Co-chairs: Maureen Lally-Green and Frederick Thieman
Maureen Lally-Green, Co-Chair
Dean and Professor of Law, Duquesne University Law School
Dean Maureen Lally-Green graduated from Duquesne University with a B.S. in secondary education and mathematics and a J.D. from the School of Law, where she served on the Duquesne Law Review. From 1998 through July 2009, Lally-Green served as judge of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. She was appointed by Governor Tom Ridge and confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate in 1998; thereafter, she was elected to a 10-year term beginning in January of 2000, and served until her retirement a decade later. From 2009 through August 2015, Lally-Green served the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh as associate general secretary and/or director of the Office of Church Relations. Lally-Green recently served the Court of Judicial Discipline in its Diversion Program (2015-2016) and served as chair, vice-chair and member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee (2005-2011). She was the co-chair of the subcommittee that recommended recent substantial changes to the appellate rules involving children/family matters (Children’s Fast Track) (2008-09). She was secretary and member of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Commission on Race, Gender and Ethnic Fairness (appointed by the Supreme Court) (2004- 2007).
Frederick Thieman, Co-Chair
Henry Buhl, Jr. Chair for Civic Leadership, Buhl Foundation
Fred Thieman is the Henry Buhl, Jr. Chair for Civic Leadership with the Buhl Foundation, Pittsburgh's oldest multi-purpose foundation, where he served as its sixth president between 2007 and 2016. Previously, Thieman was the United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Appointed by then-President Clinton, he served in the post from 1993 to 1997, where he headed an office of 42 attorneys who both prosecuted criminal violations throughout Western Pennsylvania and handled civil litigation ranging from health care issues and tort liability to employment rights and environmental impact. While serving in the position, Thieman was instrumental in establishing a youth crime prevention effort in Allegheny County that garnered national attention. Thieman is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the Academy of Trial Lawyers, the Pennsylvania Bar, the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the US Supreme Court. He has served on numerous nonprofit and foundation boards, including The Heinz Endowments and The Buhl Foundation and is the recipient of numerous civic leadership awards from organizations such as the University of Pittsburgh, the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh and the Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Mary Kay Babyak
Executive Director, Consortium for Public Education
Mary Kay Babyak became the Consortium’s Executive Director in 2016. She was promoted to the post after serving as Senior Director of Programs & Organization, leading several of the Consortium’s key initiatives and helping plan and implement overall organizational strategy. Driven by the belief that all students have amazing potential and can all develop it given the right opportunities, Mary Kay has spearheaded a pilot initiative designed to bring business and community support to school districts seeking to improve career learning and ensure students all benefit from the kinds of experiences needed to build career awareness and skills that aren’t formally taught.
President, Erie Community Foundation
Michael Batchelor has been at the helm of The Erie Community Foundation since 1990 when he was selected as its first executive director and was named president in 1995. Under Mike’s leadership, The Erie Community Foundation received national recognition for expanding access to opportunity. He founded the Nonprofit Partnership, a membership-based capacity building nonprofit. He also established regional affiliate foundations serving Corry, Union City, North East and Findley Lake. He is a two-time president of Pennsylvania Association of Community Foundations and a national elected leader of the Council of Foundations. He also served on the National Governing Council. He consults for community foundations across the country and is a well-known instructor for the Center for Community Foundation Excellence in Washington, D.C.
Executive Director, Local Government Academy
Greg Butler held multiple student support and administrative positions at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and the Art Institutes International before joining LGA as executive director. He holds a M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership from Argosy University, a dual BA in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh, and an AS in Industrial Design from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Greg has also served as Vice-President of the Ingram Borough Council for two terms while chairing the Highway, Health, and Sanitation Committee for 10 years. He is also serving his second term on the Ingram Planning Commission.
Olivia Benson Gallina
Community Engagement Director, Women and Girls Foundation
Olivia Benson Gallina works to oversee WGF’s communications, membership program, volunteer projects, and all other external community engagement activities. Previously, Olivia worked as Deputy Press Secretary for US Congress, a communications specialist in the Allegheny County Executive Office, and led communications operations on a number of political campaigns. Olivia has also served as the Director of Youth Policy for the City of Pittsburgh, leading the city’s education, employment, and civic engagement programs for thousands of students and young adults. Olivia is the founder of a boutique public affairs and community engagement consulting firm. Olivia has a BS in Public Policy & Management from Carnegie Mellon University, an MBA from Point Park University, and an MS in Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.
Advocacy & Public Policy Director, PUMP
Lindsay Cashman earned a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from The New School, and she has more than a decade of experience working for organizations that serve individuals with low incomes and provide resources for issues ranging from education to housing needs. She was the Vice President of the board of directors for La Escuelita Arcoiris, a Spanish-immersion preschool, for five years, and served on the board of Proud Haven, a resource center and shelter for LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness, for two years.
Professor and Department Chair, Political Science, Washington & Jefferson College
Joseph DiSarro is chair of the Department of Political Science at Washington & Jefferson College. In addition to his teaching duties, DiSarro is chair of the Legal Profession Committee and is the Pre-Law Advisor and Director of the college's Pre-Law Program. He also serves as faculty advisor for the Pre-Legal Society and Presidents for Liberty student organizations. Several of his former students at Washington & Jefferson College have been served in the United States Congress, including Tom Rooney (FL-16) and Melissa Hart (PA-4).
Vice President for Community Engagement, Duquesne University
Bill Generett provides leadership in support of Duquesne University's mission of service and its commitment to the city of Pittsburgh, Western Pennsylvania and the surrounding region.
Generett facilitates and develops relationships with community organizations, local governments and civic organizations, strengthening the University's partnerships with its neighbors. He also works to advance community-engaged research, teaching and scholarship in conjunction with the University's Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research as well as to coordinate and support co-curricular engagement. He most recently served as president and chief executive officer of Urban Innovation21, a unique public-private partnership started in 2007 by Duquesne, the Hill House Economic Development Corporation and UPMC Health Plan. Prior to that, Generett was executive director of the Hill House Economic Development Corporation.
Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement and Secretary of the Board of Trustees, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Kathy Humphrey oversees the University of Pittsburgh’s internal and external relations, focusing on facilitating business engagement, strategic initiatives and partnerships and government interaction at all levels. Outside the University, Dr. Humphrey serves on the Board of Directors of the Three Rivers Adoption Council, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, Leadership Pittsburgh and Forbes Funds. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the International Women’s Fellows of Pittsburgh. In 2013, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation appointed Humphrey to the Advisory Council for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, where she served for four years.
Partner, Schnader Harrison Segal Lewis, LLP
Former federal appeals judge Timothy K. Lewis is co-chair of Schnader's ADR Practice Group and serves as a mediator, arbitrator, settlement counselor, and trial and appellate practitioner. Judge Lewis is a past co-chair of Schnader's Appellate Practice Group. Before entering private practice, Judge Lewis served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He was serving on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania when President George H. W. Bush elevated him to the Court of Appeals in 1992. At the time of both appointments he was the youngest federal judge in the United States. Before being appointed to the federal bench, Judge Lewis served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania and as an Assistant District Attorney in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
President & CEO, Gateway Financial
David J. Malone is President and CEO of Gateway Financial, which he helped found in 1982. The company specializes in sophisticated uses of life insurance for complex needs, including generational wealth planning for high net-worth individuals and executive benefits for public and private companies. Mr. Malone was appointed by the Governor of Pennsylvania as Chairman of the State’s Workforce Investment Board after serving for four years as Chairman of the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. David is a board member of Highmark Health/Highmark Inc., FNB Corporation, Allegheny Conference on Community Development, Robert Morris University and the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Community Manager and Chief of Operations, Remake Learning
Ani Marinez loves to create strategies, design with other Network members, produce events, use her imagination, support and catalyze the work of the Network & its members, and ignite & sustain relationships across the world. Her favorite forms of play include the art & act of listening, dreaming about the future, and learning about the past. In 2016, Ani was named one of the Mozilla Network 50: 50 People Who Made the Internet a Better Place in 2016. Martinez has been a specialist in digital media fluency and part of the Remake Learning team since 2013. Ani formerly worked for The Sprout Fund where she led the Digital Corps and Rec2Tech Pittsburgh.
President & CEO, Heinz History Center
Andrew Masich is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Senator John Heinz History Center and adjunct professor in the Department of History at Carnegie Mellon University’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The History Center is the largest history museum in Pennsylvania, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Masich is the past chairman and still serves on the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), Pennsylvania’s official history agency providing archives, museums, and historic preservation programs across the state. Since 1998, he has provided leadership for Pittsburgh’s nationally acclaimed 370,000 square-foot History Center and history museum system, which includes the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum; Detre Library & Archives; Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, the oldest site of human habitation in North America, located in Avella, Pa.; the Fort Pitt Museum; and most recently, the nine-story Museum Conservation Center adjoining the History Center in Pittsburgh’s Strip District.
Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer, UPMC
Tom McGough is UPMC’s chief legal officer. Prior to joining UPMC, Mr. McGough was a partner with Reed Smith, where he also served as a member of the executive committee and formerly as chairman of the litigation department. Tom received his law degree from the University of Virginia and then clerked for Judge Collins J. Seitz of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and Justice William H. Rehnquist of the Supreme Court of the United States. He returned to Pittsburgh in 1980, serving as an assistant United States attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania before joining Reed Smith as an associate in 1982. In 1987, Sen. Bob Dole, then minority leader of the U.S. Senate, appointed Mr. McGough associate counsel to the Senate committee investigating the Iran-Contra affair. Mr. McGough returned to Reed Smith as a partner at the end of that year.
Priscilla “Kitsy” McNulty
Allegheny County/Pittsburgh Chapter Coordinator, Fair Districts PA
After teaching and raising children, the rest of Kitsy’s career was spent in management at the Pittsburgh nonprofit, Family House, Inc. a hospital hospitality house. She’s had a lifelong interest in politics, but mainly in reform issues rather than partisan efforts. Kitsy is a charter member of Common Cause and is currently the chair of the Common Cause PA Redistricting Reform Project Team. Kitsy helped establish Fair Districts PA in Western PA and is the Local Coordinator for FDPA/ Allegheny County/Pgh. She was a plaintiff in the successful League of Women Voters anti-gerrymandering lawsuit. She has a BA in Sociology from Wellesley College and a Masters in Education from Columbia Teachers College.
President, CCAC South Campus
Charlene Newkirk has served at CCAC since March 2009. In 1974, she received her BA in English from Oberlin College, and then received a JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1978. She passed the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Bar Examination in 1978 and actively practiced law for several years. In 2003, Newkirk became vice president and dean of the Prince Frederick Campus for the College of Southern Maryland. Newkirk has served as a member of various Middle States reaccreditation teams, as a Baldrige-trained examiner team member for the Maryland Performance Excellence Awards Program and as a grant reviewer for the US Department of Education.
Community Relations Director, Jewish Federation of GreaterPittsburgh
Joshua Sayles is the Director of Community Relations for the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, where he focuses on supporting Israel and fighting anti-Semitism; interfaith/intergroup relations; government relations; and social justice. A journalist turned civil rights activist, Josh has spent the last eight years working in the Jewish community. Prior to his current position, he served as Assistant Director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Connecticut Regional office, and as a Staff Writer for the Jewish News of Greater Phoenix.
Professor of Public Policy, Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University
Rick Stafford has been a Heinz College Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy since 2006. Prior to his Heinz appointment, Stafford served as Chief Executive Officer for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. The Conference worked to undertake several major regional initiatives in the Pittsburgh region in public governance, regional economic development, education and workforce development, and civic reorganization. Prior to the Conference, he served as Secretary of Legislative Affairs in the cabinet of Pennsylvania Governor Dick Thornburgh during the governor’s first term, and as chief of staff for the last 16 months of his second term. Stafford was Director of Research and Issues for the Thornburgh for Governor Committee and served as the Director of Transition between the administrations of Governor Milton Shapp and Governor Thornburgh. Previous to that position, he served as Special Assistant to the Executive Director of the Port Authority of Allegheny County.
President, Foerster Instruments, Inc.
Jason Wilburn has served as Foerster Instruments president for North America since 2016. His experience includes industrial NDT, industrial services to petrochemical and power-generation facilities, and industrial cleaning. He recently served as vice president/GM for the nondestructive evaluation division of Conco Services. Wilburn holds a master’s degree in manufacturing management from Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.