BOARD MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: KRISTINE OPFERMAN
Krissy Opferman grew up in Pittsburgh and graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Elementary Education. Krissy has been teaching for the past decade at the Carnegie Mellon University Children’s School. Before her current position, Krissy taught at Beginnings Pre-School, the AIU DART program and the St. Anthony School Program. Angels’ Place is honored to have her serve on our Executive Board of Directors where she brings expertise and guidance for the organization.
What brought you to Angels’ Place?
I was familiar with Angels’ Place through my church’s collections of
items for Angels’ Place and through my workplace. I am a teacher at
Carnegie Mellon University Children’s School and we have a relationship
with the staff of Angels’ Place. Also, my children were both in college
and I was transitioning into a period of life where I had some free
time and was ready for something more in terms of my community
involvement. Knowing this, Dr. Sharon Carver, the Director of The
Children’s School, suggested I visit Angels’ Place and explore possible
Why did you choose Angels’ Place for board leadership?
After visiting and learning more about Angels’ Place, I was inspired
and motivated by the Mission. Serving on the Board gives me an
opportunity to share my time and skills and help support and advocate
for those served by the organization.
What are some goals you hope to accomplish while on
• To support and contribute to the Mission.
• To share my skill set and develop new skills so that Angels’ Place will
continue to be an important part of the community.
• To share and spread the Mission and success stories of Angels’
Place so the Pittsburgh area is familiar with the organization and
those in need can benefit from the organization.
What’s the one surprising thing Angels’ Place does?
I wouldn’t say it is surprising, but I truly appreciate the way Angels’
Place recognizes the importance of building relationships.
Whether it’s a child, parent, family, employee, donor,
or volunteer, Angels’ Place honors and values every
relationship and recognizes the gift of all the various
relationships that help sustain the Mission. Beth Banas
leads exceptionally, puts endless hours into forming,
building and sustaining relationships and you can feel her
genuine gratitude for even the smallest gesture.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
I feel blessed to be able to support and contribute to
Angels’ Place. I am in awe of the fiercely loyal and
dedicated staff that is determined to make a difference in
the lives of the children, the families and the community