Pittsburgh's Northside
Promoting and Enhancing the Vitality & Quality of Life in Pittsburgh's Northside.

  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.

Costas ConnorsProject Manager
Costas is a recently graduated from the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Urban Studies with a minor in Historic Preservation. He’s a member of the Grand Theater Restoration Project in his hometown of Steubenville, OH, and a licensed real estate agent. Costas also decided to purchase a starter home in the West End in lieu of paying rent while at Pitt.

Lauren Belayneh, Project Assistant
Lauren attended the University of Pittsburgh. She studied Historic Preservation and Urban Planning, and earned a certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). She is from the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area and while living in the area, worked for the U.S. House of Representatives and the National Institute of Drug Abuse. During her time in Pittsburgh, she worked for the Community Technical Assistance Center (CTAC) as a surveyor for a city-wide data collection involving evaluating overall building condition and accessing the quality of the City of Pittsburgh's historic building stock.

Musumbi MartinProject Assistant
Musumbi is a Senior at the University of Pittsburgh studying Linguistics and Urban Studies. Having helped manage family-owned properties in Kenya and France, Musumbi is currently working on a path into graduate studies in Urban Planning.

John FosterIntern
John is a Junior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Urban Studies and Economics. He is from Penn Tan, New York and spent the last two summers working at Fox Run Vineyards as a tasting room server. During his time in Pittsburgh, he has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, completed a volunteer outreach internship with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, and is an avid member of the Real Estate Association at Pitt.


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 five and a half years ago. In 2010, he planned the first annual Deutschtown Bar Crawl.  In addition, Cody created the Deutschtown Music Festival in 2012. This past year, for the 2nd annual Deutschtown Music Festival, participation more than doubled and was attended not just by neighbors but from people all over the city.

Cody hopes to continue his promotion of the Northside in his new position with the Northside Leadership Conference.

Equiana BrownMain Street - Pulse Fellow
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 is working at the NSLC as a PULSE (Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience) Fellow.

Jade Abel, Coordinator of the Brighton Road Cooridor Vacant Land Project
Jade attended the University of Pittsburgh. She studied environmental policy and community organizing and received a minor in studio arts. She spent the summer of 2011 collecting data for the Rand Corporation's Pittsburgh Hill and Homewood Research on Eating, Shopping, and Health project.  The “PHRESH” project -an ongoing study- seeks to determine the effects of food scarcity and socioeconomic status on health. 


The Northside Works Employment Office has a new home!

Office Location: 632 East Ohio Street, 1st Floor, Pgh, PA 15212

Sheryl SmithNCA Staff assigned to Neighborhood Employment Center NSLC
After starting with the Northside Leadership Conference in August 2009 as an AmeriCorps volunteer, Sheryl joined the NSLC staff. In addition to her role as the Workforce Development Coordinator, she is a student at Community College of Allegheny County studying to receive an Associate in Business Management. After receiving her Associates degree, she will transfer to a four year university to study for her Bachelors. Sheryl currently heads the Neighborhood Employment Center, assisting Northsider’s in finding living wage jobs.


Allana Curington, Allegheny General Hospital Partnership Coordinator

Allana is a 28 year old 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



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