(412) 431-8960, ext. 112
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 Masters degree from CMU’s Heinz School of Public Policy and lives in Lawrenceville with her husband and son.
Food Stamp Specialist
(412) 431-8960, ext. 118
Helen Gerhardt first joined Just Harvest’s staff as a greeter at our South Side free tax assistance site for the 2014 tax season. 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.
Public Policy Advocate
(412) 431-8960, ext. 116
Rochelle Jackson first came to Just Harvest as a welfare client and then became the advocate and organizer for our Welfare Justice Project, a position she held for more than 11 years. She now oversees all of our public policy work. Rochelle serves on the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare Income Maintenance Advisory Committee and is a Steering Committee member of the statewide Coalition for Low-Income Pennsylvanians. She also serves as chairperson of the Allegheny County Family Support Policy Board and is on the Board of Directors for Neighborhood Legal Services Association. Rochelle is a single mother of four children and lives in White Oak. She has an Associates Degree from Community College of Allegheny County and a Bachelors Degree in political science with a minor in sociology and psychology from Carlow University. Rochelle is currently working on a MBA at Carlow University.
(412) 431-8960, ext. 117
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.
(412) 431-8960, ext. 114
Maria Muzzie is thrilled to have rejoined Just Harvest as its community organizer after having served in the same role via AmeriCorps in 2010. In the meantime and prior, she did organizing work for some of the city’s top progressive forces: One Pittsburgh, SEIU, AFL-CIO, and Clean Water Action. She also works with CeaseFirePA. As a single young mother with an infant son, Maria received food stamps while obtaining a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. She now lives in Crafton Heights.
Food Stamp Specialist
(412) 431-8960, ext. 104
Carla Payne-Harrison returned to Just Harvest in late 2013, having first started with our Women’s Leadership and Organizing Project, where she served as the president. A mother of four daughters and raising her nephew, she went on to assist low-income residents with housing issues and linking them with social services. She has over 20 years of community experience and has worked in many areas of the social service field. Having receive TANF and food stamps, she understands the issues that many face trying to navigate the welfare system. She lives in the West Mifflin area with her husband and children.
(412) 431-8960, ext. 115
Ken Regal was named executive director in July 2012 after having served as one of our codirectors 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 grantmaking 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 Pennsylvania Hunger Action Center, and on the steering committee of the Southwest PA Food Security Partnership. 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.
(412) 431-8960, ext. 109
Ann Sanders moved into the newly created position of volunteer coordinator in late 2011. Having grown up receiving food stamps, Ann 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 worked as a tax preparer in 2008 and 2009, served on the board from May 2009 until April 2010, and then was hired as a food stamp specialist. 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.
Fresh Access Coordinator
(412) 431-8960, ext. 102
Emily Schmidlapp wears many hats at Just Harvest, but is primarily focused on equipping city farmers markets to accept food stamps. She has been at Just Harvest since 2012, as a volunteer and a site coordinator for the tax program before transitioning into her current role. Emily graduated from New York University and before coming to Just Harvest took classes in the Food Studies program at Chatham University. A native North-Sider, she now lives in Bloomfield.
(412) 431-8960, ext. 101
Heather Seiders manages Just Harvest’s daily office operations. From supervising our team of welfare-to-work employees and office assistants to developing strategic plans for internal organization of Just Harvest’s multi-faceted lists and e-mail communications, Heather’s work spans over 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 newsletters, annual report, website, blog and fundraising materials. She enjoys reading, painting and spending time outdoors with her family.
Tax Campaign Coordinator
(412) 431-8960, ext. 113
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.
Food Stamp Specialist
(412) 431-8960, ext. 103
James Tedrow rejoined Just Harvest in April 2014 after having served as an intern from the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work during 2011-12. This experience has made it an easy transition into his current role as a food stamp specialist. In addition to a BA in social work, James also has degrees in political science and history. Originally from Greensburg, James now resides in Wilkinsburg.