ADMINISTRATION

Rev. Dr. Ron Barnes, LSW

Executive Director

BA in Sociology – Gordon College, M.Div. – Palmer Seminary, MSW – Temple University, D.Div – Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Ron specializes in family therapy, marital counseling and pastor counseling. He was trained at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic in Structural Family Therapy. Ron is also an ordained American Baptist Minister.

Mark Heinbockel, MSW

associate executive director / DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

MSW – University of Pittsburgh, BA, Social Work – Elizabethtown College

Mark is a nonprofit leader and development professional with a wide range of experiences supporting youth, families and older adults through education, health and human services. He is a proud husband and father. Mark enjoys music and singing, attending shows and watching sports. He is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh’s Leadership Development Initiative (LDI) XXVI.

Miranda Wild

OFFICE MANAGER

CPC – The American Academy of Professional Coders 

Miranda is a recently certified Medical Coder(CPC-A) who fell in love with Anchorpoint’s mission and decided to leave her job as a stay-at-home mom to join our team. She currently lives in Mars with her outdoorsy husband, sassy daughter and psychotic rescue cat Willow.

She enjoys being outdoors and taking vacations to Cooks Forest and the beach where she loves to fish, hike and swim.

Emalee Sekely, MS

COMMUNICATIONS & DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

MS in Digital Media – Duquesne University | BA in Multiplatform Journalism & Public Relations – Duquesne University

Emalee is a content creator and communications professional specializing in writing, graphic design, and video production. She’s always enjoyed storytelling and creating, and she’s very grateful to get to use those skills to help reach those in need of mental health support. Emalee’s favorite title is “aunt” to her nieces and nephew, and when she’s not living in Adobe Suite, you can probably find her at a puzzle or trivia night with her dad and siblings.

Haley Ebersole

Assistant office manager & Events Coordinator

BA in Professional Writing – La Roche University

Haley is a source of support to anyone in the Admin office on any given day. She uses her writing background to help with development initiatives, fundraising and outreach.

Haley is a former volleyball player, and after retiring her jersey, she became a volleyball coach to instill the love she has for the game into the next generation. She also has a passion for the nonprofit world, wanting to provide others with services they truly need.

TUTORING STAFF

Sandy Niekum, MEd

Tutoring program manager

BS, Dual Certification in Elementary & Special Education – Duquesne University, MEd, Special Education – University of Pittsburgh

Sandy was hired in 2001 to create our tutoring/mentoring program. She was a Special Education teacher in the North Hills School District and also worked for the Association for Children with Learning Disabilities. 

She thoroughly enjoys working with the parents, students and tutors in her program and constantly strives to advocate for children with learning differences