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.
Eric Acosta - Governance Committee Chair
Originally from the Bronx, Eric is a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh pursing a Master’s in Public Administration. He also received his Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science and English Writing from Pitt. He currently serves as a graduate student assistant for the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at Pitt, where he works with office staff to guide prospective families through the admissions and enrollment process and expand the accessibility to higher education. After completing his MPA, Eric plans to pursue a career focused on increasing the access and availability of affordable housing.
Fun Fact: Eric has a twin sister named Lynette!
Chloe Brown - Member Relations Committee
Chloe is an Analyst on the Allegheny CountyStat team, where she creates data visualizations and conducts analysis for the County's Health & Welfare departments and sustainability initiatives. She also serves as a part-time Program Consultant for the Burke Foundation, a New Jersey funder focused on birth and early childhood initiatives.
Before moving to Pittsburgh, Chloe worked for the NYC Mayor's Office of Operations, the Office of the Governor of Colorado, Theatre Communications Group, the Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, and an assortment of tiny theater companies in Brooklyn. These days, she enjoys blending her arts background and quantitative training to use data, storytelling, and design to make the public sector more user-friendly.
Chloe earned her BA in Arabic Studies and Religion from Williams College and her MPA from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School.
Fun Fact: Chloe loses her absolute marbles around corgis.
Colleen Cadman - Member Relations Committee Chair
Colleen is a native Pittsburgher and an active community volunteer. Colleen serves as Program Associate with the Jefferson Regional Foundation, providing support to 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.
FUN FACT: Colleen is a huge lover of audiobooks and is always looking for recommendations!
Jamie (Seabrook) Ducar - Vice-President
Jamie is the Assistant Director, Community Relations for the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt's Office of Community and Governmental Relations (CGR) collaborates, communicates, and facilitates to bring the resources of the University to the community, the region, and beyond through partners in the community and government. Previously, Jamie worked as the community-based program director for Big Brothers Big Sisters, a consultant for Pittsburgh Public Schools and in various capacities with local nonprofit organizations. She celebrated 10 years of service within systems that support Allegheny County youth and their families in 2017 and is a proud Big to Dominique, a local high school student.
FUN FACT: Jamie and her husband, Joe, have birthdays only 3 days apart.
Joel Garceau III - President, Programs Committee Chair
Joel Garceau III graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara with his B.A. in Political Science- International Relations in 2010. Joel’s passion for service was cemented through his two consecutive Peace Corps services first as a TEFL volunteer in Sichuan, China and then as a Teaching Collaboration and Community Service (TCCS) volunteer in Chanthaburi, Thailand.
Following his four years in the Peace Corps, Joel returned to the US to pursue his Master’s degree in International Development focusing on NGOs and Civil Society from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), graduating in 2018. Joel currently works with PULSE as the Program Coordinator for the South Hilltop.
FUN FACT: Joel enjoys cooking, painting, and running. He is currently training to run his third marathon
Kati Gigler – Secretary, Governance Committee
Kati currently works as a consultant for HPW Associates, Inc. and is preparing to defend her doctoral thesis in cognitive neuroscience at Northwestern 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. Kati holds a bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University and a master’s degree from Northwestern University. She volunteers her time to a variety of organizations in the Pittsburgh area, including Attack Theatre, 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.
Carolyn Mazzella - Treasurer, Mentoring Program Manager
Carolyn is a higher education professional at the University of Pittsburgh with nine years in the sector. Serving in various roles within the realm of research & development she focused her skills on developing program budgets, monitoring spending, building client relations, and ensuring deliverable completion for unique projects within R&D (fields include Teacher PD, Nanotechnology, and Medicine). Working in disparate R&D projects she learned practices of event planning, communications, and knowledge/operational management in addition to budget/finance skills in order to support the success of each project.
Volunteering to support professionals in career growth and development is something she is passionate about. Outside of working with YNPN Pittsburgh, she supports the learning of other professionals in the research administration community through her work with the Pitt Committee of Research Administrators.
Carolyn earned a bachelor’s degree in history and urban studies and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Pittsburgh.
FUN FACT: Carolyn spends her free time trying new sewing patterns.
Vethina Tercias – Governance Committee
Vethina serves as the Community Outreach Specialist for the City of Pittsburgh's Housing Opportunity Fund (HOF); her primary responsibilities include engaging and educating the public on HOF programs and initiatives. HOF is the City's first Affordable Housing Trust Fund, which is housed and managed by the Urban Redevelopment Authority. HOF strives to make Pittsburgh a more vibrant, diverse City that is affordable for all.
Before moving to Pittsburgh, Vethina served as the Volunteer and Mentor Program Manager, and Development Specialist for MetroSquash, a small after-school nonprofit located on Chicago's South Side. Vethina also served as a Public Service Intern at the Chicago Commission on Human Relations.
Vethina obtained her BA in English and Communications Studies, and MPA in Public Management from DePaul University in Chicago. Vethina is passionate about helping others and has transformed that passion into a career.
Fun Fact: Vethina loves dogs and has a giant Morkie named Oliver.