Meet Jill-Pianki Photography
Jill is founder and Executive Director of Brigid’s Path, a newborn recovery center in Kettering, Ohio. She graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in Human Development and Family Science and earned her Masters of Education degree from Wright State University. After teaching for a couple years, Jill founded and ran a successful business for twelve years before turning her focus to opening Brigid’s Path. She and her husband are parents of three school-aged children, a preschooler, and a toddler. Her family is in their fifth year of fostering babies with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.
When Jill’s family began fostering newborns who were drug exposed, she noticed a gap in support and care for families and for babies. Jill felt a bigger calling to do more than foster the sweet babies, she wanted to build something that would help babies, moms, dads, and caregivers who were caring for the babies.
Jill had the faith and determination over the past four years to figure out how to pull people together in the community to make Brigid’s Path a reality. Jill has built a team who has fought an uphill battle dealing with health care, legal issues, regulatory matters, start-up, understanding nonprofits, and navigating the political system. She has dealt with so many local, state, and federal agencies that she has lost count. During this journey Jill has had the opportunity to meet so many amazing people in her own community and across the United States who are dedicated to making lives better. Because of Jill’s unwavering spirit, intuitive business acumen, deep faith in God and people, kindness, candor, and inability to take no for an answer, Brigid’s Path is now open and is no doubt saving lives, transforming families, and finding a better the way to deliver care to babies born drug exposed.
As a mom to 5 children, Jill believes that God has surrounded her with a strong support system with her family, friends, and co-workers which is what makes everything possible. Jill is often asked about her experience and believes that God called her to help with the babies and families in her community. She feels blessed to be able to find common ground in her community and bring healing. Dayton, Ohio has suffered from the national opioid epidemic and is often referred to as ground zero, but Jill’s vision provides a light to which the community is drawn. She has dedicated her life to helping rebuild families and keeping children safe.
Short Bio of Photographer
Courtney’s love for photography started in high school when she got her first slr film Nikon for a black and white photography class. After her second son was born in 2007 she decided to turn her love for photography into Pianki Photography. She now enjoys photographing families, babies and children in Dayton, OH.