Notre Dame High School

23 January 2018

2018 Irish Legend – Sarah Julian Schneider ’63

Sarah Julian Schneider ’63 will be one of the honorees at the 2018 Irish Legends Gala which will take place on Saturday, March 24 at Via Veneto.

Sarah Julian Schneider of Pittsburgh has been married to Charles J. Schneider III for 48 years. They have two children Jeffrey and Jeanne Elder, both teachers, and six grandchildren. Sarah is the daughter of the late John D. Julian, a Clarksburg CPA, and the late Theresa Cavallaro Julian Morini. She has one sister the late Kathleen Julian Mulholland ‘65. Sarah attended St. Mary’s and Notre Dame graduating as class valedictorian. She studied journalism at Duquesne University where she was editor-in-chief of the Duquesne DUKE. Her first job was as public relations director at St. Margaret Hospital in Pittsburgh. Her professional life included public relations for two school districts, a local township, and the Pittsburgh Sisters of Mercy. As president of Women in Communications, Inc.-Pittsburgh, Sarah and a colleague started Wordcrafters, Inc. She later took over the company doing both PR and corporate training. In 1990 son Jeff asked her to join him on their parish’s work camp trip to Kentucky to repair homes. The next year husband Charlie and daughter Jeanne joined the crew. Citing her organizational skills, her pastor asked her to develop a community outreach coordinator position. For 16+ years, she led summer work camps in Preston County, WV as well as groups to work with Habitat for Humanity in three Pennsylvania counties. She coordinated outreach to an international relief agency, food banks, shelters, and other organizations serving the poor. When she retired in 2007, Sarah began taking volunteers to work on recovery after Hurricane Katrina, an Alabama tornado, and Hurricane Sandy. She and her husband have been middle school mentors in a Pittsburgh Public School. They continue as homeowner care visitors with the Pittsburgh Project. Sarah writes life histories of residents at the Vincentian Home. She is an Eucharistic Minister at St. John Neumann and organizes volunteers for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.