Café Momentum Pittsburgh




Cheyenne’s journey in youth justice work began as a Case Manager in a juvenile correctional facility in Florida. This experience laid the foundation for her subsequent roles, including her tenure at Allegheny County’s Department of Human Services (DHS) Youth Support Partner Unit and Allegheny County’s Juvenile Detention Center. Through these experiences, Cheyenne developed a deep understanding of the complexities surrounding youth justice and dedicated herself to helping transform the lives of young people impacted by the system. For her service to the next generation and the community, Cheyenne was recognized as a 2022 PUMP Pittsburgh Magazine 40 Under 40 Honoree and is a recipient of the New Pittsburgh Courier 30 Under 30 Award. 

Cheyenne is a proud Pittsburgh native and alumna of Schenley High School. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and a Master’s degree from Point Park University. 

Cheyenne currently resides in Penn Hills with her husband and their two young sons.

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Peter Henry is a culinary master with 22 years of experience in the organic and sustainable food movement. He is a true trailblazer in the industry, having owned and operated a 100% certified organic restaurant, The Cremer House, in Santa Cruz for several years. Peter’s expertise in food chemistry, combined with his hospitality and tourism management training at UCLA, Le Cordon Bleu in San Francisco, and California Culinary Academy, have made him a renowned expert in the field. With diverse culinary experience, Peter has run restaurants ranging from beach fish houses to Japanese Izakayas and regional Italian trattorias, all while staying true to his classical French culinary roots.

His passion for food, life, and this program comes from his desire to give back that same second chance that was given to him. Having woken from a 10-week coma himself, requiring nine surgeries, Peter understands the work needed to achieve a second chance in life, not of himself but countless others who helped get him here.



Aedan Carlton joined Café Momentum as a Pastry Chef in 2023. Originally from Santa Cruz, CA, Aedan’s love of cooking is inspired by cooking with his family growing up. He began working professionally in restaurants at fifteen years old under the mentorship of Peter Henry. After completing an AA in Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management from Cabrillo Community College, he continued to gain experience working in high end restaurants around Santa Cruz. In 2021, he followed his passion across the country to Pittsburgh. In addition to kitchen work, Aedan works with the unhoused population as an outreach and shelter worker. After learning about Café Momentum Pittsburgh’s mission, Aedan realized that he could finally combine his passion for cooking and his desire to give back and support the community.



Lamar Davis is a Pittsburgh native who has 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, working diligently with youth in the justice system and in Pittsburgh schools. He has also globally amplified the voice of advocacy for young people as an ambassador for The Young World Conference, in cities such as Bangkok, London, Dublin, Johannesburg, Bogota, and Paris. Lamar Davis currently serves as the Education & Training Manager for Café Momentum Pittsburgh, where he ensures that all interns meet educational requirements, and helps with goal and career planning. 

Lamar earned a BTH degree in Theology from Geneva College. He also earned an MA in Communication from Point Park University. When Lamar is not serving his community, he works as a photographer. He’s captured President Joe Biden, Dick Gregory, Nancy Pelosi, and George Clooney, among many other prominent figures. 

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Bio coming soon.

Peter O’Donnell


Peter O’Donnell has had a 15-year career in the restaurant industry between Philadelphia, Asheville, and Pittsburgh. Born in Dillsburg, PA, he began his restaurant career after earning a liberal arts degree from Drexel University in 2008. Drawing from a family environment prioritizing community service, he has sought to blend his desire to teach with his trade expertise. With a diverse skill set and experience with disparate cuisines, he strives to instill a sense of curiosity and inquisitiveness in the Café Momentum interns that will engender the self-confidence necessary to navigate their futures. Being given an opportunity to provide an engaging and stimulating environment for a population of bright young people has been the greatest joy of his life.

Reginald Peays Sr.


Reginald, known as Reggie, is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of young people. Born and raised in the inner city of Pittsburgh’s housing projects, Reggie developed a passion for community service from an early age. Reggie attended Pittsburgh Public Schools, graduating from Peabody High School. After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice at Edinboro University, he began his career in corrections. He later transitioned to a role in law enforcement, serving as a Parole Agent. Reggie currently serves as a Case Manager at Café Momentum. He believes that our youth are our future and is fully committed to holistically supporting the success of young people. 

Reggie is a devoted husband to his high school sweetheart and father of three amazing children. 

Troy Prater


Troy Prater (she/her) has served as a Case Manager at Café Momentum since 2023, and enjoyed being a part of the Grand Opening of the Café Momentum Pittsburgh location. She is a native of Pittsburgh. Troy graduated from Peabody High School and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Southern New Hampshire University. She has over 25 years of experience in Human Services and the nonprofit sector. Troy is an advanced professional who has worked with extremely diverse and underserved communities. She has vast knowledge in creating approaches to investigate and change destructive behavior. Troy chose to work at Café Momentum because she believes that our youth are our future.

Troy’s greatest achievement is her four children. She enjoys family functions and traveling with her husband across the United States and abroad. 

Jordan Strohm


Jordan joined the team as the Business Operations & Finance Manager in April 2024. She comes to us with over 15 years of accounting experience and 10 years of kitchen experience. Her career began with corporate accounting. When she wasn’t working as an accountant, and sometimes when she was, she could be found in the back of the house at a wide variety of restaurants. 

Jordan spent a decade in Cleveland, Ohio learning the local food scene and working with underprivileged youth, before moving back home to Pennsylvania to be closer to her family. Jordan graduated from St. Vincent College in 2008 with her Masters of Accountancy degree. She currently resides in Tarentum, PA, with her partner Kimberly, their son Kristopher and “bonus daughter” Emily.