Our People


OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Board Officers
President - Jason Tigano, Economic Development South
Vice-President - Dave Burnworth, Giant Eagle, Incorporated
Secretary - Angela Jackson, Keller Williams Realty
Treasurer - Patrick Armknecht, Schneider Downs & Company


Members at Large
Ryan Deatrick, Schneider Downs & Company
Nina Faber, MSA, Incorporated
Lindsay Fouse, Clark Hill
John Higgins, Wells Fargo Insurance Services
Pat Lovelace, Dollar Energy Fund
David Matta, Residential Resources, Incorporated
Steve Mazza, Keystone Mountain Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters
Bob McCall, Master Builders’ Association
Chad Michaelson, Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP
Chris Oravetz, Washington Financial Bank
James J. Resitvo, Retivo Legal
Andrew Ruxton, Clark Hill
John T. Sebestian, University of Pittsburgh
Nick Trbovic, FedEx Ground


Emeritus Board Members
Rudy Benedetti
Ray Coll
Ed Friel
Frank Hammond
William Waterkotte

 
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OUR STAFF
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Steve Hellner-Burris, Chief Executive Officer
sburris@rtpittsburgh.org
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Ron Anger, Construction Coordinator
ranger@rtpittsburgh.org
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Jack Anke, Chief Financial Officer
janke@rtpittsburgh.org
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Bethany Dickerson, Development Interim
bdickerson@rtpittsburgh.org
Steve Hellner-Burris was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2009 and is responsible for leading Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh’s mission across the neighborhoods of Allegheny County. He came to RTP with 24 years of nonprofit management experience, specializing in starting and growing nonprofits. Under his leadership, RTP has more than tripled in size and is now able to help about 150 households per year. Steve has been in Pittsburgh for the past twenty-one years. He lives in Forest Hills with his wife, Pastor Janet Hellner-Burris of the Christian Church of Wilkinsburg. They have two children who have left home (Katie and Ben), and two dogs who are still there (Maggie and Cody).
Ron Anger is a Pittsburgh native and has been a Construction Coordinator at RTP for two years. He's a graduate of the Trade Institute of Pittsburgh and has his GED. Ron is hardworking and always willing and excited to learn new skills. He enjoys engaging RTP's clients and is motivated by the opportunity to make their homes safer and healthier. He has received awards from the Trade Institute and has presented at several seminars. He has a loving fiance and two beautiful boys.
Jack Anke came to RTP after 39 years of experience in finance. He worked as a Vice President of Treasury for a $500,000,000 multi-national corporation and as the Chief Financial Officer for The Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center. Anke is fully responsible for all aspects of RTP’s accounting, including internal and external reporting, budgeting, treasury, internal controls, and serves as a liaison with the Board of Directors and outside auditors. 
Bethany Dickerson joins RTP's Development team after completing two terms of AmeriCorps service through CapacityCorps! Bethany is an artist, adventurer, outdoor enthusiast, and an AmeriCorps national service alumni. She graduated from Alfred University with a Bachelors in Fine Arts and minor in Art History. Bethany was drawn to RTP by her compassion for people and desire to work hands-on making a positive impact at the community. She deeply enjoys connecting with homeowners and volunteers. As a new Pittsburgher, these personal histories inspire commitment and pride in her community involvement. Bethany has quickly fallen in love with all the city has to offer is embarking on the adventure of homeownership.
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Ja'Nene Hayes, Client Intake & Office Specialist
jhayes@rtpittsburgh.org
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Megan Kruse, Special Projects Manager
MKruse@rtpittsburgh.org
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Nathan Mallory, Construction Manager
nmallory@rtpittsburgh.org
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Katie McAuley, Director of Community Engagement
kmcauley@rtpittsburgh.org
Ja’Nene Hayes has worked in Human Services for over 20 years. Before RTP, she worked as the IT Specialist with the University of Pittsburgh Alliance for Infants. Ja’Nene missed the human side of human services and searched for an organization that worked directly with individuals and families. Ja’Nene became the Program Director at Hosanna House Inc, for the New Foundations Homeless program where she worked with over 300 homeless single women and children for almost 15 years. In 2017, Ja’Nene joined RTP where she could balance her technical skills and have meaningful human connection.
Ja’Nene enjoys playing with her animals: 2 dogs, 1 grand-doggie and 2 Rouen ducks affectionately called Scoots and Mr. Biggs. Ja’Nene is the mother of 3 daughters and has 2 grandsons and 1 granddaughter.
Megan Kruse has long had a heart for service and completed 25 mission trips before joining RTP in July of 2014. Her love of travel and exploration previously sent her to Dayton and Nashville where she served two terms as an AmeriCorps member with the Rebuilding Together affiliates. As the Manager of Special Projects in RTP's construction division, Megan enjoys planning large-scale projects focused on community revitalization. In her free time, Megan and her dog Talia love to visit Frick and Schenley Park.
Nathan Mallory grew up in Titusville, PA and moved to Pittsburgh after serving in the United States Air Force. Nathan as introduced to RTP as a volunteer of The Mission Continues, 1st Service Platoon, Pittsburgh. Nathan comes to RTP after owning a coffee shop in Brookline where he explored his passions in community development. He also serves as the President of Brookline Chamber of Commerce, and as a member of the Associate Board of Directors of Pressley Ridge and South Pittsburgh Development Corporation.
Katie McAuley came to Pittsburgh in 2007 to attend Chatham University. While obtaining a dual degree in Cultural Studies and Public Policy, Katie fell in love with the city. Pittsburgh inspired Katie to pursue a career in community planning, which she began by serving RTP as an AmeriCorps member in 2011. After completing her term, Katie obtained a master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas Austin. She is so happy to have returned to Pittsburgh and land at RTP again to oversee the Jobs First program and RTP's community engagement efforts. In Katie’s free time she likes to travel, be in various bodies of water, bike with friends, read, garden, and watch the tube.
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Ian McNeill, Outreach Coordinator
imcneill@rtpittsburgh.org
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Jenn Salmans, Development Manager
jsalmans@rtpittsburgh.org
Ryan Shannon, Construction Manager RT Pittsburgh
Ryan Shannon, Construction Manager
rshannon@rtpittsburgh.org

 
Alan Sisco, Chief Operations Officer RT Pittsburgh
Alan Sisco, Chief Operations Officer
asisco@rtpittsburgh.org
Ian McNeill grew up in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. After leaving the area to obtain a Political Science degree from Wittenberg University, he returned to Pittsburgh and served RTP as an AmeriCorps member in 2014. Upon completing his term, Ian worked in Older Adult Protective Services before returning to RTP. Ian has a passion for serving others, especially seniors. As the Operations Specialist, he is responsible for conducting home previews, compiling leverage, and providing hospitality at volunteer events. Ian is in love with Pittsburgh and the awesome people who make this place his home. Outside RTP, Ian can often be seen at a Bucs, Steelers, or Pitt game. Finally, he hopes you have great day!
Jenn Salmans joined RTP in April 2017 with a background in community development. A native to the Pittsburgh region, she grew the revitalization efforts and Main Street Program with the Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation for 6 years. After obtaining her Masters of Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh, Jenn realized her passion in addressing neighborhood development from a holistic perspective.  
Now in the niche of fund development, donor relations, and volunteer management, Jenn thrives on fostering positive relationships and partnership opportunities to leverage RTP’s impact around the region. Outside of work, she and her husband love to travel, host friends for special meals, and explore the parks.
Ryan Shannon graduated from Thiel college with a degree in Media Communication with a concentration in Fine Arts. He is 25 years old, was born and raised in Pittsburgh, and still lives here today. In his spare time, he loves to play drums, write songs and poetry, make art, ride BMX bikes, and go to concerts. Ryan is the Community Crew Leader for Penn Hills, and his favorite part of his job is the interactions he has with people on a day-to-day basis.
Alan Sisco is a Pittsburgh native, safe and healthy housing expert, and 11 year veteran of the Rebuilding Together network. Since joining RTP in 2010, Alan has helped guide the growth of the organization and he now oversees community partnerships and innovative programs such as Jobs First and Rehab-for-Resale. Alan is happily married to his wife Lauren, with whom he shares the terror and joy of raising their toddler Francis.
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Angela Stabryla, Infrastructure + Analytics Manager
astabryla@rtpittsburgh.org
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Eric Stoller, Chief Development Officer
estoller@rtpittsburgh.org
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Alison Thomson, Construction Manager
athomson@rtpittsburgh.org
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Sarah Tiffany-Appleton, Home Repair Coordinator
stiffanyappleton@rtpittsburgh.org
Angela Stabryla grew up in the South Hills and currently resides in Mt. Washington.  Prior to becoming a staff member, Angela was a Capacity Volunteer where she learned a lot to help upkeep her 100+ year old home.  In her spare time, she likes to be creative and hand make gifts for loved ones.  Angela is ecstatic to start applying her diverse and unique background to help forward RTP’s mission.
Eric Stoller started as the development director at RTP in January of 2017 after coming to Pittsburgh 6 years ago to work with the community development team at The Heinz Endowments. In addition to fundraising his role here includes communications and data management and assisting the staff and board with strategic direction. He has a deep interest in racial and economic equity and has long appreciated the work RTP does to advance those aims. He and his family are happy east enders. If you like long, boring stories ask him about his bikes sometime.
Alison Thomson is originally from Virginia and moved to Pittsburgh to serve in AmeriCorps. After serving two terms with RTP, she was offered a fulltime position in November of 2015. A graduate of Connecticut College, Alison has a degree in Architectural Studies and Studio Art. She has enjoyed getting to know Pittsburgh and all that the city has to offer, especially the wide range of outdoor activities available in the area.
Sarah Tiffany-Appleton comes to Pittsburgh by way of California and Oregon. A lifelong west-coaster, Sarah moved to Pittsburgh in July of 2016 to serve RTP as an AmeriCorps House Captain. After her term of service, she accepted a position on RTP’s construction team. Sarah has a degree in Studio Art from Reed College and a background in fabrication and project management. Before coming to RTP, she served as a volunteer Project Manager for Open Architecture Portland, a nonprofit that designs small-scale projects for communities in need. This experience instilled in Sarah a love of serving her community, a passion she is thrilled to continue in Pittsburgh with RTP. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys exploring her new home, goofing around with her dog, Robbie, and climbing tall things.
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Chelsea Welsby, Manager of Construction Operations
cwelsby@rtpittsburgh.org



Chelsea Welsby is Pittsburgh born and raised. After four years of schooling in sustainability, Chelsea joined RTP as an AmeriCorps member. She enjoyed improving her construction knowledge and educating others on energy efficiency so much, that she accepted a staff position after completing her term. When she is not working, you can find her reading, gardening, in the dance studio, or working on her own repair project!