Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

40 Under 40: 2016

Meet our 2016 class of 40 Pittsburghers Under 40 who are changing our region – and the world – for the better.



(page 6 of 11)


 

Marteen K. Garay   [33]
Director of Entrepreneurship Programming, Urban Innovation21


Meet Marteen K. Garay and the first thing she’ll tell you is that she’s from New York.

“I do this to build a connection,” she says. “I know what it’s like to live, to stomp and stand for your city.”

Since arriving here in 2010, Garay has been doing that for the ’Burgh, from the Homewood Children’s Village, Coro Pittsburgh and the Harambee Ujima Association and its cultural festivals.

With a master’s degree in public policy and management from CMU’s Heinz College, she also received the school’s Otto A. Davis Award for upholding racial and social justice in her everyday work.

She is director of entrepreneurship programs at Urban Innovation21, where she works to develop business opportunities to underserved and disadvantaged communities. The goal is equitable solutions that make certain that Pittsburgh’s journey into the new century includes every community.

Garay recently was honored with the 2016 ATHENA Young Professional award. The New Yorker now calls herself something more … a proud Yinzer.  

If I had a second chance ... I would have picked up playing the saxophone. I learned how to play clarinet in elementary school ... but dropped off in college. I can imagine myself playing backup in a jazz band and like a hole-in-the-wall kind of bar.
 

Amanda Filippelli   [30]
Owner & Founder / Mental Health Specialist / Editor-in-Chief, Parity Health Service


Amanda Filippelli’s initial goal in life was to repair the lives of persons with mental illness. But she soon discovered that first she’d have to fix a broken mental health system. The flaws in the bureaucracy have been evident at every level, even inspiring U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Upper St. Clair) to sponsor a sweeping reform bill.

At the local level, Filippelli already was on the case. In 2014, she founded Parity Health Services, which pairs education with treatment, providing tutoring services alongside mental health counseling. For people leaving the mental health care system, Filippelli’s firm provides individually tailored follow-up care.

Her spare time includes lobbying Congress for mental health reform, especially to ease the stigma that still surrounds mental illness.

You’d be surprised to know ... I’m terrified of bridges, even though I’m from the city of bridges ...
 

Duane Binion   [30]
Co-Founder of True T Entertainment | Kelly Strayhorn Theatre


Acting isn’t always about a stage, and melodies don’t always have to come out of a trombone.

Duane Binion is an actor and accomplished trombonist, but seven years ago, at age 23, he decided to put in the performance of everyone else’s life: he started a program called True T.

It provides HIV and STD testing and prevention, as well as unique safe spaces for at-risk youth. Soon enough, he would be the associate producer at Pittsburgh’s Kelly Strayhorn Theater, known for its judgment-free atmosphere for patrons of all ages, races, religions and gender identities.

After growing up without a male figure who reflected his identity as a LGBTQ youth, Binion has become determined to address the lack of positive male role models for other kids.

You’d be surprised to know ... I am actually a huge WWE/WWF wrestling fan and have been since the late ’90s. WWF is actually what inspired me to pursue a career in the arts as I was always so amazed by their acting and ability to entertain.
 

Bill Viola Jr.   [39]
President, Kumite Classic Entertainment Corp.


Pittsburgh often is credited as the birthplace of a self-defense discipline known as Mixed Martial Arts.

Bill Viola Jr. is the author of the book “Godfathers of MMA,” which chronicles the life of his father, Bill Sr., and explores the world of martial arts as first developed west of the Alleghenies. The younger Viola is known internationally for his work in the martial arts industry, founding the highly regarded annual Kumite Classic in 1999.

He also was named to the U.S. Karate Hall of Fame in 2005 and was the winner of the Willie Stargell Pittsburgh MVP Award in 2011 for his work training youth in martial arts programs.

He currently is head instructor at his family’s Allegheny Shotokan Karate studio, founded in 1969, and he is the founder and producer of the Pittsburgh Fitness Expo.

The biggest thing I ever had to overcome ... In 1999, I was in a car accident that ended my competitive martial arts career. Going from world champion to watching on the sidelines was complete culture shock, but the injury was actually a blessing. In rehab, I found my true passion, being a sensei (teacher). Seeing my students succeed is more rewarding than any title I won.
 

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Watch This

40 Under 40: 2016

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Hot Reads

Top 10 Things to Do in Pittsburgh in April

Top 10 Things to Do in Pittsburgh in April

This month's best bets in the ’Burgh.
8 Places You'll Want to Discover Not Far From Pittsburgh

8 Places You'll Want to Discover Not Far From Pittsburgh

Point a compass north, south, east, west and everywhere in between. We chose eight destinations, each within a few hours' drive of Pittsburgh, with lots to explore at every step.
From PIT: 5 Easy Destinations for International Travelers

From PIT: 5 Easy Destinations for International Travelers

This year, the city’s vacation horizons are wider than ever, thanks to an array of easy new flights from Pittsburgh International Airport.
Restaurant Review: Acorn is Ready to Grow

Restaurant Review: Acorn is Ready to Grow

Scott Walton's restaurant plants a much-needed seed on Walnut Street in Shadyside.
Pittsburgh Drag Queen Doesn't Care What You Think

Pittsburgh Drag Queen Doesn't Care What You Think

Jezebel Bebbington D’Opulence discovered her place in the world through taking to the stage in drag.
Competitive Obsession is The Standard For Sid

Competitive Obsession is The Standard For Sid

The Penguins’ late-season advantages spring from a seemingly unquenchable desire to compete that begins with the captain.
Top Ten Things to Do in Pittsburgh in March

Top Ten Things to Do in Pittsburgh in March

This month's best bets in the ’Burgh.
Dig In: The Next Wave of Pizza in Pittsburgh

Dig In: The Next Wave of Pizza in Pittsburgh

Now is the time to be eating pizza in Pittsburgh. Pizza makers are crafting pies in a variety of styles from New York to Old World. We round up our nine favorite destinations.
Can Anthony Hamlet Fix Pittsburgh Public Schools?

Can Anthony Hamlet Fix Pittsburgh Public Schools?

The superintendent, and former NFL player, is using a new school of thought to change legacy problems.
5 Pittsburgh Craft Distilleries Earning a Place on the Shelf

5 Pittsburgh Craft Distilleries Earning a Place on the Shelf

Uncovering the hidden gems of western Pennsylvania’s craft spirit world.
Edit Module

Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags


A Bitter Pennsylvania Rivalry Is the Focus of a New Movie

A Bitter Pennsylvania Rivalry Is the Focus of a New Movie

Few questions spark such intense debate as “Wawa or Sheetz?” A local filmmaker hopes to answer which regional chain reigns supreme.

Comments

Kraft Heinz Squeezes Out New Ketchup with Vintage Taste

Kraft Heinz Squeezes Out New Ketchup with Vintage Taste

Can a recipe from 1896 still taste as good?

Comments


All the foodie news that's fit to blog
First Look: Soju in Garfield

First Look: Soju in Garfield

Simon Chough’s Korean restaurant is six years in the making.

Comments

New Chefs Coming to Smallman Galley

New Chefs Coming to Smallman Galley

Smallman Galley will rotate its third class of chef/owners this June … but this time there’s a twist.

Comments


Not just good stuff. Great stuff.
The 2018 Return of the Burgh-y Mother's Day Gift Guide

The 2018 Return of the Burgh-y Mother's Day Gift Guide

It's back! From the dog mom to the working mom, we've got you covered with these locally made must-haves.

Comments

The 5 Best Places to People Watch in Pittsburgh

The 5 Best Places to People Watch in Pittsburgh

A coffee shop, an iconic landmark, an airport and beyond — these are the best places to practice the art of people watching.

Comments


Coughlin's Law Wants To Be Your Mount Washington Destination

Coughlin's Law Wants To Be Your Mount Washington Destination

Notes on the busy new bar and restaurant near Grandview Avenue.

Comments

Smallman Galley Goes 3D With Its New Cocktail Menu

Smallman Galley Goes 3D With Its New Cocktail Menu

The bar team at the Strip District restaurant incubator continues its flights of fancy with Flashback Flavors.

Comments


Mike Prisuta's Sports Section

A weekly look at the games people are playing and the people who are playing them.
Patriot Games Can’t Diminish Harrison’s Place in Steelers History

Patriot Games Can’t Diminish Harrison’s Place in Steelers History

James Harrison intimidated opposing players in a way not seen since the days of Jack Lambert and Mean Joe Greene.

Comments

Penguins Seeking 3-Peat With The Swagger of a Champion

Penguins Seeking 3-Peat With The Swagger of a Champion

The power play, star power and goaltending are among the primary weapons the Penguins have at their disposal in their quest for another championship. But so, too, is an unshakable belief they can hoist Lord Stanley's Cup three times in a row.

Comments


The movies that are playing in Pittsburgh –– and, more importantly, whether or not they're worth your time.
I Feel Pretty Isn't What You're Expecting (And That's Okay)

I Feel Pretty Isn't What You're Expecting (And That's Okay)

Reviews of "I Feel Pretty" and "Super Troopers 2," plus a rundown of events at the Pittsburgh Underground Film Festival.

Comments

Despite The Rock, Rampage Is a Wild Misfire

Despite The Rock, Rampage Is a Wild Misfire

A review of "Rampage," plus an update on the former Friends of the Hollywood Theater and other local movie news.

Comments


Everything you need to know about getting married in Pittsburgh today.
These Creative Couples Transformed the Traditional Guestbook

These Creative Couples Transformed the Traditional Guestbook

Find out why these couples ditched the traditional guestbook and instead chose a drum head, a giant wooden letter and a dictionary for their guests to sign.

Comments

The Best Ways to Reuse and Repurpose Wedding Decor

The Best Ways to Reuse and Repurpose Wedding Decor

From new decor in the home to donations to charity, check out these ways to repurpose leftover wedding decor.

Comments


Weekly inspiration for your home from the editors of Pittsburgh Magazine
Tour It: Historic Wilkinsburg Mansion Gets a Makeover

Tour It: Historic Wilkinsburg Mansion Gets a Makeover

The Junior League of Pittsburgh's Show House is a 112-year-old mansion featuring 28 rooms decorated by a different local design professionals.

Comments

Today’s Home Relocating North Hills Furniture Store

Today’s Home Relocating North Hills Furniture Store

Owner Jeff Lenchner says a Discount Tire store will open in place of the store’s current location along McKnight Road in Ross Township.

Comments