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.
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.
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.
Leslie G. Ledbetter-Patterson
Originally from Masury, Ohio, Leslie moved to Pittsburgh in 1978 and began her career with what is now PNC Bank as a teller, eventually serving as branch manager for several branches before retiring from PNC in 2015. Some of the first meetings of the WCDC were held at the bank’s Wilkinsburg branch when she was its manager.
In addition to her professional career, Leslie is a member and past president of the East Liberty and Wilkinsburg Rotary; a board member and past president of the WCDC; a Girl Scout leader; a member of Deliverance Baptist Church; and she has served as the bookkeeper for White Memorial Chapel since 2005.
A resident of Wilkinsburg for 37 years, Leslie is eager to see the community — particularly the business district — grow into a destination for people to visit, shop, and dine.
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.
President & CEO, RDP Consulting Services
Since founding RDP Consulting services in 1985, Ronald Porter has facilitated collaboration and planning between diverse groups of residents and business owners. His 30 years of consulting experience include instituting an inclusive planning process for the development of the Lower Hill District and contributing to a Community Benefits Agreement between residents and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
He is currently retained by the City of Pittsburgh to facilitate planning in Homewood, East Liberty, East Hills, Lincoln-Lemington and Larimer and is Vice Chair of the Design Center of Pittsburgh.
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.
Member & Resident
Artemis Construction & Design
With extensive experience in construction and restoration, Brian Sieffert brings to the Board a passion for sustainability and development opportunities in communities with high vacancy rates like Wilkinsburg.
He hopes to facilitate creative collaborations between lenders and buyers in order to attract new residents and visitors to the area.
Having worked in Wilkinsburg for five years at the First National Bank of Pittsburgh, where she is now the branch manager, Stefani Smith is deeply invested in the revival of the borough’s business community. A resident of New Kensington, Smith’s day-to-day focus is improving financial literacy and business development within Wilkinsburg, with the goal of creating a vibrant commercial corridor.
Stefani is a member of the Wilkinsburg-Regent Square Rotary, and served as its president until July 2019. She is currently the vice president of the Wilkinsburg Chamber of Commerce. She is pursuing a degree in human resource management from Strayer University.
Born and raised in Wilkinsburg, Bud is a 1965 graduate of Wilkinsburg High School and chaired the Wilkinsburg Train Station alumni committee. He earned a B.A. in psychology from Ohio University in 1969 and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh in 1973. He retired in 2010 from PPG Industries after 31 years of service, serving the last 10 as the leader of the global Human Resource function.
Previously, Bud was a faculty member in the Economic and Business Department of Juniata College for seven years. In addition to his work for the WCDC, Bud is a trustee for Juniata College, an emeritus board member for Deer Valley YMCA Family Camp, and chairs multiple committees at South Avenue United Methodist Church in Wilkinsburg.
Co-Founder & CEO, Pittsburgh Housing Development Association, Inc.
Greg Whitted has over 35 years of experience as an affordable housing advocate and real estate development professional. He is dedicated to increasing homeownership opportunities for low to moderate income residents and increased development of affordable housing utilizing Wilkinsburg’s aging housing stock. As a board member, Greg joins with the WCDC’s vision to strive for new business growth in Wilkinsburg to create a viable sustainable business district.