Our Team

The Allegheny Conference staff works from the direction of board leadership on the day-to-day activities that move the Conference’s agenda forward.

If you are a smart, civic-minded individual who is invested in a bright future for the Pittsburgh region, why not join our team.

Senior Management Team

Meet Cecelia

What do you do?
I serve as the organization’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications. In this capacity, I oversee the development and delivery of marketing and communications strategies and products that support the Conference and its affiliated organizations.

What do you like best about your position?
Pittsburghers are not afraid to do the work! Across our private, public and academic sectors – we tackle challenges, solve hard problems and pioneer solutions to make our region and world a better place.

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Cecelia Cagni

Senior Vice President, Marketing/Communications
412.392.4555 x3110
ccagni@alleghenyconference.org

Meet Bill

What do you do?
I guide the development of regional and organizational messaging strategy and supervise Investor Relations activities, including membership development and programming, as well as fundraising.

Why are you passionate about the Pittsburgh region?
My passion has been telling the story of the Pittsburgh region for more than 35 years.

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Bill Flanagan

Chief Corporate Relations Officer
412.281.4783 x3123
bflanagan@alleghenyconference.org

Meet Vera

What do you do?
I am responsible for coordinating all quantitative and qualitative research, championing the use of data and information across the organization, and framing the messaging around the state of the Pittsburgh region’s economy.

Why are you passionate about the Pittsburgh region?
I am passionate about the Pittsburgh region because of its natural beauty, incredible resilience, strong commitment to a better future and amazing people.

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Vera Krekanova

Chief Research Officer
412.281.4783 x3136
vkrekanova@alleghenyconference.org

Meet Stefani

What do you do?
On October 2, 2017, I became the Chief Executive Officer of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and its affiliated organizations – the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, the Pennsylvania Economy League of Greater Pittsburgh, LLC and the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance.

Why are you passionate about the Pittsburgh region?
Frick Park.

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Stefani Pashman

Chief Executive Officer
412.281.4783 x3125
spashman@alleghenyconference.org

Meet Janel

What do you do?
I am the Chief Financial Officer overseeing the accounting, finance, human resources and information technology departments, as well as facets of operations including facilities management.

Why are you passionate about the Pittsburgh region?
Pittsburgh’s city landscape, the friendly people and the perfect place to raise a family. The sense of pride I feel when a visitor approaches the end of the Fort Pitt Tunnel and gasps at what is at the other side. It is the place I grew up and will always be my home.

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Janel M. Skelley

Chief Financial Officer
412.281.4783 x3113
jskelley@alleghenyconference.org

Meet Matt

What do you do?
I serve as president of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, an affiliate of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development since June 2015.

Why are you passionate about the Pittsburgh region?
I am passionate about our city’s ability to collaborate and partner, across party lines, between labor and business, and across the region, on critical issues impacting our future.

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Matt Smith

President, Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce
412.281.4783 x2032
msmith@pittsburghchamber.com

Meet Jan

What do you do?
I joined the Allegheny Conference in 2007 and assisted with the Pittsburgh 250 celebration, and then returned in 2011 and currently serves as the Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer and as the Administrative Manager.

Jan Tagliaferi

Administrative Manager
412.281.4783 x1031
jtagliaferi@alleghenyconference.org

Mark Anthony Thomas
Mark Anthony Thomas

President, Pittsburgh Regional Alliance
412.392.4555 x3109
mthomas@pittsburghregion.org

Staff

Meet Karen

What do you do?
Manage the day to day financial operations.

Karen Adkins

Vice President of Finance and Controller
412.281.4783 x3111
kadkins@alleghenyconference.org

Meet Jen

What do you like best about your position?
I enjoy providing a support system for our staff and the constant variety in my work.

Why are you passionate about the Pittsburgh region?
I’m fascinated by the growth and evolution that has taken place in my lifetime. And no matter where I’ve lived or traveled, this region is always home.

Jennifer Baldwin

Human Resources Specialist
412.281.4783 x3144
jbaldwin@alleghenyconference.org

Meet Jenn

What do you do?
I work with public officials, primarily at the state level, to advance public policy that improves the economy & quality of life of our region.

Why are you passionate about the Pittsburgh region?
The people (and the pierogies).

Jennifer Beer

Vice President, Government Relations
412.281.4783 x3114
jbeer@pittsburghchamber.com

Meet Brian

What do you like best about your position?
I am more than passionate about championing and supporting the work of making the Pittsburgh region the most livable and inclusive place for all people.

Why are you passionate about the Pittsburgh region?
Aside from it being home? Pittsburgh is a place for the leaders and the bridge builders to come and make this city exactly what we know it needs to be.

Brian Burley

Director, Economic Inclusion
412.392.4555 x3122
bburley@alleghenyconference.org

Meet Dustin

What do you do?
I am the Imagine Pittsburgh Marketing & Social Media intern for summer 2019. I am responsible for regularly uploading content to the Imagine Pittsburgh social networking pages (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.), aiding in marketing and logistical planning for the Pittsburgh Summer Passport Series, and providing assistance with general communications/marketing tasks in the conference.

Why are you passionate about the Pittsburgh region?
Pittsburgh is filled with stunning natural beauty, deeply devoted sports fans, cutting-edge industrial minds, and kind/welcoming neighbors. As a passionate Pittsburgh native, I love taking any opportunity I can to bring attention to the amazing things happening in our region and those making Pittsburgh an even greater city for tomorrow.

Dustin Butoryak

Talent Intern
412.281.4783 x1025
dbutoryak@alleghenyconference.org

Eric Chaikowsky

Art Director
412.392.4555 x4542
echaikowsky@alleghenyconference.org

Kyle Chintalapalli

Meet Kyle

What do you like best about your position?
I’m excited to be part of a team working to grow our local economy at the regional scale in a way that creates increased opportunities for everyone in Southwest Pennsylvania.

Why are you passionate about the Pittsburgh region?
I really enjoy how each of our many neighborhoods and communities has their own unique character. …I’ve also developed a real soft spot for Beto’s since moving to Beechview six years ago.

Kyle Chintalapalli

Vice President, Business & Economic Development
412.392.4555 x4510
kchintalapalli@pittsburghregion.org

Carole Colalella

Assistant Controller
412.392.4555 x1034
ccolalella@alleghenyconference.org

Meet Phil

What do you do?
I’m part of a team that conveys the amazing stories and news of a Pittsburgh region-reborn to a broad audience including the Regional Investors who have kept our organization running for nearly 75 years, our many partners across the region to companies looking to grow, and talent seeking a “soft landing” loaded with opportunity. And there’s the media, too – another important communications vehicle with which I work closely to report on how Pittsburgh, and Pittsburghers, have been making the world a better place for 250+ years.

Why are you passionate about the Pittsburgh region?
Pittsburgh is right-sized for me. It’s a big, small city where I feel like I’ve found my place. My husband and I appreciate and value Pittsburgh’s rich history and unique character, its accessibility on so many levels and the diversity of people who make this a friendly, safe and welcoming place.

Philip Cynar

Senior Communications Specialist
412.392.4555 x4573
pcynar@alleghenyconference.org

Meet Katie

What do you like best about your position?
No two days are the same – I am constantly wearing different hats, working on a wide range of projects.

Why are you passionate about the Pittsburgh region?
The collaborative spirit, the strong work ethic, and the food is AMAZING.

Katie DelVerne

Marketing Associate
412.392.4555 x4525
kdelverne@alleghenyconference.org

Mickey Denner

Meet Mickey

What do you do?
Event planning.

Why are you passionate about the Pittsburgh region?
Why am I passionate about Pittsburgh? My family, friends and home.

Mickey Denner

Events Director
412.392.4555 x3103
mdenner@alleghenyconference.org

Kelly Dunbar Jones

Meet Kelly

What do you like best about your position?
What I like the most about my position is being able to interact on a daily basis with staff, clients, vendors and being the main contact person for the organization.

Why are you passionate about the Pittsburgh region?
I love all of the newly renovated shops, condos, restaurants that are currently in process or will be will complete with in the next few years. I also love how we all come together in good times and bad to help each other.

Kelly Dunbar Jones

Office Coordinator
412.392.4555 x4531
kdunbarjones@alleghenyconference.org

Andrew Ferrante

Meet Andrew

What do you do?
As a PULSE Fellow, I mostly perform quantitative market research to study our Southwestern Pennsylvania region. Otherwise, I work on special projects coming from all three affiliate organizations of the Conference.

Why are you passionate about the Pittsburgh region?
Being new to Pittsburgh, I am constantly learning more about our wealth of potential growth. I love meeting the bright, talented individuals here who inspire innovation to solve problems both now and in the future.

Andrew Ferrante

PULSE Fellow
412.392.4555 x4507
aferrante@alleghenyconference.org

Meet Leslie

Why are you passionate about the Pittsburgh region?
The Pittsburgh region is where I was born and raised. I’ve seen the city evolve from the old “steel town” to the emerging technology center that it is today.

Leslie Freeman

Financial Analyst
412.392.4555 x3119
lfreeman@alleghenyconference.org

Meet Jim

What do you do?
Serve as a regional resource for economic, demographic and business information.

Why are you passionate about the Pittsburgh region?
It’s the perfect combination of big city assets and small town values.

James Futrell, CERP

Vice President, Market Research & Analysis
412.392.4555 x1023
jfutrell@pittsburghregion.org

Meet Sara

What do you like best about your position?
I enjoy working with the members of the Regional Investors Council and learning about their goals for the region.

Why are you passionate about the Pittsburgh region?
I’m passionate about the Pittsburgh region because of the incredible food scene!

Sara Gaal

Director, Investor Relations
412.281.4783 x4572
sgaal@alleghenyconference.org

Meet Ellen

What do you do?
If Google were a girl, that would be me. I assemble data about people, jobs, industries and more in the Pittsburgh region and beyond to tell an impactful and meaningful story, as well as attract and retain businesses. I lead on manufacturing and other key sector requests as well as international requests.

Why are you passionate about the Pittsburgh region?
Pittsburgh and the people that live here are unlike any other in the world. Working for an organization that is so invested in the success of the region is a thrill and an honor.

Ellen Gaus

Market Research Analyst
412.392.4555 x1020
egaus@pittsburghregion.org

Meet Katelyn

What do you do?
I complete qualitative policy research related to the different parts of our Agenda. My favorite part of my position is getting to think about critical issues and how policy changes can improve our region.

Why are you passionate about the Pittsburgh region?
I am passionate about the Pittsburgh region because I love being part of a civically active community that is dedicated to making this place the best it can be.

Katelyn Haas-Conrad

Senior Policy Analyst
412.281.4783 x1069
khaas-conrad@alleghenyconference.org

Meet Larry

What do you do?
I serve as a Government Affairs Associate.

What do you like best about your position?
I most enjoy working with public officials on issues that will improve the quality of life and well-being for all of Pittsburgh.

Why are you passionate about the Pittsburgh region?
Pittsburgh is home.

Larry Hailsham

Government Affairs Associate
412.392.4555 x4552
lhailsham@pittsburghchamber.com

Kevin Hanes

Director, Advocacy & Policy Communications
412.281.4783 x4535
khanes@alleghenyconference.org

Meet Deb

What do you like best about your position?
I enjoy working with the Business Investment and Investor Relations teams. I find the work interesting and as a group we make a great team.

Why are you passionate about the Pittsburgh region?
I love the Pittsburgh region mostly for its people. Having many hiking trails and beautiful lakes is just a bonus.

Debra Harshaw

Coordinator, Business Investment
412.392.4555 x4539
dharshaw@alleghenyconference.org

Meet Mike

What do you do?
In my role with the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, I am responsible for client contact, information gathering, and project management for companies from around the region and around the world that are considering southwestern Pennsylvania for new and expanded facilities.

Why are you passionate about the Pittsburgh region?
I moved here from New Jersey to be part of the dramatic transformation of the Pittsburgh region, from one largely based on manufacturing to the diversified economy that it is today, and I want to do my part to accelerate that transformation.

Michael Henderson

Senior Director, Business Investment + International Investment Inquiries
412.392.4555 x4536
mhenderson@pittsburghregion.org

Meet Kaitlyn

What do you do?
I provide project support to various departments across the Conference, primarily focusing on research and communications, in order to grow and improve our region.

Why are you passionate about the Pittsburgh region?
I love the sense of community and friendliness that the people project, how the city has stayed on the cutting edge, and the food!

Kaitlyn Hendrickson

Project Fellow
412.392.4555 x1086
khendrickson@alleghenyconference.org

Meet Patty

What do you do?
With the help of my colleagues and partners, I promote the 10-county Pittsburgh region for the purpose of creating jobs and capital investment through business attraction and expansion.

Why are you passionate about the Pittsburgh region?
The people. Pittsburghers have a ‘roll up your sleeves, get it done’ attitude that helps to cope with current times and plan for the future, all while respecting our strong heritage.

Patty Horvatich

Vice President, Business Investment
412.392.4555 x4543
phorvatich@pittsburghregion.org

Diane Hughley

Meet Diane

What do you like best about your position?
What I like best about my position is witnessing first-hand how an issue moves through the public policy process: from original idea/problem to bill formation and advocacy to final passage.

Diane Hughley

Coordinator, Government Affairs
412.281.4783 x4516
dhughley@pittsburghchamber.com

Meet Brian

What do you do?
Public policy research and development. Much focus on local governance, finance and taxation and waste/stormwater management.

Why are you passionate about the Pittsburgh region?
Moved to Pittsburgh in 1988 because of its rich industrial history. Have seen and to some extent have helped shape Pittsburgh’s rebound from economic desolation to resurgence and strength.

Brian Jensen

Senior Director, Policy & Advocacy
412.281.4783 x3134
bjensen@alleghenyconference.org

Meet Johna

What do you like best about your position?
Challenges. Life never gets boring with technology always changing.

Johna K. Lingelbach, MCSE, MCP, A+

Senior Director, Information Technology
412.281.4783 x2028
jlingelbach@alleghenyconference.org

Meet Matt

What do you do?
I help make the Allegheny Conference’s work and people sound and look awesome to our audiences inside and outside the region.

Why are you passionate about the Pittsburgh region?
I’m passionate about many aspects of the Pittsburgh region, but I’m most passionate about the authentic and diverse pizza options throughout the 10 counties.

Matt Minczeski

Senior Director, Marketing & Digital Communications
412.392.4555 x4511
mminczeski@alleghenyconference.org

Meet Nova

What do you do?
Provides administrative support to management and staff.

What do you like best about your position?
Meeting talented people and knowing I am a part of making our region “Great!”

Why are you passionate about the Pittsburgh region?
Pittsburgh has a nice city feeling. Not too little and not too big.

Nova Rubio

Coordinator, Finance & Investor Relations
412.281.4783 x3101
nrubio@alleghenyconference.org

Meet Becky

What do you like best about your position?
I love that my data is the foundation for telling the story of our region, our industries, and most importantly the people in our communities.

Why are you passionate about the Pittsburgh region?
I am always impressed by the hard work and passion the residents and businesses have to improving their communities, as well as the overall wonderful small town feel with big city attractions.

Becky Thatcher Baer

Director of Community Development
412.281.4783 x4570
bthatcher@alleghenyconference.org

Meet Patriece

What do you like best about your position?
Building relationships with different groups and RIC to execute and drive the ACCD mission.

Why are you passionate about the Pittsburgh region?
I am passionate about uplifting the next generation and making Pittsburgh culturally diverse.

Patriece Thompson

Investor Relations Manager
412.281.4783 x3108
pthompson@alleghenyconference.org

Meet Linda

What do you like best about your position?
Working with so many of our investors to help the region grow through talent.

Why are you passionate about the Pittsburgh region?
There’s never been a better time to be in the Pittsburgh region. We are on the leading edge of so many developments that are changing the world in technology, health and humankind.

Linda Topoleski

Vice President, Workforce Operations & Programs
412.392.4555 x3116
ltopoleski@alleghenyconference.org

Alison Treaster

Director, Workforce Business Engagement
412.281.4783 x1035
atreaster@alleghenyconference.org

Meet Jacob

What do you like best about your position?
I get the chance to meaningfully support investment projects by suppling the best evidence and assistance possible. As I learn more about the issues facing a project, and as I practice with new tools, I get the chance to turn more data into real information.

Why are you passionate about the Pittsburgh region?
Still very new to the area having arrived in January of 2019, but being a Lawrenceville resident is teaching me quickly why to love Pittsburgh!

Jacob Van Loon

Market Research Analyst
412.392.4555 x4501
jvanloon@pittsburghregion.org

Meet Rhonda

What do you like best about your position?
I love that I get the opportunity to lead, support, and serve amazing & talented employees each day!

Why are you passionate about the Pittsburgh region?
The “sense of community”, the feeling of belonging and that what happens to one happens to us all!

Rhonda Walters

Vice President, Talent Management
412.281.4783 x2029
rwalters@alleghenyconference.org


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