Christine Haas, Executive Director: Christine has been the executive director of The Midwife Center since 2002. Prior to working as Executive Director, she served as a member of the founding board of the organization, after it re-incorporated as an independent non-profit practice in 2000.
Ms. Haas has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Sociology, with a concentration in Women’s Studies. She has more than 20 years experience working with non-profit organizations focused on women’s health and advocacy. She was named the 2011 “Woman Who Makes a Difference” by The Zonta Club of Pittsburgh. She currently serves at the president of the American Association of Birth Centers Foundation board.
Erica Biesinger, Finance & Operations Manager: Erica has been with The Midwife Center since November 2014. She comes to TMC from Monongahela Valley Hospital, where she was a Senior Corporate Accountant. She has a Master of Science in Business Administration from California University of Pennsylvania, where she went on to work as an accountant for two years at their Student Association after earning her degree.
When she’s not at TMC, Erica likes to travel, drink red wine, attend/host dinner parties, camp, and go to concerts.
Kate Sweeney, Client Service Associate: Kate first became involved with The Midwife Center as a volunteer in summer 2015 and helped at several events before becoming an employee at TMC in July of 2016. She was drawn to The Midwife Center because she is a certified doula and is passionate about empowering women in their birth and reproductive health choices. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Forensic Science from Chatham University and plans to pursue a degree in Midwifery.
In her spare time, Kate is a DJ and organizes local benefits and shows. She loves gardening, camping, hiking, sewing, playing synthesizers and going to shows.
Kim Abersold, Medical Biller: Kim received her Associate Degree in Specialized Business, Medical Office Management in 2003 from the Newport Business Institute. She has been serving as TMC’s medical biller since she joined the practice in July 2003.
Rachel Dingfelder, Development Coordinator: Rachel has been working at The Midwife Center since 2009. She loves the empowering, friendly and client-centered atmosphere of the birth center. Rachel primarily works on fundraising campaigns, marketing and communications, and events like Let Them Eat Cake.
Rachel graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Nonfiction Writing. In addition to her interest in reproductive health and advocacy, Rachel loves riding her bike to work, dancing, cooking and playing music with friends (trombone!).
Renae Green, Community Engagement Coordinator: Renae started working at The Midwife Center in August 2015, and became Community Engagement Coordinator in April 2016. She has six years of administrative experience, both at large corporations and small businesses. After high school, Renae joined the military and served in the PA National Guard for six active years. She also studied Pre-Engineering Science at Penn State Main Campus and CCAC.
Renae is now working again after having her son, Blaise. She loves being a mother, reading, sewing, travel and listening to good music. Say hello to Renae when you come in for a visit!
Ru Emmons, Client Service Manager: Ru joined TMC’s front office staff in January 2015. Ru is very passionate about healthcare access, particularly within the queer and trans* community, and is so lucky to work with people who feel the same way.
Outside of TMC, Ru is a performance artist, rock-climber, and intentional community member. They feel grateful to have the opportunity to provide clients with information and support, and to be surrounded by such incredible caregivers.
Theresa Bosco, Intake Specialist: Theresa is responsible for helping new clients set up their care, and helps to explain their insurance plans and their financial responsibility. She is passionate about putting a human element to the often confusing world of insurance.
Theresa was born and raised in Pittsburgh and still finds new reasons to fall in love with the city. She happily resides in the North Hills with her two favorite people in the world – her son and her fiance. Theresa spends her time cooking and baking, and loves art, writing, camping and geocaching.
Her love of volunteering and outreach experience in the LGBTQ community led her on new pathways, which brought her to The Midwife Center in August 2014.