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Brashear Board elects officers, Reporter editor new president


New officers were installed at the December meeting of the Board of Directors of The Brashear Association.

The South Pittsburgh community service agency will be led by Tom Smith, the editor and publisher of The South Pittsburgh Reporter. Mr. Smith has been involved with community organizations in South Pittsburgh for many years. He is the immediate past president and current treasurer of Hilltop Alliance.

The executive director of the Children’s Sickle Cell Foundation, Andrea Williams, was elected to the office of first vice president. A resident of Beltzhoover, Ms. Williams founded the Children’s Sickle Cell Foundation in 2002. It is the only organization in the region exclusively committed to the well-being of children with sickle cell disease and their families.

Kristi Rogers, owner of BYS Yoga and a South Side resident, was elected as second vice president. Ms. Rogers has been active with the Strategic Plan Committee of the board.

Re-elected as treasurer, Janice Goliwas currently works at Bradley Michaels Furniture Direct. Ms. Goliwas is a Beechview resident who formerly worked at Typecraft Press.

The office of secretary will be held by Nancy Eshelman. Ms. Eshelman operated a South Side business for many years. She was instrumental in the organization of the agency’s Christmas in July fundraiser.

Jennifer Jeffers, the president of the board for the past several years, will continue to be involved with Brashear as the immediate past president.

Two new board members were seated at the December meeting. Julie Hecker, vice president of operations at UPMC Mercy, and Maureen Hogan, assistant director of Penn State Extension, will serve three years terms from 2014 to 2017.

The board also noted and praised the service of two departing board members, South Side resident Virginia Carik and Jack Kirk of John Gmiter Funeral Home.

Officers are elected by members of the Board of Directors for one-year terms. For more information about The Brashear Association, call 412-431-2236 or visit the agency’s website at


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