Athletics Promotes Celeste Welsh to Director of Media Operations and Community Engagement
In this capacity, she will continue to impact the overall operations of the media relations division and also be a chief coordinator and liaison for the Panthers’ various community service endeavors throughout the year.
“This is a richly deserved promotion for one of the finest people and professionals I’ve had the honor of knowing,” said Executive Associate Athletic Director E.J. Borghetti. “Celeste’s wonderful talents are only matched by her passion for helping others, both at Pitt and in the larger community. If Celeste is leading an effort, we know it is going to be highly successful. The Panthers are very fortunate to have her in this vital role.”
Welsh has been a part of Pitt Athletics’ media relations team since 2004. She is well-known throughout Pittsburgh’s Top 25 media market for her orchestration of the Panthers’ press operations at Heinz Field and the Petersen Events Center. Welsh also liaises for visiting media, professional scouts and bowl game representatives.
Read more about Welsh on Pitt Athletics’ website.
Nena Ansari Named Assistant Director of Operations for Community Engagement Centers
In this new position, Ansari will provide operational and administrative support to the Community Engagement Center initiative in both Homewood and the Hill District. The CEC is part of Pitt’s Neighborhood Commitments, an effort to build stronger communities and a stronger University based on long-term, place-based partnerships.
Ansari previously served as a research review analyst on the Institutional Review Board in the Human Research Protection Office at Pitt. She brings personal and professional connections to the Homewood and Hill District communities as a lifelong resident of Pittsburgh.
Anika Jones Joins Community and Government Relations as Outreach Coordinator
In this role, Jones is responsible for engaging residents and encouraging participation in CEC programs and activities. She also serves as a point of contact for University and community members interested in collaborating to offer programs. The CEC is part of Pitt’s Neighborhood Commitments, an effort to build stronger communities and a stronger University based on long-term, place-based partnerships.
Jones graduated from Pitt in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in social work and psychology. She is familiar with the Homewood community having served as a community assistant with Homewood Community Sports during the 2017-18 school year.
Tara Wilson Byrne Starts at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
She will support research faculty with coordinating pre-award grant applications and submissions, managing initial activities of post-awards, assisting in manuscript preparation and other scheduling and logistics in regards to research.
Byrne hails from the Department of Neurological Surgery, where she served as the administrative coordinator since 2016. She has worked with UPMC and Pitt since 1995.
Elaine Devlin Joins the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
She has been with the University for more than 13 years. Devlin's most recent position was with the Department of Critical Care Medicine as a financial grants administrator.
Devlin is also a Pitt alumna with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in accounting.
Katy Holt Named Instructional Technologist at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences’ Office of Online Learning is expanding with the addition of Katy Holt as instructional technologist.
At SHRS, whether observing classes or discussing teaching practices, she’ll act as a resource for adapting learning from face-to-face settings to asynchronous or online environments.
Holt is a Virginia native who recently relocated to Pennsylvania, having come to Pitt from the University of Arizona.
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Adds Josh Woolford as Research Coordinator
He comes to SHRS from Allegheny Health Network where he was a research coordinator in the Cancer Center. Previously, Woolford worked at Department of Epidemiology here at Pitt.
He earned his Master of Public Health from Tulane University.
Kirk An Joins University Communications
Kirk An joined the Office of University Communications in October as an editorial production specialist.
An is a 2017 graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois, where he was assistant editor, editor in chief and spotlight editor of the college newspaper. He completed fellowships and internships and freelanced for media outlets including USA Today, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and Religion News Service. Most recently, he was the assistant editor at Providence Magazine in Washington, D.C.
Katie Johnstone Joins Pitt as Social Media Specialist
Katie Johnstone joined the Office of University Communications in September as a social media specialist.
In this role, she’ll assist in managing the Office of University Communications' social media presence and serve as a resource for account managers across the University.
She has a strong background in higher education with experience working for Robert Morris University, Point Park University and most recently, CCAC. She’s also a Pitt alumna, having earned her Masters of Education in 2015.
Sauntee’ Turner Named Executive Speechwriting Specialist
Sauntee’ Turner joined the Office of University Communications team in August as an executive speechwriting specialist. In this position, she supports members of Chancellor Patrick Gallagher’s leadership team in their speeches and presentations.
Turner has a wealth of experience in public relations, special events and executive communications. During a decade of service with the City of Pittsburgh, she worked in parks and recreation, public safety, and the Office of the Mayor.
She is a Pitt alumna, having earned her Bachelor of Arts in communications and rhetoric. Turner also holds a Master of Arts in professional writing from Chatham University.
Adam Christian Joins University Communications
In this new role, he supports the web development team in building and maintaining websites for the University of Pittsburgh, including @Pitt.
Christian is a 2017 graduate of the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. Prior to coming to Pitt, he was the lead case manager at Net Driven, where he developed websites for the tire and automotive industry.
Christin Bongiorni Hired as Multimedia Specialist
Christin Bongiorni joined the Office of University Communications in June as a multimedia specialist.
In this role, Bongiorni will help University Communications tell stories through video and related multimedia products as well as serve as a resource for communicators across campus.
Bongiorni graduated from Carnegie Mellon University and worked for several years as a freelance animator and videographer prior to joining Pitt.