Sara-Summer Oliphant grew up in the South Hills of Pittsburgh — the daughter of a Bethel Park elementary principal and a child development professor at University of Pittsburgh. She was fortunate to hail from a large family, the third of six children.
After graduating from Mt. Lebanon High School in 1996, she continued her education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa as a scholarship athlete, running cross country. After experiencing health setbacks, Sara-Summer took time off from school and eventually landed at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications.
While at Point Park she met her husband, Joe. Joe has worked as an elementary teacher, technology director and high school principal at several area schools. Now Sara-Summer and Joe are proud parents of five busy and beautiful children, two dogs, four cats, and a constant parade of foster kittens.
Sara-Summer made motherhood her full-time career, while working a variety of part-time jobs — freelance writer for multiple publications, Build-a-Bear Workshop, and secretarial work — to help support her family. She’s also served on the South Park Metro basketball board, volunteers for Pittsburgh CAT, is active in the PTO, participates yearly as a family for Amen to Action packing meals for the homeless, and is a proud member of VFW Post 6664. Through these experiences, she’s championed a variety of causes.
In 2010 and 2015 Sara-Summer went bald with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. St. Baldrick’s raises money for pediatric cancer research by collecting pledges from participants who shave their heads. In 2011, she helped organize a memorial run for a local mom killed by a driver under the influence.
Sara-Summer’s passion for outreach work and devotion to her children led to her being named American Mothers Inc 2020 Pennsylvania Mother of the Year. After earning this distinction, Sara-Summer decided to take her passion for helping others to a whole new level and run for public office. She is confident that she can successfully champion the people of Pennsylvania as a state representative if given the opportunity.