Fall 2022 LC Picture PLF



For experienced leaders

Designed for experienced, established leaders. Primary topics covered are:

  • Creating a Healthy Culture
  • Elevating the Leaders Around You
  • Leading Change


PLF Senior Leaders Collaboratives meet from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM for six mornings - lunch is included:

Spring 2024 Senior Leaders Collaborative
Tuesday/Wednesday, March 12-13
Tuesday/Wednesday, April 9-10
Tuesday/Wednesday, May 7-8

Fall 2024 Senior Leaders Collaborative
Tuesday/Wednesday, September 10-11
Tuesday/Wednesday, October 1-2
Tuesday/Wednesday, November 5-6


COST - $1,750 includes all materials, assessments, and meals. 



For Next Generation leaders

Designed for next generation, aspiring leaders. Primary topics covered are:

  • Achieving Your Leadership Potential
  • Building and Sustaining Trusting Relationships
  • Influencing Others for the Common Good


PLF Emerging Leaders Collaboratives meet from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM for six evenings - dinner is included:

Spring 2024 Emerging Leaders Collaborative

Tuesday/Wednesday, March 12-13
Tuesday/Wednesday, April 9-10
Tuesday/Wednesday, May 7-8

Fall 2024 Emerging Leaders Collaborative
Tuesday/Wednesday, September 10-11
Tuesday/Wednesday, October 1-2
Tuesday/Wednesday, November 5-6


COST - Thanks to generous PLF donors, every accepted ELC participant receives a full scholarship. A senior leader nomination is required as part of the ELC application process.


The Senior Leader Collaborative (SLC) and Emerging Leader Collaborative (ELC) are both dynamic, cohort-based experiences designed for Pittsburgh’s business leaders, nonprofit leaders, church leaders, and civic leaders. Participants will experience a distinct faith-based approach to leadership development that includes: 

  • Case studies of transformational leaders
  • Multiple proven leadership assessments
  • World-class leadership skill-building courses from Development Dimensions International (DDI)
  • Small group learning—and faculty coaching—to synthesize your learning into practical application

Your learning from PLF Faculty members and from fellow participants will forever change your perspective of leadership!


The faculty members that lead PLF Leaders Collaboratives and PLF Emerging Leaders Collaboratives have extensive leadership development and coaching experience serving Pittsburgh’s leaders. 



Lee Kricher is the President of the Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation and founder of Future Forward Churches. He is the author of For a New Generationa book about the keys to building and sustaining multi-generational churches, and Seamless Pastoral Transition, which focuses on how to transition organizational leadership to a next generation leader. Lee previously served as Vice President of Leadership Development for Development Dimensions International and Regional Vice President for Linkage, Inc. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Geneva College, a Master’s degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Doctorate from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. 
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Dave D’Angelo is the Lead Pastor of North Way Christian Community. This role, coupled with the years he served as Executive Director of Development of NewPointe Community Church, has given him profound insights into developing leaders. He is a certified facilitator and coach of the Paterson Center StratOp Process, which equips leaders and teams to clarify their purpose, make their vision clear, and move forward with strategic impact. Dave earned his Bachelor’s degree from Geneva College and his Master’s degree from Duquesne University.




Dr. Bill Ellis is the Founding Pastor of Riverside Community Church, one of Pittsburgh’s multi-generational churches that is making a difference in our city.  He is the Founder of Clearstream Leadership Solutions, providing assessment and development solutions for executives and their teams. Bill is also a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation and is co-leader of the Assemblies of God Coaching Network. Bill completed Asbury Seminary’s Beeson Institute for Advanced Church Leadership and earned degrees from Central Bible College (BA); Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (MA), and Evangel University (D.Min.). 


Charles L Fischer III is the Vice President for Seminary Advancement at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He previously worked for a global investment banking firm, several institutions of higher learning, and served as rector/senior pastor of an Episcopal Church in Atlanta. Charles’ experience in business, not-for-profit and church leadership gives him a unique perspective on leadership development and effectiveness across sectors. He is a graduate of Morehouse College (B.A.) and Virginia Theological Seminary (M.Div.).


Matt Geppert


Matt Geppert is President of the Southeast Asia Prayer Center, a non-profit organization founded in 1976, envisioning “a world connected through prayer that brings Christ-based change to those in need.” He is also the Director of Pittsburgh Prays, a ministry of the Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation that is built on the premise that lives, cities and nations are changed through prayer. Matt, a graduate of the University of Montana, is passionate about developing leaders—and fly fishing.
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Joel Gray is the Network Director of the Pittsburgh Kids Foundation, a nonprofit ministry that partners with organizations across the city to reach students with the life-changing love of Jesus Christ. He also serves as the Director of Community Service for the Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation. Joel, who previously worked with the Steelers and Pirates, earned a B.S.B.A. for Sport Management and M.S. Competitive Intelligence Systems from Robert Morris University.


David Kennard is the Lead Pastor of Riverside Community Church. He has served Riverside for over two decades in a variety of capacities, including Adult Ministries Pastor, Campus Pastor, and Executive Pastor. He has extensive experience identifying, developing, and equipping leaders. His involvement in pastoral succession gives him unique insight into the critical topic of leadership transition. David earned his Bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University.
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Renée Mack has extensive experience as a Human Resources and Leadership Development professional with organizations that include Nova Chemicals, Pittsburgh Mercy Health System, and Forbes Health System. Her expertise includes coaching, consulting, and change leadership and she is former President of the Pittsburgh Human Resources Association. Renée earned her B.S. Psychology , M.Ed. Counselor Education, and Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh.


Holly McIlwain is the Director of Human Resources at Franciscan University of Steubenville. She previously served with the Secretariat for Leadership Development for the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh and HR at Robert Morris University. Holly’s expertise in leadership development and assessment-based coaching has had a positive impact on leaders from various sectors of Pittsburgh. Holly earned her B.S. at Franciscan University of Steubenville and M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Robert Morris University.
Gloria Nelson


Gloria Nelson is the Director of Development and Social Impact at Hosanna House, a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization providing health and human services to underserved children and families. She also coaches leaders and emerging leaders in the region. She has over 20 years of leadership experience at AT&T in business operations, project management, process management, training development and delivery, and leading large teams. Gloria earned a bachelor’s degree from Robert Morris University, a Master’s degree in Leadership and Business Ethics from Duquesne University, and is a graduate of Duquesne University’s Professional Coach Certification Program.


Katherine Sikma Profile


Katherine Sikma Wadsworth is a leadership coach and organizational development consultant. With nearly 20 years’ experience in the church and nonprofit sectors, she is passionate about developing leaders and collaborating with others to find creative solutions to complex problems. Katherine has a Bachelor's degree in Communication from Calvin University, a Master's degree in Higher Education from Geneva College, and a Master's degree in Leadership from Duquesne University.


Doug Smith


Doug Smith is the Director of Development at Light of Life Rescue Mission, a not-for-profit organization that brings hope and healing for men, women, and families experiencing homelessness, poverty, or addiction. He is also the Founder of L3 Leadership, a leadership development organization that connects and develops next generation leaders through podcasts, training, and the L3 One Day Conference. Doug earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Robert Morris University.



Jim Stout served as the fourth President of the Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation and has been a PLF Leaders Collaborative facilitator for several years. He has served as a leadership coach for business, not-for-profit and church leaders throughout Pittsburgh. Before joining PLF, Jim was Regional Director at the Provident Agency and an Area Director with CCO. Jim earned his Bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a Masters in Professional Counseling from Liberty University.
Terry timm


Dr. Terry Timm is a pastor and a vocational coach who is passionate about helping people become everything God intended, created, redeemed and gifted them to be. His book, A Movable Feast: Worship for the Other Six Days calls people to a life of worship in the places they live, learn, work, serve and play.  Terry has Bachelor and Master degrees in Music and Education from Duquesne University, a Master of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry from Northern Theological Seminary.



Dr. Erroline Williams is a leadership coach, and her passion lies in helping individuals achieve their potential within a holistic approach---personal and work life. Her clients include leaders, managers, and emerging leaders. She has extensive experience with mentoring programs and individually.  Dr. Williams is the former Vice President of the International Coach Federation-Pittsburgh Chapter. She serves as executive coach to various organizations, including Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business and healthcare sectors.  She holds a masters from Duquesne University and doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh and graduate of Duquesne University’s Professional Coach Certification Program.

PLF Partners with L3 Leadership

The Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation is pleased to partner with L3 Leadership
to provide you with these additional leadership development opportunities

L3 One Day Conference

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L3 Masterminds

Mastermind groups are groups of 6-12 leaders that meet twice a month to help each other grow and develop. They believe that every leader needs to be in a Mastermind Group to reach their full potential.

L3 Leadership Podcast

L3 Leadership is obsessed with helping you grow to your maximum potential and to maximize the impact of your leadership. Therefore, each month they deliver 4 new episodes that will help you grow and develop as a leader.