The Rev. KJ Norris is the interim program coordinator for the Metro-Urban Institute at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. KJ received her master of divinity from PTS in 2014 and is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She is no stranger to MUI; she has a graduate certificate from the program, served on the MUI Advisory Council from 2013-2016, and taught Church History in MUI's Christian Leadership Certificate Program. Before following a call to seminary and full-time ministry, KJ taught high school in the Philadelphia Public Schools. She has a passion for educational justice and a love for inviting all voices to be heard at the table. KJ has also served with the HOPE program at the Allegheny County Jail and with Valley View Presbyterian Church's Freedom Camp. In addition to her work with MUI, KJ is currently pastor of Kerr Presbyterian Church. 


Nadine Banks is the administrative program assistant for the Metro-Urban Institute and World Mission Initiative. Nadine's career includes experience in human resources, banking, and manufacturing. She received her bachelor's from Chatham University. After several mission trips to Haiti, she started a scholarship program for elementary school students in the countryside, south, near Les Cayes. The program was expanded to also provide school supplies for the four participating schools. An advocate of hope, following graduation from Chatham, Nadine founded and facilitated a community-based scholarship workshop at Woodland Hills High School. Nadine comes to Pittsburgh Theological Seminary after 10 years as executive assistant with the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). She is a commissioned lay minister in her church.


Joan Haley serves as the fellows and community engagement coordinator for the Metro-Urban Institute. Prior to coming to PTS, Joan was the executive director of the Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows Program (PSFP) for 13 years, a program placing graduate students from universities in the greater Pittsburgh area to provide direct service to minority and marginalized citizens in our region. With a master's in adult education and training, Joan was responsible for developing programming for the Schweitzer Fellows as well as fundraising for the organization. Prior to working with Schweitzer, she served as the clinical director for Southwest Pennsylvanian Area Health Education and the manager of the Pennsylvania and Ohio Public Health Training Center at the University of Pittsburgh. She is active in her church. 


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