Open Minds LLC
Susan Chase is president of Open Minds LLC, which provides strategic planning, program evaluation and project management services. Susan 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 (now known as Trying Together), 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, Susan 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. Susan 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.
Kim Cauley Eckel
Allegheny County's Office of Children, Youth and Families
Kim Cauley Eckel is currently the Manager of Strategic Initiatives for Allegheny County’s Office of Children, Youth and Families. Prior to holding this position, she directed the implementation of PA Project LAUNCH, a five-year federal grant program administered by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), and earlier served as a Senior Advisor in the Office of Data Analysis, Research and Evaluation at Allegheny County's Department of Human Services. Mrs. Eckel spent nearly a decade in management consulting at the beginning of her career and has held numerous short-term teaching and research positions.
Mrs. Eckel holds a BA in Ethics, Politics and Economics from Yale University, an MSc in Comparative Social Policy from the University of Oxford and is pursuing a PhD in Political Science from Boston College.
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 (SHRM), 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.
The Kingsley Associations
Mona Jordan- Hawkins, M.S.W., L.S.W, P.C., is a health care professional with 35+ years of experience in hospital, managed care and community settings. She currently serves as The Kingsley Association’s Chief Program Officer. Ms. Jordan-Hawkins is responsible for the management of Kingsley’s wellness product suite, evaluation and assessment and new product development.
Women and Girls Foundation
Rochelle’s passion for economic justice and elimination of hunger are inspired by her own personal journey as a single mom and help inform the work she does every day. She is a single mother of four children and currently lives in McKeesport, PA.
She has an Associate’s Degree from Community College of Allegheny County in Health Information Technology with a minor in Child and Family Studies, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with minors in both Sociology and Psychology from Carlow University. She is a graduate of the Coro Center for Civic Leadership’s Women in Leadership and volunteers her time on many non-profit boards and organizations in Allegheny County, in the state of PA and nationally. In 2016 Rochelle was recognized and received the Excellence Award from the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network for her work over the years on behalf of low-income Pennsylvanians. A video of her accomplishments can be viewed here.
In May 2019, she selected as one of NEXT Pittsburgh's 25 Essential Pittsburghers. After working as a Welfare Advocate and then Public Policy Advocate for 17 years at Just Harvest, she joined the Women and Girls Foundation to direct their new Femisphere Project in 2017.
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 in this city’s diverse communities and landscapes.
Kristin A. O'Connor, CPA
Albanese Sinchar Smith & Co.
Kristin is a manager at Albanese Sinchar Smith & Co, based in North Huntingdon, and works primarily in the Audit & Assurance division. She has over 13 years of experience providing audit and assurance services, with a focus on not-for-profit organizations. She also works as the Director of Finance for The Kingsley Association, a community center in East Liberty.
Kristin earned her Bachelor’s in Accounting Management from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a CPA and a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
Kristin has a commitment to community service as evidenced through her board service. In addition to serving on Jeremiah’s Place, she is a board member of and Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee of VBA, VBA II and serves on the PA Vision Foundation Board. Kristin previously spent 6 years as Chair of the MUM Preschool Board.
Kristin is a past recipient of the PICPA’s Young Leaders Award which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to the accounting profession through active participation in the PICPA and community activities.
Kristin resides in Harrison City with her husband and two children.
David is an Associate Vice President at Hefren-Tillotson where he helps individuals and families navigate through various stages of life and plan for the future. David and his wife Ashleigh reside in Churchill with their two children. Both are passionate about helping provide kids in our region with the same opportunities to learn, grow and thrive that their young ones have.
In addition to Jeremiah's Place, David serves on the board of CASA of Westmoreland, and is actively involved with the Western PA Diaper Bank and United Way among other great organizations in Pittsburgh. The Riehl's are also active parishioners at Calvary Episcopal Church.
David is a graduate of Saint Vincent College with a degree in finance and economics. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA(r)) Charterholder and a Certified Financial Planner (CFP(r)) Practitioner.
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.