Our coaches are uniquely qualified to support adults with ASD and other developmental disabilities, helping our clients successfully transition from high school to college or work.
Heather Conroy, Co-Founder and Executive Director
Heather is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who, since 2006, has worked with children, adolescents, and young adults seeking support with communication and organization. Primarily, her focus has been supporting students as they navigate the demands of college environments. She enjoys helping young adults make strides towards reaching their full potential by empowering clients to self-advocate and develop personal strategies for success.
Joe Farrell, Co-Founder and Director of Programs
After completing his Master's of Science in Education and Community Agency Counseling degree from Duquesne University in 2008, Joe 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 Cognitive and Behavioral therapies into his Coaching. He also serves as the director of Evolve's 2-week summer camp. Joe enjoys hiking and all manner of outdoor activities. As a member of the Steel City Beard and Mustache Club, he has traveled all over the U.S. participating in charity beard competitions to support local non-profit organizations.
Kristen Horn, Senior 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.
Jill Constantin, Administrative Assistant
Jill has two degrees in US History, five years of experience as an adjunct instructor at the college level, and four years of experience as a non-profit professional. She enjoys helping people find what motivates them in life and facilitating their successes. Jill is also an avid reader and a dog person.
Alex Collinger, Video Specialist
Alex has been working in film and video production since 2014. He has worked in many roles in the industry, but one of his favorites is working in the camera department. He has won two Student Emmy Awards from working on The Steeltown Entertainment Project's "The Reel Teens Pittsburgh". Alex won regional awards for his work in his High School video production classes. When he is not working on films or videos, Alex enjoys photographing the night sky, observing the stars and planets, and watching rocket launches on tv.
Jaclyn Harris, Art Mentor
Jaclyn earned a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2015. She has continued her art education at craft schools across the nation including the Pilchuck Glass School, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Penland School of Craft, and the Pittsburgh Glass Center. Jaclyn has enjoyed supporting and coaching artists for the past five years.
Yahne Jackson, Coach
Yahne began her career teaching secondary English. Throughout her career she has worked in behavioral health and educational consulting. She earned a M.Ed. from Tennessee State University and an MFA from Point Park University. Yahne’s goal is to encourage and empower young adults to live their best lives.
Alyssa Lisle, Coach
A native Pittsburgher, Alyssa is in the last semester of her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to graduate school, she worked as a therapist at Western Psychiatric Hospital and obtained her B.S. in Psychology at Allegheny College. Alyssa uses a strengths-based approach to empower clients to achieve their goals. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, making pottery, and spending time with her dog.
Erin Zacher, Coach
Since graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2016, Erin has provided counseling to a variety of populations. She earned both an M.S. in Professional Counseling and an M.A. in Student Affairs from Carlow University to combine her interests in helping others learn to cope and supporting adults through transitional phases in their lives. Erin often incorporates mindfulness techniques and a strengths-based approach into her coaching to help clients develop practical skills in their daily lives. In her free time, you can find her spending time outdoors, practicing yoga, or watching a new movie or tv show.
Johanna Murphy, Development Director
A native of Harrisburg, PA, Joey moved to Pittsburgh in 1992 after earning her bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Scranton. While her only plan was to become a rock star, her appetite for learning how to do things led her many places Dividing her time between performing and working for a living, she learned accounting, auto body repair, carpentry, basic machining, early-era web design, sales and marketing. She’s done professional marketing and development work for music distribution companies, outreach work in the region’s workforce development community, produced and promoted concerts, launched a newsletter for Pittsburgh’s western neighborhoods, flipped houses, and rescued pets. Her restlessness and inability to settle on one career finally made sense, when, at the age of 42, she was diagnosed with Aspergers, or ASD level one. Since completing her master’s of fine arts at the University of Pittsburgh in 2016, she has worked as a freelance writer and an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh. What she likes best is helping young people make sense of the world as they grow into adults, and using her writing skills to advocate for Autism awareness for older women.
Fernan Osorno, Coach
Originally born and raised in Mexico City, Fernan has lived in the UK for the last 5 years while completing a PH.D. in (sociological) Politics at the University of Bristol. During his time in Bristol, he delivered outreach teaching work with the aim of increasing the uptake of underrepresented students in higher education. He also worked in residential services, helping first-year students transition to university life. Finally, he led seminar discussions on Political Concepts and Thinking Politically with first-year students. Overall, he is passionate about teaching and mentoring young adults, with the aim of expanding inclusivity and equality for students of all abilities and backgrounds. He enjoys sports, traveling, baking, cooking, and spending time with his family.
Allison Storm, 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, 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, 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.
Skukura Woods, Coach
Skukura explores work at the intersection of spirituality, culture/identity and psychology. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Intercultural Communication from Juniata College, and Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University. For the past 6 years, she has served in various roles that allowed her to passionately pursue opportunities to nurture community-building, authenticity, and support others in their unique life’s development. In her free-time, she enjoys yoga, watching movies, coloring and being around water.