YNPN Pgh is an all-volunteer organization, meaning we employ no staff and all of our programming, administration, and oversight is led by volunteers. The YNPN Pgh board of directors provides active governance, oversight, leadership and strategy for the organization. We are always seeking passionate and dedicated individuals to join us as volunteer board and committee members.
Colleen Cadman - President, Member Relations Committee Chair
Colleen is a native Pittsburgher and an active community volunteer. She serves as Community Engagement Manager with the Jefferson Regional Foundation, supporting the Jefferson Community Collaborative – a membership network of 90+ community organizations which serve the South Hills and Mon Valley. Prior to her role at the Jefferson Regional Foundation, Colleen worked as a consultant at the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County where she was hired to design and manage a youth philanthropy summer program. Colleen was the Event and Development Coordinator at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh for over three years where she managed events, handled communications and implemented grant projects. She has also held roles at the Carnegie Science Center, Phipps Conservatory, and FedEx Ground. She is a proud graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh's LDI Class XXVII.
Fun Fact: Colleen is a huge lover of audiobooks and is always looking for recommendations!
Eric Acosta - Vice President, Governance Committee Chair
Eric currently serves as a Project Manager for Urban Strategies, Inc (USI) at the Pittsburgh – Northside site. He’s originally from the Bronx, but came to Pittsburgh to attend the University of Pittsburgh. There, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English Writing, as well as a Master of Public Administration in Urban Affairs and Planning. Prior to his role with USI, Eric served as a graduate student assistant and admissions counselor for the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at Pitt. In his free time, he loves to cook and read anything nonfiction!
Fun Fact: Eric has a twin sister named Lynette!
Frank Speicher - Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair
Frank is senior audit associate at Louis Plung and Company where he primarily specializes in performing audits in accordance with yellow book and the uniform guidance for non-profit organizations. Frank participated in the Spring/Summer Ready to Compete Finance Cohort with the RMU Bayer Center which has inspired him to assist non-profits with understanding the importance of accounting and budgeting. He is also a member of the PICPA Pittsburgh Chapter community involvement committee that implements community services events and programs to benefit non-profits in the greater Pittsburgh area.
Fun Fact: Frank lost 70 pounds after he decided to stop playing football in high school. He completed this by running around his neighborhood in Castle Shannon and challenging himself daily to run just a few more steps further up a hill until he was able to.
Rebecca Russell - Secretary
Beci is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. Following graduation, she has worked in a wide range of fields including corporate banking, nonprofit, and local government. She is a two-year AmeriCorps service alum and was also an AmeriCorps Program Director. Currently, she is the Education Program Manager at NeighborWorks Western Pennsylvania, a local nonprofit focused on sustainable homeownership and financial wellness. Beci is most passionate about both learning and teaching progressive workforce development, performance management, and negotiation skills.
Beci grew up in rural northwestern Pennsylvania and spent most of her childhood barefoot. She owns a home in West Mifflin with her two spoiled cats, Dolly and EmmyLou, and is eternally grateful to her helpful neighbor who mows her front lawn. When she's not baking "thank you" pies, she loves to read and listens to way too many podcasts.
Fun Fact: Beci loves to cook and bake and owns over 100 cookbooks.
Kati Gigler – Fundraising Committee Chair
Kati currently serves as Director of Education and Community Engagement at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. She holds a doctorate degree from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University. Prior to moving to Pittsburgh, Kati served as the founding director of the Women’s Center at Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. She volunteers her time to a variety of organizations in the Pittsburgh area, including Pittsburgh Action Against Rape, the Pittsburgh Zoo, and the Women and Girls Foundation.
Fun Fact: Kati has always loved dinosaurs, and saw her very first fossil at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. She now volunteers in the vertebrate paleontology lab of that same museum.
Maria Montaro – Programs Committee Chair
Maria is a Community Engagement Coordinator at Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank where she helps engage a team of more than 6,000 volunteers per year to support various Food Bank programs. Maria has had a variety of professional experiences in the nonprofit sector including completing a full-term AmeriCorps membership, volunteering with a social-action NGO in Cambodia, and obtaining her certificate in nonprofit management from the American Management Institute.
Maria is looking forward to completing her PhD in Community Engagement in the summer of 2020 from Point Park University where she also teaches part-time. Before studying at PPU, Maria received a bachelor's degree in social work and nonprofit management from Slippery Rock University and a master's degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh's Community, Organization, and Social Action program.
Fun Fact: Maria is originally from Scranton, PA. Her favorite show is The Office.
Hannah grew up in Kansas and earned bachelor's degrees in Strategic Communication and Psychology at the University of Kansas. She was named a Truman Scholar and completed her MPA in Nonprofit Management at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. With previous experience managing grants for a community foundation and supporting marketing strategy for a software company, she now serves as Executive Director for the Methodist Union of Social Agencies (MUSA). MUSA serves working families in the Homestead area by providing affordable childcare, preschool, and summer camp programs. After moving to Pittsburgh with her fiancé a few years ago, Hannah has fallen in love with the 412 and is excited to meet other young nonprofit professionals in the area.
Fun Fact: Hannah has two cats and two motorcycles.