The Three Rivers Community Foundation is committed to maintaining the most inclusive governing board in the Southwestern Pennsylvania region. Our work is governed, guided, and supported by a talented and diverse volunteer board of directors. The board is organized around six standing committees, with at least one board member serving on, or co-chairing each committee. The members of TRCF’s Board of Directors are listed below.
• Leslie Bachurski – Executive Committee, Secretary; Grantmaking Committee
• Jeremy Burnworth – Communications and Public Relations Committee
• Deno De Ciantis – Vice President, Development Committee
• Linda A. Dickerson – Co-Chair, Communications, Public Relations, and Marketing Committee
• Gerald Ferguson – Building Social Change Committee
• Chaz Kellem – Communications, Public Relations, and Marketing Committee; Grantmaking Committee
• Nicole Narvaez Manns– Personnel Committee
• Lee Marcuzzi–Development Committee,Grantmaking Committee
• Jeff Parker – Board President; Executive Committee, Vice President; Building Social Change Committee; Grantmaking Committee
• Joyce Redmerski – Executive Committee, Treasurer; Finance Committee
• Gerald E. Smith– Building Social Change Committee
• Kelly Sorice– Public Relations Committee
• Craig Stevens – Building Social Change Committee
• Vivian B. Taylor– Grantmaking Committee
• David Volpe – Development Committee
Board Member Bios
Leslie Bachurski is the Director of Consumer Navigation & Organizational Development at the Consumer Health Coalition. For more than eight years, Leslie has helped hundreds of consumers to access public health programs and free health care services, while strategically working with community members to strengthen advocacy and community organizing efforts. She is passionate about helping underserved populations access healthcare and has built a reputation as a reliable source for consumers and community partners to call on for help. Leslie is also responsible for developing new general operating revenue streams and managing the membership campaign of the coalition. Leslie holds a B.A. in Public Administration and a Certificate in Conceptual Foundations of Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a graduate of the Leadership Development Initiative XIV., a program through Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. She serves on the board of the Three Rivers Community Foundation as the Secretary, along with their Grant Making and Special Events Committee. Additionally she is an Advisory Board Member of the Program for Health Care to Underserved Populations.
A Fayette County native, Jeremy Burnworth was born and raised in Markleysburg, a small town of 282 people. Amidst the rural countryside, he proved to be a boy with a great passion for knowledge and culture. During his teenage years, Jeremy took on a variety of leadership roles in the community, including starting a recycling project for Markleysburg and Henry Clay Township that is still in existence. Self-taught in the computer industry, Jeremy began Creative Computer Concepts in 1998 after graduating high school. In 2007 he expanded the business by creating the web development firm Geneva Marketing Group. Jeremy’s belief in the people and businesses of Fayette County has led him to participate in numerous non-profit groups. He has devoted hundreds of hours to boards and community endeavors. He currently sits in a variety of positions on 16 boards of directors in the region, including Adagio Health, the Fayette Chamber of Commerce, Fayette County Coal and Coke Heritage Music Festival, Fayette County Historical Society, Fayette Young Professionals, the State Theatre Center for the Arts, and Uniontown Rotary Club.
Dr. De Ciantis is the first Director of the Penn State Center: Engaging Pittsburgh. His focus is to connect and engage the entire Pennsylvania State University system with local partners. This initiative pursues active solicitation of stakeholders to identify regional needs and helps to develops key strategic relationships to connect Penn State research and programming with Pittsburgh area corporations, communities, academic institutions, non-profits, and other organizations. Resources of University Park and commonwealth campuses are used to help provide appropriate solutions to real problems in the areas of sustainability, alternative fuels, community and economic development, corporate research and development, professional development, and more.
He previously, served 15 years as County Extension Director for Penn State Extension of Allegheny County. Local affiliations include: past president of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, current president of The Pittsburgh Green Innovators Board, chair of Allegheny County’s Green Team, Duquesne University Century Club of Distinguished Alumni, Autumn House Press Board, Three Rivers Community Foundation Board, numerous Penn State committees, and various other local community initiatives.
He holds an Interdisciplinary Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Duquesne University.
Linda Dickerson is Principal of 501(c)(3)2, a consulting firm for nonprofit organizations. In previous jobs, she has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Pittsburgh Aviary, Principal of Dickerson & Mangus, Inc., an issues management and communications strategy consulting firm specializing in crisis communications and community affairs, and President of Riverview Publications. She is the Mayoral Appointee to the City of Pittsburgh/Allegheny County Joint Task Force on Disabilities, and serves as the Director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Board of Trustees. Amongst the many Boards that she sits on are the Homeless Children Education Fund, Greater Pittsburgh Convention and Visitors Bureau, Zoological Society of Pittsburgh, and The Pittsburgh Foundation.
Gerald P. Ferguson is the founder, owner, and President of Multi Diversity Group (MDG), which is a Human Resources consulting firm based in Pittsburgh, PA. Some of his previous titles include EEO counselor, Assistant Black Employment Program Manager, Affirmative Action Analyst, Employment and Training Coordinator, Professional Development Assistant, and Minority Recruitment Officer. Throughout his professional career he has also served on Affirmative Action committees, Diversity councils, safety committees, and interview panels. Gerald is also a Business and Ethnic/Africana studies professor with Community College of Allegheny County Campus. He has also taught Human Resources Management in the MBA program for Chatham University. Gerald received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Geneva College, and he is currently working on his Ph.D. through the University of Pittsburgh. He is a founding member of the Urban League Young Professionals of Pittsburgh (ULYP) and a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). He is married with two children.
Chaz graduated from Edinboro University of PA in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education, with a concentration on Sports Administration. He also received a minor in Speech Communication. While at EU, he was the manager and statistician for the Wheelchair Basketball Team, the Student Government Association’s Vice President, and the Highland Ambassador to the University President. He is currently working as the Manager of Diversity Initiatives for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He is the also the General Manager of the Pittsburgh Colts, a semi-professional football team, and the Assistant Coach of the Steel City Starz, the wheelchair women’s basketball team. In addition to joining TRCF’s Board, he sits on the boards of both United Cerebral Palsy and the Consumer Health Coalition. He has been a member of TRCF’s grantmaking committee for now two years.
Nicole Narvaez Manns
Throughout her professional life, Nicole Narvaez Manns has found herself in positions to have a positive impact on minority communities. The Philadelphia native graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh in 1993 and became a compliance officer for the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program, where she worked on behalf of victims of discrimination. When she accepted the position as affirmative action consultant for BNY Mellon in 2006 she ensured the company maintained an environment of equal opportunity. In her current role as manager of the affirmative action group, she directs affirmative action compliance for more than 30,000 employees across the nation. Manns is a member of Phi Beta Kappa honors society, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., and is a steering committee member of the Pittsburgh Industry Liaison Group. In honor of her mother, who died of Leukemia when she was 10, Manns is an active volunteer with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Manns is a married mother of two.
Lee Marcuzzi started out in the corporate sector, and she has spent the last 15 years working to help those seeking or in recovery, and the LGBTQ community. She has served on numerous board, including the Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh, and of a national organization dedicated to helping recovering alcoholics. She was chair of the Performance Committee for Pittsburgh’s PrideFest in 2005 and 2006. She worked as a consultant for GLSEN Pittsburgh from 2008-2011, helping to train thousands of students, parents, and teachers on how to make schools safe for all. Now, she is working with the Center for Spirituality, helping those with drug and alcohol addictions. She is the first to volunteer if any organizations needs help in any area, adding her vibrant energy to causes she believes in.
Jeff Parker is the Human Resources Director at United Cerebral Palsy of Pittsburgh after five years as Project Director serving as the Administrative Entity representative for 23 western Pennsylvania counties in the Community Services Program for Persons with Physical Disabilities (CSPPPD). Prior to this position, Jeff served as Senior Service coordinator and Assistant Director for the Attendant Care Program for Allegheny County. Before joining UCP, Jeff was an ADA Service Coordinator for Pittsburgh’s paratransit system, Access, responsible for public participation activities including the Committee for Accessible Transportation and participation in both eligibility and recertification procedures. Jeff had also been an Associate Transit Planner for the Port Authority of Allegheny County. Jeff also has corporate experience in his background and worked at a Fortune 500 company in Pittsburgh for fifteen years and specialized in pension benefits, plans, and investments. He currently is chair of the Developmental Disabilities Council for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Hailing from West Virginia, Joyce has not just joined the Board, but she has stepped into the role of Treasurer! Having received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Charleston, Charleston, WV, she has worked as an auditor with West Virginia’s Legislative Auditor’s Office and as an accountant with several firms. In addition to her own accounting firm, she is now the Chief Financial Officer for United Cerebral Palsy of Pittsburgh.
Gerald E. Smith
Gerald is a certified high school math teacher, and has taught in public schools in Missouri, Oregon, Washington State, and now works for a cyber-school based in Pittsburgh. Gerald has also worked with communities in East, and Southern Africa on increasing access to quality education.
Between 2004 and 2008, Gerald took a break from the classroom and became a community organizer with the Northwest Federation of Community Organizations (NWFCO). With NWFCO, Gerald coordinated a national health care coalition focused on eliminating racial disparities in health outcomes, led a successful federal campaign to reauthorize an important health program for low-income children, and worked as a regional campaign manager for the national health care campaign that resulted in the Affordable Care Act. Gerald also led research on living wages jobs. Since coming to Pennsylvania, Gerald has been an active volunteer with local environmental organizations, and the Indiana County Democrats. He received his BA degree from Northwestern University in Mathematics and Philosophy.
Kelly Sorice is an unflappable communications professional with 14 years of experience and a proven record of accomplishment in planning and leading comprehensive, creative communications plans. Her talents include writing, executive communications and serving as a spokesperson during times of crisis. She is skilled at building relationships internally and externally, leading teams and dealing with ambiguity. She is also known for taking initiative and producing results. Kelly works currently for the West Penn Allegheny Health System, as their Vice President of Communications. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Ohio University in 1995, and her Masters of Arts degree in Communications from there in 1996.
Craig Stevens, a Pittsburgh resident, has spent most of his adult life serving in volunteer and professional roles as a community organizer and coalition builder around peace, economic, racial, and social justice issues and campaigns at the local, state, and national level. He currently serves as Coordinator for the Parental Stress Center’s Economic Empowerment Initiative, a program to support people seeking to become more economically self-sufficient and fully engaged members of their community. Craig is a member of the Board of Directors of Three Rivers Community Foundation, and serves as co-chair of the Building Social Change Committee. He also serves on the Coordinating Council of The Black and White Reunion.
Vivian B. Taylor
Vivian Taylor, an attorney, is a graduate of Duquesne University School of Law. Her focus is in Real Estate and Community Development. While at Duquesne, Vivian was President of the Christian Legal Society at school and Liaison for the evening students for the Black Law Student’s Association. Vivian was an Administrative and Human Resources Manager for over 20 years, mostly for Consulting Environmental Engineering firms. Vivian fell in love with non-profit work at Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF), a community development financial institution headquartered in San Francisco, CA. LIIF issues grants and makes low interest loans to developers who are building providing low income multi-unit housing, child care programs/facilities and charter schools. Before completing a BSBA and MBA, Vivian studied at University of California, Berkeley (Architecture Student) as well as worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (HVAC and Mechanical Designer). Currently Vivian is employed as a Human Resources Director and Operations Counsel at United Cerebral Palsy. She volunteers with and sits on the Board of Christian Legal Aid, where lawyers provide free legal counseling on civil matters for people who do not qualify for county legal aid, nor can afford it themselves. She has an interest in being on the TRCF Grant Committee because she believes in its major premise – making sure the grantees promote progressive social change.
David Volpe is the Vice President for Student Services at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College in Johnstown, PA. David received a B.S. from Saint Vincent College, an M.S. in Professional Leadership from Carlow University, and is currently completing a D.Ed. in Administration and Leadership Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He resides in Westmoreland County where he has been involved with numerous agencies, serving on both boards and fundraising committees. A 2007 Pittsburgh “40 Under 40” recipient, David has always been passionate about raising funds for worthy causes. He believes that making it possible for organizations to serve target populations ultimately benefits us all. David also serves on the Board of the Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania as Chair of the Fund Development Committee.