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New & Notable September 2020

Aug 28, 2020 02:18PM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine
Daniels Joins BHS Urologic Associates
George Daniels, Jr., MD, joined BHS Urologic Associates in August 2020. He earned his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL and his medical degree from Northwestern University School of Medicine. He completed an internship and junior residency in surgery, along with a residency in urology at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. Dr. Daniels is board-certified in urology and has over 30 years of knowledge and experience in the field. To make an appointment, call 833-995-0121.

La Roche University Appoints Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer
La Roche University recently appointed Sarah White, a resident of Ross Township, as the executive director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer, a new central administrative position. As chief diversity officer, White will sit on the President’s Executive Council and will be responsible for overseeing the development of a strategic diversity and inclusion plan for the University; working with various university constituencies to ensure plans address areas of education, training, advocacy and policy; and for continuing to interact with and support students, particularly students of color. She will also chair the La Roche Inclusion Council. White earned a Master of Arts in educational leadership in postsecondary education, with a specialization in student affairs, from San Diego State University. A graduate of Slippery Rock University, she also holds a Bachelor of Science in social work.

Carnegie Science Center Adds Senior Staff
Carnegie Science Center recently appointed two new senior staff members: Senior Director of STEM Education Lisa Herrmann and Senior Director of Museum Experiences Marcus Harshaw. Herrmann previously served as the education Manager at the Arizona Center for Nature Conservation at South Mountain in Phoenix, and she has worked in the field of science education as a classroom teacher, an informal science educator, and a developer of widely utilized curricula and programs. Harshaw will be serving in a new position at the museum, which oversees all of Carnegie Science Center’s on-site experiences including visitor engagement, exhibits, and theaters. He was previously the vice president of learning and facilities at The Kaleideum in Winston-Salem, NC and a museum education lecturer in the Johns Hopkins University Museum Studies program. Before that, he was director of Education and Community Engagement at the Indiana Historical Society and director of Program Development and Evaluation at the Cincinnati Museum Center.

Fox Chapel Area School District Wins Awards In National Publications Contest
Four Fox Chapel Area School District publications received national awards in the 2020 National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) Publications and Digital Media Awards contest. The district received an Award of Merit for the 2018-2019 Fox Chapel Area School District State of the Schools in the annual report category, and Awards of Honorable Mention for the IN Fox Chapel Area community magazine spring 2019, summer 2019, and winter 2019 issues. More than 700 entries were judged in this year’s NPSRA National School Communication Awards contest, with 472 entries earning national recognition. The district’s winning publications were coordinated by Bonnie Berzonski, the district’s coordinator of communications, and Jill Leonard, the district’s community engagement specialist.

Michael Sriprasert Named President of the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation
On Aug. 10, Michael Sriprasert, vice-president of the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation, became the organization’s president, replacing President Arthur Ziegler, who is assuming the role of President Emeritus. Sriprasert also heads two of the organization’s subsidiaries—Landmarks Community Capital and Landmarks Development Corporations. He has led efforts in lending, preservation real estate development, and advocacy in downtown Pittsburgh, in the historic North Side, Hill District, South Side, and Hilltop neighborhoods in the city. A native of Maryland, Sriprasert grew up near Washington D.C., and came to Pittsburgh in 2002 to pursue a Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs. He is a graduate of Kenyon College and holds a master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from the Heinz College and a Master of Business Administration from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. He joined PH&LF in 2006.

Isabella Porta Named Miss Teen Gibsonia International
LeadersNow International has announced that Isabella Porta, a member of the LeadersNow International Professional Association, was named Miss Teen Gibsonia International 2020. LeadersNow is a nonprofit organization that forms young women in authentic leadership. Porta has been involved in LeadersNow International since 2014 and is currently serving as an assistant director for the LNI Summer Leadership Training Program. In June, she was also named as the first runner up in the Miss Teen Pennsylvania International 2020 Pageant. Porta is a resident of Gibsonia, PA, and graduated from Aquinas Academy in 2019.  She currently attends Duquesne University.  She is the daughter of Laura Valles and Anthony Porta.

Dutilh Church Breaks Ground on Major Renovation and Expansion
On Sat., Aug. 15, Dutilh Church in Cranberry Township broke ground on a building project two years in the making. Since 2018, the church has been working to develop, fund and implement the Make Room construction project, which will include an addition that will double the size of Dutilh’s Fellowship Hall; create a Children and Student Ministry Wing that incorporates new preschool classrooms and a brand new Student Ministry Center; and add an elevator and include substantial work on the building infrastructure such as new HVAC, a fire sprinkler system and new electric and water service. The first phase of the project is budgeted at just under $3.5 million and is expected to take nine months. The entire project, scheduled for three phases, is projected to cost $9.98 million. Building Committee members include Harry Hoover (chair), Mollie Cotton, Ian Lucas, Jill Easterling, Kurtis Wolf, Michele Owings and Andrew Metarko. This team has worked closely with local firm RSSC Architecture and local contractor RD Stewart Construction to plan the project.

412 Food Rescue CEO Featured in New Book
Leah Lizarondo, cofounder and CEO of 412 Food Rescue and Food Rescue Hero, is featured in an upcoming book—Vital Voices: 100 Women Using Their Power to Empower. Coming this September, this book is a companion to Vital Voices’ art exhibition celebrating 100 global leaders who are redefining power. Previously, Lizarondo was selected by Vital Voices as a 2019 WE Empower Awardee and a 2020 Global Leadership Awards Honoree. As founder of Food Rescue Hero and 412 Food Rescue, which have been called the ‘Uber of food recovery,’ Lizarondo has helped redirect over 15 million meals from over 2,300 food retailers to over 900 nonprofit organizations, getting food to those who need it and preventing 6 million pounds of carbon emissions in the process. Currently operating in seven North American cities, with over 15,000 volunteer drivers in its network, Lizarondo’s plan is to create a global movement that reaches 100 cities by 2030.

Special COVID–19 funding available to CCAC students this fall
Community College of Allegheny County students that have been impacted by the COVID–19 pandemic can get financial help this fall through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The funds can assist with such necessities as food, housing, course materials, laptops or other technology needs, as well as health care and child care. This funding is intended specifically for students who have been impacted by COVID–19. To be eligible, students must be enrolled in an approved degree program, be eligible for Title IV Financial Aid by completing the 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and meet satisfactory academic progress standards. To learn more or to apply for fall semester assistance, visit

Anderson Appointed Director of the Department of Finance and City Treasurer
Mayor William Peduto recently appointed Douglas Anderson of Shadyside as the director of the Department of Finance and city treasurer. Anderson has long served as deputy controller for the City of Pittsburgh and will take office the first week of September. Anderson replaces Margaret Lanier, who retired this summer after 38 years with the city. Anderson has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Duquesne University and a master’s degree in Public Management from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College.

Dr. Jeffrey Astbury appointed to Council on Perioperative Echocardiography Steering Committee  
Jeffrey C. Astbury, MD, FASE, FACC, FASA, MSBE, MSEE, vice chairman of Cardiovascular Services and the director of Intraoperative Echocardiography, Dept. of Anesthesiology, Butler Health System, has been appointed to the steering committee of the Council on Perioperative Echocardiography. This branch of the American Society of Echocardiography focuses on echocardiography for patients undergoing cardiovascular procedures, both invasive and minimally invasive. The physicians on this committee help guide the practice of perioperative echocardiography through research, teaching and the creation of guidelines and recommendations. Dr. Astbury is the first private practice physician ever to be appointed to this council.

PRSA Partners with Two Area Nonprofits
The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Pittsburgh Chapter has established a pro bono partnership with two area nonprofits affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The chapter worked with Strong Women, Strong Girls (SWSG) Pittsburgh to promote its 2020 Strong Awards, which were held on Aug. 7, and will be providing communications support to Pittsburgh Hires Veterans through the remainder of the year. PRSA Pittsburgh conducts a public service project each year as a way to support area nonprofits and provide its members with hands-on experience. The Pittsburgh chapter is one of the largest chapters within the East Central District, one of 10 PRSA districts.

Seelos Academy Receives $125,000 Grant
Blessed Francis Seelos Academy was awarded a $125,000 grant from the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County Gaming Economic Development Tourist Fund (GEDTF). The grant will allow the school to improve its physical plant at the K-8 campus by providing an updated HVAC system which will allow for increased usage of the cafeteria and kitchen by the school and community. The grant will also provide enhanced security to the school. This is the second significant grant that the school has received in just a few months. In June, the school announced it was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education that will allow it to invest in STEM offerings.

La Roche Board of Trustees Elects Two New Members
The Board of Trustees at La Roche University recently welcomed two new members: Ralph A. Falbo and Jack Zduriencik. Falbo, who currently heads Falbo Group, LLC, has been in the real estate development business for the past 47 years. Throughout his career he has developed affordable housing for seniors, families, and mentally and physically challenged individuals. He also has been instrumental in the creation of market rate housing, most notably in the downtown area. He is a former trustee of the University of Pittsburgh, and currently serves as a board member of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Finance and Diversity Committees. He is a former board member of Riverlife Task Force and the Urban League of Pittsburgh. Falbo graduated from Duquesne University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. John A. Zduriencik, known as Jack, is the former general manager of the Seattle Mariners. He began his professional baseball career as a second baseman in the Chicago White Sox farm system. In addition to coaching baseball and football, Zduriencik has held successive roles involving scouting and player development for the New York Mets, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brewers. He is currently the pre- and post-game co-host for the Pittsburgh Pirates on their flagship station KDKA-FM. ​A native of New Castle, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Education at California University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in Physical Education at Austin Peay State University.