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NEW PITTSBURGH COURIER


Community Service Pittsburgh Community Services, Inc.


CECELIA JENKINS Executive Director


Pittsburgh Community Services Inc. Executive


Director Cecelia Jenkins has been fighting for the underserved and tackling challenges fearlessly since she marched with Dr. King and was among the first stu- dents to integrate the Louisville, Ky. public schools. A Philadelphia native, Jenkins holds a bachelor’s in busi- ness administration with a minor in ac- counting from Tennessee State University and a master’s of public administrat ion from the Univer- sity of Pitts- burgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Af- fairs. She holds certi- fications


from


Carnegie Mellon Uni- versity and Florida At- lantic University as well as a certificate from the National Community Action Academy. Her role with PCSI allows her to pro-


vide awide range of assistance to individuals and families at 125 percent or below federal poverty guidelines. Prior to joining the organization she was assistant dean of educa- tional services for the Com- munity College of Al- legheny County, where she created the Al- legheny Campus Learning Center, the Act 101 Pro- gramand helped underprepared students adjust to college. She has received several acco- lades for her work, including Ou t s t a n d i n g Young Woman of America, Pitts- burgh Black Achiever, Minority Public Administrator for Educational Excel- lence, the Act 101 Distin-


guished Service Award and the 2006 KDKA Lift Up Award, among several others.


WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE 2011


AUGUST 10-16, 2011 19 Community Service


RHONDA JONES-FITCH Child Advocacy Specialist,Kids Voice Social worker and child advocate Rhonda Jones-Fitch calls work-


ing to protect children her mission in life. The Pennsylvania State University graduate began working with children at a runaway and youth shelter during her undergraduate studies and also volunteered at the Center County Drug and Alcohol Program helping youth with addictions. She is attending Robert Morris University and working toward becoming a certified addictions counselor. For the past decade, Jones-Fitch has worked as a child advocate with KidsVoice, formerly known as Legal Aid for Children. The position allows her to collaborate with attorneys to fight for the rights of abused and ne- glected children in the juvenile justice system. Jones-Fitch is an ac- tivemember of North Side Institutional Church of God in Christ and is a servant leader of the church’s usher ministry. She is married to WilliamFitch and they are parents to three boys and one girl.


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