About Us

UPMC Children’s Hospital Foundation is the sole fundraising arm of UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

UPMC Children’s Hospital Foundation is the catalyst that unites communities and contributors to create healthier futures for all children through life-changing care and cutting-edge research. As the sole fundraising arm of UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, we support their vision of being a world leader in pediatric health care, education and discovery.

Learn more about the clinical excellence, patient experience, and research that sets us apart. Get to know our kids through their own stories of hope and healing. Learn about the impact you can make by becoming part of our donor community. Or, simply give to UPMC Children’s today.


  • Elizabeth’s Long Journey

    Elizabeth’s life took an unexpected turn days after her tenth birthday when she received the devastating diagnosis of leukemia on August 3rd, 2021.  

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  • Jimmy’s Life Defying the Odds

    At four months old, Jimmy was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and borderline hydrocephalus, and the prognosis looked grim.

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  • Sydney’s Story

    Sydney was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Urea Cycle Disorder / Ornithine Transcarbamylase deficiency (UCD/OTC) at just one year old.

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  • Meet Harrison

    At age 14, Harrison was diagnosed with Stage IV Hodgkin lymphoma. He endured five rounds of chemotherapy and 14 radiation treatments as a high school freshman.

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  • A Living Miracle

    Sasha became a “living miracle” when she received a liver transplant at UPMC Children’s in 1987. Today, she gives back to the hospital that saved her life.

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  • Finding Hope and Healing Hours from Home

    Noah was born with a life-threatening heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallot that consists of four heart defects.

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  • Lorenzo’s Journey to the Heart Institute at UPMC Children’s

    Within days of his birth, a team of skilled surgeons at UPMC Children’s performed open heart surgery on Lorenzo.

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  • Tessa’s Survivorship Story

    Tessa’s journey with UPMC Children’s began when she was about to turn 3.

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Meet the Foundation Board

We are fortunate to have a group of talented and committed individuals providing oversight for our Foundation who are passionate about advancing pediatric healthcare and helping to ensure that all kids and families in our region have access to expert medical care.

Below is a list of our volunteer board of trustees who each represent leaders in our community and their respective industries.

Board Officers

Mark A. Snyder
Corporate Secretary
Snyder Associated Companies

Vanessa Morehouse
Community Member
Vice Chairperson

Rachel A. Petrucelli
UPMC Children’s Hospital Foundation
President – Voting Ex-Officio

Gregory M. Keegan
Chief Financial Officer and Vice President,
UPMC Children’s Hospital Foundation
Treasurer – Non-Voting Ex-Officio

Martha H. Munsch, Esq.
Partner, Retired
Reed Smith LLP


Bryan C. Brantley, Esq.
Partner l McGuireWoods LLP

John P. Burke
Chairman and CEO l Armada

Lalit Chordia, PhD
President and CEO l Thar Energy, LLC

Jay W. Cleveland, Jr.
President and CEO l Cleveland Brothers Equipment Co., Inc.

Ronald R. Davenport Jr.
President l Sheridan Broadcasting Corporation

Douglas P. Dick
Chairman and CEO l Dick Building Company

Mary Jo Dively, Esq.
Vice President and General Counsel l Carnegie Mellon

Anita Dressel
Chief Financial and Operating Officer l TeleTracking
Technologies, Inc.

Lawrence N. Gumberg
President l LG Realty Advisors, Inc.

Howard W. Hanna III
Chairman and CEO l Hanna Holdings, Inc.

Sylvan M. Holzer
President, Retired l PNC Bank, Pittsburgh

B. Scott Kern, Esq.
Vice President and General Counsel l C.A. Curtze Co., Inc.

Dena LaMar
Vice President, Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer l Advance
Auto Parts

Greg Lignelli
President and Chief Operating Officer l System One
Holdings, LLC

L. Douglas Lioon
Former CEO l HVL/Douglas Laboratories

Joseph P. Lohman
President, Retired l New York Food Company

Ramsey Lyons
Community Member

Gerald F. MacCleary
President, Retired l Covestro LLC, North America

Joseph M. Manganiello
Actor, Producer, and Author

George V. Mazariegos, MD, FACS
Director, Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation
Jamie Lee Curtis Endowed Chairman in Pediatric
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

Stephanie McMahon
Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer l WWE

David L. Motley
Co-Founder and Managing Partner l BTN Ventures

Albert J. Neupaver
Executive Chairman l Wabtec Corporation

Sloan Overstrom
Community Member

Denise M. Pampena
President l Graziano Construction & Development Co., Inc.

Robert A. Pietrandrea
President, Retired l Railroad Development Corp.

Dorothy J. Pollon, MBA, JD
Special Needs Child Advocate

Michael K. Popper
Founder and President, Retired l Metalwerks PMD, Inc.

Kevin M. Rabbitt
CEO l Hornblower Group

Clifford R. Rowe, Jr.
Executive Chairman l P.J. Dick/Trumbull/Lindy
Immediate Past Chairperson

C. Lance Ruttenberg
President and Chief Executive Officer l American Textile

Mark G. Schoeppner
Managing Member l Quaker Capital Investments, LLC

Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD
Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences
John and Gertrude Petersen Dean,
School of Medicine
Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh

Kelley Skoloda
Founder and CEO l KS Consulting & Capital LLC

Rebecca Cost Snyder
Managing Partner l FRANCO

John A. Staley V
Senior Vice President l Federated Investors, Inc.

Joan Rossin Stephans
Chairperson l Rossin Foundation

Alba Tull
Chairperson, Tull Investment Group

Walter W. Turner
President and Chief Executive Officer, Retired l Koppers
Holdings and Koppers, Inc.

Joseph C. Walton
Community Member

Gregory J. Weimer
Partner l Confluence Financial Partners

Non-Voting Ex Officio

Amanda Cindrich
Community Member

Terence S. Dermody, MD
Vira I. Heinz Professor and Chair
Department of Pediatrics
Physician-in-Chief and Scientific Director
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

George K. Gittes, MD
Director, Richard King Mellon Foundation Institute for
Pediatric Research
Co-Scientific Director and Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus l UPMC
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

Diane S. Hupp, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
President, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

Brooke G. Mullin
Community Member

Mark S. Sevco
President, UPMC Hospitals

What's Happening

The Arnold & Winnie Palmer Foundation Awards Grant to Further Cancer Research

Named for legendary golfer and Latrobe native Arnold Palmer and his wife, Winnie, the Arnold & Winnie Palmer Foundation is committed to making a difference in the lives of children and families.

Sydney’s Story

Sydney was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Urea Cycle Disorder / Ornithine Transcarbamylase deficiency (UCD/OTC) at just one year old.

World-Class Palliative Care for Every Child and Family, at Every Stage of Life

The new Division of Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care aims to build a future where there are no barriers to this life-changing care.

Lorenzo’s Journey to the Heart Institute at UPMC Children’s

Within days of his birth, a team of skilled surgeons at UPMC Children’s performed open heart surgery on Lorenzo.

Children’s Trust Grants $100,000 for Startup Pediatric Research

Each spring, a group of hand-selected researchers pitch next generation, budding research concepts to members of the Children’s Trust for a chance at winning seed funding to help kickstart their research.

Welcoming New Leadership on the Board of Trustees

Learn more about Vanessa and what inspires her to serve UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh so proudly, in her own words.

Philanthropy Supports Individualized Behavioral Health Care

Throughout our hospital, there are many licensed psychologists dedicated to supporting specific service lines.

2023 Walk for Children’s: Celebrating Our First $1 Million Walk

Walk for Children’s, presented by UPMC and UPMC Health Plan, reached new heights this year, gathering 4,157 walkers, 255 teams, and 54 sponsors.