CUE is made possible by so many people who have pitched in to offer advice, knowledge, and resources to make the program a success


MENTORS

Josh Lucas, The Hardware Store

Josh Lucas, The Hardware Store

Kimberly Norris, BrandiD

Kimberly Norris, BrandiD

Jason Lane McKoy, McKoy Creative

Jason Lane McKoy, McKoy Creative

Reginold Royston

Reginold Royston

Shimira Williams, Productivity LLC

Shimira Williams, Productivity LLC

Ryan Mitchell, Consult MitCHELL

Ryan Mitchell, Consult MitCHELL

Rachel Gogos, BrandiD

Rachel Gogos, BrandiD

Christopher Field, Fort Pitt Web Shop

Christopher Field, Fort Pitt Web Shop

Kash Dhanda, Ezra Digital

Kash Dhanda, Ezra Digital

 
Maureen Lynch

Maureen Lynch

Michael Rethage

Michael Rethage

 

Advisors

Mike Capsambelis, Google Pittsburgh

Mike Capsambelis, Google Pittsburgh

Danielle Davis, Davis Consulting Solutions

Danielle Davis, Davis Consulting Solutions

Rebecca Harris, The Center for Women's Entrepreneurship

Rebecca HarrisThe Center for Women's Entrepreneurship

William Generett, Urban Innovation21

William GenerettUrban Innovation21

  • Rufus IdrisCEED
  • Emily KeeblerKiva Zip
  • Debra LamCity of Pittsburgh
  • James Myers, Jr., Urban Innovation21
  • Aaron Aldrich, Bridgeway Capital
  • Fred Brown, The Kingsley Center
  • Rhonda-Carson Leach, University of Pittsburgh
  • Toby Greenwalt, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Team Members

Siena Kane, Program Co-ordinator

Siena Kane, Program Co-ordinator

Wesley Roberts, Carnegie Library - East Liberty

Wesley Roberts, Carnegie Library - East Liberty

 

Josh Lucas is the founder of The Hardware Store, a business incubator and freelance collective located in the Allentown neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Josh has been involved in several web application startups and has broad experience in entrepreneurship, web development, brand, and marketing. Current he manages a freelance collective of around 40 digital professionals that solve problems for some of the region's best-know brands. 

workhardpgh.com


Kimberly Norris is the technical manager at brandiD. She is a senior web developer with a passion for writing great code and a desire for filling the web with functional and beautiful pages. With more than eight years of experience designing and coding websites, she has grown with the industry from those first hand-coded tables to powerful, dynamic, HTML5 sites. She specializes in WordPress themes and leveraging new technologies.

thebrandid.com


Morgan Ream is a Graphic Design Student at Chatham University. Experienced photographer and novice coder. Began studying graphic design and photography in high school while attending Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School in Midland, PA. Held position as print specialist for pulp., a literary and art journal. Worked as a publicist for Chatham University designing informative media for campus and local events. Hoping to continue into graduate school after graduation.

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Robert William Gorham has been programming since 12, and has his father to thank for his first DOS system (if anyone remembers those). Programming is not only a skill but a part of the core of his being. To him, finding solutions through a keyboard and artful design of program architecture is second nature. Whether putting algorithms to work to solve real world situations or using CSS to style a document, he will find a way.

twelve5designs.com


Jason Lane McKoy is a branding & identity creative consultant, graphic designer, marketing content curator & web designer/developer for McKoy Creative. McKoy Creative is a creativity consulting collective that engages in project development and marketing efforts across multiple platforms and industries. We are a group of design nerds, tech geeks, and gamers for hire.

therealmckoy.com


Reginold Royston, Ph.D., is a digital strategy consultant helping firms and communities collaborate on urban development projects. A graduate of Howard University's applied anthropology program, and New Media Studies at UC Berkeley, Prof. Royston brings research-driven insight into long- and short term development work. He has been active in technology and creative communities in San Francisco, Minneapolis, Accra (Ghana), and Chicago, IL. He has done urban development projects in Washington, D.C., and Oakland, CA. He is currently working with the StandTall program at WorkHard PGH to help entrepreneurs go digital.

raroyston.com


Ryan Mitchell is a Pittsburgh native freelance Branding, IT, and Front-End Web Design Consultant. His mission is to build capacity through Innovative Technology, Cloud Based Productivity, Practical Design & End User Support. He specializes in Apple/Android devices, Mac OS/Chrome OS, Google Apps, Squarespace, Salesforce and a handful of other quality sustainable products and solutions

consultmitchell.com


Shimira Williams is an early adopter, educator and economic stimulator of technology education and tenacious STEM advocate. Williams is a Pittsburgh native and entrepreneur, who aspires to be a catalyst in eliminating the digital divide, especially in urban communities. She lives, works and plays all things STEM! Williams is the owner of Productivity, LLC, which offers organizations technical consultation to adapt and enhance technical processes in their operations. In addition, individuals can register for professional development seminars offered throughout the year. She also operates TekStart, a STEM-based out-of-school experience (including a summer program) whose mission is to kick start technology education.

Before branching out, Williams was employed as a Database Analyst in the financial sector and Chief Financial Officer for a local development firm. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Pennsylvania State University - Behrend in Business Economics. When not working, Williams enjoys photography, watching sports and traveling. 

productivityllc.com



Rachel Gogos is a serial-entrepreneur and brand strategist with a passion for helping people discover, develop, and market their authentic souls online.  From her career start at United Nations headquarters in New York city – where she helped create the look and feel for the organization’s first website – to her current role, Rachel channels over 20 years of marketing and communications experience into each and every one of brandiD’s clients.

As the founder of brandiDiDentityShoppe and MyPath101, Rachel is a true Internet pioneer who was creating business on the web before Google was established as a commercial entity in 1998 and long before the phrase “personal branding” became an industry buzzword.

She’s held positions at The Wall Street Journal, DowJones.com as well as launched three companies (besides brandiD) of her own. Her entrepreneurial spirit started young; the product of Greek immigrants and Buffalo-based entrepreneurs, Rachel literally grew up in the restaurant business. As a budding entrepreneur, she developed a strategy and brand identity to turn a dilapidated eatery into a hip family restaurant, which remains a popular destination to this day.

True to her roots, she loves to work with entrepreneurs and co-founded Internet incubator SiliconFish.com in the late 90’s while living in Manhattan. The company was a leader in helping to establish and brand offline businesses on the web.

While brandiD has enjoyed steady growth since it’s inception, Rachel credits much of that growth to her amazing team and a handful of collaborations with inspiring entrepreneurs and startups including Jonathan Fields and GoodLifeProject.com where she was a workshop leader at the inaugural Camp GLP; CopyBlogger.com’s Genesis themes as a preferred partner and Chatham University’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship as their preferred web design and development agency.

thebrandid.com


Chris Field, MHEd, MLIS is owner and founder of the Fort Pitt Web Shop. He has background in non-profits and education with over eighteen years of web development and consulting experience.

The Fort Pitt Web Shop is a web communications consulting company that builds and services websites while assisting businesses in shaping their long-term online presence & strategy.

Prior to founding the Fort Pitt Web Shop in Pittsburgh, Chris worked for the RAND Corporation as a Web Producer for the RAND Health division, and as a faculty librarian for the University of North Carolina Wilmington. 

In addition to serving a variety of clients through Fort Pitt Web Shop, Chris manages several emerging and ongoing projects, including providing technology training to recently-released, long-term incarcerated men; providing entrepreneurial training and experience to Pittsburgh-area college students; providing training to interns from regional colleges; managing a Pittsburgh-based MeetUp group whose goal is to share web development learning and best practices; and is the neighborhood coordinator for establishing a distributed, hyper-local owned and operated internet connected wi-fi network for the business district of Morningside in Pittsburgh.

fortpittwebshop.com


Kash Dhanda is the founder and president of Ezra Digital, a web consultancy helping small businesses attract, impress, and convert more customers online. To attract customers, we manage digital marketing campaigns on platforms like Google and Facebook and help clients develop content marketing strategies. Our responsive websites are built to impress and convert customers using results-driven design. 

Before Ezra, I ran a concert promotion company and electronic music blog called Upside Sounds, throwing shows in St. Louis, MO and New York City.I spend my non-work hours listening to hip-hop and experimenting with virtual reality tech like the Oculus Rift.  

ezradigital.com


Maureen Lynch is a Project/Product Manager with a strong technical background.  She has over 15 years of experience in the software industry including application, web, mobile and app work.  Her technical skills include Java, PHP, JS, CSS, Wordpress, SQL, e-Commerce, Analytics, and SEO among others.


Mike Rethage is the Vice President of Customer Success for Touchtown Inc., a $4 Million a year software company that specializes in engagement products for the senior living industry.  Michael has a strong entrepreneurial background with diverse flavor in areas of project management, sales, marketing and IT implementation.  His experiences have led him to start and sell two businesses before the age of 27.  The first, a mobile disc jockey company and the second, a web-based large format printing company which Mike created an e-commerce website solution for.  Mike's creative capabilities have led him to wear many different hats from leading software releases for a major national healthcare provider to creating a custom web marketing training for small businesses which he delivered numerous times for crowds of 100+.

Recently, Michael's non-profit work was recognized when he received the Volunteer of the Year in Monroeville from InMonroeville magazine and Presidential Service Award from President Obama.  In November 2013, Michael appeared in Pittsburgh Magazine as he was selected as one of Pittsburgh's 40 Under 40 in 2013.


Danielle Davis, owner of Davis Consulting Solutions (DCS), also known as MsDavisofPgh, offers a business day interpretation of the Chinese proverb: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” DCS uses a multi-faceted approach to training and development for individuals, business professionals, not-for-profit companies, and faith-based organizations. Davis brings over 15 years of administration experience coupled with more than 10 years of business and human service industry knowledge to her role as consultant, educator, trainer and entrepreneur.  

DCS provides the information and resources clients need to develop best practice processes. By identifying effective ways to manage financial, social and environmental risks, obligations, and economic changes, individuals and businesses can achieve sustainability. Customized organizational planning services increase each client’s ability to meet objectives and identify sound strategies that will drive long-term growth and profitability.

Davis’ education includes a Master’s in Organizational Leadership and a Bachelor’s degree in Community Ministry, both from Geneva College. Skilled in the areas of program creation, project implementation, and relationship building, Davis is committed to strengthening the community and building economic development opportunities.

davisconsultsolutions.com


Siena Kane is a proponent of community building in Pittsburgh and is excited to bring her passion for neighborhoods, small businesses, people and urban entrepreneurship to the CUE pilot. Siena is currently the Allentown Business District Manager for Hilltop Alliance and has worked on development projects in several Pittsburgh communities. Siena is an active volunteer in Morningside, where she lives, and in her free time enjoys exploring Pittsburgh by bicycle. Siena holds an MSW from the University of Pittsburgh.