News & Events 2018-06-29T18:09:58+00:00

ECP’s community choir conceptual stage project has now moved into an official Project, complete with a choir name and logo.
Introducing the EastShore Chorale!

Barry Nelson

Eastman Community Projects (ECP) is elated to welcome professional fundraiser Barry Nelson as an advisor.  Barry is an independent fundraising expert focused on strategic planning, integrated marketing techniques, sustainable on-air fundraising, stewardship and direct-response programs in an ever-shifting media & fundraising environment.  One of his talents is his knack for working within and across organizations to bring teams together, improve communication, and increase revenue.

In 20 years as a fundraiser for public media in Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Houston, Nashville and elsewhere, Barry has led teams, formulated strategies, tactics and messaging that has raised more than $75 million to support the work of public media stations.  

Alice Logan

When Eastman Community Projects (ECP) was founded in November of 2017, Alice Logan, a lifelong resident of Swissvale, was one of the first few people who listened to the idea, asked questions, and offered to help by functioning as ECP’s fiscal sponsor.  In many ways, she is the reason ECP has kick started it’s way up so fast with programs already underway.  We are eternally grateful.

Alice joined the nonprofit community 23 years ago and currently serves as The Pittsburgh Contingency’s President & Chief Financial Officer, responsible for TPC’s day-to-day-operations, as well as leading the agency’s programs and initiatives.

The Pittsburgh Contingency also acts as a Fiscal Sponsor to any new or existing charitable or grass root organization needing assistance with back office duties such as finance, contract administration or general business oversight while enhancing their programmatic focus including but not limited to charitable, scientific, literary or educational pursuits.  Alice started TPC to address a need no longer provided to smaller organizations in respect to their finances and governance.  The Contingency assists a wide range of organizations allowing them to fulfill their dreams in delivering services and helping those in need in our communities.

Prior to starting TPC, from December 1993 until March 2013, Alice served as the Hill House Association’s Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Vice President – Finance & Administration, Director of Finance, Controller and Assistant Controller during her tenure.  Before joining Hill House, she worked as the financial head in for-profit businesses in the computer/software development, advertising and travel industries.

She attended Robert Morris College in Pittsburgh majoring in Business Administration and Marketing alives with Robert and her furkids.  Alice is an avid reader, equestrian, and continues to train working class German Shepherds.

Benjamin Filippone

ECP is delighted to work with Benjamin Filippone as Choir Director on our Community Choir project in Swissvale, Pittsburgh.  Ben is active throughout the Pittsburgh area as a choir conductor and voice teacher. He serves as Minister of Music at First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, and the music director of the Mon Yough Chorale. He also teaches at the Community College of Allegheny County and sings with the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh. He performed the role of Ben in Menotti’s “The Telephone” and recitals at the Maiski Opera Festival in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, and performed world premiers as a soloist and ensemble singer with OvreArts. He holds a BA in music education from Grove City College, a MM in vocal performance from Duquesne University, and studied in the DMA program in choral conducting with a minor in music theory at the University of Arizona. He has appeared as the guest conductor for the Westmoreland County Music Educators Association Jr. High Chorus Festival, served as the chorus master for Undercroft Opera, and participated for three summers as a conductor with the Sarteano Choral Conducting Workshop with Simon Carrington in Sarteano, Italy.

Caryn Rosenthal

ECP welcomes Caryn Rosenthal as our Real Estate advisor for building projects in Swissvale, Pittsburgh. Caryn is a professional realtor with Howard Hanna, Shadyside office, and a long time resident of Swissvale. Having spent her entire life in the East End of Pittsburgh, her professionalism as a realtor, compassionate approach towards buyers and sellers alike, stands out within minutes of meeting her. With a lifetime of customer service and retail experience, she has quickly built a solid reputation as a great realtor in the area, and is known for going the extra mile on behalf of her real estate customers. Working in the furniture and design industries, as well as paralegal area, she brings a well rounded knowledge base as a real estate advisor to Eastman Community Projects. In addition to her professional talents, Caryn is a ambassador for rescuing animals in the area, providing homes to multiple rescue dogs in the past few years.

Ryan Lammie

We are very pleased to welcome Ryan Lammie to Eastman Community Projects as a consulting advisor.  Ryan Lammie was born in Pittsburgh and educated at the Pratt Institute in New York. In 2011 he was selected for the Yale / Norfolk Summer Residency in Connecticut and graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Ryan is founder of Radiant Hall with a mission  “To create and preserve studio environments for working artists.”  You cannot understate the importance of Radiant Hall in the Pittsburgh area.  Their entrepreneurial, professional, and organizational focus of finding, developing, and sustaining spaces for artists and creative individuals of the area is highly important, especially in a fast growing backdrop of commercial and residential development in the area, causing warehouse and studio spaces to disappear, and become overly expensive when available.


Ryan currently sits on the board of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, serves as the vice-president & exhibitions chair of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and has affiliations to the Mattress Factory (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 Host Committee Annual Fundraising Event) and Quantum Theater (Q Ball, Chair, 2015 Annual Fundraising Gala).

Eastman Community Projects looks forward to working closely with Ryan in the Swissvale area as we explore art spaces and Art Centric community projects.

Ryan Keeling

We are very pleased to report that Ryan Keeling has joined our Community Choir project in a consulting advisory role. Ryan Keeling is active as a teacher, singer and conductor in the Pittsburgh area and is the Assistant Conductor of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s “Chorus of Choice,” and Director of Choral Activities at West Liberty University where he conducts the WLU Singers, Choral Scholars and College Community Chorus, and teaches Music History and Conducting. He also serves as Artistic Director of Voces Solis and Music Director of OvreArts where he conducts the OvreArts Sinfonia and is the founding conductor of the OvreArts Chamber Singers.

Our next step is the recruitment of a Choir Director for the project and that process in underway but in the early stages. We are very excited and thrilled to be working with Ryan.

From the Ground Up: John Eastman Leads the Way for Art-Centric Community Development in Pittsburgh

Please see some of our press coverage about art centric comunity development in Swissvale, Pittsburgh.

We are pleased to announce that Building Facade # 2 (exterior) will be completed by November 20th, 2017.  Our second location is located in the alleyway of Nevada St and Monarch, in SW Swissvale.  We invite to you drive by to see the work in progress.  The interior aspect of the installation will feature a furniture installation by john eastman and should be compete by January 2018.