Our Board of Directors
Open Minds LLC
Susan Chase is president of Open Minds LLC, which provides strategic planning, program evaluation and project management services. Susie has supported strategic and project planning efforts for a wide range of organizations including Adagio Health, the Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging, Shady Side Academy, the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children, Carnegie Science Center and Jewish Residential Services. She has led the evaluation of over a dozen s Grow Up Great projects for PNC.
Before serving as a consultant, Susie had many years of clinical, research and administrative experience. She is a speech language pathologist who worked in a variety of clinical settings. She has managed large-scale research projects on rehabilitation outcomes, including the largest civilian study of head injury survivors and their families. She has developed assessment tools to help evaluate individuals’ skills in “real world” activities and led the development of a functional assessment tool now used in cities across the country to help determine individuals’ need for para-transit services. Susie was the founding Executive Director of Working Order, a non-profit small business incubator that supported a wide range of entrepreneurs and specifically included entrepreneurs with disabilities.
Robert Cicco, M.D.
Treasurer / Finance Chair
Dr. Cicco, now retired, is the former Associate Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. In addition to his neonatal practice, he practiced general pediatrics for a number of years and was actively involved in the Neonatal Follow Up Program at West Penn Hospital. During his career, his experience in primary care pediatrics gave him a greater appreciation of the important role of the family both inside and outside of the NICU. He is a Past President of Parent Care, a national association of parents and professionals that advocates for family centered NICU care. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the National Perinatal Association. Dr. Cicco is a past president of Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and currently serves on the PAAAP Executive Committee of the PA Premie Health Network. He has recently completed a 10 year term on the planning group for the American Academy of Pediatrics Annual Conference and Exhibition, the last four of which he chaired the planning group. In addition, he is a member of the Committee to Establish Recommended Standards for Newborn ICU Design and is active in a number of projects directed at reducing infant mortality.
Over the past 16 years, he has been actively involved in healthcare overseas by assisting with neonatal clinical and educational activities in Romania and Moldova. During this time, he has made numerous trips to these countries to advance neonatal care. Dr. Cicco has been a long time advocate for families in the NICU and early intervention settings. He has given numerous presentations across the country on the issues of parent/professional partnerships, family centered care, humor in the healthcare setting and developing advocacy skills.
Through his career, he has learned that developing one’s sense of humor and appreciation of the human spirit contributes as much to “good health” as any medicine. He has been married to his wife Anita for 43 years, has 4 sons and 6 wonderful grandchildren.
Lynn is the Vice President of Human Resources at ECHO Realty, a Pittsburgh based commercial retail real estate company. She has over 25 years of diverse human resources experience including benefits, employee relations, payroll, talent acquisition and management and employee engagement. In addition to HR, Lynn oversees ECHO’s Property, Casualty and Professional liability insurance programs. Lynn is a graduate of Muskingum University with a degree in Business Administration and minor in Accounting. She is a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, Pittsburgh Human Resource Association and CREW Pittsburgh.
Lynn and Jim live in Wexford and are parents of 5 young adults scattered throughout their 20’s. In addition to Jeremiah’s Place, Lynn has served as past President of the Board of Directors for Sheldon Calvary Camp as well as various leadership roles and committee functions at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church and Christ Church in North Hills.
Alan Gordon, J.D.
McGuire Woods LLC
Alan has a broad background in real estate law and business law. He concentrates his practice in real estate transactions, and has worked extensively with commercial, healthcare, and industrial clients on a wide array of transactions covering the full cycle of commercial property, including land acquisition, construction and construction financing, leasing, permanent financing, and disposition. Alan’s substantial experience includes negotiating and completing real estate acquisitions and sales, commercial real estate development projects, commercial leasing, and the formation and negotiation of partnerships, joint ventures and other entities.
As a mother of four of her own children, Linda Massaro can understand a fellow guardian’s desire to provide stability and care for their children. She strives to ensure that Jeremiah’s Place is enabling guardians to fulfill their duties in the toughest of situations in order to better enjoy life’s greatest moments. Linda combines her unique blend of business and non-profit experience as a part of the Development Team for Jeremiah’s Place.
Linda is part owner of Massaro Corporation and worked within their property department in commercial real estate sales, leasing, and tenant representation. Linda brings passion to the the job as she has worked with non-profits since graduation from the University of Miami with a B.S degree in Humans and Social Development. Prior to joining the Jeremiah’s Place team, she served in the board for Every Child from 2004-2014. In 2013, Linda and her mother, Carol established the Joseph A. Massaro Alzheimer’s Research Fund which continues to raise money for Alzheimer’s research in Pittsburgh, PA. Linda Massaro joined the Jeremiah’s Place board in 2014 and brings a compassion for all especially, the children in which the organization is able to serve.
Tammy Murdock, M.D.
Squirrel Hill Health Center
Dr. Murdock is a board certified OB/GYN for over 18 years. Since returning to Pittsburgh six years ago, she has been working extensively with under-resourced populations focusing on women’s health-issues, the effects of prenatal and postnatal exposures on the outcome and long term health of mothers and babies for the last. She directs the Women’s Health Services for Immigrants and Refugees at the Squirrel Hill Health Center at both their Squirrel Hil and Brentwood locations. Dr. Murdock also sits on the Maternal-Child Health Task Force for the Allegheny County Health Department, the Adagio Health Board Task Force, and the Social Determinants of Health Group for the University of Pittsburgh Medical School.
She and her husband are raising their four children this city’s diverse communities and landscapes.
Eileen is a Co-Founder of Jeremiah’s Place and worked as the Director of Volunteer & Outreach Services for the organization during the first two years of operations. She has spent most of her professional and volunteer career as an early childhood educator and advocate.
She is the Director of St. Paul’s Episcopal Nursery School in the South Hills where she began working in 1989 as a teacher. Eileen has also worked part time for The Homeless Children’s Education Fund, was a Together Time instructor for a pilot program through the Fred Rogers Company, an instructor for Friends of Child Find Inc., the first Coordinator for Mt. Lebanon’s Teen Center and a long time teacher at St. Paul’s Episcopal Nursery School. She and her husband Dave were also foster parents with The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh and cared for twelve children over a ten-year period. .
Eileen and Dave reside in the South Hills of Pittsburgh and are parents of four young adult children, In addition to her role as a board member with Jeremiah’s Place, she has also served as a board member for other community organizations including Outreach Teen & Family Services, Sheldon Calvary Camp and Century United Soccer Club and is an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
Lynne Williams, M.D., Ph.D.
Southwest PA AHEC
Board Vice Chair
Lynne Williams, MD, PhD, is an Internal Medicine-Pediatric physician practicing at a healthcare center for underserved communities in Pittsburgh. She is also the Executive Director of the Southwest PA Area Health Education Center whose mission it is to promote primary care practitioners in underserved areas. She holds a PhD in Developmental Psychology and an undergraduate degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. Her passion lies in the health and development of the young child particularly under the age of 6. As part of a strong desire to protect vulnerable children, she is a co-founder of Jeremiah’s Place, the first crisis nursery in the Pittsburgh area.