Our Team

Who We Are

As an organization and team, we are committed to embodying the best practices in our field. Above all, we strive to be self-reflective, compassionate and hold the highest ideals of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion at the core of who we are and all that we do. The Neighborhood Allies team shares an authentic and underlying purpose of making life better for all Pittsburghers–each coming from a diverse background and bringing our personal experiences, knowledge and expertise to our organization.

Presley L. Gillespie (he/him)

Presley L. Gillespie (he/him)

President & Chief Executive Officer

Stephanie Chernay (she/her)

Stephanie Chernay (she/her)

Chief Operating Officer

Sarah Dieleman Perry (she/her)

Sarah Dieleman Perry (she/her)

Director of Economic Opportunity

Presley L. Gillespie (he/him)

Presley L. Gillespie (he/him)

President & Chief Executive Officer

Stephanie Chernay (she/her)

Stephanie Chernay (she/her)

Chief Operating Officer

Sarah Dieleman Perry (she/her)

Sarah Dieleman Perry (she/her)

Director of Economic Opportunity

Talia DePasquale (she/her)

Talia DePasquale (she/her)

Director of Communications and Storytelling

Talia DePasquale (she/her)

Talia DePasquale (she/her)

Director of Communications and Storytelling

Shad Henderson (he/him)

Shad Henderson (he/him)

Director of Equity and Inclusion

Matt Madia (he/him)

Matt Madia (he/him)

Director of Real Estate Services

Shad Henderson (he/him)

Shad Henderson (he/him)

Director of Equity and Inclusion

Matt Madia (he/him)

Matt Madia (he/him)

Director of Real Estate Services

Itha Cao (she/her)

Itha Cao (she/her)

Director of Digital Inclusion and Innovation

Violet Graham (she/her)

Violet Graham (she/her)

Controller

Itha Cao (she/her)

Itha Cao (she/her)

Director of Digital Inclusion and Innovation

Violet Graham (she/her)

Violet Graham (she/her)

Controller

Glenn Grayson Jr. (he/him)

Glenn Grayson Jr. (he/him)

Senior Program Manager for Real Estate Development

Glenn Grayson Jr. (he/him)

Glenn Grayson Jr. (he/him)

Senior Program Manager for Real Estate Development

Demi Kolke (she/her)

Demi Kolke (she/her)

Senior Program Manager of Corridor Revitalization

Toni Corinealdi (she/her)

Toni Corinealdi (she/her)

Senior Program Manager of Empowerment and Outreach

Tamara Emswiler (she/her)

Tamara Emswiler (she/her)

Senior Program Manager for Social Impact Design

Demi Kolke (she/her)

Demi Kolke (she/her)

Senior Program Manager of Corridor Revitalization

Toni Corinealdi (she/her)

Toni Corinealdi (she/her)

Senior Program Manager of Empowerment and Outreach

Tamara Emswiler (she/her)

Tamara Emswiler (she/her)

Senior Program Manager for Social Impact Design

Jael Jones (she/her)

Jael Jones (she/her)

Senior Program Manager for Impact Relations

Karen Lue (she/her)

Karen Lue (she/her)

Senior Program Manager for Digital Inclusion and Innovation

 DeOndra Parker (she/her)

DeOndra Parker (she/her)

Operations and Program Support Manager

 Ben Emswiler (he/him)

Ben Emswiler (he/him)

Executive Assistant and Office Manager

Chelsea Contino (she/her)

Chelsea Contino (she/her)

Communications and Outreach Program Manager

 Ben Emswiler (he/him)

Ben Emswiler (he/him)

Executive Assistant and Office Manager

Javier Janik (he/him)

Javier Janik (he/him)

Program Manager of Economic Opportunity

Jordan Swartz (she/her)

Jordan Swartz (she/her)

Social Impact Designer

Karen Lue (she/her)

Karen Lue (she/her)

Senior Program Manager for Digital Inclusion and Innovation

 DeOndra Parker (she/her)

DeOndra Parker (she/her)

Operations and Program Support Manager

Jordan Swartz (she/her)

Jordan Swartz (she/her)

Social Impact Designer

Chelsea Contino (she/her)

Chelsea Contino (she/her)

Communications and Outreach Program Manager

Steel Smiling: Organization in Residence

Julius A. Boatwright, MSW, LSW (he/him)

Julius A. Boatwright, MSW, LSW (he/him)

Founder and Managing Director, Steel Smiling

Cait Lee (she/her)

Cait Lee (she/her)

Operations Director, Steel Smiling

Robin M. Sheffey (she/her)

Robin M. Sheffey (she/her)

Program Manager of Wellness Services, Steel Smiling

Courtney Abegunde (she/her)

Courtney Abegunde (she/her)

Program Manager of Implementation and Evaluation, Steel Smiling