Meet Our Staff

Meet Gwenn

Gwenn, Miller, York, Development

Gwenn Miller manages fund development for the York region of Easterseals Western & Central Pennsylvania, serving donors and funders in achieving their philanthropic goals to support kids and adults with disabilities and their families through programs that allow them to experience freedom, independence and a sense of accomplishment.  Gwenn is proud to work for America’s largest nonprofit health care organization, and knows that Easterseals Western & Central Pennsylvania’s focus on helping kids BE KIDS makes this the most important work she can be doing today.

Gwenn’s career in fundraising spans over 10 years. She previously directed the foundation, corporate and government fundraising efforts of a health and human service NPO serving the midstate and Lehigh Valley regions.  Gwenn holds a master’s in public administration from University of South Carolina with a concentration in land use planning.

Gwenn is both a certified chillax practitioner (jk) and a progressive mom black belt. Gwenn and her son live in the capital region. A native Pennsylvanian, Gwenn’s wanderlust over 30 years has found her living in four states and one Mediterranean country. Central to Gwenn’s existence are love, mindfulness, and some chocolate.

Visit the York Region's event page by Clicking HERE.

Meet Becky

Becky, Dev. Specialist

Becky Helffrich loves Easterseals!  It’s mission, her co-workers, the clients, working in the Development Department and the atmosphere of workplace.  Shortly after retirement in 2016, Becky came to work in Easterseals’ Development Department, the fundraising branch of the organization.  There she has the opportunity to implement special events, manage the website, write grants and work with all of our generous donors.  Working with her co-worker, Olivia Harris and her boss, Lori McCann has made the job fun, interesting and filled with team fellowship.  Becky believes that whether you are a client, a donor, a volunteer or an employee, Easterseals will make you smile.

Prior to retirement in 2016, Becky was Executive Director of Neighbors in the Strip (NITS), a community-based organization whose mission is to promote economic development opportunities while maintaining the personality, integrity and character of Pittsburgh’s Strip District.  During this time Neighbors in the Strip has been the recipient of a number if awards including the State Mainstreet Townie Award for Promotional Events, State Mainstreet Townie Award for Safe, Clean and Green, Excellence in Organization, Citywide Mainstreet award for Overall Excellence and the Citywide Mainstreet Award for Excellence in Organization.  Among other accomplishments, NITS was particularly pleased with the creation of the NITS Emergency Response Team has resulted in the reduction of crime by 65% during Becky’s time.

Prior to returning to her hometown of Pittsburgh in 1993, Becky resided in Palm Beach County, Florida for 15 years where she was employed as Vice President and Branch Manager for two banks respectively - First American Bank and Trust and Prime Bank.  Finding her volunteer work within the community more stimulating than her professional career has led her a career as a community advocate and tireless worker.  Becky enjoys reading, sketching and collecting just about anything, but focusing primarily on antique toys and dolls (as storage room, on shelves, in her closets and beneath her bed continues to decline).  Becky lives with her cat, Bella who is happy and content,  to just lounge around, chase mummies and bite Becky.

Meet Erin

Erin, intern

Erin is a summer intern with Easterseals Western and Central Pennsylvania, splitting her time between the Adult Day Services program in Harmarville and the Development department at headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA. Erin was born and raised in Lancaster County and moved to the North Shore of Pittsburgh earlier this year to complete an internship and hopes to find a full-time job in the area once she has completed school. Erin is an avid Steelers fan and enjoys watching the Penguins and Pirates as well. Erin is currently a student at Penn State University – Hazleton. In January 2021 she obtained an Associate’s degree in Physical Therapy Assistant. At the conclusion of her time with Easterseals, she will graduate with her Baccalaureate degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services. Erin has a strong passion for helping others and wants to make sure everyone - no matter their age or level of ability – access to the resources they need to live a fulfilling life.

Erin says, "getting to work directly with participants of Easterseals’ programs and services and seeing how much the clients all benefit from them, is so rewarding. The clients at Adult Day Services have so much happiness just radiating from them constantly. It is never a bad day with them!

Interested in interning at Easterseals Western and Central PA?  Contact Lori McCann via email at lmccann@eastersealswcpenna.org.

Meet Lori McCann

2021, Lori, Development

When Lori joined Easterseals 3 years ago, she brought over 15 years of non-profit fundraising and development experience. She enjoys working with the Easterseals staff & Board to maximize fundraising efforts while overseeing development staff in ESWCPA’s five divisions. 

Before coming to Easter Seals, Lori was the Executive Director for the Lupus Foundation of Pennsylvania. Areas of responsibility included Board and Committee management, planning and implementing fundraising events (walks, golf tournament. Etc.), overseeing patient services, marketing and communications (including Social Media), and Corporate Sponsorship and grant support.  She was also responsible for developing content for the Annual Appeal.  Additionally, she worked with the Board President to seek out and recommend potential Board members.  Prior to becoming the Executive Director, she had worked as the Development Director for the foundation and returned after several years away to take over in the role of Executive Director. 

She has also worked as the Walk Manager for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation (CCFA) successfully organizing 4 walks, which included Pittsburgh, Erie, Altoona and Morgantown, WV.   Prior to CCFA she had been the Individual Support Manager for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and worked for WQED-TV/Radio in the On-air fundraising department.  Lori received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Communications from Point Park College.

Lori was an 8th year Girl Scout Leader for her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop and njoys being outdoors and spending time with her family.  She has 2 children, 3 adult step-children and a step-granddaughter.  She resides in the Elizabeth Township area.  

She can be reached at lmccann@eastersealswcpenna.org or 412-281-7244 x 1272.

Visit Easterseals Event pages at https://www.easterseals.com/wcpenna/get-involved/events/.

Meet Annette Shearman

Easterseals was my first job after completing my degree for speech and language pathology.  Since beginning over 30 years ago, I have grown as a therapist and administrator.  Taking over as the division manager in 2009 and continuing my role as speech therapist has been both challenging and rewarding.  The staff at the Johnstown Office has been very supportive to the many changes that have occurred over the years.  My role as a speech therapist is my favorite since working with kids has been and continues to be so rewarding.  I get to see the children learn to communicate better with their family and others at school or in the community.  Our outpatient speech therapy incorporates parent involvement which has allowed me to establish many great relationships with my families making my job more rewarding with their help in reaching therapy goals. I plan to continue working to help Easterseals meet its mission.

Find our more about our Speech and Hearing Services by going HERE.  If you are having concerns about speech and language give us call at 814-535-5508. We will be more than happy to help with any concerns you may have.

Meet Miss Norma

Miss Norma

My name is Norma, and I have been working for Easterseals for 15 years. I first started at Easterseals when my two adopted children, who have special needs were attending and I would drive them every day. 

I enjoy working in the Zebra room at the Child Development Center in Easterseals' State College Division as a personal care aide! I love being able to watch all of the children and help them learn and grow. Outside of Easterseals, I like spending time with my children and grandchildren. My husband and I also love camping, especially at the Great Grange Fair!

Meet Emily Newby

2021 TEACHER, State College, CDC, Community Development Center

Hi, my name is Emily Newby and I am the lead teacher of the Lion Cub Room at the Child Development Center in Easterseals' State College Division. I have been working at Easterseals since January 2013, when I started as an intern in the Lion Cub room. 

I graduated from Penn State in May 2013, with a B.S. in Kinesiology and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies.  Since then, I have spent time in both the Elephant Room and the Zebra Room, before returning to the Lion Cubs on November 2016. I became the lead teacher in January 2018 and absolutely love it. This is my favorite age to work with and love seeing the kids grow throughout the year.

When I am not at work, I love being outside and going on adventures, anywhere I can go. My hobbies also include reading, archery, coloring, doing puzzles and spending time with my family and 2 cats.

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