Board Members

Officers

  • Keith J. Caldwell - Chair
  • Sonya M. Tilghman - Treasurer
  • Dina L. Clark - Secretary

Commissioners

  • Linda Baker
  • Fred P. Griffin
  • Kevin L. Jenkins
  • Wayne Jones
  • Mark S. Lewis
  • Marie I. Rivera-Johnson, Esq.
  • Laura Dickey
  • Traci Thomas

Advisory Council

  • Connie A. Dunn
  • Peggy B. Harris
  • Bernice Martin Lee
  • Claudette R. Lewis
  • Peggy Morrison Outon
  • Gregory R. Spencer

Board Chair

Keith J. Caldwell

Keith J. Caldwell

Keith J. Caldwell

Chair, Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise Board of Commissioners, 2016-2018

Keith J. Caldwell is an Assistant Professor and serves as Director of the Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BASW) program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work.

Previously, Keith was the Director of Career Services and Alumni Affairs for the School, helping to provide career-enhancing services to the over 600 students and 10,000 social work alumni.

Keith is committed to strengthening communities through empowerment, providing people with the opportunity to use their gifts and talents to be agents of change.

Prior to joining Pitt, he held the positions of Director for Advancement for North Hills Community Outreach and Community Development Coordinator for the Allegheny County Department of Human Services’ Office of Behavioral Health/System of Care Initiatives. He was named one of Pittsburgh’s “40 Under 40” by Pittsburgh Magazine and PUMP (Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project) in 2013.

In addition to PACE, Keith also serves as Board President for Advancing Academics.

A native of the state of Maine, Keith came to Pittsburgh in 2001 to complete his MS degree in Social Work at Pitt, receiving his Bachelor of Social Work at Niagara University in Niagara Falls, NY.

He is happily calls Pittsburgh home, residing with his wife Nicole and children Isabella and Rhys and he plays bass guitar with local ‘surf rock’ band The Turbosonics.


Staff

Lucille E. Dabney

Lucille E. Dabney

Lucille E. Dabney

Executive Director

Lucille “Luci” E. Dabney has an eclectic and general professional background in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Her areas of specialty include organizational assessment, strategic and business planning, program development and evaluation and resource development strategy. An experienced consultant, facilitator, public speaker and trainer, she has worked with cities, local arts agencies, management support organizations, consulting firms and a range of nonprofit organizations. She is the former Executive Director of the Cultural Arts Council of Houston and Harris County where she supervised an annual grants budget of over 7 million dollars. Luci earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston.

ldabney@pacepgh.org


Hilary Ferencak

Hilary Ferencak

Hilary Ferencak

Program Associate

Hilary Ferencak has worked in the nonprofit world for 6 years.  She served as co-chair of Team Development, providing fundraising and recruitment, as well as a representative in the Great Lakes Regional Division Collegiate Team with Relay for Life of the American Cancer Society. She spent summer 2014 working with World Youth Alliance Middle East, located in Beirut, Lebanon, assessing the needs of refugees and migrant workers, as well as Lebanese youth. Hilary holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University (EMU) and a Master of International Development focusing on Human Security from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA). At EMU, she led the Department of Psychology Undergraduate Student Advising Services and contributed to regional and international psychology research via lab work and presentations. In December 2014, Hilary was hired at PACE to provide administrative support. Currently, she is the Program Associate for the Intensive Services Program and PACE Consulting.

hferencak@pacepgh.org


Victoria Garner

Victoria Garner

Victoria A. Garner

Public Relations and Fundraising Coordinator

Victoria “Vikki” Garner, B.A., coordinates public relations, marketing and media activities for PACE and cultivates and prepares proposals for potential funders. She has more than 20-years’ experience in the areas of public relations, marketing, media relations and event planning in the corporate and non-profit arena. Her professional experience includes several years as a publicist and community and public affairs producer for Time Warner Cable in New York City, and as a communications specialist in the areas of community affairs and health education and promotion in Pittsburgh. A native of Pittsburgh and a graduate of Schenley High School, Vikki earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Spelman College and a Paralegal Certificate from the Duquesne University Paralegal Institute.

vgarner@pacepgh.org


Maurice Speaks

Maurice Speaks

Maurice Speaks

Administrative Assistant

Prior to being hired at PACE, Maurice “Mo” Speaks worked as the program assistant for Three Rivers Waterkeeper, where he organized and handled logistics for agency events and coordinated the hiring/interviewing process of its Executive Director in the spring of 2014. Maurice also gained considerable community organizing experience working as an intern for the Hilltop Alliance. During his time with the Hilltop Alliance, he was an integral part of the committee that organized two community-wide dialogues that examined the various assets and the greatest challenges facing the Pittsburgh South Hilltop neighborhoods. As a result of these dialogues, action teams, formed by stakeholders, addressed the needs of the community. The experience of working at the Hilltop Alliance still has a profound impact on Maurice today as it illustrated that when non-profit agencies work in unison with communities to create positive, sustainable, impactful change, it is amazing what can be accomplished. Maurice earned his Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work degrees from the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. In his free time, Maurice enjoys playing guitar and long distance running and his ultimate goal is to complete an ultra-marathon.

mspeaks@pacepgh.org


Consulting Team

Peg Fiedler

Peg Fiedler

Peg Fiedler

Program Manager

Peg Fiedler, M.S., currently provides grants management, communications, and technical assistance services to PACE’s Intensive Services Program grantees. Her areas of focus within her general consulting practice are organizational development, marketing, communications, grants management, fundraising and training. She formerly served as a development officer and the director of marketing within the St. Francis Health System and is a licensed realtor in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Peg earned her Master of Science degree in Professional Leadership from Carlow University, a certificate in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution and a certificate in Executive Coaching from Duquesne University. She has also served as adjunct faculty at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, teaching in the graduate Leadership Program.

pfiedler@pacepgh.org


Sharon L. Jefferson

Sharon L. Jefferson

Sharon L. Jefferson

Program Manager

Sharon L. Jefferson brings to her work at PACE more than 10 years of experience that has yielded a passion for and broad knowledge of education and youth, housing, community and workforce development and nonprofit management. As Program Manager, her focus has expanded to include capacity building, strategic planning and grants management. As a former manager at United Way of Allegheny County and a varied group of nonprofits, she was responsible for building consensus among diverse stakeholders, developing and implementing community based initiatives, and assessing and enhancing the effectiveness of health and human service delivery to target communities and populations. Sharon attended the University of Pittsburgh earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies and Spanish, a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration, a certificate in Nonprofit Management and served as a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Fellow.

sjefferson@pacepgh.org