Poverty Stability Community
The M28 Story
M28’s work is inspired by the desire to help those in need. We use connection to help those struggling with addiction, offering them guidance and direction.
Our founder, Pastor Jim, explains his inspiration for starting M28:
Some things are birthed out of hardship, other things are birthed out of a keen sense of God-given awareness that flashes in on us out of nowhere (or so it seems). When it is done, it burns inwardly leaving us burdened with a deeply impassioned heart and a helpless sense of wonder. The work of M28 was inspired by the fusion of these ingredients. When God clears out the debris of a cluttered heart, the eyes and ears are opened and one sees what has been lost, a treasure that has been misplaced and time that has been wasted. One cannot recover lost time but one can find what was misplaced. And so we are recalibrating in light of Christ’s forgotten ways and God’s missional purposes. M28 participants have a strong desire to see our communities transformed and made whole again. We are eager to inspire a movement of churches, non-profits and local agencies who do life with those struggling to find their way. We are a missionally-minded, growing movement of ordinary people who are passionate about equipping those in our community to see the marginalized and disenfranchised find hope and offer them a taste of grace. We believe that everyone should risk more than others think is safe, care more than others think is wise, dream more than others think is practical and expect more than others think is possible.
We are eager to inspire a movement of churches, non-profits and local agencies who do life with those struggling to find their way.
How M28 helps those finding their way in life.
We value transformational relationships over transactional ones. We invest in people, not programs.
We partner with other non-profits, churches and agencies working with those in poverty.
By doing life with others we see real results of people moving from poverty to stability to community.
Jim founded M28 in 2011 after he left his position as Executive Pastor at a megachurch. Since its inception, M28 has worked with over 4,000 individuals and/or families. Jim has a D.Min from Bethel Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Brenda, live just outside Harrisburg, PA.
Jimmy has worked with M28 since 2013. He graduated from Evangel University with a degree in Bible and Theology in 2010, and a Master’s of Divinity from Regent University in 2013. He is married to Tristin, and they live near Harrisburg, PA.
Doug Yohe, Board Chair
Doug Yohe believes deeply in the mission of M28 to help move participants from poverty to stability to community. As the current Chair of M28’s Board of Directors, Doug has participated in and led many of our events, bringing his passion for helping people to every effort.
For nearly a decade, Doug has served as the General Counsel for Vibra Healthcare, LLC. Prior to joining Vibra Healthcare, he was a partner in the law firm of Latsha Davis Yohe & McKenna, P.C., for more than 15 years. A longtime resident of the Central PA area, Doug began his career as an associate at Shumaker Williams. He is a graduate of Juniata College and Wake Forest University School of Law.
Bob Marsh, Board Treasurer
Bob has used his skill with numbers to experience the world, working abroad and serving a variety of industries. He has been a financial professional (CPA) for over 30 years, serving in the food, chemical, auto, and publishing industries. For six years, he worked internationally for a UK-based publishing company before joining Rowman & Littlefield as its current COO.
Bob earned a BA in accounting from Washington & Jefferson College and an Executive MBA from Salisbury State University. Bob has served on several for-profit and not-for-profit boards, including The United Way and Christian Life church in Camp Hill, PA. Bob is married with three grown children, rides a hybrid bike, jogs, and enjoys spending time at the beach reading his various books. He currently resides in Mechanicsburg.
Jon Freeman, Board Secretary
Jonathan Freeman is a Financial Advisor who enjoys devoting time to his community. He embraces the opportunity for fellowship and meeting new people that he receives while giving back. Jonathan is a Director at Stonebridge Financial Group.
Jonathan’s prior board experience includes Jewish Family Service, Downtown Daily Bread, the Helen O. Krause Animal Foundation, and M28 Ministry. The 1996 graduate of Bucknell University is also very active with Big Brothers Big Sisters, where he has mentored his little brother for over four years. Jonathan has a passion for fundraising and has coordinated successful events for many charitable organizations. He also chairs the Development Committee for the Feel Your Boobies® Foundation. Jonathan and his wife, Andrea, live in Camp Hill with their daughters, Sophie and Rachel.
Susan Ewing is the President of Crescent Strategy, where she delivers impactful digital marketing and advertising campaigns for clients nationwide. The Central Pennsylvania College graduate has spent the past 15 years pioneering new methods in the evolving digital marketing landscape. Central Penn Business Journal named Ewing to its Forty Under 40 list in 2012, and she is a member of the Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania, the International Association of Business Communicators, and the Historic Harrisburg Association, to name a few.
Ewing holds certifications in Google Analytics, Hootsuite Social Marketing, and Facebook Blueprint. Ewing has partnered with the Feel Your Boobies® Foundation to develop several successful digital marketing campaigns that sparked audience participation and media coverage from across the country.
Dan Kovlak has devoted his life to accounting and helping to steer and support organizations he believes in. Dan is a retired certified public accountant and partner at KPMG, where he served for 37 years. He is a member of the Harrisburg Lions Club and active participant with Christian Business Men’s Connection, Christian Schools of Greater Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Family Institute, Finish the Mission 2030 (Nepal), Ambassadors, and China Outreach Ministries.
A graduate of the University of New Haven who earned his MBA at University of Bridgeport, Dan has used his education and experience to assist others in his industry. He received the Champion’s Award from the Greater Washington Society of CPAs for his volunteer efforts with the Government Relations Committee. Dan’s work was instrumental in securing passage of CPA mobility legislation in the district, allowing CPAs to practice across jurisdictional lines. Dan is married and has five daughters and 18 grandchildren.
Josh Maatman supports the spiritual and financial growth of people in need through his unique pastoral practice. He enjoys seeing how the right assistance can make a difference in people’s lives, putting his unique skillset to work. Josh graduated from Northern Michigan University with a business degree and studied pastoral ministries at Indiana Wesleyan University. He previously served in ministry in central Pennsylvania as a youth pastor and speaker.
Josh resides in East Lansing, Michigan, with his two dogs. Scout is a border collie/lab mix, and Sadie is a golden retriever. Josh is a bivocational pastor and financial advisor spending time serving the local church and building financial plans for people in his community.
Jaime Melnicove is a trained educational facilitator and public speaker who feels passionately about connecting with the public to eliminate stigma and enhance the recovery environment. She is a person in long-term recovery, with more than 16 years clean.
Jaime has worked in the substance use disorder recovery and treatment fields for more than 13 years as a trainer, recovery coordinator, program manager, and intensive outpatient group facilitator. She has represented the recovery community on several boards, planning committees, coalitions, and prevention teams. She currently serves as RASE Project Education and Advocacy Coordinator.
Jaime studied communications at Pennsylvania State University and visual arts at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She has worked with the RASE Project for over six years in several different capacities.
Sarah Yee has worked as an Executive Administrative Assistant in both private and non-profit organizations for the past 15 years, focusing on project management and systems development. She finds great satisfaction in organizing and increasing efficiency, both professionally and personally. She is one of the last people on Earth who continues to use a paper calendar, and, as you might expect, she keeps her spices in alphabetical order.
Despite all of this, she still manages to be a fun person to hang out with, and it’s her pleasure to serve on the M28 Board of Directors, where she uses her skills to help the organization remain focused and on target with our many goals and programs.
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We are a growing movement of ordinary people who are passionate about equipping those desperate to find the good news of Christ’s transforming power.