Community In Schools of Pittsburgh-Allegheny County (CISPAC) strives to be the leader of the community school implementation throughout the Pittsburgh Region ensuring an equitable education experience for ALL students.

 

CISPAC ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

 

Bridget Clement, Executive Director

From my purview, educating our children is the most important job we have as a society and, it is, one of the most difficult.   For more than 30 years, Communities In Schools – Pittsburgh, Allegheny County (CISPAC) has been working closely with schools to help find solutions to the issues that can undermine student success.

We work to build bridges to parents, mobilize community resources and support student needs so they are ready to learn. We work closely with administrators and educators to help identify holistic solutions to some of education’s biggest challenges—attendance issues, positive approaches to discipline and reaching students who have been exposed to high levels of trauma—to name a few.

Our role is to work with you to identify the challenges you face, create strategic solutions and work together with you to move those solutions forward. We provide training, support and integration so that the work continues after we’ve gone.

As a mother of 3, I’ve dedicated my professional service to supporting all children in reaching their best potential and I consider it an honor. Please reach out to me if you want to join me in these efforts by volunteering, mentoring or giving or; if you are a school or parent leader and are looking for evidence-based solutions that work. My staff and I would love to help!

 

Denise Bullitt, Director of Development

I’ve always believed that working to make the world a better place is time well spent, and that, education and opportunity are the greatest gifts that can be given to a child. Helping CISPAC achieve its mission, lets me live what I believe. We are at work, every day, to make the world a better place by empowering learning for every student so that good and meaning opportunities awaits them… and, they will learn to treasure using their power for good.

 

Cathy Weihrauch, Office Manager & Bookkeeper

I am excited to be a part Communities in Schools of Pittsburgh and what the future holds for the students.   This opportunity allows me to work directly with staff that makes an impact on the lives of the students and the community they grow up in.   I am grateful for the experience to have an impact on what this organization believes in by giving students the opportunity to achieve in school and succeed in life.

 

 

CISPAC PROGRAM STAFF

 

Julianna Sehy, Mentoring Coordinator

Working with the Be a Middle School Mentor program has been a truly rewarding experience. The bonds that our matches create produce amazing benefits to both mentees and mentors. Most importantly the program brings together people of different ages, races, religions, economic backgrounds, etc. that might not otherwise interact with one another. Out of these interactions a sense of understanding and community is formed. Being a part of that community has been a great learning experience.

 

James Cowart, Site Coordinator

The opportunities to support teachers, providers, families and especially students present themselves daily. I have loved the opportunity I have had to figure out ways to communicate with non-English speaking families, helping students understand the importance of behaving themselves, and helping get our students excited about coming to school every day. I am hoping that by embracing today’s opportunities, we will build tomorrow’s leaders.

 

Brian McCarthy, Site Coordinator

After nearly a decade of working for CISPAC with students, now ranging pre-K to 21 years old, the mission of the organization seems more necessary and relevant today than ever. In that time it’s become clear that, no only to the students and parents need an advocate, but education itself and the system as a whole –are also in need of advocacy. Teachers and administrators need additional resources, parents and caregivers need additional

services, and students at every level need additional support. Urban and rural districts alike face similar issues and are often met with similar excuses, but what’s lacking at the highest levels is the will to find true, lasting, and impactful solutions, and that’s where we come in. At CIS, we know that we don’t have the option to complain, blame, or pass the buck, because we know that too much is at stake.

 

Shallegra Moye, Site Coordinator

As a newer member of the CISPAC family, I am most excited about helping high school students connect to meaningful college, trade and career opportunities. I am looking forward to seeing graduating seniors have defined goals, action plans and confidence about their post-secondary plans!

 

Georgette Ayres, Site Coordinator

I am in my 6th year as a part time Site Coordinator in a kindergarten to 8th grade school and love it. I believe change happens in relationships.  Thus, my greatest joy is working directly with students and their families through such activities as home visits, one on one meetings, lunch bunches, run club, and classroom lessons.  I also support families in connecting with school or community resources.  Through these activities students and families receive the support needed to address barriers to academic and life success.  I feel honored that students and families trust me and invite me to walk with them as they address whatever concerns face them.