PRESIDENT & CEO
Aradhna is President and CEO of Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. (LPI), the premiere resource for community leadership identification, connection and development in Southwestern Pennsylvania. LPI seeks to strengthen regional leadership through programs, partnerships and connections. During its 30 year history, Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. has produced over 2,400 informed and engaged leaders and linked them with opportunities to help serve our region.
Prior to joining LPI in December 2004, Aradhna served as the Program Officer of The Forbes Funds, a supporting organization of The Pittsburgh Foundation. There, she led the grant-making and sector-leadership activities of the Funds with a focus on enhancing the management capacity of human service and community development organizations. Aradhna was the Executive Director of The Children’s Festival Chorus (CFC) of Pittsburgh from 2000-2003. Before moving to Pittsburgh in 1999, Aradhna led an arts organization in Princeton, New Jersey, and taught as an adjunct professor of management and psychology at both Rider University and the College of New Jersey.
Deeply committed to community building, Aradhna is actively engaged with the academic, public policy, corporate and nonprofit sectors. She serves on numerous boards and advisory boards including Chatham University, The Pittsburgh Parking Authority, First Commonwealth Bank, and Thornburgh Forum at the University of Pittsburgh, among others. She was invited by Pennsylvania’s then Governor-Elect Tom Wolf to serve on the steering committee that oversaw the work of the transition teams, the Chancellor of University of Pittsburgh for The Chancellor’s Committee on City-County Effectiveness and Efficiency, and by the Allegheny Conference on the Pittsburgh 250 Commission. Aradhna is proud to be a member of the National Security Seminar of the U.S. Army War College. In 2015 she was appointed as a Commissioner for the County Government Review Commission that is constituted once every ten years to review Allegheny County’s structure and make recommendations. Aradhna is a proud graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh XVIII – an experience that truly anchored her in the region. She was recognized as one of our region’s top “40 Under 40” in 2002, honored as a “Fast Tracker” by the Pittsburgh Business Times in 2005, received the top 25 Women in Business Award from the Pittsburgh Business Times in 2009, honored as a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania in 2011, and by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation in 2013. In 2015 the Pittsburgh Magazine recognized Aradhna as one of the top 25 most influential people in the region and in 2018 The Pittsburgh Business Times gave her the Outstanding CEOs Award. Also in 2018 she was recognized for her entrepreneurial spirit in support of veterans by the Institute of Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University. In 2019 she completed her tenure as the President of IWF Pittsburgh. She was invited to deliver the Commencement address and has received honorary doctorates from two universities: Robert Morris University in 2016 and Waynesburg University in 2017. She has been featured in various print and online publications and her writing for the Pittsburgh Quarterly won the regional Golden Quill in 2009. In recognition of her unwavering commitment to community service the Institute of Politics at University of Pittsburgh awarded her the prestigious Moe Coleman award in 2018. Aradhna is a frequent guest speaker on leadership and regional issues including at a recent TEDxPittsburgh.
Born and raised in India, Aradhna holds an MBA from Rutgers University and an MA in Psychology from Bhopal University. Her family resides in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Squirrel Hill.
Marie Hamblett is Program Director of Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. (LPI) and joined the team in February 2015.
As Program Director, Marie manages all activities related to the flagship program – Leadership Pittsburgh (LP) - a ten-month program connecting senior-level leaders to civic issues and to a broad network of stakeholders in the region. She executes program design, planning and implementation of the program in addition to partnership development and cultivation, event planning, management and evaluation. In addition to her LP duties, Marie also manages the Community Leadership Course for Veterans (CLCV) – LPI’s newest initiative - aimed at leverage the skills and knowledge of high-potential post 9/11 veteran leaders in service of the betterment of the broader Pittsburgh region. By exposing them to new leadership networks and opportunities for service to Southwestern Pennsylvania community, LPI hopes to fast-track their success in the region.
Marie brings twenty years of experience planning, developing and implementing educational public policy programs and meetings for public, private and nonprofit leaders from across the Southwestern Pennsylvania region and the Commonwealth to her position as Program Director, Leadership Pittsburgh Inc.
Prior to Leadership Pittsburgh Inc., Marie served as the Deputy Director, Finance for the Institute of Politics, University of Pittsburgh. The Institute of Politics serves as a forum to convene federal, state, county and local elected officials with academics, foundation executives, civic, and business leaders to discuss critical, regional public policy issues in a neutral environment. Prior to serving in that position, Marie held positions of increasing responsibility within the Institute of Politics spanning her 20 years with the University of Pittsburgh.
Marie earned her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994 and her Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs in 2003.
Senior Manager, Outreach and Initiatives
Krissy DeShetler joined the LPI team in November, 2018 and serves as Senior Manager, Outreach and Initiatives.
Krissy brings more than fifteen years of experience in nonprofit administration and management. Prior to joining Leadership Pittsburgh, Krissy spent nine years at Family House where she held a few different positions. Most recently her role was Shared Services Manager and included overseeing IT for five locations and approximately 50 staff members; processing deposits and payroll; supervising the processing of accounts payable and donations; creating organizational reports and managing several other technology and operations related projects. Prior to moving into the Shared Services Manager position, her primary focus was in development working to streamline data entry and reporting in The Raiser’s Edge database system, overseeing the organization’s website and managing direct mail and newsletter campaigns. Krissy has served as a Raiser’s Edge consultant for the Jewish Association on Aging and a few other organizations.
Before moving back to Pittsburgh in 2009, Krissy spent six years working at Round House Theatre in Bethesda, MD where she held various positions including Development Events Coordinator, Assistant Director of Development and Business Manager. Krissy holds a BFA in Theatre Design and Technology from Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. Prior to her career transitioning more towards nonprofit administration and management, Krissy had worked in a variety of local and regional theatres in positions ranging from stage manager and production manager to wardrobe crew and light/sound board operator.
Krissy is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh’s Leadership Development Initiative program. As a member of LDI XXIV Krissy helped with the planning and installation of the Inside Out photo project as part of LDI XXIV’s PopUp! Pittsburgh event.
Krissy has presented conference sessions related to technology at both the Bayer Center’s TechNow conference and the Healthcare Hospitality Network annual conference and had an article about Family House’s transition to a cloud-based network system featured by NTEN (Nonprofit Technology Network).
Krissy is a founding board member and currently the president of the Board of Directors for Mon River Arts in Elizabeth, PA. Krissy also served as a volunteer and board member for Partnership for Animal Welfare (PAW) in Greenbelt, MD.
Krissy grew up in South Park and currently resides in Jefferson Hills with her husband, George, and their five-year-old son.
Jasmine Morris serves as Operations Manager to LPI, managing many key operations of the organization. Additionally, Jasmine provides support to the board of directors as well as the marketing and recruitment efforts for Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. and its programs. Previous to her current role, Jasmine served as Program Manager for the Community Leadership Course for Veterans (CLCV). Prior to her role as Program Manager, Jasmine served as Programs Associate supporting the Leadership Pittsburgh (LP) program and other strategic initiatives, as well as worked closely with “Executive Welcome”, a key program presented in partnership with the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. Jasmine joined the LPI team in 2013 as Office Coordinator.
Before joining the Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. team, Jasmine served as Administrative Coordinator at Hilltop Community Childcare Center in the Knoxville neighborhood where she grew up. Jasmine managed all office operations, as well as assisted in classrooms of various age groups. She obtained a number of Early Childhood Education related certifications and worked vigorously to ensure that the facility met all requirements for top accreditations. Jasmine served as a liaison for childcare funding and food program sources and was responsible for enrolling all children and families into the center and affiliated programs.
Jasmine holds a B.A. in Professional Communication and Business Marketing from Chatham University. A Pittsburgh native, Jasmine attended Schenley High School and was among the first class of high school graduates to receive a Pittsburgh Promise scholarship award. Jasmine remains involved with the Pittsburgh Promise as a founding member of the Promise Legacy Alumni Association.
Shawna Falcione is currently Programs Associate for Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. (LPI), our region’s premiere resource for community leadership. In her role, Shawna supports the Program Director with the organization and implementation of LPI’s flagship program, Leadership Pittsburgh (LP), a 10-month program connecting senior-level leaders to civic issues and to a broad network of influencers in the region. She maintains primary responsibility for the logistical management of monthly sessions, she provides financial administrative support for the tuition-based program, she assists with the day-to-day management of each year’s LP participants, and she provides support to several other LPI strategic initiatives. Prior to her current role, Shawna served as Program Assistant and provided support for Leadership Development Initiative (LDI), LPI’s program for high potential young professionals, as well as maintained responsibility for many key operations of the organization. Shawna joined the LPI team in the summer of 2013.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Shawna graduated from Carrick High School and is a proud Pittsburgh Promise Alumna. After graduating from Carrick, Shawna attended Slippery Rock University for two years before transferring to Penn State University, Greater Allegheny where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. While attending Penn State, Shawna tutored students at a local intermediate school, middle school and high school through Penn State’s Educational Partnership Program and was also involved with Penn State’s Psychology Club. Throughout college, Shawna also worked part-time as a server for Brookdale Senior Living at The Devonshire of Mt. Lebanon. During the summer of 2012, Shawna had the opportunity to study abroad in London, England where she interned with the area’s leading provider of voluntary sector mental health services, City and Hackney Mind and I.R.I.E. Mind. Before joining the LPI Team, Shawna interned with The Pittsburgh Promise and continues to support their mission as a founding member and events chair of Promise Legacy, The Pittsburgh Promise's Alumni Association.
Shawna is a devoted fan of all things Pittsburgh, especially sports, and has a passion for traveling, animals and dance. She has been dancing for most of her life and is actively involved with Co. Motion independent competitive dance team as a Head Instructor.
In her free time, Shawna enjoys reading, camping and spending time with her family and friends.
Zach Carlino joined the Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. team as the Programs Assistant in August 2017. In that position, he assisted with coordinating the Community Leadership Course for Veterans (CLCV) and Leadership Development Initiative (LDI) programs. Beginning in the fall of 2018, Zach took on the primary role of organizing and implementing both the CLCV and LDI programs, under the direction of the Programs Director. In January 2019 Zach was promoted to his current role of Programs Associate.
Zach was born and raised in Pittsburgh. He is a proud graduate of Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School, and the University of Mount Union, where he majored in political science, with a minor concentration in history. While at Mount Union, Zach was a four-year starter for their baseball team, and team captain in his junior and senior seasons. While captain, Zach lead the team to its first conference championship title in 47 years, and it’s first-ever appearance in NCAA regional play. Zach was named the conference's Kent Tekulva pitcher of the year, the first such honor for a Mount Union pitcher.
Zach continued his baseball career, after graduating, with the Alamogordo White Sands Pupfish in the independent Pecos League, before returning to Mount Union as an assistant baseball coach.
In his free time Zach enjoys watching and attending Pittsburgh sporting events, playing golf, reading, watching documentaries, exploring Pittsburgh and spending time with family and friends.
LaShawna was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pa. She is a graduate of John A. Brashear High School. After High School LaShawna worked her way through LIFE Pittsburgh for 9 years before switching her interests to Economic and Community Development. Since then she has worked with organizations like, Voices Against Violence, Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group and Economic Development South.
LaShawna is an alum of CORO’s Women In Leadership Cohort 2015, she has also participated in and completed Neighborhood Allies’ Love Thy Neighbor Cohort 2016, Neighborworks of Western Pennsylvania’s Leadership and Development two year program, and IUP”s REACH program. Before joining the LPI Team in May 2019, LaShawna worked with Economic Development South as Clairton’s Neighborhood Partnership Program Manager, prior to that she was the Beltzhoover Community Coordinator for Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group. While working in Beltzhoover, LaShawna worked very close with Residents and Community Organizations to start the Beltzhoover Consensus Group, a group where residents meet monthly to hold a community wide open forum. Through this forum, the Community has been able to clean up blighted and vacant properties and create a schedule for the empty lots to be maintained by local landscaping companies within Beltzhoover. The group also completed two successful Code Enforcement Sweeps. LaShawna has worked with many community residents who are now highly dedicated to being an active member in and around their community. LaShawna has been a part of PCRG’s Annual Community Development Summit where she was a panelist during the 2017 Summit. She has also orchestrated a Community Engagement Session at Neighborhood Allies’ Blight Bootcamp.
In her free time LaShawna enjoys relaxing with close friends and family. LaShawna resides on the Southside of Pittsburgh with her two children, Rayven and Raymond.