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.
Missy Sorg, Community Engagement Coordinator
Born and raised in Western New York, Missy Sorg followed her heart to Pittsburgh and has been a staple in the Beechview neighborhood ever since! Although she started her career as a litigation paralegal she shifted gears in 2015 dabbling in marketing and social media development after becoming involved as a volunteer with Podcamp Pittsburgh. When an opportunity arose in 2016, she left her corporate paralegal job to focus full-time on marketing and social media development and hasn’t looked back.
Outside of work tasks, Missy donates her time back to the community through various volunteer projects–from helping organize an annual two-day podcasting and social media conference from 2008-2017, to her current role as the Beechview Revitalization Advisory Group (BRAG) Chairperson. She has also given presentations on social media, podcasting, and blogging through events such as Podcamp Pittsburgh, Podcast Movement, and WordCamp Pittsburgh.
A self-proclaimed Jill-of-all-trades, Missy enjoys a variety of hobbies and interests in her free time. Her passion is baking, which netted her a third place award for a custom cookie recipe she developed for a friend. Missy currently resides in the Beechview neighborhood of Pittsburgh with her husband and long-haired chihuahua, Wicket.