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Renee Steffen, Executive Director

Renee Steffen

Executive Director

Renee has over ten years of nonprofit experience in West Virginia and Ohio. Before joining the Sisters Health Foundation in 2011, she managed a resource center for a nonprofit capacity building organization and also served a two-year term as an AmeriCorps*VISTA member at Marietta College.  While at Marietta College, she coordinated volunteer service opportunities with students and helped respond to the needs of the local nonprofit community.

Renee’s current community involvement includes serving in advisory roles with Philanthropy West Virginia, Nonprofits LEAD, and as a member of Athens Professionals for Philanthropy.  She earned her master’s degree in public administration from Ohio University where she also served as the production coordinator for the creation of a nonprofit board governance DVD.  She received her bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from Defiance College.

In her spare time, Renee enjoys running and exploring the hidden gems of small towns in Appalachia.

Sister Molly Bauer, Senior Program Officer

Sister Molly Bauer

Senior Program Officer

Born and raised in Wheeling, WV, Sister Molly Bauer earned her undergraduate degree in elementary education from West Liberty State College and completed a graduate degree in pastoral ministry from the University of Dayton, where she also served as an online facilitator in its Virtual Learning Community Faith Formation Program in the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives.

As a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph, Sister Molly has 36 years of experience in education and pastoral ministry. She has served on a variety of boards and committees connected to the mission of the Congregation, including the Sisters of St. Joseph Ministry Endowment Fund Committee, the Resource Sharing Task Force, the Sesquicentennial Committee, and the Wheeling CSJ Associate Advisory Council. She was a founding member of the Board of ABLE Families, Inc., a sponsored ministry of the Congregation of St. Joseph, located in Mingo County, WV. While living in southern WV she helped initiate the Monroe County Coalition for Children and Families and Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for abused and neglected children in Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties. In 2004, Sister Molly became health ministry initiative program director; she assumed the role of program officer in 2013.

Contact Sr. Molly to ask if your grant request may be a good fit for our foundation.

Shei Sanchez, Grants and Communications Manager

Shei Sanchez

Grants and Communications Manager

An Ohio transplant raised in the east coast, Shei earned her bachelor’s degree in art history from New York University and a master’s degree in teaching English from School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Before joining the Sisters Health Foundation in 2017, Shei served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member for Live Healthy Appalachia, where she helped build capacity for healthy eating and active living programs through strategic plan implementation and volunteer coordination for the children’s program Live Healthy Kids. She also has had 12 years of experience in education and leadership in both the U.S. and Southeast Asia, primarily in Thailand. As an educator, she led adult programs and taught university courses in various institutions and learning centers, in online and classroom settings. Shei also trained Thai teachers of English through the U.S. Embassy Regional English Language Office and the Royal Distance Learning Foundation. Since moving to Athens County, Shei has been involved in the community through different volunteer opportunities and community groups in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

In her free time, Shei writes short stories and poetry, teaches yoga, enjoys chicken husbandry, and plays with her four dogs.

Contact Shei if you have questions about the grant application process, including technical questions about how to submit an online grant application.

John Leite, Substance Use Disorder Collaborative Director

John Leite

Substance Use Disorder Collaborative Director

As SUD Collaborative Director, John builds collaborative relationships between regional stakeholders to address substance use disorders in the Mid-Ohio Valley.  In his role, he brings together local organizations and community leaders to identify needs and build strategies for addressing addiction through a “whole-person” approach.

John has vast experience working to improve the health of local communities by leading collaborative projects for both non-profit and for-profit organizations.  He has been successful in implementing projects that improved communication across the medical neighborhood, care coordination for first-time non-violent drug offenders, and health information technology for healthcare providers.  John is particularly skilled at building collective impact models that empower local stakeholders to drive process change.

John graduated from Ohio University in 2012 and currently is a resident of Athens, OH.  In his free time, John enjoys playing golf, running, and hiking with his dog, Rusty.

John’s position is a collaboration among the Sisters Health Foundation, Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley, The Bernard McDonough Foundation, and the Fenton Foundation. 

For more information on the collaborative, please visit