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History of helping has Wolf ready to lead North Hills Community Outreach

| Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Sharon Wolf
Sharon Wolf

A soprano who first worked at Winky's — the former fast food chain — is the new executive director of North Hills Community Outreach.

The Hampton-based organization oversees more than 20 programs to help the needy — including two food pantries.

More than 30 employees and 1,700 volunteers administer and operate the programs at the organization's sites in Millvale, Bellevue, Pine, O'Hara, Bellevue and Hampton.

“We do have a good reputation, and I want to keep that,” said Sharon Wolf, 58, of Franklin Park.

“This job was a great opportunity for someone with my background,” Wolf said. “I knew the organization very well and had always been impressed with the organization.”

As a high school and college student, Wolf sold hamburgers and made cinnamon doughnuts at the former Winky's in Swissvale.

Her job background also includes helping people with developmental disabilities learn job skills and fundraising for Pittsburgh Musical Theater.

“She has a real depth and breadth of experience,” said David Rishel, president of North Hills Community Outreach's board of directors.

She has been an executive director in the past, and she has dedicated her career to helping people in the community and working for nonprofits,” Rishel said. “We're excited about Sharon joining us.”

Wolf and her husband, Matthew — he works in human resources at Ketchum Communications — both sing in the Pittsburgh Concert Chorale.

They met while working on a production of “Mame” by Stage 62 in Carnegie.

Wolf has one son — Jonathan Donati, 29, of Lawrenceville, from a previous marriage.

Wolf most recently worked as director of development for the Spina Bifida Association of Western Pennsylvania in Marshall Township.

Her resume also includes stints as executive director of the Children's Festival Chorus of Pittsburgh and director of planning and evaluation at Community Action Southwest in Washington County, a social-services agency.

“I've worked as a direct-service worker. I've worked in communications. I've worked in development. I've worked in administration. I've done budgeting,” Wolf said.

“I think I understand what everybody's job is, from a very personal perspective,” Wolf said. “So I know what they need and what their challenges are in doing their jobs. “

More than 60 people submitted resumes for Wolf's new position.

“It took us several months to get through them,” said Rishel of Pine, a securities compliance consultant with Hardin Compliance Consulting.

Wolf replaced Fay Morgan, who left North Hills Community Outreach in September to become president and CEO of the Passavant Hospital Foundation.

“I know that Faye did a wonderful job here, and I hope to keep the good work going,” said Wolf, who started her new job March 10.

She is a graduate of Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where she studied sociology and library sciences, before receiving her master's degree in communications at the California University of Pennsylvania.

Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or

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