Our Pittsburgh team is your liaison to Penn State resources.

Tom Bartnik, AICP, LEED AP


As director of Penn State Center Pittsburgh, Tom provides overall leadership and coordination in building relationships, supporting local funding efforts, and serving as liaison to key partners in Allegheny County. His focus is on connecting the entire Penn State system with local partners, and he works collaboratively with the assistant director and the leadership of Penn State Outreach and Penn State Extension, as well as across the University and its branch campuses. Tom supports his staff in understanding the University’s land-grant obligation and the role of the urban center in addressing community problem solving.

Tom possesses expertise in urban planning, community design, and sustainable development. He received a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the State University of New York at Potsdam, and a master’s degree in urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Maureen Hogan

Assistant Director,

Maureen Hogan, as The Penn State Center's first assistant director, is responsible for operations/program management, business planning, marketing, systems integration with the sister agency of Penn State Extension, and some program development. She also assists the director with external relations as needed. Maureen has a background in urban planning and community development through her work experience with a funding intermediary, consulting business, and municipal and state government.

Mary Ann Farrell

Business Operations Coordinator,

Mary Ann Farrell assists internal and external clients with inquiries and concerns and helps them connect with the proper support unit within Penn State. She also works with local community leaders to assist with Penn State initiatives in the Pittsburgh area.

Cindy Hasenjager

Renewable and Alternative Energy Coordinator,

As the renewable and alternative energy coordinator, Cindy Hasenjager focuses on several projects, including promoting qualified and consistent training in solar technologies and implementing approaches to home energy audits and retrofits that result in greater gains in energy efficiencies. Cindy also works with both the technical community in Pittsburgh and with Penn State faculty to develop seminars that meet the needs for professional continuing education (CEUs) on a range of energy-related issues. Cindy will be exploring opportunities for collaboration on environmental and sustainability issues in our communities throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area.

David Himes

David G. Himes graduated with a bachelor of landscape architecture from Penn State in 2012. He immediately took the position as the Penn State Center's landscape designer where he assists on various green infrastructure projects. David was offered the role of key designer, as well as project manager for the Baldwin High School Bioretention Garden. Instrumental to this project, David assisted in the management of Public Works' construction and volunteer planting efforts. He continues to provide planning and design services in collaborative settings to build sustainable and beautiful environments.

Carla Lukehart, RLA, ASLA

Carla Lukehart is a landscape architect who will be assisting with green infrastructure design for Project 15206. With a background in natural resource management and environmental education, Carla's previous experience includes campus master planning and site design with a focus on sustainability, urban community garden design, and LEED design and documentation.

Lisa Kunst Vavro, RLA, ASLA

Sustainable Landscape Coordinator,

Lisa Kunst Vavro is The Penn State Center's sustainable landscape coordinator. As a registered landscape architect, Lisa is working with municipalities to build capacity in developing green infrastructure. Most recently she designed the first bioswale within the City of Pittsburgh's right-of-way, and she is in process of designing various storm water mitigation projects within Allegheny County. As a past educator, Lisa has developed a series of continuing education workshops for landscape architects, architects, and engineers.