Staff & Board
Executive Director — Carl Geissinger accepted the part time position of YPM Executive Director effective July 1, 2018. Carl is one of a long line of committed and passionate leaders since YPM’s inception. Carl is also serving as the Southcentral Regional Director (see below).
Carl pastored Manbeck Mennonite Church for twenty years, served as interim pastor at Boyer Mennonite Church, and as a pastor at Barrville Mennonite Church. Carl also served as chaplain at Snyder County Prison for six years. Carl has been involved with Yokefellows for 35 years serving as the SUN Council Director for 10 of those years and as a Yokefellow volunteer in the Snyder County Jail for 25 years. In addition to shepherding people, Carl has also been a sheep shearer since 1976.
Regional Director of SE Region — John Rush accepted the part-time position in May 2018, replacing Alma Maldonado Colon who served since Sept 2011.
John previously served as YPM Executive Director from January 2001 through June 2011, traveling the state to support and grow the Area Councils. YPM was just one of many hats John wore in his professional commitment to help returning citizens successfully transition into society. John’s prison ministry began in 1966 in Richmond, VA working with juvenile delinquents. He served as Chaplain at the Berks County Youth Detention Center from 1971-1985. In 1976 he founded Freedom Gate Ministries, a halfway-house in Reading, and served as their Executive Director for 20 years followed by 8 years as Chaplain of the Berks County Prison. John has also served as Executive of Justice and Mercy and New Person Ministries in Reading PA. John is currently semi-retired.
Regional Director NE Region — Danesta G. Whaley accepted the newly created part-time position in Sept 2011.
“Nessie” has seven years experience with Prison Fellowship Ministries and has served as Minister of Prayer and Associate Pastor at Citychurch. Nessie is a volunteer assistant chaplain at Lycoming County Prison conducting Bible Studies, preaching, and providing one-on-one spiritual counseling with male and female inmates and also works with women in the Women’s Pre-release Program. Nessie is currently the Council Director for YPM’s Upper Susquehanna Valley Area Council, overseeing multiple in-prison ministries, overseeing and training 60 plus volunteers, and working with chaplains, prison officials, and pastors.
Regional Director SW & NW Region — Ron Calabro has volunteered his time to fulfill this part-time position since Oct 2011.
Ron has been in prison ministry since September 1992, working with Prison Fellowship before coming to Yokefellowship in 2001 at SCI Waynesburg. Ron planted Yokefellowship ministries at SCI Greene and SCI Fayette, both maximum security state prisons. Ron currently is a volunteer Chaplain at SCI Fayette conducting worship services, Bible Study and Prayer Groups in addition to coordinating and facilitating Yokefellowship small groups there. Ron is a part of the Elim Fellowship Ministry, a graduate of Duquesne University with a BS degree and a MSHMS degree.
Regional Director, SC Region — Carl Geissinger accepted the part-time position in Sept 2011 with the re-organization of YPM and will continue in this position while he serves as Executive Director. (See above)
Carl pastored Manbeck Mennonite Church for twenty years, served as interim pastor at Boyer Mennonite Church, and is currenly pastoring Barrville Mennonite Church. Carl also served as chaplain at Snyder County Prison for six years. Carl was a Yokefellows volunteer through the SUN Area Council for 27 years, serving as Council Director for 10 of those years. In addition to shepherding people, Carl has also been a sheep shearer since 1976.