Staff & Board

Staff Members

Jeffrey Dorsey


Executive Director x226

Jeffrey is a compassionate leader, collaborator, community builder, and activist. He loves being at Union Project because he gets the opportunity to practice all of these qualities everyday. He is grateful to work with people who are also actively working toward positive change in their lives and communities. When he isn’t at UP you will find him walking in nature, meditating, playing soccer, or making paintings as social commentary.

Michelle Clesse


Deputy Director x229

Michelle is an engagement escalator, data junkie, spreadsheet fanatic, and visual artist. She believes clay can and should be used to unite people and build empathy. She is dedicated to making sure everyone has the chance to explore clay. Outside of UP, Michelle really enjoys baking, lifting weights, and making spreadsheets to track all sorts of nonsense.

Mac McCusker


Ceramics Studio Manager

Mac is a transgender artist and activist whose work addresses the inequalities and systemic prejudices against the LGBTQIA community. Mac has lectured nationally about gender and gender identity. His clay work has been published in Ceramics Monthly and Studio Potter. Mac began his art career as a painter and still enjoys painting portraits when not in the clay studio.

Amélie Peyroux


Arts Education Coordinator – Outreach & Custom Programs

Amélie is an arts educator with a passion for making the arts accessible to all children and learners. They believe that art is a tool for exploring and processing our emotions and relationships to the world around us. They have taught children in four different languages across three countries! When not at Union Project, they love gardening, fostering animals, and exploring the wilderness.

Rebecca McNeil


Shared Chief Financial Officer, Arts Finance Cohort

Rebecca is a number genius and uses budgets to tell stories. She’s basically the Tolkien of excel. Rebecca comes to Union Project through her shared role with The Arts Finance Cohort members including Contemporary Craft, New Hazlett Theater, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Union Project, and the Kelly Strayhorn Theater. Rebecca is a classically trained clarinetist with a degree in performance and plays clarinet with a local community ensemble. She loves vegan treats (and the occasional Dr. Pepper).

Sam Laffey


Marketing Coordinator

Sam is a writer, designer, artist, social media addict, and marketer dedicated to supporting artists and small arts organizations. She loves working with Union Project because we are always looking for ways to push ourselves to build a more empathetic and equitable community through the arts. We’re never “done.” Sam has two dogs that run her life, is obsessed with the color green, and watches way too much TV.

Board Members

Trevor Smith

Trevor Smith

Client Solution Specialist, PNC Bank

Susan Spangler

Susan Spangler


Jordan Schweinsberg

Experience Managing Consultant – Risk & Compliance, Cross-Country Consulting

Gregory Murray

Gregory Murray

Trial Attorney, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Christy Bondi

Manager of Aerie On-Body Styling, Arie/American Eagle Headquarters

Courtney Davenport

Senior Analyst, Global Impact Citizenship, Bank of New York Mellon

Josiah Gilliam

Coordinator, My Brother’s Keeper at the City of Pittsburgh

Anna Kearney

Anna Kearney

Impact Investing Consultant

Adam Kenney

Adam Kenney

Creative Business Accelerator

Amanda Markovic

Associate Principal Architect, GBBN

Felipe Palomo

Project Manager, City of Pittsburgh

Meghan Ringler

Director of Special Projects, Office of Communications at the University of Pittsburgh

Sara Rosenblum

Talent Management at PPS as a Staffing Assistant, Pittsburgh Public Schools

Vernon Simmons

Physicist, University of Pittsburgh

Sarah Thompson

Contract Analyst at Carnegie Mellon University Office of Fundraising

Leadership Pittsburgh OnBoard Members

Peter Greb

Wealth Management Advisor, Merrill Lynch

Elizabeth Venturino

Manager, Data Governance, UPMC Health Plan