Heath Johnson, President
Heath works as a crime analyst for the City of Pittsburgh Police Department. He received his Ph.D. in social work at the University of Pittsburgh, where his research interests included parental incarceration, youth drug involvement, and community building. Heath earned his bachelor’s of arts in philosophy from Duquesne University and his master’s degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh.
He has worked in a variety of positions such as providing in-home services to youth with autism spectrum disorders, conducting program evaluations, researching delinquent youth, coordinating volunteers, and serving as a legislative assistant.
Heath, a long time supporter of CHS, has served on the board since 2011 and serves on its strategic planning committee as well as the agency’s quality committee. Heath lives in Mt. Washington with his wife and daughter.
Mike Ressler, Vice President
Mike is a native of East Brunswick, New Jersey, where his high school volleyball team won two state titles (Go Bears!). Carnegie Mellon University brought Mike to Pittsburgh, where he studied Computer Science and was a manager for the women's volleyball team. Mike quickly fell in love with Pittsburgh and although he graduated from CMU in a record 2.5 years, he decided to stay in Pittsburgh to start a family. Professionally, Mike has combined his passion for sports with his computer science background throughout his career.
Mike joined the CHS board in 2012 after being introduced to CHS through fellow board member Jim Logan. Mike is also a board member of another Pittsburgh non-profit organization, Venture Outdoors. Mike's hobbies, aside from playing and coaching volleyball, include board games, biking, scuba diving, and most recently RC helicopter flying.
Vincent Son, Treasurer
Vince is a certified public accountant and has worked in public accounting for more than eight years. During this time he has worked with many different types of non-profit organizations as both an auditor and advisor. He became a board member of CHS in 2010.
Vince’s interest in CHS peaked after hearing about the agency's Sleep-In for the Homeless. After attending 2010’s Sleep-In, his awareness of daily life for the homeless in Pittsburgh increased and his commitment was renewed.
Vince is a member of the AICPA, PICPA, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the PICPA Emerging CPAs. Vince enjoys spending time with his wife Stephanie and two children. His hobbies include participating in his son’s boy scouts activities, marbles, bowling, and if the opportunity presents itself karaoke.
Drew Miller, Secretary
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
Drew Miller is the current board secretary and has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2009, when he participated in several legislative roundtable discussions aimed at ending homelessness in Allegheny County. In addition to being a licensed realtor, Drew is also licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, Florida, and Washington, D. C., and is currently working as an energy attorney performing title work for a large law firm. He graduated with a bachelor's of science in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University and received his J.D. from Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg. Previously, Drew was a staff attorney for the Pennsylvania Senate. He is the proud owner of a French Bulldog named Mugsy.
Meghan Holohan is a freelance writer and editor based in Pittsburgh. She serves as a contributor to mentalfloss.com and her work has appeared in a variety of local and national publications. Over the past five years, she has conducted research for a manuscript about doctors who care for people who are experiencing homelessness.
Battery Giant of Pittsburgh
Jim Logan, President of Battery Giant of Pittsburgh, grew up in Mars just miles from his Cranberry store located at 10 St. Francis Way in Cranberry Township, across from the Cranberry Mall. Battery Giant will Replace Rebuild and Recycle batteries for every application. If it takes a battery, we have it.
Jim formerly was an executive of AccuNurse, a subsidiary of Vocollect, Inc. He led multiple business startups in the 1990’s, including founding Speech Interface Design Inc. Jim holds 14 US patents.
He is an Electrical Engineer and also holds these degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University: an MS in electrical engineering, an MBA from the Tepper School, and he completed Entrepreneurial Management Program. He holds an Antarctic Service Medal for spending 15 months at Siple Station, Antarctica as Station Science Leader, and has been to the South Pole.
An avid cyclist, Jim has completed the grand randonnée Paris Brest Paris in 2007 and 2011. He is Regional Brevet Coordinator for the Pittsburgh region for Randonneurs USA.
Executive Director, Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group
Ernie Hogan is the Executive Director for the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG), where he relies on more than 24 years of experience as a community development practitioner to advance a neighborhood-driven agenda of economic growth. Originally incorporated in 1988 to provide a coordinated response to the financial institutions’ practice of redlining and to be the “on the ground” watchdog for the Community Reinvestment Act, PCRG works for community resources through neighborhood, regional, and banking policy initiatives.
In early 2010, Mr. Hogan put his years of community development experience to work in advancing a neighborhood-driven agenda of economic growth for the Pittsburgh region. Through policy creation, advocacy, and education, Mr. Hogan is helping to change the community development system in Pittsburgh.
In 2006, Mr. Hogan was the recipient of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Community Champion Award. He is the chair of Pittsburgh’s Historic Review Commission and a former board member of both Friendship Development Associates and the Community Design Center of Pittsburgh. He is also a licensed realtor.
Program Officer, POISE Foundation
Aerion is a native of Philadelphia. In 2010 he received his undergraduate degree in Communications with a minor in Theatre Arts from the University of Pittsburgh. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree, he continued his education at the University of Pittsburgh’s Master’s of Social Work program. He chose social work because he is dedicated to a life of service and making a positive difference in the lives of others and their overall well-being. His ultimate goal as a social leader is to raise the bar of acquired knowledge, while at the same time closing the gap of ignorance.
Aerion is the program officer at the POISE Foundation, where he works to support non-profits that strengthen and sustain African American families and communities. Previously, Aerion served as a staff member for the Honorable State Representative Jake Wheatley Jr., where he was partly responsible for locating, addressing, and improving community related issues and relations with respect to the 19th Legislative District of Pennsylvania. His background and interests are in community organizing, community development, and economic justice. He intends to apply and infuse his acquired knowledge and understanding of social justice into the philanthropic mission of the Foundation. Aerion is also a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and Prince Hall Free and Accepted Masons.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Holly grew up in rural western PA, and has also lived in Eugene, OR and Philadelphia, PA. She finally found her just-right city in Pittsburgh. She currently manages the First Floor of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Oakland. Prior to taking this position, she was head of the Teen Department for 5 years. At the library she currently specializes in outreach, programming, facilitation and strategic planning. She became involved with CHS through library outreach at Lawn Street Social. She joined the board in 2013.
In her spare time, you can usually find Holly reading or running. She lives in Highland Park with her husband and two rambunctious rescue dogs.
Karla Villatoro de Friedman
Associate, Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP
Karla X. Villatoro de Friedman is an associate in the Real Estate and Lending Department of Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP. Karla focuses her practice on public finance and all matters involving commercial real estate, including the financing, sale and purchase of real estate as well as commercial leasing. Prior to going to law school and joining Meyer, Unkovic & Scott, Karla worked as an investment banking analyst in the Equity Capital Markets Division of JPMorgan Chase in New York City where she specialized in the issuance of convertible debt securities and secondary public offerings.
Karla graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in business management from Marymount College. She later earned her juris doctor at Fordham University School of Law and served as the senior articles editor for the Fordham Environmental Law Review and as President of the Latin American Law Students Association. Karla is currently on the boards of Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania and CHS. Karla is originally from El Salvador and is fluent in Spanish.