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 —


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


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


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.



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.


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


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


Tom Wiese becomes Executive Director.


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


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


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
Michelle Jamison
Director of Programs


Duffy Hanna, Chair
Barristers Land Abstract Company

Megan Duffy, Vice Chair
Associate Counsel

Shanon Rohr, Secretary
Grade 8 Dean, Mathematics
The Ellis School

Lacey Tau, Treasurer
Managing Director, Deloitte

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

Bonnie Bagay
Real Estate Agent
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services

Maria Bernier
General Counsel
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Anissa Gilbert
Business Systems Analyst
PNC Financial Services

Amit S. Grover
Executive Director
Morgan Stanley

Matthew W. Johnson
Russell Standard Corporation

Mary Kate Joyce
Director, Public Relations
Ansys, Inc.

James R. Kane

Meredith Ley
Real Estate Agent
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services

George Linge
Senior Managing Counsel
PNC Financial Services

Jan W. Madison, MD*
Pittsburgh Pulmonary

Lisa Mehalick
Real Estate Agent
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services

Jennifer Miller
Executive Vice President, Client Relations

Sr. Rosanne Oberleitner, CSJ*
Sisters of Saint Joseph

Mark M. Sherwin

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

Rosemary Welsh

Matt Zack
Vice President, Corporate Development
Ansys, Inc.


Jeanne Caliguiri
Leukemia Society of Western PA

Ruth Darragh
Community Volunteer

Charles I. Ferrara
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network

David Higie

H. Kennedy Linge
Reed Smith, LLP

Christopher Newton
Bayer Corporation

Joseph Platt
General Partner
Thorn Partners, LLP

Robert Riordan

Ronald R. Tisch
Calgon Carbor Corporation


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


Board member, Lisa Mehalick is getting married to Tom Shanley.

Board member, Lisa Mehalick is celebrating her marriage to Tom Shanley!

In lieu of gifts, they are requesting gifts in their honor be made to BHGH of Pittsburgh, Inc. Gifts will support our mission to nurture and guide motivated young people in need to become well-educated, career-ready men and women for others. Funds will be used for operating use – ie, food, clothing, tuition, books & educational supplies, college tuition, gas and utilities at both houses, etc.

Invest in the lives of our scholars today!