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Community Service Great Lakes Behavioral Research Institute


First lady of one of the most prominent Black churches in the region, Carlotta K. Burgess is con-

sidered a leader within the church and beyond. Her career as a medical consultant with Great Lakes Behavioral Research Institute, which has a contract with Allegheny County’s Department of Health and Human Services, allows her to advocate for young people who have been put in out-of-home placements, as well as their families. She is strongly devoted to volunteer obliga- tions, including service on Gateway Health Plan’s health educational advi- sory committee, work as a volunteer facilitator for Adults and Children To- gether Against Violence and as a health professional volunteer with the Center for Minority Health. As first lady of Nazarene Baptist Church, Burgess is amentor, women’s fellow- ship coordinator, youth adviser, and coordinator of the Supper for Seniors Program, which feeds seniors at the Homewood-Brushton highrise on Thanksgiving and throughout the year. She is also president of the Pittsburgh chapter of Jack and Jill of America, and has been a past recipi- ent of the chapter’s Distinguished Mother of the Year award. She is married to Pittsburgh City Council- man Rev. Ricky Burgess and they are parents to four children.



Center for Urban Biblical Ministry (CUBM)

Whether working for a major uni-

versity or a small organization dedi- cated toward religious education, Karla Threadgill Byrd lives a life of service through teaching others. The executive director of the Center for Urban Biblical Ministry holds a bach- elor’s degree in education from Cali- fornia University of Pennsylvania and a master’s from the University of Pittsburgh. She began her career as a Pittsburgh Public School teacher, and continued for 21 years before begin- ning with CUBM. As executive direc- tor, she has helped the university grow to offer three degrees and to reach more than 200 graduates. She has also implemented the “A Brighter Pittsburgh” program, which helps re- cent high school graduates begin ed- ucations at Christian universities, and has taken students on mission trips to Europe and Africa. Her community involvements include serving as a Sunday school teacher at Baptist Temple Church in Homewood and as director of the Baptist Progressive Youth Group, where she publishes a quarterly newsletter and attends an annual youth conference. She was also an avid

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Girl Scout Leader for 13 years and is an active alumnimember of the Pittsburgh chapter of Jack and Jill of America. She ismarried to Oliver Byrd and they are parents to one daughter.

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