Advisory Board

Meet the people helping to shape our future


Kenyon R. Bonner
Vice Provost for Student Affairs, University of Pittsburgh


Board Members from the University of Pittsburgh

Mario C. Browne
Director, Office of Health Sciences Diversity, Schools of the Health Sciences

Judy Cameron
Professor of Psychiatry Neuroscience, Obstetrics-Gynecology Reproductive Sciences, Clinical and Translational Science, and Behavioral and Community Health Sciences

Jay Huguley
Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Associate Professor

Kevin Kearns
Professor and Director of the Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

Valerie Kinloch
Renée and Richard Goldman Dean, School of Education

Charles Perfetti
Distinguished University Professor of Psychology Director, Learning Research and Development Center

Kenneth P. Service
Former Vice Chancellor for Communications

Daniel Shaw 
Director, Pitt Parents and Children Laboratory, Professor, Department of Psychology


Board Members from Local Foundations

Diana Bucco
President, The Buhl Foundation

Chris Ellis
Program Officer for Healthy Children & Adults, The Pittsburgh Foundation
Michelle M. Figlar
Vice President of Learning, The Heinz Endowments
Karen W. Feinstein
President, Jewish Healthcare Foundation of Pittsburgh

Margaret M. Petruska
Former Senior Program Director, Children Youth & Families Program, The Heinz Endowments

Robyn Tedder
Project Director, Early Childhood Funders Alliance of Southwestern PA

Kristy Trautmann
Executive Director, FISA Foundation
Michael Yonas
Senior Program Officer for Social Innovation, Research and Special Initiatives, The Pittsburgh Foundation


Board Members from Community Organizations

Miya Asato
Program Director, Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Residency Program, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC 
Rosamaria Cristello
Executive Director and Co-Founder, Latino Community Center
Gisele Fetterman
Second Lady of Pennsylvania, and Founder, Braddock Freestore, Co-founder, 412 Food Rescue 

Nancy Hubley
Former Director, Education Law Center, Pittsburgh

Barbara Johnson
Education Department, Carlow University 

Becky Mercatoris
Director, Department of Children's Initiatives, Allegheny County

Robert Nelkin
Former President and Chief Professional Officer, United Way of Allegheny County

K. Chase Patterson
Chief Executive Officer Urban Academy

Kannu Sahni
Director of Community Affairs, Allegheny Health Network

Tim Smith
Pastor and Director of Center of Life in Hazelwood

Wendy Etheridge Smith
Director of Early Childhood and Community Services, Allegheny Intermediate Unit

Diamonte Walker
Deputy Executive Director at Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh

Dannai Wilson
Program Manager, Allegheny County Health Department Maternal and Child Health Services

Ana Kay Yaghoubian
Director Building for Success in School and Life, United Way of Southwestern PA