Jordan R. Shoenberger
Acting Executive Director
Jordan R. Shoenberger is a thoughtful and strategic leader with over 10 years of experience in the social services and nonprofit sector. For much of his career, Jordan worked alongside 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 management.
Jordan has a passion and interest in providing for the children around him, so much so that he and his wife served as foster parents for many years, caring for many children between birth and 18 years of age, and they have adopted three children. He helps run a foster parent support group and speaks publicly about his experiences as a foster and adoptive parent.
Jordan 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 not working, Jordan is an avid board gamer and loves all things Star Wars.
“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 is an ambitious and approachable leader at Jeremiah’s Place. Starting with Jeremiah’s Place in 2016, Breawna has served as a student intern, Children’s Program Professional, and now as the Project Coordinator. She provides program support to the Strong Families program and provides day-to-day coordination of our childcare program. Breawna values her time at Jeremiah’s Place, as she is able to make a difference in the lives of our family and children. She loves to make a difference in her community and help children reach their full potential.
Breawna has her Bachelor’s in Social Work, a minor in Business, and a Diploma as an Early Childhood Director. She has resided in the neighborhood of Penn Hills her entire life. In her free time, Breawna enjoys reading, watching movies, and taking nature walks.
“I continue to believe that if children are given the necessary tools to succeed, they will succeed beyond their wildest dreams.”- David Vitter
Family Empowerment Coordinator
Renée Schmitzer is an empathetic and warm professional, who is passionate about helping parents succeed. She believes that there is no such thing as a ‘perfect parent’ and that some parents need support as they strive to meet their own and their child’s needs. Renée appreciates how Jeremiah’s Place provides respite to parents, giving them time for themselves to rest and recharge. Renée is the primary contact for Jeremiah’s Place families as they are seeking emergency childcare, completing intakes and updates and scheduling for the center. She also works with community agencies to educate them about our services and how to make proper referrals to our program.
Prior to starting with Jeremiah’s Place in 2020, Renée worked in Autism Wraparound services and has experience working with families and children at a Neonatal Developmental Follow-Up Clinic. She holds her undergraduate degree in Developmental Psychology and her M.S. degree in Applied Developmental Psychology. She also holds a certificate in Infant Mental Health. Renée is a native of the Pittsburgh region, and she currently resides in the community of Aspinwall. She loves reading and crafting, and she is an avid runner and swimmer.
“We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It's easy to say 'It's not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.' Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes”- Fred Rogers
Family Engagement Specialist
Traci Day is a passionate and determined Licensed Social Worker who was drawn to the concept of strengthening communities after moving to Pittsburgh in 2009. After seeing the limited resources available to families and the gentrification of the city’s neighborhoods, she began seeking ways to support those who were impacted. She believes that when we have the opportunity to strengthen families, we are supporting the overall community.
Traci works at with Jeremiah’s Place in the evenings and weekends, where she helps coordinate intakes, updates, and schedules of care. She is currently employed as a full-time Social Worker at the Pregnancy and Women's Recovery Center at UPMC Magee, and she previously worked as a Mental Health Professional at Pittsburgh Lincoln PreK-5. Traci holds both a Bachelor and Master degree of Social Work, with a certification in Child Welfare. She is also a certified Trauma Consultant.
In her free time, Traci loves to garden cut flowers and is a member of the Highland Park Community Garden. She also likes to spend time with her husband and cat. She grew up in Butler, PA, and currently resides in the East End of Pittsburgh.
“Everyone has the right to have a present and future that are not completely dominated and dictated by the past.” – Karen Saakvitne