Our Advisory Board Members

Darlene J Bigler

Darlene J. Bigler

Darlene is the Chief Executive Officer of Blueprints, formerly Community Action Southwest, a change agency that breaks barriers and builds futures in Washington and Greene counties in Pennsylvania and parts of West Virginia.  Blueprints employs 330 people, administering $23 million in government grants and private contracts to serve close to 20,000 people annually. During her 27-year tenure at Blueprints, Bigler has created affiliate corporations including Action Resources, Inc. and Plaza Building Associates. In 2015, she and her team led Blueprints through the acquisition of and merger with a nonprofit agency providing foster care and adoption in PA and WV.

Bigler serves on the boards of directors of Threshold Housing Development, Inc., the Community Action Association of Pennsylvania, and CAPLAW, the national membership organization providing legal and financial technical assistance to 1,000 community action agencies throughout the U.S. She serves on the Southwest Corner Workforce Investment Board and is a Trustee of the Washington Health System. She was the Washington County Chamber of Commerce’s Athena Award winner in 2008 and awarded the Community Engagement and Innovative Program of the Year awards in 2016 by the Community Action Association of Pennsylvania.


Kathleen M Cameron

Kathleen M. (Kathy) Cameron

It has been Kathy’s pleasure to have co-founded and advised the Washington County Gay Straight Alliance of youth since its inception in November 2005.  She has served as Board Chair, Secretary, and Executive Director of the Washington County Gay Straight Alliance, Inc. from its incorporation as a nonprofit in 2012 to date. She served on the Board of Directors of the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Pittsburgh from 2007-2013, with the mission of safety in the schools K-12 for all students. Her passion lies in providing a safe, confidential environment, resources, and social opportunities for our Washington County LGBTQA+ community and their allies.

Kathy is in her second term as a Commissioner on the PA Commission of LGBTQ Affairs.  She is presently on the Washington County Community Foundation Allocations Committee. She was a previous Board member of the Bradford House Museum and Three Rivers Community Foundation.  She was a paralegal specializing in estate work in her earlier career.  Kathy has four grown children and has seven grandchildren. 


Jeffrey J Ladisic

Jeffrey J Ladisic

Jeff was born and raised in Washington County (Beallsville, PA).  After graduating HS from Bethlehem Center in 2000, he immediately went into the Army. After completing OSUT training for a Cavalry Scout, Jeff attended Airborne school on the way to his first duty station; Ft Bragg. After spending 3 years with the 82nd Airborne Division and deploying to Afghanistan with the Division Reconnaissance Troop, Jeff was reassigned to 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley.  He deployed to Iraq during his time there with an armor battalion scout platoon. Jeff's next two assignments were as a Drill Sergeant and Army Recruiter.  In 2012 he was assigned to South Korea for a year tour.  After returning to the states, 1SG(r) Ladisic was stationed in a Stryker Recce Squadron with 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis McChord.  After completing his First Sergeant time, he was then sent to West Virginia University as the ROTC's Senior Military Instructor.

Since retiring from service in May 2020, Jeff has been working with Amazon, where he is currently the Site Leader of PIT5.  Jeff is married to Wendy (Gasher) and they reside in Venetia with their children, Coral and JR.  Jeff's oldest daughter, Lilian, is currently a student at Robert Morris University. Jeff has a Bachelor of Arts from West Virginia University. Jeff enjoys spending time with his family, being outdoors, hunting, fishing, scuba diving and watching Pittsburgh sports.  He is a member of Ligonier Masonic Lodge 331 and VFW Post 764 in McMurray, PA.

 


Kathleen M Cameron

Debra (Debi) Mahoney

Deborah Mahoney retired after 40 years of service as a secondary public-school teacher and guidance counselor. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary social sciences and language arts from West Liberty College and a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Dayton and served as a secondary counselor for 16 years at the high school level. She is trained in Suicide Prevention and has trained staff and teachers.

Debi has been a member previously for 3 years of the Human Services Board of Washington County. She presently sits on her own board of directors for The Chuck Mahoney Memorial Foundation, whose main mission is to educate and train on topics of mental health and suicide prevention and support those kinds of programs.


Gay Massey

Gay Massey

Gay Massey has been a member of the SWPA Area Agency on Aging, Inc Advisory Council since 2013. She has served as President, Vice President and Treasurer. In 2018 she was awarded the Humanitarian award for her extensive volunteer work and her unfailing advocacy for older adults. Gay has been a valuable champion of older adults for a very long time. She often runs from meeting to meeting and is very dedicated to serving older adults. Gay has volunteered at the Canonsburg Area Senior Citizen Centers for many years. She has held many offices and continues to give her full commitment to the success of the Center. Gay has volunteered with the Houston United Presbyterian Church home-delivered meal program. She is also a valuable volunteer at the Canon Apartments.

Gay is an Ordained Deacon at the Chartiers Hill United Presbyterian Church. She sings in the choir and performs in the Bell Choir. Her compassionate service to others can be seen in her volunteer efforts providing “table service” for church funerals. Gay is a member of the Cecil American Legion. Gay is also a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars auxiliary post 764 in McMurray, PA. She embodies the mission of the American Legion Auxiliary to support and advocate for veterans, active military, and their families by supporting initiatives and programs that foster patriotism and encourage responsible citizenship.


Brianne Mitchell

Brianne Mitchell

Brianne Mitchell is a media strategist, producer, consultant and COO for Mitchell Legal Services and Mitchell Law Office. She is also an award-winning children's book author (The Della and Lila Book Series), philanthropist, and the very proud mom of two girls, Della (13) and Lila (10). Bri has been working in communications and media for over a decade and has built a wildly successful practice based in digital media and community service. She has worked and partnered with some of the biggest names in the business - Disney, Sesame Street, Sesame Workshop, Netflix, Showtime, and WQED. She has also volunteered her time and professional services for charitable organizations that are near and dear to her heart. Bri has donated countless hours of volunteer time to help with community service programs, grassroots organizations, and local neighborhood groups, while trying to make a difference in her little corner of the world. Over the past few years Brianne Mitchell has been presented with some of the most prestigious awards our region has to offer, including Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40 Under 40, Inspiring Women in Philanthropy, Pittsburgh’s Best of the ‘Burgh, and the ExtraORdinary Person Award. In 2014 Bri began writing a children’s book series with her daughters. Six years later and they are the proud authors of three internationally acclaimed children’s books, with a fourth in production.

Bri and her family have traveled all over the US and Europe for book tours and to promote kindness, love, and community service. The Della and Lila Book Series donates all their proceeds to various organizations, that support children and families - both in SWPA and all over the world, through their own nonprofit, The River Fund. Bri lives in Brownsville, PA, and is rarely seen without a cup of hot tea and her iPhone. 


Jane B Sarra

Jane B. Sarra

Jane B. Sarra had a long-standing career as a senior healthcare executive which spanned over four decades and included working in several Fortune 500 companies as a business advisor to multiple healthcare providers nationally. In 2016 she retired as the CEO/President of Canonsburg Hospital. Following her retirement, she diversified her career and worked in senior leadership with the Diocese of Pittsburgh having responsibility for implementing the Office for the Protection of Children, Youth and Vulnerable Adults.  She retired from this position in 2020. 

Jane earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing Education from California University of Pennsylvania and her Masters in Healthcare Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.   She has been involved with various non-profits in the community having served as a volunteer or member of their board of directors.  She is currently a member of the Washington County CYS Advisory Board.


Kathleen M Cameron

Dr. Monica Speicher

Monica Speicher MD is an Assistant Clinical Director at WHS Family Medicine Residency.  She grew up in Westmoreland County, attended Allegheny College and then Jefferson Medical College (now Sidney Kimmel) in Philadelphia before coming to Washington to complete her family medicine residency. She spent several years working in rural locations on both US coasts, Alaska, and NZ before returning as faculty at the residency in 2007. There she focuses on health disparity education and reduction, community outreach, and international medicine. 

Dr. Speicher is the president-elect of the Washington County Medical Society and sits on several hospital committees addressing the opioid crisis and diversity/inclusivity.  She was also an Athena award finalist in 2019 and has received several awards for her work with the local homeless through the We Care Street Outreach. 


Kathleen M Cameron

Toni Vallone

Ms. Antonia “Toni” Vallone resides in Washington County in the city of Canonsburg. Toni is a graduate of Chartiers-Houston High School and the Western Area Vocational-Technical School where she studied health care administration. She also attended the Community College of Allegheny County where she also focused her studies on the field of healthcare. Toni was employed by Canonsburg General Hospital for 20 years. She is currently employed by the Service Employees International Union Local 668, the Pennsylvania Social Services Union (PSSU) as a Staff Director. Toni is an active member of Saint Oscar Romero (Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church located in Meadow Lands, PA).

Toni has been active in the Washington-Greene Central Labor Council since 1991, and she has fought for the rights of working families and social justice for 40+ years. Toni has been the Coordinator of Meadow Lands Food Pantry for the past four years. Toni enjoys traveling, cooking ethnic meals, and unselfishly helping others in need.

 

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