Advisory Board

Trusted leaders in the community who offer support, aid, expertise, and groundbreaking ideas to further the progress of the chess educational and social movement in the city of Pittsburgh. Under the direction of Ashley Lynn Priore, founder and CEO of The Queen’s Gambit, the advisory team is dedicated to discussing chess initiatives and offering unique knowledge and skills on how to make Pittsburgh the city of chess. Chess is a portable classroom for a well-rounded education through academics, cognitive growth and development, and life skills.

Jon Bindley


A graduate of Duquesne University, Jon is currently a Producer at The Saturday Light Brigade and Manager of Youth Express radio in Pittsburgh, PA. When Jon is not busy working with youth and producing radio, he enjoys writing songs and performing with his band Bindley Hardware Co.

Jon was in the chess club during his elementary years and though he is still a self-admitted novice when it comes to the game, he has long been a chess enthusiast because of its many intellectual benefits and the spirit of fellowship that the game cultivates. “I am proud to support this initiative that will make chess more accessible to youth throughout Pittsburgh. The game has so much to offer and I am eager to help more young people reap its benefits.”

Dr. Lisa M. Abel-Palmieri, PhD (Holy Family Academy)

Tim Howard (Ellis School)

Ciera Young (Pittsburgh Diversity Leader)

Andy McQuarrie (Hillman Company)

Ani Martinez (Remake Learning)

Megan Fogt (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh)

Jenna Baron (PRYSE Academy)

Mike Skirpan (Community Forge)