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Meet the leaders of Water Street Mission.
Jack Crowley was named President of Water Street Mission in December 2014, bringing over 20 years of experience with the mission. He previously served as Executive Director of Teen Haven, a part of the Senior Leadership Team since 2004, and served as Interim President prior to being appointed. Jack has a love for urban communities, youth, and our neighbors experiencing homelessness.
Serving at Water Street allows Jack to fulfill his passion for equipping and motivating others to work collaboratively for the glory of God and the healing and wholeness of our cities. Through his work, he focuses on developing models for maximizing partnerships with local churches and community service organizations.
Jack earned a B.A. degree in Government and Psychology from Franklin and Marshall College. Jack enjoys golfing and playing the guitar. He serves on the Leadership Team of his church, is a worship ministry leader, and serves on the board of Community Basics, Inc. a local developer of affordable housing. Jack and his wife, Tanya, and four daughters reside in the city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Colleen Elmer has been a part of this team at Water Street Mission since July of 2011. She served as Executive Director of Water Street Health Services before her current role of VP of Programs. Prior to joining Water Street, she was a Principal at Strategic Community Care Solutions (2009-2011), and Executive Vice President at OPEN MINDS (2004-2009). She is still serving, making it more than seventeen years, as an adjunct professor at Eastern University (1998-Present).
Colleen attended Messiah College for her BSW in Social work, Temple University for her MSW in Social Work, and finally Eastern University for her MBA in Business Administration.
Cathie Kearsley, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, joined Water Street Mission in 2012 as Director of Human Resources. She is s certified senior professional in human resources through the Human Resources Institute, and Society for Human Resources. She graduated from Villanova with a Master’s Certificate in Human Resources in 2009 and completed her certification in 2010.
Outside of Water Street Mission, Cathie co-pastors Freedom Path Church in Akron with her husband Jim. She also enjoys family time, reading, and attending Hershey Bears games. Cathie lives in Akron with her husband Jim and their two children Isaiah and Chloe.
Greg Kessler, LPC, MAPC, CCS, CAADC, joined Water Street Mission’s team as Executive Director of Health Services in September, 2015. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as certified as a Clinical Supervisor and Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor through the state of Pennsylvania. He graduated from Messiah College with a degree in Sociology and from Moravian Theological Seminary in 2005 with a Master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling.
Professionally, Greg is a specialist in Addiction treatment and Motivational Interviewing. For over 19 years he served in several areas at Caron Treatment Centers, specializing in men’s treatment issues for chemical addiction as a counselor and supervisor. In January of 2013, Greg became the Director of Education and Training for Caron’s PA campus. Greg speaks regularly throughout the region at seminaries, churches, businesses, and institutions conducting education seminars on addiction.
Greg is active in his local church and when spare time avails itself, he enjoys being with his family, reading, bicycling or oil painting outdoors. Raised outside of Philadelphia, Greg and his wife Jenifer now reside in Lancaster County, PA, raising their three sons, Austin, Caleb, and Josh.
Paul Pearce, VP of Advancement, has been in this role at Water Street Mission since June of 2009. Prior to that, Paul spent 32 years in the corporate world working at Design and Design Management. Originally from the UK, moved to the USA in 1993 on a short term assignment that turned into a longer term, global role. Professional focus was around Colo(u)r and has also been featured in international design and interior magazines. Has also taught Color classes to professional groups around the world. Paul is also a member of AFP, American Fundraising Professionals.
Paul is an active member, leaders, and teacher at Landis Valley Christion Fellowship. Enjoys photography, painting (Honors Degree equivalent in Fine Art) and enjoying God’s creation.
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We are a group of local business owners, entrepreneurs, social activists, and doctors volunteering our time toward the vision and mission of Water Street.
Together we volunteer our time and talent to ensure that people experiencing homelessness, and poverty, have access to quality medical care.