Sister Support is a non-profit organization which seeks to empower women, female entrepreneurs, and artists to realize their greatest potential.
Our goal is to support the three basic needs of all women: the need to self-actualize, the need to leave a legacy, and the need to experience love. We aim to create a community of women committed to supporting and serving other women and children.
Sister Support's vision is that one day soon women and girls, without exception, live and work in environments that fully support them.
Dr. Kathleen A. Hartford- Founder
For more than two decades, Dr. Kathleen A. Hartford has treated and nurtured thousands of individuals through her integrated wellness approaches. As patients reclaim their health, she coaches them on how to maintain their youthful vitality with practical guidance on nutrition, exercise and stress management. She is the author of Fit, Fun and Fabulous at Any Age which, along with its companion journal and cookbook, creates a lifestyle approach that reverses the biomarkers of aging.
Dr. Hartford, the president and founder of Health Pyramid Longevity and Vitality Center in the Pittsburgh suburb of Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania, is also the founder of the philanthropically based Sister Support organization, which is dedicated to improving the lives of women through education, self-knowledge and sharing.
Dr. Hartford’s practice is based on balancing the five aspects of health: emotional, neurological, biochemical, bio- energetic, and spiritual. She has been an integrated healthcare practitioner since graduating from Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic in 1986. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1978. She has logged thousands of postgraduate hours studying Chinese medicine, functional nutrition, and neurological repatterning, and tens of thousands of hours applying this knowledge to enhance patients’ lives. She has received numerous certifications in these techniques, including a Healthy Aging, Actual Age Certification.
Natalie Patterson- President
Natalie Patterson has claimed the title artist and poet for the past 12 years. She has traveled the country teaching and performing at universities, colleges and high schools. Poetry is the lens she sees life through, which supports her work as a teaching artist. Natalie leaves no topic untouched from inspiration to social justice and everything in between. She was the first female producer and host of the nation's largest poetry venue, Da Poetry Lounge and has worked extensively in non-profit, education and with major brands like Sephora and SoulPancake. Natalie is currently President of Sister Support. Natalie creates live events for public consumption and is always working to encourage deeper thought.
Khalehla Rixon- Founding Board Member
Khalehla Rixon is a writer, producer living in Los Angeles, California. She attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts for Dramatic Writing and Producing. While attending college in New York City, Khalehla also worked for ABC's The Revolution as a production assistant.
Upon moving to Los Angeles, Khalehla began working for Match Creative, which was a digital creative and technology talent agency as a coordinator. While working full-time, Khalehla was also developing her writing and producing skills during her time as 1/2 of the female comedy duo behind Boy Drama Productions. Their sketch comedy has been featured on Buzzfeed, DailyMotion, and at Cinema Selects at SXSW. Khalehla is a copywriter at Works Advertising, where she writes tag lines for movie posters. Khalehla continues to produce web content while she develops her scripts. She has written two pilots and a screenplay that she hopes to take to festivals this fall.
A seasoned problem solver with a passion for the arts and humanity, Jaime Beatty is the perfect storm of left-brain/right-brain – logical and analytical, yet warm, creative and compassionate. With 11+ years of digital marketing experience, Jaime delivers well-executed marketing programs that engage, inspire and move the needle. Jaime currently directs the email marketing program for Soothe, a fast-growing on-demand massage service. She has also developed marketing programs for Scotts Miracle-Gro, an industry leader in the lawn and garden market, and UBM, leading producer of world-renowned fashion trade shows such as MAGIC and Coterie. As a graduate of the US Air Force Academy with a BS in Psychology, Jaime infuses discipline and passion into everything.
Living in Los Angeles as a Chillicothe, Ohio native, Jaime is unapologetically curious about the shared stories and experiences that make us uniquely human. To support and strengthen her hometown community, Jaime is currently developing a podcast, Life Beyond Paint Street, that explores the transitions in each of our lives that have helped to shape our identities.
Jaime also enjoys challenging herself daily – physically, mentally, and spiritually – as an amateur Muay Thai fighter.
Dr. Nicole Amber Haggard
Dr. Nicole Amber Haggard is a research professor at Mount Saint Mary’s University, an all women school, in the Film, Media, and Social Justice program. She has spent the past fourteen years studying and contextualizing the intersection of race and gender in American culture and the media’s ability to impact society.
Dr. Haggard’s teaching style is based on a combination of self-actualization and unconscious bias. She believes, “If my student can learn more about themselves and their particular worldview through the eyes and ears of my classroom, then I have succeeded.”
Nicole brings this sentiment into her work outside of higher education. Through mission-vision consulting, cultural workshops, media diversity & inclusion training, and more, Nicole strives to bring out in her clients a deeper understanding of themselves, the greater purpose of their work, and their relationship to the world around them.