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Meet the PPIW Team

Danielle Parson 
Senior Director of Community Affairs

Danielle Parson joined Propel Schools in October 2017. As Senior Director of Community Affairs, she works to ensure Propel maintains a healthy and collaborative relationship with all of the communities it serves. Before Propel, she served as the Director of Communications for ACHIEVA, a nonprofit serving individuals with disabilities and their families. Ms. Parson takes great interest in her community. She currently serves on the board for the Boys Scouts of America Laurel Highlands Council, working solely with scouts in under-served communities. Ms. Parson is a Chicago native and graduate of The University of Illinois’ College of Communications.

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Caroline Barmen
Community Schools Manager

Carrie Barmen started with Propel Schools in 2016, helping to design and implement the Partners In Wellness Program, and transitioned to working in the Wellness Center when it opened in May 2018. She loves being a part of a growing center, helping scholars access needed resources, and developing new partnerships. She loves working on the North Side and collaborating with all the wonderful community members and organizations.  

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Kelly Hoffman, MS, BSL
Project Manager

Kelly Hoffman transitioned to Propel as the PPIW Project Coordinator in June 2021 after 3 years of providing SAP Liaison services to Propel Schools while working with our partner agency, UPMC Western Behavioral Health at Mon Yough.  She has previously worked in a variety of school-based settings providing mental health services for almost 10 years.  Kelly received her master’s degree in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and is also a Licensed Behavior Specialist.  Kelly has also previously worked in the community mental health field as a Child and Adolescent Service Coordinator. In her role with the Partners in Wellness team, she looks forward to supporting Propel scholars, families, and staff to diminish barriers to learning and make connections to valuable community resources.

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Courtney Cox
Project Coordinator

Courtney Cox is the PPIW Project Coordinator. She transitioned to Propel as the PPIW Project Coordinator in November 2022, after 3.5 years of providing SAP Liaison services at Propel Montour Middle and High school through our partner agency, UPMC Mon Yough. Courtney is originally from Norfolk, Virginia, and moved to Pittsburgh to attend the University of Pittsburgh in 2016. Courtney received a master’s degree in Social Work and a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Pitt. She is passionate about Out-of-School Time programming and providing scholars and families with resources to help them grow and prosper. She has previously worked in various youth development roles, including managing afterschool programming and supporting high school seniors as a College and Career Readiness Coordinator. Courtney is thrilled to be part of the Partners in Wellness Team and looks forward to collaborating with the team to support scholars, families, and staff in all 13 schools. 

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Nicole Brown
Site Coordinator, Propel Northside
In 2018, I began my Propel Schools career as the administrative assistant at Propel Northside and later became the Attendance Specialist. My passion has always been supporting young people and serving others. Throughout the years, I have been actively involved in community outreach/advocacy in the West End and surrounding neighborhoods. Some of my experiences involved directly working with and advocating for community members based on their needs and providing the necessary resources. My volunteer work also involved being the director of a youth football organization and assisting in rebuilding a neighborhood playground. I also started an annual back-to-school drive in my neighborhood.

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Jasmine Anderson
Site Coordinator, Propel Homestead

Jasmine Anderson started with Propel Schools in 2013 as a teacher and transitioned to this position in August 2021. Jasmine focuses on building partnerships and relationships between the school staff, scholars, Propel families, and the Homestead community. She loves being a part of a growing initiative, helping families access resources, and providing civic and community opportunities for scholars.

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Justin Peeks 
Site Coordinator, Propel Hazelwood
I am Justin Peeks, and am honored to be here as the Community Site Coordinator for Propel Hazelwood. I come to you with seven years of experience at this location and as a son of this Hazelwood Community. Born and raised here, I have strong family ties and memories that contributed to the man I am today. My educational background starts at what was Burgwin Elementary and concluded with me obtaining my BA from Central State University in Wilberforce, OH. I'm a father of four, so I enjoy spending time with my kids, except in those few rare moments I get to myself to work on my models. With my work experience and my family-centered upbringing, I hope to bring an even clearer picture to the phrase "it takes a village" here at our Community School. 

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Ashley Royal
Site Assistant, Propel Northside Community Wellness Center

Ashley is the Site Assistant at The Propel Northside Community Wellness Center and the After School Coordinator. As an assistant site coordinator, Ashley serves Propel Northside scholars, their families, and the community. Ashley has been at Propel Schools since 2019. First, as a summer camp counselor, Ashley has worked her way up through many roles at Propel Schools, as a middle school girls' basketball coach and working at the Afterschool program. Previous positions also include serving as a 7th and 8th-grade paraprofessional. Ashley is currently enrolled at Southern New Hampshire University, working towards her degree in Psychology with a concentration in child and adolescent development. In her free time, Ashley is an artist and enjoys reading.

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