Grow Pittsburgh would be nothing without the amazing group of individuals and organizations that support our work every year. Please peruse this section to learn more about our staff and board.

Our staff is hard-working and passionate about urban agriculture. We also have a lot of fun! If you are interested in contacting someone about a particular subject, please use the email addresses below. If you have general questions, please email us at

COVID-19 Notice | Grow Pittsburgh team members will be working on modified schedules between home and office. We have access to email and phone messages. There may be some delay in responding, so thank you for your patience.  

Our Staff

Jasen Bernthisel (He/Him)
Community Garden Project Manager

Vee Bleiweiss (She/Her)
Development Coordinator
412-362-4769 Ext. 211

Ian Bonnet (He/Him)
Garden Educator
412-362-4769 Ext. 216

Brian Deighan (He/Him)

Adia Effiong (She/Her)
Director of School Garden Programs
412-362-4769 Ext. 216

Emily Evangelista (They/Them)
Office and Administration Manager
412-362-4769 Ext. 200

Annie Fox (She/Her/They/Them)
Community Garden Project Manager

Silvan Goddin (She/Her)
Shiloh Farm and Greenhouse Manager
412-362-4769 Ext. 212

Robert Grey (He/Him)
Farm Education and Outreach Coordinator
412-362-4769 Ext. 212

Denele Hughson (She/Her)
Executive Director
412-362-4769 Ext. 204/201

Redding Jackson (She/Her)
School Gardens Program Manager
412-362-4769 Ext. 216

Raynise Kelly (She/Her)
Garden Resource Center Manager
412-362-4769 Ext. 215

Nick Lubecki
Director of Urban Agriculture and Programming in Production
412-362-4769 Ext. 212

Heather Manning (She/Her)
Flagship Garden Educator
412-362-4769 Ext. 216

Ruth Marshall (She/Her)
Garden Educator
412-362-4769 Ext. 216

Claire Matway (She/They)
Community Garden Project Manager

Hanna Mosca (She/Her)
Garden Dreams Greenhouse and Farm Manager

Felicity Shafer (She/Her)
Communications Coordinator
412-362-4769 Ext. 207

Rayden Sorock (He/Him)
Director of Community Projects
412-362-4769 Ext. 213

Victoria Thurmond (She/Her)
Early Childhood Garden Educator
412-362-4769 Ext. 216

Ryan Walsh (He/Him)
Director of Development and Communications
412-362-4769 Ext. 219

Seasonal Staff (2022)

  • Kiah Boudreau
  • Andre Brown
  • Janae Brown
  • Tayler Clemm
  • Kaleb Allen Hughson
  • Jaclyn M Janocsko
  • Mel Lampl
  • Moirin Reynolds
  • Breanna (Bre) Stanton
  • Sarah VanderMolen
  • Charlee Williams

Our Board

Paulina Gatarz
University of Pittsburgh

Andrea Glickman, Treasurer
Shear Family Foundation

Catalina Hoyos
Children’s Community Pediatrics

Simon Huntley

Amy Malen
Allegheny County Department of Human Services

Asia Mason, Secretary
Pittsburgh Public Schools

Katelyn McCombs
Littler Mendelson

Gretchen Moore
Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky

Jamie Moore, Vice Chair
Eat’n Park Hospitality Group

Alex Stanzione

Anne Marie Toccket, Chair
Posner Foundation of Pittsburgh

Hana Uman
Hunger Free America

Renee Wilson
Pittsburgh Public Schools

Joseph Zwicker
PNC Bank