Two Hilltop women earn honors as 'Women of Excellence'


Last updated 12/29/2014 at 5:37pm

Two Hilltop women were for their community service recently when they were named two of The New Pittsburgh Courier’s 50 Women of Excellence for 2014.

Bibiana Hill and Pastor Cheryl Ruffin received the awards at a ceremony on December 11 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel’s Main Ballroom.

In honoring Ms. Hill, The New Pittsburgh Courier noted she founded Inner City Debs, a self-esteem etiquette organization, in 2010 for girls in underserved neighborhoods. She then went on to create the Fran Wooling Hill foundation in 2013 to honor family members and give debutantes an opportunity to raise scholarship money.

The organization’s first debutante ball was held this spring.

In addition to her work with the Inner City Debs, Ms. Hill is the mother of two, Tyler and Shelby, and involved in her community with the Beltzhoover Civic Association, Voices Against Violence, the Beltzhoover Neighborhood Council, St. Mary of the Mount and St. John Bosco Academy.

Ms. Hill is a licensed esthetician and had a 15-year career as a flight attendant.

The Courier noted Ms. Ruffin has ties to each of her duties as an employee relations specialist at the University of Pittsburgh and the pastor of St. Paul AME Church in Knoxville. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Shippensburgh University of Pennsylvania, a Master in Divinity from Payne Theological Seminary and is current pursuing a doctorate in ministry from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

As an employee relations specialist for Pitt, her efforts have been recognized with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Service to the Community. She was also acknowledged as the November 2010 Center for Diversity and Inclusion Dignity and Respect Champion.

Pastor Ruffin is involved with Coro Pittsburgh’s Women in Leadership program and the GTECH Strategies ReClaim South Ambassador program.

She has been married to her husband, Thomas, for 31 years and has four children, Jessica, Kirby, Whitney and Gordon. They also have three grandchildren.

The women were nominated by the readership of The New Pittsburgh Courier. Since 2008, The Courier has recognized and celebrated 350 of Pittsburgh’s women and their accomplishments.


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