Staff Listing


Mark T. Fatla, Esq., Executive Director
Mark has pursued parallel careers in the law and in community development. A Northside resident since 1984, he has more than 30 years’ experience in community development, starting as a volunteer community activist and serving professional stints as Executive Director of the Community Technical Assistance Center (CTAC), twice as Interim Director of the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG) and for the past 11 years as Executive Director of the Northside Leadership Conference (NSLC), the non-profit community development corporation serving Pittsburgh’s Northside. He is an experienced trainer on board and organizational development issues and is a popular presenter at various regional and national conferences.

In his legal career, he worked as a plaintiff’s attorney at Evans, Ivory, PC, and as Senior Law Clerk to Chief Judge Gerald Weber and Chief Judge Maurice B Cohill, Jr in the US District Court. In 1990, he was appointed as Special Master to manage Hoots vs Commonwealth, a federal school desegregation case, making him the youngest attorney in the country ever selected for such a post. He managed the litigation, conducted hearings and issued Reports and Recommendations on various issues until the declaration of unitary status in 2003.

In 1993, he was featured on the cover of ABA Banking Journal magazine in an article on Pittsburgh’s Community Reinvestment efforts, and in 1998 he appeared on a PBS program “About Your House, with Bob Yap” regarding innovative housing rehab efforts. One of his volunteer housing development projects, the Denny Row, was selected in 2002 as a National Best Practice Model by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Under his management, the Northside Leadership Conference has received numerous local and regional awards for its projects and programs, including the re-start and renovation of the Penn Brewery buildings.

Mr. Fatla earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree at Duquesne University in Political Science and Honors Literature. He received his Juris Doctor Degree from Duquesne University School of Law in 1982. He and his wife Elaine are the parents of two children, Allison and Zachary, and they are slowly restoring a Victorian house in the Allegheny West neighborhood of the Northside.

Kelly MacKayOffice Manager
Since March of 2005, Kelly has served as the coordinator for the Northside Leadership Conference’s annual fundraising dinner and also fills the role of Office Manager.  Kelly comes to us from Butler Gas Products Company, Inc., a specialty gas and welding distributor. Kelly has over twenty years of sales and customer service experience. She also ran a family construction business for 10 years.


Darnell JacksonReal Estate Director

Judith Melvin, Project Manager 
Judy joined the Northside Leadership Conference in 2017 and is relishing developing residential and commercial properties, and watching how revitalization changes the dynamic in the neighborhood.  With a background in mechanical engineering and information technology, she is applying her many years of project management experience in our Real Estate Department. She’s been civically active all her life, especially in Central Northside/Allegheny City Central, where she’s owned her home for 20 years.  She passionately loves the Northside, and so does her rescue dog Imzadi.  Judy is working on her Master’s degree and PMP certification; Imzadi her Therapy Dog International certification.


Cody Walters, Main Street Director
Cody Walters and his wife, Damara, have been Northside home owners since May of 2009. Cody is a 1999 graduate of North Catholic High School in Troy Hill.  He attended the University of Pittsburgh and earned his degree in Literature in 2004. Cody has been an avid member of the community and a board member of the East Allegheny Community Council since he moved into the neighborhood. In 2010, he planned the first annual Deutschtown Bar Crawl.  In addition, Cody created the Deutschtown Music Festival in 2012. Cody hopes to continue his promotion of the Northside in his new position with the Northside Leadership Conference.

Jesse DescutnerMain Street Assistant 
Jesse is a 2016 graduate from the University of Pittsburgh's Urban Studies Program. He was an intern for the Real Estate Department in 2014, and he made his return to the Conference in May of 2018. As an avid bicyclist, a local musician, and a lover of all things Pittsburgh, Jesse is thrilled to promote businesses, events, and community growth and engagement on the Northside.


Lauren DeDomenic, Allegheny General Hospital Partnership Coordinator Lauren attended the University of Pittsburgh and earned her dual degree in Architectural Studies, and Urban Studies in 2015, and her certificate in Geographic Information Systems in 2017. She interned and worked as a Project Assistant for the Real Estate Department throughout 2015, and 2017. During her time away from the Northside Leadership Conference, she explored working in small business sales, as well as business development for the chamber of commerce for Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood.

Despite, not being a native Pittsburgher, Lauren has set down roots in Pittsburgh. She is currently renovating a 100-year-old house in Lawrenceville with her fiancé, and planning to move to the Northside in the future. As a yogi, devoted CrossFitter, and soon to be indoor cycling instructor, she is excited to bring more health and wellness initiatives to the Northside. In addition, she is delighted to further the long-standing partnership between the Northside Leadership Conference, and Allegheny General Hospital to benefit the Northside community.

Emily Owsiany, Event and Program Planning Intern Emily joined the Conference in March 2019 and is interning as a Northside Event and Program Planning Intern. She is an undergraduate student at the University of Pittsburgh with dual majors Urban Studies and Communication and a Political Science minor. She has been working on “A Place to Start” at the Northside farmer’s market to encourage health and wellness in the Northside. Emily loves to explore the different neighborhoods in Pittsburgh, especially the Northside. She is excited to plan more events that benefit the lives of residents in the Northside.


We are now partnering with Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy!

For questions regarding the Allegheny Commons Park, please contact:

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
South Side Office (Main)
45 South 23rd Street, Suite 101, Pittsburgh PA, 15203.
412-682-7275 ext 239