Just Harvest Staff

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Ken Regal

Executive Director

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Ken Regal was named executive director in July 2012 after having served as one of our co-directors since Just Harvest’s founding in 1987. An activist and organizer in Pittsburgh for more than thirty years, he organized the campaign in the 1980’s which persuaded the Pittsburgh Public Schools to join the National School Breakfast Program. Ken has consulted for the US Department of Agriculture, served previously on the national grant making advisory committee of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, and has written and spoken on hunger and poverty issues for a wide range of audiences. He represents Just Harvest on the Board of the Pittsburgh United, and on the steering committee of the Pittsburgh Food Policy Council. Ken is active at the Beth Israel Center synagogue in Jefferson Hills. He is a native of Brooklyn and a graduate of Brandeis University, and lives in the Highland Park section of Pittsburgh with his wife.

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Emily Cleath

Communications Coordinator

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Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Emily Cleath joined Just Harvest in 2013, after fifteen years at various public policy and social justice nonprofits here and in New York City. Prior employment highlights include communications work for Public Agenda and the RAND Corporation, and organizing work for SEIU and ACLU-PA. Emily has a master’s degree from CMU’s Heinz School of Public Policy and lives in Lawrenceville with her husband and son.

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Amanda Fry

Food Stamp Specialist

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Amanda Fry joined Just Harvest as a food stamp team intern in the summer of 2016, after which she was hired as a food stamp specialist. Amanda is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. She spent 6 years in the United States Navy, then moved to Pittsburgh in 2014 with her husband and began working on her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services with a focus on gerontology at the University of Phoenix, online. In addition, Amanda works with the Fresh Access program, providing on-site coordination at some of the Fresh Access farmers markets throughout the area. She’s excited to have the opportunity to help the individuals and families in Allegheny County take action against hunger.

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Helen Gerhardt

Grassroots Organizer

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Helen Gerhardt first joined Just Harvest’s staff as a greeter at our South Side free tax assistance site for the 2014 tax season and then became one of our food stamp specialists before transitioning to her current position. Prior to this she worked as an organizer at Pittsburghers for Public Transit, Action United, and the American Friends Service Committee, and was communications coordinator for the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations. Helen’s lengthy community service includes a deployment to Iraq in 2000 with the Missouri Army National Guard. She received a BA in English and a BFA in studio arts from the University of Missouri, and a MFA in creative writing from the University of Pittsburgh. Her writing has been in a number of publications, including the National Endowment of the Arts collection Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan and the Home Front in the Words of U.S. Troops and Their Families. She lives in Highland Park.

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Averyl Hall

Fresh Access Coordinator

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Averyl Hall initially joined Jst Harvest as an AmeriCorps VISTA working on the Fresh Access Program, which she now oversees. She has a degree in Peace and Global Studies from Earlham College. While at Earlham she interned with the Tucson Community Food Bank where she fell in love with connecting people to local produce. She is excited to once again be working at the intersection of local agriculture and food access.

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Barbara Jakab

Tax Training Developer

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Barbara Jakab started at Just Harvest as a tax intern in 2011 after completing her degree in accounting at the University of Pittsburgh. She has held various accounting positions with companies in the Pittsburgh area and returned to Just Harvest as a site coordinator. She helped launch the new online tax training for the Money in Your Pocket Coalition and now is Just Harvest’s Tax Training Developer. She has been active in the non-profit sector as a former director of church school education and a contributor to public school literary programs.

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Ken Munz

Operations Coordinator

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Ken Munz has extensive experience working with homeless and housing organizations in the San Francisco area. He worked as a consultant and also directed a large clinical case management and housing program there. He arranged a partnership with the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency to purchase housing for non-profit ownership and orchestrated neighborhood approval of two housing program sites. Ken’s advocacy experience includes input into legislation at all levels. For six years he was vice president and administrator for the Society for the Preservation of the Duquesne Incline in Mt. Washington. He also worked in the private sector for years as the owner of an information technology company in Pittsburgh’s Southside.

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Kristen Rodack

Food Stamp Specialist

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Kristen Rodack joined Just Harvest in 2015 as the community organizing and engagement intern. After finishing her Master’s degree, Kristen started working as a food stamp specialist, assisting community members in the application process for food stamp benefits. In addition, Kristen works on the Fresh Access program, providing on-site coordination at some of the Fresh Access farmers markets in the city. Kristen completed her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2016 and currently resides in Butler with her family.

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Ann Sanders

Public Policy Advocate

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Having grown up receiving food stamps, Ann Sanders is very dedicated to ending hunger for all. She has been involved with Just Harvest since 2007, when she served as an intern from the School of Social Work. Since then, she served a term on our board of directors and has worked as a tax preparer, food stamp specialist, volunteer coordinator, and was named as our Public Policy Advocate in the summer of 2017. Ann completed her Masters in Social Work and Masters in International Development from the University of Pittsburgh in 2008 and currently resides with her family in Observatory Hill.

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Heather Seiders

Office Manager

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Heather Seiders manages Just Harvest’s daily office operations. From supervising office assistants to developing strategic plans for the internal organization of Just Harvest’s fundraising and development, Heather’s work spans all programs at Just Harvest. Heather graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in creative nonfiction writing, and writes and edits content for Just Harvest’s annual report and fundraising materials. She enjoys reading, painting and spending time outdoors with her family.

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Kristie Weiland Stagno

Tax Campaign Coordinator

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Kristie Weiland Stagno is from Butler, PA and completed her Masters in Social Work at the University of Michigan before coming to Just Harvest in 2003. She currently lives in Bloomfield with her family and coordinates our “Give Paychecks a Boost” campaign as well as helping with a variety of other projects at Just Harvest.

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Shontyia Utterback

Food Stamp Specialist

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Shontyia Utterback was a food stamp intern at Just Harvest for the 2015-16 academic year. She was a student at Carlow University’s School of Social Work, and graduated with a Bachelor’s of social work with a concentration in trauma in May 2016.

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Kristen Hochreiter, Americorps VISTA at Just Harvest

Kristen Hochreiter

Fresh Access/Fresh Corners Outreach

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Kristen Hochreiter is returning to Just Harvest as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps) member working on outreach and education related to the Fresh Access and Fresh Corners programs. She previously served as community organizing intern while completing her Bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh with certificates in global and African studies. Kristen is interested in serving immigrant and refugee communities in Pittsburgh, and in the past has worked with organizations such as Acculturation for Justice and Peace Outreach (AJAPO), and Pittsburgh Refugee Youth Summer Enrichment Academy. She plans to further connect these populations with the services and programs that Just Harvest provides.

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Dawn Marie Smith

Funding Source Development

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Dawn Marie Smith returned to Just Harvest to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps) member this summer after working with the food stamp team as an intern during the 2014-15 academic year. She is a Bachelor of Social Work student at the Carlow University College of Leadership and Social Change with interests in public policy, macro-level community organizing, and economic justice. She will be working on building Just Harvest’s fiscal capacity through fundraising events, grants, and partnerships during her VISTA term, including managing Just Harvest’s team for the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon.