In keeping with the mission of HandsOn Tech and Pittsburgh Cares, all speakers come from a pool of highly-talented Skills-Based Volunteers and are donating their time for this conference. A huge thank you to all our speakers and event volunteers.
Stay tuned for the full list of #SCSCpgh presenters.
// // // Founder @ Eyeflow
Management Track, Social Media Strategizing
Phil Laboon started the multi-million dollar company, Eyeflow Internet Marketing, from the ground up when he was 20 years old. Eyeflow has grown rapidly, recently being named by the Pittsburgh Business Times as one of 2012′s Top 100 Fastest Growing Businesses in Pittsburgh, with over 100% revenue growth in the year. Laboon has consulted for everything from start-ups to Fortune 500’s, developing techniques to maximize clients’ online presences and online credibility. Brands Laboon has consulted for include Giant Eagle, Office Depot, Wyndham, Motel 6, Hertz, CMU, and many others.
Laboon is continually focused on developing his own new techniques, constantly creating more effective strategies, and recently developed SEOzio, a premium online SEO analysis tool. This free tool is available to the public and provides a fast and easy way for people not in the SEO industry to understand how their website performs from an SEO perspective.
// // Manager of Marketing and Communications @ Pittsburgh Foundation
Outreach Track, Maintaining Relevancy
Christopher Whitlatch directs the social media and online initiatives at The Pittsburgh Foundation. In this role, he tells the stories of how the Foundation’s donors and grantees are building a better community. Christopher also teaches social media through workshops and webinars to area nonprofits as part of the PittsburghGives initiative. In June of 2010, the Foundation launched Pittsburgh on Video, a community video hub. Christopher serves as the first video curator of the site which has grown to over 5,500 videos submitted by the Pittsburgh community. Christopher also produces Unsung, an on-line nonprofit news show that was recently recognized by the Council on Foundations with a Wilmer Shields Rich Silver Award for innovative communications.
Before joining The Pittsburgh Foundation, Christopher owned a digital marketing consulting company called UniversalWit. Christopher has a degree in journalism from New York University.
// Founder + Executive Director @ OrgSpring
Technology Track, Cloud Technology
Craig’s goal is to help every nonprofit run an efficient website which helps the organization fulfill its mission online! He has been a nonprofit consultant and board member for more than a decade, and has helped several nonprofits grow from garage startups to international organizations. He has implemented dozens of nonprofit websites and databases for organizations in nearly every field of industry from health-care to after-school programs, international aid to housing development.
Community Programs & Technology Coordinator @ Pittsburgh Cares
Technology Track, Project Management and Volunteer Recruitment
Benjamin Weaver started his career with nonprofits as an AmeriCorps VISTA in the HandsOn Tech Program. After completing the program's initial year, Weaver joined Pittsburgh Cares and continues to work with the HandsOn Tech program locally. In keeping with Pittsburgh Cares mission of promoting volunteerism in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas, he works to match local nonprofits with a growing network of skills-based volunteers, particularly in the areas of technology and finance.
Cynthia Closkey is president of Big Big Design, and she loves to help everyone get the most out of the Internet. With three degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and years of experience at high-tech companies across the country, she brings together skills in marketing strategy, UI design, communications, product design, business process improvement, and management.
A native of Butler, PA, Cindy has been a member of the board of Butler Downtown. She’s currently a partner and board member of SVP Pittsburgh. Cindy runs the Pittsburgh Bloggers online blog directory, which she co-founded in 2004. She teaches web publishing at Point Park University. In 2010 Cindy was honored as an influential Woman in Media by the Women and Girls Foundation of Southwest Pennsylvania.
// // Community Programs Manager @ Design Center
Thor is the Community Programs Manager at the Design Center. He is interested in the built environment, how people navigate cities and how their collective voices are used in community development. His experience is extensive and varied, including international development work serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer, working for a foundation in the Philippines developing programs and working with at-risk-youth and orphans, and community development and planning in Ohio, Kentucky, Colorado and Pennsylvania. He has been in Pittsburgh 2 years and finds this city engaging and full of life.
// // Community Development Specialist @ CTAC
Technology Track, Measuring Your Outreach Impact
Terry’s volunteer efforts began in the early 1980s, establishing and maintaining community gardens in Pittsburgh’s Polish Hill neighborhood. Since those days his volunteer work has touched many communities in Pittsburgh. Most notably, Terry served multiple consecutive terms as the President of the Polish Hill Civic Association where his leadership and passion for community development helped Polish Hill become one of Pittsburgh’s most creative communities.
Terry's day job for over 20 years was managing a small business where he amassed a depth of business experience (and plumbing expertise) to complement his service to the community. As he joins CTAC in 2012, Terry’s quests for sharing knowledge and helping others organize continues. As a graduate of the CTAC Core Series in 2007, he has returned to help others learn and benefit from CTAC workshops so they can grow their communities as well. Terry works directly with CTAC clients in their neighborhoods, sharing resources and know-how to help them achieve their goals.
// // Community Development Specialist @ CTAC
Technology Track, Measuring Your Outreach Impact
Nicole specializes in communications and marketing for community-based organizations. Prior to joining CTAC in 2012, she worked as Community Development Coordinator for Troy Hill Citizens where she advanced existing programs and created new initiatives including community planning, vacant land assessments, public art installations, cooperative gardening, street tree revitalization and a web presence revival including new social media tools and an e-newsletter. She has grassroots experience in managing a small nonprofit and developing the Board of Directors that governs it.
At CTAC, she launched a new website and put in place many new tools, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google for Nonprofits, MailChimp and PittsburghGives. She is a certified Tree Tender and she has supported events as a volunteer for Attack Theater, Bike Pittsburgh and the recent Deutschtown Music Festival. Nicole graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a B.A.S. in Graphic Design in 2004. She views every community development issue with an innovative and creative style that works with limited resources.
// // Cofounder & CEO @ GTECH Strategies
A Colorado native, Andrew is a CEO and Co-Founder of GTECH and a committed practitioner of creative social and environmental responsibility. He has studied and worked in the fields of renewable energy, resource management, public policy and community development for the past 10 years, and continues to earn the title of social entrepreneur. GTECH stands for Growth Through Energy and Community Health and works at the intersection of community development and the green economy to help communities save energy and generate new energy.
Andrew completed his undergraduate work in Washington DC at American University, and studied oceanography at Woods Hole while on a tall ship Schooner. He has deconstructed buildings in Colorado, installed solar electric systems in South America and participated in a Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs in St. Louis. Andrew completed his Masters in Public Policy and Management at The Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University in 2007 with a concentration on sustainable community development. Co-Founding GTECH in the spring of 2007, Andrew was a recipient of a 2008 Echoing Green Fellowship, and a 2010 Hitachi Foundation Yoshiyama Fellow. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife Julie and enjoys chopping fire wood.
// // Vice President of Marketing & Sales @ DonorPro
Outreach Track, Donor Management
Roy Cheran is a marketing executive with extremely diversified expertise and experience in advancing some of the most innovative and forward-thinking brands. Before coming to DonorPro, he worked as a Senior Marketing Consultant for Mind Over Media serving the interactive media needs of brands like: Dicks Sporting Goods, Alcoa, Lockheed Martin and Xerox. He was also introduced to the non profit sector here through the post secondary education channel and his marcom fundraising work with notable institutions like: Iowa, Michigan, Dayton, Loyola and Wisconsin. Roy also has a significant background in the “cause-related” marketing arena highlighted by his supervision of “Apples for the Students”, the largest partnership in education program ever launched having contributed more than $400 million in teaching aids to more than 50,000 K – 12 schools across the US. He is also a Presidential C-Flag recipient for private sector initiatives.
Partner Technology Manager @ Google Pittsburgh
Technology Track, Measuring Your Outreach Impact
A lifelong computer geek, Timothy James is currently a Partner Technology Manager at Google and helps retailers with technology processes to get their products into Google Shopping. He teaches undergraduate classes in Computer Science at the University of Pittsburgh where he enjoys making jokes during lectures and helping students with career development. Prior to Google, Timothy has worked in a variety of technical roles in the financial services, telecommunications, defense contracting, and consulting industries; he's also spent some professional time frying fish and making sandwiches.
// Nonprofit Professional
Management Track, How to Sell Acorn Squash: Ownership, Programming & Sustainability
Tom has spent the past two years as an Americorps Public Ally, immersing himself in the Pittsburgh nonprofit community. He served as the Client Experience Specialist for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, created a summer youth gardening program and consulted with GTECH Strategies to expand their ReClaim initiative. Through his work at the Food Bank, Tom was integral to the research, planning, and community outreach efforts undertaken to initiate plans for a community-focused, nonprofit grocery store in Hazelwood.
// Program Associate @ Jewish Healthcare Foundation
Technology Track, Integrating Mobile Technology on the Frontlines of HIV Outreach
Kyle Crawford has spent his career working on issues ranging from entrepreneurship to literacy in prison. He currently works in health philanthropy with a primary focus on HIV services, including implementation of an innovative statewide initiative to link HIV+ individuals to medical care. Kyle has a particular interest in enhancing the methods by which companies and nonprofits serve the needs of people, including the integration of mobile tech and cross-sector strategies. He has presented at a number of conferences, authored a national benchmark report on nonprofit strategic planning and business planning, and recently led the design and launch of a multi-disciplinary health innovation fellowship for young professionals. Feel free to reach him at email@example.com.
// // // President & CEO @ Hill Community Development Corporation
Marimba Milliones is President & CEO of the Hill Community Development Corporation and chair of the New Granada Theater redevelopment effort. Milliones has been key in leading multi-million dollar investments into the Hill District while ensuring redevelopment and historic preservation efforts to sustain the legacy of the neighborhood. She is committed to fostering sustainable community and economic development in one of Pittsburgh's largest and oldest neighborhoods. Often characterized as “Pittsburgh’s Harlem”, the Hill District is poised to be a national model for urban planning and development. Milliones is also an entrepreneur and founder of an interactive and strategic communications firm. The collision of community development, culture, social enterprise, technology and innovation is where she finds her muse.
// // Executive Director @ Shadyside Chamber of Commerce
Outreach Track, Branding Your Nonprofit Through Social Media
Tori Mistick believes the worst crime of fashion is to blend in, and vies to be unique in everything she does for herself and her clients. In addition to managing social media accounts for several local independent businesses, Tori also contributes to several non-profit events throughout the year and serves as Director of the Shadyside Chamber of Commerce. Previously, Tori has worked for a lifestyle magazine, an eco-friendly fashion accessories company, a national high-end retailer and for an ad agency as the in-house social media expert. She holds a Masters of Science in Digital Arts and Technology and a Bachelors degree in Integrated Marketing Communications, both from Duquesne University, and a Certificate in Fashion Promotion from London College of Fashion.
// // Director of Innovation @ The Forbes Funds
Management Track, Financial Decision Making for Nonprofits
Garrett Cooper is the Director of Innovation at The Forbes Funds, where he is responsible for working with nonprofits and various community experts to identify, develop, and advance solutions that save nonprofits time, money, and/or increase impact. Prior to joining The Forbes Funds, Garrett spent four-plus years at The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University (RMU). As a Consultant and Researcher at The Bayer Center, Garrett worked on numerous finance, accounting, strategic and business planning, and governance projects. Additionally, he authored practitioner research, created the Center’s Financial Wellness Package (includes the financial dashboard), and served as a teacher in RMU’s Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Certificate program, which prepares undergraduate students for a career in the nonprofit sector.
Additionally, Garrett has spent time in his decade-plus career as a senior risk analyst and portfolio manager at Freddie Mac, analyst at UBS Investment Bank’s Debt Capital Markets group, and as a liquidity trader and trade analyst at Ellington Management Group, LLC, an eight billion hedge fund. Garrett holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in finance from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, and is finishing a master’s degree in nonprofit management at RMU. Garrett is an AmeriCorps and Big Brothers & Big Sisters alum. He currently serves as the Vice President of the Morningside Area Community Council, where he and his wife, Emily, call home.