Meet Our Staff
Although each division at CFC consists of only a handful of people, we believe and have demonstrated that a small agency can be more effective than a large agency. The staff at Child to Family Connections are members of the local community. We are able to connect with families, individuals, children, other agencies and organizations on a personal level.
BreAnn Chisholm, Executive Director
BreAnn is the Executive Director of Child to Family Connections, she is responsible for running and managing CFC’s day-to-day business. This includes direct supervision of the professional staff, recruitment and training, strategic development, and financial management. She graduated from Towson University with a Master’s of Science Degree in Women’s Studies and Public Policy, and holds a Bachelors of Art Degree from Penn State University in Women’s Studies with a concentration in Women’s Health.
Kate Ogello, SWAN Supervisor
Kate graduated from Edinboro University with a Masters of Education degree in Elementary Education and holds a Pennsylvania K-6 teaching certification. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Resort Recreation and Hospitality Management. Kate is the SWAN coordinator and works with county agencies to help youth in the foster care system.
Marie Schwartz, Foster and Adoption Program Supervisor
Marie has worked in the Foster and Adoption programs at Child to Family Connections since 2004 and currently serves as the Program Coordinator. She enjoys working with families in order to provide stable temporary and permanent families for children in care. Marie has a degree in Geology from Allegheny College as well as Middle and Secondary Education Teaching Certification from Edinboro State University. Prior to working in foster care and adoption, Marie worked for the READ program as an Adult Basic Education instructor. Marie and her husband reside in Meadville and have three adult children.
Nikki Bauer, Senior Accountant
Nikki graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. She has been with the agencies Accounting Department since 2010. Prior to coming to the agency Nikki was employed for 17 years with another social service agency in the Finance Department where she became a Regional Finance Director. Nikki has lived in the area most all her life and enjoys spending time outdoors with family, friends, and animals.
Heather Duke, LCSW
Heather is a licensed clinical social worker who coordinates the Family Behavior Therapy program at Child to Family Connections. Heather has been with the agency on and off for almost 10 years, working in the field of addiction and mental health. Heather graduated with her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh in 2008. Since this time, she has worked under supervision to obtain her LSW and then later, her LCSW. Heather’s positive approach comes naturally and it works effectively when added to the strength based approach in Family Behavior Therapy. She is the lead therapist as well as the program coordinator. She works closely with county child and youth services to serve those families who are involved because of drug and/or alcohol concerns. Not only does Heather have experience working in addiction but she is also trained in trauma, mental health, relationship issues, family dynamics and co-occurring disorders. Heather has lived in this area most of her life and enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children outside of work hours.
Kathy Woods, Adults Direct Support Services (ADSS) Supervisor
Kathy attended Edinboro University where she graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. She has worked in the ADSS program since 2012, starting as a Direct Support Professional and now serves as the Program Supervisor. Kathy has lived in Crawford County all of her life and enjoys spending her free time with her husband and son.
Sarah Knepper, Supervisor of Venango Programs
Sarah graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Since graduation, Sarah has worked in multiple areas of Human Service gaining experience and knowledge in Housing, Mental Health, Juvenile Justice, and Drug and Alcohol Prevention. Every day, Sarah is motivated by knowing that what she and the staff are doing is making a difference. She has spent most of her life in Clarion County, where she is a dedicated community member and loves spending her free time on the river with her family.