Denna Zenmon joins the Lower Hill’s First Source Center Street Team! As a Team Lead, she adds to a career crafted around supporting and uplifting others – traits mirrored for her in her youth as she observed her mother, as well as her community, the Historic Hill District in Pittsburgh, PA, provide care and assistance to its residents and those in need. They lived by the mantra, “We’re all in this together.”
Denna’s interest in serving and advocating for underserved and underrepresented populations was piqued while in college. Intrigued by courses related to the juvenile justice process, she did not know at the time that this would become her life’s work, but she has found the journey to be immensely fulfilling.
Currently, a Child Support Enforcement Specialist Supervisor, with over 20 years of experience in the area of Human Services for both the County and State government in Pennsylvania, Denna has helped to improve the lives of individuals and families through services and supports. She serves as the liaison between the county assistance offices and the Domestic Relations Sections to ensure the County courts are following the federal guidelines in offering child support services to families.
Denna has had the opportunity and pleasure to make significant changes in her community. For example, during her time working for Children Youth and Families, she saw that there was a need for more foster parents, so she dedicated herself to providing a safe, nurturing environment for children until they could be reunited with their families. Walking the talk by becoming a foster parent herself, her children are her beloved family, by way of adoption and legal custodianship.
Whether she has lent her expertise in preparing briefs for hearings before Administrative Law Judges or helped unaware business owners navigate the Department of Human Services’ policies, procedures, and codes, Denna’s passion is to use her education and experience to support and champion for those around her.
When she was just a middle schooler, her teacher encouraged her to pursue a career in law because of her interest in debate. Attending law school is in her immediate plans as it is the pinnacle of her professional journey, encompassing the values that she holds dear and brings them full circle: People, Compassion, Dignity, Inclusion, Liberty, and Justice.
Denna graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Administration of Justice and a Master of Science Degree from Duquesne University in Leadership and Business Ethics. She is a SEIU 668 member and chief shop steward for supervisors.
She is a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated. She enjoys volunteering for organizations such as, Make A Wish Foundation, Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, and 412 Food Rescue. She is also a board member with Mothers of Incarcerated Sons.