Meet the Staff
President: Donita M. Sturgis, MSN, CRNP
Donita along with her husband Brian co-founded Hope Within Ministries in 2002. She has served at Hope Within in a variety of capacities since. As President, she provides organizational and operational leadership of the team at Hope Within Community Health Center as they seek to accomplish the mission of the ministry. Donita received her Bachelor in Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan in 1991 and completed her Master of Science in Nursing at Widener University in 1995.
Administrative Medical Director: Dr. Eric F. Hussar, MD
Dr. Hussar has been a part of the leadership team at Hope Within Community Health Center since 2008. He is a 1998 graduate of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. In 2002 he received his Medical Doctorate from the Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Hussar serves as the Medical, Pharmacy, and Laboratory Director for Hope Within and oversees all volunteer physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. In addition to patient care, Dr. Hussar manages all the credentialing for providers at Hope Within and maintains the Quality Assurance program. He oversees the applications for coverage deeming our providers covered for medical malpractice under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) program.
Clinical Medical Director: Guy Eshelman, MD
Dr. Eshelman is a family practice provider who is back in The US after having worked 16 years in Albania where he practiced family medicine and provided medical education. Dr. Eshelman will work alongside Dr. Hussar as Hope Within’s Clinical Medical Director.
Dr. Eshelman is a graduate of Penn Manor High School, Lehigh University and University of Rochester Medical School. Dr. Eshelman’s interests lie heavily in international medical education, mentoring of healthcare professionals and refugee relocation.
Director of Clinical Services: Robin M. Bush, RN, BSN
Robin volunteered at Hope Within Community Health Center for several years before being hired as the Head Nurse in 2011. She was promoted to the role of Director of Clinical Services in 2012. Robin earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1982 from Roberts Wesleyan College. She provides direct patient care and administrative oversight and credentialing for the Hope Within volunteer nursing pool. She also manages all medical, laboratory, and pharmacy inventory for the center.
Head Nurse: Rebecca L. Whitsel, RN
Becky began her ministry at Hope Within in February of 2013. Becky is a 1996 graduate of Lancaster General Hospital School of Nursing and has 15 years of varied experience in labor and delivery nursing. Becky provides direct clinical care, helps to oversee the nursing volunteer pool, and manages the Vaccine for Children (VFC) program, which provides immunizations offered by the state to uninsured children. She is also leading clinical portion of the quality assurance project to fully digitize patient records into an Electronic Health Record.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist: Karen Thrush
Karen joined Hope Within Ministries as part of the Hope Within Counseling Services program in 2015. Karen is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and she has been working in the mental health field since 2006. Karen has her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family counseling from Evangelical Seminary. She has since worked in community, private and Christian counseling settings. Karen is pleased to be part of the Hope Within staff and offers us this glimpse into how she feels about her career choice. “Whether I am working with a 5 year old plagued by angry outbursts or a couple struggling in their marriage, I find joy in connecting with others and walking alongside them as they navigate through their particular brand of life challenges.” Karen resides in Palmyra with her husband and two “awesome” kids.
Chief Financial Officer: Brenda S. Martin, MBA
Brenda joined Hope Within Ministries in 2006. She earned her Bachelor of Art in Computer Science from Messiah College on 1988, her Bachelor of Science in Bible from Lancaster Bible College in 2002, and her Masters of Business Administration in 1994 from The Pennsylvania State University. Brenda is responsible for all business and accounting functions related to the ministry. She provides reports for funding and grant compliance as well as website management and information technology support for center staff.
Office Manager: Anne Marie McAlester
Anne Marie obtained her Medical Assisting certificate from Bryman School in 1979 and her RN diploma from Muhlenburg in 1981. She has worked as ministry leadership, as a medical office assistant, and a medical Office Manager prior to joining Hope Within in 2012. Anne Marie came to Hope Within with more than 25 years of ministry, administrative and office management experience. Anne Marie’s goal is to strengthen and build our volunteer base to help us serve those in dire need of care. She very much enjoys the role of leading, building, and mentoring volunteers as they are the lifeblood of successful ministries.