About Us!

Milo the Cockapoo as a baby

Prevention Point Pittsburgh (PPP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing health empowerment services to people who use drugs.

The mission of Prevention Point Pittsburgh is to promote and advocate for the reduction of harms associated with injection and other forms of drug use, and to reduce the risk of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, other blood-borne infections, and overdose.

Our Organization

Getting Established
Growth
Outlook for the Future

Learn more about Prevention Point Pittsburgh and our various services, growth, and outlook for the future in the videos above. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or needs for additional information.

Featured Staff

Aaron Arnold

Executive Director

Aaron has worked at Prevention Point Pittsburgh (PPP) since 2015, and served as a volunteer in various capacities since 2005. During his time serving as Executive Director of PPP Aaron has focused on strengthening the organizational infrastructure, expanding the provision of direct services, and advancing opportunities to implement harm reduction initiatives across Pennsylvania through advocacy efforts. He holds a master’s degree with departmental honors from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

Alice Bell

Overdose Prevention Project Coordinator

Alice is the Coordinator for PPP’s Overdose Prevention Project. She provides community training on Overdose Prevention and Harm Reduction, oversees PPP’s naloxone distribution and works to advocate for people who use drugs on the local, state and national level. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has worked for PPP for more than 20 years.

Kelly Prokop

Operations Director

Kelly (she/her) is PPP’s Operations Director and is a licensed attorney. She develops and maintains policies, processes, and administrative systems, assists with PPP’s advocacy work, and generally does whatever is needed to support staff and keep things running smoothly. Kelly loves to help out at PPP’s distribution sites. She also enjoys cooking and baking, spending time with her cats Hattie and Momo, playing board games and Nintendo Switch with friends, and performing with her Brazilian percussion band.

Alfred DiRosa

Naloxone Project Coordinator

As the PA Naloxone Project Coordinator, Alfred (he/him) works with PPP and NEXT Distro to expand access to free mail-based naloxone throughout PA, and uses program outcomes to inform advocacy for greater access to harm reduction interventions. He spent two years as an MAT counselor in his home state of Virginia before moving to Pittsburgh in 2014. Prior to joining PPP, he was the operations manager for Hazelwood Initiative, a community based non-profit focused on affordable housing, and was also the managing editor and layout artist of Hazelwood's community newspaper, The Homepage.

Julia Hilbert

Overdose Prevention Specialist

Julia Hilbert (she/her) is an Overdose Prevention Specialist at Prevention Point Pittsburgh. She distributes naloxone and provides training on overdose prevention, and can be found at several of our site locations assisting participants. Julia previously serve as the Chair of the Board of Directors for Students for Sensible Drug Policy and is the president of Pittsburgh DanceSafe.

Katie Houston

Adminstrative Coordinator

Katie (she/they) is the Administrative Coordinator, and got her start at the organization back in 2013 as a volunteer. She does a lot of the behind-the-scenes work to ensure smooth operations, and enjoys bringing her own brand of creativity to the organization. She loves thrifting, horror movies, her cats and niblings, but not necessarily in that order.

Shay Gonzales

Harm Reduction Specialist

Shay Gonzales (they/them) is a Harm Reduction Specialist for Prevention Point Pittsburgh. They support volunteers and organize supplies to support our service sites. Shay comes to Prevention Point after working in the Mon Valley to expand access to Medication-Assisted Treatment. They were raised in Denver Colorado and trained as a social worker with people experiencing altered states and psychosis in Chicago prior to putting down (mostly vegetable) roots in Wilkinsburg in 2020.

Malcolm Visnich

Overdose Prevention Specialist

Malcolm "Mossy Bones" Visnich (he/him) is an Overdose Prevention Specialist with PPP. He distributes naloxone and provides training on overdose prevention, and can be found at several of our site locations assisting participants. After living all over the country, Malcolm is happy to have returned to his hometown of Pittsburgh. Aside from slangin' Narcan, he enjoys playing banjo for his plants and riding his beloved bike, "James".

Gabby Warner

Harm Reduction Services Coordinator

Born a "Hoosier", Gabby (they/she) works at PPP as the Harm Reduction Services Coordinator. Gabby works alongside PPP's Community Health Advocates who save lives distributing Naloxone in their communities! You can also catch Gabby rolling chore at sites throughout the week. Outside of work Gabby enjoys crafts, (trying) to grow things, and hanging out with their cat roommates, Ino and Robocop.

Dade Humphries

Social Work Coordinator

Dade is the Social Work Coordinator for the Medical Van program. They provide resource navigation and support from the van directly in community. Dade has a BSW from Chatham University and an MSW from the University of Pittsburgh. Most of their background is from homeless outreach in Washington DC. Dade enjoys embroidery, cats, baking, house plants, and running all around the city.

Fred Lapka

Naloxone Project Associate

Fred (he/him) is the PA Naloxone Project Associate.  He coordinates mailing naloxone out to people all across Pennsylvania.  He got started in harm reduction in Cleveland, Ohio, providing HIV testing and case management for people living with HIV/AIDS. Fred recently worked as a labor organizer in Pittsburgh and San Diego, helping workers in the restaurant, hotel, and gaming industries start unions at their jobs. Fred serves on the advisory board of Pittsburgh Restaurant Workers Aid, a mutual aid network that provides resources and community support to restaurant and hospitality workers, that grew in response to the economic crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Our Board

Kyle Harder

President of the Board

Kyle Harder has been involved in the social service field in the Pittsburgh area for 25 years, working direct care and administrative positions with children, youth and their families, as well as for a local addiction rehabilitation facility. Kyle received his BS in Social Anthropology from the University of Michigan and his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh Katz School of Business. Kyle is in long-term recovery from an addiction to alcohol. Reducing stigma and providing harm reduction services to those who use drugs is a passion and mission for him. It is an immense honor to serve on the board of Prevention Point Pittsburgh, alongside those devoted, hard-working employees who are literally saving lives on a daily basis.

Paul Cooley

Vice President

Paul is an Emergency Department Registered Nurse. He started volunteering at PPP in 2010.  He is also involved in his Union SEIU, the campaign for Safe Nurse Patient Ratios, and is in school to become a Nurse Practitioner.  He lives in the Northside with his wife Kate and two young children.  He is a long suffering Pittsburgh Pirates fan, and hopes for a World Series win and is optimistic about supervised injection sites in Western PA. 

Mary Gallagher

Board Treasurer

Mary has a long employment history managing federal, state and county governmental funding for various non-profit profit medical and social service providers in Pennsylvania. Before retiring, Mary was a project manager for the Center for Inclusion Health, Allegheny Health Network that focuses on Hepatitis C, HIV screening and care, transgender person healthcare and other work to improve the healthcare of marginalized populations. Mary has served on and chaired several non-profit Boards and currently also serves on the board of The Open Door, Inc.

Ashley Chung

Board Secretary

Ashley works at Wolff Center for Quality at UPMC as the project manager of the infection prevention team. In this role, she is responsible for understanding and communicating real-time data to inform infection prevention and control policies and procedures across the UPMC health system. Prior to this, she worked at the Jewish Healthcare Foundation managing the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Part B grant for southwestern PA. She is originally from Maryland and came to Pittsburgh to pursue an MPH. She cares deeply about harm reduction, racial and social justice as public health, and housing-first healthcare. In her spare time, Ashley is also on the Board of Directors for True T PGH, and enjoys cooking for her friends and hiking and biking (hoping to complete the entire Great Allegheny Passage to DC one day!) 

Sarah Papperman

Board Member

Sarah has been volunteering at PPP's exchange site since 2009 and has been on the Board of Directors since 2015. Outside of PPP, Sarah works at Wesley Family Services as a Manager with the In Service of Seniors: Pittsburgh and APPRISE programs, which engage volunteers across Allegheny County to support older adults in accessing insurance, medical care, healthy foods, and social opportunities. Sarah is originally from central New York and has an MPH from the University of Pittsburgh.

Mary Sligh 

Board Member

Mary is a Street Medicine Nurse Navigator at the AHN Center for Inclusion Health. Her professional interests include homeless medicine, addiction medicine, and women's health. Mary has been a wound care volunteer with Prevention Point since 2015, and has served on the board since 2018. She lives at home in Swissvale with her two cats Olive and Harriet.

Kell Wilkinson, MPA, MSW (they/them)

Board Member

Kell is a public policy and non-profit management professional. As former intern and volunteer, Kell has been involved with PPP for over a decade and joined the Board of Directors in June of 2019.  Kell holds a Master of Public Administration and Master of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh.

Jane Liebschutz, MD, MPH, FACP

Board Member

Dr. Liebschutz is a primary care and addiction medicine physician, substance use researcher, educator, and administrator. She is Professor of Medicine, Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and UPMC Endowed Chair for Translational Medicine and Research at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC. Her research agenda focuses on prevention and treatment of opioid use disorders, including safe opioid prescribing for pain and disseminating treatments for opioid use disorders in non-specialty medical settings. She is a national lecturer and educator on opioid prescribing. She has been a certified buprenorphine prescriber since 2006, managing an active panel of opioid-dependent patients within her primary care practice and serving as inpatient addiction medicine consultant. She also is a national expert on physician wellness.

Eleanor (Ellie) R Siegal 

Board Member

Ellie has been involved with non-profit work since she was in high school when she volunteered to tutor African American children in Homewood and ushered for the Pittsburgh Symphony.
She lived in California for three years in her 20’s and helped establish the first rape crisis center in the Bay area. After returning to Pittsburgh she volunteered for PAAR at its beginnings being the first Treasurer when the budget was $5000. Soon after the AIDS crisis hit, Ellie was on the first Board of PATF (now Allies for Health + Wellbeing). She and Kerry Stoner rented PATF’s first office space. Later she was on the Board of Persad and was instrumental in creating ART for AIDS now ART for Change.
Ellie likes working with grassroots organizations and being “hands on.” She wants to train so that she can volunteer at sites for PPP. Currently she also volunteers for the League of Women Voters and Jewish Assistance Fund. Her whole professional career has been in the financial and administrative fields. She has had her own business since 1991 and is still working although much less. “I will be working until my senior clients no longer need me.”

Amy Edwards

Board Member

Amy M Edwards is an artist and producer interested in the liberation and empowerment of individuals via artistic collaborations, experiential mental health and substance use destigmatization, + the practice of trauma-informed, somatic tattooing experiences. With over 10 years of experience as a curator, grant writer, program coordinator, + festival planner for local Pittsburgh Non-Profits, she is honored to now share these skills with the organization of Prevention Point. Edwards' involvement with the organization followed her creation of the Harm Reduction and Recovery Punks weekly meeting that now meets every Sunday at 6pm at Prevention Point. In her spare time, Edwards shoots Super8 films, enjoys yoga, meditation, cooking, + taking her two cats, Aeon and Dmitri, to the Allegheny Cemetery.

Adam Beers

Board Member

Adam is a former participant of Prevention Point Pittsburgh and is now a person in recovery from substance use disorder. Through his experiences at PPP, he understands the value of respect, compassion, radical love, and empathy and incorporates that into his professional career. Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Psychology from Clarion University and a variety of certifications pertaining to recovery support services. He is currently enrolled at Slippery Rock University pursuing a master of public health. In his free time, he enjoys spending time in nature hiking and kayaking, playing a variety of recreational sports, and giving back to his communities.

Sara Luby

Board Member

Sara (she/her), a former PPP volunteer, is the Director of Quality and Compliance at Allies for Health + Wellbeing.  She earned her BSW from Carlow University and her MPH from the University of Pittsburgh.  She is a member of the Pitt Men’s Study Community Advisory Board.  Sara has worked in community, clinical, academic, and governmental settings in the field of HIV for over 12 years.  Her public health interests include harm reduction; LGBTQ+ health disparities; reproductive justice; and criminal justice reform.  Sara lives in Avalon with her cat Oscar.

Yasaswi Kislovskiy

Board Member




Support Us

We could not do the important work of providing essential harm and risk reduction services without the generosity of people like you. Your contribution allows us to continue working to reduce the rates of Hepatitis C, HIV, and overdose fatalities in our region.

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Contact Us

Prevention Point Pittsburgh
460 Melwood Ave Suite 205
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Phone: 412-247-3404

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