Board Members

 

Officers

  • Linda L. Baker, ERPA, QPA - Chair - Senior Manager, ERISA/Employee Benefit Services, BDO USA, LLP
  • Traci Thomas - Secretary - Service Design Lead & Researcher, MAYA - A BCG Company
  • Emmanuel N. Ike, CPA, CFE - Treasurer - Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner

 

Commissioners

  • Constance E. Cavrich - Regional Philanthropy Officer, American Red Cross SWPA
  • Fred P. Griffin - Vice President, Public Finance Group, PNC Bank
  • Kevin L. Jenkins - President & CEO, Manchester Bidwell Corporation
  • Wayne Jones - Chief Operating Officer, Penn Hills Charter School
  • Claudette R. Lewis - (Retired)
  • Mark S. Lewis - President & CEO, POISE Foundation
  • Marie I. Rivera-Johnson, Esq. - Partner, Cohen & Grigsby, PC
  • Florence Rouzier - (Retired)
  • Jessica B. Ruffin, MBA - Inaugural Director, Social Justice Institutes, Carlow University
  • Sonya M. Tilghman - Executive Director, Hazelwood Initiative, Inc.
  • Eddie Yongo, MBA - Principal, Greystone Capital Advisors

 

Advisory Council

  • Keith J. Caldwell - BASW Program Director, Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh
  • Dina L. Clark - Head of Diversity & Inclusion, North America, Covestro, LLC North America
  • Connie A. Dunn - (Retired)
  • Peggy B. Harris - President & CEO, Three Rivers Youth
  • Bernice Martin Lee - Major Gifts Officer - Foundations, American Red Cross SWPA
  • Peggy Morrison Outon - Executive Director, Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management
  • Gregory R. Spencer - President & CEO, Randall Industries, LLC

 

NOTE: PACE Board of Commissioners & Advisory Council Members are volunteers and are not financially compensated for their board service.


Board Chair

 Linda L. Baker

Linda L. Baker

LINDA L. Baker

Chair, Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise Board of Commissioners, 2018-2020

Linda L. Baker, is a Senior Tax Manager of Compensation & Benefits at BDO USA LLP.

Ms. Baker possesses significant experience in all phases of employee benefits planning, including: strategic retirement and welfare plan design and implementation; retirement and welfare benefit plan administration; compliance with Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor Regulations; and corrections under International Revenue Service EPCRS and Department of Labor programs.

She is an IRS Enrolled Retirement Plan Agent, an ASPPA Qualified PensionAdministrator, and a certified employee benefits paralegal with over 30 years of ERISA experience, including 25 years with an international employee benefits consulting firm and two years with a local law firm.
Prior to joining BDO, Linda was a Senior Associate, with Mercer (US) Inc.

A member of the PACE Board of Commissioners since July 2007, Linda also currently serves as Secretary of the Board of Trustees of Anne Ashley Memorial United Methodist Church. She is a member and Past Matron of Carrick Chapter #231, Order of the Eastern Star, and has served as several Grand Chapter district committee appointments. She is a member and past Board Chair of the McKeesport Little Theater and past Committee Chair of Troop 15 Boy Scouts of American and past District Committee Member of the former Steel City District. She holds the Silver Beaver award for outstanding service to the Laurel Highlands Council, BSA, and the Grand Cross of Color for service rendered as a member of the International Order of Rainbow for Girls.

Linda holds a B.S. in Social Science from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and a Paralegal Certification from the Institute for Employee Benefits Training.

Linda resides in West Mifflin, PA with her husband Patrick and is the proud mother of their three sons, Joshua, Ryan and Dylan.


Staff

 Lucille E. Dabney

Lucille E. Dabney

Lucille E. Dabney

Executive Director

Lucille “Luci” E. Dabney has an eclectic and general professional background in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Her areas of specialty include organizational assessment, strategic and business planning, program development and evaluation and resource development strategy. An experienced consultant, facilitator, public speaker and trainer, she has worked with cities, local arts agencies, management support organizations, consulting firms and a range of nonprofit organizations. She is the former Executive Director of the Cultural Arts Council of Houston and Harris County where she supervised an annual grants budget of over 7 million dollars. Luci earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston.

ldabney@pacepgh.org


 Hilary Ferencak

Hilary Ferencak

Hilary Ferencak

Program COOrdinator

Hilary Ferencak has worked in the nonprofit world for 6 years.  She served as co-chair of Team Development, providing fundraising and recruitment, as well as a representative in the Great Lakes Regional Division Collegiate Team with Relay for Life of the American Cancer Society. She spent summer 2014 working with World Youth Alliance Middle East, located in Beirut, Lebanon, assessing the needs of refugees and migrant workers, as well as Lebanese youth. Hilary holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University (EMU) and a Master of International Development focusing on Human Security from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA). At EMU, she led the Department of Psychology Undergraduate Student Advising Services and contributed to regional and international psychology research via lab work and presentations. In December 2014, Hilary was hired at PACE to provide administrative support. Currently, she is the Program Coordinator for the Intensive Services Program and PACE Consulting.

hferencak@pacepgh.org


 Victoria Garner

Victoria Garner

Victoria A. Garner

Public Relations and Fundraising Coordinator

Victoria “Vikki” Garner, B.A., coordinates public relations, marketing and media activities for PACE and cultivates and prepares proposals for potential funders. She has more than 20-years’ experience in the areas of public relations, marketing, media relations and event planning in the corporate and non-profit arena. Her professional experience includes several years as a publicist and community and public affairs producer for Time Warner Cable in New York City, and as a communications specialist in the areas of community affairs and health education and promotion in Pittsburgh. A native of Pittsburgh and a graduate of Schenley High School, Vikki earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Spelman College and a Paralegal Certificate from the Duquesne University Paralegal Institute.

vgarner@pacepgh.org


Macy Lucas

Administrative Assistant

mlucas@pacepgh.org


Ryan Mitchell

IT Consultant

rmitchell@pacepgh.org


 Maurice Speaks

Maurice Speaks

Maurice Speaks

Administrative Assistant

Prior to being hired at PACE, Maurice “Mo” Speaks worked as the program assistant for Three Rivers Waterkeeper, where he organized and handled logistics for agency events and coordinated the hiring/interviewing process of its Executive Director in the spring of 2014. Maurice also gained considerable community organizing experience working as an intern for the Hilltop Alliance. During his time with the Hilltop Alliance, he was an integral part of the committee that organized two community-wide dialogues that examined the various assets and the greatest challenges facing the Pittsburgh South Hilltop neighborhoods. As a result of these dialogues, action teams, formed by stakeholders, addressed the needs of the community. The experience of working at the Hilltop Alliance still has a profound impact on Maurice today as it illustrated that when non-profit agencies work in unison with communities to create positive, sustainable, impactful change, it is amazing what can be accomplished. Maurice earned his Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work degrees from the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. In his free time, Maurice enjoys playing guitar and long distance running and his ultimate goal is to complete an ultra-marathon.

mspeaks@pacepgh.org


Consulting Team

 Peg Fiedler

Peg Fiedler

Peg Fiedler

Program Manager

Peg Fiedler, M.S., currently provides grants management, communications, and technical assistance services to PACE’s Intensive Services Program grantees. Her areas of focus within her general consulting practice are organizational development, marketing, communications, grants management, fundraising and training. She formerly served as a development officer and the director of marketing within the St. Francis Health System and is a licensed realtor in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Peg earned her Master of Science degree in Professional Leadership from Carlow University, a certificate in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution and a certificate in Executive Coaching from Duquesne University. She has also served as adjunct faculty at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, teaching in the graduate Leadership Program.

pfiedler@pacepgh.org


 Sharon L. Jefferson

Sharon L. Jefferson

Sharon L. Jefferson

Program Manager

Sharon L. Jefferson brings to her work at PACE more than 10 years of experience that has yielded a passion for and broad knowledge of education and youth, housing, community and workforce development and nonprofit management. As Program Manager, her focus has expanded to include capacity building, strategic planning and grants management. As a former manager at United Way of Allegheny County and a varied group of nonprofits, she was responsible for building consensus among diverse stakeholders, developing and implementing community based initiatives, and assessing and enhancing the effectiveness of health and human service delivery to target communities and populations. Sharon attended the University of Pittsburgh earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies and Spanish, a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration, a certificate in Nonprofit Management and served as a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Fellow.

sjefferson@pacepgh.org