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Ashley Moorefield, BS
Founder and CEO of Serenity Living Transitional Home


Ashley Moorefield is truly living the mantra "Be who you needed as a child.” Her life's work is guiding young people to become successful adults, giving from the heart to enrich families and communities.

During her more than 15 years in social work and community service, Ashley observed many holes in programs designed to help young people. This prompted her to co-found the Taking Youth Higher (TYH) mentoring program, which she started in her backyard and expanded to serve more people.

Inspired by TYH’s success, Ashley tackled the housing crisis that affects young people who have aged out of the foster care system. She founded Serenity Living Transitional Home (SLTH) to provide a safe haven for young women experiencing homelessness.


Ashley's hard work and passion made an impact. As agencies sought her expertise, she started her own company, NYA Services. NYA collaborates to create programs that foster much-needed change for families and neighborhoods. NYA's most notable initiative is cheerleading, dance, and fitness training, all centered around mentorship and youth development.

Ashley serves on the boards of directors for Highmark Wholecare and Thaw, Inc. For four years, she was vice president of The Pittsburgh Kings and Queens, a free youth sports organization.

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. She is a wife and mother of two children.

Always encouraging and uplifting others, Ashley has written a book entitled Her Purpose. She hosted a Women's Conference by the same name in 2022.

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Michael H. Smith, MAR, CPC, Board Chair

Rev. Michael Smith is the senior pastor and co-founder of Destiny International Ministries (DIM), a non-denominational church in Lincoln-Lemington, Pittsburgh. Since its start in 2001  with only nine members, the ministry has grown in all ways. In 2008, DIM purchased the former Lemington Elementary School, debt free, from the Pittsburgh Board of Education.


Pastor Mike, as his congregation calls him, has been in full time ministry since 1994. He previously served as a deacon, minister, and an elder at Petra International Ministries from 1994 until 2001. He’s also a certified professional life coach.

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Lakshmi K. Reddy, MD, Board Member

Dr. Lakshmi Reddy is director of Highmark Wholecare, part of the Medical Management team at Gateway Health. She’s 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, providing inpatient and outpatient care, including maternity services. During her time in practice, she 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’s an active member of the Sri Venkateswara Temple in Penn Hills and loves to cook and hike with her family

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Michele Rice, Board Member

Michele Rice is CEO of Rice Enterprises LLC, dba McDonald's. She began her career in this family business in 1987, working through all levels of management to become CEO in 2012.

A native of Akron, Ohio, Michele attended the University of Akron. She also attended and is a member of The Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence Program at the University of Pittsburgh. She’s 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, Board Member

Devin Patterson is a psychotherapist with and owner of DLP Mental Health Services. He has 22 years of experience in the social service field. He’s 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’s also a mobile therapist for Glade Run Lutheran Services. Devin held supervisory positions at Family Resources and The Parental Stress Center, among other agencies. He also worked for NHS Human Services, The Women’s Center and Shelter of Pittsburgh, and Shuman Juvenile Detention Center. 


Barbara Broff Goldman, Board Member

Barbara Broff Goldman is a Pittsburgh native, artist and active in community programs. She spent her early years raising four sons. Later, she earned associates degrees in English and graphic design at Allegheny Community College. Today, she is a printmaker, bookbinder/book artist, and fiber artist. She’s an active member of the Fiber Arts Guild and the Pittsburgh Printmakers. She’s also one of the founders of the Pittsburgh Book Arts Collective. Barbara has exhibited locally and nationally, receiving numerous awards.


Barbara has 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 1990s. She’s the head of the book conservation group at Rodef Shalom Temple. With Leslie A. Golomb, Barbara is the coauthor of To Speak Her Heart, a book on Jewish women’s prayer and poems.

Tanya A. Hankins, Board Treasurer

Tanya Hankins is owner of Tanya's Catering Company. As a community organizer and family advocate for over 14 years, she’s well versed in supporting and strengthening families. She organizes outreach, advocacy, events and services for inner city families.


At the Kingsley Association, Tanya developed systems to extend services to more families. She also provided home visits to ensure a safe, nurturing environment for all families. Tanya is credentialed in child and family development and has training certificates in various area of social services.

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