Christina C. Duncan, Executive Director

Christina joined Milagro House as its Executive Director in 2017. She brings more than 20 years of experience working in nonprofit management, development and marketing. Christina 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.

A graduate of Leadership Lancaster’s Core Class (2015), Christina has served on boards and committees including Leadership Lancaster, Crispus Attucks Community Center, Lancaster Osteopathic Health Foundation, Warwick Education Foundation and the Senior Care Development Network. She is a member of Association of Fundraising Professionals (Central PA) and the Susquehanna Valley Planned Giving Council. Christina holds a BA in Psychology/Fine Arts from Arcadia University and a MA in Corporate and Public Communication from Seton Hall University. While her professional achievements reflect her commitment to her community, her two sons, James and Sam are her greatest personal joy.

Kristy Gismot, Director of Funding and Sustainability

Kristy joined Milagro House at the end of February 2022. She came to the team with an eclectic professional background including fundraising, higher education leadership, and service provision in the human services. In all of her experiences, Kristy has found the common and essential thread of providing service and opportunity to others.

Prior to joining our team, Kristy served as Director of Development for CHI St. Joseph Children's Health, Horizons at Lancaster Country Day School, worked in grateful patient fundraising at Penn State Health, and served as Director of Annual Giving with the University of Northern Colorado. She spent the first several years of her career working in mental health and social services and later moved into higher education. She earned her MSW degree from Binghamton University and her BA in Psychology from Lock Haven University.

Kristy was born and raised in rural northeastern PA and lived in the southern tier of NYS before moving to Colorado in 2012. Kristy, her husband, and their son returned to the northeast and made Lancaster their home in 2018.

Anne Kinderwater Carroll, Director of Education

Anne joined the Milagro House staff in 2021. She has been an educator for 25 years, serving in a variety of roles including classroom teacher, K-8 Science Coordinator, Assistant Principal/Dean of Students, and as Principal (elementary and middle school) in the Penn Manor School District. She also served as the Executive Director of the Penn Manor Education Foundation where she worked in partnership with the Foundation and school district administration to institute the Strong and Healthy Families initiative.

Anne also served as a part-time faculty member within Millersville University’s Educational Foundations department. Of note, she worked with teacher candidates to integrate implicit bias awareness to promote safe, brave spaces in schools and collaborated with colleagues to provide course content focusing on the needs of marginalized populations, the recognition of social and emotional awareness, and the importance of technology in the classroom.

Anne received her B.A. from the University of Delaware, her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Millersville University and her Ed.D. from Millersville and Shippensburg Universities. Her dissertation work centered on educational equity.

In the community, Anne has co-chaired the Trauma-Informed School Partnership (Manheim Township), served as a classroom volunteer with Junior Achievement and has promoted mental health awareness through her support of Aevidum in local districts. She also volunteers with local scouting troops and at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Anne and her husband live in Lancaster with their two daughters and just enough four-legged friends.

Natalie Ortiz, Lead Family Advocate

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.