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 Co-Chair
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 Co-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, 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.
Carolyn Mazzella - Treasurer, Mentoring Program Manager
Carolyn is the contract manager for LITES (Linking Investigations in Trauma and Emergency Services) Initiative at the University of Pittsburgh. While currently working in sponsored funds administration her work experiences include administrative, financial and project oversight of various self-supporting business activities within HigherEd. Domains include specialized labs focused on nanotechnology and professional education programs supporting K-12 teachers throughout the U.S.
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.
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.
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.
Frank Speicher - Finance Committee
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.