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

hdavis@pulsepittsburgh.org 

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.

 

NEAL DONOVAN

Recruiting Coordinator

ndonovan@pulsepittsburgh.org
412-361-0124

 

Neal arrived to Pittsburgh last August to serve it with KEYS Service Corps at the Brashear Association‘s after-school program. It was there where he developed a love and appreciation for service for its impact on the community and his personal growth. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Language and Linguistic Studies at Juniata College in 2016, Neal embraced experiential learning by serving as an English Teaching Assistant in Northern Germany through a Fulbright.

In his free time, Neal enjoys cooking, playing ultimate frisbee, and spending time with friends. Neal is excited about what PULSE does and hopes to combine his drive for community service and experiential learning by sharing the opportunities PULSE provides with prospective fellows.

 

JOEL GARCEAU III

South Hilltop Program Coordinator

jgarceau@pulsepittsburgh.org 
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

Operations and Partnership Director

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 loves working at 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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JACLYN KUYERS

Marketing and Communications Assistant

jkuyers@pulsepittsburgh.org

 

 

Jaclyn Kuyers grew up in Pella, IA, and attended Calvin College where she earned a degree in Fine Arts, minoring in Dance. While at Calvin, Jaclyn balanced her studies with school service.  She worked extensively on campus as a Campus Tour Guide, in addition to serving with the Student Senate and interning with the Student Life Office. Jaclyn also was involved with the Student Philanthropy Council, the Campus Involvement and Leadership Office, and the Visual Arts and Dance Guilds.  In her free time, Jaclyn enjoys local food, coffee, dancing, and pursuing artistic endeavors.  She is a PULSE Alumna, was part of the East End cohort, and served at the Environmental Charter School.

Associate

Mary Mekeal

Research, Outreach and Communication Associate

University of Pittsburgh MSW Candidate

mmekeal@pulsepittsburgh.org
412-361-0124

 

Mary Mekeal is a Colorado native with a passion for engaging communities and empowering young adults to realize their strengths and potential. After earning her B.A. in Political Science and Communication from University of Colorado, Boulder she followed her interest in promoting equal access to education to Philadelphia where she served as an Americorps volunteer for 2 years. Upon completing her service with City Year, she spent several years in the private sector before ultimately returning to the nonprofit world.

As a Master’s candidate with the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, Mary enjoys cooking, exploring Pittsburgh’s parks and cheering on Colorado sports teams. Mary is excited to join the staff and Fellows in furthering the mission and values of PULSE throughout Pittsburgh.

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