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Message from the Executive Director


Summer 2017

Dear Crossroads Scholars and Families,

Just as each scholar takes a journey through high school to college, Crossroads Foundation as an organization is on its own journey.  As our scholars grow, explore new opportunities, and learn more about themselves, they become the successful young people they were created to be.  They positively impact the world around them.  In the same way, Crossroads is growing, exploring new opportunities, and more effectively fulfilling its mission; as an organization we want to expand our impact and provide more opportunities to our scholars, our families, our community, and our partners.

I am both excited and humbled to assume the role of Executive Director of Crossroads Foundation at this stage in the Crossroads journey.  The Board of Directors, an invested group of Pittsburgh leaders, has just approved a new 5-year strategic plan which will guide the organization’s growth, we have a talented and dedicated staff here at the Calland Center, and we have promising scholars who have access to a top-quality education through our partner schools.  What a great place to be! 

But we have ambitious plans to expand our work, to broaden our impact and to extend our support to young people.  We know that we can only accomplish these goals and make a larger impact on our community through partnerships and team work.  And you are an important part of that team.  I welcome the opportunity to talk with you, to learn from your experiences as part of the Crossroads family, and to collaborate with you in creating our journey forward.

Please contact me at any time should you have questions, insights or ideas related to your Crossroads experience. 

In anticipation of the journey ahead,


Esther Mellinger Stief

Executive Director