John Kim, EdD
Associate Director of Programs
John Kim is the Associate Director of Programs for the University of Pittsburgh School Office of Child Development. He overseas programming, including Family Foundations Early Head Start, as well as overall communications, professional development, and emerging opportunities for OCD. Previous professional experience includes serving as Associate Director of Communications for Partners for Education at Berea College, Grant Manager at Saint Joseph Hospital in Lexington, KY, and Project Manager for the Innovation Center at Humana in Louisville. He also has extensive experience in technology and investment management in San Francisco. He received his Doctorate in Education from Northern Kentucky University and Masters in Public Health from the University of Kentucky. John is an avid cyclist and freelance writer, and is actively involved with charities that support children, youth and animals.
Aisha White, PhD
Director, Pathways to Kindergarten Success
Aisha White was born and raised in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. She earned her PhD in Library and Information Science, her Master’s degree in Library Science, and her Bachelor’s degree in Media Communications all from the University of Pittsburgh. Her previous work experiences include coordinating programs for Beginning With Books, an early literacy agency, doing outreach for Family Communications, Inc., producers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and directing outreach for the National Black Programming Consortium, a member of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting National Minority Consortia. She has worked as a Research Associate in the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences, and has taught a film course at Pitt, child development courses at Carlow University, and media literacy courses at Urban Pathways Charter School. She is also the Executive Director of Rights & Responsibilities, a human rights organization that uses film and other media to focus the eyes of the world on human rights issues impacting people of African descent. She has two children; Jamilla and Sundiata and three grandchildren; Sundiata, Amira, and Nolan.
Colleen Young, MSW
Assistant Director, Service Demonstrations Division
As the Assistant Director for the University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development Service Demonstration Division, Colleen Young supervises the design, strategic implementation, evaluation, and financial assurance of multiple team projects. Her primary projects include Ready Freddy; Partnership for Family Support; and Real Help, Real Time. She also oversees new projects and special initiatives and supports the office through cross-division and community-based collaborative efforts. Colleen received the Dean’s Scholar Award along with her Master of Social Work and Certificate in Non-Profit Management from the University of Pittsburgh. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies from the College of William and Mary. She and her husband relocated to Pittsburgh from Virginia and have a beautiful 2 year old daughter.
Gianni Scarpino Label
Communication and Design Manager
As the Communication and Design Manager at the Office of Child Development, Gianni works with all departments, programs, and projects under OCD, including Ready Freddy. She earned her Bachelors in Arts at the University of Pittsburgh in both Architectural Studies and Studio Arts. With a dedication to “design for good,” her focus is on helping communities and programs visually tell their story.
Not sure who to contact? Reach out to OCDcomm@pitt.edu.