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Reporter editor will lead Brasher Board


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. In addition to his leadership at Brashear, he is also the current president of the Allentown CDC and treasurer of the Hilltop Alliance.

Kristi Rogers, a South Side resident and the owner of BYS Yoga, was elected as first vice president. Ms. Rogers has been active with the Strategic Plan Committee of the board and has also volunteered for Fresh Fridays, a food distribution for Hilltop communities coordinated by Hilltop Alliance.

Chosen as second vice president, Elaine Evosevic-Lozada is a community volunteer who currently resides in Mount Lebanon. Ms. Evosevic-Lozada has a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs of the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Barbara Rudiak, the current president of South Side Community Council, will serve as treasurer. Dr. Rudiak is recently retired after a long career with Pittsburgh Public Schools which included service as the principal of Pittsburgh Phillips K-5 for more than a decade.

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

Five new board members, elected to three-year terms from 2015 through 2018, were seated at the December meeting. They are: Bek Hlavach, the owner of Sweet Peaches café in Allentown; Jack Kirk, the proprietor of John Gmiter Funeral Home; Rachelle Ogun, an Arlington resident employed at Maher Duessel, CPA; Jennifer Pickle-Styron, the branch manager of the Knoxville branch of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh; and Martin J. Uram, Jr., an employee of Blue Belt Technologies.

Re-elected to another three-year term were: The Reverend Jeff Eddings of the Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community; community volunteer Ms. Eshelman; The Honorable Bruce Kraus, president of Pittsburgh City Council.

The board also noted and praised the service of two departing board members, Andrea Williams, the founder of the Children’s Sickle Cell Foundation, and Jennifer Black of the Office of Alumni Affairs of Duquesne University. Special recognition was given to the work of Immediate Past President Jennifer Jeffers. Ms. Jeffers remains an active supporter of Brashear as the chair of the planning committee of the South Side Soup Contest.

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 or its blog at


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