Ministry and Administrative Staff

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

Manager, Community Development

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.

Amina Kizenga

Refugee Youth Enrichment Program Assistant/Cafe Manager, The Hope Center

A college student whose family is from Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Amina’s work helps link refugee children and youth at The Hope Center to supportive tutors and educational resources.

Najdah Al Mashakbeh

Facilities and Cleaning Associate, The Hope Center

The Hope Center is in good hands, thanks to Najdah and her teammate, Rahela!  She is originally from Jordan.

Sue Ott

Common Threads Store Manager

Sue serves as the Store Manager for Common Threads, BHITC’s first-ever thrift store and social enterprise.  She and her husband attend Journey Church..

Corrie Purdum

Executive Assistant, Social Enterprise (HopeWorks LLC)

Corrie Purdum serves as Executive Assistant, Social Enterprise (HopeWorks LLC), where she assists with administrative duties for the organization’s growing social enterprise initiatives. In her spare time, she’s an avid knitter and weaver and also sings on the worship team at Crossroads Church in Brook Park, where she attends. Her cats are Griffin and George.

Hanan Es Sabar

Cafe Manager, The Hope Center

Born in Morocco, Hanan oversees hospitality services that ensure every visitor at The Hope Center is treated like a special guest.

Rahela Shakhidad

Facilities and Cleaning Associate, The Hope Center

She and her teammate, Najdah, make sure The Hope Center is always looking its best.

Geeta Sharma

Immigration Services Assistant, The Hope Center

Geeta’s life-long interest in the law and firsthand experience as a former refugee from Bhutan helps give confidence and hope to those migrants seeking immigration services at The Hope Center.

Nick Tribuzzo

Manager of Immigration 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.