Staff

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

Sister Linda Yankoski, Ed.D.

PRESIDENT

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

 PROGRAM DIRECTOR

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

ELS INSTRUCTOR

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 

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

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

PROGRAM SUPERVISOR 

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.

Sarah Smolarek 

PROGRAM SUPERVISOR

Sarah Smolarek holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Mercyhurst College and a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Sarah has experience working with students, educators, and families through her previous nonprofit work experience. As a program supervisor, Sarah coordinates and arranges the academic and extracurricular activities of students, and helps to create a worthwhile cultural experience that promotes social, emotional, and academic growth.

 

Yiqun Sun 

STUDENT SUPPORT SPECIALIST 

Yiqun Sun comes from China and works as a Student Support Specialist for Holy Family International College Preparatory Program.  She develops and maintains professional and supportive relationships with all students, and supports them with academic, social skills, and future panning. She also functions as a liaison with students’ parents. Besides, Yiqun has rich experience on cross-cultural communication, which helps students adapt to American society smoothly. Yiqun has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from University of Pittsburgh, concentrating on Social Administration.

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