Meet the Foundation Team

As the dedicated staff of UPMC Children’s Hospital Foundation, we are here to help you find a meaningful way to support UPMC Children’s. We aspire to connect every donor to the program, service, or research area that aligns with their personal priorities and passion.

Interested in joining our team? Find open positions on our Careers Page.

Executive Management

Rachel A. Petrucelli

Karen Depperman
Vice President, Development

Larysa Gradeck
Vice President, Strategic Engagement

Greg Keegan
Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Operations

Robin Weber
Vice President, Community Relations

Annual Giving & Patient Family Engagement Program

Katie McGregor
Associate Director, Annual Giving

Lauren McBryde
Development Coordinator, Family Engagement

Corporate Campaigns, Sponsorships, & Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Joey Warren
Director, Corporate Cause Marketing

Community Health

Deborah Moore
Director of Communications, Community Health

Direct Marketing (Mail, Email, and Honor/Memorial)

Michelle Margeson
Director, Direct Response Marketing

Marketing and Communications

Mendy Nestor
Director, Marketing Communications

A gift you made by cash, check or credit card:

Krista Lippert
Director of Data Center, Systems and Estate Administration

Major Gifts and Planned Giving

Nicole Kelly
Director, Development

Carol Ashby
Senior Major Gifts Officer

Joseph Junker
Senior Major Gifts Officer

Molly Vogel
Major Gifts Officer

Ally Sokolowski
Associate Gift Officer

Megan Smulski
Senior Major Gifts Officer

Maura White
Major Gifts Officer

Nikki Braun
Lead Annual Giving Officer

Corporate and Foundation Relations

Alana Kulesa
Senior Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations

Gina Fisher
Major Gifts Officer

Jen Albaugh
Associate Gifts Officer

Foundation or Auxiliary Events


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