz, co-founder and vice president, teaches our ServSafe Food Handler classes and coordinates House of Bread’s involvement as an 1001 New Worshiping Community of the Presbytery of the Peaks. Jordan is the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Roanoke, VA. Currently Jordan is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at Union Presbyterian Seminary, Charlotte and is a candidate for ordination. Jordan Hertz has a BA in History as well as a Masters in Teaching from the University of Virginia.
Lisa Goad, co-founder and program coordinator, develops our recipes and leads the baking program. She is also the student and volunteer coordinator and keeps the program running smoothly. Lisa has a background in engineering but became an avid baker during a decade of full-time motherhood. She involves herself in numerous community-based ministries, including previous overseas mission work and is a leader in the children's and adult's education ministries at Raleigh Court Presbyterian Church.
Avis Aheron is the bookkeeper and treasurer for HOB. Avis is a member of St James Episcopal Church and has served as the church’s assistant treasurer for the past 12 years, the chairperson of the Stewardship committee for 8 years and on the Vestry for 6 years. As a volunteer, Avis also assisted with diocesan finances for the Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia for 11 years before retiring in 2017. Avis has a BA in History from Oberlin College.
Martha Shifflett has served House of Bread as a volunteer, mentoring women participating in the program. Martha was formerly President of the Shenandoah Valley Region of SunTrust Bank, and she recently retired from a 40-year career in the field of commercial banking. Throughout her career, she was very active in community leadership and volunteer activities. Martha is a native of Roanoke and graduated from Mary Baldwin University with a degree in Economics.
Austin works for Christ Our Redeemer Community Church as the Director of Groups. Originally from Northern Virginia, Austin now calls Roanoke home with his wife, Sara, and his three young boys. Austin is a graduate of Virginia Tech and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.