Director

Elizabeth Lewis, M.Ed. is the Director of STANDING FIRM. Beth brings to STANDING FIRM in-depth leadership experience in the non-profit sector including major organizational development and program direction at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and consulting roles with the Magee Women’s Research Institute and Foundation. After starting her career in victim advocacy and service delivery design for rape and child sexual abuse response systems, she joined the for-profit arena in the Employee Assistance field, implementing multinational corporate EAP’s and local employer programs across western PA. Beth is a member of the Ethics Committee as Children’s Hospital and has published articles and presented at national conferences on Patient and Family-centered Care.

You can reach Beth at:
blewis@standingfirmswpa.com or 412-894-4571

Employer Services Coordinator

Susan DeGregorio, M.S., J.D. is the Employer Services Coordinator at STANDING FIRM. She is the point of contact for STANDING FIRM’s Members and is our primary trainer. Susan has almost 30 years of consulting experience including facilitating leadership and employee training sessions. During her consulting career, she worked with organizations  of all sizes and in all industries to develop and implement employee benefit and workplace well-being strategies and policies. Susan is an Executive Service Corps volunteer for the Bayer Center for Non-profit Management, a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), and a member of the  Three Rivers Adoption Council Board of Directors.

You can reach Susan at:
sdegregorio@standingfirmswpa.com or 412-894-4569

Program Associate

Catherine Gutowski is the Program Associate at STANDING FIRM. She has extensive experience in operational and program support within the education, technology and not for profit sectors, both in the United States and overseas. Outside of STANDING FIRM, Catherine volunteers regularly with the American Red Cross as a Disaster Services Caseworker, as well as for her local school PTA as Communications Coordinator.

You can reach Catherine at:
cgutowski@standingfirmswpa.com or 412-894-4568

Founder & Special Projects Consultant

Patricia Cluss, Ph.D., is the Founder of STANDING FIRM and continues to work with us as a Special Projects Consultant. Retired from her faculty position in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, she works as a licensed psychologist and consultant for regional nonprofit and health-related organizations. At Pitt, she engaged in research and program development in partner violence, smoking cessation for special populations, and pediatric obesity and published a number of articles about partner violence in academic journals. Dr. Cluss has been an expert member of the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Intimate Partner Violence Homicide Review Team and a consultant for a PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency-funded research project at the University of Pittsburgh that is describing the methodology and impact of batterer intervention programs in the region.

You can reach Patricia at:
pcluss@standingfirmswpa.org or 412-894-4568