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.

 

HAESHAH DAVIS

Northside Program Coordinator (Effective 7/2)

hdavis@pulsepittsburgh.org (Active 7/2)

412-361-0124

 

Haeshah Davis moved to Pittsburgh from Columbia, South Carolina to obtain her Master of Science degree in Community Leadership from the School of Leadership and Professional Advancement at Duquesne University, in 2012. During her tenure at Duquesne University, Haeshah was a Community Engagement Scholar, where she explored all avenues of community leadership with other students while they engaged in different service-learning projects within the community.

Haeshah is extremely passionate about education, community engagement and involvement, diversity and inclusion, human rights, equal rights, and economic empowerment, just to name a few. Recently, Haeshah was named President of the Pennsylvania Diversity Council-Pittsburgh Chapter. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, CORO Pittsburgh: Women in Leadership (Cohort 17), and a member of the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation.

Haeshah resides in Penn Hills with her wife, Jackie and their playful pup, Zoe. In her spare time, Haeshah enjoys decorative planning, traveling, writing, trying coffee from new shops, and spending time with her family and friends. Haeshah is ecstatic to be a part of the PULSE team and looks forward to helping young leaders explore creative, innovative, and exciting avenues within the Pittsburgh region.

 

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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.

 

JOEL GARCEAU III

South Hilltop Program Coordinator (Effective 6/4)

jgarceau@pulsepittsburgh.org (Active 6/4)
412-361-0124

 

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.

In his free time Joel enjoys running, cooking, painting, and being with family and friends. Joel is excited by PULSE’s mission of leadership through service and intentional community; he looks forward to working together with and learning from PULSE staff and Fellows.

 

 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.

 

Associates

ROBERT BRYANT

Recruiting Associate

rbryant@pulsepittsburgh.org

412-361-0124

 

 

Robert Bryant makes every attempt to couple his passion for knowledge about the world with a commitment to service in his local community. He currently lives in East Liberty and is pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA). At GSPIA, Robert focuses on human security and Russian studies, and also takes part in the Johnson Institute’s Leadership Portfolio Program, through which he serves on the board of directors at The Global Switchboard. Originally from the Charlottesville region of Virginia, Robert received a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and French from James Madison University. After his undergraduate studies, Robert taught English for a year in Nantes, France. He then worked as a business analyst in Frederick, Maryland, where he supported procurement professionals at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and volunteered as an ESL instructor for local immigrants. Robert is eager to serve in the Pittsburgh community by supporting PULSE’s mission to foster youth leadership and community engagement.

 

ERICA SCHMIDLECHNER

Recruiting and Partnership Associate

eschmidlechner@pulsepittsburgh.org
412-361-0124

 

 

Erica Schmidlechner first became passionate about service when she participated in the University of Pittsburgh’s multiple days of service. She is currently a senior studying Economics, Legal Studies, and Global Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. She has continued to pursue her passion for service by participating in Gamma Sigma Sigma, a service sorority, where she is Parliamentarian. In addition, she is President and founder of the Turkish Club and has studied Comparative Justice in Ireland through the University of Pittsburgh.

 

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