Since 1990, Emmaus has grown from a small, grassroots organization to a well-respected provider of disability services in the Pittsburgh region.

At Emmaus, we recognize the unique gifts of every individual.

We’re an ecumenical, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing inclusive, community-based homes, in-home services, and advocacy to people with intellectual disabilities in the Pittsburgh region.

By sharing their lives with one another, our residents and staff develop strong , caring relationships, which foster mutual growth and empower Community members to live up to their greatest potentials.

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Emmaus Management

The Emmaus Directors and Program Managers are a mission-focused team of individuals who use their skills and experience to ensure that Emmaus brings the highest quality of services to each person it serves.

Karen Jacobsen - CEO
Karen Jacobsen
Chief Executive Officer
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Margaret Pollock - Chief Financial Officer
Margaret Pollock
Chief Financial Officer
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Kelly Stillwell - Director of IDD Services
Kelly Stillwell
Director of IDD Services
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Casey Madden - In-Home Services Program Manager
Casey Madden
In-Home Services Program Manager
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Jennifer Pavlisko - Director of Human Resources
Jennifer Pavlisko
Director of Human Resources
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Tiffany Merriman-Preston - Director of Development
Tiffany Merriman-Preston
Director of Development
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Dianna Prystash - Director of Client Financial Services
Dianna Prystash
Director of Client Financial Services
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MiRan Surh - Director of Community Relations
MiRan Surh
Director of Community Relations
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Dave Treece - Compliance Officer
Dave Treece
Compliance Officer
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Kristy Weaver - Residential Program Manager
Kristy Weaver
Residential Program Manager
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Special Thanks to Our Emmaus Board Members

The Emmaus Board of Directors is comprised of individuals from a variety of industries and fields who volunteer their time and skills to further the Emmaus mission.

Mark Caplan
VP Infrastructure, Operations, Security and Risk at 84 Lumber
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Michael Fitzgerald
President/Partner at HR Screening Services
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Sheila Halter
Secretary
Librarian, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Brian Lindauer, Esq.
Chairman
Attorney at Goerhring, Rutter & Boehm
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David G. Matesic
President at Matcon Diamond, Inc.
Dan McNees
Treasurer
Senior Accountant at Independent Controllers
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Cynthia Mittelmeier, PhD
Licensed Psychologist; Clinical Instructor, Harvard Medical School
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David D. Moritz
President at Eddy Homes, Inc.
Timothy F. Noca
President at Protech Professional Technical Services, Inc.
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Rev. Garry G. Patriquin
Priest
Margaret W. Pollock
CFO at Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh
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Sophia E. Sanders
University of Pittsburgh
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Benedict Serratore
Owner at South Pittsburgh Realty Co.
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Regis W. Stafford, M.D.
Physician / Cardiologist
Rev. Nicholas S. Vaskov, STL
Executive Director for Communications at Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh
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Lorraine Sweeney Wagner
Co-Founder, Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh
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Latest Emmaus Announcements

February 10, 2020

Thank you to the students of Bishop Canevin High School!

Thank you to all the students from Bishop Canevin High School who worked together to raise $1,250 to support the Emmaus Community!

January 22, 2020

Now accepting nominations for the 2020 Ken Wagner Award

Know someone who has dedicated their life to helping others? Don’t forget to submit your nominations for the 2020 Ken Wagner Award for Outstanding Service by 2/24/20!

January 18, 2020

Emmaus Resident Featured in Advocacy Campaign

Check out this new video from Emmaus resident Erin Gannon, who is featured in the new Disability Inclusion & Access: Moving Forward Initiative, sponsored by the Heinz Endowments and FISA

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The Emmaus name hails from a Biblical story which reflects the Emmaus philosophy of sharing our lives with people with intellectual disabilities.

In the Gospel of Luke, there is a story about two disciples who are walking the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus and are joined by Jesus, but don’t recognize him. When they arrive at Emmaus, they invite the stranger to join them for a meal. He does, and when Jesus “breaks the bread” and blesses the meal, the disciples “eyes are opened,” and they recognize him.

At Emmaus, we believe that only when we truly share our lives with others (whether literally breaking bread over a shared meal or sharing the many joys and sorrows of everyday life) do we see people as they really are. When people with and without disabilities come together in Community, they’re able to see and value the unique gifts of each person, regardless of ability. This togetherness and focus on Community is the cornerstone of life at Emmaus.

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Emmaus has been providing permanent homes, services, and advocacy to individuals with intellectual disabilities for more than 30 years.

In 1989, Lorraine and Ken Wagner, parents of a daughter with a disability, were inspired to write and send letters to everyone they knew inviting them to a meeting to study, discuss and discern how to better serve persons with intellectual disabilities. As a result of those discussions, and in concert with prayerful reflection, focused planning efforts and a groundswell of activity, Emmaus was formed.

The Community, inspired by Faith and a desire to help others, seeks to improve the quality of life for persons with developmental disabilities. In living, working, and breaking bread together, people with and without disabilities enjoy fellowship by sharing who they are and what they have with one another. Strengthened by its spirituality and prayerful direction, the Community helps all members grow and become whole.

To accomplish its mission, Emmaus works toward the following goals: