board of directors
Anita Arguello is an indigenous, autistic and neurodivergent artist. Originally from a small town in Indiana, she has spent most of her years traveling. She went to school at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, FL. and Barber School in Jacksonville, FL. She and her wife own a home in the 'Rocks with their two cats, a dog, and a spider. She believes in self advocacy, transparency, and visibility being the means to creating positive shifts and collectively creating a better world for all. She is thrilled to be part of the Evolve board.
Susan has had a 30-year career with Gannett Co., Verizon Communications, and Westinghouse Electric Co., where she currently works as a project engineer. Her 25 year old autistic son participated in the first four years of Evolve’s Arts for Autism program: Joey Travolta Film Camp. She and her son believe it was the most effective of all the programs they had tried.
Jocelyn serves as Client Relationship Manager at Access Data Broadridge, a provider of technology-driven solutions for wealth and asset management. She assists Evolve in the use of technology & data to better anticipate future projections and evaluate student progress.
Colin is a filmmaker, teacher, copywriter, and proud Evolve board member with a special focus on Evolve’s arts education offerings. As a neurodivergent and learning disabled student who struggled in school, he has developed a passion for creating experiential learning alternatives to traditional education at arts programs across the Northeast. The New York Times called his award-winning feature film HOMEMAKERS - filmed in Pittsburgh - a "raggedy ode to the DIY ethos" and the film made Bust Magazine write "Healey nails it!”. He currently lives with his wife and two dogs in a tiny New England hilltown, but relishes any opportunity he gets to come to Pittsburgh and work with Evolve.
Carolyn Komich Hare, M.S., CTBS
Carolyn has been working in the field of Autism for more than 20 years and is the President of Evolve's Board. She is a former special education teacher and currently the Clinical Director for Autism BrainNet. Carolyn founded Achieving in Higher Education with Autism and Developmental Disabilities (AHEADD) as well as the Arts for Autism Foundation of Pittsburgh which brought the Joey Travolta Summer Film Camp to Pittsburgh. Outside of her career, Carolyn is enjoying raising a family in Pittsburgh and spending as much time as possible in the outdoors
Ronald E. Heakins
Ronald is President and founder of the locally owned Registered Investment Advisors firm OakTree Investment Advisors and is Treasurer of Evolve’s Board. He focuses on community outreach through a number of local charities, Arts for Autism being one of them.
Shannon works at Healthy Start Inc. in Pittsburgh as the Fatherhood Program Manager, bringing nearly 20 years of experience in the human services field. He holds a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and a Bachelor of Science in Community Ministry from Geneva College.
Dr. Stephanie Marasti-Georg
Dr. Stephanie Marasti-Georg is a licensed psychologist, and owns an independent private practice. She has worked in a variety of professional settings, including university counseling. She became interested in joining Evolve's board after volunteering at the 2014 Joey Travolta summer film camp and seeing the organization in action. Dr. Marasti-Georg also serves on the board of the Greater Pittsburgh Psychological Association.
Erin works for ZOLL LifeVest in New Product Planning and is Secretary of Evolve’s Board. As part of the Evolve Coaching team, she hopes to leverage her business experience to help reach more individuals in the community.
Dan is a seasoned leader in IT and technology-driven business transformation. He has worked across multiple industries, including manufacturing, retail, grocery, consumer products, apparel, industrial products, high-tech, entertainment and media, financial services, non-profit, and law firms/professional services. He also serves as a Director to PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC) Advisory.
Kevin Nuckols is passionate about improving the educational experience for all students. Originally from Southern Virginia, he was transplanted to Pittsburgh as a young child and became a devoted Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He also enjoys history, trivia, reading, writing fictional short stories, and comedic satire. Kevin graduated from Bethany College with a degree in Political Science and History. A natural introvert, Kevin prefers solitude but welcomes conversations about history as well as enthusiastic debates on the topics of foreign policy and historical interpretation.
Shemaria "Mimi" Scharmann
Working tirelessly to support families and their children from birth through adolescence, Shemaria (“Mimi”) Scharmann has been an advocate and champion in the field of early childhood education. She uses her gifts and talents to ensure comfort for delivering mothers as a doula, encourages and guides the development of children and youth in their endeavors as they navigate the challenges in life as a teacher and is a visionary and global leader in the raising of “a village.” She is an educator who believes that each student has the potential to change the world, and through her social media platform on Facebook, she provides events and programming with Mimi’s Kinder Connection. This mom, daughter, sister, and friend is the epitome of love and care to a world that is sorely in need of both.
Justin is the Operations Manager and Accessibility Coach at Carnegie Science Center, where he oversees all accessibility initiatives. He is a motivated professional who works to ensure his environment is welcoming and open to all individuals.