Higher Achievement has assembled a team of passionate social justice advocates to lead our scholars in becoming life-long learners.

From our National Board of Directors to affiliate Board of Advisors and dedicated staff, the vision we’re working toward wouldn’t be possible without the whole Higher Achievement community.

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Sophie Mackey

Board of Advisors
Pittsburgh Affiliate

Taylor Wilkerson

Operations and Outreach Coordinator
Pittsburgh Affiliate
twilkerson@higherachievement.org

Taylor leads office operations at the Higher Achievement Pittsburgh affiliate. She is responsible for accounts payable, HR, supply ordering and inventory, and vendor outreach, along with a handful of other duties.

“I work at Higher Achievement because every child should be afforded the opportunity to benefit from quality activities that prepare them for high school and college.”

Antonio Ruffin

Volunteer and Scholar Coordinator, West End
Pittsburgh Affiliate
aruffin@higherachievement.org

Jesse McLean

Board of Advisors
Pittsburgh Affiliate
Pressley Ridge

Robert McCutcheon

Board of Advisors
Pittsburgh Affiliate
PwC

Alex D. Matthews

Board of Advisors
Pittsburgh Affiliate
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

Chris Leech

National Board of Directors
Board Chair
Board of Advisors
Pittsburgh Affiliate
McKinsey & Company

Kris Knieriem

Board of Advisors
Pittsburgh Affiliate
Blender, Inc.

Devin Hainley

Volunteer and Scholar Coordinator, West End
Pittsburgh Affiliate
dhainley@higherachievement.org

Devin manages Higher Achievement Pittsburgh’s mentors and supports their weekly lesson planning. He also provides guidance for teachers regarding best practices, positive redirection, and curriculum implementation.

“I work at Higher Achievement because I believe that no scholar should experience summer learning loss or be denied a quality education due to location or a lack of resources.”

Richard Heppner, Jr.

Board of Advisors
Pittsburgh Affiliate
Duquesne University

Candice Foster

Board of Advisors
Pittsburgh Affiliate
US Steel Corporation

James Fogarty

Board of Advisors
Pittsburgh Affiliate
A+ Schools

James Doyle

Executive Director
Pittsburgh Affiliate
jdoyle@higherachievement.org

Todd Derby

Director of Programs
Pittsburgh Affiliate
tderby@higherachievement.org

As Director of Programs for Higher Achievement Pittsburgh, Todd collaborates with our center teams, volunteer mentors, and community partners to provide quality academic programming for bright and talented middle school scholars.

“I work at Higher Achievement because ever since I was a middle school student, I’ve been deeply committed to service, education, and being a helper. Higher Achievement allows me to serve in a town that I love with bright young people whom I deeply admire.”

Amy Wincek

Program Assistant
Pittsburgh Affiliate
info@higherachievement.org

Amy provides support for both Program and Office Staff. Through graphic design, support in the office and at Center, and preparation for annual events, Amy works to make sure that all scholars are supported and Higher Achievement’s reach within the community expands.

“I work at Higher Achievement because I believe talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not. Everyone should have opportunities to learn, grow, and thrive, and those opportunities should not be limited based on one’s zipcode.”

Nubia Williams

Coordinator of Recruitment and Family Engagement
Pittsburgh Affiliate
nwilliams@higherachievement.org

Nubia recruits prospective scholars and mentors for the Pittsburgh affiliate. She provides targeted outreach, presentations, follow-up calls, and assists scholar and families with the enrollment process.

“I work at Higher Achievement because I believe in the incredible work that we do. I truly believe there are not enough opportunities for minority scholars and I want to help close the achievement gap.”

Courtney Wilkins

Center Director, Homewood
Pittsburgh Affiliate
cwilkins@higherachievement.org

Courtney supervises a team of full and part-time staff. She manages the relationships and operations necessary to run an Achievement Center that provides year-round academic programming for middle school students.

“I work at Higher Achievement because I believe in Higher Achievement’s mission. I enjoy having many opportunities in my role as Center Director to help scholars see their potential and achieve their academic and personal goals.”

Ari Chester

Board of Advisors, Board Chair
Pittsburgh Affiliate
McKinsey & Company

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