Staff and Board - Light of Life Rescue Mission

Staff and Board

Light of Life is led by caring individuals who are committed to transforming lives through the love of Christ by providing food, shelter, and hope to men, women, and children experiencing homelessness, poverty, or addiction.


Our dedicated staff works tirelessly to bring help and hope to homeless and hurting men, women and children in the greater Pittsburgh area.

Jerrel T. Gilliam

Executive Director

Doug Smith

Director of Development

Karl Sauereisen

Director of Human Resources

Tamiko Dawkins

Director of Programs

Board of Directors

Glenn Graner, Chairman

K & L Gates – Former CFO/COO, Current Senior Advisor

Rebecca Fatica, Vice-Chair

Citizen’s Bank – Sales Manager

Chris Chaney, Secretary

Fort Pitt Capital Group – Vice President, Financial Advisor

Rachel Schmiedlin, Treasurer

Holsinger, P.C. – Audit Senior

Board Members

Gash Abebe


Tom Doran

Highmark Health Plan – EVP and COO

Roz Freeman

MK3, Human Resources Consulting

Rita Huckle

Primerica – National Sales Director

Dr. Edwin J Kairis

The Health Plan of West Virginia – Chief Medical Officer

Natalie Kretter, Esq.

UPMC Health Plan, Inc. – Staff Attorney

Falco Muscante

Law Student and Graduate Teaching Assistant

Deborah Patterson

Forefront Dermatology – Physician Assistant

Leonard Petrancosta

Sysco – Retired President (July 2011)
Peak Performance Management – COO

Donald Tucker

Allegheny Center Alliance Church – Congregational Care, Lay Pastor

William Wolfe


Honorary Board Members

Donald L. Foster

President and CEO of Unity Aluminum 

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Your donation makes a difference in the lives of families in Pittsburgh.


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