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Brashear Board elects new officers, Kristi Rogers is the 2018 president


December 12, 2017

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 Kristi Rogers, owner and director of BYS Yoga, a South Side business. 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.

Karen Brean, owner of Brean Associates, a public engagement and planning firm, was elected as First Vice President. Ms. Brean has been a member of the Strategic Planning Committee and was instrumental in the development of an environmental scan for the agency. Chosen as second vice president, Juli Milan is a community volunteer who resides in South Side.

Dr. Barbara Rudiak, the current president of South Side Community Council, will continue to serve as treasurer. Dr. Rudiak is retired after a long career with Pittsburgh Public Schools which included service as the Principal of Pittsburgh Phillips K-5 for over 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.

One new board member, elected to a three-year term from 2017 through 2020, was seated at the December meeting. Nic Jaramillo, a Mt. Oliver resident and former director of the Hilltop YMCA, was elected at the annual meeting of the association in October. Mr. Jaramillo is a recent graduate of the Heinz School at Carnegie Mellon University.

Tom Smith, the editor and publisher of The South Pittsburgh Reporter, stepped down as the president of the board. Mr. Smith, who will continue his involvement with the agency as the immediate past president, has been intensively involved in the agency’s plan to construct a new center on Brownsville Road.

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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