- Board Members -
The Three Rivers Community Foundation is committed to maintaining the most inclusive governing board in the Southwestern Pennsylvania region. Our work is governed, guided, and supported by a talented and diverse volunteer board of directors. The board is organized around six standing committees, with at least one board member serving on, or co-chairing each committee. The members of TRCF’s Board of Directors are listed below.
2014-15 Board Members
Alice Del Vecchio, Treasurer
Lee Marcuzzi, President
Sarah Ferry Nicholas
Laura Saulle, Secretary
Kurt is a native of Greensburg, PA, and a Physics graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. He comes to TRCF with a long history of involvement in the progressive, pro-feminist men’s movement. Locally, this was as a leader in the Pittsburgh Men’s Collective, and as a board member of the Second Step Program; a counseling program for men who batter. Kurt also served on the Council of the National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS), and was its Treasurer for several years. He was very active in the collaboration of the Men’s Collective and NOMAS to host two national Men and Masculinity Conferences; Pittsburgh in 1989 and Johnstown 1995. Kurt has returned to Pittsburgh after a 10-year hiatus in Ashtabula Ohio, where he was a crisis hotline volunteer. Professionally, Kurt works to shepherd and properly dispose of hazardous and nuclear waste. He lives in Swisshelm Park with his husband Marvin.
Linda Dickerson is Principal of 501(c)(3)2, a consulting firm for nonprofit organizations. In previous jobs, she has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Pittsburgh Aviary, Principal of Dickerson & Mangus, Inc., an issues management and communications strategy consulting firm specializing in crisis communications and community affairs, and President of Riverview Publications. She is the Mayoral Appointee to the City of Pittsburgh/Allegheny County Joint Task Force on Disabilities, and serves as the Director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Board of Trustees. Amongst the many Boards that she sits on are the Homeless Children Education Fund, Greater Pittsburgh Convention and Visitors Bureau, Zoological Society of Pittsburgh, and The Pittsburgh Foundation.
Lee Marcuzzi started out in the corporate sector, and she has spent the last 15 years working to help those seeking or in recovery, and the LGBTQ community. She has served on numerous board, including the Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh, and of a national organization dedicated to helping recovering alcoholics. She was chair of the Performance Committee for Pittsburgh’s PrideFest in 2005 and 2006. She worked as a consultant for GLSEN Pittsburgh from 2008-2011, helping to train thousands of students, parents, and teachers on how to make schools safe for all. Now, she is working with the Center for Spirituality, helping those with drug and alcohol addictions. She is the first to volunteer if any organizations needs help in any area, adding her vibrant energy to causes she believes in.
Katelyn Haas is a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School for Public and International Affairs (GSPIA). She is originally from Erie, PA and currently lives in Squirrel Hill. She will complete her masters in Public Administration with a focus in Public and Nonprofit Management in April 2015. At GSPIA, Katelyn is a member of the Leadership Portfolio Program, a leadership development program led by the Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership. She also serves on the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences Campaign, Inc. Prior to graduate school, Katelyn served in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone as a science and math educator. She serves on the board of the Three Rivers Community Foundation on the Events Committee.
- Staff -
Nick J. Palazzetti, Ph.D., CFRE
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Nick J. Palazzetti has 25 years of diverse executive and fund development experience, as well as more than 15 years of work in adult education and social services.
As executive director of the Three Rivers Community Foundation in Pittsburgh, Dr. Palazzetti is responsible for oversight of all aspects of the Foundation’s operations including administration and staff supervision, grantmaking, fundraising, outreach, and public relations and marketing. Dr. Palazzetti works closely with the working committees of the Board of Directors to ensure effective operation of the foundation and strategic, planned organizational growth. He also serves as the Foundation’s designated board representative of The Funding Exchange, of which the Three Rivers Community Foundation is a member fund.
In his role with The Bentz Group, a national Fund Counsel Firm, Dr. Palazzetti served as resident campaign director for multi-million dollar capital campaigns throughout the United States. He also has performed development audits and pre-campaign leadership planning studies for other institutional clients.
Dr. Palazzetti has also served as Director of Development and Planned Giving for PennFuture in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a statewide public policy research and advocacy organization devoted to improving Pennsylvania’s environment and economy. In Pittsburgh, he was formerly:
• Vice President of Institutional Development for The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
• Executive Director for The Bayer Foundation
• Senior Development Officer for the Pittsburgh Zoo and Zoological Society
In addition, he has provided consulting services to various state and Federal agencies, institutions of higher education, organizations for individuals with disabilities, and other smaller nonprofit agencies. He also served as a fundraising trainer for the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Dr. Palazzetti holds Certified Fund Raising Executive status, a distinction awarded by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He earned his Ph.D. in education from the University of Pittsburgh, a master of arts in English literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a bachelor of arts in English and political science from the University of Pittsburgh.
Prior to beginning his development career, he served as founder and Executive Director of the Tri-County Community Education Agency, Executive Director of New Tradition Senior Citizen Center, and program director at La Roche College. In addition, he has authored and edited publications on adult education and financial development and served as a consultant to numerous government agencies and not-for-profit organizations.
A resident of southwestern Pennsylvania, Dr. Palazzetti has served on the boards of directors of several nonprofit organizations and participates in the Team Pennsylvania Ambassador Program.
Anne Lynch started out as the Office Manager for Three Rivers Community Foundation in September, 2001, after graduating summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Anthropology (with a History minor). Now the Manager of Operations, she has helped TRCF become a true force in the activist communities in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Having moved here from Slidell, Louisiana, in 1997, she’s adopted Pittsburgh as her home. In addition to her work at TRCF, she runs her own catering business (The Vegan Goddess), and was the co-founder of the Three Rivers Vegan Society. She was previously the Local Coordinator of Greater Pittsburgh Pagan Pride Day. She is unapologetic about her beliefs in equality for all – including non-human animals. She has served on the boards of several local animal rights organizations, helped to organize dozens of animal rights and environmental events, and has spoken about animal rights at local high schools, colleges and universities, and even at a conference at American University in Washington, DC. In her not-so-spare time, she enjoys reading (primarily nonfiction) and cooking.
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Sydney Olberg graduated from Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, in December 2012 with a M.A. in Community Development and Planning, focusing in Youth Work and Program Evaluation. She holds a B.A. in both Spanish and International Development and has lived abroad in both China and Chile. Past positions include Academic Coordinator at Dynamy Youth Academy, Reading Program Director at a summer youth camp and working on the Department of Education Promise Neighborhood grant in Worcester, M.A. She loves working with youth and is passionate about their ability to contribute to social justice in Pittsburgh.
- Interns -
Teens for Change Blog and Social Media Intern
Beginning in the summer of 2014, as the social media and blogging intern, Gabrielle Moran will successfully endorse youth-led social justice work, in southwestern Pennsylvania. The recognition will derive from blog posts written from interviews and intensive research conducted by Gabrielle. She aims to earn a position working with the Teens 4 Change board. In addition to her goals and work to promote social change, Gabrielle enjoys nothing more than planning a party, perusing artwork, and a good cappuccino.
Natalie is a rising junior at Hamilton College majoring in Comparative Literature. As the Outreach, Partnerships, & Liaison Intern, she looks forward to helping further TRCF’s goal of affecting social change in her hometown. During her sophomore year, she worked as the Community Investment Intern for the United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area in Utica, NY. She is passionate about intersectional feminism, modernist literature, and cooking. Natalie spent her freshman fall semester studying in London, UK, and is thrilled to be spending her junior fall studying and working in Washington, D.C.
Teens for Change intern
- Founders and Early Board Members -
In 1989, a group of concerned activists got together to create a new type of grantmaking for our region. Using their own personal resources, they established the Three Rivers Community Fund (now Foundation) as an alternative to more traditional avenues of support, such as United Way and larger foundations that frequently could not fund grassroots efforts. This visionary group included:
Founders (signed on 1989/1990):
Cynthia Vanda (founding President)
Early Board Members (signed on 1991/1992):
Nancy Bernstein (past President)
Frances “Penna” Drew