Ashley Moorefield, BS

Position: Founder and CEO

Growing up in the Homewood area of Pittsburgh, PA. Being second to the oldest of eight children, Ashley learned early on how to take care of others. In 2007, Ashley Moorefield, alongside her Husband, Shawn Moorefield, Founded Taking Youth Higher (TYH). A youth mentoring program hosted in the backyard of the Moorefield’s Home. After the expansion of TYH; Ashley Moorefield, remembering a rough childhood that consisted of CYF involvement, began the process of growing the then small youth program into a full non-profit agency.

Today, Ashley Moorefield is the 33 year old Founder & CEO of Serenity Living Transitional Home (SLTH).

Ashley holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Point Park University & has14 years of experience in community work & social services. She has worked for agencies such as Gwens Girls, Family Resources, and Every Child, and Abraxas. Ashley is most proudly a wife of 11 years & mother of two.

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.

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.

Michele Rice

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.


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. 

Tanya A. Hankins

Position: Treasurer

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.

Dr. Lakshmi K. Reddy, M.D.

Position: Board Member

Profession: Director at Gateway Health


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 a substance use disorder. 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.

We are all aware of the challenges awaiting our youth within low-income and/or under served communities. SLTH is an organization created to tackle the problems head-on. With the help of sponsors, community members, service agencies, and people such as yourself; qualifying youth will be offered mentorship, housing, life skills coaching, on-the-road drivers education, and a host of social services.


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