Leah Thill

LEAH THILL (Paoli, IN / Goshen College ’12)

PARTNER:  Allegheny Cleanways



Originally from Paoli, IN, Leah Thill graduated from Goshen College with a degree in Chemistry.  Leah worked as an Energy Researcher at Penn State University.  At Goshen, she served as a teaching assistant, as a member of the cross country team, orchestra and campus activity council.  Leah spent a semester abroad in Tanzania and served those in need in Mississippi.  Leah worked with Allegheny Cleanways and continues to serve there as a project coordinator.


Leah is Running with PULSE in the Pittsburgh Marathon.

Join her team as she runs to raise awareness and support for PULSE.


What do you love about Pittsburgh?
The strong community organizations that are actively improving Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods.

What is the best part about the PULSE experience?
My housemates.  They have made the transition to post-college life a joy.

What does your ideal Saturday morning look like?
Working in the garden, reading library books and salsa dancing downtown Saturday night.

What is the best thing about your nonprofit placement?
As Project coordinator for Allegheny CleanWays, I work to engage communities to eliminate illegal dumping.  I feel like I’m making a difference when volunteers tell me they’ll think twice before throwing trash on the ground.

What are some hobbies that you would like to pursue?
I’m looking forward to developing the Community Garden at the Graham house this spring.  I grew up in a rural area, so I find it therapeutic to have a place to get away from the stress of city life.

What is a favorite cheap or free activity you’ve found in Pittsburgh?
Salsa lessons at Los Sabrosos, Yoga at the Kingsley Association and volunteering at the Animal Rescue League (I get to pet as many adorable animals as I want, for free!)

Why should someone consider joining PULSE?
PULSE gives you the opportunity to take a break from academia and re-evaluate what your priorities are before committing to a career or graduate program.  Through PULSE, you have many opportunities to get that respite while still moving forward in terms of developing your skills, interests and faith…while intentionally spending a year focused on serving others!


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