Myra McNeill is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College where she concentrated in Cultural Studies. Upon graduating, she lived in New York creating educational programing for children in Pelham and Yonkers, the last of which catered to children in the mental health system. Deciding to pursue further education, Myra credits her Sarah Lawrence Faculty Advisor for first bringing up Divinity School. Upon visiting YDS, she was “hooked” and believes it was one of the best decisions she has ever made. During her time at YDS, Myra served on the executive committee of the Yale Black Seminarians, during her third year as Co-President. She also led the Baptist Student Fellowship, served on a committee for multicultural admissions, participated in the Gospel Choir and helped facilitate numerous campus activities.
In 2008, after leaving YDS with her Masters of Divinity, Myra returned to Pittsburgh where she developed and ran children’s programming in local homeless shelters. Her work was recognized by local leaders and advocates for the education of homeless youth when she received The Robert Morris University School of Education and Social Sciences, Educator of the Year award in October 2011. Currently, Myra has decided to venture into the for-profit field, working in training and employee development for a growing e-commerce start-up.