We are Boys Hope Girls Hope
of Pittsburgh

In its 40+ year history, Boys Hope Girls Hope has built a strong, viable and relevant network of 16 affiliates serving more than 1,200 young people in the US and Latin America.  As a part of this extraordinary organization since its inception, Girls Hope is now officially adopting the Boys Hope Girls Hope brand name and look!

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Pittsburgh selects young people in need with grit, determination and motivation.  We work with them from their critical adolescent years all the way through college and into the launch of their careers.  Our live-in residential program model helps surround them with a nurturing, high-expectations environment where they receive the resources, skills and encouragement to achieve their goals and dreams.

Our goal is to graduate well-educated, young people who are physically, emotionally, spiritually and academically prepared for college, career and life.

“Girls Hope has enabled me to succeed, and taught me that you can overcome any obstacles in your path if you work at it long enough and hard enough.”

— Karen, Alumna —

OUR MISSION

To nurture and guide motivated young people in need to become well-educated, career-ready men and women for others.

OUR VISION

We believe in opportunity, education and inclusion for every motivated young person.

LOCAL IMPACT

Operating as Girls Hope since 1992, Boys Hope Girls Hope of Pittsburgh has been helping scholars tap into their God-given strengths to rise up from disadvantaged backgrounds and strive for more.  Boys Hope Girls Hope of Pittsburgh serves youth who want to go to college and create successful futures for themselves and their families. Scholars have joined the program to receive support on their journey to college and beyond. They seek the academic resources, extracurricular opportunities, and mentor relationships Boys Hope Girls Hope provides.

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Pittsburgh History

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Pittsburgh, an affiliate of Boys Hope Girls Hope follows the Boys Hope Girls Hope model while operating as a separate 501(c)(3) organization. As such, Boys Hope Girls Hope of Pittsburgh is responsible for its own fundraising, program management, and community outreach. Boys Hope Girls Hope of Pittsburgh is governed by a Board of Directors that reflects the social, cultural and spiritual diversity of the Pittsburgh area.

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1992
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2012
2019
2020

1991

The Sisters of St. Joseph founded Girls Hope, the Network’s first girls’ home, in Baden, Pennsylvania. The doors opened with two Sisters as Residential Counselors serving four girls in the program.

1992

Four additional girls entered the program, enabling us to serve a total of eight young women.

2006

Jen Heid joins Girls Hope as the Director of Residential Programming.

2012

Tom Wiese becomes Executive Director.

2019

Through housing, educating, and nurturing our scholars, we have seen 19 women graduate college and launch successful careers.

2020

Rebranded to Boys Hope Girls Hope of Pittsburgh!
Recruiting boys for expansion of service to include our first residence for boys.

LEADERSHIP

The Boys Hope Girls Hope of Pittsburgh Board of Directors and team leadership collaborate to ensure mission fidelity, financial stewardship and transparency. Together, these professionals are committed to continuous learning, effective programming and improvement through impact evaluation and innovation.

Tom Wiese
Executive Director
Jen Heid
Director of Residential Programs

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Duffy Hanna, Chair
President
Barristers Land Abstract Company

Trudy Ward, Vice Chair
Real Estate Agent
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services

Maria Bernier, Secretary
General Counsel
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Matt Zack, Treasurer
Vice President of Corporate Development & Marketing
ANSYS

Andrea Curtis, YLB President
Financial Advisor
Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.

Jay Adams
Registered Principal
SagePoint Financial, Inc.

Bonnie Bagay
Real Estate Agent
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services

Megan Duffy
Associate Counsel
UPMC

Anissa Gilbert
Business Systems Analyst
PNC Financial Services

Amit S. Grover
Senior Vice President
Morgan Stanley

Matthew W. Johnson
President
Russell Standard Corporation

James R. Kane

George Linge
Senior Managing Counsel
PNC Financial Services

Jan W. Madison, MD*
Pittsburgh Pulmonary

Anthony Mastro
Wealth Management Advisor
Northwestern Mutual

Lisa Mehalick
Real Estate Agent
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services

Jennifer Miller
Executive Vice President, Client Relations
DDC

Sr. Rosanne Oberleitner, CSJ*
Sisters of Saint Joseph

Shannon Rohr
Grade 8 Dean, Mathematics
The Ellis School

Mark M. Sherwin
Retired
CENTRIA

Louisa Shin
Community Volunteer

Tiana Smith
Criminal Justice System Specialist
Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency

Sister Jean Uzupis
Sisters of Saint Joseph Leadership Team

Geovette E. Washington
Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Legal Officer,
University of Pittsburgh

Rosemary Welsh
Proprietor
Rosebud’s

 

EMERITUS BOARD MEMBERS

Jeanne Caliguiri
Retired
Leukemia Society of Western PA

Ruth Darragh
Community Volunteer

Charles I. Ferrara
Retired
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network

David Higie

Joe Irwin
Retired
PNC Bank

H. Kennedy Linge
Retired
Reed Smith, LLP

Christopher Newton
Retired
Bayer Corporation

Joseph Platt
General Partner
Thorn Partners, LLP

Robert Riordan

Ronald R. Tisch
Retired
Calgon Carbor Corporation

YOUNG LEADERSHIP BOARD

Andrea Curtis, President

Julie Brennan, Secretary

Sarah Miller, Treasurer

Alicia Locker, Fundraising Chair

Yolanda Wells, Activities Chair

Molly Steimer, Social Media Chair

Zack LaPlante, Outreach/New Member Liason

Denielle DeSantis

Kaylea Doran

Abigail Green

Anissa Gilbert

Caitlin Kelley

Gabrielle Lee

Brianna Sullivan

 

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