Following are the board members that make up the NEED organization. We would like to thank all of these individuals for their hard work and dedication in making the NEED scholarships and grants possible.

Chairperson of the Board

TiAnda Blount, Mel Blount Youth Home

Vice Chairperson

Wrenna Watson, Esq., City of Pittsburgh


Board Treasurer

Ronald Hunt, S&T Bank

Board Secretary

Ronald Lawrence, Retired Professional

President & CEO

Marcia M. Sturdivant Ph.D. , President & CEO

Governing Board

  • Ross Johnson, PNC
  • Brian Rider, GNC
  • Edward E. Scott, Point Park University
  • Clarence Wade, EMD Serono, Inc.
  • Kezia O.L. Taylor Woodson, Assistant City Solicitor

Directors Emeriti

Seymour Baskin, Esq.

Helen S. Faison, PhD.*


  • Marion Jordon *
  • Florence Reizenstein *


Founding President

Rabbi Harold S. Silver *