Instructor Biographies: Bayer Center

Instructor Biographies

Lynette Asson, principal of New Place Collaborations, is an events and marketing maven who creates powerful marketing strategies for businesses and nonprofits. She produces events ranging from intimate receptions to large convention center shows. Lynette worked as national production manager for the International Beauty Show. Her expertise includes adult learning, artist relations, and trade show management for international corporations Goldwell/KMS, Wella, and Redken. This johannes factotum enjoys working with Pittsburgh-area nonprofits and corporations, including the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management and its clients, Crisis Center North and Pittsburgh Festival Opera.

Randee Baer is a financial advisor within the Farrell Group at Hefren-Tillotson. As an integral part of the team, she works closely with her team to offer their clients an extra-personal relationship that an individual might be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. Randee is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner, an Investment Advisor Representative, a Registered Representative, and a Licensed Agent for Life, Accident and Health Insurance. She is a graduate of Grove City College with a B.S. in Finance. Randee and her husband Davis reside in Cranberry Township and enjoy staying active in their church community.

Riley Baker is the director of the national service program, The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), and a senior staff member of Pittsburgh Cares. As an advocate for service and impact, Riley has dedicated himself to the promotion of volunteerism and is passionate about connecting the micro needs of local communities to resources available at the national level. Riley has experience measuring and communicating impact data across various levels of government accountability and building community narrative.

Valerie Beichner, Executive Director of Friends of the Riverfront, is a seasoned nonprofit professional with experience in human resource, information technology, facility and organizational efficiency, fundraising and more. She holds expertise in green building and green building products, sustainable corporate culture, community and economic development, advocacy and organizational leadership. Valerie is also President of Élan Evolutions, LLC, a nonprofit management consulting firm. Valerie earned a BA in Political Science at Clarion University and an MS in Organization Leadership from RMU. An avid runner, Valerie is an assistant coach for a local Girls on the Run team and enjoys volunteering in multiple other capacities within her community.

James G. Bennett, CEO of Easter Seals Western and Central Pennsylvania, has over four decades of experience in human services, ranging from early intervention programs to elder care services. During his time at Easter Seals, Jim has developed and expanded the organization’s vocational/employment programs, which have generated in excess of $80 million. These programs contract with federal and state agencies to employ over 120 people in facility and community settings. Jim has served on numerous boards including UniqueSource, Neighbors in the Strip, and Brookwood Center, Inc. He remains current and involved in policy and regulatory issues in Western PA through his participation in the Provider Alliance.

Don Block is Executive Director of Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council (GPLC), where he has worked since 1984. He has managed volunteers at all levels from direct service to boards of directors. At GPLC, over 500 volunteers are involved in all aspects of the organization. Under Don’s leadership, GPLC received the Wishart Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management, and the organization holds the Standards for Excellence accreditation from the PA Association of Nonprofit Organizations. Don has a master’s degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, and he served in the Peace Corps.

Paul Block has 35 years’ experience in the arenas of nonprofits and financial planning and was formerly the Manager of the Tax Department of Albanese Sinchar Smith & Co. Now self-employed and an ESC volunteer, Paul serves on numerous local nonprofit boards including Humane Animal Rescue, The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, Chatham Baroque, Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellowship Program and POWER, in many cases serving as treasurer and/or on the finance committee. He is a certified CPA and holds master’s degrees in accounting and taxation, as well as a JD from the Duquesne University School of Law.

Dave Brewton grew up in Pittsburgh and loves raising money to advance missions that matter. He’s done so in Pittsburgh for more than 32 years, in the fields of community development (Executive Director of Breachmenders, Inc., Director of Real Estate, Hazelwood Initiative), health care (Associate ED for East Liberty Family Health Care Center) and faith-based ministries (Coalition for Christian Outreach, others). He also loves teaching classes at the Bayer Center that combine theory, practical how-to tips and inspiration. Just don’t ask him to sing, because he will!

Stephanie Bucklew has over 20 years of experience in enterprise risk management with a concentration in the financial services industry. During this time, she served primarily as a risk manager and consultant. Her ultimate goal is to provide services to advance the mission of nonprofits by cutting expenditures and adding to the bottom line.

Wendy Burtner-Owens has more than 25 years’ experience managing and growing foundations and nonprofit organizations. Before joining Steeltown Entertainment Project as COO, BurtnerOwens led the Capital Region Collaborative in Richmond Virginia, was Executive Director of the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation, COO of Comfort Zone Camp, founding Manager of the CarMax Foundation, and the Director of Grantmaker Services for GuideStar. She has also been an independent consultant to start-up businesses, foundations and nonprofit organizations. Wendy has a history of working collaboratively to develop strong internal and external relationships. She is also a successful fundraiser – obtaining individual donations, foundation and government grants from $30 to $3,000,000.

Connie Capiotis has over 17 years of experience in business development and marketing, a master’s degree in competitive intelligence systems and a passion for growing organizations. As the Founder of Digital Bridges Pittsburgh, Connie teaches digital literacy skills and career development to those who need it most. She uses her experience and unique skill sets in strategy and data analysis to help organizations and individuals create smart, attainable plans that propel them from where they are to where they want to be. “Start where you are and move up” is Connie’s favorite mantra.

Tracy Certo is founder and publisher of NEXTpittsburgh, the online magazine about the people driving change in our region and the innovative things happening in Pittsburgh. NEXT launched in 2014 and is attracting 200,000 visitors monthly. Prior to starting NEXT, she led Pop City for nearly eight years as editor and publisher. She was also editor of AIA Pittsburgh’s Columns Magazines and was a freelance writer and marketing consultant for 15 years. She worked for Katz Radio in Los Angeles following her early career in media sales in Pittsburgh.

Chris Cooke is the Executive Director of PULSE, a nonprofit organization that invites talented university graduates to partner with nonprofits for a year of service and leadership. During the past 15 years, the California native has worked in Pittsburgh in a number of nonprofit roles from teaching and training to fundraising and program development. Since 2009, Chris has spearheaded significant program expansion and growth at PULSE. He is on the Advisory Board of the Bayer Center and a member of The Nonprofit Partnership of Neighborhood Allies.

Michael Couch has made a career out of improving the performance of organizations and their leaders. Starting with a graduate degree in Organizational Psychology, Michael has over 30 years’ experience leading organization effectiveness, human resources, operations, and a strategic business unit. Since starting his own strategic talent management practice, Michael has helped improve the performance of over 50 for-profit and nonprofit organizations. In his work with organizations and leaders, he focuses on results and evidence-based practices, shying away from low impact approaches and passing fads.

Amanda Duncan is the Recruiting and Partnership Coordinator of PULSE. Amanda discovered her passion for servant leadership in 2003 when she joined AmeriCorps with the Jumpstart Pittsburgh program. She became a site manager with that organization after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006 with a B.S. in Psychology and Italian. In April 2014, Amanda received her master’s in public policy and management from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Amanda works remotely with PULSE from her hometown of Erie, PA.

Patrick Doyle is the news director of 90.5 WESA, Pittsburgh's NPR News Station. He previously served as WESA’'s director of digital/feature content. Before joining public radio, he worked as a columnist at Pittsburgh Magazine, the executive editor of Boston Magazine, and the senior editor of Denver’s 5280 Magazine. Doyle has also written for Outside, MIT Technology Review, and Men's Journal.

Gregory and Christine Farrell lead a unique group within the Hefren-Tillotson family. Greg is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner and a Senior Vice President at Hefren-Tillotson. Working together with his team, they focus on identifying their clients’ personal concerns and developing a clear, written framework used in guiding current and future financial decisions. Greg Farrell earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Economics from the Behrend College of Pennsylvania State University. Greg lives near Hartwood Acres, and has an active home life with three boys and two Siberian huskies.

Heather Franz, Associate Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations at Robert Morris University, grew up in rural Central PA and has an undergraduate degree in French and Africana Studies from Pitt. In 2011, Heather moved to Lille, France to teach at a public middle school. Upon her return in 2013, Heather began working in community development in Philadelphia where she worked on sustainability fundraising in some of the nation’s poorest neighborhoods. Later, she would spearhead a $16.3M capital campaign in Lancaster, Pennsylvania to renovate a historic theatre. At RMU, Heather brings a background of grant writing, government relations and individual fundraising.

Joyce Gannon is a business news writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, whose coverage ranges from breaking news on major corporations, nonprofits and the city’s foundations to trend stories on charitable giving, women in business, small business owners and startup entrepreneurs. She began her journalism career at her high school newspaper and became passionate about newspapers while working as a reporter and arts section editor for The Daily Collegian at Penn State University. She later joined the Pittsburgh Business Times where she wrote about the emergence of the technology sector in Pittsburgh after the collapse of the steel industry.

Melanie Harrington is President and CEO of Vibrant Pittsburgh, a nonprofit economic development organization that was established to build a more diverse and inclusive Pittsburgh region by spearheading initiatives to attract, retain, and elevate a diverse workforce. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of International and Public Affairs. Melanie received her Juris Doctorate from Emory University School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in Psychology. She serves on the Boards of Sustainable Pittsburgh; the Downtown Pittsburgh Partnership; the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh; and the Diversity Collegium.

Phyllis G. Hartman, SHRM- SCP, SPHR, the founder and President of PGHR Consulting, Inc. has 25+ years in HR. A speaker on recruiting, workforce development and other HR and business topics, Phyllis is a member of the SHRM Ethics Expert Panel and the Government Advocacy Team. She has an MS in HRM, La Roche College and is a certified Senior Professional in HR. Phyllis has written three books, “A Manager’s Guide to Developing Competencies in HR Staff,” “Looking to Hire an HR Leader?” and “Never Get Lost Again: Navigating Your HR Career.” She is a volunteer HR consultant for the Ward Home, Inc., and a past Board of Trustee member for the Homeless Children’s Education Fund.

Denise Henning is a CPA with over 30 years’ experience, including 16 years with Ernst & Young. Most recently, she served as the Interim Vice President of Finance and Operations for Bay Area Rescue Mission and Chief Financial Officer for City Mission in Washington, PA. Denise is passionate about building and strengthening the infrastructure of organizations to enable them to become financially sustainable, and position them for growth, which led her to pursue coaching and leadership development training. Denise recently earned certification in the Energy Leadership Index Assessment and Energy Leadership Development System, and is currently pursuing her Certified Professional Coach designation.

Yvonne Hudson, principal of New Place Collaborations, is a versatile marketing/PR expert who creates mission-driven solutions for nonprofits and businesses. She directed higher education communications for Carnegie Mellon, Chatham, New York Law, Yeshiva University, and University of Pittsburgh Theatre Arts. Her work in New York, DC, and Pittsburgh includes projects for the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management and its clients, Pittsburgh Festival Opera, Crisis Center North, and Pittsburgh in the Round. A journalism and psychology alumna of Point Park University, Yvonne earned an M.A. in arts management and developed her solo show, Mrs Shakespeare, at Pitt.

Seth T. Hufford serves as Partner at The People Group, a consultancy that builds people capacity to create ideal organizations and communities. Working across all three sectors, Seth has engaged diverse groups of people in tackling complex challenges, addressing interpersonal dynamics, and producing results. Prior to founding The People Group, Seth managed global executive education programs at Carnegie Mellon University’s Business School, directed Coro’s Leadership New York program, and facilitated Leadership Pittsburgh’s Leadership Development Initiative. He has also served as chief of staff to an elected official, directed economic development at a Chamber of Commerce, and managed client projects at Booz Allen Hamilton.

Karris M. Jackson is Vice President of Programs at POISE Foundation, a community foundation focused exclusively on supporting the African American community, where her responsibilities include managing the Foundation’s grant-making portfolio, convening community stakeholders and advancing the foundation’s mission through leadership and advocacy. A published author, blogger and lecturer on social justice, leadership and philanthropy, Karris has a strong desire to push the boundaries of philanthropy to be more inclusive and effective at addressing issues impacting the Black community. Karris holds a BA in English from Allegheny College, an MS in secondary school administration from Duquesne University and a certificate in nonprofit management from Harvard University.

Emma Gilmore Kieran brings more than 16 years of fundraising experience to Pilot Peak Consulting. She has worked with over 50 nonprofits in her career as a coach, teacher and change agent. Previously, Emma was the Vice President for Fundraising and Development at Orr Associates, Inc. (OAI) and a consultant with Changing Our World (CW). Emma holds an MA from Columbia University in Organizational Psychology, an MPA from American University in Nonprofit Management and a BA from Connecticut College. Emma is a dedicated volunteer for The Ellis School for Girls, her alma mater, and for Girls on the Run.

Lisa M. Kuzma is Senior Program Officer at the Richard King Mellon Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked for 20 years in the commercial banking industry, then shifted her financial management background to assisting nonprofits achieve long term sustainability with Deloitte & Touche and then at the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University. Over this period, Lisa had the privilege of working with nonprofits to build income streams, diversified contributed revenue bases and rationalized expense structures in many innovative and forward-thinking ways. She received her bachelor’s degree in finance from the Pennsylvania State University and M.B.A. from Duquesne University.

Joe Lantz, CFA, CAIA is currently Vice President – Institutional and Analytical Services at Federated Investors and holds both the CFA and CAIA Charter Holder designations. He has over 20 years of investment industry experience including Investment Consulting, Investment Advisory, Relationship Management, and Investment and Market Research. Joe’s academic credentials include an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and a B.S.B.A. from Duquesne University. He serves as the Treasurer of CFA Society Pittsburgh and developed the society’s Annual Endowments & Foundations Conference. Additionally, he sits on the investment committee of the United Way of Allegheny County.

Cathy Lewis Long is the Executive Director of The Sprout Fund, a national leader in catalytic funding, network stewardship, and the art of facilitation. Sprout helps foundations, nonprofits, companies, and governments make an impact on the issues they care about most. She is an active member of many of Pittsburgh’s civic and cultural organizations and serves on the Board of Trustees of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Formerly, she served on the board of The Ellis School, Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania, the Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and other organizations. Cathy graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with degrees in Professional Writing and Literary Cultural Studies.

Ange Loiseau immigrated to the United States at the age of 12 from Port-au- Prince, Haiti. She earned a bachelor’s degree from CUNY Queens College in media studies, and later moved to Pittsburgh where she earned her master’s degree in journalism and mass communication from Point Park University. In her role as Community Affairs representative at Covestro, reporting to the Head of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), she is responsible for two of three aspects of Covestro’s Ignite, Imagine, Innovate (i3) CSR program –i3 Give and i3 Engage. Ange handles donations and sponsorships across the U.S., as well as fosters employee engagement in the Pittsburgh community.

Maureen Mahoney-Hill, CFRE, is an independent nonprofit consultant who helps build fundraising, communications and marketing capacity, specializing in planning and strategy development for major and planned gifts. She also provides fundraising audits and feasibility studies; board development and training; policy development; writing and production of marketing and communications materials; crafting of proposals and solicitation pieces; prospect evaluation and cultivation/solicitation planning. Maureen holds a bachelor’s degree in human development from Penn State and a master’s degree from the School of Social Work at Pitt. Maureen served on the board of Pace School for thirteen years for which she was presented with the Patricia U. Bluestone Leadership Award 2011.

Sandra Marsh-McClain is the RISE program manager at Pennsylvania Women Work. Previously, she worked in the Professional Development Services department at Carnegie Mellon University as a Staff Development Specialist. Additionally, she has been a member of the ordained clergy in the United Methodist Church for 24 years where she served in numerous church settings including the role of consultant working with area churches through times of discernment, change and strategic planning. In 2015, she earned her Master’s Degree from La Roche College in Human Resources with an emphasis in Organizational Development, Learning and Change. She also holds a master’s degree from Southern Methodist University.

Terry O’Reilly is President and CEO of Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation. An award-winning producer, journalist and executive, his resume includes senior roles at ABC News/The Walt Disney Company, The Weather Channel, Hubbard Broadcasting Company and Westinghouse Broadcasting. His work has been recognized with a National Daytime EMMY® Award, over two-dozen Regional EMMY® Awards, and a film selected for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Terry is a past Trustee of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), past Chairman of the Royal Television Society (North America) and is a voting member of the British Academy of Film & Television Arts.

Katie Outon is a Pennsylvania licensed attorney, of counsel to Goldblum Sablowsky, LLC. She handles a wide range of legal issues, including estates, business law, and contracts. A graduate of University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Katie was honored as a Distinguished Public Interest Scholar for her work teaching Peer Mediation and Constitutional Literacy at a local high school. Prior to her legal career, Katie lived in Austin, Texas, where she managed a chain of doggy daycares and developed a passion for mindfulness and personal growth. She loves to cook, spend time outdoors, and read memoirs by adventurous women.

Mary C. Parker, associate at The People Group, is an international dialogue facilitator, trainer, certified life coach, and improv comedian who is on a path to leave the world better than she found it. She supports organizations and individuals in identifying their values, amplifying their voice, and designing a more inclusive vision with a process rooted in experiential learning and intentional change theory. Prior to consulting with organizations and individuals, Mary served as the Director of Training and Learning Development for Coro Pittsburgh. She is an AmeriCorps Alum and One Young World Ambassador.

Len Petrancosta started his career as an entrepreneur, owning and operating restaurants. After accepting a job with Sysco, he progressed through sales management into leadership and executive roles, and was named president and CEO of the Pittsburgh division in 2008. He resigned from Sysco in 2011 to start his “second” life and career and now Len uses his talents to serve nonprofits as an ESC volunteer and board member for Light of Life and CEED. He is currently COO for Peak Performance management, a sales and leadership training and coaching company.

Laurel Randi joined the McCune Foundation in 2006, first as a Program Officer, then becoming the Foundation’s third Executive Director in 2016. Laurel works closely with the Foundation’s Distribution Committee to develop and execute the sunset strategy guiding the Foundation’s final 12 years. In addition to her strategic roles, Laurel manages a portfolio of grants focused on higher education, community and economic development, and the region’s civic institutions. Laurel sits on the boards of Neighborhood Allies, Pittsburgh Urban Initiatives, Strategic Investment Fund, and Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania. Laurel worked for ten years at The Pittsburgh Project, and for three years prior at Carnegie Mellon.

Katie Robb Sewall is a Program Coordinator with PULSE. Katie received a BA in Psychology from Messiah College in 2008. After graduating, she started to dream about making a difference locally. She and a few friends created an intentional community in Harrisburg, PA where they lived together, invested in their neighborhood, and worked in public service. She moved to Pittsburgh to get her masters in professional counseling from Carlow University and then did family counseling with low-income families. She spent the last three years before PULSE in Erie, PA, focusing on coaching college students on career development at Penn State Behrend.

Maureen A. Ryan, principal of Write Connections, LLC is a service-oriented business and education professional with over 25 years combined experience in grant development, writing and administration working with nonprofits, community- and faith-based groups and for-profit companies. Maureen has raised more than $60 million in federal, state and city/county government and corporate and private foundation grants in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Grants have been secured for programs and initiatives related to work in the fields of human/social services, K-12 and post-secondary education, STEM education, workforce development and career exploration, manufacturing, technology, engineering, biotechnology, energy, community development, science and physical and behavioral healthcare.

Abigail Salisbury, J.D., MPPM, is a PA-licensed attorney whose law practice, Salisbury Legal, LLC, focuses on serving the particular legal needs of nonprofits. As the former Executive Director of JURIST, a nonprofit legal news organization at Pitt Law, Abigail trained and managed several dozen volunteer staffers. Before starting her solo practice, she worked on international law and development projects in Kosovo, Ethiopia, and Senegal, and also worked as an academic research contract negotiator.

James R. Sismour Jr. has 29 years of experience building major gift relationships with donors in higher education, hospitals, and religious organizations. Currently he is a gift and charitable estate planning officer for the business schools at Pitt and he is a fundraising service provider for a select group of non-profits across multiple sectors. Jim graduated from Gannon University in Erie. He is a board member of the Pittsburgh Planned Giving Council, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School and the Edgewood Foundation. Jim and his wife Jeanine have five children living across the United States, from Philadelphia to San Francisco.

Delvina L. Smith is the Director of Development and Community Engagement at the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse. Delvina's primarily responsibility is for the implementation and evaluation of PLSG’s community engagement activities, which include public programs, community meetings, public gatherings, and the development of fundraising strategies. Delvina is  the chairwoman for PLSG's Under 40, Underserved advisory board. Delvina is a member of the Leadership Development Initiative with Leadership Pittsburgh and is a board member of YNPN PGH. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and is excited for her wedding in May 2018.

Lisa-Ann Smith is a highly motivated professional with a diverse background gained from over 30 years’ experience in a variety of industries, nonprofits, and consulting work. She has expertise in project management, process improvement, organization development, training, and team building and a proven ability to lead teams. Lisa-Ann is effective in analysis, design and implementation of planned changes, both technical and non-technical, innovative in developing solutions and committed to life-long learning.

Vernée Smith has a diverse background in both corporate and nonprofit organizations, which gives her unique insight and perspective into corporate citizenship and charitable giving. As the Community Relations Coordinator at FedEx Ground, she supervises the charitable contributions process for the corporation. She has worked for companies such as UPMC Health Plan, Wyndham Hotel Group, Propel Schools, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. She has served on committees for the City Theatre and Bricolage Production Company and is a board member of the Pittsburgh New Works Festival. She has also participated in Diversity and Inclusion committees for her corporate employers.

Rev. Sally Jo Snyder is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church and works in justice ministry settings as a community organizer on local, state and national levels, focusing on issues which impact marginalized populations, children, the impoverished, members of the LGBTQ community and people with disabilities. Since March of 2007, Snyder has been on staff of the Consumer Health Coalition where she is the Director of Advocacy and Consumer Engagement. Sally Jo serves as the Vice-Chairperson for the Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities and is chairperson of the Health Workgroup.

Gary J. Stern is president of Portland, Maine-based Stern Consulting International, specializing in governance, strategic planning, business planning and marketing with nonprofit organizations, congregations, associations and multi-sector collaborations. Gary edited the 2nd edition of the Drucker Foundation Organizational Self-Assessment Tool, wrote the Tool Process Guide, and led the Drucker Foundation International Training Team. He is author of Marketing Workbooks for Nonprofit Organizations: Volume I: Develop the Plan (Second Edition, 2001), which was adapted as the official marketing workbook of United Way of America, and Volume II: Mobilize People for Marketing Success. Both are in circulation around the world.

Dave Tinker, CFRE, FAFP, is Vice President of Advancement at ACHIEVA and an adjunct professor of informatics at Muskingum University’s Master of Information Strategy, Systems and Technology (MISST) program. A certified Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Master Trainer, he was honored by AFP International as one of the first six Distinguished Fellows. Dave received a Master of Public Affairs with a concentration in nonprofit management from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. He received a B.A. in chemistry and English and a MISST from Muskingum University. He is also a graduate of Leadership Works – Indianapolis, Class III.

Amanda Trocki serves as the Executive Director of Pittsburgh Cares. Passionate about service and the city of Pittsburgh, Amanda is constantly seeking new and creative ways to get others and herself involved and giving back to the community. Prior to her role as Executive Director, Amanda served as the Director of Corporate Programs at Pittsburgh Cares, working with companies throughout the Pittsburgh region to develop employee volunteer programs, customized corporate days of service, and establish best practices in corporate volunteerism. Amanda is an alumna of La Roche College and Public Allies Pittsburgh.

Julie Walker is the AmeriCorps Program Manager for Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council. She graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Film and Video and a minor in English, and spent two years as a member of Literacy*AmeriCorps Pittsburgh before joining the staff of GPLC. Julie has previously presented at the PennSERVE New Program and Staff Orientation, the National Literacy*AmeriCorps Conference, and the PAACE conference. She enjoys writing, reading books meant for kids, playing board games and video games, getting out in nature, and being a mother. To date, she has guided 179 AmeriCorps members on their service journeys.

Todd Whiteman is the Executive Vice President at Enscoe Long Insurance Group, specializing in providing programs and consulting to the nonprofit sector. He is an active member of the community, including board service with Association of Fundraising Professionals and Pittsburgh Planned Giving Council. Todd was a founding member and first President of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Pittsburgh, and worked to promote an efficient, viable and inclusive nonprofit sector focusing on the growth, learning and development of young professionals. His commitment to the sector also includes Board Service and Volunteer Work with The First Tee of Pittsburgh, Mental Health America Allegheny County, Junior Achievement and others.