Board of Trustees

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.

Trustees

James H. McCune, Chairman

James H. McCune is a Special Counsel for 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 and American Bar Associations.

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.

Alex E. Paris, III, Vice Chairman

Alex E. 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 from West Liberty University.

Alex is the Vice Chairman of the National Utility Contractors Association and the Former President of the PA Utility Contractors Association where he continues to serve on the Board. In both 2001 and 2009, he was named Contractor of the Year by the PA Utility Contractors Association.

Alex serves on the Board of Athletics Inc. of Avella and the West Liberty University Foundation.

He and his wife, Valerie, reside in Avella.

Richard L. White, Secretary

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.

Michael S. Anderson, Treasurer

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.

Megan M. Chicone

Megan Chicone is the owner of Megan Chicone-State Farm Insurance Agency in Peters Township. She is a third generation Agent. Prior to opening her 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. She serves as Chairman of POWER of Southpointe, a Board Member of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, Secretary of the Peters Township Chamber of Commerce, as well as an Advisory Council member for Junior Achievement’s Washington County Branch. Additionally, Megan has volunteered with local charities including the American Cancer Society, Washington City Mission, and Dress for Success, and she is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Washington County. 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 two-year-old son, Madoc.

Barbara A. Graham

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.

Tammy L. Hardy

Tammy Hardy is having a powerful positive impact. Just ask the Junior Achievement students she teaches. Just ask the women in her networking group, Power. Just ask the Washington Hospital Foundation, Peters Township Public Library, Peters Township High School Thespians, and Girl’s Hope - she’s raised funds for all of them.

Tammy Hardy, Vice President of Waterdam Plaza responsible for Sales, Marketing and Public Relations, started her career at ALCOA in computer science and advanced through various senior leadership positions. She was President of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the ALCOA Women’s Network.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Grove City College, led multiple student organizations, was an Academic All-American and was later inducted into the GCC Athletic Hall of Fame. Tammy completed her MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and graduated from Women’s Unlimited LEAD program. She was named a Fast Tracker by Pittsburgh Business Times.

Tammy enriches her community at multiple levels. As a trustee of the Washington County Community Foundation, she leads a committee that awarded $4M in grants and over $300,000 in scholarships in the past year alone. She is on the board of the Peters Township Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Washington County. In recognition of her character and contribution to her community, she received the Carol Foley award. She also was named an Athena Finalist for Washington County.

Tammy and her husband, Alex, give generously to many charities. They live in McMurray with their daughters, Kate and Rachel. Tammy says that “One person can make an immense difference in the lives of others, each of us has that capability, and it’s my job to live that truth!”

Geraldine M. Jones

Geraldine M. Jones is the 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.

Debra E. Keefer

Debra Keefer recently retired from the Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce, where she served as Executive Director from 1997 to 2018.  She earned an Associate Degree from Robert Morris College and is currently pursuing a Communications Degree from California University, in the CAP 60+ program.  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 will serve as Administrator of the Charleroi Community Park Trustees after retirement, and will also manage Chamber owned properties.  

Deb is on the Board of Diversified Human Services, a division of Southwestern PA Human Services, and is part of the Team Charleroi community group.  She has been a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Chamber Professionals and has also served on the Boards of the Mon Valley Progress Council, the Westmoreland County Parks Advisory Board, Leadership Washington County and the Mid Mon Valley Sports Hall of Fame.  

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, writing and reading.  She also enjoys theater and live music, and is an advocate for organ donation and awareness.

William M. Kline, III

William M. “Tripp” Kline, III, is past President of the Three Rivers Auction Company where he served as a full‐time auctioneer and appraiser specializing in estate auctions and the appraisal of antiques and decorative arts.

Tripp was raised in a family‐owned antique business in the Washington, D.C.area. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Catholic University, a Pennsylvania license in auctioneering, a Pennsylvania real estate salesperson’s certificate, as well as professional memberships in both the National Auctioneers Association and the Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association. Previously, he served as a member of the International Society of Appraisers and Treasurer of the Pittsburgh chapter of the American Society of Appraisers.

With extensive experience that qualifies him as an expert in the field of antiques, Tripp has served as a consultant in federal bankruptcy court and has appeared on the ABC news program, Primetime Live, to offer his insights on fakes, frauds, and reproductions in the antiques industry. He has also served as an appraiser on the popular public television program, Antiques Roadshow, and is regularly featured on KDKA‐TV’s “What’s It Worth?” television segments.

Tripp often speaks to clubs and professional organizations on antiques, auctions, and appraisal practices. He has lectured at Washington & Jefferson College, the Institute for the Study of Antiques and Collectibles, Robert Morris University, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, the Washington County Bar Association, and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. As a volunteer auctioneer, Tripp has helped to raise over $1,000,000 for local non‐profit organizations. Additionally, he serves as a member and Past President of the Washington Rotary Club, a Board Member and Past President of the Bradford House Historical Association, a Board Member of the American Heart Association, as well as a member of both the Washington Bicentennial Executive Committee and the Washington Whiskey Rebellion Festival Committee.  He has also served as a Board Member of the United Way of Washington County.

Tripp resides in South Franklin Township with his wife, Suzanne Ewing, a founding member of the Washington Main Street Farmers Market. The couple has two dogs, Buddy and Beauregard.

Cynthia B. Kotowski

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 G. Liberatore

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.

Andrew M. McIlvaine

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.

Thomas P. Northrop, Past Chairman

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 Family of Founders. They have two adult daughters.

Joseph M. Piszczor

Joseph Piszczor is the Director of Financial Planning at ILG Private Wealth, a private family practice. He is a Certified Financial Planner™, whose clients include families, business owners, and charities. He began practicing financial planning in 2006 after graduating from Mercyhurst College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management.

In addition to serving his clients, Joe is passionate about serving his community. He is a current member and former President of the Rotary Club of Washington, the Public Image Chair for Rotary District 7330, and a Board Member of Leadership Washington County. Joe is deeply involved with the David Bradford House and the Whiskey Rebellion Festival, during which he helps with reenactments by assuming the role of rugged frontiersman Joseph Crispin.

Joe and his wife, Katelyn, reside in Houston. They enjoy cooking, gardening, and spending time with their dog, Buddy. Additionally, Joe is an avid outdoorsman and photographer, and he coaches Washington and Jefferson College’s rugby teams.

Elizabeth M. Rogers

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

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.

He and his wife, Tamara, live in Washington.

Brian J. Smith

Brian J. Smith is President/Chief Executive Officer and Director of Washington Financial Bank. He is also President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank’s six affiliated and subsidiary companies.

Brian has over 30 years of experience in the financial industry – almost half of which are with Washington Financial.

Brian joined Washington Financial in 1997 as a Business Banking Vice President and later served as Senior Vice President, Chief Lending Officer and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He was named President/CEO in 2006.

Earning a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a Minor in Mathematics from Saint Vincent College, Brian is also a graduate of the American Banker’s Association Graduate School of Banking. 

He is involved in a wide range of industry and community activities and has served on the Boards of several Washington economic development entities including the Redevelopment Authority of Washington County and the Washington Industrial Development Corporation. Presently he serves on the Boards of the Washington Hospital and its Foundation, and Action Resources. Brian is also Past President of the Board of Try‐Again Homes and is a Trustee for the Washington Financial Charitable Foundation. He is also a member of our James H. McCune Acorn Society.

Brian and his wife, Sherri, reside in McMurray.

Lynne R. Stout, Past Chairman

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

Joseph H. Young

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.