our team

Heather Conroy, Director

Heather is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with a masters degree from The University of Pittsburgh. Since 2006, she has worked with various groups of children, adolescents, and young adults seeking support with communication and organization, with a primary focus on supporting students as they navigate the demands of a college environment. She enjoys helping young adults make strides towards reaching their full potential, keeping in mind that all of us have room for additional growth.


Joe Farrell, Director of Programs

Joe moved to Pittsburgh in 2008 to pursue his Master's of Science in Education and Community Agency Counseling degree from Duquesne University, and began working with children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Substance Abuse Disorders. 

His main focus is empowering individuals to live independent and integrated lives. Joe incorporates techniques from Behaviorism, Cognitive Therapy and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy into his Coaching. Joe enjoys hiking, biking and backpacking and he is also a member of the Steel City Beard and Moustache Club, where he gets to talk about having facial hair and host charitable events for local Non-profit Organizations.



Kristen Horn, College Coach

Kristen is a licensed clinical social worker from the University of Pittsburgh. A central PA native, she moved to Pittsburgh in the fall of 2013 to finish her bachelors degree in psychology and fell in love with the Steel City. During her first year as an MSW student, she interned with Evolve Coaching to gain more experience working with adults on the autism spectrum, and she has stayed on board ever since. Kristen has also worked as a camp counselor as well as the assistant director of a therapeutic summer and after school program serving children and adolescents. Kristen is dedicated and passionate about assisting individuals through their journeys of realizing and utilizing their full potential.


Allison Storm, College Coach

Allison has been working in student success services on college campuses since 2010. She has worked in multiple capacities including academic coaching, peer advising, disability services, and mental health counseling. She earned her M.S. in Counseling from the University of Southern Maine and her B.A. in Psychology and German from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Allison uses a person-centered and strengths-based approach to guide students through the academic, social, and personal challenges of the college and young adult years. 


Luke Sumpter, College Coach

Luke moved to Pittsburgh in 2005 after receiving his master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is an experienced mental health professional who is passionate about helping people of all ages. Through the Steel City Beard and Mustache Club he became involved with Evolve's Arts for Autism program and later joined the team as a college coach. In his free time he enjoys hiking, traveling and running a small BBQ company.


Doug Wampler, Job Coach

Doug moved to Pittsburgh in 2015 to pursue his bachelor's degree in Urban Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. After completing his degree, he joined PULSE, and committed to a year of service with Evolve Coaching as a Job Coach. Doug empowers clients who are seeking work, or are already employed, to meet self-defined goals for workplace success. He enjoys thrift shopping,, traveling, and eating at new places around the city. 


Natalie Coyne, Group Facilitator

Natalie is a senior at Chatham University majoring in Political Science and History. As a long-time member of Evolve's college group, she has stepped up to take a leadership role and run the group this year! Natalie has a specific interest in making group relevant and worthwhile for the group members and incorporates current events and media into each of our meetings. When she's not at one of her two internships or running Tuesday night group, you can find Natalie watching true crime documentaries and YouTube!  


Rachel Hopkins

Rachel is currently working towards a bachelor’s degree at the University of Pittsburgh. Having chosen Psychology and Sociology as majors, and Social Work as her minor, she is deeply interested in mental health and how it relates to racial inequality and the family context. A passion for working with students motivates her, which is showcased through her work as a mentor and peer career advisor. Her favorite things to do include watching movies, writing poetry, and cooking.

Amy Adelman

Amy graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with her B.S. in Rehabilitation Science and minor in Sociology in 2019. She is passionate about creating inclusive spaces where young adults are encouraged to embrace their strengths and passions, while working toward their goals. Amy is also a research assistant in the psychology departments at the University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University. She enjoys exploring the city and spending time outdoors.

Michael Fenchak

Michael is a student at the University of Pittsburgh, working towards his bachelor’s degree in finance. He also has a strong interest in macroeconomics, having taken many classes in his time at Penn State and Pitt. His interest in the Evolve coaching program stems from his sister who was born with autism and seeing all the help she got through various programs similar to Evolve. Having worked for Northwest Bank, Michael has a passion for cordial relationships with clients and customers. Some of his interests aside from work and school include basketball, casual gaming, and discovering new music.


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