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.

Stefani Smith

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.

Bud Wise

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. 

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