Who We Are

 

Here's a brief introduction to the great folks who work at PRISM:

 

Scott Boyd, director of PRISM since 2002, oversees the staff and interns. You can meet Scott at PRISM's following events: PRISM Connect, weekend hosting, and any other special events. Scott is married to Lisa, and they have four boys. His family enjoys playing sports and traveling. Ask Scott about his adventures biking from St. Louis to Boulder, Colorado, and from Boston to Montreal, Canada.

 

 

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Micah is from Oregon originally (as you have heard if you come to the English Conversation Group), and attended Oregon State University. This is where he first started spending time with international students, and found many to be some of the most interesting people – he estimates that he had international student housemates from 8 different countries during his time there. After working for a start-up company he spent a year teaching in North Africa where he met his wife, Christen. She has succeeded in gradually converting him into a “yinzer” (a true Pittsburgh-er), albeit with a sometimes wistful gaze to the green of the Northwest, the turquoise of the Mediterranean, and the brown of the Sahara. They now live with their two daughters on the West End of Pittsburgh.

 

 

 

Ken Wagoner graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in 1974 (many years before most of the present international students were born!). For the last 30 years, Ken has spent the majority of his time with the international students and scholars from China, and has travelled to China three times. He takes these trips to visit the Chinese friends that he makes during their times studying in Pittsburgh. Ken is married and has three adult children. He enjoys almost all athletic activites (especially basketball), and really enjoys taking Chinese schlars to lunch to get to know them. 

 

 

 

 

 

Cori Hill, administrative assistant at PRISM, manages donor relations, mailings and other communications with Americans and international students and families. Her husband's name is Mitch and they have two boys. In her free time, Cori runs, bikes, hikes, camps, and builds LEGOS with her family as well as enjoys sewing & crafts. She and her husband have hiked Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. Cori also enjoys gardening and watching her two sons grow up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susannah Clarke is excited to have joined the PRISM staff this year. She was born in Nairobi, Kenya, and lived there until she was almost eight years old. After obtaining a certification to teach English, she moved to Qingdao, China where she taught English and studied Chinese for four years. In 2015, she completed a Master's degree in Teaching English as Foreign Language (TEFL) from Columbia International University. She then returned to China and taught English in Urumqi for two years. Her interests include studying Mandarin Chinese, reading, playing the piano, cooking, hiking, interior decorating, teaching and traveling. 

 

 

 

 


David Lambacher grew up in Springfield, Ohio and Sharpsburg, Georgia before he went on to earn a BA in Film Studies from The Ohio State University in 2008.  He has spent time in Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey which developed his love for the Middle East.  David worked in campus ministry and homeless ministry for 10 years before coming to PRISM.  He is married to his lovely wife Allison and they adore their cat Niles.  David is also working towards an MDiv with Fuller Theological Seminary.   

 

 

 

 

 


Rachel grew up in China, and sometimes walking down the street would forget that she was not Asian. She is a graduate from Pennsylvania State University, where she studied Human Development and Chinese. Rachel worked with college students for six years, at her alma mater and in North Africa.  Rachel married her favorite human, Michael Johns, in late July. A week after, she moved to Pittsburgh and began working with in early August. Rachel is regularly a part of English groups, Monday & Wednesday evening bible studies and Connect. There is also a good chance you can find her drinking bubble tea at Fu Ku Tea on Forbes Avenue. Rachel enjoys attending live music concerts, reading, exploring Schenley Park, stargazing and eating yummy food, especially from other cultures.

 

 

 


Sophia received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh and her Masters in Organizational Leadership from Evangel University.  Sophia taught high school math and science and then went on to serve as the missions director for her church, leading domestic and international missions trips and raising awareness and funds for missions projects.
Most recently, Sophia and her family have served overseas teaching English and working at a women’s vocational training center.  Sophia has a passion for women and loves to share life with women from different ethnic backgrounds.  She and her husband Stephen have 4 children.