The Piggyback Foundation
Carrying Families Through Times of Need Since 2007

Our Board

The purpose of The Piggyback Foundation board  is to help carry families through times of need. We provide assistance to the challenges children and those who love and care for them face when confronted with a serious physical illness. In partnership with the people we serve and our volunteers, our board members are committed to following God's guidance in our mission.

Executive Board Members:

Dirk and Lisa Hiler

Lisa and Dirk Hiler moved to Norwalk in 2005. Lisa graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a degree in Elementary Education. After teaching for several years she decided to retire and stay at home to raise their two children. Lisa has been an active volunteer in many communities. In Daytona Beach, Florida she volunteered for Safe House, a home for runaway teens. As a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity, she became an Alumnae Advisor at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. She has been active in coordinating events in several Parent Teacher Organizations.

Dirk graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Engineering and started a career in manufacturing. Dirk has volunteered to coach youth sports and coached the Lacrosse club at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. As a business leader, Dirk has had the opportunity to serve the United Way and has been involved with stewardship at First Presbyterian Church.

Matt and Lisa Herner
Founding Members

Lisa Herner is a 1986 graduate of Edison High School (Milan, OH) and a 1991 graduate of The Ohio State University. Matthew is a 1985 Norwalk High School graduate and a 1989 Bowling Green State University graduate. In May of 1996, Lisa and Matt opened the doors of Christian Robert's Salon and Spa. The business developed out of Lisa's passion for people and Matt's desire to serve the local area.

The Piggyback Foundation, for Lisa, has been an answer to prayer… an opportunity to be a blessing to families in our local community. It's amazing to experience what God can do when you, first, listen, and then obey… powerful! Matt, Lisa, and the Christian Robert's staff enthusiastically sponsor the Piggyback's annual fund raiser the first Sunday in November, "Cutting for a Cause".

Kathy and Phil Annarino
Executive Board Members

Kathy Annarino became involved with When Pigs Fly as a volunteer, then began helping in the office for both the shop and The Piggyback Foundation and finally became a board member. Kathy and her husband, Phil moved to Norwalk three years ago when Phil joined Fisher Titus Medical Center. Kathy worked in marketing, training and communications in her prior full-time work. After moving to Norwalk, she decided to look for volunteer work. One night walking their dog, Gracie, Phil and Kathy walked by the shop; Phil had just met Lisa that week; and Kathy decided to go in the next day to see how she could help the foundation. It was the shop’s first year and she’s loved every minute of getting involved in this amazing organization.

Morgan Hiler

Morgan is the daughter of Dirk and Lisa Hiler. She has been involved with the foundation since inception. Morgan is in her senior year at Baldwin Wallace University pursuing a degree in Business minoring in Human Resource Management. She has been involved in all aspects of the foundation from working with families, managing When Pigs Fly, to working on the Executive Board as Secretary. Morgan is inspired to help foundation in it’s mission to create joy for children in Northeast Ohio.

Working Board Members:

Linda Camp
Family Liaison

Linda has been a long time resident of Norwalk. She graduated from the Toledo School of Nursing at Toledo University. She worked as an educator at EHOVE Career Center in the field of Nursing. Linda has volunteered for Stein Hospice and is active in many social activities. Linda has 14 grandchildren and two great–grandchildren. In her retirement she loves to travel. She brings joy and laughter to our board which is much needed when dealing with life threatening illnesses.

Melissa Murphy
Family Liaison

Melissa graduated from Kent State University in 2004 with a degree in Integrated Social Studies After working in Finance for several years Melissa was blessed with a job at the Huron County Board of Developmentially Disabled. Helping people is what she believes in and this is why she is committed to the Piggyback Foundation.

Amber Riley
Family Liaison

Amber has lived in the Norwalk area since her marriage to Zack in 2006. She has always admired the work of The Piggyback Foundation and been a supporter of When Pigs Fly. After her father's recent battle with cancer, she has felt the impact of what that kind of support and kindness can mean. She brings a unique understanding and compassion as she gives to the community.

Laurie Schmuhl
Family Liaison

Laurie is a manager at When Pigs Fly and has helped with The Piggyback Foundation since it's beginning. Laurie has a passion for working with families in need.

Elizabeth Greenawalt
Family Liaison

Julie Eckloff
Family Liaison

Julie Murdock
Family Liaison

Amy LaCivita
Family Liaison

Tricia Ebner
Family Liaison

Martha Long
Family Liaison

Joan Heyman
Family Liaison