Who We Are

Greg Butler

Executive Director


Hired as Executive Director of Local Government Academy in May 2017, Greg brings 16 years of campus-level and online educational administration experience. Greg has held multiple student support and administrative positions at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and the Art Institutes International, including Industrial Design Coordinator, Academic Chair of Industrial Design and Entertainment Design, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, and Dean of Academic Projects and Development.

During the past 12 years, Greg has taught 16 different Industrial Design courses, designed and delivered 3D digital modeling corporate training, and designed and facilitated online faculty development courses to a national faculty audience.

Greg holds a M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership from Argosy University, a dual BA in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh, and an AS in Industrial Design from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

Greg is a Pittsburgh native from Robinson Township. He, his wife and two children, have resided in Ingram Borough for the past 16 years where Greg has been a member of Ingram Council for 13 years. Greg served as Vice-President of Ingram Council for two terms while chairing the Highway, Health, and Sanitation Committee for 10 years. He is also serving his second term on the Ingram Planning Commission.

Greg enjoys spending time with his family and riding bikes on the incredible trail system in and around Pittsburgh. Other passions include home improvement, jazz music, and cooking.

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.

Sarah Godfrey

Website Developer & Social Media Coordinator


Sarah worked in legal administration while studying Illustration and Design, Photography, and Creative Writing at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California, just east outside of Los Angeles. Relocated from her native state, Sarah came to work at Local Government Academy in December of 2015, where she was able to apply her wide spectrum of skills in design and writing to elevate LGA's platform, marketing, and front end. The Academy Notes email newsletter, as well as all published materials, are directed and designed by Sarah as she manages both the website and social media outlets, spreading LGA's news to friends and associates.

When not writing for LGA, Sarah is an avid writer of fiction and a digital painter. She came to Pittsburgh chasing opportunity, as well as for the markedly friendlier drivers (it's true). Through the journey, she came to appreciate the region's unique dynamics, history, and culture. At present, she has mostly acclimated to winter.

Yunzhi 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.


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