Staff

The Forbes Funds Team

Fred Brown, President & CEO
brownf@forbesfunds.org
(412) 394-4297

Fred Brown was appointed President & CEO of The Forbes Funds on January 8, 2018. Prior to that time Mr. Brown served as the President & CEO of the Homewood Children's Village. Mr. Brown has worked in the non-profit arena and in the public education sector for over 30 years; he has served in a variety of leadership capacities, including the roles as an Executive Director, Associate Director, supervisor, social worker, executive coach, consultant, conflict resolution and mediation specialist, coach and mentor roles. Mr. Brown has continued to invest his time, energies, and expertise in assisting a variety of communities and organizations to develop new and innovative programs that seek to empower at-risk populations. In addition to working in the aforementioned areas, Mr. Brown is actively involved in other aspects of professional development including Dean of students, school teacher, adjunct professor, and project manager. A specific focus of Mr. Brown's work includes working with African American males to reduce minority dropout rates in post-secondary environments and briding the divide between minority communities and their knowledge regarding energy reduction planning, carbon foodprint analysis, and environmental justice leadership.

In recent years, Mr. Brown's contributions in the areas of community organizing, youth leadership, and violence prevention have been recognized by various organizations. In 1989, he received his professional certification for teaching. In 1995, he helped to develop the mission statement for Allegheny County Juvenile Court's probation department. That same year, he received a Proclamation from the City of Pittsburgh for his outstanding community organizing work and completion of the Community Technical Assistance Center (CTAC), Core Series Program. In 1996, he successfully completed the Train the Trainers Developing Skills course, a court service trainer's course at the University of Nevada in Reno. He also received the Outstanding Community Organizer of the Year Award from the University of Pittsburgh. In 1997, Mr. Brown was one of four individuals responsible for developing the Keep it Real Curriculum for gang intervention and mediation which was a collaborative between Duquesne University, the Pittsburgh Mediation Center, and Allegheny County Juvenile Court. In 1998, he received the Session Volunteer of the year award from Urban Youth Action for providing outstanding presentations and workshops. In 2000, Mr. Brown was one of 13 participants chosen from around the world by the PRASI Institute to conduct indigenous research on conflict mediation and resolution models that were culturally specific. In 2002, Mr. Brown was named a 21st Century Environmental Justice Leader by the Ford Foundation and in 2003 he was trained in the Climate Just Corps. In 2012 Mr. Brown was named to the Federal Environmental Justice Climate Change Roundtable for the 13 Federal departments signing the President's MOU on Climate Change; and represents the State of Pennsylvania on the national Environmental Justice Roundtable; he is currently published in four books.

A frequent public speaker, Mr. Brown has taught courses and delivered presentations at local and statewide conferences and workshops. Mr. Brown has a Bachelors of Science in Education and Masters Degree in Social Work. He is supported by his wife; Rashaa Brown, and their six children.

Samantha Balbier, Executive Director GPNP
balbier@forbesfunds.org
(412) 394-4271

Samantha is a long-time Pittsburgh resident with a demonstrated track record in policy analysis, development, strategic communications, and building collaborations to mobilize policy makers and the public to take action. She is passionate about the nonprofit sector’s role and value in building strong communities. Most recently she served as the Lead Consultant for the Pennsylvania Early Childhood Education Healthy & Green Initiative, which involved working with the Heinz Endowments and several Pennsylvania state government departments to build a system that emphasizes environmental health in Pennsylvania’s early childhood programs. Prior to this engagement, Samantha was the development director at Carriage House Children’s Center where she successfully implemented an ambitious capital campaign and was a key team member in the organization’s pursuit of a gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. Samantha also has experience as a nonprofit executive director and has served as a consultant to the Allegheny Department of Human Services’ Office of Community Services and as a program associate at The Heinz Endowments for Children, Youth and Families.

Samantha has an MSW from the University of Pittsburgh in Community Organizing and Public Policy, as well as bachelor degrees from Mercyhurst College in Social Work and Business & Marketing. She is certified by the US Green Building Council Institute as a LEED Green Associate© and as an instructor in this specialty for the PA Quality Assurance System for the PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning/PA Key.

Don Goughler, Executive in Residence
goughler@forbesfunds.org
(412) 965-3015  

Don Goughler is Executive in Residence at The Forbes Funds, focused on capacity building activities with nonprofit organizations. From 1999 to 2014, he served as the President/CEO of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania, during which time the agency won the Wishart Award for excellence in nonprofit management and the national agency of the year award from Ways to Work, a Community Development Financial Institution.  Prior to that, he was employed for twenty-two years by Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services and was the Executive Vice President/CEO for that organization from 1988 to1999.  Goughler received a BA degree from Westminster College and an MSW from the University of Pittsburgh, where he has been an adjunct faculty member for twenty five years, teaching graduate courses in social work management.  He has served on several nonprofit boards and advisory groups and chaired the national gerontology project, New Age of Aging, from 2006-13 for the Alliance for Children and Families.  He also served on the national board of trustees for Ways to Work, Inc. from 2006-13.  Goughler has published articles on social services management in several juried journals and served on the editorial board of the national social work journal, Families in Society.  Among his honors and recognitions, he received an Alumni Achievement Award from Westminster College in 1988, lifetime achievement awards from CLASS in 2012 and Mental Health America, Westmoreland chapter in 2014, and a Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh in 2018.

Roy Wotring, Interim Director of Management Assistance
roy@forbesfunds.org
(412) 394-2639

Roy started his career looking for work in finance after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in International Economics and Commerce from Lafayette College. During the job search, Roy took a part-time position as a residential staff serving people with severe mental illness. The role sparked a calling to serve, which led to a 6 year stretch of mental health experience in the residential, administrative, and community setting. Seeing the need that existed not only from constituents but by the people and organizations that provided service, Roy went back to school, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a Master of Social Work.  Through the community organizing and social administration tract, Roy worked with community organizations on several projects including: researching best practice in youth programing in Beltzhoover and Knoxville neighborhoods, practicing Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) to develop curriculum for the Community Engagement Center (CEC) in Homewood, and working with Beechview stakeholders to develop and execute a community survey.

Roy began his tenure with The Forbes Funds working with data systems to better assess and express the impact of The Forbes Funds’ programming. As Interim Director, Roy leads The Forbes Funds' Capacity Building programs which includes grantmaking, cohorts, technical assistance, organizational assessment tools, and other projects. Roy is passionate about enhancing the ability of those that serve to make an impact as a way to improve the Pittsburgh region as a whole.

Hannah Locop, Program Manager GPNP
locoph@forbesfunds.org
(412) 394-4278

Born and raised in South Florida, Hannah is first-generation Filipino American and a graduate of the University of Florida with a BS in Political Science. In college, she interned everywhere from the campaign trail to Congress, discovering her strength as an advocate connecting people to policy. In 2017, she relocated to Pittsburgh for the Coro Fellowship, a nine-month leadership development program which provided her the opportunity to work at the Community College of Allegheny County, where she supported programs for students pursuing Career and Technical Education. At GPNP, she is eager to learn, grow, and support the nonprofit community of southwestern Pennsylvania. Feel free to ask her about her most recent trip to the Philippines, her affinity for the ocean, and her fondness for food.

Jayme Holloway,  Special Assistant, Operations Manager
holloway@forbesfunds.org
412-394-4271

Jayme began her nonprofit career as Executive Assistant to the President/CEO of Lutheran Service Society where she provided administrative support to the President, Chief Operations Officer, Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Development Officer of the organization and supervised the administrative staff. Her passion led her to work with Springboard Kitchens, a program that provided food service training to those who had been incarcerated as a means for them to find employment and become successful members of society. She then went on to work for the Chief Public Defender of Allegheny County and took the position as Executive Assistant to the President of The Forbes Funds in 2015.Jayme has over 10 years of experience as an administrative professional in nonprofit environments and is on the Board of Directors of her local civic organization and Digital Bridges Pittsburgh.  She attended Bradford School for her secretarial certificate; is certified as an Administrative Professional specializing in Organizational Management and has been a member of the International Association of Administrative Professionals since 2005.  Under CEO supervision, Jayme facilitates leadership interactions between President & CEO and staff. She supports the President & CEO in performing a variety of analytical, assessment and administrative tasks, including office organization, support of governance, records management, scheduling and general assistance.

Dr. Angelica Starkey,  Project Manager
starkeya@forbesfunds.org
412-394-4232

Dr. Angelica Starkey has always been passionate about working to improve the lives of others. Her career began in the mental health field where she researched the correlation between financial hardships and depression among African American women in hopes of developing a program to help solve the problem. This led her to obtain both Masters and Doctoral degrees in Public Health, as well as certificates in Program Evaluation and Minority Health and Health Disparities, from the University of Pittsburgh, where she shifted her focus to evaluating programs instead of developing them. Her hopes were to make existing programs more impactful and effective rather than reinventing the wheel. Dr. Starkey is also Certified in Public Health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.

Since making the shift, Dr. Starkey has served as a Program Evaluation Manager at Family Resources, providing leadership in the design, development, quality and implementation of agency-wide service evaluations. Most recently, she served as a Senior Policy Analyst for Allegheny HealthChoices, Inc. (AHCI) where she analyzed and reported on service utilization, financial and outcomes data related to behavioral health Medicaid managed care services, programs, and initiatives, in order to inform the behavioral health system in Allegheny County. In addition, Dr. Starkey has also assisted with educating and training local behavioral health providers on data collection, analysis, and outcomes reporting.

Joining The Forbes Funds as a Project Manager, Dr. Starkey’s duties include the coordination and development of an enhanced community engagement process, expanding partnerships, and building on TFF’s core programing. She is most excited about using her knowledge and experience to not only impact people’s lives on a larger scale but to show the value of the work being done in the region.