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NEW PITTSBURGH COURIER Health Care/Sports


WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE 2011 Social Service


ROBIN HORSTON SPENCER Executive Director


Message Carriers of Pennsylvania, Inc. As a vigilant advocate for ex-addicts and offenders, Robin Horston Spencer has developed land- JENNIFER BRUCE SCOTT


Registered Nurse with the Allegheny Center for Digestive Health and Assistant Coach for the Plum High School Girls Basketball Team


A renowned college athlete who set some of the University of Pittsburgh's highest basketball


records, Jennifer Bruce Scott has been recognized for her contributions to the area's medical field for the past 25 years. During her tenure at Pitt, Scott became the second all-time leading scorer in the university's basketball history, among bothmen and women. She ranks first in field goalsmade, fifth in rebounds and third in blocked shotsmore than 26 years after graduating. She earned a Bach- elor of Science degree in nursing in 1986, and worked primarily in obstetrics and gynecology until she joined the Allegheny Center for Digestive Health in 2007. Not ready to walk away fromthe game, Scott is currently an assistant coach for the Plum High School girls’ basketball team. She has coached at several other schools in the region, including Gateway High School and Penn Hills Senior High School. She has also served as head coach of the Pittsburgh Power. Bruce Scott has two chil- dren who are both standout members of their school's basketball teams.


mark programs designed to help individuals reintegrate into society following incarceration or re- habilitation. A native of Steubenville, Ohio, Horston Spencer attended Lincoln University in Philadel- phia on full scholarship as a weekly commuter from Pittsburgh. Her Masters thesis, “Training Re- covering Individuals with Criminal Histories to become Advocates andMentors” helped lead to cre- ation of the Inside/Outside Peer Mentoring Re-Entry Program, which is still operating in Allegheny County. Her work at Lincoln earned her several high honors, including induction to the Pi Gamma Mu Society and the Rose B. Pinkney Award in recognition of her contribution to the field of human services. After earning a bachelor’s degree and a master’s in human services from Lincoln, she earned a master’s in professional lead- ership training and development and an MBA from Carlow University. She also holds several certificates and is an ordained deacon at Petra International Ministries. As executive director of Message Carriers of PA, Horston Spencer helps to find opportunities for ex-offenders and recovering addicts. She is member of the Pennsylvania Coalition, and co-chair for the Criminal Justice Committee. She assisted in writing a “White Paper” on Recovery Oriented System of Care with the Re- covery Based Issues Subcommittee, serves as an advisory board member of the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force and volunteers with A+ Schools. She is mother of one son and grandmother to two girls.


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