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Executive Team
Mary Ellen Farber
CEO

Mary Ellen enthusiastically joined the Friendship Team in March of 2022. She has 12+ years of experience leading in the Christian, 501 (c )(3) arena serving individuals with special needs. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration /International Business Management as well as a Masters in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College, NY and went on to earn a MBA and completed Doctorate level coursework in Organizational Leadership at Eastern University, PA.

Mary Ellen has found reward and purpose in her leadership career though serving individuals with special needs. She is excited to continue the journey by leading Friendship Community as we continue the work that the Lord has set ahead of us in our Mission to cultivate the capabilities of individuals with Intellectual Disability and Autism.

Mary Ellen enjoys continuous learning and has a passion for leadership and coaching. She is a Maxwell Leadership Certified Team Member and holds various licensures in Healthcare Administration. Outside of a passion for Leadership and Coaching, Mary Ellen enjoys various arts such as painting, making sea-glass and frit glass pendants, as well as various fiber arts. She loves to hike and physical fitness and nutrition is important to her. She loves time with her family and in particular her daughters,  grandchildren and siblings. 

Patrick Scarborough
Acting Director of Finance

Pat Scarborough began his career with Friendship Community in February 2020 as the Talent Acquisition Facilitator. He then worked in the Finance Department, becoming the Associate Director and now the Acting Director of Finance. Prior to working at Friendship Community, Pat earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Project Management from Liberty University and has spent years working in Finance, Operations, and Sales. Pat and his wife, Julia, enjoy golfing, playing church league softball, and cheering on the Orioles, Ravens, and Terps! He and his wife are small group leaders at Calvary Church and enjoy teaching future generations about the love of Christ.

Abby Morris
Director of Operations

Abby Morris earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Rehabilitative Services from East Stroudsburg University in PA. She completed an internship at Berks Women in Crisis-Shelters and then began working as a Program Specialist supporting Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities/Autism at EARS in Ephrata, PA. Through that experience, Abby observed the excellent quality of care provided by Friendship Community Team Members to the Friendship Community Individuals that attended her place of employment at that time. In June 2012, Abby was excited to be hired as a full time Direct Support Professional in one of Friendship Community’s residential homes. Since then, Abby was promoted to various roles within Friendship Community, including Program Manager, Lifesharing Program Specialist, Program Coordinator and then Associate Director of Operations in May 2016. These valuable career experiences prepared her for the Director of Operations position, which she assumed in May 2021. In her free time, Abby enjoys being with her loving husband and raising their three beautiful girls. As a family, they love vacationing at the Outer Banks, cooking together and just having “down days” at home. Abby is passionate about Friendship Community’s Mission and Vision, specifically being a faith-based organization Impacting the World through Individuals’ and Team Members’ Capabilities. Abby finds joy in attending church with her family and encouraging Jesus’ love throughout her home and work life.

Robert Redcay
Director of Human Resources
Robert Redcay started his career at Friendship Community in 2000 as the Director of Human Resources. Prior to 2000, Bob worked in both the mental health and substance abuse fields for over 15 years as a Licensed Social Worker. He and his wife also worked as Houseparents at Philhaven’s halfway house from 1981-1984. He holds two Social Work degrees. His undergraduate work was completed at Eastern Mennonite University and graduate work at Marywood College. Bob believes in the Mission of Friendship Community, and finds it very fulfilling to be part of a Christian-based not-for-profit that is serving others by creating a quality of life for them. He enjoys all the variety that consists in his job, as well as the opportunity to collaborate and learn from other professionals. He and his wife have been married for over 35 years, and have two children. Their daughter teaches high school history in Massachusetts and their son is continuing his engineering career in Philadelphia and nearby New Jersey. In his spare time, Bob’s passions include bicycling, creating works of art - some of which he exhibits at the Friendship Heart Gallery, volunteering at church and reading for continued professional growth.
Sherri Colton
Director of Advancement

Sherri Colton began her tenure at Friendship Community in 2018 as the Executive Coordinator for the CEO and Board of Directors. She has since been involved with project management, strategic planning, gift processing and fundraising events. Sherri earned an AA in Anthropology degree and later a BA degree in History & Religious studies from Albright College. In 2016, she completed an MA degree in Leadership through Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School where she served for several years as the Director of Student Experience for the Accelerated Undergraduate Degrees program. Prior to that, she worked many years at Fulton Financial Corporation in Reading, PA as a part of the Commercial Lending and Mortgage Sales divisions. As Director of Advancement at Friendship Community, Sherri continues to increase her involvement in building relationships with giving partners and manages major gifts & planned giving portfolios in order to help fulfil our Mission as a Christian ministry that seeks to cultivate the capabilities of Individuals with Intellectual Disability & Autism. Sherri and her husband, Russ, were married and transplanted in Berks County from Virginia in 1995. They have five adult children, three sons-in-law, three granddaughters and a grandson. Her passions include enjoying local restaurants, spending time at the beach, as well as boating, floating and enjoying the calm at her family’s lake house on Lake Gaston, Virginia.

Board of Directors

Grace Bond
(Chair)
Chuck Albert
(Vice-Chair)
Mike Hurst
(Secretary)
Mark Weaver
(Treasurer)
Sylvia Kauffman
Rhonda Kurtz
Daryl Musser
Lynda Wolfe
Ryan Curran
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