Staff

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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

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Usama Al-Teraifi
Squirrel Hill/Oakland 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

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Trisha Bandremer
Parkway West 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

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Rachel Baron
Director of College and Career Readiness Programs

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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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
4123937625

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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
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

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Gretchen Costello
Director of Volunteer and Community Programs

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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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

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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

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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

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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

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Allegra B. Elson
Director of English Language Learning Programs

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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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 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

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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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Jim Grabiak
Jefferson Area 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

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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

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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

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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

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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
412-393-7650

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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

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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
4123937656

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Laurel Kane
Central City 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

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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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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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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

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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

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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: the teachers, the students, the volunteers, and the staff are always ready to help wherever they can and however they can. It gives me hope.

Email Keerstan
4123937650

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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

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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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Jackline Oduogo
Accountant

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2019

My goal is to learn:
Database administration.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
How the lives of many are transformed.

Email Jackline
412-393-7636

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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
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

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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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Marcele Reola
East Suburbs Program Coordinator

I have been with Literacy Pittsburgh since: 2019

My goal is to learn:
Self care. I want to be a good example for my daughters and teach them that self care is essential for everybody's well-being.

What I like best about Literacy Pittsburgh:
We recognize our coworkers for their accomplishments and dedication to their roles.

Email Marcele
412-969-8486

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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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Abby Seeley
College and Career Readiness 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

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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 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

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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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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
412-393-7600

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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