Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Auberle is led by a passionate and hardworking group of people, divided into our executive staff leadership and three Boards. 

Because of the vast scope of our work, Auberle operates using three governing boards each with their own roles and responsibilities: Auberle, the Pauline Auberle Foundation, and Ward Home. Each board works in tandem to promote cohesive leadership and collaboration across the organization.


The Auberle Board oversees the agency’s programmatic endeavors, focusing primarily on the day-to-day operations of our five service areas.

George Basara

(Retired) General Counsel, EVP, HR Director – S&T Bank

Natalie Chronister, PMP
Project Administrator II, Software Engineering Institute

John Ciccolella
Pittsburgh Market President – Bank of America

David DeJong, Ph.D.
Senior Vice Chancellor for Business and Operations, Professor of Economics – University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Sundeep Ekbote (Vice-Chair)
Regional Chief Medical Officer, Director of Emergency Medicine – Penn Highlands

Fernando Esquivel
Executive Vice President, Human Resources – Southwire

Swati Gandhi
Fractional Chief Operating Officer / Head of Corporate Partnerships – Management Consultant

Lauren Lloyd (Chair)
Vice President, Human Resources – UPMC

Diana Ortega Casellas

Internal Control Analyst II – FedEx Ground

Tammy Palmgren
Regional Vice President – Care Scout

October Parrish
412 Youth Zone Alum; Vending Machine Business

Stacy Popko
Associate Vice President & Managing Editor – MCG Health/HearstLab Scout

Tricia Shelton, Ed.D.(Sec/Treas)
Professor of Education – Seton Hill University

Christine Tobias
Vice President, Operations & CEO Quest Diagnostics Venture, LLC – Quest Diagnostics

Dr. Michael Tranovich
Retired: Orthopedic Surgeon

Shemariah Waggoner
President – Emery Consulting Services LLC

Bishop David Zubik
Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh

Pauline Auberle Foundation

The Pauline Auberle Foundation is the fundraising arm of our agency and its Board oversees the organization’s charitable and marketing activities.

Samantha Balbier
Executive Director, Institute of Politics – University of Pittsburgh

Robert Coury
Head of Benefits, Advisory & Compliance – North America – Willis Towers Watson

David DeJong, Ph.D. (Chair)
Senior Vice Chancellor for Business and Operations, Professor of Economics – University of Pittsburgh

Richard Gasperini
First Vice President – CBRE Industrial Services

Jeffrey W. Kent
Partner – Maher Duessel

Lauren Lloyd
Vice President, Human Resources – UPMC

David J. Meadows
Vice President for Finance and Facilities, Chief Financial Officer – West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Brandon Dudt-Mulzet
Community Impact Program Manager, Global Impact Citizenship – BNY Mellon

Robert J. Ridge (Vice-Chair)
Attorney – Clark Hill

Brian Robinette
Senior Vice President – Fragasso Financial Advisors

Jim Wilding (Sec/Treas)
Co-Founder – Confluence Financial Partners

Chris Vitsas
VP of Operations – UPMC Magee

Lydia Guthrie
Director of Program Management – Eaton Corporation

Abram Weimer
Owner at WPA Emergency Medicine Staffing, LLC / Emergency Room Physician - Penn Highlands Health System, Connellsville Hospital

Bishop David Zubik
Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh

Ward Home

Ward Home, a historic safe haven for young adults in our region, became a subsidiary of Auberle in 2019. The Ward Home Board works in coordination with the Auberle and Pauline Auberle Foundation Boards to guide the efforts of our subsidiary agency.

Melody Carter-Frye
Workforce Development Manager – Pittsburgh Water and Sewer

William Taylor (Chair)


Samir Patel (Sec/Treas)
Associate General Counsel – Viatris

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