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By Austin Vaught
Contributing Writer 

Six candidates seek five board seats on the Mount Washington CDC


September 25, 2018

Six nominees campaigning for five open board seats introduced themselves to Mount Washington Community Development (MWCDC) members at the organization’s annual “Meet the Candidates” night last Thursday.

Board nominees Corey Diethorn, Perry Ninness, Gale Schwartz, Bill Anthanas, Joe Rewis, and Terry Moss each spoke for two to three minutes about their background and history with the neighborhood.

The first candidate to speak was five-year Mount Washington resident Perry Ninness. Mr. Ninness has lived in Pittsburgh for most of his life and earned an accounting degree from Point Park University. Mr. Ninness said he is looking to expand his volunteering experience with the organization while participating in a meaningful way that helps grow the community.

The next speaker was Gale Schwartz. Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Ms. Schwartz has lived in Mount Washington since 2016. She has 13 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and extensive experience working with the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania. She has a passion for advocacy and community development.

Bill Athanas, a licensed professional engineer, was next to speak. Mr. Athanas owns a home in Duquesne Heights and previously assisted in the design of the Emerald View Park renovation. He also worked as a construction manager on the Warrington Avenue Rehabilitation project and has extensive experience working with the city, Penndot, and the Port Authority.

Joe Rewis is a current MWCDC board member seeking re-election. Mr. Rewis has lived in Mount Washington for 16 years and has served on the MWCDC board for three years. He is an owner of the Bingham Tavern and a private law practice that specializes in real estate matters and civil litigation. He believes the board would benefit from his experience with legal issues, real estate matters, and business issues.

Therese Moss is also a current MWCDC board member seeking re-election. Ms. Moss has served several terms on the MWCDC board including secretary and treasurer. She has secured more than $750,000 in grant funding for the organization since 2002. She is currently the chair of the Emerald View Park committee.

Board nominee Corey Diethorn was not in attendance, but provided a written introduction. Mr. Diethorn has been a Mount Washington resident since 2013 and is a licensed real estate agent. His goal is to creative initiatives that spur economic growth in the local neighborhood and improve the MWCDC’s impact on every resident.

Residents can request full biographies of each nominee by emailing


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