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Board Members

DANIEL J. GRIFFIN, Chair

 

Appointed by Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald. Term coincides with the term of office of the appointing authority and until its successor is appointed and qualified.

Dan Griffin is a life-long resident of Allegheny County, and is the General Manager of Club Operations for Oxford Development Company. The Oxford Athletic Club in Wexford Pa. features over 150,000 square feet of indoor space and employs more than 175 Allegheny County residents. The Oxford Athletic Club is one of the largest such facilities in the eastern United States. Dan was also the founder and president of the Downtown Athletic Club of Pittsburgh from 1995 until mid 2009, and has been employed in the health and fitness field since 1979.

He was an instructor at the first Nautilus equipped club in the region in 1977 (Steel City Nautilus). From 1981 through 1995, he was employed by Club One as a fitness instructor, was promoted to fitness director and finally to Vice President and General Manager (with ownership). During his tenure at Club One, Mr. Griffin was certified by the American College of Sports Medicine and by the Club Management Institute of IHRSA (held at Michigan University). Club One grew from a single-purpose racquetball facility into a 60,000 sq. foot, full service health and wellness center. In 1995, he divested his interest in Club One and founded the Downtown Athletic Club of Pittsburgh.

Dan was recognized by Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania as "business of the year" in 1999, citing Mr. Griffin's dedication to the community and to its youth through his many volunteer and charitable activities. Mr. Griffin was also recognized by City of Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy for significant equipment donations to the Hill District YMCA.
Mr. Griffin is an active participant in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County community issues. He was a member of Leadership Pittsburgh class of 1996. He co-founded and was president of the Allegheny County Chamber Federation (Western PA Growth Alliance), a coalition of 25 regional chambers of commerce. He is a board member of the Tickets for Kids Foundation and is an appointed Finance Council member for St Joseph’s O’Hara Township.

Dan has been an active proponent of the Allegheny Regional Asset District since his appointment to the board in 1998. He has served as Vice-Chair in 1999 and 2000, and in 2009. He was elected chair in 2001 and served the maximum two year term.


Dan, his wife, Marian, and their son, Sean, reside in O'Hara Township.

DUSTY ELIAS KIRK, Vice-Chair

Appointed by Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald. Term coincides with the term of office of the appointing authority and until its successor is appointed and qualified

Dusty Elias Kirk is a partner in the Pittsburgh office of Pepper Hamilton LLP. She is co-chair of the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group and chair of the Sustainability, CleanTech and Climate Change Team. She also is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. She concentrates her practice on all aspects of real estate development, with an emphasis on real estate litigation, including real estate tax assessment appeals, land use and zoning appeals, and eminent domain proceedings. Ms. Kirk’s work in real estate development includes handling the acquisition, financing and tax increment financing for commercial, retail, office, industrial and institutional properties, and obtaining economic incentives for development projects. She counsels her clients on an array of sustainability issues that impact development projects and facilities, including advice on sustainable development matters. Ms. Kirk represents real estate developers, property owners and nonprofit institutions in real estate assessment appeals of industrial, commercial, office, retail and exempt properties in issues regarding valuation of real estate, tax-exempt status, taxation of mineral rights and tax abatements for newly constructed and reconstructed properties.  She litigates matters throughout Pennsylvania before administrative hearing boards, as well as in trial and appellate proceedings.

Ms. Kirk is an active member in the business and charitable communities.  She is a member of the Board of Governors of the Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA).  She is chair of the Council for the Real Property Section of the ACBA, and a member of the Women in the Profession Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. She also is on the steering committee of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Community Development Network, a part of Sustainable Pittsburgh. She was recently appointed to the Allegheny County Transportation Action Partnership. She is chair-elect of the board of directors of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Western Pennsylvania.

Ms. Kirk received her B.A. from Allegheny College and her J.D from Dickinson School of Law.  She resides in Squirrel Hill with her husband,  Bill Caroselli, and her two children.

JACKIE DIXON, Secretary

Appointed by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.  Term coincides with the term of office of the appointing authority and until its successor is appointed and qualified. 

Jackie Dixon, as Director of Government Relations, Giant Eagle, Inc., established and maintained positive relations with local, state, and federal government officials in the communities Giant Eagle serves throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland. Dixon recently retired from Giant Eagle after 23 years of service to the company and the communities it served. Continuing her servant leadership, Dixon recently became the Community Coordinator and Consultant for the UPMC Asthma Institute. .

Dixon is a board member of the Ladies Hospital Aid Society (LHAS). She is also member of the Carlow University Board of Trustees, and she received the master’s degree in Professional Leadership from Carlow.

Dixon is a member of the Fox Chapel Area Newcomers’ Club, and the University of Pittsburgh Community Research Advisory Board (CRAB). She is also actively involved in the Homewood-Squirrel Hill Redd Up- Clean Up Coalition- a consortium that regularly clears rubbish in Homewood, the Highmark Medical Review Committee, the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh, the Fox Chapel Area Branch of the American Association of University Women, the Fox Chapel Area Rotary Club, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW)-Pittsburgh Section, and the BNY Mellon Community Advisory Committee. Dixon is also a member of the advisory board of the Bartko Foundation; a private non-profit organization whose mission is to invest in the self-sufficiency of single minority mothers. She is a board member of Heritage Community Initiatives in Braddock whose mission is to empower people and transform lives in the Braddock community. And, she is also a member of the Child Watch Board of Pittsburgh, an advisory to Allies for Children.

She was also selected as one of the 2012 twenty-five Women in Business Awardees by the Pittsburgh Business Times. She has been recognized as one of the New Pittsburgh Courier’s Fifty Women of Influence and also one of Twenty-five Corporate Women of influence. Dixon has received the YWCA—A Tribute to Women Leadership Award in Business and Industry, and also the Every Child Inc., First Annual Community Service Award.

SYLVIA FIELDS

Appointed in March 2014 by City of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto.  Term coincides with the term of office of the appointing authority and until its successor is appointed and qualified.

 

PAUL J. GITNIK

Appointed by Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald. Term coincides with the term of office of the appointing authority and until its successor is appointed and qualified.

Paul Gitnik is of counsel with the law firm Keevican Weiss Bauerle & Hirsch.  He concentrates in the areas of business, estates & trusts, municipal, nonprofit, oil, gas, real estate and tax law.

In 2011, Mr. Gitnik founded ShaleEnergyUSA.com, Inc. with three interconnected websites that provide resources and tools about shale oil-gas in the Appalachian Basin.  In 1991, he founded SOCRATES, Inc. which provided claims recovery outsourcing, technology and consulting services and solutions to the health payor industry, which he sold in 2007.

Mr. Gitnik previously was on the adjunct faculties of Duquesne University School of Law where he taught Business Planning; Mercyhurst College, where he taught Estate Planning; and Penn State Continuing Education for Accountants, where he taught Choice of Business Entities.

He is or has been a member of many nonprofit boards, including Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Mercy Foundation, Catholic Foundation Advisory Board, Hamot Health Foundation, St. Vincent Health Center, Preservation Pennsylvania, Erie Art Museum and Jefferson Health System. 

Mr. Gitnik received his B.A. from Duquesne University, his J.D. from Duquesne Univeristy School of Law, and LL.M. from Georgetown Law Center. He is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and the United States Tax Court.

DON LINZER

Appointed by City of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto in March 2014.  Term coincides with the term of office of the appointing authority and until its successor is appointed and qualified. 

Don Linzer has been a shareholder of Schneider Downs & Co., Inc. since 1985 and performs tax consulting for the firm. He has broad expertise in estate and business succession planning, tax planning for closely held corporations and S corporations, ERISA, compensation planning, merges and acquisitions, tax planning for emerging technology companies and manufacturers, venture capital and partnership taxation. Mr. Linzer assists in raising equity and venture capital financing for emerging technology companies. He is a frequent contributor to business and tax publications, and keynote speaker for many organizations.

In addition, Mr. Linzer is the chairman of Schneider Downs’ Specialty Tax Group and the managing partner of Schneider Downs Corporate Finance, L.P. and Schneider Downs Wealth Management Advisors, L.P.

He is a member of the Pennsylvania and Allegheny County Bar Associations, and a member of the Estate Planning Council. He is a Trustee at the National Center for Arts & Technology (NCAT). He is Past President, Ellis School Fathers Association; Past Officer and Past Trustee, Ellis School; Past Trustee and Officer, the Pittsburgh Child Guidance Foundation; Past Treasurer of Manchester Bidwell Corporation; Past Chairman, Allegheny County Government Review Commission.  Mr. Linzer received his B.A. at the University of Pittsburgh, his J.D. at Nova University Center for the Study of Law, and a Master of Laws - Taxation from the George Washington University National Law Center.

DR. DANIEL ROSEN

At-large member of the Board; term expires in June of 2014.  The at-large member is elected by the appointed members from a list of nominations secured from development organizations.  The person selected from the nominees serves for a two-year term and may be re-elected, provided that he or she is re-nominated.   

Daniel Rosen, Ph.D., M.S.W. is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh, where he teaches courses in the areas of research and urban analysis. Dr. Rosen has considerable experience in research, organizational development and urban social issues. He is the current recipient of a grant from the National institute of Health that examines the intersection between aging and substance abuse.

Dr. Rosen is the recipient of several national honors including the John A. Hartford Faculty Scholar in Geriatric Social Work; he is also a Wexner Heritage Community Fellow.

Dr. Rosen is the Board chair of the Friendship Circle and has served as the past Chair of AgeWell Pittsburgh.  He has served on the board of the Allegheny Health Choices, In., and the United Jewish Federation Health and Human Service funding commission..

He and his wife, Shani, live in Pittsburgh where they are raising three daughters.

Dr. Rosen was nominated to the RAD Board by the Lawrenceville Corporation.