Our Staff


Tracey Evans
Executive Director

In June 2010, Tracey was hired to serve our first full-time executive director. A founding member and former secretary of the WCDC, Tracey was instrumental in securing the initial funding for our organization’s establishment. Tracey also serves as Executive Director of the WCDC Holding Co. and Wilkinsburg Railroad Station LLC. A longtime resident of Wilkinsburg, Tracey served two terms as an elected councilperson for Wilkinsburg Borough, from 2006 through 2013. In addition to her work in Wilkinsburg, Tracey serves as a mentor at the Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership at Pitt’s Graduate School of Public & International Affairs. 


Gordon Manker
Business Development Specialist

Gordon joined the WCDC as a Business Development Specialist in March 2015 to coordinate our small business programs and assist with our Green, Clean and Safe initiatives. Bringing extensive veterans affairs knowledge to the WCDC, Gordon served nearly 30 years in the PA Army National Guard and U.S. Air Force Reserves. Gordon is also a former Wilkinsburg business owner. Most recently, Gordon worked at the Micro-Business Institute and the Environment & Energy Community Outreach Center (EECO), both programs of Pittsburgh Community Services Inc. Gordon currently serves on PCRG’s Board of Directors.


Sandra Roberts
Administrative Coordinator

Sandra joined the WCDC in March 2016 as our part-time Administrative Coordinator. She is a Wilkinsburg resident and a retiree of 25 years from the Pennsylvania  House of Representatives, where she served as Legislative Assistant to the former Representative Joseph Preston, Jr. Previously, Sandra worked at Peoples Oakland for 18 years. In addition to her work, Sandra also served as an elected councilperson for Wilkinsburg Borough from 1996 through 2008.

Shannon Kurta's portrait

Shannon Kurta
Director of Finance and Administration

Shannon began working with the WCDC in February of 2020. Shannon’s nearly 20 years of experience include working as the Assistant Controller for Foundation and Special Projects at Westmoreland County Community College, an Accountant at Southwestern PA Human Services Inc., and an Accountant for Waste Management Inc. She graduated from Shippensburg State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration where she majored in Accounting.

Marina Balko Portrait

Marina Balko
Director of Ecomonic Development

Marina joined the WCDC in July 2020 from Providence Rhode Island where she was the Director of Operations for AS220, a thriving community organization that includes numerous for-profit and non-profit entities. AS220 has developed multiple buildings that house businesses, non-profit tenants, galleries, a black box theater, performance venues, studios, artist housing units and their own restaurant and bar. Marina also has 13 years experience as a chef and kitchen manager, and has worked in the creative sector in a number of disciplines including film and video production, costume design and dance. Marina has a BFA from the School of the Art Institute (SAIC) in Chicago and an MBA from the University of Rhode Island.