Network Director: Carole Reed
I grew up in central Pennsylvania. I came to Indiana in 1980 to attend IUP. Following graduation, I worked at the Community Guidance Center for 23 years. I am a certified forensic interview for children who have been physically or sexually abused. I have also worked with older adults at St. Andrew’s Village and Aging Services, Inc. prior to being hired at Family Promise. I have a daughter, Julie and we have a dog named Luna.
As someone who has worked in social services for so long, I was drawn to Family Promise because of the focus on sustainable independence. I wanted to be part of finding permanent solutions for people, not just band- aid a situation. My mantra here is “short term discomfort for long term gain.”
Although this work can be difficult, I have been blessed by the children and families that I have worked with over the past 7 years. I look forward to continuing to provide programs and services that will help folks learn to live a sustainable life.
Board of Directors
President: Aaron Lehman
I currently live in Homer City. I have been in Indiana County for 21 years. I have children ages 20 and 18. I have a dog named Sheldon. I joined the Family Promise Board in 2017 because I enjoy helping families in need. As a financial Advisor, I am able to assist with providing the families with financial literacy.
Vice President: Dr. Reba Johnson
I am originally from Philadelphia. I have been in Indiana for over 30 years now. I have one daughter, 2 dogs (Buffy and Ryder), and 1 cat (Finn). I have been the Director of Human Resources at Ambulance Service Management Corporation for the past 18 years.
I joined the Family Promise Board 3 years ago. Board members are ambassadors for the ministry of Family Promise in giving our time, finances and talents, not just in name only. Family Promise has a proven history of success in helping families in our county overcome homelessness, and I wanted to be part of something that matters long term.
I have a passion for helping others reach their potential through practical ways, not just being a figure head. Family Promise has given me an outlet to serve and see what it means to bring hope to others using the talents and skills I have been blessed by God to possess. But for the grace of God it could have been me.
Treasurer: Jeff Mack
Secretary: Anna Frank
I was born in South Africa. I moved here in 1998 to go to IUP and Indiana became my home. I am married to Chris Frank. I am the Financial Education Program Coordinator at First Commonwealth Bank.
I joined the board in 2017. Family Promise makes such a concrete difference in families’ lives. We are in this for the long haul with them, get to know them and come up with solutions that truly set them up for long term success. I also love to see the collaboration between Family Promise, our valued volunteers and the wonderful faith communities that support our mission.
I bring enthusiasm and a passion for helping others. In a world where we are overwhelmed with bad news, Family Promise is a beacon of light and hope. It is wonderful to be a part of something that changes families’ lives for the better. Any support of this worthwhile mission is very much appreciated.
Finance Committee: Steve Schulz
I was born & raised in Pittsburgh. I currently live in the Cranberry area, a north Pittsburgh suburb, however I have worked in Indiana County for the past 5-years. My wife Diane and I have three sons, Steven, Jordan & Erik, and we have one playful dog named Archie. I have been in banking for over 25 years and I am currently the Chief Retail Credit Officer at S&T Bank in Indiana. I have been blessed perhaps way more than I deserve. I joined Family Promise in 2016 as I was drawn to its mission of serving families in need. It is an extremely rewarding and humbling serving opportunity, and it allows me to “keep things in perspective.” The reward comes when our Director Carole shares with us the success stories and pictures of the children and families that Family Promise has served. It has been a fun ride and I look forward to continuing the ride in the years to come.
I grew up on a farm in Carrolltown, Pennsylvania. I have lived in Indiana for a little over a year. I moved here when I married my wonderful wife, Jenna. I have 3 stepsons: Logan, Jameson and Ethan. Our family also includes two dogs and a cat. For the past 8 years I have been an Associate Professor at St. Francis University where I teach Communications.
I joined the Family Promise Board in January of 2018.Family Promise provides services that fulfill important needs in our area. Everyone should be given opportunities to succeed in our community and Family Promise helps create opportunities for our brothers and sisters throughout the area.
I bring marketing and communications experience to the Board. I am appreciative of this opportunity to serve the wonderful people of our community in a small way.
Publicity Chairperson: Tammy Ponchione
I currently live in Dilltown. I have lived in Indiana County since 1995. I am married and we have 2 children. My son is attending St. Francis University and my daughter is 15 and a sophomore at United High School. We have a dog, Emme and a cat named Kitty.
I recently joined the Family Promise. I am excited to be part of the work and commitment to helping homeless families in our area. I am committed to do all that I can do to help build upon the beliefs and core values of Family Promise.
Congregational Relations Committee:
I currently live in Conemaugh Township between Blairsville and Clarksburg with my wife, Marcy, and daughter, Dana Lee. We enjoy country living where we have space for 3 dogs and plenty of wild birds and butterflies to entertain us. I have lived in Indiana County my whole life, graduating from Blairsville High School and IUP. I retired from Blairsville-Saltsburg School District after 34 years as a teacher and director of technology. I am currently a part-time associate pastor of the United Methodist Church in the Blairsville area.
I joined the board of Family Promise about 3 years ago because of the unique way it coordinates volunteers from local churches to use their space, time, and resources to meet the needs of homeless families. I have witnessed changes in attitude from rejection to compassion for those in poverty among church volunteers. While the churches provide stability, Family Promise provides case management to guide parents toward long term sustainability through education, healthcare, job skills, and finding employment. The goal is more than just housing: it is to create independence with dignity.
I bring technical support and previous experience working with nonprofit human service agencies. And lots of prayer.
Our Mission: To bring the faith community together to help families regain their housing, their independence and their dignity.