Meet Our Staff

New Choices Director, Tricia Nabors

“I am honored to function as Director of New Choices where I continue to be trusted and invited into students lives as a resource to assist with the transitions that they are in need of making. One of our mottos at New Choices is, “Those who enter as a guests leave as a Friends.”

With a passion for empowering women to achieve their goals of self-sufficiency and financial independence, Tricia Nabors is a dedicated Executive Director who works tirelessly to improve the lives of others.

Tricia joined New Choices in 2004 for a pilot program initiated by Franklin and Marshall College. In 2011 she was promoted to Executive Director after her predecessor retired.  Tricia’s experience with providing career counseling, coaching, and psychotherapy, has given her a unique perspective in the development and delivery of successful programs to help women-in-transition. In addition to the New Choices Career Development Program, she also supervises the Grow and New Beginnings programs.

Since her directorship, she has served as co-president of the Pennsylvania Women Work (PAWW), an organization that oversees and administers grants to the New Choices programs statewide. She was a committee member of the Lancaster Osteopathic Organization and served as a member of the International Coach Federation.

Tricia earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology at Millersville University and the designation of Certified Professional Coach from the College of Executive Coaching. A native of Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, Tricia has lived in the Lancaster area over 15 years. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with family and friends.






Prison Transitionial Coordinator, Chistina Ortega

Christina Ortega

Christina Ortega is the new Prison Transitional Coordinator for the New Choices Career Development Program. She is a welcome addition to the program and will serve as the facilitator for the New Beginnings Program.

Born and raised in Lancaster City, Christina graduated from McCaskey High School in 1998 and attended Millersville University on a scholarship through the Lancaster Partnership Program. She graduated from Millersville University with a BA in Psychology.

Christina’s career in helping troubled youth began when she counseled delinquent children and teens at the Lancaster County Youth Intervention Center while she attended college. Upon graduation, she worked as a Juvenile Probation Officer in York County for almost ten years. Christina then returned to Lancaster and worked as an Admissions Counselor for Job Corps.

Recently, Christina assisted the Lancaster County Community Foundation with their highly successful “At the Table” initiative. Through her work with that innovative program, she found a new position as a Navigator for the Community Action Partnership.

Christina has a 10-year-old daughter, and during her free time enjoys dancing salsa and spending time with her family. Christina serves on the Southwest Neighborhood Leadership Board as Lancaster Housing Opportunities Partnership is trying to improve the Southwest part of Lancaster City.