Active Founding Members
Deb Carter worked in the Health Insurance Industry for 17 years. Realizing that paperwork no longer suited her more hands-on desire to be of service, she became a Registered Reflexologist Practitioner through the International Academy of Advanced Reflexology in Greenlane, PA. She has owned Reflexology for the Body, Mind and Sole, LLC in Forest Hills, PA for 8 years and offers her services in Sewickley as well. Over that time, she has incorporated other holistic practices besides Reflexology such as ‘Emotional Freedom Techniques’ and ‘Bars’ into her business. These practices help encompass all aspects of healing – Body, Mind and Spirit.
Erin Daquelente, LCSW
Erin Daquelente is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She is currently employed by Glade Run Lutheran Services as a full time School-Based Therapist in the Mental Health Partnership Program. She provides individual therapy in Allderdice High School to students in grades 9-12. Erin also has been working as a psychotherapist in her part-time private practice since March 2010. She has recently relocated to a new office on Freeport Road in Fox Chapel. In her private practice, she sees patients from ages 12-65. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and her furry four legged children-Noah and Sam.Erin is the Treasurer on the Board of Directors of OMA, Center For Mind, Body, & Spirit. Erin is excited to be part of OMA’s journey and the possibility of bringing holistic wellness on a larger scale to others.
I was born and raised in Austin, TX. I spent 5 years living outside of Seattle, WA. I enjoy diversity and exploring different cultures. I have a beautiful, bright 8 year old son. I have been involved in the healthcare field since 1997.I currently work as a registered nurse at a local hospital. I am also a certified reiki practitioner. My grandmother and father played a huge role in sparking my interest in the healthcare field. I have known for a long time that my purpose in life is to help others. I am deeply passionate about holistic, preventive, natural, alternative, and energetic medicine and I look forward to the integration of these therapies into traditional medicine.I am excited beyond words and grateful to be a part of OMA and to have the opportunity to work with others who share a passion in helping others.
A graduate of Oberlin College, Callie has taught in independent schools in Pittsburgh for the past 7 years, and worked with children in various educational settings for over 12 years. Callie enjoys encouraging her students and the children in her care to think deeply about the world around them and helping them to develop the tools they need to recognize themselves as visionaries, believing in their ability to build a more just world by challenging injustice and working toward the freedom of all people. Callie is a proud mother of her four-year old son. She and her son live in East Liberty where they enjoy spending time with family and friends, romping around outside, creating art projects, and playing with race cars. Callie is excited to be a part of OMA and to work with others to alleviate the structures and forces that inhibit our ability to dream and to live fully.
Gail Hunter, LCSW, BCD
Gail has been in Private Practice as a psychotherapist in the Pittsburgh area since 1979 and is a holistic practitioner using EMDR, Brainspotting, and Energy Techniques . Gail is the President of the Board of Directors for OMA. She is also the President of Hunter Global Solutions which provides e-commerce fitness equipment and high end nutraceuticals to patients at a discount. She is a holistic practitioner and has always believed in everyone’s inner capacity to heal , remember the ‘truth’ of who we are innately and the abundance of possibilities we can create . She loves to spend time with her family, gardening, her 3 dogs, and fitness.
Maureen began hosting a Wellness Lecture Series in her home in 2010 to share information about holistic wellness. In the Fall of 2013, this expanded into the OMA Lecture Series that exists today. With a background in Event Planning in Washington, DC, Maureen enjoys all aspects of planning and organizing the lectures, workshops and classes offered by OMA and especially the opportunity to present and share information and inspiration from many different sources. She is a practitioner of Reiki and ThetaHealing. Maureen is forever interested in learning about our eternal, spiritual nature and dissolving the limitations in our beliefs that hold us back from being in touch with our own divinity and power. She loves many creative outlets including making jewelry, working with clay, sewing, painting and cooking and she feels especially blessed to be sharing life with her husband, their teenage twins and their dog, Ruby.
Phyllis Rupert, SPHR, M.S. Ed., Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
As a Diversity Consultant in the Office of Inclusion of one of the region’s largest healthcare organizations, Phyllis has a passion for health and wellness that is holistic and inclusive. Her present position follows a journey that began at B. Dalton Booksellers, a Barnes & Noble company, culminating there as the district’s training store manager. Currently, Phyllis consults with internal business leaders to build organizational success, high performance, and an inclusive culture through enterprise strategies, educational programming, communications planning, and high impact initiative deployment. New to the OMA board, she looks forward to leveraging her strengths, knowledge, and skills, in order to better strengthen and support the ongoing work of OMA in building the mental, physical, and spiritual health of individuals and families by involving, serving, and engaging all groups and communities.
Judith Traister, DPT, is a licensed physical therapist and recently retired faculty member of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Chatham University. Throughout her span of forty-six years as a physical therapist , she has been interested in health and wellness as well as the integration of traditional and alternative medicine. OMA has presented her an opportunity to continue these interests as a founding member and member of the Board.
Emily Gropp Carlson
Emily is a mother, poet, teacher, social justice activist, and co-founder of the Bonfire Reading Series. She lives with her partner and their child in East Liberty. Emily has worked with youth in various capacities including as a reading and writing teacher for students in Pre-Kindergarten through college, The Experiment in International Living’s study abroad program in Ghana, the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, Kensington Stables in Brooklyn, and Art in the Garden, a free summer program at Borland Garden sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee. Through these experiences and others Emily has developed an interest in indigenous healing practices, racial justice, and mindfulness in education. Her passion is in empowering people to tell their stories and, through this, cultivating our abilities to recognize connections—personal and structural—between all beings so that we can work together toward global healing.
Inactive Founding Members
Dr. Julie Caryl
Julie gave up a teaching career to become a Doctor of Chiropractic more than twenty years ago because she personally experienced how chiropractic can enhance one’s inherent potential to heal. She maintains advanced certifications in Applied Kinesiology and Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET). Julie enjoys activities like gardening, hiking, and biking that allow her to be in nature. She delights in spending time with her family in Iowa.
Donnie Day Pomeroy
Non-profit consultant specializing in strategic planning, grant writing and social entrepreneurship. While at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild Donnie created, launched two national social entrepreneurship leadership programs, CDC/ARI and the Denali Initiative. Currently working to create a Tibetan Cultural Center with the Vision to provide education about Tibet to Southwestern Pennsylvania. Also involved in several art projects such as Master Visual Artist and Knit the Bridge.
A passion to help others and enhance their quality of life has been the driving force and purpose in Jackie Rutkowski’s life. Over the past 12 years Jackie has dedicated her professional and personal life to Family House, LLC, a non-profit Hospital Hospitality House, serving the many patients and their families who travel to Pittsburgh Medical Centers seeking treatment for serious and often life- threatening medical conditions. Last year (2012) Jackie was spiritually drawn to a group of like-minded individuals who shared a similar vision; to fuse their individual talents and abilities together in an effort to create a Wellness Center. OMA Pittsburgh Wellness Center and the mission it will serve is a perfect path to take Jackie’s passion and abilities to a new level.
Bethany holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology from Penn State University. Bethany has worked with children with mental health and behavioral issues in a residential setting, children, adults, and seniors in crisis as part of a crisis response agency, and currently works as a Service Coordinator with Bethlehem Haven, providing services to the homeless and recently homeless women in Allegheny County. Bethany has far ranging interests from cooking and singing to running and knitting.
Linda Metropulos has been working in real estate development in Pittsburgh since 1995, initially creating space to enable artists to live and work in Pittsburgh and currently working with ACTION-Housing to develop affordable housing for vulnerable populations including youth aged out of foster care, veterans, homeless, and others needing supportive services in order to live independently. Her work has increasingly focused on the development of buildings and projects that are environmentally responsible and healthier for their occupants and engagement with communities working to establish a higher quality of life for all residents.
Caitlin holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology from Kenyon College. She is originally from the Pittsburgh area and has worked and volunteered at various social service, higher education and health nonprofit organizations in the area for the past six years. Caitlin currently works as the Great Lakes Region Manager of Online Communication for the Arthritis Foundation. Caitlin will begin studying for her 200 hour yoga certification in October 2013. She enjoys singing in an inter-generational women’s choir, going to concerts, running on the riverfront trail and spending time with her family.