Advisory Board

Meet the people helping to shape our future


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


Board Members from the University of Pittsburgh

Kenyon R. Bonner
Vice Provost for Student Affairs

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

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
formerly 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
Michelle M. Figlar
Vice President of Learning, The Heinz Endowments
Karen W. Feinstein
President, Jewish Healthcare Foundation of Pittsburgh

Margaret M. Petruska
formerly Senior Program Director, Children Youth & Families Program, The Heinz Endowments
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 
Marc Cherna
Director, Allegheny County Department of Human Services
Rosamaria Cristello
Executive Director and Co-Founder, Latino Community Center
Patrick Dowd
Executive Director, Allies for Children
Gisele Fetterman
Second Lady of Pennsylvania, and Founder, Braddock Freestore, Co-founder, 412 Food Rescue 

Nancy Hubley
Director, Education Law Center, Pittsburgh

Barbara Johnson
Senior Director of Race and Gender Equity, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
Robert Nelkin
Formerly 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

Diamonte Walker
Deputy Executive Director at Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh

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