Staff Listing


Mark T. Fatla, Esq., Executive Director
Mark joined the Northside Leadership Conference in May 2006 as Executive Director. A Northside resident since 1984, he has nearly 30 years experience in community development, previously serving as Executive Director of the Community Technical Assistance Center (CTAC).  He is an experienced trainer on board and organizational development issues and has presented to various regional and national conferences including the National Trust Conference, the National Main Street Conference and Neighborhoods USA. His housing development project for Allegheny West Civic Council won a 2002 National Best Practices in Preservation award from the National Trust, one of 22 such projects selected nationally. Mr. Fatla is an attorney, receiving his degree from Duquesne University School of Law, and longtime community activist.

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.


Jonathan HuckReal Estate Director
Jonathan joined the Northside Leadership Conference in May 2006 as a Project Manager in Residential Development after spending seven months volunteering and interning in the Real Estate Department. Jonathan earned certification as a Housing Development Finance Professional from the National Development Council in 2008 and has a Masters in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. In 2012, Jon became Real Estate Director and has more projects in production than any other local CDC.

Deborah Israel, Project Manager
Deborah joined the Northside Leadership Conference in May 2017 as a Project Manager in the Real Estate Department. Born on Pittsburgh's Northside, she spent most of her life living in Illinois, where she and her husband were co-owners of a real estate development company. She is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University with nearly 20 years of project management experience. After returning to Pittsburgh in 2014, she and her husband purchased and renovated their 160-year old Northside home. Deborah has three children, one grandson, and big clumsy dog. 

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.

Mark Gammel, Real Estate Decelopment Intern 
Mark joined the Conference in September 2017 as a Real Estate Devlopment Intern. He is currently studying for his MBA at Duquesne University. He studied at Michigan State University for Undergraduate where he was a varsity swimmer. Prior to living in Pittsburgh, Mark lived in Chicago where he worked for an appraisal management company and came to enjoy working in the Real Estate profession. Mark is happy to be with the conference and working with the Northside Community. 


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.

Equiana BrownMain Street Manager Assistant 
Equiana is a recent graduate from the University of Scranton with a Bachelors of Arts in History and Communications. She is excited to be working for the Northside Leadership Conference on community events for the Northside and with the Northside Bike-Ped Committee advocating for improved accessibility and safety for bicyclists and pedestrians. Equiana began her work with NSLC as a PULSE Fellow and is now a full time employee of the Conference. 


Allana Curington, Allegheny General Hospital Partnership Coordinator
Allana is a mother of two boys. She grew up in the Northside on Charles Street. She graduated from Community College of Allegheny County on the Northside in 2009 with an Associate’s Degree in Teacher Education. She then attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Child & Family Services. Allana recently graduated from Strayer University with a  Master’s Degree in Business Administration in September of 2015. Allana has developed experience in variety of roles at Family Links, A Second Chance, Youth Place and Action Housing. She has always had a passion for youth and the community and looks forward to assist in the transformation of 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