Lisa J. Perry
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.
“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
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
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
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