Neighbors helping neighbors.
Born in 1968 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 our 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.
An inclusive community where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.
SHIM mobilizes community resources and implements sustainable programs that compassionately help our neighbors meet basic needs, achieve self-sufficiency and build community.
The smiling face and leader of our organization, Jim joined the SHIM team in 2008 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).
Director of Programs
Responsible for the programmatic success of SHIM, Courtney ensures seamless team management and development, program delivery, quality control and evaluation. Dedicated to SHIM since an internship in 2002, Courtney is the organization’s Family Center Director of Programs. She has a masters degree in social work with a concentration in community organizing and social administration from the University of Pittsburgh.
Director of Finance and Administration
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.
Director of Development
Seth joined the SHIM team in 2016. He has the privilege of engaging with our generous supporters in the community, connecting them to the work we do and enabling them to fulfill their philanthropic aspirations.
Seth has more than a decade of fundraising experience in arts organizations, public TV, but his heart lies in human services. Seth has a bachelors degree in German and sociology from the University of Pittsburgh.
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.
Tim Millett, Chair
Pace Markowitz, Vice Chair
Mandy Thomas, Secretary
Jay Sukernek, Treasurer
Jewish Association on Aging
Bruno PR and Social
Eat’n Park Hospitality Group
Strassburger, McKenna, Gutnick & Gefsky
United Way Southwestern Pennsylvania
Dr. Kiran Patil
St. Clair Hospital
Rev. Brian Snyder
Bower Hill Community Church
Robert Thumpston, Jr.
ABART Coca-Cola Beverage
Dr. Alan Yeasted
St. Clair Hospital
SHIM Executive Director