Dana Davis, PhD
Dana Davis, PhD has provided social work to people living with HIV for the past thirteen years. She is a founder and president of The Open Door, a harm reduction supportive housing program for homeless people living with HIV. She is a regular speaker on harm reduction including the 5th National Harm Reduction Conference in 2004, the 2008 National HIV Housing Research Summit, the 2008 and 2010 National Social Workers Conference and more. Dana recently was a recipient of Pittsburgh’s 40 under 40 in November 2009, an award that recognizes young people in the region that have made a significant impact on their community. Dana won this award for her work in founding the non-profit, The Open Door, in 2006. Dana and another Open Door board member also won the 2011 Distinguished Service Award from Shepherd Wellness Community for service to persons with HIV for their work at both The Open Door and The Positive Health Clinic, the HIV clinic where Dana has been a social worker for the past 9 years.
Scott McCauley, BS
Board Vice President
Colleen Henning, BS
Suzanne Kinsky, MPH
Suzanne Kinsky has over 12 years’ experience in the HIV and nonprofit field. Most recently, Suzanne was the Director of Access to Care at AIDS United, a national HIV grant making and policy organization based in Washington, DC. There, she was responsible for managing and evaluating a grantee portfolio of community-based programs to find and link HIV-positive individuals to care. Prior to coming to AIDS United, she conducted HIV prevention program evaluation and managed statewide HIV testing data for the Maryland AIDS Administration. Suzanne has also been the Women’s Services Director at Our Place in Washington, DC, a non-profit serving incarcerated and recently-released women. In addition, Suzanne was a Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow with the Congressional Hunger Center, where she worked on issues of welfare reform and anti-poverty initiatives. Suzanne holds a Master of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Bachelor’s degree in Rural Sociology from Cornell University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh, where her research interests focus on health disparities in the LGBT population.
Carol Frazer, LPC
Carol Frazer, LPC has provided outpatient therapy in the private practice and community behavioral health settings for over 25 years. Prior to this, she was an Orientation and Mobility instructor at the Greater Pittsburgh Guild for the Blind. She has also been involved with The National Council for Urban Peace and Justice and Christian Life Skills, two grass roots organizations focused on empowerment and social justice in the urban community. She is a past recipient of the Jefferson Award for her work with high risk adjudicated youth. Currently she is Director of Care Management at Mercy Behavioral Health where is focus is on the implementation of integrated health care for the mental health/substance abuse consumers. Carol is a founding Board Member of The Open Door.
Mary Gallagher is a Manager at the Positive Health Clinic, an HRSA-funded Ryan White Clinic providing specialized medical care to HIV positive individuals. Mary has managed government grants and contracts for several service providers in Western Pennsylvania. She has served on several Boards, and is a member of the Pittsburgh HIV Commission.
Mary Hawk, DrPH
Mary Hawk is one of the founding board members of The Open Door. She has worked in AIDS services for more than twenty years as an HIV Case Manager, grant proposal writer, and program administrator. She is currently on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public health, where her research interests include structural interventions to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS and to improve clinical outcomes for those living with the disease. She also focuses on program evaluation to assess outcomes and improve service delivery in public health systems.
Mary is not currently a board member of The Open Door but is the Principal Investigator on a nationally-funded research project that is evaluating housing outcomes and exploring opportunities to replicate The Open Door in other cities. Mary’s husband, Bill, is known around The Open Door as the “Truck Guy,” as he has moved furniture into the building on numerous occasions.
Amanda Hunsaker is a doctoral candidate in the School of Social Work and a social worker at the Alzheimer Disease Research Center, both at the University of Pittsburgh. She has a Masters of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters of Public Health from Emory University. Prior to starting her studies she worked in aging and health services research, including care intervention studies for older adults with cognitive impairment or a physical disability. She has also conducted research reviews on substance abuse, including heroin addiction, among older adults. Her current research focus is on how individuals make decisions about seeking a diagnosis for dementia.
Chuck Keenan is the Housing Coordinator for the Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) in Pittsburgh, PA. He is responsible for coordinating all aspects of Allegheny County’s housing initiatives within DHS, including the 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness, the Mental Health Plan, the Jail Re-integration Plan, and others, and working with organizations outside of his agency in order to fully utilize affordable housing resources for DHS consumers. Chuck has over 15 years of experience working in the affordable housing and disability fields. He has a Masters of Public Administration degree from the Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelors degree in English and Political Science from Allegheny College.
Brittney Neely, MSW, LSW
Brittney is a Master’s level, licensed social worker. She currently works as a therapist in mental health research at the University of Pittsburgh. She has professional experience with outpatient mental health, crisis intervention, hospital settings, working with families, and drug and alcohol programming. Brittney is also currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Public Health. She was a graduate student intern at The Open Door, Inc. before becoming a board member.
Melissa Knorr is a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh in the joint Public Health/Social Work master’s program. She served as an intern at The Open Door, Inc. in the spring of 2014, and become a board member shortly thereafter. Melissa was first introduced to harm reduction philosophy as an undergraduate intern at Women’s Services, Inc. from 2000-2001. She spent two years in Zambia as a Peace Corps volunteer, where she designed and facilitated community based HIV prevention education programs in collaboration with educators and Ministry of Health officials. Melissa has nine years’ experience working with underserved populations in the United States and abroad.
John Marx, PhD
Jamie McLaughlin, MSW
Jamie McLaughlin is an employee of the Positive Health Clinic, one of two Ryan White Clinics treating individuals living with HIV/AIDS in Pittsburgh, PA. She received her Master of Social Work degree at California University of PA and has been working in the HIV community since 2006. She has been an Open Door Inc. board member for 3 years. She is also a member of the Phi Alpha social work national honor society.
Patricia M. Park, RN, BSN, MSW
A nurse for more than 30 years, Ms. Park pursued advanced degree in SW to inform hospice nursing practice. She was the first MSW intern at The Open Door. She has additional nonprofit experience as the co-founder of the Creative Nonfiction Foundation, publisher of Creative Nonfiction magazine. She is the current Treasurer and Business Manager of the Foundation.
David Piontkowsky, JD, MD
Patrick Putorti, Operations Management Consultant at Predmore Consulting
Driven by a passion for operational excellence learned from years of experience as an Operations Management Consultant for Alcoa, Inc., Patrick started Predmore Consulting to partner with businesses to help them develop internal improvement capability, build internal consulting groups, and train and study the professionals responsible for transforming businesses.