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About Us

Our Mission

The SSJ Neighborhood Network, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania, provides leadership, advocates for local residents, and partners with the broader community to develop opportunities for both personal growth and neighborhood revitalization.


Heather May Caspar  – Executive Director

Kyle Blackmer

Colleen Burbules

Gretchen Gallagher Durney, SSJA

Susannah Faulkner

Connor Herron

Sister Phyllis Hilbert, SSJ

Jennifer Kennedy

Cathy McGinnis

JoAnne Sprickman, SSJA

Patrice Swick

SSJNN has grown considerably in the past 20 years. Everything from the staff, volunteers, programs and neighborhoods we serve have grown to meet the ever-expanding need.

Board of Directors


Phil Temple, Chairperson
Brian Hennessy, Vice Chair
Sr. Marianne Stuckert, SSJ, Secretary
Lisa Lopez, Treasurer

Ex-Officio Members

Sr. Phyllis McCracken (SSJNWPA Member)
Heather Caspar (Executive Director, SSJNN)


Niken Astari
Pete Austin
Christine Bowen
Brian Gloudemans
Andrew Lincoln
Bob Orton
Cass Shimek
Brian Sivillo
Jim Willats

Annual Reports