Ashley Moorefield, BS
Founder and CEO of Serenity Living Transitional Home
Truly living the mantra, "Be who you needed as a child," Ashley Moorefield has made it her life's work to give back to the community and provide youth with the resources and tools to be successful adults.
With over 15 years of experience in Social Work and community efforts, Ashley observed many voids in programs designed to help young people. It prompted her to co-found Taking Youth Higher (TYH) mentoring program. The program started in her backyard and has grown to reach far larger populations. Inspired by the mentoring program's success, Ashley knew that she needed to tackle the housing crisis that affects many who have aged out of the foster care system. As the Founder and CEO of Serenity Living Transitional Home (SLTH), she has provided a safe haven for young women suffering from homelessness.
Ashley's arduous work and passions have not gone unnoticed. As her impact in the community grew, agencies began to reach out for her expertise, and her company, NYA Services, was born. Through her guidance, she takes organizations and individuals through a process of creating programs that foster much-needed change for communities, youth, and families. NYA's most notable youth initiative is youth cheerleading, dance, and fitness training centered around mentorship and youth development.
Ashley proudly serves on the Board of Directors for Highmark Wholecare and Thaw, Inc. She also volunteered for four years as the Vice President for the free youth sports and organization called "The Pittsburgh Kings and Queens." She holds a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Point Park University. She has worked for agencies such as Gwen's Girls, Family Resources, Every Child, and Abraxas Center for Adolescent Females.
Always encouraging and uplifting others, Ashley has written a book titled "Her Purpose." She will be hosting a Women's Conference by the same name in May 2022.
She is a wife and mother of two who diligently works to offer housing, resources, and her heart to youth and families.
Michael H. Smith, M.A.R., CPC
Title: Board Chair
Profession: Senior Pastor and Founder of Destiny International Ministries
Certified Professional Life Coach
Rev. Michael Smith is the Senior Pastor and Co-founder of Destiny International Ministries (DIM), a non-denominational church located in the Lincoln-Lemington section of Pittsburgh. Pastor Mike, as his congregation calls him, has been in full time ministry since August of 1994 and served as the Senior Pastor of DIM since 2001. He has previously served as a deacon, minister, and finally as an elder at Petra International Ministries from 1994 until 2001. On November 15, 2001 Pastor Mike started DIM with only nine members. Since then, the ministry has grown numerically and financially. Finally, on September 30, 2008 DIM purchased the former Lemington Elementary School, Debt free, from the Pittsburgh Board of Education.
Dr. Lakshmi K. Reddy, M.D.
Position: Board Member
Profession: Director at Highmark Wholecare
Dr. Lakshmi Reddy is part of the Medical Management team at Gateway Health. She is the medical director for maternity programming and serves as Gateway Health’s lead for the development of maternal health homes for pregnant women with substance use disorders. Prior to joining Gateway, Dr. Reddy worked as a family physician at Alma Illery Medical Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Pittsburgh, PA, providing inpatient and outpatient care, including maternity services. During her time in practice, she also developed a grant-funded activity and nutrition program for high-risk patients. Dr. Reddy has also provided prenatal services to pregnant women incarcerated at the Allegheny County Jail. She is an active member of the Sri Venkateswara Temple in Penn Hills and loves to cook and hike with her family.
Position: Board Member
Profession: CEO, Rice Enterprises LLC dba McDonald's
Michele began her career in 1987 working in the family business, Rice Enterprises LLC dba McDonald’s Restaurants. She has worked her way through all levels of management. In May 2012, Michele was appointed CEO of Rice Enterprises LLC.
A native of Akron, OH, Michele attended the University of Akron. Michele attended and is a member of The Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence Program at the University of Pittsburgh. She is on the board of the National Black McDonald’s Owners Association, South Hills Chamber of Commerce, and CCAC Educational Foundation. Michele is a member of the African American Chamber of Commerce and the South Hills Chamber of Commerce.
DEVIN L. PATTERSON, MSCP, LPC, NCC
Position: Board Member
Profession: Owner and Psycotherapist at DLP Mental Health Services
Devin Patterson has 22 years of experience in the social service field. He is a mental health professional dedicated to providing exceptional care and implementing effective treatment plans for adults, adolescents, and children. Devin is currently a Counselor at Community College of Allegheny County. He is also a Mobile Therapist for Glade Run Lutheran Services, and a Psychotherapist at DLP Mental Health Services. Devin has held supervisory positions at Family Resources and The Parental Stress Center. Devin’s social services work is not limited to the above named agencies. He has also worked for NHS Human Services, The Women’s Center and Shelter of Pittsburgh, and Shuman Juvenile Detention Center.
Barbara Broff Goldman
Position: Board Secretary
Profession: Artist and Community Member
Barbra is a native of Pittsburgh. She spent her earlier years raising four sons after which she attended Community College. There she earned two associates degrees, in English and Graphic design. She then made her way into the art world. Barbra is an active member of the Fiber arts Guild, the Pittsburgh Printmakers and one of the founders of the Pittsburgh Book Arts Collective. She has exhibited locally and nationally, receiving numerous awards.
Barbra taught bookbinding at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts as well as various workshops and sat on the board of directors of the PCA in the ‘90’s. She is the head of the book conservation group at Rodef Shalom Temple. Barbra has also published a book on Jewish Women’s prayer and poems.
Tanya A. Hankins
Profession: Owner of Tanya's Catering Company
Tanya has served as a community organizer and Family Advocate for over 14 years. She has played a major role in outreach, advocacy and the organization of quality events and services for Inner City Families. It is at the Kingsley Association where Tanya previously served in various roles requiring her to recruit families to participate in services. Tanya was tasked with providing a system designed to be an effective service for families and children. As well as provide home visits to ensure a safe, nurturing environment for all families. Tanya is credentialed in Child and Family Development and carry's training certificates in Various social service related subjects; Tanya is well versed in supporting and strengthening families.