Our Senior Management Staff
Mike Gable | Executive Director
Melissa Mongelli | COO/General Manager
Karl Zellars | Retail Operations Manager
Mike Dough | Asst. Retail Operations Manager
Greg Webster | Donations & Logistics Manager
Nicola Coohill | Business Manager
Terry Wiles | Deconstruction Coordinator/Community Outreach
Brian Swearingen | Deconstruction Manager
Kevin Parr | Warehouse Manager
Zach Braden | Web Communications/E-Commerce
Our Board of Directors
As a non-profit, Construction Junction has a Board of Directors who assume overall responsibility for running the organization. The board members are all volunteers. They meet six times a year.
- President: Alexis Miller | Director of Product Management, Schell Games
- Immediate Past President: Howard J. Wein, Esquire | Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
- Co-Vice President: Marc Little, President | Emery Construction Services, LLC
- Co-Vice President: Patricia Tsagaris | Graphic Designer, pinkhaus design communications
- Treasurer: Walter J. Burlack | Executive Director, Community Growth Fund
- Secretary: Gregory LaForest | Associate, Project Architect, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
- Member at Large: Emily Collins | Executive Director, Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services
- Mary Ann Bohrer | President, Bohrer Public Relations
- Melissa Cicozi | Assistant Head, Carnegie Mellon University School of Design
- Reid Crosby | Proprietor, Artist/Craftsperson
- Jerry DeRosa | Director, EH&S Affairs, Tug Hill Operating
- Benson Gabler | Pittsburgh Living Product Hub Director, International Living Future Institute
- Jennifer Garczyk | Director of Key Accounts, Red Bull North America
- Amy George | Project Manager, VEBH Architects
- Susan Golomb
- Beth Lentz | Independent Contractor
- Eric Perz | Data Science, Brunner
- Brian Sullivan | Process Improvement Manager, Pensiamo
- Jonathan Weber | Owner, greenSinner
- John Wilds | Assistant Vice Chancellor for Community Relations, University of Pittsburgh
- Jason Wrona | Shareholder, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
At Construction Junction our mission is to support and promote conservation through the reuse of building materials. That’s what excites us, and we’re always trying to come up with ways to do more reuse.
Running CJ means accepting donations of used and surplus materials at our large warehouse, and then selling them in our 30,000 sq. ft. store to new users. As our materials are a fraction of the cost of new, our mission has an environmental and social impact. As a nonprofit, we cover most of our operational costs with the revenues from sales and we hold an annual fundraiser, the Steel City Big Pour®, to cover the balance and to invest in improvements.
To enable us to invest in improvements to services and facilities, Construction Junction also receives grant funding from foundations, including the Heinz Endowment, the Forbes Funds, the Laurel Foundation, the RK Mellon Foundation, the Henry L. Hillman Foundation, and an anonymous foundation, as well as donations from private individuals.
Pennsylvania Resources Council
We are a proud affiliate of PRC, Pennsylvania’s oldest grassroots environmental organization. Since 1939 they have worked to protect the Commonwealth’s resources for future generations through environmental education, recycling and waste diversion programs, anti-litter campaigns and much more. For additional recycling and reuse information visit the Pennsylvania Resources Council website.
Goodwill Job Training Partnership
We host several job training and work program participants at Construction Junction, with their supervisors. The participants learn skills as they work to process doors, tile and flooring and deliver it to the store. We also offer seasonal opportunities as they arise, to participants in various Goodwill programs that aim to assist entry level participants and others with barriers to employment to gain work experience or to earn in a temporary position.
Project RE_ aims to introduce new constituencies to the reuse movement and to use opportunities arising from the growth of reuse to increase jobs for those with barriers to employment. It is a partnership between Construction Junction and the Urban Design Build Studio.
Trade Institute of Pittsburgh
Trade Institute of Pittsburgh is a non-profit building trade training provider dedicated to providing opportunities for individuals with barriers to employment. TIP engages returning citizens to meet a growing need for skilled workers across the trades as the older generation of workers retires. These trades include masonry, carpentry, painting, welding, and a variety of other skilled trade fields.
Doors Unhinged sources and distributes high-quality, reclaimed, commercial-grade, complete door systems, driving the circular economy in the construction industry and turning trash into a commodity. They rescue solid wood, glass, and hollow metal doors, frames and hardware from office buildings undergoing renovation before they’re disposed of. Doors Unhinged is based in Pittsburgh, PA, and was launched in 2018 by Andrew Ellsworth, LEED AP, Founder, CEO & all-around door geek.
AIA Pittsburgh Committee on the Environment
The American Institute of Architects, Pittsburgh Chapter’s Committee on the Environment (COTE) works to advance, disseminate, and advocate—to the profession, the building industry, the academy, and the public—design practices that integrate built and natural systems and enhance both the design quality and environmental performance of the built environment. COTE serves as the community and voice on behalf of AIA architects regarding sustainable design.
Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation
Since its creation, the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation has endeavored to create an integrated community of researchers at the University of Pittsburgh who focus their intellectual talents on rendering society more sustainable.
Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse
Creative Reuse is a non-traditional, non-profit art supply shop that accepts donations of gently used art and craft supplies. Creative Reuse has been located in the same building as Construction Junction since 2009, and the two organizations support each other in their shared quest to promote reuse throughout the Pittsburgh region.*Please note: During pandemic times, Creative Reuse is operating virtually, with a bustling online store featuring 3 curbside pickup days a week, local delivery, and shipping to anywhere in the US, as well as a host of virtual learning opportunities and kits!*