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Neighbors helping neighbors.

Born nearly fifty years ago as South Hills Interfaith Ministries by, no kidding, a priest, a rabbi and a minister, SHIM has been providing food, clothing and services to people in need in Pittsburgh’s southern suburban neighborhoods ever since. Faced with unprecedented new levels of suburban poverty, SHIM is expanding its work to include more neighbors helping more neighbors in need.

Together, with teams of dedicated volunteers, donors and partners, we’re working to reduce the devastating effects of suburban poverty among the working poor, unemployed, families, single parents, senior citizens, women, and the high concentration of refugee families in our service area.

Join the Movement

SHIM’s mission is to empower struggling families to achieve self sufficiency.

SHIM Leadership

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James Guffey


The smiling face and leader of our organization, Jim joined the SHIM team nearly ten years ago as SHIM's first Director of Development and Public Relations. Now the Executive Director, Jim is responsible for the day-to-day operation of all aspects of SHIM as well as working with the Board of Directors to facilitate the strategic direction of the organization. A graduate from Robert Morris University, Jim has 25 years of experience working for notable nonprofits, including the American Heart Association and United Way of Allegheny County (now United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania).

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Ilene Potashman Cohen


A key member of the Executive Team, Ilene helps advance the mission, programs and services of SHIM through development and implementation of community philanthropy, effective fundraising, marketing, and volunteer and donor relations programs to ensure both immediate and sustainable funding. A Pittsburgh native, she has 30 years of experience in fundraising and donor relations at various organizations, including the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and Children’s Hospital. Ilene has a masters degree in social administration from Case Western Reserve University.

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Courtney Macurak


Responsible for the programmatic success of SHIM, Courtney ensures seamless team management and development, program delivery, and quality control and evaluation. Dedicated to SHIM in some capacity since an internship in 2002, Courtney has been the organization’s Prospect Park Family Center Site Director since 2007. She has a masters degree in social work with a concentration in community organizing and social administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Linda Lewis


Linda manages the development and execution of all projects related to finance, business planning and budgeting, human resources, IT, administration and facilities. She has 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, received her masters in business administration from Robert Morris University and is a Certified Management Accountant.

Meet SHIM’s Board and Staff

SHIM’s distinguished board of directors is comprised of leaders and professionals in the Pittsburgh area who dedicate their talents and expertise to serve the South Hills community. Their active commitment and contribution to our programs have strengthened outreach efforts and provided new opportunities for growth.

Rev. Kris Opat, Past-Chair
St. David’s Episcopal Church

John Schrott, Chair
IKM Incorporated

Trina DeMarco, Vice Chair
Eat'n Park Hospitality Group

Cynthia Donahoe, Secretary
Community Volunteer

Steven DeNoon, Treasurer

Andrew Baram
PNC Financial Services Group

Kathy Brown
Corporate Source Group

James DeShields
Ethicon US

Kim Love
InVision Human Services

James Marino
Community Volunteer

George Pashel
United Way of Southwestern PA

Rev. Louise Rogers
Peters Creek United Presbyterian Church

James Stein
USA Mobility

June Swanson
Meyer Unkovic & Scott

Mandy Thomas

James Guffey
SHIM Executive Director

For a complete listing of the staff at SHIM, please visit the Staff Directory.

United Way Award for Excellence