Co-Founders

Tom Crowe

President, Co-Founder, Member of the Board, Classroom Assistant

Tom Reading to Children

Tom Crowe has lived in the Labelle neighborhood of Steubenville since May 2008. He has been involved in non-profit, mission-oriented organizations dedicated to helping people improve their lives his entire professional life. After he and Noëlle were married in 2017 he learned more about the Montessori method and its underlying philosophy and recognized that it had significant potential to aid what ails the society around him. He and Noëlle founded Hilltop Children’s House in 2017, with the children’s house opening in fall 2018. Since the founding, Tom has served as president of the organization, chief maintenance man, chief fundraiser, webmaster, and whatever else is needed.

This year, 2020-21, that also means he has stepped into the role of classroom assistant after the sudden departure of the new assistant at the beginning of the year. As assistant the appreciation he already had for Montessori has deepened significantly. He also had the benefit of completing the Assistant Training with the Southwest Institute of Montessori Studies, one of the AMI facilities in the U.S.

Noëlle Crowe

Vice President, Co-Founder, Classroom Guide, Member of the Board

Noëlle Crowe earned her bachelor’s degree from Franciscan University in 1995 and then lived in the Labelle neighborhood of Steubenville for two years while she was earning her MBA, also at FUS. She then left Steubenville, but moved back in 2016. Noëlle’s professional career has been mostly in education, particularly as a leader of religious education programs. She received training in all three levels of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, which is the Montessori method applied to religious education. From that foundation she sought other opportunities to bring the Montessori method to others who could benefit from it. After she and Tom were married in 2017 she introduced the idea of establishing a Montessori program in the Labelle neighborhood, where many families are struggling.

In 2021 Noëlle significantly upgraded her Montessori expertise by completing the primary guide certification program through the AMI-certified Southwest Institute of Montessori Studies.

Since opening the doors in fall 2018, Noëlle has served as the guide in the children’s house, as well as vice president of the organization, plus as a major fundraiser, and whatever else has been needed.

Members of the Board of Trustees

Robert Corzine

Chairman of the Board

Robert Corzine has lived in the Labelle neighborhood of Steubenville since 2003 and works in education. He is a charter member of the Board of Hilltop Children’s House, and has been the chairman of the Board since our founding in 2017.

James Wurzler

Secretary

James Wurzler has a background in Montessori education and had two daughters at Hilltop Children’s House. He has lived in the Labelle neighborhood of Steubenville for many years and loves opportunities to make a difference in others’ lives.

Heidi Ryan

Treasurer
Heidi Ryan and her husband, Bill, own and operate Dungeon Hollow Brewery and have two children in attendance at Hilltop Children’s House. Heidi has a passion for making things happen and helping others to improve their lives.

David Mathews

Dave Mathews lived in the Labelle neighborhood of Steubenville for many years until he and his wife, Sara, moved to Wintersville. Dave has been a friend of Hilltop Children’s House since our founding and has assisted on many physical plant projects. His wife, Sara, was our classroom assistant for two years, and their eldest child was part of our inaugural class.

Jan Yabs

Jan Yabs and his wife, Molly, live in the Pleasant Heights neighborhood of Steubenville. Jan is a financial planner. He and Molly love our hometown of Steubenville and helping to make good things happen for our town.