Our trustees serve three-year terms, renewable to nine years. This process assures continuity of input and the presence of strong civic leaders guiding our foundation.
James H. McCune is of counsel to the law firm of Bowles Rice.
Jim is a graduate of Kent State University and the West Virginia University College of Law, where he served on the editorial staff of the West Virginia Law Review.
He is a former Washington County Solicitor, a former Board member of the United Way of Washington County and a past President of the local Red Cross.
As a member of the Washington County Bar Association Jim has provided hundreds of hours of community service through his coaching of mock trial teams, has chaired the Continuing Legal Education Committee for over 15 years, and has volunteered many times to present law related programs for the public at the annual six-week People’s Law School program. Since its creation in 1989, Jim has also served as a trustee and former Chairman of the Washington County Bar Foundation, a charitable organization that supports legal services for the poor, law related education and scholarships, and public information and education initiatives. Jim is also a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He currently teaches a course, The Pennsylvania Court System, at Washington & Jefferson College.
He received the John L.S. Northrop Vocational Service Award of the Rotary Club of Washington and the Distinguished Service Award of the Washington County Bar Association.
Jim was one of the incorporators of the WCCF, serving as its Founding Chairman of the Board. “The idea to create the Washington County Community Foundation came from a group of dedicated men and women who wanted to see philanthropy thrive in Washington County,” Jim recalls. “I was honored to have been asked to serve as the Foundation’s first Chairman of the Board. It is an honor that I will cherish forever.”
In his honor the Board created the perpetual James H. McCune Acorn Society which recognizes professional advisors (accountants, attorneys, bankers, insurance representatives, investment and other professionals) who have helped clients achieve their charitable objectives through the WCCF. Cumulatively Society members have been instrumental in bringing charitable gifts to the Foundation of well over $5 million.
Jim and his wife, Rachel, reside in Washington and are members of the Foundation’s Family of Founders and Golden Oak Guild recognition societies.
E. Alex Paris, III is the third generation at the helm of the family business, Alex E. Paris Contracting, in Smith Township.
A lifelong resident of Washington County, Alex graduated from Avella High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from West Liberty University.
Alex is a board member of the National Utility Contractors Association of Pennsylvania. In both 2001 and 2009, he was named Contractor of the Year by the PA Utility Contractors Association.
In 2015 Alex received the WCCF’s Richard L. White Excellence Award for Board Service, in great part for serving as a volunteer project manager for the rehabilitation of the Samuel T. Brownlee House, the current home of the WCCF. In 2019 his firm, Alex E. Paris Contracting Company, received the WCCF’s Charles C. Keller Excellence Award for Corporate Philanthropy.
Alex also serves on the boards of the West Liberty University Foundation, Washington Health System, and Washington Hospital Foundation, as well the Meadowcroft Village Advisory Committee. He is a former Board Member of the Avella School District.
He and his wife, Valerie, reside in Avella. They are members of the Foundation’s Family of Founders and Golden Oak Guild recognition societies.
Richard L. White is the retired President of Washington Federal (now Washington Financial) and is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh.
A Founding Trustee of the WCCF, Richard served as Board Treasurer for the WCCF’s first six years of operations during which time the WCCF secured its first million dollars in charitable assets. In addition to his personal giving and other fundraising efforts, he was very instrumental in securing donated office space and financial support for the WCCF at Washington Federal for nearly 10 years. In appreciation, the WCCF presented its Decade of Service Award to Richard and Washington Financial in 2005 when celebrating its 10th anniversary.
Richard is Chairman of the Washington County Council on Economic Development. A Past President of the Washington County Habitat for Humanity, a Past President of the Ft. Cherry School Board, a Past President and current member of the Hickory Lions Club, a Past President of the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce and a Past President of the Washington Greene County Easter Seal Society. He previously served as a Trustee on the Washington Hospital Board and their Foundation, as a Director of the United Way of Washington County, as a Member of the Washington Business District Authority, as a Trustee on the Pentegra multi‐employer retirement fund Board located in White Plains, NY and as a Director of the PA Association of Community Bankers located in Harrisburg, PA. He currently serves on the Meadowcroft Advisory Board, and is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. Richard is also an Ordained Elder of the Hickory United Presbyterian Church and a member of our James H. McCune Acorn Society.
Richard and his wife, Margaret, reside in Hickory and are members of the Foundation’s Family of Founders and Golden Oak Guild recognition societies.
Michael Anderson started his career at Houston & Associates as an intern in 2003 while attending Washington & Jefferson College. Michael graduated from Washington & Jefferson College in 2004 with a B.A. in Accounting. Upon graduation, he joined Houston & Associates full time as a staff accountant learning the technical side of business and individual taxation while working on audits of not-for-profit organizations, yellow book, and employee benefit plans. Michael continued working there for 14 years, building client relationships and managing the operations of their Washington, PA office.
In 2017, he and another CPA opened Imperial Tax South Hills. Michael manages the Imperial Tax South Hills office where he focuses his practice in comprehensive tax planning for individuals and businesses, preparing individual, corporate, not-for-profit and small business returns. Michael also specializes in accounting system software implementation and consulting with small business owners who are looking to start up or grow their existing companies. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is enrolled in the Quickbooks Pro Advisor Program.
He enjoys volunteering for various local charitable organizations including counting votes for the annual Washington’s Got Talent competition and serving on the board of Washington County Health Partners from 2009-2017, where he also held the position of Treasurer. Michael also serves as a coordinator for Aspect Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides students from around the world the opportunity to participate in an educational and cultural exchange program in the United States.
Michael resides in Washington, PA with his wife, Kelly, and their great dane, Oliver. Michael and Kelly are members of the Foundation’s Golden Oak Guild recognition society.
Megan Chicone is the owner of Megan Chicone-State Farm Insurance Agency with two locations in Peters Township and Robinson, PA. She is a third generation agent. Prior to opening her first agency in 2011, Megan worked as a corporate marketing representative for State Farm.
Born and raised in Washington, PA, Megan is passionate about giving back to her community. Megan is currently a board member for Leadership Washington County and Treasurer of the Peters Township Chamber of Commerce. She recently served as past Chairman of POWER and Board Member of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, Megan has volunteered with local charities including the American Cancer Society, Washington City Mission, Junior Achievement of Western PA, and Dress for Success. She is an alumna of Leadership Washington County (2012). In 2014, Megan received the Carol Foley Memorial Award and was named Volunteer of the Year for the Washington branch of the American Cancer Society. She was also named as one of Whirl Magazine’s “13 under 30” in 2013.
A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Megan resides in Bridgeville with her husband, Nathan, and son, Madoc. Megan and Nathan are members of the Foundation’s Golden Oak Guild recognition society.
Taylor Frankovitch, an attorney with Bowles Rice, focuses his work in the areas of energy, commercial law, real estate and litigation. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. He earned his undergraduate degree from Washington & Jefferson College, a Master of Laws degree from the Duke University School of Law, his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and his M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, Katz Graduate School of Business. He is a member of the Bowles Rice Executive Committee and Recruiting Committee. Taylor is a member of the Leadership Development Class XXIII, and has served on the Washington Advisory Board for Junior Achievement and on the Community Impact Panel of the United Way of Washington County. He lives in Allegheny County with his wife and children.
Barbara Graham is the senior member of Peacock Keller’s School Law Group and a member of its Employment Law Group. Barbara performed both her undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Pittsburgh, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1980. Her Juris Doctorate from its School of Law followed in 1983.
A member of the Pennsylvania and Washington County Bar Associations, Barbara also remains an active member of the Pennsylvania School Board Solicitors Association, having served as its President in 1996, and frequently presents to School Board members and solicitors. She has also been a contributing editor to various publications issued by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. In 2013, Barbara received the President’s Award for Distinguished Career Achievement from the Solicitor’s Association, in recognition for her longstanding service and commitment to the organization as well as fellow solicitors.
Barbara resides in Peters Township with her husband, Darryl, and their son Matthew. She is also the proud mother of a daughter, Jessica.
Chad A. Griffith has served as the Chief Operating Officer of CNX Resources since July 30, 2019. In this role, he is responsible for the daily management of the company's asset base and safe and effective execution of its operational plan. Previously, he served as Vice President, Commercial, Vice President of Marketing, Director of Marketing, and Director of Diversified Business Units. Chad earned his undergraduate degree from Washington & Jefferson College, holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Frostburg State University, a law degree from West Virginia University College of Law, and an M.B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business. He is a licensed attorney in Maryland and licensed, but inactive, in West Virginia. He has not served on any charity boards, but his wife is a current Board member for the Washington County Humane Society. Chad and his wife live in Washington with their children, who attend the Trinity School District.
Geraldine M. Jones is the former President of California University of Pennsylvania.
She graduated from California State College in 1972 and earned her master’s degree at California in 1980. Her career in education began in the Albert Gallatin School District, where she worked as a second grade teacher. Upon returning to California in 1974, she served as Program Director for Upward Bound for 20 years and as Chair of the Department of Academic Development Services for 11 years. She was Associate Dean of the College of Education and Human Services for two years before serving as Dean from 2000-2008. In July 2008, she was named Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, positions she held until being appointed as acting University President.
A member of the Cal U Alumni Association Board of Directors, Geraldine has received numerous honors, including the Cal U Alumni Association's John R. Gregg Award for Loyalty and Service, the Black Alumni Association's Outstanding Service Award, and the Community Service Award given by the Minority Students Association at Penn State Fayette. In 2010 Jones was one of 50 “Women of Excellence” honored by the New Pittsburgh Courier, one of the oldest and most prestigious black newspapers in the United States.
Dedicated to her faith, Geraldine is a lifelong member of Mt. Zion AME Church of Brownsville, where she has been the church pianist since age 14.
Geraldine and her husband Jeffrey have two adult daughters and a granddaughter. Geraldine and Jeffrey are members of the Foundation’s Golden Oak Guild recognition society.
Debra Keefer retired from the Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce, where she served as Executive Director from 1997 to 2018. She earned an Associate’s Degree from Robert Morris College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies from California University of Pa. Her work experience spans 45 years in the Mon Valley. Prior to her position at the Chamber of Commerce, she held administrative support positions in manufacturing, engineering, sales and human resources. She serves as Administrator of the Charleroi Community Park Trustees after retirement, and manages Chamber owned properties.
Deb is on the Board of Diversified Human Services, a division of SPHS, and the Belle Vernon Area Rotary Club.
Born and raised in Rostraver Township, she was married to the late Robert Keefer for 42 years and has a son, Benjamin, also of Rostraver Township. She loves walking, kayaking, theater and live music. She is a living organ donor and is an advocate for organ donation and awareness for CORE (Center for Organ Recovery and Education).
Cynthia Kotowski is the Assistant Executive Director of the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Washington where she previously served as Chief Financial Officer. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She started her career at the public accounting firm of KPMG Peat Marwick and is a Certified Public Accountant. Other previous positions include: Chief Financial Officer of the Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh & Allegheny County, Vice President of Finance & Planning at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Vice President of Trust & Investment Services, WesBanco Bank and Director of Financial Affairs, Washington & Jefferson College.
Cynthia has been involved in a variety of community and business organizations including the Washington County Council on Economic Development, the Salvation Army - Washington Corps, and Pathways of Southwestern Pennsylvania. She is an avid fly fisherman, serving as Treasurer for the Chestnut Ridge Chapter of Trout Unlimited covering Washington, Greene, and Fayette counties. Along with her husband, Dale, she has spent two decades as a volunteer fly fishing instructor for the non-profit organization Venture Outdoors. They also volunteer for groups such as Project Healing Waters and Casting for Recovery, organizations that promote fly fishing as both recreation and therapy for veterans and breast cancer survivors.
Ivana Liberatore is the founder of Ivana Liberatore CPA, CFP & Associates in McMurray, an all-female, fullservice tax and financial planning firm. She is a Washington & Jefferson College graduate, as well as a CPA, CFP, and Investment Advisory Representative. In 1983, Ivana began her career working for a CPA firm in downtown Pittsburgh. To better serve the needs of her clients and have more flexibility for her family, Ivana established her own firm in 1989 and started working from her home office in Southpointe. Steady growth of her firm and a need for increased staff, prompted her move into the current location in McMurray, where she helps individuals, families, and businesses in diverse industries with their tax and financial matters.
Ivana annually supports the fundraising efforts of her church, CASA for Kids, and the Women of Southwestern PA. Outside of the office, Ivana enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, and traveling. Moved by the plight of the homeless, she is committed to making a donation to the homeless shelter of any city she visits.
Ivana and her husband Richard are members of the Foundation’s Golden Oak Guild recognition society.
Andrew M. McIlvaine is President & CEO of Coen Oil Company, which was initiated by his grandfather, Charles Coen, in 1923. Over the years, Coen Oil has grown to be one of the area’s leading convenient, commercial fuel, and transportation companies, operating 26 convenience stores throughout Western Pennsylvania, Northern West Virginia, and Eastern Ohio.
Andy graduated from Washington School District and went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in history from Duke University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Notre Dame School of Law.
He has served as an Elder and Deacon at the Church of the Covenant and also served on the Board of World Series Tournaments, Inc. Currently, he serves on the BP National Leadership Board.
Andy resides in South Strabane with his wife and three children. He and his wife Jill are members of the Foundation’s Golden Oak Guild recognition society.
Thomas P. Northrop, the former President & Publisher of the Observer Publishing Company and a former Chairman of the WCCF, returned to the Board in 2014 after a two-year hiatus.
He graduated from Marietta College with a Bachelor of Arts in history and earned his Bachelor of Science in newspaper production management from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Having a strong commitment to service, Tom has been involved with numerous organizations including: the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation, the Washington Hospital Foundation (now the Washington Health System Foundation), Washington County Tourism and Promotion Agency (now part of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce), the ABCDE Fund, Citizens Library, Washington County Health Partners, United Way of Washington County, and the Washington County Red Cross. Additionally, he is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Washington and received its Vocational Service Award, since renamed the John L.S. Northrop Community Service Award in honor of Tom’s father.
Tom was first elected to the WCCF Board in 2001 and was the only man to serve on the WCCF’s Women of Philanthropy committee, which was created in 2007 to raise money and awareness for the Mother’s Fund. In recognition of this, the Foundation designed a customized tie with the fund’s colors (yellow and green) and named it, “Tom’s Tie.”
When Tom was elected Chairman of the Board in 2008, he and his father, John, who had served as Board Chairman in the WCCF’s earliest years, became the Foundation’s first and only father/son duo to serve as Chairman, creating the impetus of the Foundation’s 2008-2010 marketing theme, Philanthropy – The Next Generation. During Tom’s tenure as Chairman, the Foundation significantly broadened its mission statement to serve donors at all giving levels.
Tom and his wife, Peggy, reside in Washington and are members of the Foundation's Family of Founders and Golden Oak Guild recognition societies.. They have two adult daughters.
Joseph Piszczor is a Financial Advisor with Stein Wealth Advisors, a private family practice. Joe is a Certified Financial Planner™, whose clients include families, business owners, and charities. He began his practice in 2006 after graduating from Mercyhurst University.
In addition to serving his clients, Joe is passionate about serving his community. In his role as a Trustee of the Washington County Community Foundation, Joe serves as Chair of the Foundation's Investment Committee. He is a current member and former President of the Rotary Club of Washington, as well as a Rotary Zone Public Image Chair. And with an enthusiasm for Washington County's history and heritage, Joe has become deeply involved with the David Bradford House and the Whiskey Rebellion Festival.
Joe and his wife, Katelyn, reside in Houston. They enjoy cooking, gardening, and spending time with their dog, Buddy. Additionally, Joe is an avid sportsman and enjoys spending his free time outdoors.
Elizabeth (Liz) Rogers is Executive Editor of the Observer-Reporter newspaper in Washington. A graduate of California University of Pennsylvania, she held various newsroom positions – photographer, reporter, copy editor, night editor and managing editor – before being named editor of the newspaper in 2011, succeeding longtime editor Park Burroughs. She assumed the role of Executive Editor in 2016, overseeing editorial departments of the O-R and The Almanac, the newspaper’s weekly publication.
She has won numerous state and regional writing awards, and continues to contribute food features and columns. Liz serves on boards of directors for the Pennsylvania Associated Press Media Editors and Pennsylvania Society of News Editors, as well as the Rotary Club of Washington.
The mother of three adult daughters, she lives in South Strabane Township with her husband, Nick, and their two corgis, Margo and Todd.
Kurt R. Salvatori is Chief Administrative Officer of CONSOL Energy, the largest producer of coal and natural gas in the Eastern United States.
Originally hired as a Regional Accountant at CONSOL, he was named Supervisor of Qualified Benefit Plans in 2000. In 2005 he was named Director of Human Resources for CNX Gas, a subsidiary of CONSOL, and in 2009, he became the Director of Human Resources for CONSOL. In 2011, Kurt became Vice President-Human Resources and in 2016 was promoted to Vice President-Shared Services before becoming Chief Administrative Officer in January 2017.
Kurt majored in finance/accounting at Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in finance.
Kurt serves on the Monongahela Valley Hospital Board of Directors and Board of Trustees.
Kurt is a member of the Foundation’s Golden Oak Guild recognition society.
Harlan G. Shober Jr. is a former Washington County Commissioner, serving in this role from 2012 through 2019. Previously he was a manager at AT&T for 32 years, then owned a custom home building business, Shober Homes, for 14 years. He served as a Chartiers-Houston School Director for 12 years and then as Chairman of Chartiers Township board of supervisors for 16 years. He was President and Board Chair of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, President of Washington County Builders Association, President of Washington County Association of Township Officials, and Chairman of the finance committee of Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors. He also served on the boards of United Way, Blueprints, Washington County Mental Health Advisory, and Washington Symphony Orchestra. A six-year veteran of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, he is a member of Houston American Legion, Greater Canonsburg Lions Club, Canonsburg Elks Lodge, Chartiers Masonic Lodge, and First United Presbyterian Church of Houston, where he is an Elder.
Lynne R. Stout worked for 15 years as a Social Services Coordinator for Presbyterian SeniorCare in Washington. She now works part‐time for the family-owned business, Atlas Services Corporation, a site development and excavation contractor located in Eighty Four, PA.
Previously, Lynne was a Legislative Aide to a former President Pro Tempore of the Senate of Pennsylvania and worked for former State Senator J. William Lincoln of Fayette County.
Lynne earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Gerontology from California University of Pennsylvania and currently serves on the California University Alumni Board. She has also been a volunteer on several committees for various charities over the years.
Lynne and her husband, Steve, live in Washington and are members of the Foundation’s Family of Founders and Golden Oak Guild recognition societies.
Joseph H. Young is the Service Center Manager for UPS in the Meadowlands. He is currently serving as a member of our Allocations & Programs Committee.
Joseph holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Fairmont State University and an Associate in Science from Shelton State College.
He applied his passion for working with people for over 10 years in the behavioral medicine field and is currently working toward his master’s degree in behavioral health.
Born in Alabama, he currently resides in Canonsburg.