The Pittsburgh Spot

Putting your Light
on the Spot

Mission and Board


We aim to tell the positive stories of Pittsburgh’s Innovators, Entrepreneurs and Philanthropists in a visual and creative manner in order to connect and energize diverse communities throughout the Greater Pittsburgh region; often dispelling negative media narratives from inner city communities.



Shelia Hyland– News Anchor/ Media trainer

Sheila has more than 20 years of experience in broadcast journalism. She has worked with three network affiliates (ABC, CBS and Fox) in various media markets including Pittsburgh as managing editor, producer, writer, reporter and anchor.  Sheila has conducted more than 10,000 interviews, reported on major national crises covering three decades and conducted hundreds of one-on-one interviews with heads of state, business and political leaders, entertainers and athletes.

Oliver Byrd– Former President Marketing/Operations BNYM/Former Executive director August Wilson Center

Prior to assuming the role of Interim Executive Director for the August Wilson Center, Oliver Byrd served as founding Chairman of the Board for 10 years at the August Wilson Center. He brings over three decades of both private and public sector leadership and management. Among his significant positions were over 20 years executive management (Finance and Marketing) with BNY Mellon financial Corporation and Chief Volunteer positions with organizations such as the United Way of Allegheny County and the Multicultural Arts Initiative (a supporting organization of the Pittsburgh Foundation).

Dr. William H. Curtis – Senior Pastor Mount Ararat Baptist Church

Mount Ararat Baptist Church is a large Pittsburgh urban ministry comprising of 10,000 members, providing four well-attended weekend services.  Dr. William H. Curtis’s Board relationships include the following organizations: Amachi Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Sports and Exhibition Authority; the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary; The Ellis School, the Interdenominational Theological Center;  Baptist School of Theology and most recently the Allegheny County Airport Authority Board.  Also, Dr. Curtis currently serves on Gov. Tom Wolf’s Advisory Commission on African American Affairs.

Tonia Caruso– Journalist/Assistant Deputy Director

Tonia Caruso is an Emmy winning correspondent and former host of Pittsburgh 360, a weekly news magazine program on WQED. She was also the host of Comcast Newsmakers, interviewing political, community and business leaders about the issues affecting our region. She’s been honored by Women in Film and Media with the Patti Burns Award for Excellence in Television. She is currently the Assistant Deputy Director in the Office of Community Relations for the Allegheny County Department of Human Services.

Tony Allen – Senior  Producer – George Davidson Studios

Tony writes, directs and produces video reels used to pitch movies TV and reality show ideas to major studios. Tony has held  positions as a senior producer at Comcast Spotlight and Flying Cork Media. Tony has over 20 years of experience in the communication and entertainment industry. He produces, directs and writes all formats of comercials, corporate videos and internet videos.

Kimberly Gonxhe– Director of Urban Studies Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Kimberly Gonxhe serves as director of the Metro-Urban Institute at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Kimberly has advocated for the marginalized in more than 32 countries, spanning five continents, touching the lives of thousands. Her work has positively affected war-torn displaced people in Uganda, reformed sex workers in Indonesia, as well as married, mutilated, and uneducated young girls in Kenya.

Christine McClure Ed. D – Associate Director University of Pittsburgh- Project Management and Grant Operations.  Christine McClure is the Associate Director for the PERIS™ Solution, the University of Pittsburgh’s electronic research information solution. .  Her most recent endeavor was launching her organization, Sister’s in Scholarship (S.I.S), which focuses on providing academic support to women of color who are pursuing doctorates.