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!

Colleen cadman

President

A native Pittsburgher, Colleen serves as Community Engagement Manager with the Jefferson Regional Foundation where she facilitates collective action among 99 nonprofits in communities south of Pittsburgh.

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A YNPN member since 2004, 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

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

treasureer

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

secretary

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

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 chair

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.

BRICE LYNN

TECH CHAIR

A born-and-raised yinzer, Brice has nearly a decade of experience in international higher ed. He also loves cooking pirogies, pizza, pasta, and is working on the perfect coffee brew.

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A YNPN member since 2020, Brice Everett Lynn serves as the Deputy Director for Operations at Pitt Study Abroad, providing administrative, operational, and technical leadership for colleagues serving more than 2,000 students each academic year.  Throughout his time at the University of Pittsburgh, he’s advised more than 3,000 students, helped more than 50 faculty develop study abroad programs, and led the redevelopment of multiple technology projects.  Outside of his day job, you can find Brice teaching HIIT workouts, falling out of yoga poses, and making steady progress towards a never-ending pursuit of the perfect pizza crust. 

Fun Fact: Brice has been to Cuba 5 times!