Haeshah Davis Joins PULSE!

Haeshah Davis Joins PULSE!

PULSE is pleased to announce the hiring of Haeshah Davis.  Haeshah will begin serving as the Northside Program Coordinator for PULSE on July 2nd, 2018.

As a Program Coordinator, Haeshah will work with East End Program Coordinator Katie Robb Sewall and newly hired South Hilltop Program Coordinator Joel Garceau III to coordinate all aspects of the PULSE program, including orientation, seminar, and retreats. In addition, she will develop PULSE’s Northside outreach efforts, including opportunities for fellows and neighbors to engage in service with one another.

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.

Please give Haeshah a warm PULSE welcome.

Joel Garceau III Joins PULSE!

Joel Garceau III Joins PULSE!

PULSE is pleased to announce the hiring of Joel Garceau III.  Joel will begin serving as the South Hilltop Program Coordinator for PULSE on June 4th, 2018.

As a Program Coordinator, Joel will work with East End Program Coordinator Katie Robb Sewall and newly hired Northside Program Coordinator Haeshah Davis to coordinate all aspects of the PULSE program, including orientation, seminar, and retreats.  In addition, he will develop PULSE’s South Hilltop outreach efforts, including opportunities for fellows and neighbors to engage in service with one another.

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.

Please give Joel a warm PULSE welcome.

PULSE Nonprofit Partner Info Session June 5th


Nonprofit professionals:  Please join us for lunch, networking, an overview of PULSE and the specifics of a PULSE nonprofit partnership.

On 6/5/18 from 12-1pm, PULSE will be having another prospective nonprofit partner info session at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. To attend this lunch and info session, please RSVP

If you have any questions about a partnership with PULSE, please contact Amanda Duncan at aduncan@pulsepittsburgh.org or 412-361-0124.

PULSE fellows serve eleven months from the beginning of September to the beginning of August, 35 hours/week, building capacity, tackling large scale projects and helping your organization succeed.

For the past 23 years, PULSE has invited about 250 talented university graduates to partner with over 125 Pittsburgh nonprofits, contributing some 400,000 hours of service to the city and its residents.





Partner Story: Southwestern Pennsylvania Partnership for Aging (SWPPA)

Southwestern Pennsylvania Partnership for Aging (SWPPA) is a 27-year-old, volunteer-led organization with over 300 members who represent over one million older adults across 10 counties of Southwestern Pennsylvania. They act as a catalyst to promote policy, program and systems change that improves quality of life for all people, particularly for our oldest generations. They provide a neutral forum for collaboration, education, networking and advocacy.

Laura Poskin is the Director of Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh, an initiative of SWPPA. In the following interview, she speaks about the experience of partnering with PULSE.

CC: Why did your organization decide to work with PULSE?

LP: We love the kind of engaged, community-minded leadership PULSE promotes, and we really needed help getting Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh off the ground! We knew that PULSE could help us build capacity—in the form of a smart, passionate, nearly full-time staffer —around the work.

CC: What is the most rewarding part of working with PULSE?

LP: I love learning about all of the organizations and projects involved! It’s awesome to be in this network that’s all about building a brighter, healthier, more inclusive tomorrow for Pittsburgh.

CC: How has your partnership with PULSE impacted your organization?

LP: Our partnership with PULSE has allowed us to grow in ways we couldn’t have imagined just months ago. Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh, an initiative of SWPPA, is part of the World Health Organization’s international Network of Age-Friendly Communities, but it’s brand new to this area. We’re basically a start-up! PULSE has helped our small team work at maximum capacity, and connect with other organizations that care about livable communities for all ages and abilities.

CC: What do you like most about your current PULSE follow and/or other fellows you’ve worked with?

LP: Our current PULSE fellow Shayna is so fantastic. How do I even pick what I like most?! I will have to go with her sincere passion for the work. Shayna hit the ground running when she started working on Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh. Her studies and background fit so perfectly with our mission, which is something we learned (and were blown away by) in her interview. PULSE fellows are passionate people who truly care—about a multitude of issues. What’s cool is that through the matching process, fellows and organizations find their way to each other through that passion. We couldn’t have dreamed of a better fit. More specifics about Shayna that reveal other superhero qualities: She’s an excellent communicator, a driven self-starter and a fast learner who goes above and beyond until a project is complete.

CC: What would you tell other Pittsburgh nonprofits about PULSE?

LP: PULSE is an incredible asset to your organization and to Pittsburgh. PULSE attracts top talent from across the country—except it’s more than “talent.” It’s talent combined with passion, creativity and community mindfulness. I’d say they are our future leaders, but the truth is PULSE selects people who are already leaders. The program is an opportunity for us to learn from each other and create the Pittsburgh we want to see.

Check out more great Partner Stories.

This is part of a series of posts about the Nonprofit Partner experience with PULSE. If you would like to learn more about a Nonprofit Partnership, please visit our Partner Page.


Serve.Live.Run. For Pulse in the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday May 6th


Serve. Live. Run. For Pulse

Join us to raise awareness and support in the Pittsburgh Marathon, Sunday, May 6th, 2018.  We are currently looking for marathoners, half-marathoners and relay marathon runners to join the “PULSE Team”. If you would like “Serve. Live. Run. for PULSE” in 2018 please fill out our INTEREST FORM.

JOIN THE TEAM!  Runners who agree to run for PULSE are encouraged to set a minimum fundraising goal:

  • Relay Team Members:  Raise a minimum of $200 for PULSE (minimum $1000/team)
  • Half Marathon: Raise a minimum of $300
  • Full Marathon:  Raise a minimum of $400


In return, runners will receive:

  • A PULSE Marathon Shirt
  • Invitation to our Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, May 5, 2018
  • Invitation to our Cool Down Party following the Marathon on Sunday, May 6, 2018
  • A personalized fundraising page on our Crowdrise page
  • Templates to use on social media and e-mail
  • Fundraising Tips
  • Training guides & options to train with other PULSE runners

Individual runners who raise $350 for PULSE receive all of the above plus a PULSE Marathon runner’s hat & water bottle.

2018 Runners:

Maryem Aslam
Alex Auyeung
Alexa Bartel
Maura Bell
Bernie Good
Mia Good
Nathan Good
David Hogan
KeAndra Hollis
Ryan Johnson-Evers
Jaclyn Kuyers
Cecilia Lapp Stoltzfus
John Lowe
Heather Marra
Mark Medrano
Joel Norman
Katie Robb Sewell
Justice TenEyck
Emily Vogt


Registering with PULSE

Half-Marathon & Marathon Runners

Relay Runners

  • Fill out The PULSE Marathon Registry Form.
  • Send a check for $60.00 to PULSE at 5615 Stanton Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15206
  • Once we have received your check, PULSE Staff will complete your registration and send you directions for joining your relay team.
  • The PULSE Staff will then contact you to get you started with your fundraising kit!


Pasta on the Patio

Join us for Pasta on the Patio, Saturday, May 5th from 5-7pm at the PULSE Stanton House (5615 Stanton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206). Free to attend.

Post Race Cool-Down BBQ

Stop by the Stanton House (5615 Stanton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206) from 12-3pm after the race on May 6th for burgers, dogs, and lawn games as we celebrate our team members. Free to attend. Guests welcome.

Marathon Training Plan
Half-Marathon Training Plan
Relay Training Plan

Questions, please email info@pulsepittsburgh.org

Support a Runner


Also, check out our Crowdrise page.

2018 Schedule of Events

Saturday, May 5th – Pasta Dinner – Stanton House – 5pm
Sunday, May 6th – Marathon & Cheer Station
Sunday, May 6th – Cool Down – BBQ & Refreshments – Stanton House – 12pm


Join us at our cheering section for coffee and donuts:

Northside: Meet at the corner of Middle & East Ohio Streets at 8am

East End: Meet at the corner of Stanton Avenue and Negley Avenue at 9am




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