Staff & Board

Staff Members

Jeffrey Dorsey

(he/him/his)

Executive Director

jeffrey@unionproject.org 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.

Jeffery Dorsey

Michelle Clesse

(she/her)

Deputy Director

michelle@unionproject.org 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.

Michelle Clesse

Amélie Peyroux

(they/them)

Arts Education Coordinator – Outreach & Custom Programs

amelie@unionproject.org

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.

Amelie Peyroux

Rebecca McNeil

(she/her/hers)

Shared Chief Financial Officer, Arts Finance Cohort

rmcneil@artscohort.org

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).

Rebecca McNeil

Sam Laffey

(she/her)

Marketing Coordinator

sam@porterloves.com

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.

Sam Laffey

Board Members

Trevor Smith

Trevor Smith

(Chair)
Client Solution Specialist, PNC Bank

Susan Spangler

Susan Spangler

(Co-Chair)
Psychotherapist

Tricia Loughran

Patricia Loughran

(Treasurer)
Principal, Corporate Operational Risk, BNY Mellon

Gregory Murray

Gregory Murray

(Secretary)
Trial Attorney, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Anna Kearney

Anna Kearney

Impact Investing Consultant

Adam Kenney

Adam Kenney

Creative Business Accelerator

Amanda Markovic

Associate Principal Architect, GBBN

Emiola Jay Oriola

Associate Director, INVESTING NOW

Felipe Palomo

Project Manager, City of Pittsburgh

Leah Rainey

Housing Program Specialist, Allegheny Department of Human Services

Sara Rosenblum

Student, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, MPA, Public and Nonprofit Management

Vernon Simmons

Physicist, University of Pittsburgh