ABOUT US

Life Choices has been called to be a culture-changer for our community and since 1984, we’ve been dedicated to meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of young men, women and families facing unplanned pregnancies, offering life-affirming options to those in this difficult situation.

ABOUT US

Life Choices has been called to be a culture-changer for our community and since 1984, we’ve been dedicated to meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of young men, women and families facing unplanned pregnancies, offering life-affirming options to those in this difficult situation.

Our History

Life Choices (originally Pregnancy Support Services) was established in 1984 after a concerned group of people, under the leadership of Jessie Schaeffer, felt a pro-life presence was needed in Armstrong County.

Jessie started with a phone hotline run out of her home and by 1989, Life Choices was operating out of an office on North McKean Street in Kittanning.

As the ministry grew over the years, Life Choices continued to provide FREE pregnancy tests, guidance and practical support to men, women and families in Armstrong County. Through these services, we have the opportunity to share hope and love with each person who walks through our doors, making us one of the most effective outreach centers in our community.

In 2005, the office was moved to Route 422 beside the Kittanning Dairy Queen.

Since its establishment, Life Choices has had the opportunity to touch the lives of hundreds of clients and expanded our services to include parenting classes, men’s counseling, post-abortion support and a Baby Boutique stocked with new and gently used maternity and baby items.

In 2002, Life Choices began presenting programs to promote sexual abstinence until marriage to students.   After a rebrand in 2017, My Choice Education is currently presneting a variety of Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) courses to over 3,000 students annually at over 15 locations (including schools, prisons, youth groups, and social services).  

In 2011, Life Choices grew yet again and opened My Choice Medical Clinic in Kittanning, PA; a dream the ministry had since inception. Now young women facing unplanned pregnancies can receive a free ultrasound, in addition to free pregnancy testing and loving consultations.

Then in 2012, the second My Choice Medical Clinic was opened in downtown Butler, PA. And the following year, 2013, by the grace of God, the third My Choice Medical Clinic opened on the edge of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA. In 2018, we opened our fourth My Choice Medical Clinic in Greensburg, PA.  

In 2017, God fulfilled the vision to open a Maternity Home in Butler County.    We opened our doors to “The Inn, Maternity Home” in October 2017.   Since opening our doors at The Inn, God has given us a way to not only save one life, but two.

We now offer free STD testing at all four of our medical clinics.

Because of our fantastic curriculum that takes a holistic approach to healthy choices and sexual integrity, we have been able to start educating the inmates in the Butler County Prison , the Armstrong County Jail and the Indiana County Jail. 

STAFF MEMBERS

Angela Kupas
Executive Director
Angela@yourlifechoicesinfo.com

Jackie Leonard
Director of Development
Jackie@yourlifechoicesinfo.com

Christy Pittman
Maternity Home Coordinator
Christy@yourlifechoicesinfo.com

Martin Mandak
Education Director,
Prison Specialist
Marty@yourlifechoicesinfo.com

Katie Stolitza, RN
Nurse Manager
Katie@pregnantnowwhat.com

BJ Hyatt
My Choice Education
bj@yourlifechoicesinfo.com

Bri Sherman
Development Assistant
Bri@yourlifechoicesinfo.com

Jodie Gordish
Office Assistant/Clinic Director
Jodie@yourlifechoices.com

Joey Vegerano
Donor Relations
Joey@yourlifechoicesinfo.com

Valerie Checkeye
House Mom, The Inn
Valerie@yourlifechoicesinfo.com

Medical Directors
Dr Michele Oleksak
Dr Amanda Vaglia

Support Staff
Pat Throckmorton
Prayer Coordinator

CLINIC & BOARD

BUTLER ClINIC

Emalee Hohn
Butler Clinic Director

Karen  Graham, RN
Butler Nurse

INDIANA CLINIC

Emily Versace
Indiana Clinic Director

Sara Gandolfi, RN
Indiana Nurse

KITTANNING CLINIC

Reca Wilson
Kittanning Clinic Director

Tracy Ruggles, RN
Butler/Kittanning Nurse

GREENSBURG CLINIC

Jodie Gordish
Greensburg Clinic Director

Hannah Grubbs, RN
Greensburg Nurse

BOARD MEMBERS

Pastor Brandon Lenhart
President
Pastor Bob Huber
Vice President
Jimmy Rickard
Secretary
Becky Smith
Treasurer
Jeanine DeHaven
Barb Rearick