Champions for Children

Monday, March 5, 2018
Rivers Club


Thank you to our sponsors!



Morgano Foundation
Keystone Mountain Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters

Fred & Linda Episcopo

Evan Frazier
Senior Vice President of Community Affairs
Highmark Health

Nicole Anderson
Region 4 Coordinator, Education for Children & Youth Experiencing Homelessness
Allegheny Intermediate Unit

Wil Barber

Champions Honor Roll

  • Champion for Children: Ray & Kathy Buehler
  • Linda A. Dickerson Award: Maurita Bryant
  • Joe Lagana Volunteer Award: George Szymanski

  • Champions for Children: Andy and Cindy Russell
  • Linda A. Dickerson Award: Dr. Liz Miller
  • Joe Lagana Volunteer Award: Dr. Erik Garrett

  • Champions for Children: Scott and Sue Lammie
  • Linda A. Dickerson Award: Honorable Judge Dwayne Woodruff
  • Joe Lagana Volunteer Award: Dick DeLuca

  • Champions for Children:
    • Bender Consulting Services
    • Buncher Company
    • Citizens Bank
    • Diocese of Pittsburgh
    • Dollar Bank
    • Fragasso Financial Advisors
    • Heinz History Center
    • Massaro Corporation
    • McKamish Inc.
    • Pennsylvania State Education Association
    • Pitt Ohio Express Inc.
    • Schneider Downs & Co.
  • Linda A. Dickerson Award: Nancy Hubley (Managing Director, Education Law Center)
  • Joe Lagana Volunteer Award: Julie Jarbeck Walko and Don Walko

  • Champions for Children:
    • The Heinz Endowments
    • The Pittsburgh Foundation
  • Linda A. Dickerson Awards:
    • Kaitlyn Nykwest (HCEF Afterschool Instructors)
    • Laura Wengerd (HCEF Afterschool Reading Specialist)
    • Laura Hughes (HCEF Afterschool Instructors)
    • Mary Clemons (HCEF Afterschool Instructors)
    • Jeanne Zell (HCEF Afterschool Instructors)
    • Kim Reed (HCEF Afterschool Instructors)
  • Joe Lagana Volunteer Award: Ted Sobek (Hundred Acres Manor)

  • Champion for Children: Robert Fragasso (CEO and Chairman of Fragasso Financial Advisors)
  • Linda A. Dickerson Award: John Lovelace (President, UPMC for You, Inc.)
  • Joe Lagana Volunteer Award: Joe Lagana (HCEF)

  • Champions for Children:
    • Brett Keisel (Pittsburgh Steelers)
    • Sara Keisel
  • Linda A. Dickerson Award: Joann Cyganovich (Sojourner House and Sojourner House MOMS)

Champions for Children:

  • Ralph Papa (Chairman, Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania)
  • Ruth Anne Papa

  • Champion for Children: Dr. Gerald L. Zahorchak (Secretary for Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania)
  • Linda A. Dickerson Awards:
    • Joe Lagana (HCEF Fouder)
    • Becky Rodgers (HCEF Founder)
    • Curt Miller (HCEF Founder)
  • Social Justice in Education Award: Reverend David Zubik (Bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh)

  • Champion for Children: Gwen Elliott (Founder of Gwen’s Girls) (given posthumously)
  • Linda A. Dickerson Award: Father Regis Ryan (Executive Director of Focus on Renewal)

  • Linda A. Dickerson Award: Dr. James Withers (Founder, Operation Safety Net)

  • Champion for Children: Linda Dickerson (Principal, 501(c)(3)2)

Champions for Children:

  • Richard Garland (Director of Violence Prevention, Allegheny County Office of Community Services)
  • Janet Korenich (Principal, Seville Elementary School, North Hills School District)
  • Gail Odorcich (Educational Coordinator, Allegheny Homeless Children’s Initiative)
  • Richard Venezia (Administrator, Allegheny County Bureau of Hunger and Housing)
  • Jack Wagner (Auditor General, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania)

Champions for Children:

  • Marc Cherna (Director, Allegheny County Department of Human Services)
  • Stacy de las Alas (Child Counselor and Preventive Education, Specialist, Crisis Center North)
  • Myra Powell (Program Supervisor, Three Rivers Youth – The Hub)
  • Jennifer Williams (Director, Health Care for the Homeless)
  • Sister Linda Yankoski (President, Holy Family Institute)

Champions for Children:

  • Judge Max Baer (Court of Common Pleas, Allegheny County)
  • Dr. William Pope (Superintendent, Upper St. Clair School District)
  • Sister Liguori Rossner (Founder, The Jubilee Association, Inc.)
  • Dr. Walter Howard Smith, Jr. (Executive Director, Family Resources)

Champions for Children:

  • Jessika Boyle (Student, St. Sebastian Elementary School)
  • Congressman William J. Coyne
  • Dr. David Epperson (former Dean, School of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh)
  • Fairview Elementary School
  • Phil Pappas (Director Emeritus, Community Human Services)
  • Reed Smith, LLP

Champions for Children:

  • Dr. Helen Faison (Director, Pittsburgh Teachers Institute)
  • Christine Schipani (Teacher, Independence Middle School, Bethel Park)

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