Fellow Story: Casey Devine

“I enjoy the passion of my coworkers and I enjoy the positive feedback from the agencies my nonprofit works with.” -Casey Devine

A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Casey Devine majored in Global Studies and French and Francophone Studies. She was heavily involved in research at Carnegie Mellon, where she researched French language legislation and its relationship between French language policy and identity. She was a member of several honors societies and was Vice President of Programming and Education of Alpha Phi. Prior to joining PULSE, Casey served for a year as an English Teaching Assistant in the French Embassy Teaching Assistant Program. In her free time, Casey enjoys traveling, reading, and finding new restaurant.  She is a part of the East End cohort, and is serving at Tickets for Kids.

Matthew Colabella: What has been the most valuable part of the PULSE experience so far?

Casey Devine: So far, the most valuable part of my experience has been gaining new professional skills at my nonprofit partner, as well as connecting with other fellows inside and outside of my cohort.

Matthew: How has PULSE inspired you to live/think/act differently?

Casey: Through PULSE I have come to appreciate how important is to give back and be community-minded. I have also learned to be more open about the nonprofit work experience.

Matthew: Tell me something you are learning about yourself through PULSE.

Casey: I am learning that I value my alone time and to be more mindful of my peers’ personal time.

Matthew: What do you enjoy most about your nonprofit partnership?

Casey: I enjoy the passion of my partners and I also enjoy positive feedback from agencies that TFK partners with to provide underprivileged with meaningful experiences.

Matthew: What have you enjoyed most about living in community?

Casey: I enjoyed learning to cook for myself and housemates, as well as the meal time spent together as a house.

Matthew: Describe a typical day at your nonprofit partnership.

Casey: A typical day depends on the amount of events, but I am in constant communication with TFK’s nonprofit partners and ticket donors. I also spend time researching events the TFK may be able to access across the US.

Matthew: What surprised you most about Pittsburgh?

Casey: I’ve been enjoying learning about neighborhoods that I was not familiar with, even though I grew up in the Greater Pittsburgh area.

Matthew: What is the most interesting/fun adventure you’ve had in Pittsburgh so far?

Casey: Going to Church Brewworks for happy hour. It was a unique architectural space that I had never visited before.

Matthew: What’s your favorite “family meal” recipe for the house?

Casey: Enchilada casserole that I made with the help of Molly.


Story by PULSE Fellow Matthew Colabella.

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