Meet Pittsburgh's 40 Under 40 Honorees for 2017
We present this year's class of 40 people under the age of 40 who are making Pittsburgh a better place.
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Temple Lovelace (39)
Associate Professor of Special Education, Duquesne University
Temple Lovelace is an accomplished scholar in the field of special education. The Duquesne University professor has published articles in books and academic journals, secured grants of almost $2 million and developed new courses for the university. But she doesn’t lock herself in her office or limit her presentations to academic circles. She takes her scholarship into the community, helping children with learning disabilities, as well as minority students and other underserved communities. Lovelace is spearheading a new project called Education Uncontained, which gives young people such as the diverse student body of Brashear High School opportunities to work together to transform their schools and communities. She also invites middle and high school students into Duquesne’s new Equity x Innovation Lab so they can interact with researchers about their ideas and then bring them back to the school. Part of the approach Lovelace takes with young people means not telling them what to do. Instead she poses the question, “How do I work with youth so they can empower themselves?”
Justin Aglio (38)
Director of Academic Achievement and District Innovation, Montour School District
Justin Aglio knows that when people think of innovation, they jump to technology. And of course, kids today “have had an iPhone in their hand since birth,” he says. But he also knows that innovation is the introduction of something new. So, he views his role with the Montour School District as the way to introduce new methods of both teaching and learning by taking what’s relevant to kids and embedding it into the everyday curriculum. The district’s new elementary school has a Minecraft Education Lab and a LEGO Makerspace. “I think students can solve a lot of issues on their own, but when we work collaboratively as a team, we can solve bigger problems,” Aglio says. “If it’s good for kids, let’s find a way to do it.”
Joanna Huss (33)
Founding CEO, Huss Group
Joanna Huss had two young kids and a career in limbo when she decided to start her own public relations firm. She’d served as the press secretary for former Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and enjoyed working with local nonprofits on event planning and press events that included the mayor. She gained experience with crisis communications as the city hosted the G-20 summit in 2009 and dealt with a 2011 flash flood on Washington Boulevard in Highland Park that left four dead. Huss felt more than prepared to launch the Huss Group, which focuses on business development and marketing; Huss Group has grown by referral and now has an associate in New York City. “I have a drive to be in a position where I can make an impact,” Huss says. “And right now, and then, it was helping people with communications.”
Natalie Bulger (32)
Director of Compliance, Risk and Regulatory, The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh
Natalie Bulger left Pittsburgh for college, but she wasn’t away from home for long. “My mom likes to make a joke that Pittsburgh makes this big sucking noise — that when you leave, it sucks you back in so quickly,” she says. Pittsburgh, she adds, is a good place for someone to “strike out on their own and make a career for themselves.” And that’s exactly what she did. She began her career at The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh as an administrative resident while earning a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Pittsburgh. She quickly moved through the ranks to her current position, which allowed her to earn the FACHE (Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives) credential, “a tough thing to get when you’re under the age of 40,” she says.