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StoryCorps: Terry Miller and Lisa Scales

Terry Miller may be best known as the Director of the Institute of Politics at the University of Pittsburgh, who meets with CEOs, legislators and millionaires daily, but she grew up poor and hungry in Pittsburgh’s housing projects. As early as age 8, Terry collected pop cans to buy food for her diabetic mother and baby brother. In this interview, Lisa Scales, President and CEO of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, asks Terry about resilience and recovery and her commitment to making sure no child goes to bed hungry. 

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StoryCorps: Roslyn and Susan Rosenblatt

For more than 40 years, donor Roslyn “Roz” Rosenblatt worked in education and as a social worker serving Pittsburgh’s Jewish community. In this interview with her daughter Susan, Roz remembers how her family in Montréal helped more than 1,200 European Jewish families resettle there after World War II, and how her family’s commitment to helping others inspired her life’s work in human services and philanthropy.

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StoryCorps: Walter Smith and Evan Frazier

Dr. Walter Smith is legendary in the human services sector as a social worker and a champion for children and families. He currently serves as clinical director for the Allegheny County Department of Human Services. Evan Frazier is senior vice president of Community Affairs for Highmark Health and previously ran the Hill House Association. Both are African American men raising children or grandchildren in Pittsburgh and both serve on the board of The Pittsburgh Foundation.

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StoryCorps: Claire and Emily Senita

During a 2006 gymnastics lesson, 14-year-old Claire Senita suffered a traumatic spinal cord injury that paralyzed her. Now 24-years-old, Claire has graduated college and completed rigorous physical rehab at the Journey Forward gym in Boston. Through her Pittsburgh Foundation fund, she’s now raising money to open a Journey Forward facility in western Pennsylvania. In this interview, Claire and her mother Emily talk about the injury and Claire’s work to regain her self-confidence, health and mobility. 

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StoryCorps: Vincent and Michael Quatrini

Michael Quatrini, 34, practices law with his father, Vincent. In the mid-1990s, Vincent was among a group of Westmoreland county residents who worked tirelessly to establish the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County to foster philanthropy and match donors to charitable causes. In this interview, Michael and Vincent explore their commitment to service and philanthropy across generations. 

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StoryCorps: Jack McGinley and Marie Stapinski

Attorney Jack McGinley and his niece Marie Stapinski, a stay at home mom, represent two generations of Pittsburgh’s royal family: the legendary Rooney-McGinley clan, who founded the Pittsburgh Steelers. In this interview, Marie asks Jack about their colorful family history and its longstanding philanthropic traditions, which include the Rita M. McGinley Foundation fund at The Pittsburgh Foundation.  

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StoryCorps: Linda and Carol Massaro

Over 40 years, Joseph Massaro made a name for himself first in the construction business and then later for his family’s devotion to human services. Joe passed away in 2016 after a ten-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. In this interview, Joe’s widow, Carol, age 77, and their daughter Linda, age 55, talk about Joe’s legacy and the family’s efforts through the Joseph A. Massarro Alzheimer’s Research Fund at The Pittsburgh Foundation to combat this degenerative disease.