YNPN Pittsburgh is an all-volunteer organization. The 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

president

Originally from NYC, Eric serves as a Project Manager with Urban Strategies, Inc (USI), a national nonprofit focused on community development in revitalizing neighborhoods.

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A YNPN member since 2019, 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

Frank found his passion for helping non-profits while working at Louis Plung & Company where he specialized in working with non-profits.

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A YNPN member since 2020, 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.

beci russell

VICE President

Beci’s professional background spans the public, private, and nonprofit sectors but she feels most at home wherever there are people to help and problems to solve.

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A YNPN member since 2019, Beci is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. 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 Director of Homeownership Services 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 owns a home in West Mifflin with her two spoiled cats, Dolly and EmmyLou. When she’s not baking “thank you” pies, she loves to read and listens to way too many podcasts.

Fun Fact: Beci has started a journey to make all 103 technical bakes from Great British Bake Off. 

kara rubio

programs & Outreach Committee

Bio coming soon!

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kathryn Gigler

fundraising chair

Kati holds a PhD from Northwestern University and currently serves as Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Director of Education and Community Engagement.

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A YNPN member since 2018, 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 & fundraising Committee

Maria currently serves as a community fundraiser with Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. She moonlights as a consultant for nonprofits, specializing in succession planning.

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A YNPN member since 2017, Maria is a Community Fundraiser at Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. In her role, she develops relationships with community and corporate partners to reduce and eliminate hunger in southwestern, PA. She is additionally the lead consultant at Montaro Consulting Services where she specializes in developing succession plans for nonprofits. 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 recently completed her PhD in Community Engagement at 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.

ALLY WALSH

Board member

Ally is a Mobile Market Coordinator for the Greater Pittsburgh’s Community Food Bank’s Green Grocer Program and a passionate community connector.

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A YNPN member since 2019, Ally first joined the Austin, Texas chapter of YNPN and became a member of the Pittsburgh chapter after moving here in the summer of 2020. She is a Mobile Market Coordinator for the Greater Pittsburgh’s Community Food Bank’s Green Grocer program which brings fresh produce into communities that are experiencing food apartheid. As an active member of the Pittsburgh Food Policy Council, Ally enjoys connecting with local growers and bringing farm-fresh produce to communities across the city. She is originally from Connecticut and is enjoying setting down roots in Pittsburgh after spending the last decade in Central Texas. When not out on the Green Grocer truck, Ally enjoys hiking all over Pennsylvania with her partner Frankie and hanging out at home with their two cats, Evie and Leo.

Fun Fact: Ally studied archaeology in college and once rappelled down into a well during an excavation in Greece.

MEG MSZYCO

Board member

Meg’s passion is supporting organizations in building their capacity to have the greatest positive impact for the people they serve.

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Meg joined the YNPN Board in 2021 after relocating back to Pittsburgh to work as the in-house Program Evaluator at Center of Life, a community nonprofit serving the Hazelwood neighborhood. Born in the Pittsburgh area, Meg studied International Affairs with a focus in Human Rights and Governance, earning her Bachelors degree at Wagner College and her Masters degree from The New School in New York City. She spent several years working as an advocate for survivors of crime and abuse, including at the Manhattan DA’s office and as a Disability Rights Advocate at Human Rights Watch before honing her monitoring and evaluation skills at Safe Horizon, the nations largest domestic violence service agency.  In her free time, she likes to study astrology, garden, source upcycling projects, and spend time with her puppy, Juniper.

Fun Fact: Meg will attempt to harmonize with anyone willing to duet with her!

Colleen cadman

Board Emeritus

A native Pittsburgher, Colleen serves as Associate State Director, Outreach with AARP and is passionate about making our region a better place to live for all.

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A YNPN member since 2004, Colleen is a native Pittsburgher and an active community volunteer. Prior to her current role at AARP, Colleen served as  Community Engagement Manager with the Jefferson Regional Foundation for 3.5 years, supporting the Jefferson Community Collaborative – a membership network of 100+ community organizations which serve the South Hills and Mon Valley.  Colleen has  also held roles at  Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh, the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County, Carnegie Science Center, Phipps Conservatory, and FedEx Ground. Colleen holds a master’s degree in Public Management from CMU and is a proud graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh’s LDI Class XXVII for emerging leaders.

Fun Fact: Colleen is a huge lover of audiobooks and is always looking for recommendations.