Amber Hamilton, Membership Chair

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Amber Hamilton is our Membership Engagement Committee Chair. She is originally from Charleston, SC and moved to the Greater Pittsburgh in June 2017 to work at Slippery Rock University as the Assistant Director for Student Transition Programs.

 

Amber received her Master of Education in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics as well as a certification in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) from The University of Virginia. In her former professional role, she served as a College Adviser for the Virginia College Advising Corps where she assisted high school juniors and seniors in starting their college journey.

 

One of the first events Amber attended upon moving to Pittsburgh was a ULYP Membership Orientation and became actively involved in the organization ever since. Amber is committed to making meaningful connections with people and making people feel welcome which is why she is passionate about the membership committee. In her role as chair, she hopes to assist other transplants and Pittsburgh natives in finding a home and making an impact in the Greater Pittsburgh community

Christon Harris, Civic Engagement And Advocacy Chair

As a New York City native, Christon Harris has spent the last decade personally and professionally endeavoring to bolster and enrich the lives of young, disadvantaged people of color in urban areas. Christon has had the pleasure of running a print and online magazine, teaching magazine writing and design to high school students, running a college access and success program, and working as an educational consultant for a nonprofit based out of Brooklyn, NY.

 

While he previously approached community development through the lens of education, Christon’s focus shifted to the creation of sustainable urban community models. These models are intended to spur powerful community partnerships, stakeholder engagement, political agency, and more access to resources that build stronger frameworks for people of all backgrounds to thrive. To this end, Christon attended Carnegie Mellon University’ Public Policy and Management graduate program, focusing on urban economic development and social innovation. He also holds a B.S. in Communication from Cornell University with a double minor in Business and Nutritional Sciences.

 

Christon volunteers as a chair for the Urban League Young Professional’s Advocacy Committee. He is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.’s Alpha Omicron Lambda Chapter where he supports community development programming. Utilizing these platform and others, Christon strives to have an indelible impact on the lives of Pittsburgh residents.

Ja’Lisa Brown MBA, Co- Professional Development Chair

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Ja’Lisa L. Brown, MBA is a Pittsburgh native. As a young girl, her dreams and passions were centered around improving her life and those around her. Her thirst for knowledge served as a motivating force that propelled her to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Business and MBA from Point Park University. Over the years, she has built a reputation with extensive experience navigating the corporate world in financial services, healthcare, human resources, and benefits and compensation.

She is currently a Benefits Specialist with Alcoa USA Corporation, Pittsburgh, and her relentless thirst for knowledge has led her to pursue a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from Robert Morris University.

While completing her MBA, Ja’Lisa created ‘A Queen with Purpose, LLC’, a brand geared towards the empowerment of women. By combining her extensive skills and experiences, both personal and professional, she aims to equip women to master their lives both personally and professionally, while pursuing their aspirations, without fear, hesitation or doubt.

Ja’Lisa is a Human Resources Professional, Life Strategist, Motivational Speaker and Author. Ja’Lisa currently serves as a Council Member for Vibrant Pittsburgh Next Generation Council and is the Honoree of the When She Thrives 2019 Changemaker Award.

Dr. Tiffany Hatcher, Co-Professional Development Chair

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Dr. Tiffany M. Hatcher is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor within Duquesne University School of Pharmacy. Previous to this role, she served as a Pharmacy Clinical Services Manager for Walmart, where she participated in direct patient care in addition to teaching and training other pharmacist and technicians in pharmacy based clinical services.

Dr. Hatcher earned a Doctor of Pharmacy from the illustrious Hampton University School of Pharmacy. Upon graduation, she completed a PGY1 Community Based Pharmacy Residency with University of Arkansas Medical Sciences and Walmart Health & Wellness. During this time, she was awarded a Research and a Teaching Certificate for her work.

Licensed in six states, Dr. Hatcher is highly adaptable and has an array of diverse experiences in teaching, training, and providing pharmaceutical and patient care services. She has a passion for impacting patient care on a national level and ensuring pharmacists and student pharmacists are equipped with tools to better serve our patients. She remains active in numerous professional organizations to continue advocating for patients, pharmacists, and students.

Dr. Hatcher is eager to begin her journey as a Professional Development Co-chair. As a young professional, she is passionate about developing the skillset of young professionals, and redefining what it means to be young professional. With this new era of rebranding, career transitioning and self-marketing, she is eager to help continue enhancing the current skills of young professionals, and offer a platform for networking, mentorship, and career planning.

Kayla King Scott, Social & Cultural Chair

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Kayla Starr King Scott serves as an Assistant Director of Admissions at South University’s Online Campus and is also a freelance publicist and social media strategist.

Since she was a little girl, growing up in North Philadelphia, she loved using her creativity with words and the glitz and glam of the celebrity lifestyle, being inspired by the likes of Kimora Lee Simmons and Gabrielle Union. This has helped her to be published in several newspaper outlets and national platforms such as Her Campus Magazine and SoulTrain.com

Kayla attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania through a full-Board of Governor’s Scholarship where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Communications Media and a minor in Pre- Law. At IUP, she learned about public relations, project management and so much more all while finding her voice as the producer of show, The Underground, and becoming the voice of late night radio as DJ K Starr.

She embraces her personal goal of being a ‘Change-Maker’ and is building her platform to uplift women and young girls by ideally sharing her personal mantra that ‘Where you come from is not where you’re going’.

 

Randis Doster, Community Service Chair

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A Pittsburgh native, Randis M. Doster has been a member of the Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Pittsburgh for the past three years. During this time she has supported many ULYP events, but there is a special place in her heart for community service.

It came as no surprise when she was appointed the position of Community Service Chair for the 2019-2020 term. She participates in a minimum of one service project a month, within and outside of ULYP. She has volunteered with organizations such as the Food Bank of Greater Pittsburgh, Sister Friend, and The Education Partnership.

In her current role at PNC Financial Services Group Inc .Bank, she volunteers through their Grow Up Great Program, which allows employees to support local organizations in the Pittsburgh community during their work day.

Randis received her bachelor’s degree in Studio Art with a Minor in Women’s Studies at California University of Pennsylvania. Also she is an active alumna and is involved in the CALU African American Alumni Society.

Serving as the Community Service Chair allows her to continue to learn about the many nonprofit organizations in the Greater Pittsburgh area, as well as work directly with the Urban League affiliate to support their initiatives.