Our Leadership Team
Stephan Davis is the President and Executive Coach of Davis & Associates. Davis & Associates is a results-focused executive coaching and human resources services business that also specializes in human resources, training & development and board governance training.
Mrs. Holly Douglas has over 25 years’ experience as an environmental and safety manager for various agencies and corporate entities including consulting, oil and gas, waste, and manufacturing. Her key competencies include assessments, permitting, compliance, and training. Read more>>
Pittsburgh native, Mrs. Alichia Parker-Thomas had humble beginnings and grow up in the North Side. She began her career as a substitute teacher but realized her dream was to be an entrepreneur. Over the years, Mrs. Parker-Thomas has owned numerous small businesses. Read more>>
Dr. John M. Wallace, Jr., is a pastor, professor and social
entrepreneur. He is the senior pastor of Bible Center Church, located in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood, the David E. Epperson Endowed Chair and Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity and Development at the University of Pittsburgh. Read more>>
Kyya Pettiford, Administrator for Own Our Own, joined the OOO team in 2021, after successfully graduating with Cohort 5 of the Own Our Own Academy. Kyya provides all of the daily administration of OOO and is the primary point of contact for all things OOO related with the class participants. Kyya is also the key point of contact in helping new entrepreneurs in filing and registering their business with the state and ensuring they are ready to operate their business as a registered entity.
Kyya is a seasoned Executive Assistant with 20+ year’s experience serving C-Suite executives at the Federal level, County level, for profit, not-for-profit and religious sectors.
In private practice, Kyya is the CEO/Owner of Pettiford Administrative & Notary Services,(PANS). PANS provides customized executive support services tailored towards the business needs of clients. Services range from providing office administration, support with billing & invoicing, processing ap/ar invoices, ordering office supplies & services, creating and managing filing systems, establishing standard operating procedures (SOP’s) and more as required to effectively manage the back-office functions for businesses, churches and not-for-profit organizations.
PANS also offers notary services to clients. Notary services are available during business hours and can also be provided after hours and delivered to clients through PANS mobile delivery service.
Kyya is also the owner of “Kyya’s Gifts” and makes gift baskets, wedding bouquets, door ornaments and enjoys making other crafts in her spare time.
She is actively involved in her church as a minister and spends her spare time volunteering for multiple organizations that provide services to the community.
Kyya attended Duff Business Institute of Pittsburgh to learn word processing that helped to launch her into her career. She also obtained a certificate in Entrepreneurship in 2019 from Community College of Allegheny County.
Stephan Davis, SPHR, is the President and Executive Coach of Davis & Associates. Davis & Associates is a results-focused executive coaching and human resources services business that also specializes in human resources, training & development and board governance training.Stephan has provided human resources and organizational development technical assistance to businesses, not-for-profit organizations and churches since 2004.
Stephan also serves as an “Executive in Residence” with the Forbes Fund Foundation providing human resources expertise and coaching services to not-for-profit organizations in the Greater Pittsburgh region. He also has provided services to PACE as a certified Executive Coach and human resources specialist for several years.
Stephan holds a Bachelor of Arts from West Virginia State College. He has attained the designation of Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), and is a coach through YMCA of the United States of America (YUSA) (2010), and the International Coaching Federation (2005).
Mrs. Holly Douglas, has over 25 years’ experience as an environmental and safety manager for various agencies and corporate entities including consulting, oil and gas, waste, and manufacturing. Her key competencies include assessments, permitting (air/water/waste), compliance, and training. She has successfully managed the permitting and ongoing compliance for Title V and minor modification air permits for several natural gas compressor stations throughout Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Additionally, she has permitted waste streams, wastewater treatment plants, and landfill expansions and closures. A consummate trainer, she has served as an adjunct professor for the Community College of Allegheny County for the Wastewater Treatment and Energy Management courses. She is also a National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) Trainer. Additionally, Ms. Douglas is an OSHA Authorized Construction Trainer and has successfully implemented process and program improvements that have significantly reduced accident and overall worker compensation claims.
Ms. Douglas has been recognized for engaging stakeholders to assess issues and work together to develop solutions that improve operations, efficiency and safety while minimizing costs. She has been involved with various industry groups and community groups to assess and communicate emission issues on local populations, regulatory impacts on industry, and educational challenges for local communities.
Ms. Douglas earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Clarion University, a Master of Science degree in Safety Management from West Virginia University and an Executive MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.
Ms. Douglas currently serves on the following organizations: Society of Women Environmental Professionals (SWEP) Three Rivers Chapter (Sponsorship Chairperson); Southwestern Pennsylvania Engineering Outreach (SPEO) (Board member); Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)- Pittsburgh Chapter (Program Chairperson); Bible Center Church Finance Committee (Chairperson), and Womanspace East (Board Member). She is a founder of the Gospel City Bank, a youth bank operated at the Rodman Street Church. Ms. Douglas is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
Mrs. Alichia Parker-Thomas, a Pittsburgh native, Mrs. Alichia Parker-Thomas had humble beginnings and grow up in the North Side. She began her career as a substitute teacher but realized her dream was to be an entrepreneur. Over the years, Mrs. Parker-Thomas has owned numerous small businesses including A PAR Educational, LLC, A PAR Quality Services, Malaika Learning Center, A PAR Resource Center, A PAR Realty and most recently, A PAR Home Health Care Agency.
Mrs. Parker-Thomas, a PQAS Certified Instructor, has worked in partnership with several different local, state and national organizations to provide professional development workshops such as: Capital Area Association for the Education of Young Children (CAAEYC), The Neighborhood Learning Alliance, Hill House Association of Pittsburgh, Schenley Heights Development Corporation, Centre Avenue YMCA, South Hills Interfaith Ministries, Manchester Youth Development Corporation, YWCA, Pittsburgh Project, and the Providence Family Support Center, to name a few.
Possessing a long list of awards and accolades including proclamations from the City Council of the City of Pittsburgh and the City of Pittsburgh Office of the Mayor, Mrs. Parker-Thomas received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Point Park University. She attended Geneva College earning her Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership degree. She is a member of the Pi Lambda Theta International Honor Society, has earned a tutoring credential and is a recognized tutor trainer through the Pittsburgh Public Schools Education Assistance Program.
Dr. John M. Wallace, Jr., Ph.D., is a pastor, professor and social entrepreneur. He is the senior pastor of Bible Center Church, located in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood, and the David E. Epperson Endowed Chair and professor at the University of Pittsburgh. At Pitt, Dr. Wallace teaches social entrepreneurship and holds appointments in the School of Social Work, the Katz Graduate School of Business and the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences (Sociology).
Dr. Wallace integrates his faith and work through his research, teaching and service at Pitt and through the ministries of Bible Center. He is the founder of The Oasis Project—the community and economic development division of Bible Center. The Oasis Project’s “businesstries” include Everyday Café, Oasis Property Maintenance and Management, Oasis Micro-Farm and Fishery, Oasis Transportation Services and The Maker’s Clubhouse science, technology, engineering, agriculture and math (STEAM) Education program, and Own Our Own Economic Opportunity Center.
Dr. Wallace earned his AB from the University of Chicago and MA and PhD from the University of Michigan. He completed the Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford and has been certified to deliver some of the nation’s leading enterprise development programs, including CO.STARTERS, Steve Blank’s Lean LaunchPad®, The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program, and Michael Gerber’s E-Myth Program.