Leadership, Support, and Administrative Staff
Executive DirectorView full bio
Jay grew up in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania and shares that through his own struggles as a teen, he developed a great compassion to reach out to teens in need of help and hope.
Jay received his Bachelor's degree in Youth Ministry and Bible from Philadelphia Biblical University. He is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Family Life Education through Oxford Graduate School. Upon graduation from PBU, he worked short-term as a youth pastor and later as a volunteer youth leader. Professionally, Jay worked as a computer programmer. During this time in a corporate atmosphere, Jay shares that he learned many skills that he employs everyday in his work at The Fold.
In March 2009, Jay was offered the role of Program Director at The Fold, overseeing the Girls' Home, Boys' Home, School and Counseling Program. After three years of excelling in this position, he was approached about considering the Executive Director role as Dr. Fred Tomaselli had plans to step into a part-time role at The Fold. Jay accepted the offer and is quick to give God the glory for paving the way. Rod Ames, Chair of The Fold's Board of Directors shares, "The Board of Directors and I wholeheartedly endorse Jay for this position. Jay's passion to serve youth and families, his gift of leadership and his genuine care for the enrichment of The Fold staff make him a perfect fit."
Jay enjoys spending time with his family, the outdoors, playing guitar and learning photography. Jay and his wife Hannah live in Lyndonville with their three daughters.[x] close
Executive Director EmeritusView full bio
Fred Tomaselli assumed leadership of The Fold's ministry as Executive Director in 1973. He continued in that role until July 2012 when he began serving in a support role to assist with The Fold's "next generation" leadership transition.
Dr. Tomaselli holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lyndon (Vermont) State College and has received a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Vermont College of Norwich University. He is also a graduate of a three-year intensive program on Pastoral Studies and New Testament Greek. His Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biblical Counseling is from Oxford Graduate School, Crystal Springs (Dayton), Tennessee, where he is also a Fellow in the Oxford Society of Scholars.
In addition to his leadership and administrative responsibilities, Dr. Tomaselli has carried The Fold's ministry to churches and other groups throughout New England, the northeast, south, and mid-west by presenting special (c)GraceLife Conferences on Christ-centered relationships, parenting, and family living. Over the years he has led workshops for several organizations in New England and lectured in colleges throughout the northeast and mid-west including SoulFest, Urbana, the Christian Legal Society, Vision New England, and Word of Life Leadership Conferences. Dr. Tomaselli has also been a guest on regional Christian as well as nationally syndicated radio programs including Primetime America, of The Moody Broadcasting Network, and Haven Ministries.
Dr. Tomaselli is a professionally licensed counselor by the State of Vermont. He is also a member of The American Association of Christian Counselors and Association of Exchanged Life Ministries (AELM) with whom he has served a term on the international board of directors. Fred is active with Vermont Tres Dias, an international non-denominational ministry promoting Christian growth and renewal. He also serves his local church on their worship team and as an elder where he exercises his gifts of leadership, teaching, and preaching.
Fred and his wife, Sally, have four adult children and thirteen grandchildren. Sally serves with Fred in their local church and volunteers in The Fold's office. The Tomaselli's enjoy reading, music, hiking, traveling together, as well as family and sports activities.[x] close
Director of Resident CareView full bio
Lynn grew up in Pennsylvania and received her Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Shippensburg University. Lynn's previous work includes 13 years at Water Street Rescue Mission, a Homeless Shelter in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and 5 years at American Home Life International, a youth ministry for international and high school students.
While looking for new work, Lynn told the Lord that she would explore any door that He opened. Just a few days later, a friend shared with Lynn about an opening in The Fold Girls' Home. Lynn joined The Fold's staff in January 2010 as the Girls' Home Director. After three years serving in the Girls' Home, Lynn was offered the position of Director of Resident Care. In this role, Lynn works closely with the Girls' Home and Boys' Home House Parents, as well as parents of residents through our seminars and counseling program.
Lynn shares that she enjoys watching the Lord work in her life and in the lives of the staff and students as they learn to live with Him as their source. In her spare time Lynn enjoys reading, walking, gardening, puzzles, crocheting and quilting.[x] close
Director of DevelopmentView full bio
Emily was born and raised in Wilton, Connecticut. She was introduced to the grace and truth of Jesus at 16, when friends from school invited her on a Young Life outreach weekend. Life has never been the same! Emily received her Bachelor's degree in Counseling and Theology from The University of Scranton and joined the team at The Fold Family Ministries as a Girls' Home Resident Instructor in August 2010. After over a year of serving in the Girls' Home, Emily was offered the role of Director of Development.
Emily's role involves cultivating relationships with Fold partners, churches and foundations; sharing how their investment in The Fold is making a profound impact in the lives of teens and families.
In her spare time, Emily enjoys spending time with her family and friends, listening to music and podcasts, exploring thrift stores and occasionally learning to cook. She loves being surrounded by wonderful disciples of Jesus in the Fold community![x] close
CounselorView full bio
Joy is originally from the metro-Denver area of Colorado. She came to a personal realization of God's love for her when she was fifteen years old. Shortly after, she began to feel strongly that God would one day call her to work with hurting adolescents. Early in college, she became aware of residential facilities for hurting and broken youth. As a result, She determined to study counseling in order to one day be equipped to work in such a facility.
Joy graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in Bible and Biblical Counseling from Lancaster Bible College in 2004 and spent a couple of additional years in Lancaster, Pennsylvania developing relationships and trying her hand at a variety of positions including a counseling internship, attendant care for a disabled woman, and therapeutic support for children with behavioral disorders.
In the spring of 2006 Joy was looking into ministry opportunities when she became aware of The Fold's staffing needs. She interviewed at the Cornerstone Girls Home and joined the staff as a full-time Resident Instructor later that summer. She served in the discipleship role for almost two years until she was given the opportunity to transition into the full-time counseling role in the summer of 2008. She appreciates The Fold's commitment to families and is excited about her deeper involvement with both teens and parents.
Joy is accredited through the Association of Exchanged Life Ministries, and has completed further counseling training at the Life Center in Grand Rapids, MI.
Some of Joy's life goals include: visiting every continent, publishing a book, acquiring a Master's degree and living in Italy for at least a summer.[x] close
Director of Ministry SupportView full bio
Mike grew up in Lyndonville, Vermont. After graduating high school, he worked in construction for 10 years. He has a wealth of experience in several different fields, working previously as a police officer, game warden, county sheriff, as well as insurance adjuster and appraiser.
In 2010, Mike joined, in his words, "one of the most caring teams I have ever worked with." Mike's favorite part about serving at The Fold is serving the staff as they serve the teens. As Director of Ministry Support, Mike works diligently to ensure the buildings, grounds, vehicles and day to day operations of The Fold are running smoothly.
Mike's love and care for those around him is evident in everything he does, whether by leading prayer groups, hosting work teams, or in fixing anything in need of repair. Mike lives with his wife, Sue, in Wheelock, VT.[x] close
Book KeeperView full bio
Christine grew up in Barton, Vermont and heard of The Fold through her brother, Steve Roy, who served as a House Dad at The Fold's Boys' Home. Christine shares that she wants to glorify God in her position as book keeper and see teens experience the hope in knowing Jesus! In her spare time Christine enjoys playing scrabble, spider solitaire and keeping up with the maintenance of her mobile home. An interesting fact about Christine is that before her husband's stroke in 2000, they were rich with money. She shares, "Now, I am so much richer with God's grace."[x] close
Admissions CoordinatorView full bio
Cindy grew up in Newport, Vermont and has previously worked as a substitute teacher, school bus driver and school bus clinic instructor. She first became familiar with The Fold when staff presented at her church and she and her husband, Steve, began volunteering at the Boys' Home. Cindy and Steve were later hired as Boys' Home House Parents and served in that capacity for three years. After completing their tenure as home staff, Cindy and Steve settled in the Lyndonville community, Steve now works at Lyndon State College and in December 2013, Cindy was offered the role of Admissions Coordinator.
As Admissions Coordinator, Cindy provides information to parents inquiring about how The Fold can help their family, as well as assisting in their application process. Cindy shares, "What I enjoy most is talking to parents when they call. I love listening and praying with them. I understand where they are coming from as my own children struggled and still do." In Cindy's spare time she loves to read, play games and spend time with her ten grandchildren. Her future goals include making a difference in the lives of those she comes into contact with, keeping up with old friends and spending as much time with her grandchildren as possible![x] close
Girls' Home Staff
Ron & Kenya PaulView full bio
Ron and Kenya were born and raised in New York. They were married in 2010 and have served with Long Island Youth Ministries and later as House Parents for Boys Town New York, a residential care program for troubled teen boys. Kenya shares that her favorite part of serving at The Fold is being able to freely share God's truth with girls who are hurting; Ron adds that he loves serving with a team at The Fold that is unified in Christ.
In their free time, Kenya enjoys doing anything that exercises her creative gifts and Ron enjoys basketball and other sports. Their goals are to share Christ with as many people as possible and to be involved one day with an organization that cares for victims of sex trafficking.[x] close
Valeri CannonView full bio
Valeri grew up in St. Charles, Illinois. She found The Fold during an online job search, and was captivated by the focus on community and the way that the staff practices relying on God's strength in every area of life, especially in seeking healing.
Her degree is in Youth Ministry from Judson University, and she loves working at The Fold because she has been able to develop deep relationships with the teens. She loves finding common interests to laugh about and bond over, and is grateful that they have been able to grow closer to Christ together. Valeri enjoys having campfires, playing games, and watching movies with her family. In her free time she plays guitar, writes letters, listens to music, hikes, and reads.[x] close
Grace YatesView full bio
Grace grew up in a small town in rural Illinois and graduated from Taylor University with a degree in Writing, minoring in Biblical Literature and Psychology. Before coming to The Fold, Grace served in a ministry for troubled teens in central Florida. She enjoyed the opportunity to invest in the girls' lives, encouraging them to learn and grow.
Now, as a Resident Instructor at The Fold, Grace shares her favorite part of her ministry is moments where she is able to see progress the girls in her care are making, whether in a good conversation or seeing a girl respond differently to a difficult situation.
In her free time, Grace enjoys having adventures in nature with her camera, which is both peaceful and energizing. Grace's goal for the future is to abide in Christ-like humility.[x] close
Jackeline PerezView full bio
Jackeline was raised in Germantown, Maryland and received her degree in Pastoral Ministry from Nyack College. Before serving at The Fold, Jackeline worked for a Christian non-profit organization that presented assemblies to students throughout the United States. Jackeline shares her favorite part about serving as a Resident Instructor in our Girls's Home is seeing each girl grow in her walk with the Lord and seeing the appreciation the students have for each staff member.
In Jackeline's free time she enjoys writing poetry, going on nature walks, painting and taking pictures of nature. One goal Jackeline has for the future is to open a home for ministry to teenage mothers.[x] close
Cornerstone Christian School Staff
Director of EducationView full bio
Holly grew up in Alabama and Germany. After witnessing God's work in her older sister's life, she received Christ at age 9. She received her Bachelor's degree in Family Social Services from Northern Illinois University. Holly shares that her interest in serving at The Fold stemmed from a desire to encourage students to receive God's love and grace in the midst of emotional pain. Holly's greatest joy in her ministry at The Fold is "seeing God work and communicating His grace in every relationship: staff, student and family." Holly began serving as our Teaching Principal in 2008, but previously served as a Girls' Home Director at The Fold for over 6 1/2 years as a single woman. Now, Holly is married with two children and lives in West Burke, VT. In her spare time, Holly enjoys hanging out with her family, playing games, walking and working outdoors. One of her future goals is to become a conference speaker.[x] close
Laura ChaseView full bio
Laura grew up in Peacham, Vermont and received her degree in Psychology from Johnson State College. After sensing God's leading to teach in ministry, she heard about an opening at The Fold and applied. Laura shares she loves seeing students learn, grow and succeed, both spiritually and academically. She also enjoys the challenge of thinking outside the box to meet our students' individual academic needs. In her free time Laura enjoys watching movies, hanging out with friends and relaxing with God. In regards to goals for the future, she shares that God has changed all of her future goals and His have been much better! Her goal right now is to trust Him more.[x] close
Jeff GreenView full bio
Jeff was born and raised in a small town in Western New York. He received his Bachelor's degree from Nyack College in Missions and Bible. He later received his Masters of Divinity degree from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. Before serving at The Fold, Jeff worked at an international boarding school for high school students and as an Assistant Pastor. What he enjoys most about serving at The Fold is the support of leadership, the fellowship, prayer, and laughter of other staff and the joy of seeing Jesus illuminate and work in the residents' lives.
In his free time, Jeff enjoys reading good books, writing creative stories, journaling, hosting others to refresh their hearts, playing games, walking in the woods and, spending time with God through all. One of Jeff's goals for the future is to serve the Lord overseas among people who do not know Him.[x] close
Brynn VandesluntView full bio
Brynn was born and raised in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. She graduated from John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a concentration in Family and Human Services.
Before coming to The Fold, Brynn has served in the local church as a Youth Leader, mentor and Bible Study leader as well working in the public school system. What she enjoys most about serving at The Fold is building relationships with the people God has brought together here- staff and students. She loves hearing people's personal stories and interests, learning from them and from the Lord.
In her free time Brynn enjoys bowling, biking, board games, baking, crafting, cooking and ice skating. She shares her goal for the future is, "to bring light into dark and broken places," as she follows the path God lays before her.[x] close