Our People


OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Board Officers
President - Dave Burnworth, Giant Eagle, Incorporated
Vice-President - Chad Michaelson, Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP
Secretary - Angela Jackson, Keller Williams Realty
Treasurer - Patrick Armknecht, Schneider Downs & Company

Members at Large
Dr. Larri Acie-Byrd
Ryan Deatrick, Schneider Downs & Company
Nina Faber, MSA, Incorporated
Lindsay Sherwood Fouse, Clark Hill
Jason Hettich, Mascaro Corporation
John Higgins, Wells Fargo Insurance Services
Greg Hopkins, Jones, Lang, LaSalle
Pat Lovelace, Dollar Energy Fund
David Matta, Residential Resources, Incorporated
Steve Mazza, Keystone Mountain Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters
Robert McCall, Master Builders’ Association
James J. Resitvo, Restivo Legal
Andrew Ruxton, Clark Hill
John T. Sebestian, University of Pittsburgh
Megan Stearman, Oxford Development
Jason Tiagano, Economic Development South
Nick Trbovic, FedEx Ground
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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Rebecca Aguilar-Francis,
Program Manager
RAguilarFrancis@rtpittsburgh.org
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Jack Anke,
Chief Financial Officer

janke@rtpittsburgh.org
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Brittney Aston
Project Coordinator
baston@rtpittsburgh.org
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Sean D. Connors,
Project Coordinator

sconnors@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.
 
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. 
Brittney Aston was born in Staten Island, NY, and raised in Oakdale, PA, Brittney developed an early admiration for serving her community. At 16, she joined her local Volunteer Fire Department which hooked her on community service. Upon graduating high school, Brittney joined the PA Army National Guard and committed 7 years of service. After graduating Edinboro University with a degree in criminal justice, Brittney decided to only work for Pittsburgh non-profits and therefore has done so ever since. She has lived and worked in many of Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods. Her favorite part of any job is when it can make you or others feel empowered. Brittney is also a singer-songwriter, visual artist, and poet. When she’s not at work you can find her kayaking, cycling, or climbing!
 
Sean Connors, a proud Pittsburgh native, joined RTP to make a difference in his home city. He brings with him many years of home repair and construction, and volunteer and project coordination experience. As Home Repair Coordinator, Sean enjoys interacting with homeowners and community members, and working closely with Jobs First members and volunteers. In his free time, Sean enjoys anything outdoors and live music. 
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Bethany Dickerson,
Communications Coordinator
bdickerson@rtpittsburgh.org
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Ja'Nene Hayes,
Office Coordinator
jhayes@rtpittsburgh.org
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Steve Hellner-Burris,
Chief Executive Officer

sburris@rtpittsburgh.org
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Leonard Hotkowski,
Project Coordinator

lhotkowski@rtpittsburgh.org
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.
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.
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).
Leonard Hotkowski grew up in Monroeville, PA. Since 2008, Leo has lived in many of Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods thanks to two terms with AmeriCorps KEYS. His service inspired him to further serve and explore the non-profit world. He coordinated after school programs in the Hill Top community and Wilkinsburg. He helped run a summer school art program through Color Me Mine in Squirrel Hill. He also served in the PA Army National Guard Infantry. More recently he has cared for adult/senior aged individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities.  His hobbies include scale modeling, drumming, pyrography, video games, reading, researching, learning and watching movies. He is loved by his gorgeous wife Jenny, beautiful step-daughter Gabby, and handsome son Liam.
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Lydia Kramer
Construction Operations Manager
lkramer@rtpittsburgh.org
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Blair Kossis
Project-Based Support

bkossis@rtpittsburgh.org
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Jonathan Kuhfuss,
Volunteer & Service Program Manager
jkuhfuss@rtpittsburgh.org
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Jeremy Maxwell-Parish,
Project Coordinator

jmaxparish@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.
 
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).
 
Jonathan Kuhfuss, started at Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh in April of 2018, nearly ten years after moving to Pittsburgh. A Richmond, Virginia native, he fell in love with the city not just for its bridges and buildings, rivers and hills, but also for its people that seem to bring out a small-town feel despite its size. In his role at RTP, Jonathan manages volunteer engagement, AmeriCorps members, and the Job First program. Before coming to RTP, he worked at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy in the Community Gardens & Greenspaces department as the Community Greenspace Services Manager, where he oversaw urban, and roadside beautification efforts. Jonathan, his wife, Carolyn, and two sons, Oscar & Felix, are proud residents of the Garfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
 
Jeremy Maxwell-Parish comes to RTP after many years serving around the country. Originally, he hails from the rolling hills of rural Minnesota. In his young adulthood, he journeyed east to serve in the Appalachian Mountains with The Maine Conservation Corps. He attended the Evergreen State College in Washington. After college, he headed to Southern Louisiana to help preserve architecture following Hurricane Katrina with the Green Project. He transferred up to West Virginia where he met his wife, Lindsey. They settled in Braddock, PA and he started volunteering with RTP and other local nonprofits. 
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Katie McAuley,
Director of Programs

kmcauley@rtpittsburgh.org
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Ian McNeill,
Home Assessment Manager
imcneill@rtpittsburgh.org
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Ned Mitchell,
Project Manager
nmitchell@rtpittsburgh.org
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Jenn Salmans,
Director of Development

jsalmans@rtpittsburgh.org
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.
Ian McNeill grew up in the South Hills of Pittsburgh and still lives there today. Ian started with RTP as AmeriCorps member in 2014 and was hired on to the staff in 2015. Ian has a passion for serving others, especially seniors. As the Home Assessment Coordinator, he is the first eyes on most of RTP’s projects. He conducts initial home assessments and writes up initial work orders. Ian is in love with Pittsburgh and the awesome people who make this place his home. Outside RTP, Ian thoroughly enjoys attending Pittsburgh sporting events with friends and family. Finally, he hopes you have a great day!
 
Ned Mitchell grew up in Falls Church, VA relocated to Pittsburgh to join RTP. He attended George Washington University, where he earned a B.A. in Queer Studies. He spent several years managing a theatrical rigging and drapery company, then became the Facilities Manager at The Montessori School of Northern Virginia. His interest in home repair and construction, as well as DIY remodeling, led him to RTP. He enjoys woodworking, reading, and coveting other people’s dogs.
 
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.

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Kyle Sharp,
Project Coordinator
ksharp@rtpittsburgh.org
Alan Sisco, Chief Operations Officer RT Pittsburgh
Alan Sisco,
Chief Operating Officer

asisco@rtpittsburgh.org
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Eric Stoller,
Chief Development Officer

estoller@rtpittsburgh.org
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Sarah Tiffany-Appleton,
Project Manager

stiffanyappleton@rtpittsburgh.org
Kyle Sharp, a former resident of East Canton, Ohio, graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2014 with a BFA in Creative Writing. Following a year of working odd jobs, he joined RTP for his first AmeriCorps term as a House Captain in the Homewood neighborhood. Back for his second term, Kyle brings his gained construction skills and confidence to closing out houses. During his free time, Kyle peruses the many libraries Pittsburgh has to offer.
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.
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.
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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Judith Wilson,
Client Relations Coordinator
jwilson@rtpittsburgh.org



Judith Wilson is a native Pittsburgher and graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Social Work. For her, social work is not just a career choice, it is her vocation. Judith is unapologetically missional when it comes to ameliorating oppression, poverty, and violence. She has a wealth of professional experiences ranging from domestic violence to homelessness to labor and grassroots social justice organizing, and beyond. In addition, she brings an authentic passion for community. She is dedicated to the kind of community activism that directly enhances the quality of life for marginalized populations and believes that RTP is a great vehicle where she can accomplish her life’s work.