Our Staff

Meredith Dahl

Executive Director
meredith@elancocross.org
Meredith and her husband Jon are thankful to live and serve in the ELANCO community. Their family includes Damien and his wife Janelle, Liam and Landon. Meredith received her B.A. in Bible and her Masters in Leadership from Lancaster Bible College. She has a passion for seeing communities coming together to make a life-changing impact. Meredith and her family love to cheer for the Pittsburg Steelers and spend time together.

Carl Edwards Jr.

Director of Development and Operations
carl@elancocross.org
Carl was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Therefore, he loves Ravens football and crab cakes. Carl received his B.A. in Bible (2010) and his Masters in Leadership (2018) from Lancaster Bible College. Carl is passionate about the gospel and he is also passionate about students. He loves being able to connect with them and encourage them along their faith journey. Carl loves sports, grilling, and spending time with his family. Carl is married to Mary Edwards and he has two children, Macklyn and Lincoln.

GrantGrant Gehman

Director of Youth Programs

grant@elancocross,org

Grant lives in New Holland with his wife Emilie and their 2 children – Isaiah and Breah. Grant has volunteered and worked in the Non-profit Youth ministry field since 2000. His earliest experiences are as a camp counselor at Woodcrest Retreat, followed by nearly 15 years as the assistant director for TNT Youth Ministry in Ephrata. Most recently Grant has served as the Youth Pastor for Bethany Grace Fellowship in East Earl. It’s safe to say that Grant has a passion for working with young people and the slightly older people who want to see them grow and experience God’s love. Grant has an undergraduate degree in Industrial Technology and graphics from Millersville University. Grant loves sports, video games, learning, visiting new places, and eating good food.

Shanice Hines

Youth Center Manager
shanice@elancocross.org
Shanice is originally from North East, MD, but now resides here in New Holland. Shanice is a graduate of Lancaster Bible College where she received her B.A. in Social Work in 2017. She is passionate about playing basketball, turtles, investing in lives of students, eating cereal, and spending time with family and friends. Shanice thoroughly enjoys serving in the youth center and supporting students in various capacities as they journey through the ups and downs of life.

Joan Yunginger

Director of Social Services 
joan@elancocross.org
Joan lives in the ELANCO community, Joan and her husband are blessed with four adult children, a daughter in law, two sons in law, three grandsons, three granddaughters, and one dog, Lucy. Joan and her husband Dave are blessed to worship at Petra Church.

Aryn Burda

Case & Resource Manager
aryn@elancocross.org

Aryn is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and she was thrilled to have the opportunity to permanently move to Lancaster after receiving her Bachelor of Social Work in 2018 from Lancaster Bible College. She is excited to currently be working on her Master of Social Work at Alvernia University. Aryn is passionate about the Bridges Out of Poverty framework as she has experienced the true life-changing impact of empowering and educating individuals. Aryn also has a passion for providing resources and building relationships within our community. Outside of work, Aryn enjoys spontaneous adventures, spending time with her family and friends (and her adorable dog Bailey), and anything related to coffee.

Rachel Miller

Family Development Specialist
rweaver@caplanc.org

Rachel has lived in the ELANCO area her whole life. She attended Lancaster Bible College and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Bible. She then went on to graduate with her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Alvernia University. She has previous experience working with children and families in the realm of Child Welfare and is able to apply some of that knowledge to the Parent’s as Teachers Program that CrossNet and Community Action Partnership of Lancaster have implemented in the ELANCO school district. Rachel has been involved with CrossNet through volunteering at the Youth Center and in the Mentoring Program. She enjoys interacting with children and youth on various levels and finds ways to be involved with those in the community. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, reading, going on bike rides, watching live theater and British TV shows!

Amy Marburger

Food & Nutrition Manager
amy@elancocross.org
Amy and her husband Scott have three sons, Tim, Tyler, Titus and she can’t forget about her fur baby Duke! Amy and her family reside in the ELANCO School District. Their family worships at Morgantown Community Church. Amy has enjoyed volunteering for various events and programs at CrossNet in the past – especially Power Packs! Amy has a passion for photography, coffee, yoga, reading and singing off key.

Charis Pankratz

Director of Mentoring & Education 
charis@elancocross.org
Charis lives in Lititz with her husband Haley and their three children- Simon, Nicholas and Joanna. They relocated to the Lancaster area in 2014 from Salt Lake City, UT, where they lived for eight years. Charis has worked in the non-profit social services field since 2008. Her undergraduate degree is in Recreation and Park Management from Penn State and she is a certified Bridges out of Poverty trainer. She is grateful for her many experiences overseas and out west, which laid a foundation for her work at CrossNet. Charis and her family enjoy time outside camping and climbing, and she also loves to learn, run and eat good food!

Lisa Kerstetter

Director of Marketing and Events 
lisa@elancocross.org
A native of Eastern Lancaster County, Lisa attended Garden Spot High School. Lisa has served in the Navy, various Christian ministries and has been involved in the local church helping in ministry for many years. She and her husband Roger have two sons, two daughter-in-laws and five grandchildren all who live in New Holland. Lisa has a love for cooking and entertaining and is always open to share this with family and friends!

Nicole Martin

Office Manager
nicole@elancocross.org
Born and raised in New Holland, Nicki is excited about the opportunity to serve the community through CrossNet Ministries.  She and her husband, Chad, have three children, Cody, Taylor and Chloe.  Nicki is active in her church, Evangelical United Methodist Church, and firmly believes that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Faith Wise

Grant Writer
faith@elancocross.org

Faith’s passion for serving people has impacted every season of life. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in International Development. Faith’s passion and compassion for people led her to 7 years of serving vulnerable young women in Kenya as Executive Director of Neema Project, connecting the local church community with international ministries as Global Initiatives Director at Providence Church, and equipping and empowering a generation of young people in Lancaster County as a  Secondary School Counselor. Her love for seeing people flourish in life is what has always inspired her work. Faith enjoys listening to audiobooks on the rare occasion that she is alone, being near water and exploring new places. Her current favorite place and adventure is at home with her husband Rick making memories with their kids, Neave and Lochlann.