The HFICPP administrative staff have many years of experience in working with children and hold professional degrees in their field.

Sister Linda Yankoski, EdD


Sister Linda Yankoski, a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, has more than 30 years of experience in the executive management of Holy Family Institute, a non-profit organization which offers services to children, youth and families in the Pittsburgh area. Active in many professional and community organizations, Sister Linda serves or has served on a number of Pittsburgh-area and national boards: Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern PA; Community at Holy Family Manor, Pittsburgh; Kearns Spirituality Center, Allison Park; Catholic Charities, USA; Council on Accreditation, New York; and Families International, Milwaukee.

Sister Linda graduated summa cum laude, with a bachelor of arts degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh. She holds a master of arts degree in administration from the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana and doctor of education degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Deborah Gooden


Deborah Gooden has more than 30 years of experience in the development and management of residential programs for children and youth. She has served as the HFICPP Program Director since 2011.  Ms. Debbie is a life-long resident of Pittsburgh, and is very knowledgeable about the many educational, cultural and regional resources in the Pittsburgh area.  She holds a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from LaRoche College, Pittsburgh, PA and a master of arts degree in human services from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.

John Bozich


John Bozich is a lifelong resident of Pittsburgh and holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. John began working as a student support specialist at HFICPP in 2012 and has since received his certification in English Language Support instruction. He now serves as the ELS instructor for the program, assisting students with the development of excellent writing, speaking and comprehension skills in the English language. His strong background in educational services brings a wealth of resources to students in the program. John enjoys working with young people and looks forward to meeting the new international students that each semester brings.


Darlene Ward


Darlene Ward has more than 17 years of service at Holy Family Institute. As executive assistant, she facilitates contracts and acts as a communication liaison between international recruiting agents and affiliated schools.  Darlene is a member of the Sanctuary Core Team, charged with implementing the Sanctuary Model of trauma-informed care to create a safe and nurturing environment for clients and employees.  Darlene assisted with becoming accredited in Sanctuary while working with the Chief Quality, Risk & Compliance Officer and administration on the agency re-accreditation.


Eileen Dusch


Eileen Dusch began her career at Holy Family Institute in January of 2007. At that time she became the Supervisor of the Independent living Program for girls and boys that were living in apartments in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. Within two years she moved to serving as the Program Supervisor for Residential at the Emsworth campus as well as serving as supervisor of the Independent Living Program. In March of 2010 Eileen became the Program Supervisor for the Haiti Orphan Program. There she helped to create a warm and loving atmosphere for twelve young children who were displaced by the devastating earthquake in Haiti. When the Haiti program ended, Eileen served as a case manager for troubled teen boys and helped them transition from placement back to their homes. In the summer of 2014 Eileen became a Program Supervisor for the Holy Family International College Preparatory Program.

Melissa Kelly 


Melissa Kelly began working for HFICPP in September of 2014 a Student Support Specialist in St. Lucy’s dormitory.  In April of 2017 Melissa took on the role of Program Supervisor.  As supervisor, Melissa coordinates activities, serves as an academic liaison, and ensures a productive learning environment.  Melissa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Secondary Education from Juniata College.


Lili Sui


Lili Sui is originally from China and works as a Student Support Specialist for Holy Family International College Preparatory Program. She has studied in Osaka and worked in Tokyo Japan for several years before she moved to Pittsburgh. Lili holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Studies Education from Osaka Kyoiku University, obtained a Junior high school teaching certificate as well. She also completed all level English courses at the University of Pittsburgh English Language Institute. Lili has rich experience in cross-cultural communication, which helps the students adapt to the American society smoothly. She develops and maintains professional and supportive relationships with all students, and supports them with academic, social skills, and future planning. She also functions as a liaison with the students’ parents.


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