Lisa J. Perry, Executive Director at Jeremiah's Place

Lisa J. Perry

Executive Director

Lisa J. Perry is a collaborative, servant leader with over 25 years of experience in non-profit management, development, and the field of education. She is a warrior for women and girls and routinely brings her passion and compassion for serving the needs of others into her work.

Ms. Perry is also a writer, creative, lifelong learner and student of life. She enjoys empowering others to set their lives on fire with joy that rises up to greet them each day.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Lisa earned a BA degree in Communications from Thiel College in Greenville, PA and a Master’s of Public Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

“When a child walks in the room, your child or anybody’s child, do your eyes light up? That’s what they’re looking for.”Toni Morrison

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Jordan R. Shoenberger, Director of Operations at Jeremiahs' Place

Jordan R. Shoenberger

Director of Operations

Jordan R. Shoenberger comes to Jeremiah’s Place with many years of experience working with children with special needs and at-risk families in the foster care and adoption field, where he served in both direct practice and in program supervision. Mr. Shoenberger has a passion and interest in providing for the children around him, so much so that he and his wife serve as foster parents and have adopted two children. He helps run a foster parent support group and speaks publicly about his experiences as a foster and adoptive parent.

Mr. Shoenberger views that his role of a manager is to serve those he supervises while keeping a focus on the best needs of the agency so that they have what they need to provide good work.

Mr. Shoenberger is a native of the South Hills of Pittsburgh, where he still resides with his family. He earned his B.S. degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University and his M.A. degree in Human Services Business from Liberty University.

“When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.”- CS Lewis

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Breawana Bradford, a Project Coordinator at Jeremiah's Place

Breawna Bradford

Project Coordinator

Breawna Bradford has been with Jeremiah’s Place for three years and currently serves as the Project Coordinator. She earned a diploma of Early Childhood Directorship from the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) and holds a bachelors degree of Social Work (minor in Business) from Chatham University. Ms. Bradford has had a wealth of experiences in childcare and administrative work.

She has a passion for working with children and loves to make a difference in the community. Ms. Bradford enjoys helping others to grow to their fullest potential.

If someone would describe her in three words, it would be: loyal, reliable and hardworking.

While we try to teach our children all about life, Our children teach us what life is all about.- Angela Schwindt

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Joy R. Gibson, a Program Supervisor at Jeremiah's Place

Renée Schmitzer

Family Empowerment Coordinator

Renée Schmitzer is excited to join Jeremiah’s Place as the Family Empowerment Coordinator. Her focus is to support and cheer on families as they work to be the best they can be. Renée believes that parents are doing the best they can for their child. Everyone needs a little support along the way and Renée is happy to provide that. She has been working with children since she was in middle school and finds no greater pleasure then seeing a happy child.

Renée obtained her Bachelor of Science in Developmental Psychology from Slippery Rock University. Once graduated, she moved onto the University of Pittsburgh where she completed a Master of Science in Applied Developmental Psychology with a focus in Infant Mental Health.

A native of Pittsburgh, Renée is an avid runner and swimmer. She is a born and raised Pittsburgh Pirates fan, enjoys a good book, and recently discovered a new found love of cross stitching!

"Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people."Fred Rogers

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Traci Day, Family Engagement Specialist at Jeremiah's Place

Traci Day

Family Engagement Specialist

Traci Day has recently joined Jeremiahs’ Place as a part-time Family Engagement Specialist. She is a Licensed Social Worker and has been encouraging and supporting others to become their best selves over the past 12 years. Traci takes pride in her work, ensuring each person she interacts with feels special and important.

Upon completion of her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Slippery Rock University, Traci moved to Pittsburgh to pursue her Master of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. Traci recognized the strong impact of generational trauma amongst families and how it affects each person individually, especially children. Ms. Day has experience working with families, children of all ages, and adults in several settings such as their homes, communities, and schools. Traci utilizes her therapeutic and strengths-based background to engage those who may be experiencing hardships throughout their lives. Traci is also employed as a social worker at the Pregnancy and Women’s Recovery Center at UPMC Magee-Women’s Hospital, where she assists women struggling with opioid use disorder become leaders in their recovery.

Traci recognizes self-care as an important aspect of being a helper; she enjoys gardening at home as well as being a member of the Highland Park Community Garden.

"Everyone has a right to have a present and future that are not completely dominated and dictated by the past." - Karen Saakvitne

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