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

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Steve Hellner-Burris
Chief Executive Officer

sburris@rtpittsburgh.org
Alan Sisco, Chief Operations Officer RT Pittsburgh

Alan Sisco
Chief Operating Officer

asisco@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).
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. He currently serves as the Chief Operating 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
Director of Finance & Administration

ccampbell@rtpittsburgh.org
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John Heft
Director of Operations

jheft@rtpittsburgh.org
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Katie McAuley
Director of Programs

kmcauley@rtpittsburgh.org
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Jenn Salmans
Director of Development

jsalmans@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.
 
Jenn Salmans serves as the Director of Development, bringing her passion for growth and excellence to the fundraising arm of RTP. As a member of RTP’s Management Team, she utilizes her love of strategic planning and understanding the big picture to better accomplish organizational goals. Prior to joining RTP in 2017, she served the Wilkinsburg community as the Main Street Manager putting to work her Masters of Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. She and her husband love exploring and especially hiking wherever they travel, exposing their two young boys to the great outdoors.
 

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Rebecca Aguilar-Francis
Senior Program Manager

raguilarFrancis@rtpittsburgh.org
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Sarah Blache-Schwartz
Ops and Program Integration Consultant

sblacheschwartz@rtpittsburgh.org
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Sarah Tiffany-Appleton
Senior Project Manager

stiffanyappleton@rtpittsburgh.org
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Bri Castle
Volunteer Project Manager
bcastle@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.
 
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.
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.
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Tyler Chilcott
Grants and Contracts Administrator
tchilcott@rtpittsburgh.org
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Lucy de Barbaro
Sound Home Manager

lucydb@getenergysmarter.org
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Patricia DiGuilio
Audit and Inspection Coordinator

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

jenniferf@getenergysmarter.org

 
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 studied at the University of Eastern Finland for two years in its Environmental Policy and Law Program and truly misses the country’s profound darkness and cold. If Tyler isn’t riding his bike around the city, playing basketball, attending a local show, or reading a book in a cemetery, he’s probably at karaoke performing Rob Zombie’s magnum opus, Dragula.
 
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.
 
Patricia DiGuilio's passion for helping others create healthy homes began as a lead abatement worker with AmeriCorps.  During that time, she educated families on the dangers of lead-based paints and strived to help eliminate potentially hazardous conditions in homes.  Before coming to RTP, Patty worked at Conservation Consultants, Inc. helping residents learn ways to reduce energy consumption while making their home environments healthier.  With RTP she plans on continuing this work by providing energy audits and quality assurance inspections on weatherization work for families throughout the Pittsburgh Area.  Patty has a degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Environmental Studies.  When she is not working, Patty enjoys cooking, gardening and traveling any chance she can. 

 
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.

 

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

jhayes@rtpittsburgh.org
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Andy Hromoko Jr. 
Special Projects Manager

ahromoko@rtpittsburgh.org
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Blair Kossis
Project Manager

bkossis@rtpittsburgh.org
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.
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).
 
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Lydia Kramer
Construction Operations Manager

lkramer@rtpittsburgh.org
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Ross Kronenbitter
Construction Coordinator

rkronenbitter@rtpittsburgh.org
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James Larkins
Project Manager

jlarkins@rtpittsburgh.org
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Ian McNeill
Home Assessment Manager

imcneill@rtpittsburgh.org
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.
 
Ross Kronenbitter is originally from the Philadelphia area. He came to Pittsburgh to study architecture and fine arts at Carnegie Mellon University. After entering the non-profit sector via arts and museum exhibit production and design, he moved to the Garfield community in 1991, where his love of neighborhood engagement and helping others began to flourish. In 2015, Ross began leading charitable home repair efforts at The Pittsburgh Project and started work with RTP in 2020. When not at work, you will find him, hiking, cycling, boating, gardening, camping, renovating or playing frisbee and soccer with his family, while ‘romping’ the family dog, Ollie.
James Larkins is originally from Cincinatti, Ohio, and brings over 25 years of construction experience to RTP (including sixteen years as a project manager). He has successfully completed over 1000 residential housing, commercial, educational, retail and mixed-use projects. He brings with him his expert ability to engage with every stakeholder in the home repair process.

When he isn't working, you can find him fishing or playing a round of golf. James is excited to work with the dedicated RTP Staff to bring quality and sustainable home improvements to low-income homeowners in Allegheny County.
Ian McNeill has worked at RTP since 2015, after previously completing an AmeriCorps term with RTP in 2014.  Ian wears many hats within the organization. He completes initial home assessments for our applicants where he often serves as the first interaction a client has with RTP. He also serves as manager of the Homeowner’s Assistance Program with the URA and the Emergency Repair Program with Columbia Gas. Ian is the 3rd longest tenured employee at RTP. He has enjoyed seeing RTP grow over the years and remains excited about RTP’s future.
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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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Jule Panaro
Client Relations Coordinator

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

hschall-lucas@rtpittsburgh.org
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.

 
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.
 
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Kyle Sharp
Project Specialist

ksharp@rtpittsburgh.org
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Daniella Trimble
Corporate Engagement Manager

dtrimble@rtpittsburgh.org
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Kelli Williams
Audit and Inspection Coordinator

kwilliams@rtpittsburgh.org

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.
 
Daniella Trimble joined RTP as the Client Relations Coordinator in early 2019, helping to expand referrals and streamline homeowner communications. She began her new role in February of 2020, and now builds relationships with area corporations and businesses to support RTP's programming. Daniella studied Economics and Sociology at the University of Arizona, where she graduated with honors in 2012. Before moving to Pittsburgh in 2016, she served as the Food Sourcing Coordinator at MANNA Food Bank in Asheville, NC. She has taught English to second-language learners in San Francisco, Thailand, and Peru, and is deeply committed to helping others. Outside of work she spends time walking her dog, gardening, baking, and making a ton of noise in her rock band. Daniella is passionately in love with Pittsburgh and is excited to serve her community through her work at RTP.
Kelli Williams is a (just outside of) Pittsburgh native who graduated from the University of Pittsburgh’s Environmental Studies program in 2017. After graduation, she spent several years in Millvale, working on community education and outreach pieces with the town’s Library and Sustainability Coordinator. Her educational path more narrowly focused to Building Science at CCI, where she obtained her Home Energy Score Assessor, Building Performance Institute (BPI) and Healthy Homes Evaluator Certifications. She is also a certified Tree Tender and soon to be Master Watershed Steward. Never “board,” Kelli serves on the Girty’s Run Watershed Association, Sustainable Pittsburgh Challenge Steering Committee and is the Chair of the Green Building Alliances Emerging Professional Unit.