Who We Are

 

Here's a brief introduction to the great folks who work at PRISM:

 

Scott Boyd, director of PRISM since 2002, oversees the staff and interns. You can meet Scott at PRISM's following events: PRISM Connect, weekend hosting, and any other special events. Scott is married to Lisa, and they have four boys. His family enjoys playing sports and traveling. Ask Scott
about his adventures biking from St. Louis to Boulder, Colorado, and from Boston to Montreal, Canada.

 

 

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Micah Houck is from Oregon originally (as you have heard if you come to the English Conversation Group), and attended Oregon State University. This is where he first started spending time with international students, and found many to be some of the most interesting people – he estimates that he had international student housemates from 8 different countries during his time there. After working for a start-up company he spent a year teaching in North Africa where he met his wife, Christen. She has succeeded in gradually converting him into a “yinzer” (a true Pittsburgh-er), albeit with a sometimes wistful gaze to the green of the Northwest, the turquoise of the Mediterranean, and the brown of the Sahara. They now live with their two daughters on the West End of Pittsburgh.

 

 

 

 

 

Melisa Del Castillo is from Colombia and she helps to organize PRISM's activities, church visits, women’s ministries, relationship building and more. She has her master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and worked as a teacher and researcher at the University in Barranquilla, Colombia. She has 14 years of experience in Research and Consulting Projects. She first came to Pittsburgh after her husband moved here for research, and was drawn in immediately by the warmth and community found at Open House (now PRISM Connect). Melisa likes to learn about other cultures, traditions and worldviews. For fun she enjoys cooking new dishes, travel, and being in nature - including snorkeling, scuba diving, and swimming.

 

 

 

 

 

Christa Saenz helps coordinate PRISM's weekly events and activities. You can find Christa each week at PRISM Connect, Bible Studies and many other weekly activities. She has recently rediscovered her love for good books and good coffee. She got to see a good portion of the United States when she traveled in a motor home with her family for five weeks when she was nine. Since then she has traveled to Honduras, Ghana and Uruguay. Ask Christa about her six week adventure through Europe!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ken Wagoner graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in 1974 (many years before most of the present international students were born!). For the last 30 years, Ken has spent the majority of his time with the international students and scholars from China, and has travelled to China three times. He takes these trips to visit the Chinese friends that he makes during their times studying in Pittsburgh. Ken is married and has three adult children. He enjoys almost all athletic activites (especially basketball), and really enjoys taking Chinese schlars to lunch to get to know them. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cori Hill, administrative assistant at PRISM, manages donor relations, mailings and other communications with Americans and Internationals. Her husband's name is Mitch and they have two boys. In her free time, Cori runs, bikes, hikes, camps, and builds LEGOS with her family as well as enjoys sewing & crafts. She and her husband have hiked Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. Cori also enjoys gardening and watching her two sons grow up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bethany Thomson is an Intern with PRISM this year. She just graduated from Grove City College in May 2017 with a degree in Marketing Management and a minor in Studio Art. She helps PRISM with a lot of its Marketing and Communication needs, including running the social media accounts. She can be found most Friday nights at PRISM Connect where she loves connecting with internationals and learning about their cultures and traditions. For fun Bethany loves to read, draw, paint, and sing. Ask her about her semester studying abroad in Sevilla, Spain.