Marcia M. Sturdivant Ph.D.

President and CEO

Dr. Sturdivant has served as the Deputy Director of the nationally recognized Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF) for the past fifteen (15) years after holding several positions in the department since 1990. Allegheny OCYF is the second largest child welfare agency in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Sturdivant received her doctorate in Educational and Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, where she is an Adjunct Faculty member in the Graduate School of Social Work. A recognized leader in the field of child welfare, education and developmental psychology, Dr. Sturdivant has been a repeated participant and research panelist of the Oxford University Educational Roundtable, Oxford, England.

Dr. Sturdivant has committed her personal and professional life to improving the quality of life for children and being a voice for those who are unable to advocate for themselves. Dr. Sturdivant is married to Larry Anderson, Sr. and is the proud mother of two sons, Larry, Jr. and Marshall.

Rhonda Brooks

Director of Student Services

Rhonda Brooks brings a great deal of valuable experience to NEED.  Prior to joining our organization as Director of Student Services, she worked in Financial Aid for over 20 years. She is former Assistant Director of Student Financial Planning for the Art Institute of Pittsburgh from 1997 to 2011. Rhonda also worked at Community College of Allegheny County as Senior Clerk of Financial aid serving both Allegheny and Homewood Brushton Branches from 1991 to 1996. Her extensive knowledge of the ins and outs of the financial aid process is a valuable asset to the Student Services Department here at NEED. Rhonda has a strong passion for helping others. When she’s not fielding calls from students and registrars, Mrs. Brooks enjoys spending time with her family.

Jackie Dandridge

College and Career Advisor/Consultant

Jackie is a graduate of Westinghouse High School. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from Chatham University and a Masters in Curriculum and Supervision from the University of Pittsburgh. Jackie is a former Pittsburgh Public School teacher. Before retiring in 2008, she had a rewarding career that included classroom teacher, Instructional Teacher Leader, director of federal a gifted grant and Gifted Resource Teacher.

Jackie has been the coordinator of the School Home Communication Course for teachers with the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers for several years and is also a National Trainer for Family Involvement. Jackie is presently the College/Career Advisor at Pittsburgh Carrick and Perry High Schools.

Arlene Tyler Holland

College and Career Advisor/Consultant

Arlene is a symbol of commitment and service as she has been affiliated with the organization for over 30 years. She is a 1973 NEED reciepient, joined the staff as a student employee and became a full-time employee in 1975. As the student services coordinator, her duties are many, including counseling students in matters of application and financial aid paperwork, visiting various regional schools to discuss college and NEED's services, maintaing the student database, tracking and matching all grants and respective recipients, assisting in financial aid workshops and being NEED's primary point of contract for approximately 1,700 students annually.

Arlene is pursuing her undergraduate degree in information technology from Carlow University. She received her associate's degree fromt he Community of Allegheny County. She serves as secretary/treasurer for Financial and Moral Supporters, a charitable organization providing support and encouragement to Allegheny County youth.

David Jones

AAMMI Coordinator

David Jones is President and CEO of D.A. Jones and Associates Consulting. He has served in the private and non-profit sectors, inclusive of the County and Federal Governments, for over twenty eight years. Mr. Jones holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology and a Master’s Degree in Counseling with an emphasis on Chemical Dependency. He is a trainer, motivational speaker, mentor and a radio talk show host. He created and implemented the African American Male initiative under Governor Strickland in the state of Ohio. Mr. Jones specializes in Workforce and Life Skills development, Diversity training and Effective Team Building.  He has a passion to work with our youth and give back to the community. He understands how important it is to equip our community with the necessary tools in order for them to succeed. He inspires people to always be their best.

Andrea Murphy

Office Manager

Andrea is a graduate of Churchill High School. She completed her course of study at Arizona Career College, where she concentrated of Business Management. While travelling as a military spouse, she upheld administrative positions on several U.S. Air Force bases where she worked for Dept. of Defense contractors on multi-billion dollar projects, including the F-22 Raptor.

For the last 6 years she worked at Carlow University as the Office Manager for the Education Department, where she constantly helped students achieve their career goals.  Her creativity, passion, and diligence will guarantee substantial results in the NEED office, as their new Office Manager.

Andrea is the proud mother of two NEED recipients. For Andrea family is everything and spending time with her husband and children is what makes her happiest.  Her creativity, desire to make a difference and can do attitude will be a bonus to our office as she brings a new and creative splash to the NEED office, as their New Office Manager.

Brook Titus

College and Career Advisor

Brook Titus is a graduate of Schenley High School. He received his bachelor’s degree in business management from Virginia State University and his master's degree in special education from Grand Canyon University. He ended his career in teaching to pursue a career in broadcasting. He became the producer for the national syndicated Bev Smith Show and he is a NEED College and Career Advisor for Penn Hills High School.

Mary Pat Ware

College and Career Advisor/Consultant

Mary Pat is a former assistant principal and administrator practitioner at Peabody High School. She has been a NEED college and career advisor for one year at the Creative and Performing Arts and Schenley High School.

She has an extensive career in education spanning 35 years including academic counselor, pupil affairs specialist, lead teacher/teacher on special assignment to the superintendent of schools. Other areas of expertise are facilitation training, conflict resolution, crisis intervention and educational problem solving.

Mary Pat received her bachelor's degree in elementary education from West Virginia University and her master's degree in K-12 counseling education from the University of Pittsburgh. She also earned an elementary and secondary principal certification in administrative and policy studies from the University of Pittsburgh. Her professional affiliations include the National Counselors Association, Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals, Phi Delta Kappa and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.