Founding Partners

A movement like this requires the commitment and support of many. We are grateful to the community leaders, sports teams, academic institutions, and corporate citizens that are embracing the challenge to keep our city mentally strong and healthy.

Meet the Team

Kenneth C. Nash,
 MD, MMM

Dr. Kenneth Nash is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

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Kenneth C. Nash,
 MD, MMM

Dr. Kenneth Nash is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He also serves as the Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs for the Department of Psychiatry, and as the Chief of Clinical Services at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital. Dr. Nash is a much sought-after professional sports psychiatrist actively engaged in work with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Steelers, NHL, and NFL.

Superpower: Mindfulness
Carla D. Chugani,
 PhD, LPC

Dr. Carla Chugani is a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine.

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Carla D. Chugani,
 PhD, LPC

Dr. Carla Chugani is a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, at the University of Pittsburgh and licensed professional counselor currently practicing DBT at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

Superpower: Test
Joseph C. Maroon,
 MD, FACS

Dr. Joseph Maroon is a world-renowned neurosurgeon with extensive experience in neurosurgery.

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Joseph C. Maroon,
 MD, FACS

Dr. Joseph Maroon is a world-renowned neurosurgeon with extensive experience in neurosurgery. He specializes in minimally invasive surgery to speed recovery for his patients. He is a sports medicine expert and innovator in concussion management, personal fitness, and nutrition. As an Ironman triathlete, he lives and breathes his own advice.

Superpower: Test
Gabriela Citrone

Gabriela Citrone is the Director of Initiatives at the Citrone 33 Foundation. She is overly excited about the foundation’s newest initiative, EMBRACE Pittsburgh, a movement to unite the city around mental wellness.

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Gabriela Citrone

Gabriela Citrone is the Director of Initiatives at Citrone 33. She is overly excited about the foundation’s newest initiative, EMBRACE Pittsburgh, a movement to unite the city around mental wellness. She received a BS in Sport and Event Management from Elon University, class of 2017. Her most recent side hustle is signing on as a founding member of Maverick Next, a fellowship which aims to revolutionize access to reproductive healthcare for girls and young women in Ethiopia. Gabriela loves birthdays, holidays — really any reason to celebrate! You can usually find her at Pure Barre, Noodlehead, or wherever the dogs are; regardless of where she is, she’s always got a big smile on her face!

Superpower: Empathy and Mindfulness
Jennie Colbert

Jennie Colbert is the Program Strategist for EMBRACE Pittsburgh. She has an extensive background in fundraising, development, and event planning. Jennie is fulfilled by her community involvement and bringing attention to causes she is passionate about, especially EMBRACE.

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Jennie Colbert

Jennie Colbert is the Program Strategist for EMBRACE Pittsburgh. She has an extensive background in fundraising, development, and event planning. Jennie is fulfilled by her community involvement and bringing attention to causes she is passionate about, especially EMBRACE. She is a huge advocate for mental strength and wellness and is thrilled to be part of this innovative and life changing initiative.

Jennie is most proud of her two amazing children, Avery and Colby, and refers to them as the loves of her life. You can catch her on the sidelines of their soccer games, in the audience of dance performances, and of course, in the stands at hockey practice. Aside from mom-ing, Jennie is a Taylor Swift enthusiast, an amateur baker, and hopes to finish decorating her house one day. She loves spending time with her friends and family, and especially appreciates weekend getaways to visit her best friends.

Superpower: Empathy and Balance
Melissa Armstrong

Melissa Armstrong is the Partnership Strategist for EMBRACE Pittsburgh. Her duties include identifying, procuring & providing support for friends of the movement. She is passionate about building relationships and enjoys collaborating with her peers.

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Melissa Armstrong

Melissa Armstrong is the Partnership Strategist for EMBRACE Pittsburgh. Her duties include identifying, procuring & providing support for friends of the movement. She is passionate about building relationships and enjoys collaborating with her peers. Melissa has lived in Canada & Sweden as well as the US and is able to draw on her experiences to implement best practices here in Pittsburgh.

Melissa has always enjoyed giving back. She believes if you have the privilege of being able to help someone else, you should. She currently operates The Shoebox Project Pittsburgh and co-chairs (with her husband Colby) The Children’s Trust at The Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. EMBRACE Pittsburgh is incredibly exciting to her because it is so multifaceted. She believes this movement is going to positively impact the well-being of our community on many different levels and she is very much looking forward to being a facilitator for it.

Mel is a Dunkin Donuts enthusiast – iced blueberry coffee is all.the. things. When she is not chasing her four young children around, she embraces her inner nerd & enjoys
sewing and gardening.

Superpower: Mindfulness
Madeline Collins

Madeline Collins is a recent graduate from the University of Pittsburgh’s College of Business Administration and serves as the Marketing and Digital Media Specialist for EMBRACE Pittsburgh. She coordinates events, works on building strong partnerships, and creates content for social media.

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Madeline Collins

Madeline Collins is a recent graduate from the University of Pittsburgh’s College of Business Administration and serves as the Marketing and Digital Media Specialist for EMBRACE Pittsburgh. She coordinates events, works on building strong partnerships, and creates content for social media. Madeline is incredibly excited to be a part of such a unique movement in bringing mental strength to the 412. Before EMBRACE Pittsburgh, she has served as Philanthropy Chair for her student organization at Pitt and as a Marketing Intern for Pitt Athletics. Outside of work, Madeline enjoys snowboarding with friends and family, eating grilled cheese, and cheering on the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Superpower: Empathy
Stephanie Lewis

Born and raised in Ohio, Stephanie Lewis received her journalism degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, which she has called home for more than 20 years.

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Stephanie Lewis

Born and raised in Ohio, Stephanie received her journalism degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, which she has called home for more than 20 years. She’s worked on marketing communications teams for large health care organizations and small firms, specializing in the development, implementation, and evaluation of strategic communication plans.

When not wearing her professional hat, you’ll find her laughing — and sometimes crying — with her family and friends who keep her heart full and her feet on the ground. She’s traveled the world, overcome some of her greatest fears, and found the love of her life, but her proudest accomplishment is her son, Noah. And like any good marketer and mom, she can survive on coffee, Diet Coke, and Peanut M&M’s but loves a good glass of red wine.

Superpower: Resilience