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Board of Directors

The distribution is made by a Board of Directors composed of four persons appointed by the County Chief Executive, two appointed by the Mayor of Pittsburgh and one person elected by the six appointees. The six appointees serve terms concurrent with the appointing authority while the seventh member serves for two years.

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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 has been an active proponent of the Allegheny Regional Asset District since his appointment to the board in 1998. He has previously served as Vice-Chair several times. He was elected chair in 2001 and served the maximum two year term; he was again elected chair from 2011-2013.

He is currently the President of Griffin-Spence, a multi-faceted company specializing in Energy and Development projects.  He has worked in the health and fitness field since 1979, most recently as the General Manager of the Oxford Athletic Club until its sale in 2017. Mr. Griffin was also the founder and president of the Downtown Athletic Club of Pittsburgh from 1995 until mid 2009. Mr. Griffin 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 the University of Michigan). 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. 

Mr. Griffin 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. He 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 XIII. 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 an appointed Finance Council member for St Joseph’s O’Hara Township.

Mr. Griffin, 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 at Reed Smith, LLP and the Practice Group Leader of the firm's global Real Estate Group.  She concentrates her practice on all aspects of real estate development, acquisitions and economic incentives, with an emphasis on real estate litigation, including real estate tax-assessment appeals, land-use and zoning appeals, and eminent domain proceedings.  Ms. Kirk counsels her clients on an array of sustainability issues that impact development projects and facilities, including advice on sustainable development matters such as the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, and regulatory compliance matters such as greenhouse gas emission regulations, obtaining other regulatory approvals, negotiating complex contractual arrangements, resolving disputes, and managing risk avoidance.

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 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 has two children.

SYLVIA FIELDS, Secretary/Treasurer

Appointed 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.

Mrs. Fields is Executive Director of the Eden Hall Foundation. She is the first and only African American woman to direct a major private foundation in the Pittsburgh region. A veteran grantmaker and administrator, Mrs. Fields manages the legal and financial business of the foundation. She began her grantmaking career at the Duquesne Light company, where she also managed the Employee Involvement Committee, United Way annual campaign and the company school partnership program. While at Duquesne Light, Mrs. Fields was best known for having established a Pittsburgh chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy.

Mrs. Fields initiated the Women in Philanthropy program with Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania to create a networking mechanism for female grantmakers and to highlight outstanding female philanthropists from our area. Mrs. Fields is also a founding member of the African American Funders Group of Southwest Pennsylvania. This group advances effective and responsive philanthropy in black communities in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Mrs. Fields is chair of the Education Committee of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, under which she has overseen the development of an international relations summer program for high school students.  She is a past director of Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania, Seton Hill University, the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Magee-Womens Research Institute and Foundation, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and The Ellis School.  Mrs. Fields is a trustee of the Jewish Women's Foundation and was a 2009 honoree of the YWCA Tribute to Women.

Mrs. Fields received her bachelor's degree from Seton Hill College and a master's degree from Carnegie Mellon University.  She and her husband, Fred, are lifelong residents of Pennsylvania and have two adult children.

JACKIE DIXON

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 is currently a consultant. In her previous role as Director of Government Relations for Giant Eagle, Inc., she 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. Ms. Dixon retired from Giant Eagle after 23 years of service to the company and the communities it serves.

Ms. 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 her master’s degree in Professional Leadership from Carlow.

Ms. 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. She 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 which works to empower people and transform lives in the Braddock community. She is also a member of the Child Watch Board of Pittsburgh, an advisory group for Allies for Children.

Ms. Dixon was selected as one of 25 of the 2012 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. Ms. Dixon has received the YWCA's A Tribute to Women Leadership Award in Business and Industry, and also the Every Child Inc., First Annual Community Service Award.

DON LINZER

Appointed 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. 

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 2018.  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, Inc., 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 Landforce Pittsburgh.

ANTHONY J. ROSS

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.

Anthony Ross is President and Chief Executive Officer of Ross Development Company, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company. He has acted in his current capacity with Ross Development Company for more than 25 years.

Mr. Ross is an Officer and Shareholder of the Kenny Ross Automotive Group. He currently is a member of the Board of Trustees of Shady Side Academy. Mr. Ross graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978 and received his law degree from Duquesne University in 1981. He resides in Pittsburgh with his wife Karen and their three children.