Ministry and Administrative Staff

Nadia Abuamsha-Patsouras

Arabic Community Worker

Nadia provides translation services and support to Arabic-speaking individuals at The Hope Center. She is a member of Trinity Ohio City Church.

Bethany Bell

Refugee Program Assistant

Bethany supports ministry and programs at The Hope Center, focusing on refugee employment.  For the last three years, she served as Beulah on the Road Camp Director & Outdoor Education Director for Beulah Beach. She is a member of the Christian & Missionary Alliance (C&MA).

Penny Bucaro

Business Manager

Penny manages accounts payable, financial and business systems.  She is a CPA, licensed in FL, and has 20+ years of professional experience in accounting, auditing, financial reporting and budgeting for churches, non-profits, financial consultant firms and more.  Penny and her family attend Rocky River United Methodist Church.

Anthony Giambroni

Community Development & Communications Coordinator

Anthony joined the Building Hope team in 2019 as the Community Development & Communications Coordinator. He brings 6 years of dynamic local church and nonprofit leadership experience to the team as well as an energy and a passion to see the Cleveland neighborhoods renewed. As the Community Development and Communications Coordinator, Anthony spends much of his time building relationships with residents and local stakeholders in the Stockyards & Clark/Fulton communities. In his spare time, Anthony enjoys traveling his wife, reading, and hunting for the best chicken sandwich in Cleveland.

Lesa Hess

Executive Assistant

Lesa supports Leadership Staff in ministry management, manages receipts for donations and serves as office manager.  She is a member of Trinity Ohio City Church.

Heather Thacker

Operations Assistant, The Hope Center

Heather, a social worker by background, serves as The Hope Center Operations Assistant.  Heather is a member at St. Agnes – Our Lady of Fatima in Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood and lives in West Park.

Nick Tribuzzo

Manager of Legal Services, The Hope Center

Nick is a licensed attorney and expands legal services for refugees and immigrants at The Hope Center.  He and his wife are members of Cove City Church (supported by BHITC’s Transform 216 ministry) and live on the east side.