From our humble beginnings in 1,000sq feet of raw basement space in the Hosanna House to our new 11,000 sq feet of warehouse (workshop and office) space at the 7800 Susquehanna Building in Homewood, Pa, we help our students and graduates realize, first-hand the opportunities available in the construction trades.

Run by experienced leaders in the trades, counseling, business, and economic development, our dynamic team remains obsessed with providing a ‘hand up, not a hand out’ that many people are desperately in need of to rebuild their lives.

Today, TIP offers opportunities in general laboring, brick and block masonry, fundamentals of carpentry and stone work as well as apprenticeship opportunities in welding and carpentry in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture UDBS program and Construction Junction.

Board of Directors

James Anderson


James Anderson is a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation , and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He has served as principal investigator on more than a dozen projects, ranging from policy implications of autonomous vehicle technology to understanding the effects of indigent defense systems. He has presented to a wide variety of academic and professional audiences. He is a member of the Center for Disease Control’s Policy Surveillance Standards Expert Committee, and a Member of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies Committee on Vehicle Highway Automation. He is the director of quality assurance for the Institute for Civil Justice.

Before joining RAND, he clerked for the Honorable Morton Greenberg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and practiced law for 10 years. He received a J.D. for Yale Law School, and a B.A. in ethics, politics, and economics from Yale University.


Francois Bitz


Francois Bitz is an Independent Computer Hardware Professional. Mr. Bitz is the CEO/Treasurer of the Bitz Foundation, as well as a Board Member of the Pittsburgh Opera Company. Previously, he was the Co-founder and Vice-President of Advanced Product Development for FORE Systems, Inc.

Ann Dugan


Ms. Dugan is an accomplished author, speaker and business consultant with more than 20 years of experience in the areas of family business, family foundations and economic development strategies. Ms. Dugan is frequent contributor to articles published in Fortune, Inc., New York TimesEntrepreneurWall Street JournalWashington PostPittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Business Times, Ms. Dugan is also the editor and co-author of the national best seller Franchising 101 and the recently released: A Woman’s Place… The Crucial Roles of Women in Family Business.

In addition to her consulting and advisory activities, Ms. Dugan is well known for her entrepreneurial role as the founder and leader for over 25 years of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence University of Pittsburgh where she also served as Assistant Dean of the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. The Institute was funded externally through her efforts placing the Institute as the largest independent entrepreneurial Institute in a research University in the country. Under her leadership the Institute helped start over 800 businesses and raised over $300 million in capital for related start-up capital and growth needs. Her efforts have been recognized with numerous awards including the Ernst & Young Regional Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009.

Ms. Dugan has been a longtime leader in community and economic development. Her experience in leadership roles in real estate include the attraction of millions of public dollars for the development of Southpointe I and II, Washington County Airport as well as the Mt Lebanon business district.

Ms. Dugan spent 2014-2015 as the CEO of a start-up private family foundation and currently serves on the board of two additional family foundations in Pittsburgh and New York. Ann also serves on the boards of Pittsburgh Gateways, Pittsburgh Opera, Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (TRWIB), Propel Schools, Pennsylvania Aviation Council and Team Pa.

Leon E. Haynes, III


Mr. Haynes is the Executive Director of Hosanna House, Inc., a multi-purpose community center for quality health and human services located in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania. It has over 80 full-time and 20 part-time employees with an operating budget of $6,000,000, and serves over 35,000 people per year through workforce development and technology training, health care, dental care, childcare, and after-school and in-school programming.

Mr. Haynes, originally from Virginia, earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Technology at North Carolina A&T State University.   He has worked with local boards such as the Boys and Girls Club, Lifecare Hospital-Wilkinsburg, the University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development, and the Family Support Policy Board. Mr. Haynes has had a leadership role in the forming of Healthy Start, Inc. of Pittsburgh, along with establishing the Wilkinsburg Community

Health Advisory Council, the Wilkinsburg Family Health Center, the Wilkinsburg Family Support Center at Hosanna House

Adam Paulisick


Adam Paulisick is a cofounder of Fygment, an organization dedicated to creating and empowering entrepreneurs in every industry and stage of business.  Fygment focuses on helping entrepreneurs get #UnstuckPgh every Monday, encouraging a (social) venture capital tourism industry in Pittsburgh, and illuminating technology and trends such as crowdfunding that help any entrepreneur find a way to succeed.   Outside of local efforts, Adam is Chief Product Officer at Commerce Signals. Previously, he was the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Strategy at Nielsen Catalina Solutions (NCS), a joint venture between The Nielsen Company and Catalina. Prior to this, Adam served as senior director of commercial operations, based in London, for Nielsen’s Emerging Media division, where he was responsible for driving growth within Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  Adam came to Nielsen via an acquisition of BuzzMetrics where he lead business development for social media marketing and analytics solutions.  Adam continues to be active in the early stage venture community as a mentor in domestic and international accelerator programs such as AlphaLab (Pittsburgh), seedcamp (NYC+Europe), Techstars (London+NYC), and entrepreneurs roundtable accelerator (NYC). Adam resides in Highland Park and is an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business.

Jeremy Resnick


Jeremy Resnick serves as the Executive Director of the Propel Schools Foundation, and is co-founder of Propel Schools. With his leadership, Propel Schools has grown to be a regional force in efforts to reform Southwestern Pennsylvania public education. His work has been recognized with the Pittsburgh Business Times’ 2007 Diamond Award; Pittsburgh Social Venture Partners’ 2009 Social Venture Award; 2013 Distinguished Individual Leadership Award from Coro Pittsburgh. Most recently, he was selected for the 2014 class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellows Program. Prior to founding Propel, he was a founder and the Administrative/Educational Leader at Northside Urban Pathways Charter School, a founder and Director of the Charter Schools Project at Duquesne University, founder and director of the Steel Center Technical Academy, and a teacher in the Pittsburgh Public School District.

Stephen Shelton


Stephen Shelton was born and raised in Pittsburgh. He began working in the masonry field as a teen during summers and weekends. After enlisting in the Navy at 19, he became a naval aircraft electrician and finished his four-year enlistment in that field. He worked at journeyman level as an electrician, a plumber, as masonry laborer, a bricklayer, and as a specialist in stone restoration. In 2002, Mr. Shelton started a masonry company, and is renowned for some of the finest construction and restoration work in Pittsburgh. Mr. Shelton also serves as Chairman of the Board for Pittsburgh Youth Partnership, a 501(c)3 organization that was established to help youth related programs in Pittsburgh. In 2009, he realized the need in the masonry trade and other trades for a new generation of highly skilled craftsmen. In response to what he saw, Mr. Shelton began the Shelton Trade Center, which is now the Trade Institute of Pittsburgh. His primary day-to-day role is to develop and build the Trade Institute into an organization that positively impacts Pittsburgh by simultaneously rebuilding the lives of its people and the structures that make it a great city.

Susan Shelton

Board Secretary

Susan Shelton was born and raised in Pittsburgh, and is currently the Office
Manager for the Trade Institute of Pittsburgh. Susan comes to the non-profit
world with over 25 years of experience in administration; working as Executive
Assistant, Office Manager, and Sales Support Manager in for-profit corporations
around the city. She completed studies in preliminary drafting and design and
worked as a project manager and space planner for a large office systems
furniture manufacturer, and was promoted to regional sales representative for
that firm. Her daily responsibilities include but are not limited to organizing office
operations and procedure, preparing payroll, overseeing student admissions,
maintaining student files, and reviewing and fulfilling all supply requisitions. But,
to Susan, the most rewarding aspect of her position is the opportunity to interact
with the students that come through the program.