- We are fiscally sponsored by New Sun Rising
- Our mission is to establish a space in Pittsburgh that encourages artistic individuality and can serve as a hub for community enrichment.
- This space would honor Danny’s accomplishments and sustain his generous approach to encourage, mentor and inspire others.
- Our team, which includes educators and administrators, will coordinate with Danny’s friends and peers to offer seminars and classes to the community that center on art, design and technology.
- We will generate revenue through donations, sale of prints, clothing and other products using Danny’s beloved designs and artwork.
- Our website: www.DannyDevineStudio.com
Team Members Names and Bios:
Sean Devine is the chairperson and a co-writer of the Danny Devine Studio project. Mr. Devine holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Pittsburgh. He worked with at-risk teens in the Braddock, PA Americorps program for 3 years while in college. Sean continues his dedication to assisting youth by mentoring students from Westinghouse High School at his Refresh PGH store. Mr. Devine and his business partner own 2 successful stores in the East End and have established strong community and business connections. He has demonstrated expertise in sales and marketing, customer service, problem-solving and teamwork skills and abilities in a retail environment. Sean uses his extensive knowledge of digital technology to create and maintain business websites and market store products as well as running the businesses’ social media accounts (Refresh PGH, Daily Bread PA). He worked closely with Danny to format and digitize his hand-drawn pieces. He is dedicated to creating and operating a physical space where East End community members and artists will gather and learn in the loving, mentoring style of Danny Devine through the Danny Devine Foundation.
Erin Devine is a founding co-creator and writer of the Danny Devine Studio project. She is an enthusiastic artist and educator who has earned a BS in Art Education from Pennsylvania State University and a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from Concordia University of Portland, Oregon. Ms. Devine is a visual and performing arts teacher who has been working with students since 2007. She is experienced in curriculum development, student differentiation, school beautification, planning and implementation of school-wide events and community outreach. These outreach efforts included an annual zoom art night family paint event, and an after school watercolor club. Ms. Devine received a M.A.C. Foundation Grant to facilitate a collaborative mural project with a local artist and middle school students. Focus on collaborative teamwork, effective communication, and planning engaging classroom instruction are hallmarks of her practice. In addition, she has focused on information technology applications, colleague mentoring, and inspiring student success. Ms. Devine is a member of the Optimist Club International, a volunteer organization. Erin is passionate about sharing the mission of the Danny Devine Studio project and making its goals a reality.
Deborah Devine is a co-creator, contributing writer and editor of this project. She earned a BS in Art Education, Masters of Fine Arts from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an Elementary Education Certificate from Duquesne University. Her career in education spanned forty-one years. Mrs. Devine was recognized as a highly respected educator among administrators, faculty, students and parents. Her instructional approach introduced students to a wide variety of artists, their influences and unique styles. The classroom setting inspired creativity and encouraged individual expression. Mrs. Devine accepted requests to serve in the role of Cooperating Teacher to mentor and supervise student teachers. She served as the elementary art representative on the district facilitator advisory committee. She organized and implemented an annual art exhibition for approximately 800 students and their families. Mrs. Devine enjoys creating relevant and engaging professional learning experiences. She is excited to explore opportunities for artistic expression, technology innovation and community engagement. Mrs. Devine is dedicating her time, leadership skills and expertise to support the establishment of the Danny Devine Studio and fulfillment of its vision and mission.
As a member of the Danny Devine Studio team, Susan Sauer has served as a contributing writer and editor. Mrs. Sauer earned a BS in Elementary and Special Education, MS in Reading and Language Arts and Reading Specialist Certificate from Duquesne University. She also obtained a PA Principal Certificate from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She recently retired from Pittsburgh Public Schools where she served over three decades as a Reading Specialist, Literacy Coach, Reading Supervisor and Elementary Literacy Curriculum Director. Her expertise and extensive experience working with students, teachers, families, administrators and community leaders provide a platform for assisting in the design, facilitation and evaluation of professional learning experiences, networking opportunities, public relations and community outreach. Mrs. Sauer is excited about this project and its potential impact on local artists and the East End Community’s families and businesses while honoring the life and legacy of Danny Devine.
Mary Ellen Frank, a retired elementary teacher from Pittsburgh Public Schools, looks forward to assisting with the Danny Devine Foundation. She has earned both a B.A. in Journalism and an M.A. in Adult Education and Communications Technology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In addition, she has earned an MBA from Duquesne University, and a Master’s in Teaching from Chatham University. Mary Ellen was an adjunct faculty member developing and teaching technology courses in Duquesne University’s School of Leadership and Professional Advancement for 20 years. Prior to her work for PPS, she worked full-time in business and higher education administration. Mary Ellen is eager to bring her education and technology skills to this worthwhile organization benefiting the community in Danny’s memory.