Florri Ladov, Executive Director
Florri joined RIF Pittsburgh in February 2009. Florri has been leading companies in the Pittsburgh region for over 25 years. Her focus has been on early stage businesses, companies in transitions and turnarounds. Prior to joining RIF Pittsburgh, she held the position of President and CEO of Innovation Works, The Ben Franklin Technology Partner of Southwestern PA, a publicly funded economic development organization providing risk capital, expertise and resources to high-potential technology startup companies here in our region. Florri received her BS in Operations Management from The University of Vermont and attended the Tepper Graduate School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.
Alison McGee, Director of Operations
Alison joined RIF Pittsburgh in September 2014 as an Outreach and Development Intern and was brought on full-time in February 2015. She comes to RIF with an MSc Sustainability, Environment, and Development degree from the University of Leeds in Leeds, England and has volunteered for a number of nonprofit organizations both locally and abroad. Her experience working with youth started as a volunteer at the State College Friends School educating elementary students on sustainable agriculture and nutrition. Alison also holds a BS in Life Science and minor in Environmental Inquiry from Penn State University.
Books for Keeps Program
Elizabeth Allison, Director - Books for Keeps
Elizabeth joined RIF Pittsburgh in August 2013. Elizabeth came to RIF Pittsburgh with four years of experience working in education and children’s literacy. Most recently, she received her master’s from the University of Pittsburgh in Library and Information Science, during which time she interned with the children’s librarian at the Community Library of Castle Shannon and volunteered with RIF Pittsburgh's Everybody Wins! and Storymobile programs. Her interest in education and the achievement gap began in Princeville, North Carolina, where she taught 5th grade science for two years as a Teach For America Corps member. Elizabeth also holds a bachelor’s in English Literature from Grove City College.
CJ Cunningham, Outreach Coordinator - Books for Keeps
CJ joined RIF Pittsburgh as a KEYS Service Corps member in June 2016. He has several years of experience working with children, spending two summers working as a camp counselor. He previously served as a member of Jumpstart, working with kids ages 3 to 5 to close the education gap in the Hazelwood and Mt. Washington areas of Pittsburgh. CJ holds a B.A. in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh.
Mia Feldman, Outreach Coordinator - Books for Keeps
Mia joined RIF Pittsburgh as a KEYS Service Corps member in August 2016. During the 2015-16 school year, Mia served as an AmeriCorps member with City Year Philadelphia, where she tutored seventh and eighth grade students in reading and worked to bring much-needed books into two of Philadelphia’s underserved public schools. Mia has been passionate about working with children since the age of 15, when she began working as a camp counselor for fifth and sixth graders. Mia holds a B.A. in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh.
Drey Riffle, Outreach Coordinator - Books for Keeps
Drey joined RIF Pittsburgh as a part-time volunteer over the summer of 2016, and then as a full-time KEYS Service Corps member in August 2016. Starting in the summer of 2011, gained experience with children by volunteering at an early childhood center and afterschool program, working with children ages pre-K to fourth grade. Drey has completed courses at both the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and the Community College of Allegheny County, and hopes to continue his schooling in the future. An active community volunteer, he has spent time at Jubilee Kitchen, Three Rivers Community Foundation, and various food assistance programs across the city. ]
Mara Steinmetz, Outreach Coordinator - Books for Keeps
Mara joined RIF Pittsburgh as a KEYS Service Corps member in August 2016. She has several years of experience working with children as well as experience in international educational research. She spent two summers working as an assistant teacher at Tender Care Learning Center, where she worked with infants and preschool-age children. During the 2015-16 school year, Mara served as an AmeriCorps member with City Year Philadelphia, where she worked in a fourth grade classroom and ran an afterschool program at Bethune Elementary School in North Philadelphia. As a City Year AmeriCorps member, Mara worked with students who were at risk of dropping out of school, assisting them with literacy, math, social-emotional learning, and attendance. She also spent a summer researching the implementation of India’s Right to Education Act for boys and girls in Mysore, India for a grassroots research and advocacy movement. Mara graduated from Allegheny College with a B.A. in English Literature.
Jordon Williams, Outreach Coordinator - Books for Keeps
Jordon first joined RIF Pittsburgh for the 2015-16 school year as a Reading Buddy in the Everybody Wins! lunchtime literacy mentoring program, where she fell in love with RIF Pittsburgh's mission. After graduating from college in the spring of 2016, Jordon volunteered with RIF Pittsburgh's Books for Keeps team for two months before becoming a full-time KEYS Service Corps AmeriCorps member in January 2017. She is passionate about equality and ensuring that all children have access to resources necessary to gain skills that will help them succeed, such as literacy. Jordon earned a bachelor's degree in Cultural Studies: African American Studies and a minor in Women's Studies from Chatham University.
Ashley Wineland, Outreach Coordinator - Books for Keeps
Ashley joined RIF Pittsburgh in September 2016 as a KEYS Service Corps member. She is new to the city of Pittsburgh. In college, Ashley served with Jumpstart, working with children ages 3 – 5. She has volunteered with the Sierra Student Coalition for five years, working on environmental, climate, and social justice. Ashley is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia and holds a B.A. in Psychology.
Everybody Wins! Program
Justin Brown, Director - Everybody Wins!
Justin joined RIF Pittsburgh as a Public Ally in August 2010. He spent two years as an Outreach Coordinator before returning to RIF Pittsburgh in May 2016 to run the Everybody Wins! program. He moved to San Francisco in 2012 where he worked with the San Francisco Unified School District along with community and city agencies to develop integrated school programs for several years. Justin has experience as chair of the San Francisco Youth Employment Coalition and as a board member of youth agencies in both Pittsburgh and San Francisco. He has hosted several citywide conferences focused on advocacy and youth development before returning to Pittsburgh to continue his work there. Justin holds a BA in Communications and Rhetoric and certificates in Global Studies and Asian Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.
JoEllen Leech, Everybody Wins! Volunteer Coordinator
JoEllen has been volunteering with RIF Pittsburgh since early 2011. JoEllen’s background is in market research. She was Vice President of the Market Research and Planning Division at Mellon Bank, and also worked as a market research and planning consultant with a variety of local clients. JoEllen also volunteers with other organizations in our community, including Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, North Hills Community Outreach, United Way, and her church and school district. JoEllen holds a bachelor’s in Mathematics from Grove City College and has an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.
Dylan Knutson, Outreach Coordinator - Everybody Wins!
Dylan joined RIF Pittsburgh as a KEYS Service Corps member in June of 2016. He has several years of experience working with kids as well as experience in educational research. Beginning in high school, he volunteered with a daycare for Journey House and then worked as a summer counselor for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee for two summers, running summer programming and aiding in art class activities. He also spent a year tutoring high school students through the AVID/TOPPS program, helping with homework questions, facilitating discussions of the students problems, and aiding in organizational skills. Throughout college and then post-graduation, he worked as an assistant with the Value-Added Research Center, helping with teacher evaluation projects, early warning signs for college dropouts and more. Dylan graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in History and English-Creative Writing.
Abby Holland, Director – Storymobile
Abby joined RIF in July 2014. She comes to RIF with a master’s degree in education from Boston College and eight years of teaching experience. Most recently she taught on the founding team of Hyde Leadership Charter High School in the South Bronx, New York. Her interest in working with underserved communities began when she was a volunteer in Central America throughout high school and college. While earning her master’s, Abby taught middle school in inner city Boston, and later taught at an experiential outdoor school in Maine. Abby also holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and History from Marquette University.
Kaitlyn Duling, Storymobile Manager
Kaitlyn joined RIF Pittsburgh in August 2013 as a KEYS Service Corps member and was brought on full time in July 2014. Kaitlyn comes to RIF Pittsburgh with several years of experience working in youth and young adult programming in Central and Western Illinois. As an undergraduate, she interned with the American Red Cross and worked extensively on research, data collection, and patron services at her college library. She is an active community volunteer, most recently as a literacy tutor through the Carl Sandburg Literacy Coalition and as a judge with the Poetry Out Loud program. Kaitlyn discovered her passion for community-based education while completing her B.A. in Creative Writing at Knox College in Galesburg, IL.