Carlos A. Rodriguez
Carlos is a pastor, an activist, a communicator and a provocative preacher. He’s the CEO of The Happy NPO and the author of Simply Sonship, Drop The Stones and Proximity (forthcoming). Together with his wife, Catherine, they have three children and have recently moved to Puerto Rico to continue relief efforts all over the Caribbean post hurricane Irma and Maria. Learn more about his work at happysonship.com
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Women’s Choice Network
Amy Scheuring has been involved in pregnancy ministry for over 30 years. This lifelong calling began in 1985 when Amy and a small team of friends established what is now Women’s Choice Network in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This network of four medical clinics serves in some of Pittsburgh’s neediest neighborhoods and has documented well over 5,000 lives that were spared from abortion.
Amy is a blogger and speaker. Her passion for sharing the good news about God’s plan for marriage has motivated several training projects and books. She is the author and creator of the Chastity Challenge abstinence education materials now used in pregnancy centers across the US. Her book Sex: More Than a Plumbing Lesson was released in 2003 and she recently published a children’s book on marriage titled, Colton and the Big White Cake. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Pittsburgh. Amy and husband Tom love to hike and bike and have recently become complete bird nerds. They live near Pittsburgh and have two grown children.
MSW, LCSW, Embrace Life Ministries
Jennifer Hollenberger, MSW, LCSW is a wife, mom of 4 and co-director of Embrace Life Ministries at North Way Christian Community. In her spare time, she is also an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Grove City College. Jenn’s passion for all things pro-life began in middle school when she first learned about abortion through a research project. She has since made it her life’s mission to minister to those affected by the lie that certain lives hold more value than others.
A wife and a two-time adoptive mom, Erin serves as the co-director of the OrphanCare Ministry at North Way. Having learned much about the Lord’s faithfulness in the 4-year wait to bring their daughter home and His sense of humor in their 21-hour non-wait to bring home their son, she now leans on those lessons for the roller coaster ride of parenting. In rare free moments she loves sipping good coffee with friends, getting lost in a good book, and encouraging others in their foster care and adoption journeys.
Samuel G. Johnson
MA, BCC, NCC, ACS, MAC, LPC
Samuel G. Johnson, MA, is a Board Certified Coach, Master Addiction Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor, a Licensed Professional Counselor and is a Certified EMDR therapist. He has lived in the Clarion area for over 10 years and has worked in such varied fields as: infant mental health, older adult mental health, residential treatment, inpatient, outpatient, and community mental health, clinical supervision, university settings, and currently owns and operates his own private practice – 4C LTD.
Sam is passionate about his family and his pursuits. He is married and has two children and he enjoys reading, running, fitness, and has participated in Tough Mudders. Sam sees his purpose as helping others become fully themselves in as many ways as possible. He strives to be a teacher. Sam wants people to grow, understanding that “the risk to remain tight in a bud [is] more painful than the risk it [takes] to blossom” –Anias Nin
Staff Operations Specialist, FBI, Pittsburgh Division
Kaitlyn Weismann is a Staff Operations Specialist (SOS) with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Pittsburgh Division. SOS Weismann has been with the FBI for six years, starting as an administrative professional focusing on cyber-related threats. SOS Weismann became a Staff Operations Specialist in 2015 and has been focusing on human trafficking threats ever since. SOS Weismann’s main focus is to support human trafficking investigations from identification to judicial outcomes and proactively identify potential human trafficking victims and subjects.
MsED, PA Alliance for Safe and Drug Free Children
Debra Kehoe received her nursing degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College and her MsEd in counseling education from Duquesne University. For the past 25 years, Debbie has been committed to working with at risk youth with a focus on drug use and prevention. She initially served as the student assistance counselor for both the North Hills and Fox Chapel Area School Districts assisting students with decision making skills and providing parents with tools to promote their child’s success.
In 2002, after the tragic overdose death of a local area high school student, Debbie helped to organize and develop the Pennsylvania Alliance for Safe and Drug Free Children (The Alliance). She served as the Alliance’s Executive Director for 15 years. As the spokesperson for the Alliance, Debbie has had the opportunity to work with dozens of western Pennsylvania school districts, faith based institutions and community organizations to address the serious issue of youth drug use. Through hundreds of community presentations, she has helped parents, teachers and youth leaders to better understand the youth drug culture; raising awareness of its impact on the community and the importance to seek help sooner than later.
In addition to offering community presentations, the Alliance has created a series of videos for parents. These videos can be viewed on the Vimeo website: https://vimeo.com/user5500961. Additional information can be found on the Alliance Facebook page: The Pennsylvania Alliance for Safe and Drug Free Schools. Debbie continues to offer assistance for families looking for where to turn for help. She can be contacted at 724 612-5554.
LSW, Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR)
Farrah Felten is a Licensed Social Worker in PA and NY. Currently, she is a Case Manager at Pittsburgh Action Against Rape’s Drop-in Center, where she provides crisis counseling, case management, and group psychoeducation to individuals who have been sexually exploited or trafficked. Ms. Felten holds a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University in the City of New York, as well as a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Theatre Arts from Seton Hill University. While studying abroad in Ghana, Ms. Felten learned about human trafficking, and since then, has focused her career in the field of anti-trafficking. Ms. Felten has worked as a social worker at Manhattan’s Midtown Community Court, where she provided counseling, harm reduction, and case management to individuals arrested for prostitution-related charges. She has also worked as a social worker at Providence House, a residential program for women leaving incarceration in Brooklyn, New York. In her free time, Ms. Felten continues traveling the world, learning about different cultures and international social justice issues.
Carlos E. Golfetto
Ph.D., NCC, ACS, LPC, Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR)
Carlos E. Golfetto is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania and the Director of Clinical Services at PAAR. He holds a bachelor degree of Science in Psychology, Master of Science in Education in Marriage & Family Therapy, and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Duquesne University. Dr. Golfetto is an Approved Clinical Supervisor, Certified Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist, and Certified Sex Therapist. He has been practicing as a mental health provider for over twelve years. He is also adjunct faculty for the department of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education at Duquesne University. Through the years as a trauma-focused therapist, he has treated survivors and victims of sexual violence and human trafficking from different cultures and background including South and Central America. In 2014, Dr. Golfetto, was selected by the National Board for Certified Counselors as one of their Minority Fellowship Program Fellowship Awardees. He has traveled to Haiti and Saudi Arabia to implement the Mental Health Facilitator program – MHF-NBCC international – as well as trauma-informed care workshops. Prior to engaging in the mental health field, he studied Advertisement & Marketing at his native country, Brazil. While working as a counselor, Dr. Golfetto has enjoyed providing services to help clients achieve goals, improve interpersonal relationships, and deal with obstacles that have stopped them from living a fulfilling life.
Anna E. Hollis
Executive Director, Amachi Pittsburgh
Anna E. Hollis is the Executive Director of Amachi Pittsburgh, a unique partnership of secular and faith-based organizations working together to support children and families of the incarcerated. A native of Pittsburgh’s Hill District and a graduate of Howard University, Anna has been a longstanding advocate for social change. In an effort to advance Amachi Pittsburgh’s mission, she has forged strong working relationships with the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of state government, as well as county and local officials. Anna has developed programming at Amachi Pittsburgh to equip youth and families to engage in systems change, and her leadership in this regard has resulted in the introduction of groundbreaking legislation in Pennsylvania.
Anna is highly regarded for her work on behalf of children and families on the incarcerated, frequently sought out for input on related issues. As such, Anna co-chairs the Advocacy Subcommittee of the Allegheny County Jail Collaborative, and has been appointed to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency’s Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Committee as well as the state’s Advisory Committee on Zero Tolerance Discipline Policies. She has been a partner in the Pittsburgh Foundation’s Voices Initiative addressing the juvenile justice system and has served on the Criminal Justice Taskforce through the Institute of Politics at the University of Pittsburgh, the Allies for Children’s Common Advocacy Initiative, the Community Advisory Committee of the YWCA Center for Race and Gender Equity, and the Dean’s Executive Council at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center on Race and Social Problems in the School of Social Work. Anna is also an honor board member of The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania. She previously served on the national Advisory Board of the Mentoring Children of Prisoners Support Center during its existence and, as a lifetime member of the NAACP, served on the Executive Committee of the Pittsburgh Chapter for four years. She was also one of the founding members of the Pittsburgh Darfur Emergency Coalition, campaigning against genocide in Sudan. Anna has received a number of awards for her commitment and contributions to the community including the PNC Women of Legacy Award.
As a mother of three children, Anna passionately believes that every child has inherent value despite family circumstances. It is her hope and expectation that caring adults will recognize, protect and nurture the God-given potential and purpose of all children.
South East Asia Prayer Center
Bill Richardson is currently the Director of Global Missions for the South East Asia Prayer Center. Bill has spent time serving with David Evangelic Outreach in Nepal, as well as Revival Christian Churches Bible ministry in Hong Kong and China. He also spent time working with World Relief in resettling refugees and helping with disaster relief after Hurricane Andrew. Bill has worked with church planting, disaster relief, community development, leader training and literature work in Nepal, Tibet, China, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Haiti, South Sudan, Kenya and Nigeria. He spent 7 years as the Northeast Area Director for Wycliffe Associates. Bill brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to those who are fortunate enough to learn from him.
Joanne Galinowski is the director of Mentoring Programs at Family Guidance.. Joanne has over 20 years of mentoring experience: as a mentor, coordinator of several mentoring programs, and director of a Christ-Centered mentoring ministry. She has assisted over 40 churches and faith-based organizations as well as several schools in how to start and run effective mentoring programs.
Khalilah leads the training committee at TRAC where she focusing on developing a trauma informed care curriculum along with maintaining the required state parent pre-services classes. Khalilah strives to apply the best possible learning experience for parents that are preparing to foster/adopt youth. Khalilah is a leader in recruiting families for youth in care, as well as, striving to focus on giving youth a voice.
Khalilah is highly involved with teens in care and providing permanency that focuses on matching youth with a forever family. Throughout her career, she has fostered and mentored many youth in local communities and within the child welfare system. Her belief is truly of the WWK model that no child is un-adoptable.
Khalilah is an alumni of Point Park University holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management and a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership. She is the proud mother of a 21 year old daughter, Jayla.
Safe Families for Children
Rachel has spent over a decade working with children, obtained a MDiv in Ministry Leadership, and spent time working in a non-profit dealing with poverty issues. She brings that experience to her position as Chapter Director for Safe Families for Children – equipping families to express hospitality through opening their homes to children in crisis.
M.A. North Way Counseling Center
Laurie Johnson, M.A. works with clients in both individual and group therapy contexts. She has used her professional skills and her heart for orphaned children to serve in Honduras, Haiti and China. Laurie earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from both the Department of Psychology and the Department of Communication Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh. She has worked for Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, TRANSACT Health Systems, and the University of Pittsburgh. She has extensive experience working with families and their children who have been diagnosed with Autism, providing direct therapeutic intervention and family counseling, as well as consultative services. Laurie has also provided comprehensive, trans-disciplinary health care for infants, children, adolescents, and young adults with a variety of learning, developmental, social and behavioral problems. She has taught Parent Education classes, led support groups and conducted workshops. Laurie is currently in her 13th year of professional counseling at North Way Counseling Services, where her emphasis has been in the areas of grief and loss, depression, anxiety, marriage and family and eating disorders. She focuses on keeping God’s truth and grace central to the healing and recovery process.
Bethany Christian Services
Linda has been a social worker with Bethany Christian Services for 7 years. She is celebrating 19 years of marriage, and has two children. Linda’s passion is to work with families who are dedicated to their children, regardless of their limitations. She strives to advocate for children and families who are often misunderstood in their school and community. In her 20 years of experience working in this field, she has found that families need a voice, they need to connect with other families, they need to be accepted and not judged. She feels blessed to work at Bethany Christian Services which allows her personal faith in God and her professional experiences to bless others.
Bethany Christian Services
Vannessa Vassar-Bush has 28 years of experience in human services and 2.5 years at Bethany Christian Services. She earned a Bachelor of Social Work, Masters of Social Work and Doctorate in Healthcare Ethics. Vannessa strives to meet people where they are in life and walk with them to where they want to be. A part of that journey includes helping families navigate the school system and finding resources within their community. Her expertise with school and community resources are a vital asset that families have come to rely. Through Vannessa’s years of experience and passion she is able advocate for the needs of vulnerable individuals and give them the tools necessary to find their way through challenging circumstances.
Immigrant Services and Connections at JFCS
Allie Reefer works as a Service Coordinator for the Immigrant Services and Connections (ISAC) program at Jewish Family and Community Services. She helps refugees and immigrants in Allegheny County access services, build life skills, and achieve their goals. She also advocates for refugees and immigrants and educates community members and service providers about refugee resettlement, refugees’ and immigrants’ rights, and the immigration process. Allie obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Writing from Geneva College and a Master of International Development from the University of Pittsburgh, focusing her work and research on human trafficking, migrant groups, Roma, and sustainable development practices. She is passionate about educating the Church about refugees and immigrants, engaging Christians in conversations about social justice, and finding ways for people to get involved in helping refugees throughout the city.
Foster Love Project
Kelly Hughes, along with her husband, have two biological children, have fostered nine children and adopted two from foster care. Her experiences with fostering led her to start the nonprofit, Foster Love Project, which provides free resources to kids in foster care and tangible support to foster and adoptive families. God has given her a passion to see first families through eyes of mercy and she has seen the benefits first hand through their own open adoption.
Seth’s calling to ministry began while he was working at Pine Valley Bible Camp as an eighth grader. After graduating from high school, Seth received a football scholarship to Liberty University where God continued to shape and equip him. After his freshman year of college, he married his wife, Niki. The two served in two urban ministries and created a summer day camp program. God continued to shape Seth and Niki’s calling to work in the inner city and led them back to their hometown in Pennsylvania after graduation. Seth began working as an Urban Missionary at Urban Impact in 2006 and currently serves as the organization’s Director of Athletics. He and Niki live on the North Side with their eight children.
Javy (ha-vee) is a Senior Church Advisor with World Vision where he works with churches from Virginia to Maine. In his role, he educates, equips and encourages churches to step closer to the heart of God for the poor by entering into transformational experiences through their church. He is the husband of Sarah Grace Diaz (12 yrs) and father to Ezra Stone (7), Shiloh Wren (5), and Gideon Beck (3). Javy and his family are also the proud sponsors of Rosemary, Ferdinand, Vincent, and Emmanuel.
A passionate speaker and advocate, Javy has experienced World Vision’s work in Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, and Haiti. There he has witnessed the community transformation brought about through holistic interventions ranging from water, sanitation and hygiene to economic development, to Christian Witness and Discipleship.
The son of a Pastor, Javy believes that the church really is the hope of the world – locally and globally – and that together through God grace and power we can reach the nations with the good news.