WHE is a group of professionals dedicated to the education and
improvement of quality of life and health for families

WHE Staff


Michelle Naccarati-Chapkis

Executive Director of WHE


Kara Rubio

MPH - Healthy Schools Program Manager


Germaine Gooden Patterson

Community Health Worker


Hanna Beightley

MPH - Healthy Homes Coordinator


Talor Musil

Healthy Policy Coordinator


Kelsea Siter

Americorps -KEYS Service Corps

WHE Board of Directors

Ann McGuinn


Peggy King


Tracey Armant


Jodie Moore

Gina Pferdehirt

Vice Chair

Donna Evans Sebastian

Jennifer Thoma

Directors Emeriti

Susan Brownlee

Caren Glotfelty

Dorothy (Dotty) Beckwith

Nancy C. Fales

Healthy Schools PA Advisory Committee

Jessica Griggle

Food Service Director

Joe Domagala

Assistant Principal

Ameeta Schmitt

Assistant Principal

Lorna Rosenberg

LEED Green Associate

Britnee Weatherspoon

District Administrator

WHE Public Health Advisory Committee

WHE’s Public Health Advisory Committee provides consultation and input related to WHE’s three main program areas: Healthy Homes, Healthy Schools and Early Learning Centers and Healthy Communities. The committee is comprised of scientists and physicians who provide guidance to the organization, as well as review literature and materials produced by WHE staff.

  • Norman Anderson, MSPH – Anderson EH Consulting
  • David Dausey, PhD (epidemiologist) – Provost and Vice President Academic
    Affairs, Mercyhurst University
  • Deborah Gentile, MD – Pediatric Alliance, PC (allergy, asthma and immunology)
  • Ned Ketyer, MD, FAAP – Pediatric Alliance, PC; Editor of The PediaBlog, AAP
    Council on Environmental Health
  • Molly Mehling, M.En., Ph.D. – Visiting Scholar, Learning Media Center/HCII,
    Carnegie Mellon University
  • Dr. Jennifer Adibi – Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh
  • Dr. Margaret (Peggy) Slota, PhD – Professor and Director of Graduate Studies for
    nursing doctoral students, Georgetown University

Join Our Team


Join the WHE team and make a difference in the lives of women and their families, learn valuable skills and be a champion for a just and sustainable world.


WHE offers paid and unpaid internships to college students throughout the year. If interested in an internship connect with us by email or call 412-404-2872.


Contribute valuable skills and professional expertise as an individual or group volunteer assisting with WHE educational programs, office work or events.

WHE Ambassador Program

Our community ambassadors represent WHE by delivering educational programming to various neighborhoods throughout the City of Pittsburgh. Have one of our community ambassadors present to your group or learn how to become an ambassador yourself.

Request a Program

Our team provides programs to communities all across Southwestern PA. Whether you are a corporation seeking a lunch and learn opportunity for your staff or a faith-based group leading a community wellness initiative, we’re here to help!