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

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

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

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

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)
Garden Educator
412-362-4769 Ext. 216

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

Nick Lubecki
Braddock Farms Manager
412-362-4769 Ext. 212

Kathy Mahoney (She/Her)

Heather Manning (She/Her)
Flagship 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

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

TaRay Kelly
University of Pittsburgh

Anne Marie Toccket, Chair
Posner Foundation of Pittsburgh

Hana Uman
Hunger Free America

Damon Weiss
Ethos Collaborative

Renee Wilson
Pittsburgh Public Schools

Joseph Zwicker
PNC Bank