Board Members

Ashley Saxe 
ASA Chair

As a physical therapist and Doctor of Physical Therapy, Ashley’s focus for ASA is on health and special needs for survivors of gender violence and their children. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Pittsburgh and completed a certificate in African studies. She has studied in Tanzania and completed physical therapy internships in Sierra Leone and Malawi. She served as the Co-Coordinator for the Hidden Peoples Project at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Bok-gyo Jeong
ASA Board Vice-Chair

Dr. Bok is an Associate Professor of Public Administration at Kean University in New Jersey. He received his Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. His teaching areas include Research Methods, Policy Analysis, Comparative Public Administration, Social Entrepreneurship and Enterprises, and Nonprofit Management. His research interests include nonprofit accountability, social enterprises, and the partnership between civil society and international organizations. He served as the Founding President of Purposeful Penny, an ASA affiliated student-led charity organization. He has been sharing and promoting the mission and vision of ASA Social Fund and its partner nonprofits including Bright Kids Uganda through Diversity Workshop and Global Awareness Initiative. He works with ASA interns working in the US and Uganda. He has been extending volunteering and internship opportunities for students through the partnership with the ASA Social Fund. He has served with ASA since its foundation in 2015.

​Pauline Greenlick
ASA Board Member
Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Pauline has worked in education for over thirty years teaching students with special needs. She is a filmmaker and has produced over thirty films focusing on the stories of hidden people in Uganda. In addition, she produces films for businesses and non-profits in the Pittsburgh region. She is an active member of the Battle of Homestead Foundation of Pittsburgh.

Hannah Greenlick-Michals
ASA Secretary

Hannah Greenlick-Michals is a Professional Practice and Clinical Education Specialist at the Children’s National Medical Center, Washington D.C. She is working on the PhD in Health Science with a concentration in Health Promotion and Wellness. She holds the Masters Degree in International Development from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.

Kristen Hochreiter
ASA Board Member

​Kristen studied at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College in DC, where she obtained a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management with a Concentration in International Development and Conflict Management. She has over 10 years of experience in organizational development with small NGOs both domestically and internationally.  She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, Global, and African Studies and studied abroad in Northern Uganda and Rwanda in 2013. During her time studying in Uganda, she interned with an organization called Gulu Women Economic Development and Globalization (GWED-G), which fueled her passion for international development, non-profit management, and conflict resolution.

Kihwan Kim, Ph.D., MBA
ASA Special Projects: Social Enterprise Development

Dr. Kihwan is an assistant professor of Management at Kean University, Union, NJ. His teaching specialty includes social entrepreneurship, small business development, and leadership. He has helped numerous regular and social enterprises to develop their product and service, strategic plan, marketing plan, and market analysis. His area of interest at ASA Social Fund is Special Projects that focus on Social Enterprise Development.

John Michals
ASA Board Member

John is a special education specialist who teaches in the Fairfax School System, Fairfax Virginia. He advises ASA on education and special needs issues.

Paige Noah
ASA Board Member

Paige received her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and her M.P.I.A. from Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), while working as co-coordinator of the Hidden Peoples Project and serving as an African Studies Graduate Fellow. During her time at Pitt, Paige was a member of the Ford Institute for Human Security’s Working Group on Gender Equality in Public Administration for the United Nations Development Program. She was also a member of Pitt’s 2019 Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot team. Paige is currently an associate attorney at Goldberg, Persky & White located in downtown Pittsburgh.

Staff Members

Dr. Louis A. Picard
ASA President

Professor of International Development, Africa and Middle East Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Dr. Picard provides policy and program leadership for ASA and has developed and manages its Micro-Enterprise Development Program in Uganda.

Carmen Parise
ASA Senior Advisor for East Africa

Carmen is a native of Pittsburgh, having earned a degree in Economics and Geography from the University of Pittsburgh. Upon completion of flight training, he enjoyed 35 years employed as an airline pilot, finishing his career as a Captain with United Airlines.  After his retirement from the airline industry, Carmen served at a non-profit as the Director of the Disabilities Ministry and Vice President of Ministries. Although coordinating projects globally, his affinity for East Africa has led him to concentrate his endeavors in Kenya and Uganda. Carmen’s hobbies include swimming and remaining active working part-time as a package delivery driver. Carmen and his wife Cheryl have been married 40 years and have 3 grown children.

Abigail Salisbury
ASA Legal Advisor

Abigail specializes in non-profit law and has a law practice in Pittsburgh, PA. She has a law degree and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, Abigail was elected to the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 

Dana Spiardi
ASA Website Administrator

Dana revamped and maintains our new website. She is a writer and former public relations specialist for Westinghouse Electric Corporation. She advises ASA Social Fund on social media and information dissemination.