About Us


The churches in the Allegheny Valley area desire to witness their unity in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior through the Allegheny Valley Association of Churches. The Allegheny Valley Association of Churches provides an ecumenical agency for cooperation in evangelism, mission, Christian education, worship and social concerns.

The Association is made up of both clergy and lay people from 54 member churches in the Allegheny Valley area. The Association of Churches reaches out to the community in a number of ways, all demonstrating that the love of God does make a difference in people’s lives.

The AVAC Ministry Center is located at 1913 Freeport Road in Natrona Heights, two doors from McDonald’s. You can contact us by either calling our office at (724) 226-0606 or by e-mailing through our contact page.  Our business hours are Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Our Staff:

Karen Snair, Executive Director

Tina McCallian, Administrative Assistant

Ruthanne Hackman. Programs Manager

Beth Kendra, Assistance Coordinator

Open, Brighter Future Support Services Case Manager

Donna McLaughlin, Family Promise Case Manager

Jessica Mangol, Family Promise House Operations Manager

Bryan Heyl, Family Promise Evening Supervisor

Jamie Zemann, Family Promise Direct Service Advocate & Food Bank Delivery

Jayne Bakos, AVAC Food Bank Coordinator

Keith Riffer, AVAC Food Bank Assistant

Millie Napoletano, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Coordinator

Open, Hospitality Homes Case Manager

Sarah Booher, Hospitality Homes Case Manager

Rev. Robert Waterloo, Hospitality Homes Property Manager

Kathi DeSantis, Hospitality Homes Resource Manager

Doug Orseno, Faith in Action Coordinator