Staff

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Don Block
Executive Director

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 1984

My goal is to learn:
To play the piano.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
The courageous students who make sacrifices to reach their goals.

Email Don
412-393-7600

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Robin Ballard
Office Manager

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 1989

My goal is to learn:
To speak Spanish, and to become better at performing reflexology therapy.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
Our devotion to our mission to better lives through learning.

Email Robin
412-393-7639

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Rachel Baron
Education Specialist, Adult Basic Education

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2008

My goal is to learn:
Ceramics. I am taking classes and my goal is to keep getting better!

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
Helping people to love learning and teaching.

Email Rachel
412-393-7621

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Lee Ann Bryan
South Hills Program Coordinator

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2014

My goal is to learn:
How to create a website.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
Our positive impact on the community of Pittsburgh.

Email Lee Ann
412-531-3004

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Sara M. Cole
Instructor

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2013

My goal is to learn:
How to be of benefit to all beings without burning out.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
I love serving the students and collaborating with other teachers and service coordinators here.

Email Sara
412-393-7658

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Lori Como
Associate Director

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 1999

My goal is to learn:
Spanish and Italian.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
It's a multicultural learning place with passionate staff, volunteers, and students.

Email Lori
412-393-7640

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Gretchen Costello
Program Manager

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2012

My goal is to learn:
Conversational Italian, app building, and travel hacking.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
It's a forward-thinking, innovative organization that genuinely cares about people.

Email Gretchen
412-393-7638

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Christine Dickey
Development Coordinator

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2017

My goal is to learn:
Cheesemaking.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
We create a path out of poverty through free education.

Email Christine
412-393-7632

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Alexander Dow
Database Manager

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2001

My goal is to learn:
Parenting.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
Resource for adults to change their lives.

Email Alexander
412-393-7601

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Najlaa Ebrahim
Central City Program Coordinator

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2006

My goal is to learn:
How to bake.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
I like the vibrant environment, the opportunity to learn and grow, and I like my co-workers--they are awesome!

Email Najlaa
412-393-7602

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Allegra B. Elson
Director of Instruction

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2001

My goal is to learn:
How to say hello, thank you, delicious, see you later, in many, many languages!

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
Everyone who walks through the door.

Email Allegra
412-393-7642

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Brittany Eltman
East Suburbs Program Coordinator

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2017

My goal is to learn:
How to drive a manual transmission car.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
It's an inclusive and flexible environment for staff and students!

Email Brittany
412-969-8486

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Anne Fowler
Development Assistant

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2017

My goal is to learn:
Cross-stitching.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
Our inspiring and motivated students from every walk of life.

Email Anne
412-393-7652

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Luke Fredland
Instructor

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2013

My goal is to learn:
To be the best teacher I can be.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
My wonderful students and co-workers.

Email Luke
412-393-7609

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Cheryl Garcia
Director of Finance

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2017

My goal is to learn:
Landscaping.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
We make a difference every day.

Email Cheryl
412-393-7635

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Hannah Gerbe
North Hills Program Coordinator

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2017

My goal is to learn:
Spanish.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
The dedication of our students and volunteers!

Email Hannah
412-595-4347

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Caitlin Griffiths
Jefferson/Baldwin Program Coordinator

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2016

My goal is to learn:
How to say hello, goodbye, please, and thank you in as many languages as possible.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
The community feeling, from having supports surrounding you.

Email Caitlin
412-650-8833

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Roberta Hatcher
Training Coordinator

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2017

My goal is to learn:
Serenity.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
Our committed volunteer tutors--they sustain my faith in humanity!

Email Roberta
412-393-7645

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Jen Hayes
Service Coordinator, Immigrant Services and Connections

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2015

My goal is to learn:
How to build a bike.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
Interacting daily with people from Pittsburgh and around the world.

Email Jen
412-393-7625

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Erica Hom
Intake Coordinator

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2018

My goal is to learn:
Every language that I can!

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
Helping to empower others to reach their goals.

Email Erica
412-393-7600

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Andrea Horton-Meriçli
Transitions Manager

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2014

My goal is to learn:
To perfect my violin skills so I can form a quartet and play in the community.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
Getting to work with our students and seeing them grow!

Email Andrea
412-393-7644

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Arlene Kasenic
Technology Coordinator

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 1992

My goal is to learn:
Digital photography.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
It's where ideas become reality and goals are achieved!

Email Arlene
412-393-7643

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Beth Kocsis
Family Literacy Program Manager

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2008

My goal is to learn:
Rowing.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
The students are my extended family.

Email Beth
412-881-6171

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Nancy Krygowski
Instructor

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 1999

My goal is to learn:
The names of the birds that show up at my feeders.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
The students, the students, the students (and my co-workers)!

Email Nancy
412-393-7626

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Lisa Morse
East End Program Coordinator

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2016

My goal is to learn:
Patience.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
People working together to make life better for others!

Email Lisa
412-661-7006

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Katie Murphy
Instructor

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2008

My goal is to learn:
Gardening.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
Teaching great people...and seeing them succeed!

Email Katie
412-393-7606

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Jessica Orlidge
Instructor

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2018

My goal is to learn:
The banjo.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
I deeply admire the dedication to uplifting the community and the compassion of all the staff.

Email Jessica
412-881-6171

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Jan Paul
Downtown Center ESL Program Coordinator

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2013

My goal is to learn:
Sailing.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
It's a supportive place where anyone can improve their skills.

Email Jan
412-393-7603

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Maria Polinsky
Director of Marketing and Communications

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2005

My goal is to learn:
How to paint.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
Our students gain the skills and confidence to try things they never thought possible.

Email Maria
412-393-7631

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Tim Richart
Director of Development

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2018

My goal is to learn:
Curling.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
Spending each day with individuals who are passionate about where they work.

Email Tim
412-393-7633

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Kathleen Scanlon
Instructor

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2005

My goal is to learn:
To speak Italian and to paint.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
The students and the staff.

Email Kathleen
412-393-7608

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Kate Schnuriger
Squirrel Hill Program Coordinator

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2013

My goal is to learn:
How to grow my own food in a garden.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
Helping adults in my community to reach their education/life goals!

Email Kate
412-421-0525

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Holly Coryell Smith
Education Specialist, English as a Second Language

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2014

My goal is to learn:
Ballroom dancing.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
I really like how Literacy Pittsburgh helps Americans, immigrants, and refugees develop the skills they need to build better lives.

Email Holly
412-393-7628

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John D. Spehar
OASIS Tutor Program Director

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2012

My goal is to learn:
How to make sushi.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
I like seeing how happy the students look attending classes.

Email John
412-393-7648

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Lauren Stahl
ABE/HSE Program Coordinator

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2017

My goal is to learn:
How to free-motion quilt.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
Celebrating with people as they accomplish their life-changing goals.

Email Lauren
412-393-7641

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Melissa Tabak
Prospect Park Program Coordinator

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2018

My goal is to learn:
How to make sushi.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
Learning about the students!

Email Melissa
412-881-7181

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Julie Teixeira
Instructor

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2018

My goal is to learn:
Learn more about gardening in Pittsburgh weather.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
Talking to and learning new things about the students every day.

Email Julie
412-393-7605

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Julie Walker
AmeriCorps Program Manager

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2010

My goal is to learn:
To be a certified cicerone (beer expert).

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
Their passion for national and community service!

Email Julie
412-393-7622

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Gail Whitehead
Student Support Coordinator/Receptionist

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2004

My goal is to learn:
How to sew like a seamstress.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
It gives individuals another chance to become what they desire!

Email Gail
412-393-7650

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Cara Wimberley
Instructor/ISAC Service Coordinator

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2017

My goal is to learn:
Ceramics.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
All the students, teachers, and staff are part of a welcoming community!

Email Cara
412-393-7634

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Wendy Wu
Accountant

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2016

My goal is to learn:
New knowledge.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
The great people I work with.

Email Wendy
412-393-7636