Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation is pleased to have a dedicated board of directors from diverse sectors including the business world, non-profit sector, government, and education.
Attorney, Crown Castle
Tom Anderson is a graduate of Geneva College (B.A., magna cum laude) and University of Pittsburgh (J.D.,
cum laude). His practice areas include litigation, corporate and civil Law; school and municipal law. Tom
is now an attorney at Crown Castle, is married with 3 children, and is a Leaders Collaborative III alumnus.
CIO and Board of Director, Hefren-
Don Belt earned a Master of Business Administration from the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Arts in economics at Allegheny College. As CIO and Board of Director of Hefren-Tillotson, Belt develops investment strategies, oversees investment managers and security research (impacting over $7 billion in client assets), and supervises Hefren-Tillotson Asset Management.
Belt is also a Charter Financial Analyst charter holder, an Accredited Investment Fiduciary Auditor, and a member of the Pittsburgh Society of Financial Analysts and the Association for Investment Management and Research.
Director of Financial Sales, Verint Video
Larry Black is currently Director of Financial Sales at Verint Video Solutions. Previously he was General Sales Manager at Penn United Technologies and prior to 2014 was employed at the Diebold Corporation since 1984, holding positions as an account executive, sales director and then as the senior director of security solutions.
CEO, CMMI Institute
Kirk Botula is a global technology executive focused on advancing the common good through the commercialization of technology. He is CEO of the CMMI Institute, a subsidiary of ISACA and the home of
CMMI. The Institute is the global leader in the elevation of organizational performance.
Previously, Botula served as President of Confluence, and created a global brand delivering mission-critical enterprise software and services to the world’s largest asset management firms through cultivation of top talent, process discipline and product innovation. Kirk was a member of the first Leaders Collaborative cohort with PLF.
President, COO and Board Director, Net
Patrick oversees sales, implementation and training, marketing, and professional services. Patrick’s association with Net Health began in a consultant role during the company’s start-up phase; in 2001 he was named President and became a board director in 2002.
Current and past directorships include PHTC Services, National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), SDC, and MoGoes. He, along with CTO Chris Hayes, won the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2010.
Patrick is a graduate of Muskingum University, with double majors in Business and Philosophy and was a part of LC cohort 1.
Director of Metro-Urban Institute,
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Kimberly Gonxhe serves as director of the Metro-Urban Institute at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She earned a bachelor’s from Ohio University and a master of divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, where she was the Valentour World Travel Scholar focusing on women’s issues in a global context.
Kimberly also serves as the founder and executive director of the Live Foundation, a global gender justice organization uplifting communities through systematic transformation. She answered the current call on her life after a thriving 10-year engineering career with a Fortune 100 Company.
Founder and CEO, Truefit
Darrin Grove, Truefit’s Founder and CEO, is a native Pittsburgher with a passion for innovation, technology, and values-based leadership. Since its bootstrap beginnings in 1997, Truefit’s experience with new, disruptive technologies has positioned the company as a leader in helping entrepreneurs and organizations bring next generation products to market quickly. Darrin and his team reduce risk and build confidence by guiding clients through their proven, proprietary Idea Launch™ process. In addition to his work at Truefit, Darrin is dedicated to sharing his insight in innovation and entrepreneurship with the Pittsburgh community. He leads the Deal Flow Committee for Software and Technology at BlueTree Allied Angels, serves as an advisor to start-up companies at AlphaLab, and is active on several non-profit boards. Most of all, Darrin loves spending time with his wife Chris and three sons, Andy, Tyler, and Ryan, cycling and skiing as a family.
President and Principal Planner,
Thomas Hansz is President and Principal Planner, FPR, Inc. He has an international reputation in facilities master planning with a specialty in technically advanced structures, such as cleanrooms and laboratories. Since founding FPR in 1995 Thomas has lead project teams in planning, design and construction as well as provided his planning expertise to nationally known teams as well.
Board of Trustees, Lehigh
Laura Penrod Kronk is a graduate of Lehigh University with a B.S. degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering. She is currently on the Board of Directors of Ladies Hospital Aid Society, Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation, Saltworks Theatre Company, City Theatre, Gilda’s Club, Jewish Healthcare Foundation, Pittsburgh Opera, Urban Impact Foundation, Pittsburgh Kids Foundation and Pittsburgh Emergency Medicine Foundation. She has chaired numerous benefits for non-profit organizations.
Previously, she was a member of the Board of Trustees at Lehigh University and the President of the Lehigh Club of Pittsburgh.
Executive Director, Marketing &
Tepper School of Business at
Carnegie Mellon University
With more than 25 years of communications experience, Deb Lantz’s career encompasses a range of marketing communications expertise. Her background in marketing, communications and media relations includes careers with leading agencies, corporations and academic organizations.
Currently executive director at the graduate business school at Carnegie Mellon (Tepper School of Business), Deb directs marketing strategy, digital marketing, media relations, market research, social media, branding and publications for the school.
Deb and her husband, John are both graduates of the Leaders Collaborative (LC-14). Past board affiliations have included a four-year term (2012 – 2015) as a member of the Board of Visitors for Trinity Seminary. John and Deb are currently volunteers with Tenwek Hospital in West Africa, Kenya. Deb is a member of the Marketing Advisory Board for the Graduate Management Admissions Council based in Washington, DC.
Owner, Lavelle Real Estate, Inc.
Bob Lavelle served for many years at Dwelling House Savings and Loan, located in the Hill District of Pittsburgh.
Bob has been married for over 40 years and has 2 grown children. He is a deacon at Grace Memorial Presbyterian Church.
CEO, Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation
Lisa Slayton attended Mount Holyoke College with a major in Anthropology and later received her Masters in Social and Civic Entrepreneurship from Bakke Graduate University in 2012.
Over 20 years of experience in the marketplace in sales and marketing and senior management roles as well as ministry leadership experience marries a unique set of capabilities to serve in her current role. Having both strong strategic and integrating capabilities as well as design and connecting strengths allows her to serve the organization on a number of fronts. Slayton develops and implements all strategic initiatives and gives operational oversight for the organization.
Rector, Jonah’s Call
Board Vice Chairman
After moving to the East End of Pittsburgh in 2007, Slocum formed a three-year partnership as a church planter with the Church of the Ascension. He launched his vision, Jonah’s Call, the following year. In November 2010, the Anglican Church in North America recognized Jonah’s Call as a Parish, and thus Slocum accepted the position of Rector of Jonah’s Call.
Slocum has served at The Church of the Cross in Blufton, S.C., Prince of Peace Episcopal Church and St. John’s Community Supported Employment Program in Pittsburgh, Pa. He earned a Master of Divinity at Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from King’s College.
Lead Pastor, Christ
Community Church of the
Terry Timm’s educational background includes degrees from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and Northern Theological Seminary. He also has a background in the music, education, theology, and leadership fields.
Timm has twenty-five years of local church ministry experience and currently serves as Lead Pastor of Christ Community Church of the South Hills, a missional community of faith located in the south hills of Pittsburgh. These experiences fuel his passion to help people become everything God intended, created, redeemed, and gifted them to be. Timm is also a co-facilitator of the Pittsburgh Missional Cohort.
Vice President, Synergy Real Estate
Mary Ellen Wampler is Vice President of Synergy Real Estate Corporation, owned with her husband, President Allan Wampler. She is a longtime community volunteer serving a wide variety of organizations including Urban Impact, Lady’s Hospital Auxiliary and Angel’s Place. Mary Ellen is also a Leaders Collaborative (LC-8) alumna.