Board of Directors
As a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, the WCDC is governed by a board of directors, including business professionals, bankers, architects, artists, and residents.
A. William Schenck III
Vice Chair, Tri-State Capital Bank
Prior to founding TriState Capital Bank, Bill Schenck was Pennsylvania Secretary of Banking, appointed by Governor Rendell in January 2003. In that capacity, Bill led the state Banking Department, supervising Pennsylvania state-chartered banks, trust companies, savings and loan associations, credit unions, and non- depository financial services companies.
Bill has spent more than 30 years working in the banking industry. As a long-standing member of the Western Pennsylvania community, Bill has been on the boards of numerous civic and charitable organizations.
With 30 years of executive experience, Bernie Wetzel now serves as an executive coach to already-successful senior leaders and high potential talent.
Involved in economic development throughout the region and a resident of Wilkinsburg, Bernie feels that partnering with the WCDC is a natural extension of his professional and personal interests.
Albert Niko Triulzi
Architect & Co-Founder, AE Dreams
A CMU graduate, Niko is a freelance architect as well as the co-founder of AE Dreams, a tech start-up that designs products for children and families.
Niko brings strong media, design, and architectural skills to the WCDC board, often providing photo and video services for WCDC events, including the Wilkinsburg House & Garden Tour.
Director of Finance, The Fred Rogers Company
Director of Finance at The Fred Rogers Company, Lisa Moss has over 15 years of experience working in nonprofits. Moss’ current professional memberships include National Association of Women MBAs, American Institute of CPAs, and Virginia Society of CPAs.
A resident of Wilkinsburg since 2013, Lisa serves on the WCDC Event Committee.
Legislative Assistant, Office of Rep. Ed Gainey
Being a 20 year resident, Andre Scott brings first-hand experience to the WCDC board.
Now serving as a legislative assistant to Representative Ed Gainey, Andre’s passion to provide information access to his own community and beyond is a natural extension of his interpersonal skills and community engagement experience.
Director of Operations, EMBA Worldwide & Center for Executive Education
Currently the Director of Operations EMBA Worldwide and the Center for Executive Education, Christine Kush has a strong financial and operations background with a track record of efficiently managing programs within budget and time constraints.
Community affiliations include Leadership Pittsburgh XX, Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, National Center for Teaching Entrepreneurship, United Way “Team of Rivals,” and Executive Women’s Council.
Member & Resident
President & COO, Forum for Economic Development, Inc.
With a background in family law and business management consulting, Michele Saling applied her skills in the field of economic development. In 1987, she helped found the Forum for Economic Development, a grassroots organization.
Dedicated to a range of rehabilitation projects, Saling pursued an effort to transform the Wilkinsburg Train Station. Though the project never saw fruition due to lack of funding, the desire to revitalize the community has never left her.
Gary Lee Jones
Mortgage Banking Representative, First National Bank
Serving at various financial institutions and businesses since 2005, Gary Jones rose to bank manager at First National Bank during the transition from Fifth-Third Bank. He led the branch in Wilkinsburg soon after the acquisition, and has since moved on to mortgage banking at the FNB headquarters. With his skills in management and development, he actively pursued lending his expertise to WCDC.
Co-founder & CEO, Pittsburgh Housing Development Assoc., Inc.
Co-founder and CEO of the Pittsburgh Housing Development Association, Inc. (PHDA, Inc), a 501(c)3 established to empower low to moderate income residents to become stakeholders in the community through homeownership, Greg Whitted has over 35 years of experience in affordable housing and real estate development.
Greg is dedicated to increasing homeownership opportunities for low to moderate income Wilkinsburg residents and developing affordable housing options by utilizing Wilkinsburg’s existing housing stock.
Member & Resident
Partner and lead administrative support consultant for Adminstrinsic, Beverly Garrett has over 20 years of executive administration experience. Beverly is a Certified Administrative Professional in the International Association of Administrative Professionals.
Since moving to the Wilkinsburg community, Beverly has been active in numerous community organizations, working to unite people from diverse backgrounds.
Member & Resident
Founder, Alschuler Communications
Prior to joining the WCDC, Steve supported the organization and other Wilkinsburg-based groups through in-kind communications and PR support. As founder of his own firm, Alschuler Communications, Steve brings a wealth of public relations and marketing knowledge to the WCDC board.
Steve’s background includes strategic communications counsel, crisis communications strategy, and governmental affairs.
Member & Resident
Self-Employed Real Estate Broker
Since relocating to the Blackridge area, Gloria Besley sees hope for revitalization in the Wilkinsburg area. A self-employed real estate broker, comprehensive housing counselor, licensed public accountant and IRS enrolled agent, Besley brings her 40 years of experience in the field of housing and economic development to the Board of Directors.