Board of Directors

City of Asylum

*Resident Central Northside


Feyisola Akintola, 2019

A native of Nigeria and Special Initiatives Manager for Mayor William Peduto. In her role, she runs the Welcoming Pittsburgh Initiative: an inclusion programs for immigrants, refugees and internationals. She is also the program manager for Pittsburgh’s sister cities and the cities lead in the 2020 U.S. Census effort. She serves as a board member for Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience (PULSE), Welcoming America- Network Leadership Committee, and she represents the mayor as a board member for the Sisters Cities Association of Pittsburgh (SCAP). She is a middle school mentor for the United Way, and was listed as The Incline‘s 2019 Who’s Next: Politics class.



Anne Billiet Lackner, 2013, Vice President

A native of Belgium, where she was a lawyer, she came to the United States in 1980 and now serves as Honorary Consul of Belgium. She is co-founder of The Lackner Group, Inc., a software company committed to providing innovative solutions in trust and estate administration, to law firms, bank trust officers and C.P.A’s, and a member of the external advisory board at the University of Pittsburgh’s EU Center of Excellence/European Studies Center.



Michael McLean, 2011

A senior lawyer at K & L Gates and former Chair of the Three Rivers Arts Festival and Trustee of the Carnegie Museum of Art, he is currently on the Board of the Allegheny Heart Institute, the legal committee of the ACLU, the Advisory Board of Pitt Law School’s International Studies and previously the Center for International Studies/Board of Visitors at the University of Pittsburgh.



Gwendolyn Moorer, 2011 *

Northside community resident Gwendolyn Moorer joined the board in 2011. She is the Assistant Director, Technology for the City of Pittsburgh’s Information Systems department and owner of the Northside franchise of Rita’s Water Ices. She is on the Development Board of the Central Northside Neighborhood Council and on the board of Artists Image Resources.



Charles F. O’Hanlon III, 2010, Secretary/Treasurer

President and CEO of Celsense, Inc., an emerging biotechnology company offering novel molecular imaging agents. Prior to joining Celsense, Mr. O’Hanlon was a Managing Director of Cornerstone Capital Advisors, Ltd. Prior to his affiliation with Cornerstone in 2001, Mr. O’Hanlon spent 25 years in banking and financial services.


Henry Reese, co-founder, President *

Entrepreneur (co-founder/former principal in Reese Brothers and Communications & Commerce), former Treasurer of Cave Canem: A Home for Black Poetry, Board International Cities of Refuge Network, and former Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Programming Advisory Committee member.



Audrey Russo, 2017 

Since 2007 Audrey has led the region’s technology business sector as President & CEO of the Pittsburgh Technology Council.  She has deep experience in IT, operations, and finance, having worked at Alcoa, Reynolds Metals & MAYA Design. She is a previous Board Chair for the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, serves on the Regional Industrial Development Corporation, Greater Pittsburgh Urban League, Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, and CityLab. She also co-hosts TechVibe Radio show.



Diane Samuels, co-founder *

A visual artist with both studio and public art practices. Her permanent site-specific artworks include Luminous Manuscript (Center for Jewish History, New York) and Lines of Sight (Brown University), and The Alphabet Garden, (Grafeneck, Germany.) Formerly on the Boards of the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Mattress Factory museum, and the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education at Seton Hill University.



Akhil Sharma, 2015
Author of A Life of Adventure and Delight, An Obedient Father, and Family Life (selected by the New York Times as one of the 10 Best Books of 2014.) He is the winner of IMPAC, the International Dublin literary Award, The Folio Prize, The Folio Society/Rathbone Investment Management, the PEN/Hemingway Prize, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Susan Kaufman Prize. His short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Best American Short Stories, and O. Henry Award Stories. A native of Delhi, he is the Adele Schiff Professor of the Practice at Duke University.



Ken Segel, 2019
Ken Segel serves as Managing Director of Value Capture, a healthcare quality and safety trusted advisory firm. Prior to forming Value Capture, he served as the founding director of the Pittsburgh Regional Healthcare Initiative (PRHI) and served for five years as Senior Program Officer at the Jewish Healthcare Foundation of Pittsburgh.



Eric Shiner, 2017

Executive director of Pioneer Works, formerly Artistic Director, White Cube New York, Senior Vice President of Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s, Director of The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh from 2010 to 2016 and its Milton Fine Curator of Art from 2008 to 2010.  He has curated dozens of contemporary art exhibitions in cities around the globe, including Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei, Deborah Kass: Before and Happily Ever After, and Armory Focus: USA at the Armory Show.



Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds

Trustee Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Term Trustee Carnegie Mellon University, Board of National Poetry Series, Board of Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society, Board of Autumn House Press.



Barbara Talerico, 2015 *

Retired from BNY Mellon as an Information Technology Project Manager and manager of the bank’s International Help Desk. Prior to BNY, she was a Certified Financial Planner. Her 16 years of volunteer service includes Past President and Treasurer for the Allegheny City Central Association; Past President of the Mexican War Streets Society; Member of the Allegheny Commons Master Plan Steering Committee; Chair of the Fundraising Committee for Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild/Bidwell Training Center.



Founding North American Board:

Russell Banks

Dionne Brand

Carolyn Forche

Michael Ondaatje

Caryl Phillips

Salman Rushdie

Wole Soyinka

Derek Walcott



Advisory Board:

Pheeroan akLaff

Mia Alvar

Jill Bialosky

Angie Cruz

Craig Dunham

Amy Finnerty

Michael Formanek

John Freeman

Tomas Fujiwara

Mary Halvorson

Oliver Lake

Claire Messud

Viet Thanh Nguyen

Marc Nieson

George Packer

Richard Powers

Laura Secor

Kamila Shamsie

James Wood

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