Rita Catalano serves as executive director of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College, responsible for strategic partnerships, program development, and outreach and communications. At Saint Vincent College, she previously served as Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement. Before coming to Saint Vincent, she held administrative positions at the Temple University Center on Human Development and Education, the University of Pittsburgh Learning Research and Development Center, Tufts University, and Marygrove College. She holds a B.A. in political science from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut, and an M.A. in political science from the University of Pittsburgh.
Michael Robb, Ph.D.
Director of Education and Research
As Director of Education and Research, Michael Robb oversees the planning and development for one of the Center’s signature programs, the Fred Rogers Center Early Learning Environment™ (Ele). Dr. Robb has been involved in issues surrounding media and children for over a decade. He has published research on the impact of electronic media on young children’s language development, early literacy outcomes, and problem solving abilities in a variety of academic journals, including Child Development and Developmental Review. Dr. Robb has also supervised community educational outreach efforts for KCET/PBS, helping parents and teachers to make the most of quality children’s programming. He was the recipient of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation Fred Rogers Memorial Scholarship, awarded to students for research on the relationship between children’s use of media and learning. Dr. Robb holds a B.A. in child development from Tufts University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from University of California, Riverside.
Karen Struble Myers, CFRE
Director of Development
As Director of Development, Karen Struble Myers oversees a multi-year, multifaceted fundraising plan designed to support the operations, signature programs, and endowment fund of the Fred Rogers Center. In this role, she is responsible for annual giving and major gifts as well as stewardship initiatives. Ms. Struble Myers has over ten years of experience in fund development, marketing, and public relations in a variety of nonprofit settings. A 2000 graduate of Penn State University, Ms. Struble Myers holds a B.A. in Advertising-Public Relations, and minors in Speech Communication and Business. She received an M.S. in Professional Leadership, Training, and Development from Carlow University in 2007. A frequent guest lecturer on annual fund strategies, Ms. Struble Myers is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Western Pennsylvania, where she chairs the scholarship committee.
Tanya B. Smith
Program Coordinator, Fred Rogers Center Early Learning Environment™
Tanya B. Smith is the program coordinator for the Fred Rogers Center Early Learning Environment™ (Ele). Using Ele as the main resource and focal point, she is designing and delivering professional development seminars for early childhood educators and workshops for parents on the appropriate use of technology and digital media for our youngest learners. Ms. Smith also will be promoting Ele throughout southwestern Pennsylvania by building relationships and collaborations with agencies and schools that serve the needs of our most underserved young children and their families. Additional work experiences include professional development (PQAS certification), college teaching, early literacy, counseling, mobile therapy, and case management. Ms. Smith has a B.A. and M.Ed. from the Pennsylvania State University, and a M.S. degree in early childhood education from the Erikson Institute.
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.
Special Projects Coordinator
Cindy Scarpo serves as special projects coordinator for all major Center events, including national conferences, symposia, issues briefings, webinars, and annual meetings of the Rogers Center’s Advisory Council. In this role, she arranges for venues, coordinates travel and lodging, prepares presentations and materials, and serves as the point of contact with participants and vendors. Ms. Scarpo also manages the Center’s website, e-newsletter, social media, and office operations. She has been a member of the Rogers Center staff since 2004. Prior to joining the Fred Rogers Center staff, Ms. Scarpo was employed as a medical biller at a local hospital. She also spent several years as a full-time mother, during which time she volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America and her church. Ms. Scarpo graduated from Seton Hill University summa cum laude in 2003, with a B.A. in business management. She currently is pursuing a certificate in computing and information sciences at Saint Vincent College and has completed post-baccalaureate, graduate-level coursework in operations management through the Saint Vincent College business administration program.
Theresa Noel joined the Fred Rogers Center staff as secretary in 2012. She provides general secretarial and clerical support to the Center’s professional staff including greeting visitors, scheduling, making travel arrangements, and handling other day to day office duties. Prior to joining the Fred Rogers Center staff, Ms. Noel was employed by the Greater Latrobe School District as a personal assistant. She is married and has three sons.
Saint Vincent College Student Assistant
As Student Assistant, Dillon Monier provides support to the Fred Rogers Center staff through video production; converting and editing digital files using the Center’s non-linear video editing system; support for transmissions via webcasts, webinars, and videoconferencing; and maintaining video file documentation. Currently enrolled at Saint Vincent College in the School of Social Sciences, Communication, and Education, Mr. Monier is a Senior Communication Major focusing on media studies. He is involved with several activities including the Boy Scouts of America, earning the rank of Eagle Scout in 2009, and the Saint Vincent College Radio Club.