Board & Staff

Dr. John “Jack” E. Felch Jr., Executive Director

Dr. Jack Felch joined the Lehigh Conference of Churches in 2013. He is an ordained elder and deacon in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and holds graduate degrees in operations research and management. For more than a decade, Dr. Felch has provided administrative leadership in large churches and regional ecclesiastical organizations. Since retiring from the US Army, Dr. Felch has served in senior executive positions in private enterprise, government, and not-for-profit organizations. Dr. Felch has held faculty appointments with several educational institutions including the US Army War College in Carlisle, PA, George Washington University, and Goshen College. Dr. and Mrs. Felch have been married for 49 years and reside in the Borough of Coopersburg. They have four children and nine grandchildren. Mrs. Felch volunteers at her local church and with the Coopersburg Historical Society. Dr. Felch was elected to the Borough Council in 2009 and currently serves as the Council President.

Rev. Dr. Larry D. Pickens, Ecumenical Director

Rev. Dr. Larry Pickens joined the Lehigh Conference of Churches in 2015. He is a graduate of North Park University and holds a master of theology and a master of divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, a doctorate in ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary, and a Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law. Dr. Pickens is the former general secretary of the General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns of the United Methodist Church and has significant accomplishments in ecumenical and interfaith events across the globe. Dr. Pickens leads the LCC’s, efforts to unite communities of faith in the Lehigh Valley, affirm an ecumenical Christian witness, and foster the greatest cooperation possible among diverse religious perspectives.

Abby Goldfarb, Director of Administration

Abby Goldfarb holds a bachelor’s degree from Kutztown University and a master’s degree from CUNY-John Jay College, both in Psychology. She has 15 years of experience in community programming and organizing, and as Director of Administration, Ms. Goldfarb oversees the LCC’s administrative and financial functions and manages numerous fundraising initiatives. She has been with the Conference since 2009. Ms. Goldfarb is a Lehigh Valley native and an active volunteer in the community.

Deanne Malacsics-Best, Director of Programs

Rev. Janel Rice, President

Pastor, Calvary Moravian Church, Allentown, PA

Bishop Juan Garcia, Vice President

Administrative Bishop, Church of God (Cleveland, TN) Northeast Spanish Region

Mr. Dan Bosket, Treasurer

Director, Community Action Development Corporation of Allentown, CACLV

Mr. Glenn E. Lichtenwalner, Secretary

Architect, W2A Design Group

Thomas Capehart, Esq.

Attorney, Gross McGinley LLP

Mr. Fulton Brown

President, Subway Development of Eastern PA, Inc.

Mr. Richard Brown


Mr. Eric Dowdle

Attorney, Law Offices of Eric K. Dowdle

Ms. Lisa Fichera

Chief Operating Officer, Phoebe Ministries

Mr. Thomas Ganser

Retired Deputy Director, Lehigh County Juvenile Justice

Ms. Jenifer Gilio

Chief Philanthropy Officer, Da Vinci Science Center; Principal & Founding Member, Philanthropic Strategies & Solutions, LLC

Ms. Marie C. Maly

Senior Business Communication Specialist, Air Products

Mr. David Leber

Financial Advisor, Leber Financial Group, Inc.

Rev. Steven Shussett

Pastor, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Allentown, PA

Rev. Thomas Sweatt

Pastor, St. James AME Zion Church, Allentown, PA

Mr. Robert Walden

Retired Engineer, Infineon Technologies


Wamuni Ngethe, Finance Manager

Laura Rowe, Volunteer Coordinator

Katie Kackenmeister, Community Relations Coordinator

Kristine Ortiz, Account Assistant

David Bowen, Bookkeeper

Rebecca LeaShomb, Administrative Assistant

Genie Watson, Administrative Assistant


Christina DiPierro, Daybreak Program Supervisor

Gladys Swoyer, Community Service Coordinator

Karen Faverey, Activity/Vocational Coordinator

Becky Latshaw, Kitchen & Volunteer Coordinator

Debbie Mink, Kitchen Assistant

HOPE Program

Anthony Cunningham, HOPE Program Supervisor

Laura Macnamara, Case Manager

Jachyra Perez, Case Manager

Ecumenical Soup Kitchen

Dominick Manento, Soup Kitchen Coordinator

Tim Larney, Soup Kitchen Assistant

Pathways Housing Services

Christine Rinker, Housing Director

Ben Stephens, Assistant Housing Director

Elly Nieves, Senior Housing Case Manager

Deborah Hendricks, Case Manager II

Marie Lisby, Case Manager II

Jason Carey, Case Manager

Ebony Dickerson, Case Manager

Kendra Loyd, Case Manager

Norma Vargas-Baker, Case Manager

Lorraine Pacheco, Coordinated Assessment Worker

Francisco Figueroa, Coordinated Intake Worker

Alexandra Tholen, Administrative Assistant

Khalil Tawaab, Certified Peer Specialist


Henry Moore, Facility Manager

Ralph DeJesus, Maintenance

Ray Desmond, Maintenance