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Dedicated, passionate leadership carries out the vision and legacy of our late founder, Gwen Elliott.

Since its beginning in 2002, Gwen’s Girls, Inc. has strived to build a continuum of services for at-risk girls in the Pittsburgh region. Guided by the vision and legacy of our late founder, Pittsburgh Police Commander Gwen Elliott, we have responded to what we see as the key issues and struggles that our girls and their families face: poverty, racism and violence. As overwhelming and elusive as these societal factors may seem, we have been able to work with our girls to help them see themselves within the context of their communities, realize their individual strengths and potential and, in turn, make the choice to become self-sufficient and contributing community members.

This is done through the nurturing relationships of our dedicated staff and volunteers and in conjunction with the wide array of other service providers, individuals and corporate supporters. By meeting the highest standards of professional practice, Gwen’s Girls recently became accredited by the Council on Accreditation. We are very proud of this achievement. We are looking forward to sharing our knowledge about girls with others in our region.


Dr. Kathi R. Elliott, DNP, MSW, CRNP
Executive Director (pictured)

Denise McGill, MSW
Director of Residential and Community Services



Toni Silva, President

Buffy Hasco, Vice President
Community Volunteer 

Maurita Bryant, Secretary
Pittsburgh Bureau of Police

Angela Weidman, Treasurer
Ernst & Young, LLP

Maggie Kanaan
Hefren-Tillotson, Inc.

Marcia Butler
Community Volunteer

Orlana Darkins-Drewery
The Darkins Group

Ebony English
Community College of Allegheny County

Walt Hales
CEO, HPS Digital, Inc.

Rob McGeown
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

Dr. Erroline Williams
Duquesne University

Paula Yurkovich

Vanessa Murphy
 TREK Development Group

Melissa Swauger
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Stephan Todd
Retired U.S. Steel Counsel

Susan Wagner
Owner, Viola

Todd Robert Goss
First National Bank of Pennsylvania

Michelle Ritter
Axiall Corporation

Robert Young
Simpson and McCrady

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