WHO WE ARE

BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND STAFF

Board Executive Committee

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Martin J. Healey - President

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The Healey Company, Inc. - Chief Financial Officer

A 30-year resident of Shadyside and a life-long Pittsburgher, Marty Healey brings an extensive business and financial background along with a passion for community service. A graduate of Duquesne University, Marty built a solid foundation in business and financial management which continued for 14 years with Equitable Financial/AXA Companies. It was during this time that he learned, sometimes the hard way, the importance of “doing what you love, and loving what you do.” Through these lessons, he found his true love was building relationships, finding common ground, coalition building between like-minded groups, and sometimes not so like-minded, and helping those in need. As President of Tri-PAC, the first LGBT political action committee, Marty built solid relationships. After seeing the effects of HIV and losing so many friends to AIDS, Marty was compelled to join the board of the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force (now Allies for Health + Wellbeing), the oldest and largest AIDS service organization in southwestern PA. He also serves as Vice President and Pittsburgh Pride 2020 Co-Chair at the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh. 

 

Marty is a proud uncle to 12 nieces and nephews. For the past year, Marty has called Sewickley home along with his fiancé Gene, who supports him in every way possible.

R. Doug Clewett - Vice President

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Easterseals of Western and Central PA - Director of Human Services

Doug Clewett has spent his professional career in human services. He is currently the Director of Human Resources at Easterseals of Western and Central PA. Prior to joining the board at Persad, he served on the boards of the Shepherd Wellness Community and Mental Health America.

Gene Welsh - Treasurer

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Retired CPA and Chief Financial Officer

Gene is a retired CPA and Chief Financial Officer. He spent the majority of his career focused on telecommunication and high tech industries. Gene moved to Pittsburgh in 2002 from Los Angeles to retire. He has served on the Board of Directors of Persad Center for nine years and is currently the Board Treasurer. Gene has been an advocate for the LGBTQ community in the corporate world for many years. Gene also serves as the President of the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Opera and is on the Board of the Pittsburgh based company, Computational Diagnostics, Inc.

Charity Imbrie, Esq. - Secretary

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Retired Attorney

For almost 40 years I practiced law in Pittsburgh. I worked in a large firm, and then at Giant Eagle as in-house counsel, and then as a solo practitioner. Much of my work was in the area of commercial real estate. Past board experience includes as a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (Board Chair), the I Have a Dream Foundation, and the Lambda Foundation. I have done volunteer fundraising for Persad, PAAR, the Mid-Wife Center, and my alma mater, Smith College. I find that making a difference to the LGBT community is very rewarding. In 2013, when I joined Persad’s “New Home Committee,” Persad had outdated, inaccessible space. The Committee found the current location in Lawrenceville, we negotiated a lease, and moved into the building in 2015. It has made a difference to the staff and clients of Persad, and to the community, to have such warm, accessible space with lots of parking, and room for big meetings and events. In my spare time I like to garden, read and spend time with my partner of almost 30 years, Jane. I also like to spend time with my daughter, Emma (age 36) and husband, Matt.

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Suzan Landay NItzberg - Previous Board President

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Retired Nonprofit President and Director

Susan Nitzberg has been active in the community for over 35 years. She earned a Master of Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh after receiving her undergraduate degree from Penn State University. Most recently, she served as Associate Director, Outreach for STANDING FIRM – The Business Case to End Partner Violence. In that role, Ms. Nitzberg educated employers about the effects of partner violence on the workplace and workforce. She introduced STANDING FIRM to companies and organizations through numerous engagement activities and grew the initiative exponentially. She has extensive experience with community and non-profit organizations. She has held numerous leadership positions in organizations such as National Council of Jewish Women, Pittsburgh Section, Family Hospice and Palliative Care, Union Aid Society, the Child Health Association of Sewickley, Sewickley Valley YMCA and more. Formerly, she served as Vice President, St. Clair Hospital. She is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh. Ms. Nitzberg has proudly served on the Persad Center Board of Directors for nine years.

Victor D. Dozzi, CPA, MST, CFE - Chair of the BART Committee

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Crawford Ellenbogen, LLC - Partner & Chief Operating Officer

Vic has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Accounting, magna cum laude, from Carlow University and a Master’s Degree in Taxation with high honors from Duquesne University. Vic’s newest community endeavor brings him to the Persad Center as a board member. He currently serves as chair of the Board Acquisition, Retention & Training Committee and on the Finance Committee.

Vic was recognized by PUMP and Pittsburgh Magazine as one of Pittsburgh’s “Top 40 Under 40.” PICPA also recognized Vic as their 2018 Volunteer Service Award recipient. Additionally, he was one of 2009’s “40 Under 40 Members to Watch". Vic has been a professor and guest lecturer on accounting, tax and finance issues at Carlow University, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh Small Business Development Center, the University of Pittsburgh Law School, and the University of Pittsburgh Center for Executive Education. He has also lectured at numerous arts institutions. In addition, he provides pro bono assistance to numerous arts organizations as a Business Volunteer for the Arts, a program of Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council.

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Megan Holohan - Chair of the Visibility Committee

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Freelance Writer

Meghan Holohan is freelance journalist covering health and parenting nationally. Her areas of focus range from the odd—can skinny jeans hurt you—to the more impactful, such as covering the lives of health care experts fighting COVID-19 and those who became ill or died in the pandemic, to how stigma surrounding mental health harms people to how medicine often dismisses women, to name a few. She lives in Lawrenceville with her two dogs, Tina and Riley, and they often go on hikes. After the pandemic ends, she looks forward to traveling and attending concerts again. Serving on the Persad board gives Meghan the chance to see how culturally competent therapeutic practices bolster the LGBTQ community.

Board Members

Cora E. Brna, NRP

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Founder of  "The Cis Ally"

Cora has been a board member at Persad Center since September 2018.

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Bobby Cherry

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Hearst Television

Senior Copy Editor

I enjoy serving on the board at Persad Center because it allows me to be a part of an incredible effort to help grow and improve the lives of those who identify as LGBTQ.

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Morgan Faeder, MD, PhD

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UPMC/University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Director of UPMC Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Serving on the board at Persad Center is meaningful to me because I have the opportunity to work to provide accessible, high quality mental health services to the Western PA LGBTQ+ community.

Gordon D. Fisher, Esq. 

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Law Office of Gordon D. Fisher

Lawyer

I originally became interested in serving on the Persad board when I learned that there was a long waiting list for clients to be seen. I wanted to help eliminate long delays for clients to be seen.

David A. McDougal

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Being able to support an organization that provides many vital services to the LGBTQ+ community is an honor and privilege.

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Daniel Reitz

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Washington County Council on Economic Development

Executive Director

Dan has served on the Persad Center board for 4 years.

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Penny J. Schnarrs

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Highmark Health

Senior Internal Communications Analyst

It was important to personally support efforts that have impacted my life so profoundly and pay that forward.

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Sheri Sclabassi, MSW, PhD

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Computational Diagnostics, Inc.

President and CEO

Knowing that together we can make a difference and attend to the needs of the LGBTQ community is why my service at Persad is meaningful to me.

Will Wenger, LCSW

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Gateway Health

Director of Product Strategy & Innovation

Will has served on the Persad Center board for 2 years.

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Darren Whitfield, MSW, PhD

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University of Pittsburgh

Assistant Professor of Social Work

I serve on the board of directors because it allows me to ensure the LGBTQ community receive appropriate mental health services. As a social work, I believe it’s always my call to ensure culturally responsive services are provided to marginalized groups.

Administrative Staff

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Carlos Torres - Interim Executive Director

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Carlos Torres is native of Puerto Rico, and a US Army veteran.  He serves as the Interim Executive Director at Persad Center, and has over 15 years of professional experience working in the nonprofit sector.  His work experience includes working with marginalized individuals and communities on topics such as domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, syringe exchange, harm reduction, viral hepatitis, education and advocacy, civil rights, mental health and substance abuse.  He has worked in diverse settings including; schools, transitional housing programs, methadone clinics, in-patient substance abuse treatment facilities, jails, state and federal prisons, and community centers.  He has also presented his work at local, regional, state and national conferences. 

Prior to moving to Pittsburgh he worked as a national capacity building provider.  In this role he worked with nonprofits and health departments and created customized services ranging from evidence-based practices, operations, administration and service delivery.  Locally, he is one of the founding members of the Latino Community Center.  A nonprofit dedicated to serve the needs of and advocate on behalf Latinos in Allegheny County.  Before joining Persad, he served on the board of Allies for Health + Wellbeing.

 

Carlos holds a graduate degree in Public Administration from the University of Arizona.

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Kim Henry - Director of Clinical Programs

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I am a graduate of Temple University’s Social Work Program and have been in practice a total of 30 years in various levels of care. I have been working at Persad for over 3 years, and I find Persad to be unique in how welcoming and safe it is here for clients. I love to garden and am planning on becoming a master gardener when I retire.

khenry@persadcenter.org

412-441-9786 ext. 223

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Judi Scinico - Director of Billing and Operations

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I have 23 years of experience in administration and billing for behavioral health services and have worked at Persad Center for over 4 years. It is very gratifying to know that by maximizing the billing revenue for clients’ services, I am helping to provide services to those that can’t afford it. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with friends and family.

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Dr. Alan Reis - Medical Director

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Dr. Reis is Persad’s Medical Director and principal Psychiatrist. He has been in practice for over 20 years and specializes in psychiatry and psychopharmacology.

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412-441-9786 ext. 218

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