Board Members


Lucinda Swearingen

Lucinda Swearingen graduated from Carlow University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She has worked for the past several years as a public health nurse in the Maternal Child Health Department of Allegheny County. She visits with first-time moms and their babies through the Nurse-Family Partnership program. She is also trained as a certified lactation counselor which helps her provide breastfeeding support to families. She met Zita when they started working together with Nurse-Family Partnership. She has been involved with Zita’s Healthy Beginnings from the start and has been honored to watch it grow over the years.

Dorretta Lemon

She is a registered nurse with numerous years of experience especially in the area of pediatric and women’s health. She is a board member of the March of Dimes in Pittsburgh area which is one of the biggest non profit organisation groups taking care of premature children. Doretta is a strong member of her church and plays important role in assisting family re-unions.

Johannes Hogenhout

I am semi-retired as the term goes. Retirement means to me ” You have lived a useful life, now you may disappear.”

Not believing in the concept of ” retirement”, I am, as I have been in my 50 + years in the construction industry, inspired to look for ways to improve my client’s life in any way I could.

My biggest achievement is having inner contentment, abundant appreciation, gratitude, respect for all life, and a conscious awareness of God in my life.

There, but for the Grace of God goes I.

Dr Emmanuel Chikodi Iwuoha MBBS, MTh, MSL, LFP

Was born and raised in Umuawuchi Uboma, Imo state Nigeria.

He completed primary, secondary and tertiary education in Nigeria.

Studied Medicine at the University of Benin , Nigeria and graduated in 1993, and  Practiced in three specialties, namely general practitioner, obstetrics & gynecology. He migrated to USA, and had further training and practiced anesthesiology and pain management.

He currently does part time medical consulting , financial education and a full time minister at Christ Embassy Church in Arlington Texas

Happily married with kids.

Julie Arnheim

Julie Arnheim has understood the need to educate girls and women through her personal experiences. Julie attended The Ellis School for Girls for her Primary and Middle school years. She then attended Taylor Allderdice High School, a Pittsburgh Public School. Julie opted to return to being educated at Chatham College, a historical Women’s College in Pittsburgh. Julie appreciated her education at Chatham she … 

Dr. Braxter

Betty J. Braxter, PhD, CNM, RN is the Associate Dean of the Undergraduate Program, and Associate t Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Nursing. She works with undergraduate and second degree students in the maternal-child course.  She also works with graduate students in the midwifery program at the School of Nursing. She teaches a nurse-midwife global and community didactic course and clinical practicum. She has served on dissertation committees and capstone projects targeting tobacco use, high risk prenatal care (e.g., gestational diabetes), and community engagement.As a certified nurse-midwife, she has managed care of women across the lifespan. Clinical activities have also required her to provide care to women experiencing postpartum depression and other mental health disorders.Her research interests target tobacco use inclusive of electronic cigarettes among childbearing age women. Her academic preparation has allowed her to conduct and direct quantitative analyses as well as qualitative analyses (i.e., content analysis). She has also been trained in a qualitative data collection method known as focus group. Her clinical expertise, research interest, and academic preparation are well aligned with the aims of the female veteran mental health first aid project.

Mark Owens

Mark Owens was born in Highpoint NC and grew up in Charlotte NC. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1998 and a Master’s in Business Administration from Webster University in 2007.

He is currently the Strategy Officer for True Velocity, a technology company headquartered in Garland TX, and the President of O2 Defense. O2 Defense is a consulting company specializing in Business Development opportunities with the United States Government.  He sits on several National Defense Industrial Association Boards, as well as volunteering for charities and non-profits. He currently lives in Tampa FL with his wife Angela and their two dachshunds.

John Tarr

John hosts and interviews people on Christ Talk podcasts.

He was a professional photographer for many years of his life.

He has taught many family members and friends how to take high quality images with DSLR Nikons and now professional cell phone images and video.

He started a wedding photography business with these same people for many years.

John became disabled in 2008 from a hip replacement that became infected.

John then went back to college and studied for Graphic Arts degree which he received in 2011. In the process, he learned how to make professional WordPress websites like you see here.

He uses all his Graphic Arts skills to make websites, printed and digital material stand out.

John is well versed in Adobe products such as Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop and Premiere Pro for video design.

You can view a sample of his work in a website he designed to show his Graphic Design, Website Design and Photography skills here on John Tarr Portfolio

Kurt Roskopf

Kurt continually advocates for people with disabilities, showcasing abilities utilizing technology and relationships to make relevant connections locally and across the globe.

He serves as Ambassador of not The Disability Channel and the renamed Adaptive Division of the Wisconsin Waterski Federation.

He currently hosts/cohosts weekly podcasts including both “World of Ability” and “Compassionate Citizens” and began in 2016 with “AbilityMKE Now!” live on Riverwest Radio out of Milwaukee, WI.

His deep dive into the world of advocacy amazingly began with water skiing more than 30 years ago. His leadership has included several local nonprofit Board positions and serving for two years as vice-chair of the Wisconsin Governor’s Committee for People with Disabilities.

He has recently brought a global connection to Wisconsin as the first Wisconsin Host for the Happy Neighborhood Project.


Henry Ikechukwu Nnabugwu

Henry Ikechukwu Nnabugwu. He graduated with a degree in banking and finance. He is the CEO of Henry’s Agro Poultry Business in Nigeria.

Dr. Korie

A humble leader who loves God and has great passion in serving people. He is a medical doctor in Nigeria and a pediatrician, he works at the federal medical center, Umuahia, Abia State. He loves to work and help the vulnerable population in Nigeria. He is the medical director of Zita’s healthy Beginnings. His hobbies include reading, singing and traveling.

Kingsley Onyebuchi Nwachukwu

An entrepreneur and Founder Of Kindel group of companies a Hygiene and Agro Allied products manufacturers. The company manufactures coated peanuts and cookies using products from farms as basic raw materials.

Before Kindel, Kingsley has been involved in the planning and growth of Nigeria’s biggest local drug manufacturer Emzor Pharmaceuticals Ltd where he made a career spanning over 20 years.

He also helped to establish Chemiron Nig Ltd another pharmaceutical company.

In all these companies Kingsley has provided Uboma sons and daughter an opportunity to further their respective careers .

Mr Nwachukwu concerns for good health led him into organizing a medical outreach in Umuawuchi Uboma during the centenary celebration of St Paul Anglican Church Umuawuchi Uboma by mobilizing 3 Doctors and 5 Nurses to test and treat Uboma citizens free of charge with full complements of medicines. More than 200 peoples benefited.

Kingsley is passionate about education especially at primary and secondary school level. This led him to form (Umuawuchi Impact Group) a group of young men from Umuawuchi to construct a block of 3 classrooms to alleviate the suffering of children in Umuawuchi and its environs.

Kingsley is a business strategy specialist. He hold a degree in Business Administration and Alumni of University of Lagos,Lagos Business School and Nigeria institute of Management Chattered. He is from Umuawuchi Uboma in Ihitte/Uboma LGA of Imo State Nigeria and married to Ndidi Anyalebechi and blessed with four Children.

Dr. Kingsley Chijioke Okeke

Dr Kingsley Chijioke OKEKE hails from Umuawuchi in Ihitte/Uboma Local Government Area of IMO State. Studied Zoology from University of Nigeria Nsukka before proceeding to study Medicine and Surgery from University of Nigeria Enugu Campus. Presently working at the Community Medicine department of Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital as a Public Health Physician. I presently holds the Membership Certificate of the West African College of Physician in Community Health. Have also done a lot of WHO certificate Courses on Immunization. Also holds and executive certificate course on Health management and health systems from Ebonyi State University. Enjoys a lot of humanitarian services and have carried out so many health missionary outreaches in many rural communities of the Country.

Rev. Fr. Kingsley Onyekuru

He is a Redemptorist Priest. A humble leader who loves God and has great passion in serving people.

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Maternal Health Care
Service Type
Maternal Health Care
Provider Name
Zita's Healthy Beginnings,Pennsylvania- Telephone No.1-(412) 926-6662
Nigeria - Pennsylvania
Maternal mortality in Nigeria is among the highest in the world, largely due to unavailability and inadequacy of health care services. We seek to reduce maternal mortality rates and foster the body, mind, and spirit of all Nigerian mothers.