2020 Life Improvement Awards Celebration

Celebrating 45 Years of Service to Our Community

With respect and concern for our community's safety, and given the fluidity of the COVID-19 pandemic,

we have canceled our Breakfast. 

Alternatively, we will be recognizing and honoring our 2020 Life Improvement Ambassador, Paul J. Hoh Life Improvement Award recipients and client achievements in a different format.

 2020 Life Improvement Ambassador

Dr. Ann T. Gundry

Professor Emerita and Former Director of

Kutztown University Women's Center and Women's Studies

BCPS is proud to recognize Dr. Ann T. Gundry as the 2020 Life Improvement Ambassador. Since our organization was founded, 45 years ago, Ann has been dedicated to improving the lives of incarcerated women. 


In the early 1970’s Ann and Connie, Ann’s wife of many years, learned of the need for programming and support for women incarcerated at the Berks County Jail.  They enlisted the help of their Women’s Action group at Kutztown University to visit the Women’s quarters at the Jail every Monday night for Volleyball and punch and cookies.  The Women’s Action group later became FMLA – Feminists Majority Leadership Alliance which focuses on issues such as self-empowerment.  At its conclusion, Ann began volunteering as a mentor for women at the Jail. 


Ann has demonstrated a significant dedication and commitment to our organization, and has championed our cause and furthered our mission of inspiring hope and supporting second chances.

 2020 Life Improvement Achievement Award Recipients 

Paul J. Hoh Life Improvement Award Recipients

Rev. Wayne and Tanya Goodman

Robert P. Fritz

Wilson High School Leo Club

Reading Bucket Service LLC

Thank you to our Sponsors

Our Life Improvement Sponsor

Build HOPE Sponsor


Provide SECOND CHANCES Sponsors

Emerald Advisers, LLC 

UGI Energy Services 

Strengthen CONNECTIONS Sponsors

Humane Pennsylvania

Penn State Health St. Joseph 

Penske Transportation Solutions 

Weik Capital Management

Spark Solutions & Support

Weaver Associates, Inc. 

Friend of BCPS Sponsors

Tompkins VIST Bank, Fox Rothschild LLP, Inperium, Morgan Stanley, Champion Personnel, Council on Chemical Abuse, East Penn Manufacturing Co., Queen City Family Restaurant, PrimeCare Medical, Inc., SHRM Berks Chapter #179, Spring Township Lions Club, University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute, Complete HeathCare Resources-Eastern, Inc. 


Life Improvement Ambassador

 Paul J. Hoh

Life Improvement Award Recipients


Linda A. Bell

Mary Thomas

Richard Durina

Walter R. Gensemer


Champion Personnel

Empire Group of Reading PA

Magisterial District Judges of Berks County

University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute


City Light Ministries 

Linda S. McCrea

S&S Structures, Inc. 

Monterey Mushrooms, Inc, -- Temple, PA

Megan Huesgen

Pastor, Immanuel United Church of Christ


Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation

BIG Vision Foundation, Inc. 

Millwod, Inc. 

Marc J. Goldstein

George J. Vogel, Jr. 

Sydney Malick

Mary Lee Davis


Cheri Burkert 

Gary Hawkins 

Hope Rescue Mission 

YMCA of Reading of Berks County 

PA Family Support Alliance 

Cougle's Recycling, Inc. 

BCPS Mentors

Berks Connections/Pretrial Services

19 N. 6th St, 4th Floor

Reading, PA 19601


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Life Improvement Sponsor