Meet Our Board of Directors

Susan Showalter
Board Co-Chair, Educational & Nonprofit Consultant
Susan worked for several years with a local nonprofit organization focused on at-risk adolescents where she served first as Development Director, then as Director of Program Design, Research & Best Practices. With a cross-cultural background in adolescent psychology, she continually researched best practices in the fields of education, counseling, and adolescent psychology to inform and improve a unique and holistic approach to working with urban youth. Synthesizing these practices into a framework for program excellence, she designed and re-tooled direct services to optimally meet the academic and psychosocial needs of at-risk adolescents. She collected and analyzed outcome data to form a feedback loop for program excellence and leveraged her unique skill sets in both development and program design to help attract necessary funding resources. In addition to her work in the nonprofit sector, Susan has taught Developmental Psychology and Educational Psychology at both the University of Pittsburgh and Chatham College.
Matt Dooley
Board Co-Chair, Nonprofit Consultant
Matt brings over 30 years of experience as a non-profit executive and board member, helping institutions meet the challenges of organizational capacity and sustainability. His areas of expertise include fundraising, board development, marketing, and short and long-range planning. He has served as an adjunct professor teaching courses in nonprofit management at Carnegie Mellon University and Duquesne University. He was Senior Consultant with First Side Partners prior to establishing his own independent firm. Matt served as Director of Administration for the Pittsburgh Opera from 1992-1997. Before coming to Pittsburgh in 1992, Matt was the Executive Director of Young Audiences of Eastern PA for 12 years producing arts in education programs. This followed an exciting earlier career as an operatic and concert baritone. Matt continues to be active both as a board member and volunteer. He recently retired as Managing Director of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh and is a member of several committees with Pittsburgh nonprofit organizations.
Dave Sevick
Executive Director, Computer Reach Founder, Apple Consultant
Since 1988, Dave has been an Apple computer consultant serving homes, schools and businesses in Western PA, WV, OH, and MD. In addition to serving Apple clients, Dave formed the North Pittsburgh Macintosh Users Group in 1996. That organization spawned a volunteer-based recycling effort working to rescue school district surplus retired computers. In 2001 Dave gathered a group of 11 Apple friends to begin systematic weekend repairs of discarded school computers in his garage with the goal of distribution to local Pittsburgh agencies in need of technology. Homeless shelters and food banks became the first sites to receive both Mac and PC computers for reuse. Computer Reach was born. Computer Reach expanded beyond Pittsburgh to serve over 18,000 people in 41 states and 39 nations around the world with computers, coupled with digital literacy programs, to bridge the digital divide over these 19 years since 2001. Computer Reach believes Digital Literacy is for all.
Ken Sevick
Board Member, Founder and President of ActionCOACH of WesternPA
Has coached and trained business owners, CEO’s, and their teams in over 40 different industries. Has helped businesses ranging from professional services to manufacturing to retail realize double digit sales and profit growth in 12 months or less. Has successfully served as a change agent in revitalizing and reenergizing teams of people in sales, production, administration, and operations. Over 500 hours of formal training in the latest strategies, techniques, and tactics used in business. Over 9000 hours coaching in small and medium size business. Ranked as one of the top 100 Coaches Globally in 2008.
Reverend Kornelius Neal
Board Member
Effectively managed a political campaign consisting of 20 plus volunteers. Generated training materials to aid employees and volunteers in achieving both personal and organizational goals. Produced, oversaw & managed the budgets of three (3) non-profit organizations. Designed and published websites for two non-profit organizations.
Robert Kirschner
Board Member, Director at Cleveland Leadership Center
Robert P. Kirschner works for the Cleveland Leadership Center where his primary responsibilities include designing and leading Leadership Cleveland, a 10-month program that empowers senior-level positional leaders with the knowledge, skills, and relationships to advance and deepen their community impact. He also directs the LC2 Fellows program, in which Leadership Cleveland alumni spend 10 months engaging in a project-based, outcome-driven civic engagement experience. Before joining the Leadership Center, Kirschner worked at Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry as Vice President, Development & Communications where he led a successful $5.5M capital campaign. Prior to joining LMM, Kirschner worked in a variety of advancement roles in higher education including stints at John Carroll University, Case Western Reserve University and Kenyon College. Kirschner earned an M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University and graduated from Miami University, Oxford, OH with a B.S. in Organizational Behavior and a minor in Arts Management. An ordained deacon in the Byzantine Catholic Church, Kirschner lives in Brecksville, OH with his wife, Claudine, and their four children.
Lamont Craven
Board Member, Associate Director at Pittsburgh Innovation District
Lamont works for InnovatePGH and oversees the Pittsburgh Innovation District’s strategic direction, marketing, and program initiatives. He brings years of experience in non-profit program development and management. Lamont is an active advocate for diversity and equity in tech, science, and education.
Chintan K. Amin
Board Member, Senior Legal Counsel
Experienced attorney reporting directly to the U.S. General Counsel. Earned the trust of senior executives in the U.S. and Germany with practical advice, innovative solutions and customer focus. Deep regulatory expertise and a well-rounded portfolio of corporate law responsibility. Combines an engineer’s analytical mind with empathy for the client. Trusted by C-Suite executives and business managers alike to provide real-world counsel relating to regulatory, real estate and commercial matters.
Kate Maloney Williams
Board Member, International Educator and Researcher
Kate Maloney Williams is a subject matter expert in digital literacy, educational technology, and distance learning. Her professional experiences have been dedicated to supporting evidence-based policy-making, implementation, and sustainable ICT interventions in international development. She is an APMP certified Practitioner and has managed the full life cycle for federal, state, and foundation awards. She has additional experience in research operations, technical assistance, mixed methods evaluation, digital marketing, and strategy development for the nonprofit sector. Kate is currently a PhD Candidate in International Education Policy at the University of Maryland, where she works for the UMD Teaching and Learning Transformation Center. She is a regular contributor and reviewer to international conferences, work groups, and peer-reviewed journals. Although she now resides in the D.C. Metro region, she is an eighth-generation Pittsburgh native with many immediate family calling Western Pennsylvania home.
Cheri Pogue
Board Member, Chief Operating Officer at at United Methodist Church Union
Over 25 years in leadership roles in industry, academia, nonprofits. Strong strategic focus with a keen ability to see both the big picture and the details to make an organization successful. Strength in understanding the human side of change and implementation. Ability to work in a constantly changing environment.