Julius BOATWRIGHT

Founding CEO of Steel Smiling

Julius serves as the Founder and CEO with Steel Smiling. They bridge the gap between black people and mental health

support through education, advocacy, and awareness. They're going to expose every black adult in the country to a mental health experience that improves their quality of life by 2050. Since 2015, they've coordinated over 1,000 hours of mental health

trainings and therapy for black community members in Western Pennsylvania.

Julius is pursuing the board requirements to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in PA. He’s a Certified Mental Health

First Aid Instructor with the National Council for Behavioral Health. He completed a Trauma-Informed Community Practice Workshop with Duquesne University through their Department of Psychology and Rita McGinley Clinic. Mr. Boatwright

obtained his Master of Social Work degree with a Certificate in Human Services Management from the University of Pittsburgh. Julius also earned an undergraduate degree in Communication from Pitt. He's consulted with and trained the PA Department of Labor & Industry, Community Care Behavioral Health, and the Department of Human Services. 

 

Julius has received awards from the NAACP, Black Enterprise, and BMe. His work has been featured on media outlets like the Huffington Post, NPR, and TEDxPittsburgh. He recently wrote an article about mental health in the black community that the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published. After being shared by multi-platinum recording artist Michelle Williams (formerly of

Destiny's Child) and nationally syndicated radio show host Charlamagne Tha God, it went viral surpassing 20,000 impressions online in less than 3 days. Charlamagne also quoted him during a televised interview with NBA champion, all-star, and finals

MVP Andre Iguodala. The quote affirms, "Saying no is a radical act of self-care that can positively impact our mental health."

Above all, Julius wants you to know that you're unconditionally loved, valued, and appreciated.

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Jerilyne ALMONTE

Program Associate/Intern at Steel Smiling

Originally from the Boogie Down Bronx, Jerilyne is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in Health Services and minoring in Social Work. Placed with us through the Elsie Hillman Honors Scholars Program, she’s scaling our impact via community outreach, engagement, referral-based services and event coordination.

If you’d like to collaborate with us or are simply looking for good music recommendations, email jerilyne.steelsmilingpgh@gmail.com.

Jody BECHTOLD

Advisory Board Member

Jody Bechtold, LCSW, ICGC-II, BACC is a licensed clinical social worker, certified MBTI administrator, and Board Approved Clinical Consultant with nearly 20 years of experience in consulting and clinical practice. She is the CEO of The Better Institute, headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA.  She serves as a committee member of the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), Vice President of the Board for International Gambling Counselor Certification Board (IGCCB), Board Member for Steel Smiling, and is an active volunteer for mentoring professional women.

Jody holds a Master Degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh’s College of Business Administration, and is a graduate of the Professional Coaching Certification Program at Duquesne University’s School of Leadership and Professional Advancement.

She has conducted research, served as adjunct faculty, and guest lectured on numerous topics including addiction, technology & mental health, and innovative solutions for client engagement.

Chris DALEY

Advisory Board Member

A 40 Under 40 honoree, and cited as "one of Pittsburgh's premier digital innovators" by Pittsburgh Magazine, Chris Daley is the Sr. Manager of Digital Media at UPMC Health Plan, leading a team of digital professionals to create online experiences in web, social media, and video to tell stories that engage members and the public in their health care. His career at UPMC Health Plan has produced several professional awards and contributed toward the organization’s goals in a measurable way for both B2C and B2B audiences. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Duquesne University, teaching students advertising writing and digital marketing. Chris is a proud Pittsburgher who thinks the city’s biggest export can be ideas. To contribute to this goal, he organizes TEDxPittsburgh events every year. 

Dara DECHELLIS

Advisory Board Member

Dara DeChellis is a Master and Licensed Social Worker for the Department of Human Services in Allegheny County. She started as a CYF Caseworker for the first 8 years of her career and was promoted to Peer Coach Specialist in 2013. In her current role, Dara coaches caseworkers on strengths-based engagement and family-driven plans. As one of the first hired Coaches, she’s developed much of the curriculum and resources for this County-wide model. Dara’s a 2016 Graduate of the DHS Fellows; a select group that assesses data and national research to offer education to the agency and proposals to DHS Administration. Dara is active at her church (Allegheny Center Alliance Church) which is a multi-ethnic, Missionary Alliance Church in the North Side of Pittsburgh. She also serves on the Young Adult Task Force to feed her passion for event planning. Dara was an Elder at a previous church and the Director of a 5K Fundraiser from 2013-2016. Lastly, she loves dogs and dog-sitting.

Lovie J. JACKSON FOSTER, PhD, MSW

Advisory Board Member

When all the children in the world see themselves as GREAT, I will rest easy and breathe freely. My name is Lovie Jewell Jackson Foster and children’s wellness is my passion. To that end, I strive to empower my twin boys, Magnus Daimian and Justus Jackson Foster, and to ensure the health of myself and my marriage to my wonderful husband Daimian E. Foster. I currently work as a Prevention Specialist for Allegheny County Department of Human Services. I have also worked as an Assistant Professor in the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, a Master of Social Work, and PhD in Social Work. My research, teaching, and community-based social work, writing ventures, and yoga practice focus on African American and other marginalized groups learning about and healing from traumatic experiences; interrupting intergenerational trauma; and using technology to improve mental health prevention and empower young people.

Andréa STANFORD

Advisory Board Member

 Andréa Stanford joined Allegheny County as Assistant County Manager in January 2018. In this role, she works closely with the County Manager to support Allegheny County departments in the delivery of services to county residents, businesses, and governmental agencies. Additionally, she represents the County Executive on several boards and commissions including the Allegheny County Human Relations Commission; Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Advisory Committee; Juvenile Detention Board of Advisors; and the Kane Foundation Board. Andréa's expertise in digital marketing, public relations and community engagement span the non-profit, healthcare, and financial services industries. Prior to her transition into the public sector, Andréa was a Digital Experience Product Manager at PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. An advocate of social justice and gender equity, Andréa dedicates her time to volunteer with nonprofits in the Pittsburgh community. She is a past president of the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Young Leaders Board, a former Partner in the Social Venture Partners Pittsburgh network, and mentors youth through organizations like Strong Women, Strong Girls and the Y Achievers Program of the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh. Additionally, Andréa currently serves on the board of directors for the Kelly Strayhorn Theater and the Women and Girls Foundation. Andréa received the 2017 Greater Pittsburgh ATHENA Young Professional Award, which recognizes an emerging leader who demonstrates excellence in theirprofession, contributes to their community and helps other women succeed through mentorship. She was recently acknowledged as a 2018 Western PA Rising Star by Get Involved!, Inc. Andréa graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She currently resides in Pittsburgh. 

Lawrence GURRERA

Advisory Board Member

My family and friends know me as “Guido”.  I am an attorney with the Pittsburgh-based law firm of Edgar Snyder & Associates, LLC. My practice focuses on representing people who have been injured through no fault of their own.

 

I graduated from the University of Pittsburg with a Bachelor’s degree in Science and later earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. During my time in law school, I received the Robert Berkley Harper Scholarship, the W. Edward Sell and Cordelia F. Sell Scholarship, and the William Frederick Schulz, Jr. Legal History Award. I also served as a judicial extern in the office of the Honorable Ralph J. Cappy, then Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

I am licensed to practice law in all Pennsylvania, and Ohio, as well as the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. I am a National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) trained trial attorney.

 

I routinely present on different legal topics to fellow attorneys through the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. I have guest lectured at California University of Pennsylvania, Westminster College, and local schools as well.  I am an active participant with the Allegheny County Bar Foundation’s Pro Bono Center, volunteering with the Criminal Record Expungement Project and the Divorce Law Project. These projects help individuals that would not otherwise be able to afford legal representation obtain the relief that they need. I also volunteer with the Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers’ Association Wills Project, which helps needy individuals obtain important life-planning documents, such as Wills, Powers of Attorney, and Living Wills.

I am a co-director of the Pitt Celebrity Golf Tournament, an annual non-profit event that raises scholarship proceeds for student-athletes at the University of Pittsburgh. I volunteer to serve a monitor at polling places during elections in Allegheny County. I am an active marathon runner, completing the Pittsburgh Marathon each of the past 9 years. I enjoy traveling, reading, and meeting new people. I am conversational in Spanish and am learning to speak French. I love Pittsburgh and cheer on all of its sports teams.

 

Professional Honors and Memberships:

Selected for inclusion in the 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars®, a distinction given to the best up-and-coming attorneys under 40 in Pennsylvania as voted on by their peers.

Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, formerly a member of the Board of Governors

Pennsylvania Association for Justice, formerly a member of the Board of Governors

Allegheny County Bar Association, formerly a member of the Committee on Law and Disability

Pennsylvania Bar Association

University of Pittsburgh Alumni Association, Board of Directors, Treasurer, Director of the Young Alumni Advisory Team(YAAT)

 

Daniel BERKOWITZ

Advisory Board Member

I’m a serial entrepreneur, team leader and strategist with over 17 years’ experience developing concepts into plans, and executing those plans into successful realities. I’m adept at fundraising, business development, strategy and motivating teams to success.

Currently, as the Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Development Co., I am working to change the brick and mortar face of the fastest growing Millennial population in the U.S.: Pittsburgh. . 

Over the course of my career, I've done it all... strategy, business development, sales, fundraising, marketing, branding, deal structuring, financing... and when success demanded it, I have happily been the proverbial chief, cook and bottle washer. As a result I have unique abilities managing multi-faceted projects and navigating complex challenges. 

Specialties: identifying trends, strategy, business development, sales, deal structure, communications, management, marketing, branding

I am constantly looking to expand my network, reach out: Daniel@AtlasDevelopment.Co

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