We’re people who care about a better more equitable future we all want to live in. We’re facilitating the community’s ability to create a healthier life and place to live. We’re teaching and sharing what we know but rely on a community filled with experts to share their knowledge.

Board of Directors

Mary Lou Arscott (founder and 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 is a studio professor and Associate head at the School of Architecture Carnegie Mellon University.

Kristin Hughes (founder and 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 and a Senior Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University. 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.

Mike Dolan his career in Medical Imaging, recently leading a Sales Team. He received his MBA in international business from University of Pittsburgh Katz School of Business.  He is also a residential rental investor and is active in the Friendship/Garfield neighborhood.

Dr. Lovie Jackson Foster PhD, MSW, was inspired to become a social worker after working in medical and news reporting where she reported on the tragedies of child physical and sexual abuse in the late 1990s. She currently serves as a Prevention Specialist for Allegheny County’s Office of Children, Youth and Families where she is helping improve prevention services that are youth- and family-focused and supportive of community strengths. Her research and writing focus on mental health, childhood trauma, intergenerational trauma, and empowerment.

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. 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”. 

Leo Robert is a graduate of St Joseph's University and University of Pittsburgh Katz School of Business.  He has been in the Non Profit industry for over 5 years as the CFO of The Academy Schools.  He fell in love with the mission of LSC while working on his graduate school capstone project and has stayed involved with the company since then.  

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.

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.

Geoff Comings owner and baker of Five Points Bakery in Squirrel Hill. Geoff has been working with NOB for the past year helping to develop our business plan and sharing best practices.

Shauna Kearns is a baker and teacher. She has been consulting with our team about the curriculum for NOB, and community workshops.

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.

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.