Staff

Leadership Team
Carey Harris
Carey Harris
Chief Executive Officer
What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:

Everything—the students, the staff, the volunteers, the board—we are an organization of some of the most generous people on Earth!

Bio Email 412-393-7637
Lori Como
Lori Como
Chief Program Officer
What inspires me:

The perseverance of our students inspires me. Learning from them and knowing them gives me hope and understanding of our world.

Bio Email 412-393-7640
Alexander Dow
Alexander Dow
Data and Information Manager
My favorite quote or motto:

“Life can only be understood backward but can only be lived forward.”

Bio Email 412-393-7601
Cheryl Garcia
Cheryl Garcia
Chief Financial Officer
The best advice I’ve received:

Never give up.

Bio Email 412-393-7635
Brenda Loving
Brenda Loving
Director of Human Resources
My favorite quote or motto:

"Your legacy is every life you have touched." – Maya Angelou
 

Bio Email (412) 393-7660
Maria Polinsky
Maria Polinsky
Director of Marketing and Communications
I’m currently learning:

All the features of my new mirrorless camera

Bio Email 412-393-7631
Tim Richart
Tim Richart
Director of Development
The best advice I’ve received:

Success comes from your heart.

Bio Email 412-393-7633
Program Leadership Team
Lori Como
Lori Como
Chief Program Officer
What inspires me:

The perseverance of our students inspires me. Learning from them and knowing them gives me hope and understanding of our world.

Bio Email 412-393-7640
Gretchen Costello
Gretchen Costello
Director of Adult Education
My favorite quote or motto:

“I am me and that is my power.”

Email 412-393-7638
James Fagg
James Fagg
Director of Workforce Development
I am currently learning:

As much as I can about Pittsburgh

Email 412-393-7642
Rebecca Gamble
Rebecca Gamble
Director of Student Services
What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:

Helping adults improve their lives through learning while working towards their goals

Email 412-393-7644
Hannah Gerbeschacht
Hannah Gerbeschacht
Director of Volunteer and Community Programs
 I am currently learning:

I love to cook and am working on my dumpling making. My favorite is xiaolongbao!

Email 412-595-4347
Caitlin Griffiths
Caitlin Griffiths
Director of Child and Family Programs
What inspires me:

Anyone with perseverance. It takes a lot of courage to follow your dreams and goals!

Email 412-881-6171
Abby Seeley
Abby Seeley
Director of Enrollment
 My favorite quote or motto:

"Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open." –Albus Dumbledore

Email 412-393-7639
Student Enrollment
Sinan Abbas
Sinan Abbas
Enrollment and Placement Coordinator
What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:

Helping adults in the community achieve their goals and become better citizens

Email 412-393-7641
Sierra Brown
Sierra Brown
Enrollment Coordinator
What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:

How committed our staff is to the success of our students

Email 412-260-2770
Najlaa Ebrahim
Najlaa Ebrahim
Student Support Specialist
What inspires me:

I like trying something in a new way, with a new approach, a new idea.

Email 412-393-7602
Abbie Johnson
Abbie Johnson
Enrollment Coordinator
What inspires me: 

Anyone with the courage to learn a new language

 Keerstan McGinley
Keerstan McGinley
ELL Enrollment Coordinator
 My favorite quote or motto:

“The bird that soars above the plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings.”

Email 412-393-7650
Abby Seeley
Abby Seeley
Director of Enrollment
 My favorite quote or motto:

"Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open." –Albus Dumbledore

Email 412-393-7639
Niki Simpson
Niki Simpson
Enrollment Coordinator
What inspires you?

Anyone who has the courage to try something new.

Email 412-290-4213
Marta Zimmerman
Marta Zimmerman
Enrollment Coordinator
What are you learning right now?

Financial Literacy! This is the year I figure out what the stock market is and why I should care.

Volunteer Training and Support
Katy Critchfield
Katy Critchfield
North Hills Program Coordinator
What inspires me?

I'm inspired by our volunteers who give so much of their time, effort, and energy to improve lives through learning.

Email 412-757-5298
Miguel Diaz Segura
Miguel Diaz Segura
Jefferson - Mon Valley Program Coordinator
What inspires me:

Our students and the effort they put into learning.

Email 412-650-8833
Hannah Gerbeschacht
Hannah Gerbeschacht
Director of Volunteer and Community Programs
 I am currently learning:

I love to cook and am working on my dumpling making. My favorite is xiaolongbao!

Email 412-595-4347
 Roberta Hatcher
Roberta Hatcher
Training Coordinator
 Favorite quote or motto:

“When chopping wood, don't aim for the wood. You will only end up chipping the wood. Aim through the wood, aim for the chopping block.” –Annie Dillard, The Writing Life

Email 412-393-7645
Christina Indovina
Christina Indovina
Tutoring Specialist
I am currently learning:

How to rehab an old house

Email 412-393-7643
Laurel Kane
Laurel Kane
Pittsburgh West Program Coordinator
What inspires me:

My students

Email 412-923-2175
Maya Metzger
Maya Metzger
Squirrel Hill Program Coordinator
What is your favorite quote?

"The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out" J.R.R. Tolkien

Email 412-421-0525
Lisa Morse
Lisa Morse
Pittsburgh East Program Coordinator
 My favorite quote or motto:

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” – Plutarch

Email 412-661-7006
Leah Patterson
Leah Patterson
Northside - Ohio River Program Coordinator
What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:

I like that Literacy Pittsburgh lays the foundation and a clear path for people to achieve their goals.

Email 412-969-8486
Nou Yang
Kao Nou Yang
South Hills Program Coordinator
What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:

Innovation with digital literacy

Instructors
Gretchen Costello
Gretchen Costello
Director of Adult Education
My favorite quote or motto:

“I am me and that is my power.”

Email 412-393-7638
Luke Fredland
Luke Fredland
College and Career Readiness Instructor
 My favorite quote or motto:

"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."

Email 412-393-7609
Lauren Gaynord
Lauren Gaynord
Lead English Language Learning Instructor
I'm currently learning:

Spanish (very slowly)

Email 724-382-8261
Erica Hom
Erica Hom
English Language Learning Instructor
What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:

The welcoming atmosphere

Email 412-393-7603
Katie Hynes
Katie Hynes
English Language Learning Instructor
What are you learning right now?

Folklore and Fairy Tales

Email 412-393-7628
Amanda Kmetz
Amanda Kmetz
English Language Learning Instructor
My favorite quote or motto:

"Brevity is the soul of wit."

Email 412-393-7658
Emily Laughlin
Emily Laughlin
College and Career Readiness Instructor
My favorite quote or motto:

“If you truly loved yourself, you could never hurt another.” – Buddha

Email 412-393-7653
Vivienne McClellan
Vivienne McClellan
College and Career Readiness Instructor
What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:

I like the fact that everyone shows so much passion for their job and shows compassion to the students and each other.

Email 412-393-7608
Meghan Oswalt
Meghan Oswalt
English Language Learning Instructor
What inspires me:

Creative people and their interesting projects!

Email 412-393-7654
Shirley Robinson
Shirley Robinson
English Language Learning Instructor
I am currently learning:

Through my students, I am learning about a variety of countries, cultures, and traditions.

Email 412-393-7605
Terra Teets
Terra Teets
College and Career Readiness Instructor
The best advice I've received:

Stay in the present moment.

Email 412-393-7600
Julie Wiancko
Julie Wiancko
English Language Learning Instructor
What inspires you?

Two big things that inspire me are walks in the forest, especially near streams of water, as well as the look on someone's face when understanding hits.

Email 412-393-7665
Workforce Programs
Vince DeStefano
Vince DeStefano
Workforce Development Program Coordinator
The best advice I’ve received:

Don't let perfect be the enemy of good.

Email 412-350-9920
James Fagg
James Fagg
Director of Workforce Development
I am currently learning:

As much as I can about Pittsburgh

Email 412-393-7642
Nicole Johnson
Nicole Johnson
Special Projects Manager
What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:

The community of people involved—from our diverse students to our amazing staff

Email 412-393-7656
Michelle Walter
Michelle Walter
Digital Skills Instructor
What Inspires Me:

My community. It is incredible how much work and dedication there is from the businesses and individuals around Beaver County. It definitely influences me to want to work my hardest to help those around me. 

Email 412-760-5718
Adrianna Wright
Adrianna Wright
Digital Skills Instructor
My favorite quote or motto:

"It's never too late to be who you might have been." --George Elliot

Email 412-209-8468
Child and Family Programs
Hakima A
Hakima Ait lafkih
Early Childhood Education Class Aide
What is your favorite quote or motto?

Don't leave today's work for tomorrow.

 

412-881-6171
Helena Duncan
Helena Duncan
Instructor
What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh: na
Email 412-881-6171
Caitlin Griffiths
Caitlin Griffiths
Director of Child and Family Programs
What inspires me:

Anyone with perseverance. It takes a lot of courage to follow your dreams and goals!

Email 412-881-6171
Jessica Orlidge
Jessica Orlidge
Instructor
I am currently learning:

To speak Spanish! Also, the accordion.

Email 412-881-6171
John Spehar
John D. Spehar
Oasis Intergenerational Tutoring Program Director
What inspires me:

Passing on my knowledge and love of reading to children and older adults.

Email 412-393-7648
Beaver Site
Mary Leitao
Mary Leitao
Beaver County Program Manager
The best advice I’ve received:

Forgive and forget

Email 724-773-7810
Susan Mansuetti
Susan Mansuetti
Instructor
I am currently learning:

I feel like I can never learn enough math—it makes me a better teacher.

Email 724-773-7810
Michelle Walter
Michelle Walter
Digital Skills Instructor
What Inspires Me:

My community. It is incredible how much work and dedication there is from the businesses and individuals around Beaver County. It definitely influences me to want to work my hardest to help those around me. 

Email 412-760-5718
Student Support Services
Rebecca Gamble
Rebecca Gamble
Director of Student Services
What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:

Helping adults improve their lives through learning while working towards their goals

Email 412-393-7644
 Tiffani Humble
Tiffani Humble
ISAC Service Coordinator
The best advice I’ve received:

It’s all about the mindset.

Email 412-393-7625
Compass AmeriCorps
Jan Paul
Jan Paul
Compass AmeriCorps Program Manager
The best advice I’ve received:

Perfection isn't real. Keep trying things even if you're not great at them.

Email 412-393-7622
Development
Christine Dickey
Christine Dickey
Manager of Corporate and Foundation Investments
What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:

As we innovate and grow, Literacy Pittsburgh never forgets our primary focus—the students we serve.

Email 412-393-7632
Steve Morrison
Steve Morrison
Donor Relations Coordinator
I am currently learning:

How to play the dobro! It's like a weird cross between a guitar and a banjo.

Email 412-393-7652
Tim Richart
Tim Richart
Director of Development
The best advice I’ve received:

Success comes from your heart.

Bio Email 412-393-7633
Communications and Marketing
Maria Polinsky
Maria Polinsky
Director of Marketing and Communications
I’m currently learning:

All the features of my new mirrorless camera

Bio Email 412-393-7631
Finance and Administration
Cheryl Garcia
Cheryl Garcia
Chief Financial Officer
The best advice I’ve received:

Never give up.

Bio Email 412-393-7635
Nile Wilson
Nile Wilson
Operations Assistant
I am currently learning:

How to write in code.

Email 412-393-7663
Data and Information
Alexander Dow
Alexander Dow
Data and Information Manager
My favorite quote or motto:

“Life can only be understood backward but can only be lived forward.”

Bio Email 412-393-7601
Jennifer Skinner
Jennifer Skinner
Data Entry Operator
What is your favorite quote or motto?

Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart. (Winnie the Pooh)

Email 412-393-7642

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