Meet the team! Our contributors are the incredible people that help make Project Wednesday possible.

Holly Pilcavage
Founder
HKP's truest passion is people. With a background in Business Development, Higher Education, and Life Coaching, HKP focuses her energy on the impact we are all making on one another and the inevitable ripple effect it causes throughout the world. She is currently on a mission to see all 50 states before the exciting age of 30 which means HKP travels as much as possible while taking the time to learn more about people and how we all fit together as individual puzzle pieces.
Marcie Herman Riebe
Writing Contributor
Marcie is a bilingual caseworker by day, a university adjunct by night, and an aspiring writer at times in between. An import to NEPA, she has been active in the arts for many years from theatre to forensics to music. She lives in Scranton with her husband, Pete, and their cats: Napoleon, Gimli and King Ajax.
Alaina Horbas
Writing Contributor
Alaina is a special education teacher, wife, yoga instructor, health & fitness coach and personal development junkie. She has spent her 31 years, chasing dreams and learning lessons the hard way. She has made it her life's mission to share the lessons she learned and help others avoid her mistakes so they can find the confidence and feel empowered to live the life they deserve.
Peter Alexander
Writing Contributor
Peter is a 25-year-old life-long New Jersey Resident. He graduated from the University of Scranton with an English and Theater double major and currently works in New York City. He has a passion for birdwatching, baseball statistics, and singing karaoke on long car rides. He is very excited to be a part of the Project Wednesday team!
Rachel Olszewski
Writing Contributor
A hot mess held together on a daily basis by dry shampoo and a Cliff bar, Rachel is still trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up but for now is a communications professional by trade. A true Chicagoan through and through, she is an East Coast transplant trying to set down roots. As a proud Dayton Flyer, and soon to be a Penn State Nittany Lion, Rachel is on a mission to change the world one pair of high heels at a time.
Nicole Molino
Writing Contributor
Nicole is a professional hybrid who works within the social work and entrepreneurial fields. She believes in the binary importance of self-awareness and the growth mindset. Her main goal in life is to make a positive, lasting impact in at least one person's day, every day. In her spare time, you can find her practicing her sarcasm and Italian hand gestures for the next conversational comedian opportunity.
Angie Grimes
Writing Contributor
Angie Grimes, also known as Muse Maven, is a Spiritual activist providing Inspiration, Knowledge, and Motivation. Teaching you to look within and awaken – guiding you to use practical techniques to reactivate understanding and spiritual connection, so that you can begin masterfully building the life of your desires.
Kelly Douglas
Writing Contributor
Kelly is an avid writer and mental health and disability advocate with a focus on personal growth. She is passionate about using her life experiences to help others. Her ultimate goal is to make a difference in the world -- no matter how small. When she is not writing or educating others about life with disability and mental illness, Kelly can be found listening to music and cuddling her cat.
Olivia DelVecchio
Writing Contributor
Olivia has her bachelor's degree in Human Development & Family Studies, with a minor in Psychology, and she is currently working towards a master's degree in Social Work. Her dream job is to work with service members and their families to help them navigate through military life and daily challenges. Olivia an avid reader who loves a great murder mystery, a die-hard Fleetwood Mac fan, and will never miss an episode of Grey's Anatomy, of course accompanied by a box of Kleenex.
Danny Lykens
Writing Contributor
Entrepreneur, Engineer, Artist. You'll either find Danny in his startup's office, or running in the woods. He is a tinkerer who realised passions can become careers, and that happiness lies in doing what you love.
Jenny Kile
Writing Contributor
Along with being a writer, Jenny Kile is a treasure hunter, game enthusiast, researcher, and founder of Kardtects Building Cards. She manages a few websites dedicated to these varied interests and enjoys sharing adventures in each! Some of the topics she writes about on her sites include: Searching for lost treasures and FINDING them on (MysteriousWritings.com), and how to build the ultimate card houses on (Kardtects.com). Jenny feels fun is to be found everywhere. She invites you to join in on the adventures with her.
James O'Meara
Writing Contributor
James is a bilateral cochlear implant recipient/advocate and a hopeless chicken wing addict. He is also a prostate cancer survivor and warrior. He passionately believes we can all make a positive difference. His shoe size is 10 1/2.
Melissa Rafalko
Writing Contributor
Her dream job is to be a princess, but for now, she sticks with being a scientist who has a big imagination. Melissa is from Scranton, Pennsylvania and currently calls Nashville, Tennessee her home. Her family is her life. She loves her dog, Jodi, and her cat, Johnny Bear. Oh, and she is reading the Harry Potter books for the first time, and she thinks they are amazing!
Anthony Melf
Writing Contributor
Anthony seeks purpose and meaning as he grapples with life’s most burning questions i.e. iced coffee or hot? He believes in the worth of each person and the power of self-belief. A proponent of honesty and self-awareness, Anthony sees change as possible wherever you are on your journey. And for your travels, he recommends humor, curiosity and a GPS because even if you feel lost along the way, there's always time to reroute to your destination.
Tim Gillette
Writing Contributor
Tim Gillette Started with an online blog in 2010. Using a love for music, motorcycles, and business mentorship. The blog became a great success launch tool for my speaking and coaching business. Now using the same tools to create Rock Around Your Blog system to help coaches and speakers build a blog to help them stand out like a RockStar online.
Kara Carter
Writing Contributor
Kara is a originally from Gordonsville, Virginia and is a recent graduate of James Madison University. She is now pursuing her career in Nutrition and Dietetics in the D.C./Maryland area. When Kara isn’t thinking about, talking about, making, photographing or actually eating food, she enjoys adventuring outside, running half marathons and spending time with her chinchillas, Milo and Asher.
Alvaro Rodriguez
Writing Contributor
Alvaro is from Colombia. He graduated from The University of Akron with a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in May 2016. His goal in life is to serve and make people happy. Alvaro loves reading about science, music, poetry, politics, and surrealism. He has a great appreciation for art, languages, and the expression of everyone's perspective seen from the lens of a camera. Astronomy is one of his passions and one day he will be in space.
Taryn Anthony
Writing Contributor
Taryn is a 27 year-old Physical Chemistry PhD. Candidate at Temple University. She loves watching and playing sports, advocating and educating people about Crohn's disease (Crohnie for life since 2008), hanging out with her family and friends, and most importantly talking to new people about anything and everything! Her attitude about how to look forward and stay positive was really fostered at the University of Scranton, where she actually met HKP. Taryn absolutely believes a strong community can help you through anything.
David Switzer
Writing Contributor
Twenty-six year old pizza baker and cashier who's a future Criminal Justice major / future law enforcement officer.
Monique Hayes
Writing Contributor
Monique Hayes is a holistic health coach, Reiki practioner, bakeologist, and educator. After completing her MPH, she quit the corporate health world to pursue her own mission of helping people heal from the inside out. She loves working with people, helping them transform into the happiest and healthiest version of themselves. Healthy, delicious food, connecting with nature, understanding the wants and needs of your body, and being authentically you in an inauthentic world are extremely important to her.
James Crager
Writing Contributor
James currently lives in Fort Myers, FL. He has a degree in Psychology, so most things about human behavior and social justice fascinates him. Perfection may not be possible, but greatness is attainable.
Antonella Recchia
Writing Contributor
Antonella is a gypsy soul with a passion for traveling, experiencing other cultures, and trying new things. Her “happy places” include airports, libraries, and Japanese restaurants. She enjoys reading, creative writing, music, kickboxing, risky/high-speed activities, and food! Her favorite things in life are crafting a good story and making people laugh. While she is still on a journey to figure out her exact life purpose, she is on a mission to be what she’s destined to be!
Sabrina Deshner
Writing Contributor
Sabrina Deshner has over 10 years’ experience teaching leadership concepts within higher education and non-profit organizations and has a Master’s Degree in Human Resources. She strives to make a positive impact on individuals through teaching them the importance of personal and professional development and in her spare time does health and wellness coaching. She has a passion for learning, creating new things and sharing stories. You can typically find Sabrina reading, writing, dancing or traveling...oh, and watching Netflix. The quote that she lives by is from George Bernard Shaw, “Life is not about finding yourself; it’s about creating yourself.” Some of her favorite things include: visiting NYC, her nieces and nephews, the color pink, Disney Princesses, and the Golden Girls.
Derek Pew
Writing Contributor
Derek is a former 4-time college drop out, who hit rock bottom. Success plagued him until he got into a severe truck accident at work that changed his life! He quit his job, went back to school and graduated an honors student and the Presidents Medallion winner of his college. Success has and still is a journey for Derek and he have found a passion in sharing what he has learned from life, with others.
Molly Spence
Writing Contributor
A dedicated and passionate writer who basically eats, sleeps, and breathes the writing process , Molly is a 25 year old who tries to be the best daughter, sister, aunt, and friend that she possibly can be. Her main goal in life is to inspire and encourage others to find their passions and to follow them to the fullest extent. Molly's career began in September 2015 on a personal blog named Molly's Zone where she shares her life stories of living with cerebral palsy; since then she continues to post to Molly's Zone weekly, and has been featured as a regular contributor for The Mighty.
Jill Pentangelo
Writing Contributor
Jill is a psychiatric nurse practitioner, makeup lover, avid reader, wife and mom to rescue kitty, Leonard. She is passionate about empowering women and the concept of becoming your best "self" through ongoing learning and knowledge enhancement.
Samuel O'Connell
Writing Contributor
Samuel was raised one of eight children. The son of a cartoonist and art teacher, he grew up in his father's classroom. With an education in Filmmaking and an extensive background in graphic design and web design, he now spends his time shared between his Coal Creative family and at his home in Noxen, PA with his wife, their two dogs, eight chickens and their pig.
Meghan Farr
Writing Contributor
Meghan Farr has an Associates Degree in Human Services, Bachelor's in Human Development and Family Studies, and a Minor in Psychology.
Jessica Niziolek
Writing Contributor
Jessica is the founder of and writes for The Abler - a blog that deals with topics with far too much stigma, and not enough education or knowledge. She is an advocate for the disability community. Jessica is also a contributing writer for MEDIUM.COM. Lastly, she is a coffee and chocolate junkie who loves heavy metal and rock music.
Niall Covington
Writing Contributor
Born with a genetic disorder, Niall knows what it is like to be knocked down. He has been there several times and he has been able to get back up because of faith and a small number of friends. Seeing others getting knocked down, Niall offers a hand whether he has just fallen or is on the way back up himself. Volunteering as a summer camp counselor for children, teens, and young adults with the same disorder, Niall hopes to inspire them to overcome life's road blocks. For Niall, writing for Project Wednesday is an opportunity to reach more people, and to help more.
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