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Thrive is the young professionals advisory board of Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council. Thrive supports GPLC’s overall mission to better lives through learning.

In addition, Thrive does the following:
  • Raises awareness of GPLC and introduces the organization to new people
  • Raises funds to support GPLC and its programs
  • Attracts volunteers
  • Identifies GPLC's next volunteer leaders
Thrive helps young professionals develop as leaders in the Pittsburgh community. Members of Thrive:
  • “Thrive” in an engaging leadership role
  • Gain meaningful board experience
  • Expand their professional networks 
  • Interact with GPLC Board of Directors and staff
  • Directly impact GPLC students

Click here to view the Thrive advisory board member responsibilities and application. 

Please feel free submit an application at any time but know that new candidates are selected annually.  Completed applications along with your resume can be submitted by e-mailing them to  Thank you for your interest in Thrive and GPLC!


The mission of Thrive is to support the broader vision of Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council. As an advisory board, Thrive engages young adult leaders via fundraising, networking, volunteering, and community advocacy in order to promote the goals and programs of Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council. Thrive provides an opportunity for young professionals to develop as leaders and collaborate with others who share a passion for improving lives through adult education and family literacy. Thrive encourages its board members to, and helps GPLC students, reach their fullest potential and participate productively in their community.

Advisory Board Members

Heather Chappars, PNC Financial Services

Vice President
Ashley Steckel, VisitPITTSBURGH

Rebecca Roadman, University of Pittsburgh (Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences)

Jeremy Brown, Sherrard, German & Kelly, PC

Angel Calderon, UPS

Ryan DeCaro, XPYRIA Investment Advisors

Lindsey Dietz, KPMG

Allie Dockman, Little Earth Productions

Vita Doroshkevich, Federated Investors

Lorin Gdula, UPS

Lauren Gentile, Huntley & Huntley

Lauren Gleason, Deloitte

Sarah Guyer, Squirrel Hill Health Center

Liz McFarlin-Marciak, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Scott McKernan, Babst Calland Clements & Zomnir

Cynthia Miley-Vrabel, Ernst & Young

Allison  O'Donovan, EDMC

Terrence O'Donovan, Reed Smith LLP

Claire Rogers, 84 Lumber

Erin Stiling, Civic Volunteer

Kelly Waldman, Creehan & Company

Natalie Weiss, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

Mark Zheng, Jones Day


Heather Chappars:
Ashley Steckel:
Rebecca Roadman: