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TIM SMITH – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Tim is the Executive Director of Center of Life and pastor of the Keystone Church of Hazelwood. He has been working with children and youth for over 25 years. Tim was born and raised in Pittsburgh and educated in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. He is a graduate of Westinghouse High School and holds degrees from Triangle Tech, The University of Pittsburgh, the Leadership Training Institute, the American Institute of Banking as well as a diploma from the Reformed Theological Seminary. Tim has dedicated his life to empowering families and youth everywhere.

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SAM MCMUTRIE – DIRECTOR OF FINANCE & DEVELOPMENT

Sam joined COL in 2009 following 25 years with the Pittsburgh-based electric utility Duquesne Light Company. Sam brings his experience from finance, accounting, auditing and senior management to COL. Sam is responsible for all finance-related areas from payroll and budgeting to forecasting and reporting. He also works directly with Tim Smith in research and development of funding opportunities for Center of Life programs.

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ALEXA COUGHENOUR – OUTCOMES AND EVALUATIONS COORDINATOR

Alexa first joined Center of Life in 2013 as an AmeriCorps VISTA prior to accepting her current position. A graduate of Chatham University, Alexa majored in International Relations with a minor in French and a certification in European Studies. After gaining invaluable knowledge while studying abroad during her undergraduate career, Alexa knew she had to make an impact in her hometown. Working at Center of Life has enabled Alexa to turn her dream of helping strengthen Pittsburgh communities into a reality.

NEIL MARTIN – BUSINESS AND COMPLIANCE MANAGER

Neil Martin is the Business and Compliance Manager at Center of Life. As a former KRUNK student and summer camp instructor, Neil has been a member of the organization since the early 2000’s. With a passion for people, his focus is to improve the lives of those in the community as well as those on staff. A graduate of Pittsburgh Public Schools, The Linsly School and The University of Michigan, he aims take utilize his passion to elevate the socio-economic trajectory of as many families as possible.

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DOUGLAS HECKMAN – MULTIMEDIA & TECHNOLOGY DIRECTOR

Douglas is the Multi-Media and Technology Director at Center of Life. Since the age five when his mother signed him up for piano lessons and his father “volunteered” him to run sound for their local church, he has spent his entire life working with music and the technology surrounding music. After getting his Bachelor of Arts in Film and Video Production from The Pennsylvania State University, his love for exploring the intersection of art and technology has taken him across the country and around the world as a musician and filmmaker. That love, along with a passion for using his gifts to try and make a difference in the world, has brought Douglas here to Hazelwood and Center of Life.

PROGRAM COORDINATORS

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JOY CANNON – FUSION PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Joy Cannon began her career at Center of Life as a Fusion tutor in 2013; she also worked as a camp counselor in the summer Voices program. Joy was promoted to Assistant Program Coordinator a year later and became the Program Coordinator in 2015. She has always enjoyed working with children and has held previous positions as a camp counselor elsewhere and a youth cheerleading coach. Joy is a senior at Duquesne University majoring in Sociology with a concentration in Social Justice and Policy; she will graduate in May 2016.

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MAURICE COLE – CROSSOVER PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Maurice is the program coordinator for Center of Life’s Crossover recreational program.  He brings to this job life-long experiences from growing up within the Hazelwood community.  Maurice is dedicated to giving all kids the chances he experienced while growing up in the Hazelwood community.

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LUCAS MICKENS – THE KRUNK MOVEMENT PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Lucas Mickens is the Coordinator of The Krunk Movement.  He began his music career in a “dormitory-closet-turned-professional-studio” with his friends at Albright College, where he won a championship playing Men’s Basketball.  He graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Political Science and Philosophy. With aspirations to become a lawyer, not only is Lucas a true student of Hip Hop with a keen sense of detail, but he is a true artist who produces his own music as well.  His plan is to pass down The Wisdom to youth while simultaneously teaching them how to build a brand that generates revenue.  Know Thy Self.

E. RON HORTON – COL JAZZ PROGRAM COORDINATOR

E. Ron Horton began playing trumpet as a teenager in Wilmington, DE under the direction of Tony Smith and Jim Satcher. He earned his B.M. from the University of North Texas and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Horton was a member of the United States Air Force Band of the West in San Antonio, Texas from 1998 through 2002.  While in the military he performed all aspects of trumpet, from lead with the jazz band to principle with brass quintets.  He also spent six years on the faculty of Arkansas State University as the Director of Jazz Studies before returning to Pittsburgh.  Horton has performed with the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, the Roger Humphries band, as a member of the New Orleans Jazz Ramblers and as a freelance artist throughout the country.