Bridges to Sustainable Communities Symposium


Knott Auditorium, Mount St. Mary's
16312 University Way, Emmitsburg MD 21727

Sponsored in part by The Ausherman Foundation


Join us for a day of learning how "Bridges to Sustainable Communities" concepts support every sector to build systemic change, strengthen individuals and communities, and enhance your local organization - education, law enforcement, health care, faith families, government and social services organizations collectively benefit from bringing everyone to the table to create solutions to poverty.

Keynote Speaker

Philip DeVol of Marengo, Ohio, has been training and consulting on poverty issues since 1997. He is co-author of Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals with Ruby K. Payne and Terie Dreussi-Smith. In 2012, he updated the popular Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin'-By World: Building Your Resources for a Better Life (2004) to help people in poverty investigate the impact of poverty on their communities and themselves. He also wrote Getting Ahead while Getting Out: A Prisoner Reentry Model (2015). DeVol's 2010 work Investigations into Economic Class in America, co-authored with Karla M. Krodel, applies the Getting Ahead concepts to college life for under-resourced postsecondary students. A collection of DeVol’s essays and articles was also published in 2010 under the title Bridges to Sustainable Communities.

Afternoon Panelists Include:

Dr. Erik Orndorff is currently the Superintendent of Pequea Valley School District which he was named to in 2012. He is a national author and presenter for character education and mass customized learning. During Dr. Orndorff’s seven-year stint with Pequea Valley, the school district has been awarded the 2014-2018 Apple Distinguished Award, and in 2015 and 2017 the Pequea Valley High School was named STEM School of the Year out of 22 schools in their Intermediate Unit. Recently Pequea Valley was awarded a silver medal from the U.S. News and World Report for being one of the top high schools in Pennsylvania.

Marchelle LeBlanc serves as the Getting Ahead Program Coordinator in the Department of Community Resources and Services (DCRS), in Howard County, Maryland. Prior to joining DCRS, she worked for eight years as the Family Case Manager/Community Site Coordinator for Montgomery County Public Schools.  Marchelle has dedicated much of her career to providing services to youth and families in both her personal endeavors through her family’s ministry and professional employment as a case manager for over 15 years.  Marchelle is a native of Flint, Michigan and holds a Master’s Degree in Human Services and Marriage/Family Counseling from Liberty University.

Jacqueline R. Scott, J.D., M.L serves as Director for the Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services (DCRS).  DCRS is Howard County’s Human Service Agency, serving residents across the lifespan.  The scope of the Directorate includes responsibility for the Offices on Aging and Independence, Children and Families, Consumer Protection, Community Partnerships, Local Children’s Board, Human Trafficking Prevention, Veteran and Military Families, ADA Coordination, and specific Emergency Management functions.  Much of Jackie’s professional career has focused on improving the quality of, and access to, health and human service systems of care for vulnerable populations.  She serves as a consultant, lecturer, and trainer for numerous academic, state, local, private and nonprofit organizations. She holds a dual BA from Georgetown University; a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center; and a Masters in Leadership/Organizational Development from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown.  She is a Certified Bridges Out of Poverty Trainer.


Event Details

The day will include hearing from the keynote speaker, "Bridges to Sustainable Communities" author Philip DeVol and sharing a panel discussion with those who have successfully used the Bridges Out of Poverty concepts to strengthen their communities. Registrants will receive a copy of Philip DeVol's book, a continental breakfast & lunch voucher for Patriot Dining Hall at The Mount. Free parking in Mount St. Mary's University Lots 8 & 10.

“I believe that if you show people the problems and you show them the solutions they will be moved to act.” Bill Gates

Location & Venue

Marion Burk Knott Auditorium
Mount St. Mary's

16312 University Way, Emmitsburg MD 21727

October 3, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Bridges Resources & Testimonials

What is the Bridges Concept and how can it work for our community?

View more videos on the aha!Process YouTube Playlist:

Testimonials from various sectors who have used Bridges training and implementation successfully:

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