Executive Director

Leon E. Haynes, III

Leon E. Haynes, III is Executive Director of Hosanna House, Inc., a multi-purpose community center for quality health and human services located in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Haynes, a native of Virginia, earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Technology at North Carolina A&T State University.  A resident of Pennsylvania since 1986, Mr. Haynes, his wife Annita, and their three children reside in Observatory Hill, PA.


Mr. Haynes has ten years experience working with Fortune 500 companies in the areas of engineering and marketing.

Mr. Haynes has worked with local boards such as the Boys and Girls Club, Lifecare Hospital-Wilkinsburg, the University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development and the Family Support Policy Board.  He had a leadership role in forming Healthy Start, Inc. of Pittsburgh.  Other affiliations include the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health Board of Visitors, The Rensselaerville Institute’s Board of Trustees and the School Turn Around National Advisory Board.

As the founding director of Hosanna House, in 1989 Mr. Haynes was instrumental in coordinating a partnership of several health and human service agencies under one roof.  Hosanna House, a 126,000 square foot facility in an urban community, includes a gymnasium, swimming pool and auditorium.  Hosanna House has over 80 full-time and 20 part-time employees with an operating budget of $6,000,000.00.  Hosanna House serves over 35,000 people per year through workforce development and technology training, health care, dental care, child care and after-school and in-school programming for youth.  Through Covenant Church of Pittsburgh, Mr. Haynes organized Brothers Keepers, a men’s group that works with young men of single-parent households.  He established the Wilkinsburg Community Health Advisory Council established the Wilkinsburg Family Health Center, a full primary health care facility at Hosanna House.  Mr. Haynes also had a critical role in establishing the Wilkinsburg Family Support Center at Hosanna House.

Mr. Haynes’ collaborative responsibilities extend beyond Hosanna House.


  • In 1992, Mr. Haynes participated in the Kellogg Foundation year-long initiative addressing public health practices, institutional change and community empowerment.
  • In 1994, he was chosen to represent U.S. communities at the Sun Valley National Health Forum.  This effort led to the publishing of “The University of the Urban Community/Responsibilities for Public Health.”
  • In 1995, he became a steering committee member with the American Hospital Association and worked with a six million dollar grant for the National Community Care Network Demonstration Program.
  • Mr. Haynes received the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award for his contribution to the Wilkinsburg community and his leadership role that led to establishing Hosanna House.
  • He was selected in 1997 as a Governor’s Delegate to the President’s summit for America’s Future.
  • In 1998, Mr. Haynes was honored by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Iota Phi Chapter, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as their Citizen of the Year.
  • In 1999, Thomas Ridge, then Governor the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, appointed Mr. Haynes a member of the Governor’s Community Partnership for Safe Children.
  • During 1999-2000, Mr. Haynes was a Peter Ducker Foundation Community Innovative Fellow.
  • In 2001, Mr. Haynes attended Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders.
  • In 2001, Governor Ridge appointed Mr. Haynes a member of The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
  • In 2002, Mr. Haynes was ordained as a Pastor of Covenant Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • In 2003, Governor Ed Rendell appointed Mr. Haynes to the Economic Development Initiatives Subcommittee of the PA Commission on Crime & Delinquency.
  • In 2004, Governor Ed Rendell appointed Mr. Haynes to the Governor’s Cabinet on Children and Families.
  • In 2004, Leon was the recipient of the Urban League of Pittsburgh’s Ronald H. Brown Community Leadership Award.
  • In 2006, Leon was appointed by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl to the Youth Policy Commission of the City of Pittsburgh.
  • In October 2006, Leon was voted unanimously by the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation to be the recipient of the Community Hero Award.


Over the past six (6) years, Mr. Haynes has been traveling throughout South Africa facilitating workshops on community building, leadership development and maximizing resources.  Currently Mr. Haynes is mentoring organizations from two different countries, Zimbabwe and Botswana.