It’s a pleasure to meet you! Here’s our tiny, but mighty, DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh Team.
Bonnie Baxter, Founder & Executive Director
Bonnie Baxter founded DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh in 2016, inspired by a similar event while living in Chicago. Bonnie now serves as the Executive Director for DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh, Inc, a 501(c)(3).
Bonnie spent 25 years in the television advertising industry, as an Account Executive, Sr. Account Executive, and Local Sales Manager for an assortment of media companies such as Sinclair Broadcast Group, Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc., Comcast Spotlight, Viamedia, and The Nielsen Company.
Bonnie has also operated a residential real estate property management/rehab company for the past 20 years.
Bonnie holds a degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, in Communications, with a minor in Marketing.
Ellen DiBiase, Development Associate
Ellen DiBiase joined DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh in June 2021 as a Development Associate. Ellen has spent most of her career in the nonprofit sector and worked locally with Pittsburgh Action Against Rape and Animal Friends. Most recently, Ellen managed a $35 million capital campaign at The Harker School in San Jose, CA, later becoming their Director of Donor Relations.
Ellen is an active member of the Friendship Community Group, having served for two years as a board member. She continues to manage their social media and assist with community event planning, including the Friendship House Tour. She also serves as a Parent Ambassador at The Ellis School in Shadyside.
Ellen has undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Public & Urban Affairs from Virginia Tech and an MBA in Organizational Change from Chatham University. She is also a member of the Chatham Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship and CMU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. In Spring 2021, Ellen was selected to participate in the Mayor’s Civic Leadership Academy.
Nicole Roach, Social Media Manager/Community Outreach Coordinator
Nicole Roach is a thriving marketing and social media professional who has been involved with DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh since 2017.
While obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree in Sports, Arts and Entertainment Management from Point Park University, Nicole began volunteering with DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh, first as a building docent and later as a social media intern. With her help the organization nearly doubled their social media following and greatly expanded their reach.
Nicole has been obsessed with the history and unique architecture of Pittsburgh since she was child and believes everyone should explore the city they live in to the fullest. With this passion for her city, she was thrilled to continue on running DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh’s social media channels after her internship ended and is eager to grow the organization more in her new role.