our team

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.

Natalie Coyne, Group Facilitator

Natalie is a recent Chatham University graduate with a Bachelors 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!  

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 Miller, College 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.

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Johanna Murphy, Development Associate

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.  Juggling all of this wasn’t always pretty, and you’d never call her life conventional, but she’s learned more than she ever would have imagined and wouldn’t trade that away for anything. 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.

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Elin Renstrom, Coach

Elin is an Ohio native and a Kent State University graduate, having earned a master’s degree in Special Education with a concentration in Transition Services.  In addition to her M.Ed., Elin also has a B.A. in English/Creative Writing and a B.S. in Educational Studies. She has experience in job coaching, pre-employment counseling, career exploration, and transition support.  She is committed to empowering individuals of all abilities in creating and achieving their goals towards independence in all areas – academically, vocationally, socially, emotionally, physically, and recreationally. Elin is a proud AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumna, and volunteering remains an important part of her life.  While Elin is new to the Pittsburgh area, she is excited to explore the city and get to know her community.  Elin enjoys reading, trivia, yoga, practicing ASL, meeting new people, and spending time with her one-eyed dog, Jerry.

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.