Esohe Osai, Ph.D. is an educator, collaborator, and scholar-practitioner who has served in urban communities for almost 20 years. She is co-founder of The Good Neighbor Collective and a professor at the University of Pittsburgh. After graduating from the Detroit Public School system, she continued through school, eventually earning a Ph.D. in education and psychology from the University of Michigan. At her core, Esohe is a teacher and an advocate for children, youth, and communities. She taught high school in Detroit before beginning a career teaching at the college level. Beyond her role as an Assistant Professor in the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, Esohe is actively engaged in service efforts through various non-profits in her community. Dr. Osai is a pragmatist who employs a positive strengths approach in her community engagement practice. Every day she works to support practical solutions to challenges in schools and communities. Esohe resides in the Homewood neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA.
Adrianna Simon, MPH is passionate about justice and communities. With a background in English, the Arts, and International Business, Adrianna has served marginalized communities both national and internationally for over 15 years. After earning an undergraduate degree from Penn State, she began serving in local faith-based networks to address issues of hopelessness and neglect in the lives of people—specifically children. She has traveled extensively, learning from communities and caring for the needs of others. These experiences, along with a two-year college internship at the United Nations, increased her understanding of the world around her and the global epidemic of poverty. Fueled by a passion for health, Adrianna eventually went back to school and received a Master’s in Public health to better equip her to understand health from a wholistic, community-based perspective.
Adrianna is a real, authentic and transparent servant leader who is gifted in organizing people and strategizing. She is the co-founder of The Good Neighbor Collective and spends most of her time focusing on Public Health initiatives to address inequities surrounding various social determinants of health and their impact on said communities. In addition to her professional roles, Adrianna is an author and a singer. She originally hails from Philadelphia, PA.
Mary Adams Trujillo
Dr. Mary Adams Trujillo is a conflict transformation strategist who offers consultation and coaching for individual, organizational, and community transformation. As a researcher, mediator and spiritual director, she has provided almost forty years of service to clients who wish to increase skills and knowledge in the areas of communication, culture, and conflict. She is a frequent speaker and presenter at professional conferences and has authored and co-authored a number of books and articles related to conflict, culture, and faith. Dr. Trujillo received her BA from the University of Illinois in 1973, her MA in rehabilitation counseling from the University of New Mexico in 1975, and her PhD in Communication Studies from Northwestern University in 2004.