JHF Welcomes Three New Staff Members
Ashlee Carter has joined the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) as a program associate in June after over ten years working in the corporate, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors. In her role, she will be focusing on the Feinstein Fellowships, program training, communications, and other initiatives. Prior to joining JHF, she served as the development director at North Side Christian Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center focused on serving all, regardless of their ability to pay. During her time at the health center, she was instrumental in securing 100% of funding from private and corporate sources to expand the dental clinic to serve more patients, increase employment opportunities, and increase the footprint of the health center. Ms. Carter's prior experience includes working with PNC Charitable Trusts and Eden Hall Foundation, assisting donors with identifying grantees that would assist funders with creating a sustainable impact in the community. Ms. Carter earned a bachelor's in Health Service Administration from Slippery Rock University and a master's in Professional Leadership with a focus in Nonprofit Management from Carlow University.
Colleen Rua recently joined JHF as accountant for the HIV/AIDS Program as part of the team managing the state grant funding for the service providers. Ms. Rua has a combined 20 years of grants administration experience at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. She was also a grant specialist for a consulting firm, providing grant management expertise to various institutions. Ms. Rua's career took a different turn over the past eight years, as she moved from the academic setting to providing accounting and financial management for a specialty construction firm. Ms. Rua earned her BS and MBA degrees from California University of Pennsylvania.
Katie Weidenboerner joined the Jewish Healthcare Foundation staff in June as a communications specialist. In her role, Ms. Weidenboerner translates project data and real-world outcomes of JHF's initiatives into stories of impact and calls to action across the organization's communication platforms. She most recently was Director of Communications at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Prior to moving to Pittsburgh with her husband and daughter, she spent a decade in the newspaper industry serving in the roles of writer, columnist, photographer, social media manager, and assistant editor at the Courier Express in DuBois, Pa. She has also worked as a freelance contributor for the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and the Pennsylvania Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship. Weidenboerner is a past president of the St. Marys Youth Center and past secretary and board member of the Elk County Council on the Arts. She currently serves as the Majority Inspector of Elections in Ward 19 District 4 in Mount Washington. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Policy and Management degree at the University of Pittsburgh.