Meetings
Thank you for your interest in the Community Bridge-Building Network.  If you are interested in attending a meeting, please email cbridgebn@aol.com and provide your name and company.  

Registration is required to attend the meeting and walk-ins will not be honored.

Scroll down to view our upcoming meeting dates as well as an impressive listing of Past Network Presenters!
Past Presenters 

Elizabeth E. Barker, Executive Director of The Frick Pittsburgh

Mark Oppenheimer, Author of "Squirrel Hill: The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting and the Soul of a Neighborhood"

Carlos T. Carter, President & CEO of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh

Dr. Jeremy Goodman, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium President and CEO

Dr. Ken Gormley, President, Duquesne University

Anne Madarasz, Director of the Curatorial Division, Chief Historian, and Director of the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum

Dr. Erica Nuckles, Director of Learning, Engagements and Partnerships, The Westmoreland Museum of American Art 

Hayley Haldeman, Executive Director, Mattress Factory

Zachary Rutter, professional artist and muralist

Andrés Franco, Executive Director, City of Asylum

David Finegold, President, Chatham University

Nathan Darity, Executive Director, The Global Switchboard

Ashley Lynn Priore, Founder, President and CEO, Queen's Gambit Chess Institute Pittsburgh

Amy Baldonieri, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Rivers of Steel

Bobbi Watt Geer, President and CEO of the United Way of Southwestern PA

Dr. James Johnson and Pamela Johnson, Founders, Executive Directors, Afro-American Music Institute

Rosemaria Cristello, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Latino Community Center

Laura Zurowski, author, artist, Mis-Steps.com: Our Missed Connections with Pittsburgh's City Steps

Deon Deshields, Founder, Lounique Financial Group LLC

Louise Sturgess, Executive Director, Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

Vic Walczak, Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union - PA

Ken Gormley, President of Duquesne University, Professor of Law

Eric Lindey, Executive Vice President of Adult ID Pennsylvania, Imperium, Inc.

Bill Flanagan, Chief Corporate Relations Officer, Allegheny Conference on Community Development

Erica Knuckles, Director of History and Collections, Fort Ligonier & Braddock Battlefield History Center

Bonnie Baxter, Founder/Executive Director of DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh

Steve Turner, Marketing Manager of Turner Dairy Farms

Natalie Bencivenga, SEEN Editor/Ask Natalie Advice Columnist, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Rick Sebak, film director/producer, WQED Mulitmedia Pittsburgh

Brian O'Neill, author, columnist for Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Bill Fuller, President and Corporate Chef, Big Burrito Restaurant Group

Rossilynne Culgan, Author of 100 Things to Do in Pittsburgh Before You Die and Director of "The Incline"

Therese Rocco, the City of Pittsburgh's first female Assistant Police Chief

Tim Hindes, Principle and CEO of Trailblaze Creative, designer of STRONGER THAN HATE logo

Carol Shrieve, Executive Director, Carnegie of Homestead

Leah Lizarondo, CEO and Co-Founder of 412 Food Rescue

Dr. Jessie Ramey, Director of Women's Institute, Chatham​ University

Mila Sanina, Executive Director of PublicSource

Anita Buzzy Prentiss, Buzzy Photography

Dr. Bethany Barone Gibbs,  Associate Professor of Health and Physical Activity, and Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh and Virginia Weida of Virginia Weida Designs. 

Pete McQuillin and Laura Faessel, Penn Forest Natural Burial Park

Indea Herndon, August Wilson Center

Mike Priganc, Network Member

Melanie Linn Gutowski, Author, Kaufmann's Department Store and Pittsburgh’s Mansions

Cody McDevitt, Author, Pittsburgh Drinks: A History of Cocktails, Nightlife and Bartending Tradition

Sam Gottesman, Holocaust Survivor

Lauren Bairnsfather, Director, Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh

Joe Zgurzynski, Owner, Operator, Master Beekeeper, Country Barn Farm

Matt Webb, Urban Bird Conservation Coordinator, Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Emily Catalano, Founder, Good Food Pittsburgh

Cynthia Caul, Center for Regional Agriculture, Food and Transformation (CRAFT) at Chatham University

Regina Able, Deputy District Director, Small Business Administration, Pittsburgh District 

Dr. Sarah Tambucci, Director, Arts Education Collaborative

Therese McShea, My Write Tool

Melanie Patterson, “The Good Ol’ Days House,” America’s first Nostalgic Guesthouse

Vivien Li, President and CEO, Riverlife Pittsburgh

Felicia Richards, Creative Beyond Control Photography

Meg Pryor, Director, Henry Mancini Academy at Lincoln Park

Kim Adley, Owner and Custom Tour Designer, Passport to Pittsburgh 

Helen Wilson, Vice President, Squirrel Hill Historical Society

Wasi Mohamed, Executive Director, The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh

Cory Van Horn, Owner/Head Guide, Food Guy Adventures

Adam Nelson, Director and Founder, The City of Play 

Wendy Long, Owner and Operator, Solutions for Independence

Pat Clark, Managing Partner, Jackson/Clark Partners

Matthew Craig, Executive Director, Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh

Robert Messner, Director, Braddock’s Battlefield History Center

Rich Salvante, Yard to Table Garden Builders

Judi Vitale, Astrologist and Author

Todd Wilson, Author, Pittsburgh's Bridges

Fred Thieman, Esq., President of Buhl Foundation

John Fetterman, Mayor of Braddock and Candidate for United State Senate

Patricia McElligott, Author, Irish Pittsburgh

Wendy Lydon, Vice President/Business Coach, ThistleSea Business Development

Sarah Mayer, Partner, UpToKnowGood

Carrie Pavlik, Owner, Steel City Grazers

Arthi Subramaniam, Food Editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 

Eric Sloss, Principal, Creative Strategist for SHIFT

Keri Rouse, Allegheny Land Trust

"Homestead Jenn" Tompkins, Founder, Rent the Chicken

Douglas Heuck, Founder, Editor and Publisher of Pittsburgh Quarterly Magazine

Dana Brown, Director, Pennsylvania Center for Women, Politics and Public Policy at Chatham University

Patricia Penka French, Bulgarian Macedonian National Educational Cultural Center

Robin Nicholson, Director, Frick Art & Historical Center 

Laura Zorch, one of the authors of Food Lovers' Guide to Pittsburgh

Leslie Bonner, BonnerSpahr Consulting

Richard Piacentini, Executive Director, Phipps Conseratory

Emil Heintzinger, Small Business and Group Benefits Specialist, Legal Shield

Mark Valenti, Director of Education and Coaching, Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative

Jim Bonner, Executive Director, Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania 

Tracy Certo, Founder and Publisher, NEXTpittsburgh

Etty Reut, Therapist who practices John F. Barnes Myofascial Release and Mind Body Therapy

Michele de la Reza, Managing Artistic Director, Attack Theatre

Denys Candy, Consultant to schools, businesses, and organizations interested in creating sustainable communities

Arthur P. Ziegler, Co-Founder and President, Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation

Michael Sriprasert, Real Estate Development Projects and Initiatives, Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation

Melanie Linn Gutowski, Author of Pittsburgh's Mansions

Amanda Priebe, CFP, Associate Wealth Planner, PNC Wealth Management

Barney Oursler, Executive Director, Pittsburgh United

Angela Garcia, Deputy Director, Global Links

Drew Goldstein, PA Brew Tours

Kate Dewey, Executive Director, Forbes Funds

Matt Gaston, Co-Founder and Trustee, Awesome Pittsburgh

Mike Schiller, Executive Director, Green Building Alliance

Court Gould, Executive Director, Sustainable Pittsburgh

Cindy Howes, Morning Mix Host, 91.3 WYEP Pittsburgh

Abby Goldstein, General Manager, 91.3 WYEP Pittsburgh

Cynthia Pulkowski, Executive Director, ASSET STEM Education 

Louis Butler, The Pittsburgh Pie Guy

Peter Greninger, President, Pittsburgh Trails Advocacy Group

Bruce Klein, Founder, Photo Antiquities Museum of Photographic History

Hoddy Hanna, Chairman and CEO, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services

Al Condeluci, Executive Director, UCP/CLASS

Maura McCall, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing Research

Jennifer Antkowiak, KDKA TV News Anchor, Author 

Rick DiClemente, Astrologer, Author of The Exquisite Zodiac

Julie Ann Sullivan, Author, Facilitator of Enhanced Learning, Learning Never Ends

Bradley Hilbert, Owner, Three Rivers Wealth Management Group

Mary Lou Bradley & Joe Groom, Owners, Paint Monkey, a BYOB Painting Studio in Lawrenceville

Chris Anthony, Owner, Chris Anthony Fitness

Lynn Figgins, Director of Business Development, Eyetique

Dr. Guy Caruso, Western Coordinator, Institute on Disabilities at Temple University

David L. Donahoe, Executive Director, Allegheny Regional Asset District

Hilda Pang Fu, Founder and President, Luminari 

Mary Gregg, Functional Literacy Ministry of Haiti Inc. and winner of 2012 Jefferson Award for community and public service in America

Barbara Johnstone, Carnegie Mellon University Linguist Professor and Expert in Pittsburghese

Brian O'Neill, Author of The Paris of Appalachia and Lifestyle Columnist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 

MaryLynne Pitz, Reporter, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Erika Peterson, Owner, Green Circle Farms

Bob Firth, Founder, Informing Design

Deb Mortillaro, Owner, Palate Partners and Dreadnaught Wines

Bobby Zappala, Chief Executive Officer, Thrill Mill

Dottie Coll, Owner, Two Men and a Truck Moving Company

Lisa Brown, Executive Director, Nine Mile Run Watershed Association

Mike Kaus, Curator, Soldiers and Sailors Museum

Bob Bruce, formerly WPXI TV News Anchor, currently with Integrity Wealth Consulting

Heather Walsh, Co-founder, Living Pittsburgh

Deborah L. Acklin, President and Chief Executive Officer, WQED Multimedia

Scott Bricker, Executive Director, Bike Pittsburgh

Dorit Brauer, Teacher of Meditation and Author of Girls Don't Ride Motorbikes: A Spiritual Adventure Into Life's Labyrinth 

Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Executive 

Tony Norman, Columnist, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Harish Saluja, Founder, Silk Screen Asian Arts and Cultural Organization

Linda Benedict-Jones, Curator of Photography, Carnegie Museum of Art

Bill Flanagan, Host of Our Regions Business, Executive VP Allegheny Conference

Scott Leib, President of the Board of Directors, Preservation Pittsburgh

Janet McCall, Executive Director, Society for Contemporary Crafts

Georgia Berner, President and CEO, Berner International Corporation

Heather McElwee, Executive Director , Pittsburgh Glass Center

Bill Peduto, City of Pittsburgh Mayor
Registration is required. Email cbridgebn@aol.com and provide your name and company.  A link to participate in the virtual meeting will be sent to you upon registration.
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Serving Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the Greater Pittsburgh area
We want our virtual meetings to have the feel, as best we can, of our in-person meetings, which we had been doing for years. Therefore, we have a specific protocol to get the most out of our Network.  Here are some important things regarding our meetings:

1. You need to submit an RSVP to attend; we then will send you the link for the meeting.

2. You are encouraged to invite a guest; your guest will need to submit their own RSVP directly to us.

3. If you submit an RSVP that you will be attending, we do expect to see you at the meeting. Our meetings are designed around the attendance.

4. Since this is a networking group, when you join us on Zoom, we do expect to see your face, so have your camera on when you join us.

5. We also expect you to be able to stay for the entire meeting, unless we hear from you prior to the meeting. This is very important for our networking sessions.


July 20, 2022 - VIRTUAL MEETING

9:00am - 11:00am
Andy Masich, President & CEO, Senator John Heinz History Center
Andy Masich is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Senator John Heinz History Center and a commissioner of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The History Center is the largest history museum in Pennsylvania, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Since 1998, he has provided leadership for Pittsburgh’s nationally acclaimed History Center and museum system, which includes the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, Detre Library & Archives, Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, the Fort Pitt Museum, Museum Conservation Center adjoining the History Center. 

Andy is an adjunct Professor of History at Carnegie Mellon University and is a recognized authority on the preservation and interpretation of history. Known for his extensive knowledge of Pennsylvania history, he has also authored or co-authored award-winning books on a wide range of subjects.

www.heinzhistorycenter.org

August 17, 2022 - VIRTUAL MEETING

9:00am - 11:00am
Katie Blackley, Digital Editor/Producer, Internship Coordinator, 90.5 WESA
Katie Blackley is a digital editor/producer for 90.5 WESA, where she writes, edits and generates both web and on-air content for features and daily broadcast. She's the producer and host of WESA's Good Question! series and podcast and can usually be found exploring the city, answering inquiries from curious listeners. She also reports on Pittsburgh's LGBTQ+ community, manages social media accounts for the station, and oversees the internship program.

Katie is the author of a book based on the Good Question! series.  She’s passionate about puns, all things Pittsburgh, and believes someday she’ll solve the Pittsburgh Protractor Mystery. ​

www.wesa.fm

September 21, 2022 - VIRTUAL MEETING

9:00am - 11:00am
Terry O'Reilly, President & CEO Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation
The mission of the Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation is to create and distribute trusted content, build connections and strengthen our community through public media. Through their two radio stations, 90.5 WESA and 91.3 WYEP, Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation serves the more than 2 million residents of Pittsburgh and its surrounding communities by leveraging the power of media to inform, inspire, and entertain. The strive to engage audiences and cultivate conversations that strengthen, enrich and improve the communities they serve.  ​Terry O'Reilly is a multiple award-winning producer, journalist and executive, and has more than four decades of media experience.  

https://pittsburghcommunitybroadcasting.org
Denele Hughson is a Pittsburgh native who grew up in Homewood and lived there for the first 11 years of her life. After graduating from Allerdice High School, Denele went to the University of Pittsburgh and majored in Political Science with minors in Classics and History. Denele graduated from Pitt in 2008 and served as an AmeriCorps KEYS volunteer at Peabody High School, followed by several years of working at nonprofits across the city including the Community Empowerment Association, the Student Conservation Association and the YMCA. While studying at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College, Denele had internships with the Smithsonian Institution and the Pittsburgh Public School District. She graduated from CMU in 2013 and served as the Mentoring/Women’s program coordinator with Pittsburgh Jobs Corps Center before coming to Grow Pittsburgh. Denele servers on the board of directors for PA Certified Organics.  

www.growpittsburgh.org

November 16, 2022 - VIRTUAL MEETING

9:00am - 11:00am
Denele Hughson, Executive Director, Grow Pittsburgh

October 19, 2022 - VIRTUAL MEETING

9:00am - 11:00am
Presenter announcement coming soon.