Alumni Story: John Allison

John Allison is a 2012-2013 PULSE alumnus. In this interview he discusses his experiences in PULSE in regards to creating community, developing leadership skills, serving in Pittsburgh.



What about the PULSE program was attractive to you? Was there anything about it that surprised you?

The part about the PULSE program that I found attractive was the potential to integrate my communal with my work life. In terms of surprises: community living is always a surprise!

What was the best part of your PULSE experience?

The best part of my PULSE experience was creating community (e.g. cooking) with fellow PULSErs.

How were you impacted by your PULSE experience?

PULSE helped develop my leadership and organizational skills, and opened me up to the world of nonprofits.

What kind of work do you do now?

I just finished up Seminary and am currently exploring the world of nonprofit education.

How did PULSE prepare you for what you are doing now?

My PULSE experience helped me hone a vision of how to serve one’s community.

How have you stayed connected with PULSE?

I’ve stayed in touch with some friends that I made in the program (as best I could while living out of state).


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Meet the 2017-18 PULSE Fellows

Meet the 2017-18 PULSE Fellows!

PULSE is excited to welcome these 34 participants for the 2017-18 year. Hailing from 14 states, the young adults serving with PULSE next year bring an exciting mix of talents and interests to the table. Their investment in service and community, as well as the vast array of experiences and passions they represent, are only a few of the incredible things they have to offer Pittsburgh and its residents. You can read about them and their accomplishments here.

Come to the PULSE End of Year Celebration Party

PULSE End of Year Celebration Party. Come one, come all to a lunch celebrating the 2016-17 PULSErs!


Please join us for a time of celebration, lunch, networking, and recognition of the outstanding achievements of the 35 PULSE fellows in the 2016-17 PULSE year.

35 PULSE Fellows contributed over 50,000 hours to the city and its residents.  Come and give thanks for the many great ways our fellows have contributed to a better Pittsburgh. Hope you can make it.

Learn more about our fellows and nonprofit partners this year!

Date: Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 PM

Location: Vietnam Veteran’s Pavilion (Schenley Park)

RSVP. Please get your free tickets here.

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Katie Robb Sewall Joins PULSE!

Katie Robb Sewall Joins PULSE!

PULSE is pleased to welcome Katie Robb Sewall to the PULSE Team. Katie is the new East End Program Coordinator for PULSE.

As Program Coordinator, Katie works with Northside Program Coordinator Wayne Younger to coordinate all aspects of the PULSE program, including orientation, seminar, and retreats.  In addition, she develops PULSE’s East End outreach efforts, including volunteer opportunities.

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.

Please give Katie a warm PULSE welcome.

Two New PULSE Associates Join PULSE this Summer!

Allie Bustin and Regan Curry Join PULSE!

PULSE is pleased to announce that Allie Bustin and Regan Curry have joined PULSE this summer as associates.

Allie is the Recruiting and Partnership Associate while Regan is serving at the Marketing and Communications Associate.  We are delighted to have both of them provide much needed support over the summer.  Both have tremendous gifts and talents and we are excited to see the ways that they will continue to enhance the PULSE program.

Allie states, “I’ve heard great things about the program as a whole, from outsiders and volunteers alike, and it seemed like a good fit – a passion for service and passion for Pittsburgh. I’m looking forward to meeting and engaging new graduates in public service in Pittsburgh, connecting with new non-profits in the area, and furthering my own knowledge of non-profit and volunteer management”.

Check out their bios below and give them a warm PULSE welcome.

Allie Bustin grew up in Lancaster County, but calls Pittsburgh home. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Linguistics in 2012, she completed a year of AmeriCorps VISTA service with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh. She continued her pursuit of public service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica. After completing her service in 2016, she returned to Pittsburgh to begin graduate school, pursuing degrees in both International Development and Law. She is passionate about service and cross-cultural communication, and spends her free time designing prints and greeting cards while trying to keep her array of plants alive. She is excited to continue engaging volunteers in Pittsburgh through PULSE, and hopes to aid in cultivating a community of service and innovation.


Regan Curry is currently a senior at the University of South Carolina, where she is majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in English. Regan has called Pittsburgh her home her entire life, and is excited to be able to give back to the community that helped shaped her to be the person that she is today. Regan is looking to pursue a career in Environmental Law, and thus is excited to be a part of cultivating a community of servant leaders to transform Pittsburgh, focusing on specific environmental aspects that will transform the city’s productivity.


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