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To nurture creativity through the visual and performing arts by providing an opportunity to youth and family within the arts.


To serve as an artistic hub by providing artists and community a place to thrive in the arts.

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Tyian Battle

Executive Director

Tyian Battle, founder of ACH Clear Pathways, received her associate degree in Business Administration from Duff’s Business Institute in 1999 and her bachelor’s degree in Business Science, Organizational Leadership from Point Park University in 2009. Ms. Battle’s previous work experience includes positions with the YWCA Child Care Information Service and in the Speech and Language Department with Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3.


For her efforts, Battle has been Nominated for 2020 Athena Award of Greater Pittsburgh and honored with the 2020 Onyx Women Leadership Award. 2019 she

was honored with the following awards. Healthy Neighborhood Celebration Quality of Life Award, Pittsburgh Business Choice Charitable Organization Award, The WST Legacy Builder Award, and the G.O. Girls, On Your Mark, Get Set, G.O. Award! 


Ms. Battle also has been honored with the Entrepreneur Award at the fifth annual Passion Meets the Road ceremony in September 2018. She was the recipient of the Strong Women Strong Girl 2016 Strong Award for Community Leadership and the 2016 New Pittsburgh Courier Women of Excellence Award. She also successfully completed and received a certificate of achievement from Leadership Pittsburgh XXXIII, a highly selective initiative geared toward established leaders, designed to examine critical community issues, enhance civic-engagement, and empower participants to impact their business and the regional agenda at a

leadership level. 


In February 2015, Baden Academy Charter School awarded Ms. Battle with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dream-Makers Award. On July 21, 2011, the City of

Pittsburgh issued a proclamation honoring Ms. Battle and ACH Clear Pathways declaring it “ACH Clear Pathways Day.” Point Park University has also highlighted Ms. Battle’s achievements as an alumna success story on their website.


Ms. Battle, as founder and executive director of ACH Clear Pathways, plans to expand programming to other City of Pittsburgh communities. Ms. Battle initiated a capital campaign and successfully raised $3.5 million dollar which funded the acquisition and renovation of the Kaufmann Center, that is now the artistic hub of ACH Clear Pathways. This community arts center will serve not only youth, but families, adults, senior citizens, and individuals with disabilities.

Get Involved

The staff, teaching artists, and volunteers of ACH Clear Pathways are committed to making every child feel special and provide them with what they need to move forward in life. 

Volunteer as a foster grandparent, join a fundraising committee or help with our City of Pittsburgh Proclamation Day on July 21st. 

Apply for an undergraduate or

graduate-level internship to get the "real world" experience you're looking for outside the classroom. 

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ACH Clear Pathways welcomes teaching artists who are great in their respective fields to apply to our growing program. 

Board Members

Board Chair: Frank Rapp Esq.

Senior Law Attorney at Meyer Unkovic Scott Attorney at Law


Vice Chair: Antoine Smalls

Chief Compliance Officer, Senior VP at CIM Investment Management Inc.

Treasurer: Angela Perri

Chief Medicare Officer 
UPMC Health Plan, Insurance Services Division

Secretary: Linnette Booker

Vice President, Senior Business Analyst Consultant at PNC

​Alison Smith Esq.

Senior Counsel Legal Department National Association at PNC Bank

Kimberly Slater-Wood

Manager of Municipal Relations & Outreach
Municipal Relations and Outreach

Evelyn Foster

Senior Accountant at Management Science Associates Inc.


Sheena Shannon

Services Coordinator and Child Grief Specialist at Highmark Caring Place

Anthony Kane

Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Duquesne University


Stanford Grandy

Group Sales Consultant at #1 Cochran Dealership

Foster Grandparents

Mary Thompkins

Elizabeth Anderson

Julia Solomon

Susan Howard

Cheryl Coleman


Gaynell Ervin

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