Board of Directors at Upper Room of Erie

As a tax exempt, non-profit organization, the Upper Room of Erie is governed by a Board of Directors. The board is comprised of wonderful volunteer staff members and caring citizens from the Erie area. The members of the board are passionate about our mission and meet regularly to go over finances, monitor and assist program planning, and ensure that everything is running smoothly at The Upper Room of Erie.

Dr. Cris Taylor Executive Director   email:  director@upperroomerie.org   Cris spent twenty-six years in business, of which twenty years he owned and operated a two-store supermarket company and restaurants. He sold the company in 2003 and finished his PhD in Research Psychology through the Fielding Institute in Santa Barbara, CA., Harold Able School of Behavioral Science in Minnesota, and Medical University of South Carolina. He focused on research that explored and assessed addictions, sexual offense, and trauma.  Cris retired in 2012, at which time he sought a way to give back to the Erie community by way of volunteering. He came to The Upper Room as Executive Director in 2014 upon the retirement of its founder, Tom Schlaudecker.  In four years he has expanded the basic mission of the Upper Room to include women’s needs, expanded distribution of clothing and other items, and developed programs aimed at community safety and collaboration with other Erie Services for the poor and homeless.

Dr. Cris Taylor
Executive Director

email: director@upperroomerie.org

Cris spent twenty-six years in business, of which twenty years he owned and operated a two-store supermarket company and restaurants. He sold the company in 2003 and finished his PhD in Research Psychology through the Fielding Institute in Santa Barbara, CA., Harold Able School of Behavioral Science in Minnesota, and Medical University of South Carolina. He focused on research that explored and assessed addictions, sexual offense, and trauma.

Cris retired in 2012, at which time he sought a way to give back to the Erie community by way of volunteering. He came to The Upper Room as Executive Director in 2014 upon the retirement of its founder, Tom Schlaudecker.

In four years he has expanded the basic mission of the Upper Room to include women’s needs, expanded distribution of clothing and other items, and developed programs aimed at community safety and collaboration with other Erie Services for the poor and homeless.

Rev. Carl Hull (Retired)   Board President   Rev. Hull is a retired Presbyterian minister who served five congregations over forty-one years of service. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Grove City college and Master of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Prior to his retirement, Carl served St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Erie. It was here that he learned of the Upper Room and its mission to help and serve the poor and homeless of Erie.  Rev. Hull came to the Upper Room as its Chaplain in 2006, and has served most recently as board president. He and Dr. Taylor work hand-in-hand to assure the purpose and mission are at the forefront of activities, while continuing to expand services to better meet the needs of those less fortunate in the Erie Community.

Rev. Carl Hull (Retired)
Board President

Rev. Hull is a retired Presbyterian minister who served five congregations over forty-one years of service. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Grove City college and Master of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Prior to his retirement, Carl served St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Erie. It was here that he learned of the Upper Room and its mission to help and serve the poor and homeless of Erie.

Rev. Hull came to the Upper Room as its Chaplain in 2006, and has served most recently as board president. He and Dr. Taylor work hand-in-hand to assure the purpose and mission are at the forefront of activities, while continuing to expand services to better meet the needs of those less fortunate in the Erie Community.

Richard Haire Board Member   Rick has served on the board for many years. He is a retired educator. Rick also brings his expertise as an accomplished chef to Upper Room functions. He coordinates the annual volunteer picnic, and has cooked for both indoor activities and outdoor picnics.

Richard Haire
Board Member

Rick has served on the board for many years. He is a retired educator. Rick also brings his expertise as an accomplished chef to Upper Room functions. He coordinates the annual volunteer picnic, and has cooked for both indoor activities and outdoor picnics.

 
Ron Cooley Board Member   Ron serves multiple roles at The Upper Room. He manages the daily congregate areas as a staff member and is a consumer advocate for those who utilize services at The Upper Room. He oversees warming nights and reports directly to the executive director. Additionally, Ron represents the voice of consumers as he has served on the board for many years.

Ron Cooley
Board Member

Ron serves multiple roles at The Upper Room. He manages the daily congregate areas as a staff member and is a consumer advocate for those who utilize services at The Upper Room. He oversees warming nights and reports directly to the executive director. Additionally, Ron represents the voice of consumers as he has served on the board for many years.

John Leonardi Treasurer   Elected to the board in 2016, John serves as advisor on financial and treasurer matters. He is a financial advisor and tax accountant. John serves to advance the mission of the Upper Room on both finances and service functions. He is active each year helping with the annual beach party held on Presque Isle for the guests of the Upper Room.

John Leonardi
Treasurer

Elected to the board in 2016, John serves as advisor on financial and treasurer matters. He is a financial advisor and tax accountant. John serves to advance the mission of the Upper Room on both finances and service functions. He is active each year helping with the annual beach party held on Presque Isle for the guests of the Upper Room.

Elaine Hirsch Board Member   A retired educator, Elaine has served on the board of the Upper Room since its inception in 1995. She comes to the Upper Room every Monday and distributes various items and food products at her own expense, and has done so for years.

Elaine Hirsch
Board Member

A retired educator, Elaine has served on the board of the Upper Room since its inception in 1995. She comes to the Upper Room every Monday and distributes various items and food products at her own expense, and has done so for years.

 
Ronald Bryant Deputy Warden   Ron is a recent addition to the board, joining in 2016. By vocation, Ron is a Deputy Warden responsible for programming at The Erie County Prison. He brings expertise on the relation between homelessness and incarceration to the mission of The Upper Room.

Ronald Bryant
Deputy Warden

Ron is a recent addition to the board, joining in 2016. By vocation, Ron is a Deputy Warden responsible for programming at The Erie County Prison. He brings expertise on the relation between homelessness and incarceration to the mission of The Upper Room.

Alice Niebauer Secretary   Alice has served, and currently serves on numerous boards in the Erie Area and serves as board secretary for The Upper Room. She is tireless in her efforts and contribution to furthering the mission of the Upper Room and helping those who struggle with homelessness. She also acts as liaison between St. Paul’s United Church of Christ and The Upper Room.

Alice Niebauer
Secretary

Alice has served, and currently serves on numerous boards in the Erie Area and serves as board secretary for The Upper Room. She is tireless in her efforts and contribution to furthering the mission of the Upper Room and helping those who struggle with homelessness. She also acts as liaison between St. Paul’s United Church of Christ and The Upper Room.

Dr. Gae Anderson-Miller Events Coordinator   Gae is president of Anderson-Miller Consulting. As a long time board member she brings her expertise to the Upper Room’s mission, assisting with grant-writing and helping to plan and schedule events for the community of poor and homeless in Erie. Memorial Day picnic, coming up to its fifth year and attended by more than two-hundred and fifty, Halloween and other winter activities, and the largest Christmas party with gifts for the poor in the Erie area comprise examples of her efforts.

Dr. Gae Anderson-Miller
Events Coordinator

Gae is president of Anderson-Miller Consulting. As a long time board member she brings her expertise to the Upper Room’s mission, assisting with grant-writing and helping to plan and schedule events for the community of poor and homeless in Erie. Memorial Day picnic, coming up to its fifth year and attended by more than two-hundred and fifty, Halloween and other winter activities, and the largest Christmas party with gifts for the poor in the Erie area comprise examples of her efforts.

 
Dr. Steven Krauza Web and Internet Coordinator   Steve runs a chiropractic practice in Erie. He was elected to the board in 2017. Steve has taken on the responsibility to develop and expand The Upper Room’s various internet communication and social channels, including working with Epic Web Studios of Erie on the Upper Room’s Web presentation.

Dr. Steven Krauza
Web and Internet Coordinator

Steve runs a chiropractic practice in Erie. He was elected to the board in 2017. Steve has taken on the responsibility to develop and expand The Upper Room’s various internet communication and social channels, including working with Epic Web Studios of Erie on the Upper Room’s Web presentation.

Cheryl Pierce Board Member   Cheryl is the secretary of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ. Thus, she serves as a voice between the church and the Upper Room, which, although a separate entity, donates to the church for the space used as The Upper Room. Cheryl serves as nominations chair for the board of directors.

Cheryl Pierce
Board Member

Cheryl is the secretary of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ. Thus, she serves as a voice between the church and the Upper Room, which, although a separate entity, donates to the church for the space used as The Upper Room. Cheryl serves as nominations chair for the board of directors.

Dr. Kate Flick Board Member   Kate is a retired M.D from Saint Vincent. She has 36 years of experience. Her specialties include Family Medicine.

Dr. Kate Flick
Board Member

Kate is a retired M.D from Saint Vincent. She has 36 years of experience. Her specialties include Family Medicine.