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

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

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Todd Derby

Director of Programs
Pittsburgh Affiliate

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.”

Antonio Ruffin

Volunteer and Scholar Coordinator, West End
Pittsburgh Affiliate

Taylor Wilkerson

Operations and Outreach Coordinator
Pittsburgh Affiliate

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.”

Courtney Wilkins

Center Director, Homewood
Pittsburgh Affiliate

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.”

Nubia Williams

Coordinator of Recruitment and Family Engagement
Pittsburgh Affiliate

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.”

Amy Wincek

Program Assistant
Pittsburgh Affiliate

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.”