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

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Krista Lippert
Associate Director, Data Center

Major Gifts and Planned Giving

Carol Ashby
Senior Major Gifts Officer

Nicole Kelly
Director, Development

Megan Smulski
Senior Major Gifts Officer

Molly Vogel
Major Gifts Officer

Maura White
Major Gifts Officer

Corporate and Foundation Relations

Alana Kulesa
Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations

Gina Fisher
Major Gifts Officer

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Stories of Hope and Healing

  • D'Kaiden


    Doctors told Samantha to prepare for the worst — that her son D’Kaiden likely wouldn’t survive after birth.

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  • Mackenzie


    Many children with developmental and behavioral health needs experience a difficult journey toward wellness due to services that are fragmented or inaccessible.

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  • Rilyn


    “We are truly thankful for all of the nurses, physicians, surgeons, therapists, and specialists that have been involved in Rilyn’s care,” says Rilyn’s mom, Jamie. “

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  • Erin and Nelvia

    Erin’s Complex Care

    Just like an average little girl, Erin enjoys being outside and interacting with other children. But unlike most other children, Erin has spastic quad cerebral palsy

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  • Jackson smiling

    Jackson’s Journey

    While Danielle was still pregnant, she learned that her unborn baby boy was already fighting an uphill battle.

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  • Rosie's Future

    Rosie's Future

    In July 2022, Amanda and Adam were just settling into life as a family of five when their newborn daughter, Rosie, started twitching.

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  • Colin’s Second Chance

    Colin’s Second Chance

    Our then 15-year-old son, Colin, had a yearly wellness check with his pediatrician. During that visit, his pediatrician noted that Colin had lost over 10 pounds in four months.

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  • Maelynn’s Big Smile

    Maelynn’s Big Smile

    Maelynn is a spunky 7-year-old with dark blonde hair and a big smile. She is a straight-A student, loves music and gym class, and hopes to be a teacher one day.

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  • Taylor's Road Home

    Taylor's Road Home

    Kim says living with her 13-year-old daughter, Taylor, is like living in a musical. “That child will break into song while doing the dishes,” Kim shares with a laugh.

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  • Sophia


    Last New Year’s Eve, while many of us were cheerfully ringing in 2021 with friends and family, 5-year-old Sophia and her parents were grappling with devastating news.

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  • Tristan


    If you’re a member of our monthly giving program, you’ve probably seen his smiling face before. Now, you can learn more about the brave kid behind the mask.

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  • photo of a girl with no hair


    In August 2020, I was moving into my freshmen dorm at the University of Pittsburgh, ready to take on college. Little did I know I’d be moving out just a semester later.

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