Founders & Staff

Nick Howley


Founder, Chairman & Trustee
Nick Howley is Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Transdigm Group, Inc., a New York Exchange listed company and a leading global designer, producer and supplier of highly engineered aircraft components, systems and subsystems, which he cofounded in 1993.

Nick is one of the founders of The Howley Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors.

Howley earned his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Drexel University and his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Howley is also currently the Chairman of the Cristo Rey Network Board. The Cristo Rey Network is comprised of 32 Catholic, college preparatory schools that serve more than 10,000 economically disadvantaged students across 21 states.

Nick's extensive charitable governance experience also includes service on the boards of Case Western Reserve University, The Cleveland Clinic, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Washington and Jefferson College, St Martin de Porres High School, Gilmour Academy as well as various public and private for profit boards.

Lorie Howley


Founder & Trustee
Lorie Howley is a cofounder of the Howley Foundation. She became the Executive Director of the foundation in 2001 and the President of the Board of Directors in 2014. In these positions, she has grown the scope of the organization from a few high school scholarships to an endeavor that includes programs in elementary, high school and college education.

Trained in ornamental horticulture, Ms. Howley worked in the Education Department at Longwood Gardens for 15 years. Located in Kennett Square, PA, Longwood Gardens is one of the premiere display and research gardens in the world. Ms. Howley developed and taught in programs at the post secondary and continuing education levels while there. This experience gave her insight into teaching and great respect for educators.

Lorie Howley studied at Cornell University where she received a BS degree in Ornamental Horticulture and a Masters Degree in Communication Arts.

Meg Mitkus


Executive Director - Philadelphia
Meg Mitkus is the Executive Director of The Howley Foundation in Philadelphia. Meg earned a B.A. in psychology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She received a Masters of Science in Psychology from Drexel University in 2009 and a Masters in School Psychology and Educational Specialist certification from Rowan University in 2011.

Meg completed her practicum working as a school psychologist in West Berlin, NJ. She completed her internship hours working with elementary students as a school psychologist in Gloucester City, NJ. Meg then worked in various preschools providing early intervention services to cognitively impaired students.

In 2013, she decided to take on the task of expanding The Howley Foundation. Since 2013, she has established the Foundation's presence in Philadelphia while simultaneously increasing the number of students receiving scholarships in Cleveland and expanding educational offerings outside of the traditional high school scholarship programs to grade school scholarships, post secondary programs and select special education programs.

PJ Reindel


Executive Director
Patrick (PJ) Reindel grew up in Cleveland’s Old Brooklyn neighborhood. After attending Our Lady of Good Counsel elementary school, he graduated from St. Ignatius High School. He earned his BA in Theology/Religious Studies and Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia.

As a volunteer and staff member at the Laughlin Memorial Chapel in Wheeling, and as an educator at both the elementary and high school levels in Wheeling and Jersey City, NJ, PJ became familiar with the barriers to success that disadvantaged students encounter. His understanding of poverty and its effects on children and families was further developed as a Director with Catholic Charities West Virginia then Chief Operating Officer of Youth Services System in Wheeling.

In 2016, PJ relocated back to Cleveland and worked as the Director of Development at Ursuline College. He became the first non-family hire of the Howley Foundation in December of 2018 and looks forward to working with the Howley family to provide life-changing educational opportunities to disadvantaged youth.


Board of Directors
Nick Howley
Lorie Howley
Mike Howley
Meg Mitkus
Kendra Howley
Beth Krieger
Rich Clark