Staff

Carey Harris
Chief Executive Officer

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2018

My goal is to learn:
SUP yoga (stand up paddle board yoga).

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
The distinguished history, the vibrant present, and the abounding hope for the future.

Email Carey
412-393-7637

Usama Al-Teraifi
Squirrel Hill Program Coordinator

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2019

My goal is to learn:
To speak Farsi

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
The camaraderie

Email Usama
412-421-0525

Trisha Bandremer
North Hills Program Coordinator

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2018

My goal is to learn:
How to use a laser cutter to make jewelry.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
Being in an environment where I can help people work toward their goals.

Email Trisha
(412) 757-5298

Bianca Bremer
Service Coordinator

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2020

My goal is to learn:
French and the habit of meditation.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
The chances to grow individually and to help developing a better society through education.

Email Bianca
412-393-7625

Sara M. Cole
Instructor/Digital Literacy Fellow

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

Lori Como
Chief Program Officer

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

Gretchen Costello
Director of Adult Education

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

Vince DeStefano
South Hills Program Coordinator

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2019

My goal is to learn:
How to write a book and speak spanish.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
Worthy work and a great group of passionate, supportive colleagues.

Email Vince
412-531-3004

Christine Dickey
Manager of Corporate and Foundation Investments

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

Alexander Dow
Data and Information 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

Najlaa Ebrahim
Student Support Specialists

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

Allegra B. Elson
Instructor

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

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

Cheryl Garcia
Director of Finance and Administration

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

Hannah Gerbe
Director of Volunteer and Community Programs

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

Sam Gorsuch
Accountant

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2020

My goal is to learn:
Woodworking and more knitting techniques

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
The entire staff works collaboratively to make a difference in people’s lives

Email Sam
412-393-7636

Jim Grabiak
Jefferson-Mon Valley Program Coordinator

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2019

My goal is to learn:
Polish

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
The dynamic energy that everyone brings to better ourselves and our city

Email Jim
412-650-8833

Caitlin Griffiths
Family Literacy Program Manager

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
412-881-6171

Roberta Hatcher
Training Coordinator

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2017

My goal is to learn:
The 73 forms of Sun style Tai Chi.

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

Email Roberta
412-393-7645

Julia Herman
Instructor

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2019

My goal is to learn:
Nepali and Spanish.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
The amazing students!

Email Julia
412-881-6171

Erica Hom
English Language Learning Program 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
412-393-7603

Andrea Horton-Meriçli
Workplace Skills 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

Nicole Johnson
Workplace Instructor

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2020

My goal is to learn:
How to read and write in a non-Roman alphabet like Dari or Nepali.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
The incredible students who are dedicated to learning and bettering their lives through education.

Email Nicole
412-393-7656

Laurel Kane
Pittsburgh West Program Coordinator

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2019

My goal is to learn:
More about the countries and cultures our students come from.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
That it gives me the opportunity to help people change their lives for the better.

Email Laurel
412-923-2175

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

Dan Lampmann
College and Career Readiness Coordinator

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2020

My goal is to learn:
Outdoor bouldering

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
Commitment to skill building, education, and the success of our students

Email Dan
412-393-7641

Mary Leitao
Beaver County Program Manager

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2018

My goal is to learn:
Auto body repair and Portuguese.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
The agency's decades-long passionate commitment to serving Western Pennsylvania.

Email Mary
724-773-7810

Susan Mansuetti
Instructor

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2018

My goal is to learn:
To be more fluent in higher level math.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
It is devoted to literacy and not distracted by other interests.

Email Susan
724-773-7810

Vivienne McClellan
Instructor

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2020

My goal is to learn:
Expertise in ELL

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
I have the opportunity to help people achieve their goals.

Email Vivienne
412-393-7608

Keerstan McGinley
ELL Enrollment Coordinator

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2020

My goal is to learn:
How to do embroidery and speak Spanish.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
Everyone is always ready to help, wherever they can and however they can. It gives me hope.

Email Keerstan
412-393-7650

Steve Morrison
Development Assistant

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2019

My goal is to learn:
To be a better parent.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
The passion for improving others' lives that everyone here seems to share.

Email Steve
412-393-7652

Lisa Morse
Pittsburgh East 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

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

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

Jan Paul
Compass AmeriCorps Program Manager

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2013

My goal is to learn:
How to bake sourdough bread.

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

Email Jan
412-393-7622

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

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

Abby Seeley
College and Career Readiness Tutoring Specialist

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2019

My goal is to learn:
To speed read and to speak Welsh

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
That it empowers communities by empowering people.

Email Abby
412-393-7639

Holly Coryell Smith
English Language Learning Tutoring Specialist

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

John D. Spehar
Oasis Intergenerational Tutoring 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

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

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