“We envision a world where differences in views, beliefs, and behaviors are accepted by all.”
The Steering Committee is comprised of representatives of our community stakeholders and partners with the JCC in determining the strategic direction of the Healing Partnership’s programming. In addition, it assists in the administrative oversight and provide advice, guidance, input and counsel to help the Healing Partnership achieve its Mission and fulfill its Defining Values. The Steering Committee will monitor the efforts and progress of the Community Partners and Working Groups, building on the findings of the May 2019 OVC Needs Assessment.
Maggie Feinstein is the director of the 10.27 Healing Partnership. She is a master’s level professional counselor who has distinguished herself in the field of integrated mental health. She received her undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in International Relations and received her master’s degree from the University of San Francisco in Counseling Psychology. Maggie has presented at professional conferences on topics of juvenile justice reform and collaborative health care. She currently resides in Squirrel Hill with her husband and two children.
Ilene is the Director of Planning at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh where she is responsible for building the Federation’s role as a convener on community issues and as a steward of community dollars. Previously, Ilene was the Chief Operating Officer at Sacred Spaces, an organization focused on addressing and preventing abuse in Jewish institutions. She has also worked at various non-profit organizations in New York City and Washington D.C. Ilene holds a master's degree in information and library science from the Pratt Institute and a bachelor's degree in history and women's studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Suzanne is a Past President of Tree of Life Congregation. She is a Contract Administrator at Encentiv Energy, Inc. and is a volunteer Head Coach for Girls On the Run, Magee Women's Hospital. She believes that being a leader requires effective listening skills, a positive attitude, and being a committed team player.
Dan Leger is a nurse with over forty years of practice in pediatric rehabilitation, palliative, and hospice care. A clinical chaplain in palliative care for hospitalized patients, Dan is a lay leader of Pittsburgh's Congregation Dor Hadash where he survived the mass shooting of October 27, 2018.
Janet Cohen is a member and volunteer at New Light Congregation. She worked at Carnegie Mellon University for more than 25 years, managing information systems, technology, finance and human resources. Before moving to Pittsburgh she worked as a protective services case worker for Dauphin County Children and Youth Services. She holds a master’s degree in information and library science from the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s degree in education from Lehigh University and bachelor’s degree in psychology from Lafayette College. She is happy to be retired so that she can spend more time learning, volunteering and enjoying her grandchildren.
I was injured in the shooting at The Tree of Life Synagogue on 10/27/18, and my mother was murdered. I’ve lived my entire life in Squirrel Hill, I graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School and from Pitt Dental Hygiene School, and up until 10/27/18 I was a dental hygienist for over 40 years. I have two married children and am a grandmother of two beautiful girls. I was confirmed at Tree of Life, I was married there almost 38 years ago, and celebrated my children’s bar/bat mitzvahs there. I am honored to be a part of the 10.27 Healing Partnership.
Dana is Chief Operating Officer of Jewish Family and Community Services of Pittsburgh, where she supports the work of professionals resettling refugees, helping detained immigrant children, feeding the hungry, finding people jobs, caregivers and guardians and encouraging people facing every manner of life’s challenges. Previously in her career, Dana founded four non-profits. In Pittsburgh she founded Bridge House, a halfway house for men struggling to overcome homelessness and then, Sojourner House, where she worked with women and their children, battling to regain their families, torn apart by addiction. The other two organizations she founded support children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in South Africa.
Ms. Katz is the Principal of Carole Katz Alternative Dispute Resolution. She is an approved Mediator, Early Neutral Evaluator, Arbitrator, eDiscovery Special Master and eMediator for the United States District Court for the Western District of PA’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, an approved mediator for the Western District of PA’s Bankruptcy Court, on the American Arbitration Association’s Roster of Arbitrators for Large Complex Cases, Employment and Commercial disputes, as well as its Panel of Mediators. She is also on FINRA’s (the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) Roster of Arbitrators, an approved Mediator and Arbitrator for the PA Bar Association’s Lawyer Dispute Resolution Program, and serves as a Mediator for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Ms. Katz received her JD from Columbia University School of Law and her BA from Kenyon College (Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude, Honors). She formally trained as a Mediator at the Harvard Negotiation Institute’s Mediating Disputes program, and completed Advanced Mediation courses at the Center for Dispute Settlement and at Pepperdine University School of Law’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. She is a longstanding board member of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh and Jewish community member in Pittsburgh.