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Pittsburgh Magazine celebrates 11th Annual ‘40 Under 40'


October 6, 2009

Pittsburgh Magazine and Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project (PUMP) celebrate the 11th annual "40 Under 40" with a special event at the August Wilson Center on November 6.

"40 Under 40" recognizes 40 talented individuals under the age of 40 who are making a positive impact on the region's development.

Developed in 1999, "40 Under 40" helps highlight Pittsburgh and southwestern Pennsylvania as a place where young people can make a difference.

"Each year it is exciting to read the nominations and realize the impact that the nominees have on our community." said Erin Molchany, executive director of PUMP. "Honoring young people for their personal and professional contributions to improving our region is something we at PUMP look forward to every year."

Selected from a nomination pool of nearly 300 candidates, this year's honorees were chosen by an independent panel of 12 judges, comprised of former winners, business professionals and civic leaders. Winners were chosen based on their passion, commitment, visibility, diversity and overall impact on the region.

"The judges were challenged this year with scrutinizing a record-breaking number of nominations," said Betsy Benson, publisher of Pittsburgh Magazine. "The 40 people who rose to the top are community leaders noted for their intelligence, caring and drive."

The 40 winners will be guests of honor at a celebration on Friday, Nov. 6 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the August Wilson Center. The event, sponsored by Carlow University and First National Bank, includes a tribute to this year's "40 Under 40" honorees, music, entertainment, and food and drink from local restaurants. The winners will also be featured in the November issue of Pittsburgh Magazine.

Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door. Group rates available. To reserve tickets, visit or call 412-338-2133.

The 2009 "40 Under 40" Honorees are:

Khalif Ali- Community Organizer, Operation Better Block

Regina Anderson- Director of the Regional Internship Center, Coro Pittsburgh

Armen Arevian- MD/PhD Student, University of Pittsburgh; Founder, Open Science Initiative

Danielle Bacco- Owner/Practicing Attorney, Bacco Law, LLC

Erin Baker- College Recruiter, PNC Financial Services

Kelly A. Barcic- Executive Director, Pittsburgh Regional Business Coalition for Homeland Security

Charlie Batch- Quarterback, Pittsburgh Steelers

Dr. Mary C. Burke- Director of Doctoral Program in Psychology, Carlow University; Executive Founding Director, End Human Trafficking

Carlos Carter- VP and Senior Portfolio Manager, Fifth Third Bank

Robert Chambers, III- Business Development, Massaro Corporation

Dana Davis- Founder/President, The Open Door

Jennifer DeFazio- Founder, Stacking the Odds; Shareholder Relations Coordinator, First National Bank

Victor Dozzi- Partner, Crawford Ellenbogen

Matthew Erb- Director, Urban Forestry for Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest

Cara Erskine- Artist

Heather Fiedler- Professor, Point Park University; Founder,

Rachel Filippini- Executive Director, Group Against Smog and Pollution

Marissa Gallagher- Special Education Teacher, Manchester Academic Charter School

Dennis Geary- Founder/President, Focus Pittsburgh Consulting Group; CEO, Pittsburgh Business Center

Deborah Gilboa, M.D.- Family Medicine Doctor, The Squirrel Hill Health Center; Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh

Tyra Good- Director of Education, Youth Places; Founder/CEO, Good Knowledge Connections

Bob Grayson- Founder, Cancer Corner; Manager, Pittsburgh Business Center; Manager, Focus Pittsburgh Consulting Group

Justin Gunther- Curator of Buildings and Collections, Fallingwater/Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

Daisy Klaber- Founder/Director, Household Harmony; Manager of Communications, The Simplex Group, Inc.

Robert Daniel Lavelle- Chief of Staff, State Rep. Jake Wheatley

Felix Brandon Lloyd- CEO/Founder, Skill-Life, Inc.

Allyson Lowe- Chair, Department of Political Science, Carlow University; Assistant Professor of Political Science, Carlow University

Mayada Mansour- Program Director, A+ Schools

Sylvia McCoy- Founder, Burgh Bits and Bites Food Tour

Piyush Seth- Shareholder/Immigration Attorney, Tucker Arensberg, P.C.

Jason Ross- Senior Vice President, Allegheny Valley Bank of Pittsburgh

Natalia Rudiak- Consultant, Civic Capital Consulting Collaborative; Democratic Nominee, Pittsburgh City Council District 4

Luke Skurman- Founder/CEO, College Prowler

Janera Solomon- Executive Director, Kelly-Strayhorn Theater

Melissa Swauger- Assistant Professor of Sociology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Steven M. Toprani- District Attorney, Washington County

Kristy Trautmann- Program Officer, FISA Foundation

Stephanie P. Walker- Vice President and Director of Talent Acquisition Programs, The Bank of New York Mellon

Robert Wilson- Financial Advisor, Blazer Capital Management

Dr. Barrett Ivory Woods- Orthopedic Surgeon, UPMC

Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project (PUMP) makes Pittsburgh a more dynamic and diverse place to live by giving young and young-thinking people a voice and inspiring them to affect change in our community through civic engagement, professional development, recreation and social networking.


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