Tom Crowe

President, Co-Founder, Member of the Board, Elementary Guide

Tom Reading to Children

President and Member of the Board

Tom Crowe has lived in the Labelle neighborhood of Steubenville since May 2008. He has been involved in non-profit, mission-oriented organizations dedicated to helping people improve their lives his entire professional life. After he and Noëlle were married in 2017 he learned more about the Montessori method and its underlying philosophy and recognized that it had significant potential to aid what ails the society around him. He and Noëlle founded Hilltop Children’s House in 2017, with the children’s house opening in fall 2018. Since the founding, Tom has served as president of the organization, chief maintenance man, chief fundraiser, webmaster, and whatever else is needed.

This year, 2022-23, he is the lead guide in our new elementary program, where he guides eight children in establishing a new program, with the assistance of a very capable assistance, Rebekah Feeley. Tom has completed the orientation training for both the Primary and Elementary levels through the Southwest Institute of Montessori Studies, one of the AMI facilities in the United States. He served as the assistant in the Primary classroom in 2021-22, and has the support and guidance of some very excellent long-term Elementary guides.

Noëlle Crowe

Vice President, Co-Founder, Member of the Board, Primary Guide

Director of Programs and Member of the Board

Noëlle Crowe earned her bachelor’s degree from Franciscan University in 1995 and then lived in the Labelle neighborhood of Steubenville for two years while she was earning her MBA, also at FUS. She then left Steubenville, but moved back in 2016. Noëlle’s professional career has been mostly in education, particularly as a leader of religious education programs. She received training in all three levels of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, which is the Montessori method applied to religious education. From that foundation she sought other opportunities to bring the Montessori method to others who could benefit from it. After she and Tom were married in 2017 she introduced the idea of establishing a Montessori program in the Labelle neighborhood, where many families are struggling.

In 2021 Noëlle significantly upgraded her Montessori expertise by completing the primary guide certification program through the AMI-certified Southwest Institute of Montessori Studies.

Since opening the doors in fall 2018, Noëlle has served as the guide in the children’s house, as well as vice president of the organization, plus as a major fundraiser, and whatever else has been needed.

Members of the Board of Trustees

Robert Corzine

Chairman of the Board

Robert Corzine has lived in the Labelle neighborhood of Steubenville since 2003 and works in education. He is a charter member of the Board of Hilltop Children’s House, and has been the chairman of the Board since our founding in 2017.

James Wurzler


James Wurzler has a background in Montessori education and had two daughters at Hilltop Children’s House. He has lived in the Labelle neighborhood of Steubenville for many years and loves opportunities to make a difference in others’ lives.

Heidi Ryan

Heidi Ryan and her husband, Bill, own and operate Dungeon Hollow Brewery and had two children in attendance at Hilltop Children’s House. Heidi has a passion for making things happen and helping others to improve their lives.

Paul Crowe

Paul Crowe is the founder and former president of Crowe’s Cabinets, Inc. He is a past member of Rotary Club of Hubbard, Ohio, and has extensive experience as a volunteer on community projects and with organizations in which he is involved.

Jan Yabs

Jan Yabs and his wife, Molly, live in the Pleasant Heights neighborhood of Steubenville. Jan is a financial planner. He and Molly love our hometown of Steubenville and helping to make good things happen for our town.