As the Center’s Co-Director and resident faculty member, Junlei Li integrates the mission of the Center, the College, and child-serving partners in our larger community. His research lab Incubator 143 partners with educators, trainers, advocates, and researchers. With active projects in low-income child care centers, urban schools, community programs, and the larger child-serving non-profit sector, the Incubators focus on identifying and amplifying the simple active ingredient that universally helps serve children—the power of human connection. Junlei joined the Center after serving as the Principal Research Scientist at the Fred Rogers Company, Director of Applied Research and Evaluation at University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development, and principal investigator on federal research grants at Carnegie Mellon University. He holds a Ph.D. in psychology and M.A. in instructional science from Carnegie Mellon University, and a B.S. in computer science from University of Notre Dame. To contact Junlei, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As Director of Development and Communications, Karen Struble Myers oversees multi-year, multifaceted fundraising and communications plans designed to promote and support the mission and programs of the Fred Rogers Center. She is responsible for annual giving, major gifts, grant writing, special events, brand strategy, external relations, publications, social media and e-communications. Additionally, she guides the Neighborhood Music Visits program, a student-driven outreach program that fosters early childhood social-emotional development through the arts. A graduate of Penn State University, she holds a B.A. in Advertising-Public Relations, and minors in Speech Communication and Business. Karen received an M.S. in Professional Leadership, Training, and Development from Carlow University. She is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), serving as a frequent lecturer and community advisor on annual fund strategies and branding, and has nearly 20 years of experience in nonprofit development and marketing roles in the performing arts, religion, health care, and public policy.
As the Director of Simple Interactions and Academic Programs for the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media, Dana Winters seeks to apply and advance the legacy of Fred Rogers in serving children and their helpers. Through projects involving children’s helpers across many diverse settings, including child care, school systems, community programs, residential care, and children’s hospitals, she communicates and reflects what is simple and deep about work in service of children and their families. Dana supervises the Center’s research lab, Incubator 143, which partners with educators, trainers, advocates, and researchers to focus on identifying and amplifying the simple active ingredient that universally helps serve children—the power of human connection. She joined the Center after serving as the Senior Evaluator for the Collaborative for Evaluation and Assessment Capacity at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education, and as an Education Counselor with the Educational Opportunity Centers of Penn State University. Dana holds a Ph.D. in administrative and policy studies from the University of Pittsburgh, a M.A. in education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in sociology from Saint Vincent College.
As Senior Program Associate, Emma Lee supports Simple Interactions and other special projects and initiatives of the Fred Rogers Center. Her work reaches across the research, policy, and practice sectors in early childhood, K-12 education, and social services to support the interactions and relationships that help children thrive. Before joining the Center, Emma worked at the RAND Corporation as a Policy Analyst. Her work included research, evaluation, and technical assistance for projects in early childhood and K-12 education in both rural and urban settings. She holds an Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University and a B.A. in Psychology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
As the Project Assistant for Simple Interactions, Kate creates and designs innovative marketing materials, and artistically enhances program materials for electronic and print media for the Simple Interactions Project and the Fred Rogers Center. Her responsibilities at the Center include creating illustrations, web design, animation, video editing, film, equipment management and photography. A graduate of Saint Vincent College, she holds a B.A. in both Graphic Design, and Communications - Public Relations and Advertising. She has gained a wide range of design experience through her schooling and past internships such as the UPMC Summer Associates Program for Creative Services.
As Archivist, Emily Uhrin oversees the cataloging, indexing and organization of materials related to Fred Rogers’ personal and professional life, formulates and implements archival usage and access policies, and manages the collection of digitized print and video materials in the Fred Rogers Archive. Emily is a 2005 graduate of Saint Vincent College where she studied English and worked in the library as a student assistant. Her enjoyment of library work led her to the School of Library and Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her M.L.I.S. in 2007 with a concentration in Archives and Records Management. While studying at Pitt, Emily worked for the Fred Rogers Center as an intern, completing an inventory of files that were housed at Family Communications, Inc. She also worked at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History Library to gain field experience.
As Administrative Assistant, Theresa Noel supports the daily operations of the Fred Roger Center. She provides general support to the Center’s professional staff including greeting visitors, scheduling, making travel arrangements, financial processing, and other office duties. She is instrumental in the coordination of a variety of conferences and symposia such as Fred Forward. Prior to joining the Fred Rogers Center staff, Theresa was employed by the Greater Latrobe School District as a personal assistant providing learning support services. She also has extensive experience working in office administration in private education.