Board of Directors

YPA is currently seeking new board members. Please complete the following questionnaire and send a follow up email with your resume to both and


Julie Collins, Chair of the Board

Originally from West Chester, PA, Julie has lived in Pittsburgh for almost 7 years. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies with minors in Historic Preservation and Italian Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. Julie currently works at Allegheny County Economic Development in the Housing Division. Julie is interested in community development, in particular how we can improve neighborhoods with the residents and existing buildings in mind.

Julie has been a YPA board member since 2014 and resides in the Friendship neighborhood.

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Michael Panzitta, Vice-Chair

Mike grew up in Wilkes-Barre, PA, where he developed his lifelong love of compact, walkable, historic urban areas. He is a lifetime resident of Pennsylvania, and loves exploring new towns throughout the state. Mike studied civil engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, and currently works as a water resources engineer. His background in infrastructure and love of historic urban neighborhoods makes him very good at complaining about car-oriented design, and very insufferable at cocktail parties. Mike has been a board member of YPA since 2015 and lives in a historic district in the city’s North Side.

John Evans, Treasurer

John moved to Pittsburgh in 2015 from Philadelphia, and currently lives in a historic home in the Mount Lebanon Historic District.  He is a registered architect with nearly 15 years of professional experience in the practice of preservation architecture.  John’s experience working with historic structures includes a wide range of projects, from the renovation of historic residences to the master planning of monumental National Historic Landmark sites. Mr. Evans has lectured and taught on preservation-related topics at a variety of institutions and conferences.

René Cuenca

René is the Community Programs Manager for Design Center Pittsburgh and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University where he majored in Environmental Policy and Architecture. He is interested in how processes of community and sustainability positively define the built environment. Born in  El Salvador, he enjoys the value of place in different community histories and cultures, a joy fostered by having moved to Miami, pursuing an education in Pittsburgh, and studying sustainable development in Denmark. René was one of the members in the interdisciplinary team that co-founded the Wilkinsburg Vacant Home Tour in 2015, a program that hoped to engage community members to reframe the problem of blight as an opportunity by sharing the histories of vacant homes. Most recently René was a Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience (PULSE) Fellow spending a year of service cultivating community in the Northside of Pittsburgh. 

Teresa Duff

Teresa holds a Bachelor’s of Art in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master’s of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.  In addition, she obtained an advanced certificate in Architectural Conservation and Site Management from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008.  Currently, Ms. Duff sits on the Historic Review Commission for the Sewickley Borough, as well as the curatorial committee at Old Economy Village.  In March 2016 she began her own firm LINEAGE, specializing in historic preservation services.  Ms. Duff is also a guest lecturer at Chatham University in the department of Art History and Museum Studies.  Ms. Duff is active in conservation work throughout the Pittsburgh region including the Maxo Vanka murals at St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church in Millvale, PA, and decorative murals at St. Anthony’s Chapel in Troy Hill, PA.


Amanda Neatrour

Amanda is the Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives and Employment Coordinator for the City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Personnel and Civil Service Commission. Amanda Neatrour was born in Washington, DC; and grew up in Baltimore, MD where she graduated from the Baltimore School for the Arts. She is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, DC where she earned a Bachelor’s of Music and a minor in general history, as well as a Masters of Music in classical voice performance. She is also a classically trained opera singer who has performed throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, DC, and internationally. In 2016 Amanda joined the board of the Young Preservationist Association. Amanda is married to Russell Neatrour and presently resides in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Lawrenceville.

Katie Nolan

As a lifelong Pittsburgh resident, Ms.Nolan developed a deep interest and affection for the city and its history. She completed a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011, and currently works as a Designer and Front End Web Developer for pair Networks. She hopes to use her passion for new media and local history to promote the preservation of city landmarks for the enjoyment of future yinzers to come. 

Katy Sawyer
Katy is from Michigan and moved to Pittsburgh after graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in Civil Engineering. She was drawn to YPA because of founding organizational belief that teaching young people about history and the built environment can be a powerful tool for community revitalization from the inside-out. A licensed Structural Engineer, Katy has been a resident of Pittsburgh’s Northside for over ten years and has served on the Board of Directors of YPA since 2013.

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Sanjeev Baidyaroy

A resident of Pittsburgh’s East End for over 8 years, Sanjeev has served on YPA’s Board of Directors from 2013-2016. He obtained a B.A. in History & Policy from Carnegie Mellon University in 2011, and an M.S. in Public Policy & Management from Carnegie Mellon in 2012. Since 2013, Sanjeev has served as a Data Analyst for Allegheny County Department of Human Services’ Office of Data Analysis, Research & Evaluation. In this capacity, he leads the analysis and data exchange efforts between the county and local school districts. Sanjeev’s core preservation beliefs are that preservation is for everyone, and that historic structures can contribute to new community growth. Through his work with YPA, he strives to showcase how young people can be agents of positive change and advocates for the historic treasures around them.



Derek Eversmann

Derek Eversmann is a Cincinnati native that has lived in Pittsburgh for 14 years. Derek studied architecture and urban design at Kent State University, obtaining a Master’s degree. His graduate studies focused on neighborhood master planning in and around London, England; Florence, Italy; and Cleveland, Ohio where he worked with residents, community development groups, and design professionals. Derek has been an employee at WTW Architects since 2002. His professional work has focused on higher education planning across the country, including Master Plans for Duquesne University and Point Park University.

Derek is a Northside resident and has been a member of the YPA Board for 3 years.