Christina C. Duncan, Executive Director

Christina joined the Milagro House staff in 2017. She brings more than 15 years of experience working in nonprofit management, development and marketing. She has a strong personal commitment to align herself with organizations and initiatives that empower individuals and families to live full and productive lives free from the boundaries defined by poverty, lack of education and discrimination. Christina holds a BA in Psychology/Fine Arts from Arcadia University and an MA in Corporate and Public Communication from Seton Hall University.

A graduate of leadership Lancaster’s 2015 Core Class, Christina also serves on Leadership Lancaster’s Board of Directors and GROW Committee and on the Development Committees for the Lancaster Osteopathic Health Foundation and for Crispus Attucks Community Center. She is the immediate past committee chair for Crispus Attucks’ annual MLK Breakfast and will continue that role in 2018. Christina resides in Millersville, and is particularly proud of the wonderful young men her two sons have grown to be.

Allison Troutman, Director of Education

Allison Troutman has wanted to be a teacher since the age of eight. After graduating from Shippensburg University in 2002 with her BS in Elementary Education, her dream became a reality when she became a preschool teacher at the preschool classroom on campus. Soon after she had the opportunity to become a director of an early childhood center, which started a 16 year stint in the world of early childhood education. In the past 16 years, Allison has worked at many early learning centers as a director, worked as an Early Learning Coordinator for Lancaster Head Start, and gotten her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from California University. Allison is a life long learner and is excited about her new role as the GED teacher, where she knows she will be learning many new things every day with her students.

Allison lives in Lititz with her husband, Nick, and two teenagers, Sierra and Christian, and her calico cat, Percy. In her free time she enjoys hiking, wine tasting, yoga, and working in her garden. Her future goals include learning to ride a motorcycle (she’s close!) and being able to perform an unassisted pull-up (she’s not close!).

Natalie Ortiz, Career and Community Navigator

Natalie started at Milagro House as an intern. After completing her degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Pennsylvania State University she became the Career and Community Navigator. She is excited to help the women transition out of Milagro House and follow up with them after they leave. Before starting at Milagro House Natalie worked as a childcare teacher for 15 years. She has three children of her own and enjoys spending time with her family.

Lindy Shipman, Case Manager

Lindy grew up in Lancaster County and graduated from Millersville University with a BSW in Social Work. She currently resides in Brownstown, PA. She has five years of Social Work experience working in the Healthcare setting. As a result of her passion for learning and helping others, Lindy began her journey with Milagro House in July 2018.

Shiobhain Doherty, Program Director

After graduating from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland with a Master of Arts in Business Management, Shiobhain moved to the United States in 1994. Since then she has made Lancaster, PA her home.

Her work experience in the USA started at Turkey Hill Dairy as a Market Research & Product Development Manager. She then took up a merchandising position at Ten Thousand Villages. Her work with this fair trade leader created poverty alleviation opportunities through fair wages and committed trading relationships with artisans in developing countries. Through this work, Shiobhain was inspired by the strength and determination of mothers around the world to provide nutrition, education, health care and a better future for their children. She is ready to support a similar mission in our local village at Milagro House through innovative and relevant programming.

When she is not working, you can find her supporting the mission of the Girls on the Run program. She is also an active Welcome Team member for Church World Service. Shiobhain enjoys extensive global travel, most frequently to visit family and ramble along the rugged west coast of Ireland.

Ashley Sellers, Administrative Coordinator & Bookkeeper

Ashley began her journey with Milagro House in December 2018. She graduated from York College with a degree in Mass Communications and has 2.5 years of HR experience. She is looking forward to building a connection with the women and children of Milagro House and the city of Lancaster. Ashley currently resides in Middletown with her boyfriend, Zach.