Latham St. Commons

We are building a resilient and sustainable ecosystem of people working together to address all of the factors affecting access to good health—social support, health care, education, diet, employment, air and water quality.

Board of Directors

Mary Lou Arscott (co-director) is an architect who has been involved in design centered practice and radical construction initiatives. Her architectural work ranges across public and private sectors and combines elegance with economical use of materials. Her projects reflect careful attention to the needs of client and user whilst involving the creative contribution of the builder. Currently Mary Lou teaches in the School of Architecture Carnegie Mellon University.

Kristin Hughes (co-director) is a designer and educator, works with members of at-risk communities to address complex community health problems. She has developed an approach to problem-solving that finds its success by directly engaging community members in each step of the design process. Her work highlights the amazing results that occur when you treat each participant’s like the expert they are and invite the exchange of skills and know-how among community members as they make decisions and solve vexing problems their communities face every day. Kristin is an Associate Professor at the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University.

Eric Anderson Is an associate professor of product design, co-director of the Master of Integrated Innovation for Products and Services (MIIPS), and a Senior Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts. Professor Anderson teaches undergraduate and graduate design studio courses, and, with faculty from CMU’s Mechanical Engineering and Tepper School of Business, he co-teaches the award winning Integrated Product Development (IPD) capstone course in the MIIPS program. His goal is to enable individuals and teams to more effectively and intelligently engaged in critical thinking and problem solving in the design process. Prior to teaching at Carnegie Mellon, Prof. Anderson spent over a decade as a full time design practitioner for corporate departments and consulting firms based in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, where he designed a broad variety of products solutions including medical instruments, tradeshow exhibits, corporate identities, and consumer products. Prof. Anderson holds a BS in Industrial Design from Philadelphia College of Art, and an MA and an MFA in Design Education from The Ohio State University.

Dr. Lovie Jackson Foster is a Assistant Professor at University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Foster earned her PhD in Social Work at the University of Washington in 2008. She completed a three-year T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Foster’s research interests include the multidisciplinary study of health and health care disparities, collaborative care models to address the health and mental health of traumatized underserved youth and families in diverse settings, and health services research using community-based participatory research and health information technology. Populations of interest are primarily African American youth and families, and other marginalized and traumatized populations such as youth in foster care and low-income families. Her teaching interests include health services research, health disparities, childhood and intergenerational/lifespan trauma, and diverse populations

Tad Hale is a serial entrepreneur who has founded and led several successful technology companies. Currently Tad is deeply invested in the social enterprise movement. He wants to use his ‘lessons learned’ to benefit the Latham Street community.

Elaine Harris-Fulton is a native of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania graduated from Westinghouse High School, Bishop College in Dallas Texas and Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University in Houston Texas. She is a graduate of the EPLC’s Institute for Community Leadership in Education, and as well a graduate of Lead Training. Nationally recognized Parent Leader, who sits on the Family Support Policy Board, Chair of Community Voices, Chair of Parent Advocacy Committee, Treasurer of Wilkinsburg Family Support Center Parent Council and has served on two statewide Governor’s boards. She is an activist and advocate who said that” it is a privilege to be able to volunteer in the community”. She commits her time to working to create and secured funding for youth and family programs that are educational and fun, with the support of parent leaders in the community, the Sprout Fund, the Pittsburgh Foundation, Three Rivers Community Fund, Pittsburgh Child Guidance, and the Allegheny County Department of Human Services community. 

Adam Jenkins was a consultant with Booz Allan Hamilton Group before joining Highmark’s ‘For-Profit’ technology solutions company EBDS as the Director of Strategic Planning and Corporate Development.  After supporting EBDS in raising $10M in capital and growing EBDS to be the one of the largest healthcare insurance technology companies in North America, Adam was promoted to be Head of Innovation and Strategy for Highmark’s Business Development Group. Adam has a BSC in Electrical Engineering from The University of Pittsburgh, an MSC in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon’s Institute of Technology (CIT) and an M.B.A. from CMU’s Tepper Business School.

Mark Stuckey is a product of the Steel City born and raised. He studied Information Technology throughout his life including undergraduate and graduate school. He received his degrees from Point Park University. He is currently the Director of End User Service for Pittsburgh Public Schools district.

Board of Advisors 

Azizan Abdul-Aziz s a neighbor of LSC and an Assistant Research Professor at the Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics in the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University. Aziz is a trained architect with extensive experience in sustainable design, the design of integrated systems for high performance buildings, post occupancy evaluation and building performance monitoring and analytics.  Aziz has initiated innovative data analytics projects with federal, corporate, campus and municipal leaders. In addition to his more than twenty years in research, Azizan will help guide our team with development of the evaluation the building, water collection system and air quality monitoring and surrounding area. 

Omar Abuhejleh runs a very success bread bakery called Allegro Hearth Bakery. He will advise us on best practices, business development and identifying key bakers to help run and manage programming and the Night Owl Bakers program.

Dr. Ann Mcgaffey works for The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) St. Margaret Hospital is discerning regarding area unmet needs. The UPMC St. Margaret Bloomfield Garfield Family Health Center (FHC) has served surrounding neighborhoods for 30 years with 12 on-site family medicine residents, 2 fellows, and 4 attending physicians. Doctors of pharmacy and social workers administer a free medication program for uninsured/underinsured patients. The health center served 9,447 patients in 2013-2014. Ann will provide advice, staff and in-kind support.

Pastor Tim Smith is the Executive Director of Center of Life and pastor of the Keystone Church of Hazelwood. He has been working with children and youth for over 25 years. Tim was born and raised in Pittsburgh and educated in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. Tim has dedicated his life to empowering families and youth everywhere. He will help guide Latham St. Commons in identifying youth for our program, help us with issues of race, culture and identity. 

Latham St. Commons Team 

Francis Carter is a Designer, manager, and food justice advocate focused on bringing design thinking practices into locally beneficial non-profit settings. I use my training as a designer to develop more efficient local food distribution systems, strengthening relationships between rural family farms and urban communities with limited access to fresh, affordable produce. I strongly believe that good design can have a positive impact on local and global societies. With a background in sculpture, non-profit management, Graphic & Transdisciplinary Design, I am interested in empowering communities by sharing equity and maximizing local resources through cooperative action. I see creative place-making as a means for positive bottom-up, social, environmental and economic change and the development of networked small, local, open and connected communities and the concept of the cosmopolitan local as a model to transition toward more sustainable future societies. 

Ted Cmarada is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, born and raised in Clairton, Pennsylvania, and a graduate of Johns Hopkins and Columbia Universities.  He has worked as a psychotherapist in diverse communities from New York’s South Bronx to Washington, DC and Western Maryland. Ted founded, and for 25 years, served as the Director of The Center for Integrative Healthcare in Frederick, Maryland where he pioneered a holistic approach to mental and emotional health. As a clinician, as well as a consultant and speaker, Ted has affirmed the healing value of self-empowerment, social capital, mindfulness practice and “lifestyle medicine.” He currently consults and provides leadership coaching for Pittsburgh nonprofits and entrepreneurs, while continuing a small private practice in psychotherapy.

Nick Liadis is an architect, designer, and artist specializing in the resolution of space related questions. He effortlessly works across disciplinary lines for outcomes that come from unexpected places, allowing us to reconsider the fundamentals of space making regardless of project type. Fine-tuned process, active listening, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and an inquiring spirit are the pillars of his methodology.

Rodolfo Scannone is a Venezuelan committed to democracy. He is passionate about public policy, sustainable development, smart cities, and human relations. Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication with a minor in Advertising and Marketing. He is currently a Candidate at Carnegie Mellon University for a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management and he is a Research Associate for the Metro21 Initiative. His background ranges from communications + strategy consulting and directing a youth empowerment NGO, to the creation of an electoral monitor in Venezuela and participation in high-level International Model of United Nations competitions. 

Susan Spangler is a Pittsburgh-based Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years experience working with adults, adolescents, couples, families and groups. In addition to her clinical work with diverse populations, she leads community groups in expressive arts therapies and co-creates and organizes events designed to foster and strengthen community connections. Susan lives in Friendship, has served as President of the Friendship Community Group Board, and continues to be active in community organizing in the neighborhood. Compelled by her commitment to community health and resilience, she works to gather community members regularly to collectively explore ways to enhance sustainability and community connections.

Community Support & Partners

Our partners bring deep ties to the Garfield and Friendship neighborhoods and buttress commitment to successful change via the Latham Street Commons. The different collaborative disciplines will dedicate resources and add inclusive resident insights to enhance urban neighborhood health.