Staff

 

 

CATHY BLANCHARD

Office Administrator

cblanchard@pulsepittsburgh.org
412-361-0124

 

 

Cathy Blanchard’s heart is in helping youth achieve their fullest potential, and she has devoted time and energy to mentoring and training youth. From tutoring reading and math programs to teaching young people essential skills and abilities, she sought to ignite determination and self confidence so they take ownership of their future. Most recently Ms. Blanchard functioned as Entrepreneuring Youth‘s chief program director, leading organization-wide initiatives to strengthen the youth entrepreneurship program’s impact and growth. Ms. Blanchard has extensive experience as a volunteer with community organizations and as an executive in the insurance industry. Throughout her insurance career she is credited with leading numerous business units to greater profitability by increasing customer value and team efficiency. Ms. Blanchard earned a B.S. in Accounting from Geneva College and a Masters in Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Through her career experiences she has developed a proficiency with operations management and administrative effectiveness. She is looking forward to contributing to the success of the youth as they explore, discover and engage in serving the Pittsburgh communities.

 

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Executive Director

ccooke@pulsepittsburgh.org
412-361-0124

 

 

Chris Cooke is the Executive Director of PULSE. During the past 15 years, the California native has worked in Pittsburgh in a number of nonprofit roles from teaching and training to fundraising and program development. Chris loves the creative energy of young adults and is excited to see young professionals explore the possibility of this city through PULSE. Chris lives with his wife,daughter and son in the East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

 

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AMANDA DUNCAN

Recruiting and Partnership Coordinator

aduncan@pulsepittsburgh.org
412-361-0124

 

Amanda Duncan discovered her passion for servant leadership in 2003 when she joined AmeriCorps with the Jumpstart Pittsburgh program. She became a site manager with that organization after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006 with a B.S. in Psychology and Italian.  In April 2014, Amanda received her Masters in Public Policy and Management from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Amanda loves seeking out young adults and nonprofit partners to create positive change in Pittsburgh and energize the city with youth, creativity, and talent. Amanda lives in her hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

 Jonnett webJONNETT MAURER

Development Coordinator

jmaurer@pulsepittsburgh.org
412-361-0124

 

 

Jonnett Maurer launched her passion for service when she joined the Peace Corps upon graduation from Wittenberg University in 2001 with a BA in French.  Originally from Vermilion, Ohio, Jonnett served for two years as a Community Health and AIDS Volunteer in Togo, West Africa. Upon returning to the States, she continued to explore her interests in the non-profit sector, working as a Volunteer Program Manager for Hopelink, a nonprofit serving low-income and homeless families in Seattle, WA.  A move to Memphis, TN prompted her to work for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where she contributed to developing and managing corporate partnerships. Most recently, Jonnett was responsible for Peace Corps recruitment in Western PA, actively recruiting, assessing, and recommending future volunteers for service. Jonnett loves contributing her skills and passions to PULSE’s engaging mission.

 

KATIE ROBB SEWALL

East End Program Coordinator

krobbsewall@pulsepittsburgh.org
412-361-0124

 

 

Katie Robb Sewall first became passionate about service while getting her BA in Psychology from Messiah College in 2008. After graduating, she started to dream about making a difference locally. She and a few friends created an intentional community in Harrisburg, PA where they lived together, invested in their neighborhood, and worked in public service. She moved to Pittsburgh to get her Masters in Professional Counseling from Carlow University and then did family counseling with low-income families. For the past 3 years she has been in Erie, PA, focusing on coaching college students on career development at Penn State Behrend.

When she is not at work, Katie is either drinking coffee, hiking in the woods, watching Netflix, or laughing with someone that she loves. Katie is excited to move back to Pittsburgh and join PULSE as the East End Program Coordinator. She deeply believes in the values of PULSE: the importance of relationships, the power of service, and the potential of the city.

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North Side Program Coordinator

wyounger@pulsepittsburgh.org
412-361-0124

 

 

Wayne Younger has worked in non-profit leadership in the Pittsburgh area for over 20 years. After studying Secondary Education and History at Asbury University, Wayne returned to Pittsburgh and began a career in the social services. He and his wife Leeann are the co-founders and pastors of Cityview Covenant Church in the Spring Garden neighborhood of the Northside of Pittsburgh. Wayne, Leeann, and their three children call the Northside neighborhood of East Allegheny home. Wayne was drawn to PULSE by the opportunity to shape future leaders and impact the city of Pittsburgh.

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