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Our Story

PitCare, Inc. grew out of a vision that two couples had for becoming good neighbors in the economically challenged town of Pitcairn, PA. By moving into Pitcairn in 2010, this vision became a reality. Pitcare, Inc. was formed and attained its 501c3 Non-Profit status in June of 2014. By March of 2015, PitCare, Inc. hired its first Executive Director, who also took up residence in Pitcairn. By 2020, PitCare expanded its Board of Directors and hired a Director of Operations, along with a few support staff.

From the onset PitCare, Inc. has focused its resources on empowering families, building community, and promoting economic stability in the town in Pitcairn, PA.

Please check out the rest of our website to see how we are seeking to fulfill our mission.

Hours of Work

Our Mission

Empowering Families

Rebuilding Community

Economic Stability

Community Engagement

Directors and Staff

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Jeffrey R. Owen

Executive Director

Jeffrey R. Owen Executive Director is a founding member and former President of the Corporation. He earned his Law Degree from the Ohio State University School of Law in Columbus, Ohio after earning degrees in Political Science and English from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA. He has been practicing law for 33 years and has been the Managing Partner of the Cooper Owen & Renner Law Firm for the last 18 years. Jeff has served in leadership and board capacities for numerous companies and Christian ministries such as President of, a Member of the Standing Judicial Committee for the Presbyterian Church in America, and a Session Member of both Beulah Presbyterian Church and New Covenant Presbyterian Church. He currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Young Life Ministry’s Gateway/Franklin Regional Committee, and as a board member with Uniquely the Same. He and his wife, Dawn, have three daughters and three grandchildren. They currently reside in Pitcairn.

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Gary J. Agate

President and Director

Gary J. Agate President and Director is a founding member of PitCare. He retired from Turner Dairy Inc. as their Director of Operations. He currently acts as our Facilities Manager, runs the Bike Shop, and is constantly involved in all aspects of our organization. Gary is a Deacon and former Elder in the Presbyterian Church in America. In 2019 Gary walked from Pitcairn to Orlando, FL (1,300 miles) to inspire the kids in Pitcairn. He and his wife Carol are the parents of 7-children, 25-grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. They currently reside in Pitcairn.

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Dawn R. Owen

Treasurer and Director

Dawn R. Owen Treasurer and Director is a founding member of PitCare and serves on the Development Committee. She provides very valuable organizational and financial management expertise to our Organization. Dawn earned an Associate’s Degree in Business Sciences at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa and a Paralegal Certificate in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career as a paralegal in the early 1990's and quickly became and remains the Office Administrator, Business Manager and Senior Paralegal for the law firm of Cooper Owen & Renner, P.C. Dawn has also served as Treasurer of New Covenant Presbyterian Church and the Development Director and Board Member for Trinity Christian School. Dawn and her husband Jeff have three daughters and four grandchildren. They currently reside in Pitcairn.

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Stephen Uber

Secretary and Director

Stephen Uber Secretary and Director earned an Associate’s Degree in Administration from Penn State, a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Ministry from Crown College and a Master’s Degree in Christian Ministry & Leadership from Liberty University. Stephen is the Vice President and Area Director of S&T Bank. He was ordained in 2010 and became an Associate Pastor in charge of Youth at Crossroads Vineyard Church until 2013 when he left to help church plant Harvest Bible Chapel in Monroeville. Stephen and his wife Cory have five children.

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C. Scott Parsons

Director of Advancement and Director

C. Scott Parsons Director of Advancement and Director along with his duties as a board member, focuses on Vision Casting, and Development, as well as having oversight of the Kim Parsons Library and Community Center. Scott formerly served as PitCare’s first Executive Director. Scott earned his M.Div. degree in 1991 from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. Scott has served as a senior pastor in the Presbyterian Church in America denomination for 26 years. He also served on the Boards of Covenant Theological Seminary, Trinity Christian School, and Mon Valley Circles. Scott and his late wife, Kim, have eight children. He and his wife Terry currently reside in Chattanooga, TN along with their three daughters.

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Brian Zeisloft


Brian Zeisloft Director earned his Bachelors Degree in Marketing from Penn State University and his Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He spent five years as the executive director of The Open Door Youth Outreach in the West End of Pittsburgh, two years as the coordinator of the Bonner Scholars program at Waynesburg University, and eleven years at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank working directly with partner agencies to help enhance their ability to serve their communities. Brian has also volunteered in numerous ways with youth and food assistance ministries over the past 20 years. He has lived in Monroeville for the past eleven years with his wife and two children.

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Cody Bockelkamp


Cody Bockelkamp Director was born and raised in Harrisburgh, PA. He graduated from Liberty University in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and dual minors in Psychology and Strategic Intelligence. Shortly after graduating, he entered the police academy in Prince William County, VA where he worked for the next 3.5 years. During that time he and his family felt God's call into church planting. He was then assessed, trained, and sent out with the North American Mission Board to plant Missio Dei Community Church in Pittsburgh, PA. He and his wife Jessica have a son, Malachi.

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Curtis White


Curtis White Director was born in Braddock, Pennsylvania, Curtis is a graduate of Braddock High School and has a certification in Counseling. He is currently employed as a Maintenance Engineer for over 40 years at Bechtel Bettis – now Fluor Marine Corporation.

Curtis is also an Associate Pastor at The Lord’s Church of Pittsburgh. He is a 35+ year Firefighter and has been ministering in the maximum-security ward and other diverse areas at the Allegheny County Jail for over 25 years. Curtis’ passion is for men and women to be transformed through the Word of God to reach their God-given destiny.

Curtis is married to the love of his life – Niecy. He has a daughter (Danielle) and two grandsons (David and Lorenzo). His favorite scripture is Jeremiah 32:27 which reads – “I am the God of all flesh – is there anything too hard for me?”

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Heather Luimes

Director of Operations

Heather Luimes Director of Operations comes to us from Ontario, Canada. Heather oversees the daily operations of the PitCare organization. She is passionate about building community relationships and meeting the specific needs of Pitcairn. Heather was previously employed as a Store Manager at Home Depot, and brings with her 9 years of leadership and management experience in a variety of roles. She was an active member of Talbot Street Church, serving as a member of the Worship Committee and was involved in leading worship. For eight years Heather has also participated as a member of the planning and host teams for “Serve” sites through Youth Unlimited. Heather earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art at Calvin College as well as a Degree in Interior Design at Sheridan College. Heather currently resides in Pitcairn.

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Dan Casey

Meals on Wheels Program Coordinator

Dan Casey Meals on Wheels Manager has worked in the food service industry for over 30 years. He has been a cook/chef at various restaurants and catering companies in the greater Pittsburgh area and also was owner/operator of his own restaurant. He joined the Meals on Wheels team as their manager in November 2017. With his experience, he brings a professional structure and consistency to the meals on wheels program.

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Jarrett Highsmith

FOCUS Beyond the Field Coordinator & Coach

Jarrett Highsmith FOCUS Beyond the Field Coordinator & Coach is a 2004 graduate of Peabody High School. During his career at Peabody, Jarrett earned All-City honors his Junior and Senior years, and played in the Pennsylvania East-West All Star game in 2004. He was also named a Tribune Review Top Ten Defensive Lineman in Western Pa, a list that includes WPIAL Hall of Fame inductee A.Q. Shipley. Jarrett continued to play football at Seton Hill University in Greensburg Pa. There, Jarrett earned an All-Conference Honorable Mention award, and was named team Defensive MVP during the 2006 season. Jarrett’s football career was ended by a knee injury in the 2007 season.

After graduating in 2009, Jarrett moved to Philadelphia with his family. It was there where he cultivated a passion working with youth. Jarrett worked 8 years at a juvenile placement facility serving as a counselor and a coach to teenage boys who found themselves searching for an opportunity to learn from their mistakes and become successful contributors to their community. Jarrett’s work led him back to the Pittsburgh area in 2018, where he and his wife Ashley, continue their passion of working with youth.

“There is not a more rewarding feeling than when you’ve put in countless hours with a child, and then watching them grow up into young adults. And one day, they come back to you and say that they remember some feedback you gave them years ago, and it stuck with them all this time. And then they thank you. That’s what makes it all worth it.”

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Victoria Matthews

Library & Community Center Coordinator

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Katie Agate

Social Media and Marketing Coordinator

Katie Agate Social Media and Marketing Coordinator is a 2002 graduate of Covenant College in Georgia, majoring in English and Secondary Education. Previously, Katie taught middle school English at Trinity Christian School and is the owner of Katie Agate Consulting, LLC. Katie and her husband Michael have three kids: Madalyn (18), Owen (16), and Sawyer (14). They currently reside in Penn Hills.

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Carol Agate

Assistant Treasurer and Administrative Support

Carol Agate Assistant Treasurer and Administrative Support is a founding member and former Director of PitCare. She has served in many capacities since its inception. Carol is a graduate of The Sawyer School of Business, is a former Medical Assistant and Paralegal, and currently owns her own business, Agate Services, LLC in which she provides Administrative Services Virtually. Carol is mom to 7 children, g-ma to 25, and great-g-ma to 1. She resides in Pitcairn with her husband Gary.

Volunteering At Pitcare

Our Volunteers

One of the best parts of PitCare is providing opportunities for our friends, local businesses, and congregations to help a local non-profit in a sustained and effective manner.

Connected Organizations

Connected Organizations

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Uniquely the Same

Meals on Wheels America

Clarity Squared

YoungLife Gateway

Westinghouse SURE

Pitcairn Assembly of God Church

Presbyterian Church of Pitcairn

The Lord's Church

Missio Dei Community Church

Reclamation Church