Roger Romero received his B.S. at Carnegie Mellon University in 2014, at first seeking to work as an engineer in the STEM field. After 2 years of work as a chemist, Roger decided to dedicate his life and time to music and education. His hope is to incorporate the problem solving and analytical skills of STEM fields and apply them to the creative learning process inherent to music. He is an active freelance musician, performing a wide array of genres ranging from jazz to r&b to rock music. He has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. with Afro Yaqui Music Collective, as well as a number of local acts. He is very happy to have the opportunity to work at Center of Life and help shape the musical future of the program's students.
GERALDINE MASSEY — FAMILY ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR
Geraldine Massey received her master’s degree at Carlow University for Professional Counselor/Drug and Alcohol Counselor in December 2014. She previously worked for Allegheny County Juvenile Probation/CISP as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor and at the Center for Victims as a Therapist. Geraldine has three living children and two deceased sons. She is extremely happy to have joined the Center of Life family as the Family Engagement Coordinator.
MAURICE COLE — COMMUNITY LIAISON
Maurice brings to this job life-long experiences from growing up within the Hazelwood community. He is dedicated to giving all kids the chances he experienced while growing up in Hazelwood.
KIYOMI KNOX — COMMUNITY OUTREACH COORDINATOR
Kiyomi Knox grew up in northwestern Pennsylvania and obtained both her B.A. and B.F.A from Clarion University, studying fine arts, sociology, and social work. After graduation, she worked as a counselor and advocate for survivors of domestic and sexual violence and also used art as a way to help people and communities discuss trauma. After deciding to pursue her master’s degree, Kiyomi moved to Pittsburgh and still continues her work with survivors and using art for healing. Kiyomi first came to Center of Life in 2018 as an intern from the Masters of Social Work program at the University of Pittsburgh. She returns to assist in outreach due to her passion for people, community, and social justice. Kiyomi very much believes in COL’s mission that “everything is about people.”
DANIELLE CHAYKOWSKY — EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
Danielle has been working with Center of Life since 2012 when she first moved to Pittsburgh. She began working as a tutor for Fusion and Voices Summer Camp, and was quickly promoted to Program Coordinator, which allowed her to connect and bond with Hazelwood youth and their families. Her current role as Executive Assistant has awarded her with the opportunity to branch out and create increasingly meaningful relationships in other aspects of the community of Hazelwood. Outside of work, Danielle is passionate about combining her culinary skills and interest in nutrition as well as being an aunt to two adorable nieces.
Upon graduation from Slippery Rock University, with a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communication, Baylie found herself as a marketing intern for the Center of Life. This opportunity allowed her to combine her past learning experiences with her passion for helping others, all while learning all that she could about the Hazelwood community and what it means to be a part of it. Baylie spends her time working to share Center of Life and Hazelwood’s story to others.