Mary Phan-Gruber, Chief Executive Officer
Mary Phan-Gruber, MSW, began her role as the first Executive Director of the Jefferson Regional Foundation, targeting communities south of Pittsburgh, PA, in November 2013. Prior to this role, Mary served four years as a Deputy Administrator at the Area Agency on Aging, part of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, overseeing quality, monitoring, training & information systems. Mary was the first Executive Director of another health grantmaking foundation, the Birmingham Foundation in South Pittsburgh, where she served for ten years. Mary’s career has been embedded in the nonprofit community—she has worked as a nonprofit consultant, a mental health therapist, in vocational rehabilitation, as a community organizer, and spent over a decade in victim services—as a Program Manager and then Associate Director at the Center for Victims. Mary is a summa cum laude graduate of Muskingum College in Ohio, and she received her Master of Social Work in Policy, Planning & Administration at Western Michigan University. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh, served as a peer reviewer for the U.S. Department of Justice, and presented at national conferences. Mary has served as a board member for a number of organizations. Currently she is the President of PCAR (PA Coalition Against Rape), and serves on the Executive Council for the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Social Work and the Social Work Advisory Board for Community College of Allegheny County.
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Kelleigh Boland, Program Officer
Kelleigh Boland has served as the Program Officer at Jefferson Regional Foundation since November 2014. She previously served as Director of Workforce Programs at the 3 Rivers Workforce Investment Board (3RWIB). Kelleigh began her ten-year tenure at the WIB as a Program Monitor and became the Research and Planning Coordinator before her last role as managing several million dollars in grant funds and interacting with government, private industry, and large numbers of workforce and human services agencies. Kelleigh also worked as a research associate at the New Generations Program of the Coro Center for Civic Leadership.
Kelleigh has both a Master of Public Administration (major in Policy and Research Analysis) and a Master of Social Work (major in Community Organization/Social Administration) from the University of Pittsburgh. She graduated magna cum laude from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology. She is a 2010 graduate of the Leadership Development Program of Leadership Pittsburgh and is a member of the Mon Valley Initiative’s Workforce Development Advisory Committee. She was a board member of the Oakland Planning and Development Corp. for several years, and has worked on other boards and several countywide advisory committees. She is a native of Wilmerding, PA.
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Colleen Cadman, Program Associate
Prior to her role with Jefferson Regional Foundation, Colleen was a consultant at the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County where she was hired to help with communications and manage a youth philanthropy summer program, which she helped design during her graduate program. Colleen was the Event and Development Coordinator at Habitat for Humanity for nearly four years where she managed events, handled communications and implemented grant projects. She was a graduate marketing intern at the Carnegie Science Center, and has worked for Phipps Conservatory and FedEx Ground. Colleen holds a BA in International Business and Management at Dickinson College and a Master’s Degree in Public Management from the CMU Heinz College of Public Policy. She is a native Pittsburgher and community volunteer, serving on the boards of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Pittsburgh and PUMPed to Run.
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Amy Wissemen, Civic Engagement Fellow
Amy Wissemen’s role at the foundation focuses on on civic engagement and community education and outreach for the 2020 Census. Amy’s fellowship is through a partnership with PULSE. A native of Oakton, Virginia, Amy completed her undergraduate degree at The College of Wooster with a major in Global and International Studies. During her time in school, she was a supervisor in the Phonathon Center. In this role she oversaw the operation and personnel of a call center and developed relationships with parents and university alumni. She was also involved with her university’s Student Government Association as a Senator-At-Large and was very politically engaged in her community. In her free time, Amy enjoys playing quidditch, reading, writing (bad) poetry, and painting.