Monica Alston, Operations Supervisor for Peoples Gas, has over 28 years of extensive customer service experience with diverse companies. Monica started her career with AT&T Communications, a Fortune 500 company. Over her 18 years at AT&T, Monica developed her business knowledge and team building skills within the International, Residential Local and Long Distance Consumer Sales and Service divisions. Later, Monica transitioned into the utility sector and began a career with Equitable Gas and now Peoples Natural Gas. Currently in her 10th year in the utility sector, she works to provide world class customer service by project managing outsource vendor companies and developing internal customer service teams. Over the years Monica participated in special assignments, which included establishing and implementing several new call center environments on and off shore. She also partnered with Human Resources to interview, hire and train company employees for AT&T, Equitable Gas and Peoples Gas. In addition, she assisted with union and company contract negotiations. Monica is the co-chair for the Women with Energy committee at Peoples Gas.
Maurita Bryant, MS
Maurita currently serves as Assistant Superintendent for the Allegheny County Police Department. The former Assistant Chief of Investigations for the City of Pittsburgh’s Bureau of Police, Maurita spent 38 years in law enforcement with the Bureau, 23 of which were in a supervisory capacity. Maurita began her career in law enforcement in 1977 as a recruit and served in various other assignments before moving into leadership positions in the Bureau. She is affiliated with the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives and the Western Pennsylvania FBI Academy. Maurita holds a Master’s of Administration of Criminal Justice and a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice, both from Point Park University. She has also received training from IACP Leadership in Police Organizations, Virginia Center for Policing Innovation, the Police Executive Research Forum and the Justice and Safety Institute, to name a few.
Sandra Caffo LCSW, LMFT, CEAP
Sandra is the retired Senior Director for UPMC Life Solutions. With more than 25 years of experience delivering employee assistance program services. She led a staff that provides EAP services to more than 200 employer groups. Sandra provides leadership coaching and organizational consultation.
Richard Citrin, Ph.D., MBA
Richard brings more than 25 years of business leadership and consulting experience to his clients and their organizations at Citrin Consulting. As an organizational consultant and executive coach Richard has worked with many large and small organizations, and is the exclusive provider of executive coaching services to Leadership Pittsburgh. An active community volunteer, Richard serves on the boards of arts and human service organizations and the planning commission of O'Hara Township.
Susan Cohen, PhD
Susan is an Associate Professor of Business Administration at the Katz School of Business, University of Pittsburgh, where she has taught for the past 20 years. Susan holds a PhD in Strategic Management from the University of Minnesota and a BS in Management Information Systems from Clarkson University. Her prior work experience includes software development for Accenture and Intersolv, consulting work for Fortune 1000 companies, and pro bono consulting for local start-ups. Susan’s research examines how firms can enhance their performance through research and development activities.
Kiersten Crosby, Esquire
Kiersten Crosby, Managing Director of HR Service Delivery for FedEx Ground, has over 15 years of experience in employment law and human resources. In her current role, Kiersten's strategic leadership responsibilities fall under the areas of talent acquisition, performance management and development, and employee relations. She earned Bachelors of Science Degrees in Psychology and the Administration of Justice from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Juris Doctorate from Duquesne University.
Carla Gedman, MA, CPP
Carla Gedman has over 30 years of law enforcement and security experience. As a Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management for UPMC, Carla trained managers and staff on issues involving the intrusion of partner violence in the workplace. She also actively supported staff who were victims of partner violence and established safety plans for them and the workplace.
Janet is the Director of Leadership and Management Development for NTT DATA Inc. Janet is also responsible for virtual learning programs available to NTT DATA's 20,000+ employees. Janet has over 20 years' experience in technology, particularly in consulting and human resources. She earned her Master of Adult Education at the Pennsylvania State University and is a certified Leadership Architect from Lominger-Korn Ferry. Janet is active in the Sunset Valley PTA, Calvary Baptist Church and the Pittsburgh HR Association where she previously held several different Executive Committee positions.
Brian is Vice President of Strategic Services and Government Relations at Pittsburgh Technology Council, and Treasurer/ Board Member for the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority. He previously was Project Director for Senator Rick Santorum. Brian was named one of PoliticsPA's most effective lobbyists under 40.
Cheryl Kleiman, Esq.
Cheryl joined Education Law Center in March 2014. Her work focuses on school climate issues, school funding, and school access, with particular attention to students in foster care or students experiencing homelessness. Cheryl graduated in 2010 from the University of Washington School of Law. Cheryl previously worked for Seattle's Center for Children & Youth Justice and served as a law clerk in the Washington State Attorney General's office.
Cheryl serves as Board Member, Advocacy Chair for NCJW, Pittsburgh Section.
Michael is currently a Senior Principal at West Monroe Partners, a business and technology solutions driven consulting firm. His prior work experience includes 13 years in various executive leadership roles with Giant Eagle in operations and with their continuous improvement department. Michael has a degree in Industrial Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and spent time working as a consultant with H.B. Maynard and Co. prior to joining Giant Eagle. Michael also is a Board Member of the Michael J Crawshaw Memorial Fund.
William Ries is UPMC Health Plan's Senior Director of Government and Industry Relations. In this role, Bill is responsible for building relationships with government leaders and managing UPMC Health Plan's presence in Harrisburg, PA. Prior to joining UPMC Health Plan, Bill served as Director of Government Relations for PPG Industries. He also worked in Washington, DC as Chief of Staff to a member of the House Ways & Means Committee, and in Harrisburg as the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Senate Finance Committee. During this time, Bill was involved in several conference committees and negotiating groups to enact state budget, property tax, business tax, and purely public charities legislation. Bill received his undergraduate degree from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, and is a veteran advocate of several political campaigns, including congressional and presidential elections. He resides in Wexford, PA with his wife and three sons.
Brian is president and CEO of the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater Pittsburgh. He has served as campaign director for the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, and also worked at the Associated Jewish Charities of Baltimore, Md.; the Jewish Community Center of Baltimore; and the National Labor Relations Board. Brian is a licensed social worker and received his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland.
Nancy Simpronio, SPHR
Nancy has spent nearly all her career in the nonprofit sector, in social work and human resources. After her first career as a licensed Masters level Social Worker, Nancy made the move to human resources in 1998. She is currently Senior Director of Human Resources at FamilyLinks (STANDING FIRM 2014 Employer Awardee), and is on the Advisory Committee of the Pittsburgh Dance Council of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and is on the board of the Attack Theater.
Tamiko L. Stanley
Tamiko currently works as a Director and Senior Advisor at executive Strategies Inc. She previously served as the Assistant HR Director and Equal Employment Opportunity & Diversity Officer for the City of Pittsburgh. In 2008, Tamiko launched the hugely successful Diverse City 365 Program to recognize, promote, and grow a diverse Pittsburgh culture 365 days a year.
Tamiko currently holds very active positions on the boards of the FISA Foundation, the Thelma Lovette Pittsburgh YMCA, the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Pennsylvania Human Resources Association, the Society for Human Resources Management, the Pittsburgh Association of Human Resources Professionals, the National Organization for Black Law Enforcement Executives, the African American Council for the Arts, the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management, Pennsylvania’s National Diversity Council, Duquesne University’s Commission on Diversity, the Children’s Sickle Cell Foundation, ACH Clear Pathways, and the YWCA's Race and Gender Equity Advisory Board.