Sandra Caffo and Dick Headley
Last updated – 10/1/2017
Dick Headley and his wife Sandra Caffo moved from Squirrel Hill to Mt. Lebanon in September 2012 mainly to downsize. We looked for homes in Mt. Lebanon since it is the only suburb which allows one to walk to many amenities like we could in Squirrel Hill.
Dick was an active member of East Liberty Presbyterian Church, noting “the dozen or so years there were the most profound in the development of my faith. What attracted me to ELPC was that it was mission-driven, committed to seeking social justice, and its diversity. The church’s outreach to those in need provides many opportunities to live ones faith. Many of those same qualities can be found at Bower Hill CC, hence my decision to join”. Sandra joined EPLC Sandra joined as a Friend, to support the social action agenda ELPC is known for. Once she got to know BHCC, she talked with Pastor Snyder about creating that category here. The Elders supported it and she joined BHCC as a Friend in 2016.
Together Dick and Sandra are blessed with three daughters and three grandchildren. Unfortunately Dick’s two older daughters and grandsons live in San Francisco and our now 5-year-old granddaughter lives in Brooklyn with her parents. Skype helps stay connected in between visits.
Dick’s roots are in Beaver Falls where he lived until he finished college. After 40+ years in management and leadership education in corporations (GM/EXXON/Eaton) and business schools (Pitt/Duquesne/Case Western) he retired in 2010. He now has time for community service, family, travel and his recently acquired obsession with genealogy.
In 2015, Sandra retired from a 30+year career working in human services. As a clinical social worker she had a private therapy practice; provided organization consultant services and worked in the employee assistance field. Giving back to the community is a big part of retirement for Sandra through membership on non-profit boards. She exercises regularly at the South Hills JCC, reads and continues to study the human family through the lens of Bowen Family Systems theory.
Fun Fact: Dick and Sandra moved back to the Pittsburgh area in 1984 from Caracas, Venezuela.
Sandra Caffo and her husband Dick Headley (a BHCC elder) came to Pittsburgh in 1984 from Caracas, Venezuela. She says she has grown roots here and feels like a native! Originally living in Upper St. Clair, they moved to Squirrel Hill where they lived for many years. Five years ago, they downsized to Mt. Lebanon, a community they looked at when they first arrived. Dick was active in East Liberty Presbyterian Church and Sandra joined as a Friend, to support the social action agenda ELPC is known for. Once she got to know BHCC, she talked with Pastor Snyder about creating that category here. The Elders supported it and she joined BHCC as a Friend in 2016. She and Dick work with Family Promise; she volunteers at the church’s flea markets and is a member of Bookworms, the monthly book club.
In 2015, Sandra retired from LifeSolutions, an employee assistance services company she ran and where she worked for 12 years. She’s a trained clinical social worker and also held a license as a marriage and family therapist. In her 30+ year career she had a private therapy practice, provided organization consultant services, and worked in the employee assistance field.
Giving back to the community is a big part of retirement for Sandra. She’s on the boards of Standing Firm (a non-profit program working with employers to address the business case for partner violence) and the Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows program (a leadership program supporting fellows to work in at-risk local communities). She exercises at the JCC, reads, and continues to study about family through the lens of Bowen Family Systems theory.