Our People


       OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Board Officers 

President
Dave Burnworth, Giant Eagle Inc

Vice President
Jeni Cooper, Community Dev. Banking, PNC Financial Services Group

Treasurer
Ryan R. Deatrick, CPA, Schneider Downs & Co., Inc.

Secretary
Megan Stearman, Oxford Development


Committee

Rich Amberson, Shannon Construction
Tom Davis, University of Pittsburgh
Nina Faber, MSA Inc., Corporate Counsel
Elizabeth Fries, Human Services Center Corporation
Tim Glass, Wells Fargo
John Higgins, USI Insurance
Greg Hopkins, JLL
Alyssa P. Lyon, Green Building Alliance
David Matta, Residential Resources, Inc.
Steve Mazza, Keystone Mountain Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters
Bob McCall, Master Builder's Associaion
Carol McKay, National Consumers League
Chad Michaelson, Meyer, Unkovic, & Scott
Bill Miller, Pittsburgh Gateways
Delvina Morrow, Pittsburgh Penguins

John T. Sebastian, LEED AP, Swanson School of Engineering, U. of Pittsburgh
Nick Trbovic, FedEx Ground
Mark Winer
Evan Zuverink, First Commonwealth Bank


Emeritus Board Members

Rudy Benedetti
Ray Coll
Ed Friel

Frank Hammond
William Waterkotte


 
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OUR STAFF

Alan Sisco, Chief Operations Officer RT Pittsburgh

Alan Sisco
Chief Executive Officer

asisco@rtpittsburgh.org

Alan Sisco is a Pittsburgh native, safe and healthy housing expert, and 14 year veteran of the Rebuilding Together network. Working with colleagues across the country, he helped Rebuilding Together develop & implement the national network's first set of “Healthy Housing” standards for residential home repair. Alan is the Chief Executive Officer for Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh where he leads a dedicated team of construction and nonprofit professionals in their efforts to improve individual and community health through the prioritization of home repairs that have positive health outcomes for residents. Since 2010, he has helped the organization grow its impact through the development of innovative programming and the execution of more than 1,000 home repair projects. In 2019, he was named Rebuilding Together’s National Staff Member of the Year. Alan is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where he earned degrees in Political Science and History.

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Carly Campbell
Chief Financial Officer

ccampbell@rtpittsburgh.org
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John Heft
Director of Construction

jheft@rtpittsburgh.org
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Katie McAuley
Director of Programs

kmcauley@rtpittsburgh.org
Carly Campbell started with RTP in 2019 and spent her previous twenty years managing small to medium-sized businesses for the CEO’s that owned them. Having grown up in the shadow of the Appalachian Mountains, Carly has a deep love for the city of Pittsburgh and the beauty of the natural backdrop. A graduate of Waynesburg University, Carly found a way to exploit her love of balance and efficiency in the world of finance and accounting and approaches every challenge with the optimism that no job is too big to be tackled with the appropriate education, planning and effort.

A passionate helper by nature, Carly is a fierce advocate for education and animals. When not working, she can usually be found spending time with her family doing something outdoors.

 
John Heft grew up in Los Angeles, California on an urban farm in the shadow of the Sierra Nevadas. He cut his construction teeth by building chicken coops, garden beds, and by failing out of nearly every class from K through 12 that didn’t involve Shakespeare. He is a fan of bungalows, looking at bugs, and drinking coffee. His favorite thing to do when not working is to promote Truth, Beauty, and Goodness through the vehicle of poetic lament…usually after having struggled to interact with a poorly designed microwave.

John has been with RTP since 2019, and is pleased to leverage his decade of construction experience in the Pittsburgh area toward increasing the dignity and health of those individuals who have made this city a beautiful hodgepodge.
Katie McAuley is the Director of Programs at Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh (RTP). Katie oversees, directs, and organizes the work of the Programs Department; including, applicant pipeline, community planning, client relations, case management services, and community partnerships. During her career, Katie has focused on community revitalization by creating and preserving affordable housing through direct programming and the development of a robust referral network. Katie worked in new construction at Habitat for Humanity in Austin, TX and the preservation of affordable housing through free home repairs and service referrals to low-income homeowners at RTP. Katie has held several positions at RTP; including AmeriCorps Housing Coordinator (2011-2012) and Manager of Community Engagement (2016-2017). Katie holds a Master’s in Community and Regional Planning from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Cultural Studies from Chatham University.
 

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Rebecca Aguilar-Francis
Sr. Program Manager

raguilarFrancis@rtpittsburgh.org
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Sarah Blache-Schwartz
Sr. Operations Consultant

sblacheschwartz@rtpittsburgh.org
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Bri Castle
Client Relations Manager
bcastle@rtpittsburgh.org
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Tyler Chilcott
Grants Manager
tchilcott@rtpittsburgh.org
Rebecca Aguilar-Francis was born and raised in Pittsburgh, and moved back in 2016 after 6 years away. She completed her undergrad at the University of Pittsburgh and her Master’s degree in Human Rights Practice and Policy with a program based in Sweden, the UK and Norway. Rebecca began her career in the non-profit community as a workforce case manager in Philadelphia, then moved to Vietnam for a fellowship with Save the Children International as a content editor and program advisor, only to return to Pittsburgh to work as a refugee case manager with Jewish Family Community Services. Rebecca was drawn to RTP through her case management, watching first -hand the impacts housing insecurity and inequality have on families. Rebecca finds every opportunity she can to travel and when she’s not working, you most likely will find her comparing flights and planning her next adventure.
 
Sarah Blache-Schwartz is currently consulting with Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh on its merger-related efforts with Conservation Consultants, Inc.  No stranger to RTP, Sarah previously served as the organization’s Director of Operations from 2017-2018 and is excited to assist in the strategic strengthening of RTP’s suite of blended programmatic offerings and services.  Sarah’s background is in social policy; having formerly worked in both state government and non-profit management, she also serves on the Board and oversees the operations of Forward Allies, a non-profit organization focused on equity and inclusion within reproductive-based mental health services in Allegheny County.
 
Bri Castle is originally from outside Philadelphia, so she can always be bribed with a Wawa hoagie. She graduated from Davidson College in 2015 with a degree in Classics and English. After biking cross country and gettin‘ hitched, she moved to Seattle. While there, she served two terms of Americorps with City Year and one term as a Capacity Corps Member with RT Seattle. Bri's service to community and working for collective liberation function as her faith. On the side, she enjoyed the outdoors and organizing with CARW, the Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites. After a brief blip in Tanzania, where she worked with an edutainment company called Ubongo (ubongo means ”brain” in Swahili), Bri and her husband moved to the ’Burgh. What does she like about the land of 1,000 bridges? The unabashed celebration of the color yellow.
Tyler Chilcott is an Erie native who uses his background in environmental policy and building science to conceptualize and promote safe and healthy homes at RTP. He spent two years working as the Development and Marketing Lead at Conservation Consultants, Inc. where he worked closely with RTP on several projects and grants. Tyler attended the University of Eastern Finland for their Environmental Policy and Law Master's Program and studied Environmental Science at Allegheny College. If Tyler isn’t riding his bike around the city, playing basketball, attending a local show, reading a book, or emphatically discussing his love of cinema, he’s probably at karaoke performing Rob Zombie’s magnum opus, Dragula.
 
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Lucy de Barbaro
Sound Home Manager

ldbarbaro@rtpittsburgh.org
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Jennifer Fox
Manager of Finance and Administration

jfox@rtpittsburgh.org

 
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Anika Hatcher
Project Associate
ahatcher@rtpittsburgh.org
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Ja'Nene Hayes
Office Coordinator

jhayes@rtpittsburgh.org
Lucy de Barbaro brings her passion for the environment and building science knowledge to manage Sound Home program at RTP. Lucy earned a Master of Science in particle physics from Jagellonian University in her hometown, Cracow, Poland, and a Doctorate from University of Rochester, N.Y. Subsequently to her career in physics, she worked as a test engineer in the telecommunication industry, where her proposal for improving energy efficiency in the labs and corporate facilities advanced to the finalist stage of the Bell Lab’s Entrepreneurial Bootcamp. Lucy’s commitment to conservation continued in Pittsburgh where she helped to design, construct, and certify the first residential Passive House in the city. This building type reduces energy use by about 80% compared to typical new construction. A believer in making a positive change, Lucy is volunteering for several environmental and community organizations to help address climate change and other environmental causes.
 
Jen Fox brings more than 20 years of non-profit experience to Rebuilding Together.  Prior to joining RTP Jen worked for Conservation Consultants, Inc. managing a plethora of “back of house” responsibilities including contracts, human resources, building management, and IT oversight. She also worked hand in hand in with an outside CPA and bookkeeper to manage all aspects of CCI’s finances, budget, invoicing, and accounts payable. Early in her career, Jen worked for Community Design Center of Pittsburgh, spending more than a decade managing the popular fundraising event “Pedal Pittsburgh” along with other development and communications tasks.  Her diverse experience includes development and event management, communications, finance, and general operations. Jen received a BA in Sociology from John Carroll University.

 
Anika Hatcher was born in Pittsburgh, PA and was raised in West Mifflin, PA. Upon graduating high school, Anika joined Springboard Kitchen which kickstarted her drive to improve people’s lives in our communities. She joined RTP in February of 2018 as a crew member under the Jobs First Program. Her favorite part of working at RTP is cultivating working relationships with home owners. When she’s not at work you can find her spending time with her 3 girls.
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.

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Andy Hromoko Jr. 
Sr. Project Manager -
Special Programs

ahromoko@rtpittsburgh.org
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Blair Kossis
Sr. Project Manager - 
R4R

bkossis@rtpittsburgh.org
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Lydia Kramer
Sr. Utilities Program Manager

lkramer@rtpittsburgh.org
Andy Hromoko has been affiliated with Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh since 2008, both as a volunteer house captain and staff person. In that time, he has managed hundreds of home repair projects for homeowners all over Allegheny County. He is a retired Federal Law Enforcement officer, married to his wife Sue, has two adult children and a son in law. Andy also leads home repair and service projects for his church on a regular basis and has out of state mission experience as well. He enjoys meeting people where they are in life and letting them know others truly care about them.  
 
Blair Kossis, a native Pittsburgher, joined RTP in 2017 as the Manager of the Rehab 4 Resale Program. Blair’s specialties include construction management, property acquisition, management of both market rate and low income properties, and property performance analysis. After moving back to Pittsburgh after college, Blair has since lived in six neighborhoods and currently calls South Oakland home. In his free time, he enjoys exploring Pittsburgh’s parks with his wife, two kids, and dog who has yet to escape (though not for the lack of trying).
 
Lydia Kramer, was born and raised in Michigan, Lydia came to Pittsburgh in 2014 after graduating from Michigan State University and completing her AmeriCorps service with the Ingham County Land Bank. Energized by her Americorps experience, she began working within the local nonprofit scene on vacant land use issues throughout Pittsburgh. After a few years of coordinating community vacant land projects, she landed at RTP in March 2018 as the new Constructions Operations Manager. When she is not working, you will find her at home tending to her garden, hiking at Frick Park with her dog, or watching Game of Thrones.
 
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Mel McWilliams
Project Specialist

mmcwilliams@rtpittsburgh.org

 
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Kim Mikolajczyk
Project Manager

kmikolajczyk@rtpittsburgh.org
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Veni Mittal
Energy Audit and Assessment Coordinator

vmittal@rtpittsburgh.org
Mel McWilliams graduated from Sonama State University with a degree in Business Administration and Fine Art. After running 3 small businesses in Richmond CA and Pittsburgh PA, Mel became a small business administrator, covering a range of fields, but finally settling on bookkeeping and business management for self-employed construction contractors. Being from a large family she grew up rebuilding homes as a family endeavour and naturally gravitated towards working in the field.
Kim Mikolajczyk was born and raised in Swissvale. She attended the University of Pittsburgh while working full time at UPMC-Presbyterian as a Guest Services Rep. She graduated Cum Laude with a B.S, in Psychology and Studio Arts.

She has an undeniable love for people. Kim has worked as an Intensive Case Manager both here and Clearwater, FL. While in Clearwater, at age 23, she bought her first “fixer upper” triplex, and her love of rehabbing began. She went on to be a FL licensed Community Association Mgr. She also finished studies at CAM Tech for her G.C. license. There was a change of plans when she fell in love with her childhood friend, Scotty. She then joined RTP in Feb. 2020. She believes she was meant to be here to combine her love of people and her construction background.

 
Veni Mittal started her career as an Environmental Consultant in India. She holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science and Management from Duquesne University and another Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from India. She also worked for American Eagle Outfitters as a Sustainable Intern and helped in preparing the company’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory for 2015. Always driven by sustainability initiatives, she has been a part of environmental awareness campaigns and several community level sustainability projects. She joined RTP in April 2021 as an Energy Audit and Assessment Coordinator. She is also serving as a Board of Director for Etna Community Organization in Pittsburgh. Veni loves to be around people. When she is not working, you will find her working in the garden, playing with dogs or going for hikes.
 
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Jule Panaro
Client Relations Coordinator

jpanaro@rtpittsburgh.org
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Heather Schall-Lucas
Utility Program Manager

hschall-lucas@rtpittsburgh.org
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Kyle Sharp
Project Specialist

ksharp@rtpittsburgh.org
Jule Panaro has been with RTP since serving as an AmeriCorps in 2019. He is now on the Programs team working as a Client Relations Coordinator. He is from Ebensburg, PA, attended University of Pitt-Johnstown, and graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a double major in Marketing and Economics. As Client Relations Coordinator, Jule assists prospective, current, and past clients throughout the process as they receive services to improve their homes. He also helps connect them with additional services in order to make an even greater impact. In his free time Jule enjoys hiking & exploring new places, playing sports, writing, playing cards, and hanging out with family and friends.
 
Heather Schall-Lucas provides logistical, programmatic, and administrative support for the Columbia Gas Audits and Rebates Weatherization Program. She has a certificate in Building Science Principles from the Building Performance Institute. Prior to joining RTP, Heather was Special Projects Coordinator and Outreach Specialist for Conservation Consultants. Heather has a bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from IUP, a masters in Audiology from The George Washington University, and a masters in Special Education from the University of Pittsburgh. In her previous career she was a middle school special education teacher.
 
Kyle Sharp is an AmeriCorps Alumni, who moved to Pittsburgh in 2016 to serve his terms with Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh. He rose through the ranks to eventually become a Project Specialist with the organization. During his tenure he has worked in hundreds of houses throughout the city alongside hundreds of volunteers. He particularly likes working in the city's Hazelwood and Homewood neighborhoods. The nature of non-profit work and the camaraderie of his peers keeps him firmly rooted in Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh.