Jackie Foor became our Executive Director in May 2022, succeeding Mary Kay Babyak, who retired after six years in the top leadership role and 15 with the Consortium.
As Chief Organization Officer before her current appointment, Jackie collaborated with Mary Kay throughout her predecessor’s tenure, helping map the Consortium’s strategy as well as managing operations including programming, partnerships, and fundraising.
Jackie’s background has helped inform all aspects of the Consortium’s emphasis on future readiness. With degrees in Education and in Leadership & Nonprofit Management, she has held positions focused on workforce development both in schools and nonprofits. She brings leadership experience as well as expertise in program development, capacity-building, advocacy, and fundraising.
One of Jackie’s earliest posts was formative. Working at the time with adults who’d lost jobs amid the region’s industrial decline, she set her sights on eventually finding ways to help kids build the skills they need so that they’d be able to adapt throughout their lives to economic and job market changes.
Prior to joining the Consortium in 2013, Jackie had worked for the Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Pittsburgh and the Mt. Lebanon Education Foundation. She also had worked previously with the Consortium’s predecessor organization, the Mon Valley Education Consortium (MVEC), writing grants and coordinating a statewide advocacy project around No Child Left Behind. Additionally, she has experience in adult education, both through the Allegheny Intermediate Unit and Altoona Area School District.
When she’s not at work, Jackie might be found reading, taking walks, biking, or volunteering as a member of the Penn State Alumni Council. But her favorite pastime is food – cooking and exploring festivals, restaurants, and breweries all around the Pittsburgh region.
Aaron Altemus has worked in education for more than a decade, including as a teacher in the Wilkinsburg School District, and now across several Consortium programs. His experience has committed him to helping build a more equitable and sustainable learning community in the region that is grounded in empathy and collective problem-solving. Aaron enjoys collaborating with educators to create authentic learning experiences for students using Project-Based Learning (PBL) and Human-Centered Design (HCD). He studied PBL at the Buck Institute and earned certification as an HCD trainer through the LUMA Institute. In his spare time, Aaron can be found digging for old vinyl records, hiking across Pittsburgh’s many neighborhoods, or enjoying a cup of coffee and a good-hearted debate on his front porch in Dormont.
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Gina Barrett brings an organizational background gained through previous work as a film production assistant and office manager to her responsibilities at the Consortium. Her work spans multiple programs, including the Be a Middle School Mentor program that we offer in partnership with United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, our Future Ready Partnerships initiative, and our Future Ready Leaders pilot. A colleague who connects easily with others, Gina has a talent for reaching into the community to continually expand the network of individuals, businesses, and organizations that can bring opportunities and experiences to youth in our partnering districts. When she’s off duty, she’s having fun with her family that’s often centered on food or travel. She’s a terrific cook, an avid reader, and is first on board for almost any ocean cruise.
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Sarah Brooks came to the Consortium with a background both in teaching and workforce development. Working across several programs, she applies perspectives from each to develop trainings in Project-Based Learning (PBL) and Human-Centered Design (HCD). She studied PBL at the Buck Institute and earned certification as an HCD trainer from the LUMA Institute. When she’s not at work, Sarah enjoys adventures with her family and friends, whether on hiking trails, the water, or athletic fields.
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Director of Finance & Human Resources
Leslie Collette is our Director of Finance & Human Resources. A longtime veteran of the Consortium, she joined us fresh out of college and has been keeping us on budget ever since. Leslie has seen her responsibilities grow with the Consortium and has grown along with them. They now include all the headaches that come with keeping tabs on payroll, benefits, and employment policies for our staff. As you might expect, she’s a whiz with numbers. But she also likes leaving higher math at the office to kick back at home with her family or in the dog park with her Husky-Lab mix, Oakley.
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Vicki Corwin has been with the Consortium almost since its founding. As our Office Manager, she is our “front line.” Hers is the first voice most people hear when they call and the last pair of eyes on most of the written communications that come from us. She not only brings the institutional memory and insights that only someone with her tenure can offer, she also brings the meticulous attention to detail of someone who has worked as an administrative professional throughout her career. She’s a world-class proofreader, and NO she’s NOT looking for a new job! When she’s not busy catching our mistakes, fixing them, and keeping us organized, she’s having fun with her family and playing with her big, beautiful Yellow Lab, Shelby.
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Pamela Gaynor is the Consortium’s Communications Director. She brings a background from both the media and nonprofit worlds to her work planning, executing, and engaging staff in efforts to raise public awareness of our mission and programs. She joined the Consortium in 2008 out of a longstanding interest in public education and the critical role it plays in equal opportunity. Just prior to joining the Consortium, Pam was Manager of Media Relations & Publications for the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, a post that transitioned her into nonprofit communications from a 20+ year career as a business journalist. Outside the office, you’ll most likely find her walking her Wheaten Terrier; working in her garden; trying a new recipe; reading or teaching herself something new on YouTube.
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Frank Kamara became a Program Associate with the Consortium in 2019 after serving as an apprentice through Public Allies’ leadership preparation program. He brings experience as a youth mentor, program facilitator, and community organizer. Driven by a desire to empower community, Frank helps organize the Be a Middle School Mentor program that we offer in partnership with United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania. He also works with Ed Leaders Pittsburgh and serves as our liaison to the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). When he’s not at work, Frank enjoys volunteering to encourage black community achievement and networking to introduce new resources to the communities where he lives, works, and plays. And as far as play goes, he’s always up for a soccer game.
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Christy Kuehn, PhD
Christy Kuehn joined the Consortium in September 2018. Experienced in both academic settings and the nonprofit sector, she brings more than 10 years of experience as a high school English teacher as well as seven years working at the college level as an instructor and academic advisor. She was part of the team launching our Future Readiness Lab, a pilot undertaken in collaboration with The Heinz Endowments. Additionally, she supports our professional development programming. When she’s not at work, Christy loves Broadway plays and is a regular at the theater whenever they make their Pittsburgh debuts.
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Debbie Pixton brings expertise in professional development for educators and organizing a region-wide collaboration around college and career readiness to her work at the Consortium. In her efforts to make connections across sectors and silos, Debbie actively engages in multiple Consortium teams including Future Ready Alliance, Collaborative for Student Success, Future Ready Partnerships, Human-Centered Design trainings, Communications, and Development. Outside the Consortium, she enjoys spending time with her family, supporting the arts, and connecting with friends – usually on walks.
Jennifer Sethman brings experience as a classroom teacher to her work with both educators and students. Among other responsibilities, she helped organize our Educator in the Workforce program and the Future Readiness Lab, a pilot project undertaken in collaboration with The Heinz Endowments. When she’s not at work, Jenn spends time with her family.
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