United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania
Tanya Baronti is the Director of United for Children at the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania. In her role, she leads and oversees the grants process for child and youth serving agencies and also manages an amazing team who run several initiatives including: Allegheny Partners for Out of School Time (APOST), Be a Middle School Mentor, Hi-5, Coaching Boys into Men and Be There.
Tanya has a long career serving children and families through social services, education, and nonprofit work. Prior to joining the United Way team, she was the Digital Media and Learning Project Manager at the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College where she was instrumental in the development of a statewide professional development institute and a statewide library lending project in addition to being a frequently invited keynote speaker and presenter regionally and nationally. Tanya also taught psychology and early childhood education courses at the Community College of Allegheny County for many years.
Tanya has a B.A. and M.Ed. from the Pennsylvania State University, and a M.S. degree in early childhood education from the Erikson Institute in Chicago. She volunteers as a mentor for the Penn State Liberal Arts Student Mentor program. Tanya has previously served on the board for a local theater company, a charter school, and The Change Machine at the Sprout Fund. Tanya has three children who provide the inspiration and passion for all her work.
Maggie McFalls Beldecos
Trade Institute of Pittsburgh
Serving vulnerable populations through community engagement, advocacy, and the cultivation of financial resources is the essence of Maggie’s nearly two decades of experience in the nonprofit sector.
Currently, Maggie is the director of giving & strategic initiatives for the Trade Institute of Pittsburgh, a nonprofit trade school for men and women returning from incarceration. Prior to this role, she led corporate and community engagement for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and community engagement for the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. She began her career as a correctional librarian in Ontario, Canada.
Maggie lives with her husband, teenage son, two dogs and a handful of chickens in Pt. Breeze. When not driving her son around on an endless loop of baseball tournaments, Maggie spends as much time as possible gardening, reading, and running (slowly) in Frick Park.
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.
Blayre Holmes Davis
Blayre Holmes Davis is the Director of Community Relations for the Pittsburgh Steelers. In her role, she is in charge of spearheading the organizations community engagement initiatives and programs. This includes the organizations social justice fund and working collaboratively with each of the players on their community engagement and charitable giving.
Prior to joining the Pittsburgh Steelers she was the Director of Advocacy and Community Outreach at Adagio Health. In her role, she was in charge of developing and implementing the organizations advocacy platform and working collaboratively with a variety of community stakeholders to create healthcare and education partnerships in communities throughout Western PA. Prior to joining Adagio Health, she served as the Program Manager at the Women and Girls Foundation, training over 200 high school girls to be the next generation of civic leaders; through teaching politics, government, youth organizing, leadership development, and community engagement.
Blayre has presented at a variety of local and regional trainings and conferences on women's healthcare, gender wage gap, women in leadership, salary negotiation, and youth organizing.
Blayre graduated from California University of Pennsylvania in 2012 with a degree in Communication. She currently serves on the boards of the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh, Jeremiah’s Place, Emerge Pennsylvania and the Professional Women Network. Blayre was also recently appointed to the Commission for Women by Governor Tom Wolf.
Presbyterian SeniorCare Network
David Dix is the Director of Major Gifts at Presbyterian SeniorCare Network, a non-profit, mission-driven organization serving all faiths in Western Pennsylvania providing in-home and community-based services to residential living and care options in order to “Make Aging Easier.”
David spent the first 15 years of his working career in the financial services sector before entering the non-profit world. His experience with financial, charitable and tax effective vehicles helped him as he educated and encouraged donors to make a difference and to leave a legacy. David has extensive experience with all facets of development and fundraising including annual appeals, planned giving and capital campaigns. Most recently, he ran a capital campaign for a social services organization and raised close to $20 million for a new building.
David and his wife Allison reside in Pine Township and are parents of two young adult children. David has served in various leadership positions at Christ Church in North Hills and Sheldon Calvary Camp. In addition, he has served in supporting functions with North Hills Community Outreach, Hair Peace Charities and Jeremiah’s Place.
Kim Cauley Eckel
Allegheny County's Office of Children, Youth and Families
Program/Evaluation Committee Co-Chair
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.
ERIKS North America
Anne Kulli is Corporate Counsel for ERIKS North America, a leading industrial process solutions provider. Anne has an extensive background providing corporate and commercial legal advice within the distribution industry. In her capacity as in-house counsel, Anne provides guidance on a variety of legal matters, including sales and procurement, intellectual property, technology law, and data privacy. Her previous legal roles include negotiating corporate-sponsored research agreements for the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Research and advising numerous technology companies on potential legal and regulatory issues in a private practice setting.
Anne earned her law degree from Brooklyn Law School, an MA in Communication from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, and a BA from the University of Rochester. Before law school, Anne worked as an A&R Coordinator at Geffen Records, where she was responsible for talent scouting and artist development.
Anne and her husband Brian moved from New York City to the South Hills of Pittsburgh to raise their two young children. They chose to make Pittsburgh home because of its warm community and vibrant cultural scene.
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.
Glade Run Lutheran Services
Program/Evaluation Committee Co-Chair
Amy Richert is the Vice President of Education for Glade Run Lutheran Services in Zelienople, PA. She oversees Glade Run’s therapeutic animal and horticulture programs, Transitions Program for young adults on the Autism spectrum and two K-12 Private Schools that specialized in serving vulnerable special education populations.
Amy earned her Bachelor’s in Special Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and her Master’s in Education Administration from Duquesne University. She holds certifications in special education, elementary education, Principal K-12 and Supervisor of special education.
Amy believes in leaving the world better than you found it. She is honored to serve her community as Commissioner for Aleppo Township. Amy and her husband Patrick reside in Sewickley, PA and are the proud parents of two boys.
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.