LGA Board of Directors & Staff

LGA Board of Directors & Staff

LGA’s founding Chairman Mike Lynch, former ED Susan Hockenberry and Current Chairman Art Tintori

Local Government Academy Board of Directors

Full Name Role Company Name Job Title
An Lewis Board Member Steel Rivers Council of Governments Executive Director
April Weitzel Board Member Crafton Borough Council Member
Art Tintori Chairman Green Tree Borough Council Member
Barbara Parees Board Member Allegheny County Deputy Manager
Brian Jensen Board Member Allegheny Conference on Community Development Senior Vice President
Brian Kennedy Board Member Pittsburgh Technology Council Director of Government Relations
Brian Schimmel Board Member PA Department of Environmental Protection Local Government Liaison
Bruce Kraus Board Member Pittsburgh City Council Council Member - District 3
Charles Blocksidge Board Member Consultant
Charles Martoni Board Member Allegheny County Council Council Member
Court Gould Board Member Sustainable Pittsburgh Executive Director
David Miller Board Member University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs Associate Professor & Director
Deborah Simmons Board Member Department of Community and Economic Development Senior Project Manager
Jason Davidek Board Member Allegheny League of Municipalities Executive Director
Kathleen Coder NEOC Alumni Association Chairperson Bellevue Borough Council Member
Kenneth LaSota Board Member Heidelberg Borough Mayor
Kevin Smay Board Member Community College of Allegheny County Assistant Vice President of Strategic Planning
Marcia Taylor Treasurer
Mark Mansfield Vice Chairman Upper St. Clair Assistant Manager
Michael McCaig Board Member RBC Capital Markets, LLC Director
Nancy Carroll Board Member Diversified Municipal Services, Inc. Attorney
Preston Shimer Board Member League of Women Voters Of Greater Pittsburgh Treasurer
Rebecca Matsco Board Member Potter Township Supervisor
Ruthann Omer Board Member Gateway Engineers, Inc. President
Stan Caldwell Board Member Carnegie Mellon University Executive Director
Stanley Kabala Board Member Duquesne University Professor
Vanessa McCarthy-Johnson Board Member Wilkinsburg Borough Council Member

LGA Staff

Justin Philman – Database and LMS Administrator
Justin Philman is a 2015 graduate of Community College of Allegheny County’s Information Technology Support Program. He joined LGA in August 2015. Since then, Justin has organized and streamlined many of LGA’s business processes, overseen various projects and events, in addition to enhancing LGA’s client relationship and learning management systems.
While pursuing his associate degree at CCAC, Justin completed numerous distance learning courses and developed an earnest appreciation for online learning. He is a former Air National Guardsman with a specialty in videography and documentation. Justin also has many years of music production experience that has influenced the sound of multiple recording artists in southwestern Pennsylvania.

IMG_8964_crop_02Sarah Godfrey – Administrative Assistant
Sarah Godfrey is the Local Government Academy Administrative Assistant.  Previously Sarah worked in legal administration while studying Illustration and Design at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California.  At LGA, Sarah handles incoming leads and registrations as well as the layout of the e-newsletter and social media.  Relocated from southern California, Sarah enjoys the Pittsburgh area’s green and leafy environment as well as the friendliness of the people she is meeting.  Sarah completed her first 5K in July 2016 and is looking forward to more.

IMG_8971_crop_02Yunzhi Zheng – Programming Intern
Yunzhi Zheng is a Masters of Science candidate at Carnegie Mellon University-Heinz College where she is studying Public Policy Management.  At LGA she is developing online and in-person courses in finance and public works.  She is also helping administer the 2016 Municipal Internship program and is editor for this year’s video.  Prior to attending CMU, Yunzhi was a student at Ohio State University where she obtained a dual diploma in International Studies and Japanese, graduating Cum Laude.  At Shanghai International Studies University where she obrained a BA in Japanese Language and Literature, she was Chief Editor of the Student Affairs magazine.  Yunzhi is enjoying Pittsburgh and its central location for her many road trips exploring the US.

Donna Bour – Fundraising and Event Management
Donna Bour began her career in fundraising, sponsorship, and event management over 30 years ago as a development professional writing foundation and government grants and corporate sponsorship proposals, creating and implementing individual giving campaigns, and organizing special fundraising events. In May of 2001 she launched Bour Associates and, since that time, has coordinated and managed several annual, recurring events as well as multiple one-time events. Ms. Bour earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s degree in Public Management from Carnegie Mellon University. In addition to her event and meeting planning work, Ms. Bour continues to serve as a consultant to local nonprofits on fundraising and development programs and completed a “how to” manual on festival planning and management. She serves on the Boards of the Environmental Charter School Foundation; Run Around the Square; and for eight years chaired Neighbors Unite Wilkinsburg, a local political action committee dedicated to improving local government.