Meet Our Board and Staff

B.E.S.T. is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors.
(*) indicates Neighborhood Resident

Meet Our Board:

Father Steve Simon* - Chairperson
Pastor, Russian Orthodox Old Rite Church of the Nativity
Professor, Mercyhurst University

Del Birch* - Vice-Chairperson
East Bayfront Neighborhood Watch

Jennifer Geertson - Secretary
PNC Bank

Bonnie FitzpatrickTreasurer
Erie Insurance Group, SSV Treasury Management Work

Monsignor Henry Kriegel*
St. Patrick Parish 

Joe Krol*
Art Instructor

Joe Koehle*
East Bayfront Neighborhood Watch

Jacqueline George*
Board Member

Garrett Shames
Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel, Glowacki Management Company

Michael Lorei
Corporate Real Estate, Erie Insurance Group

Kathy McCormick
Property Owner

John Bonnett
Director Crisis Prevention and Management Work: Erie Insurance Group

Bill Hoderny*

Katie Bool Shafer
UPMC Health Plan

Meet Our Staff:

Jeremy Bloeser

Executive Director

P: 814-456-7062
Jeremy joined B.E.S.T. in 2011 and brings a variety of experiences in the nonprofit sector. Most recently, he led a federal program to build capacity in nonprofit and faith based organizations. His many skills include leadership, budgeting, program design and coalition building. He is excited to build new skills and knowledge in fundraising, real estate and construction. His education includes a master’s degree in organizational leadership, and pursued a doctorate degree in organizational learning and leadership. Jeremy enjoys spending time with his wife, Carrie, and their three children.

Tim Shannon
Operations Director

P: 814-456-7062 ex.3
Tim joined B.E.S.T. in 2018, previously working in property management in Erie for the last 10 years. On the team, Tim is instrumental in B.E.S.T.’s property and rental management operations, leading our tenant outreach efforts and overseeing home redevelopment projects. Originally from Batavia, NY, Tim, and his wife happily call the East Bayfront home.

Megan Richter

Haleigh Coar
AmeriCorps VISTA - Fresh Foods Initiative 
P: 814-456-7062 ex.2