Board of Directors
Feyisola Akintola, 2019
A native of Nigeria and Manager of Immigration Affairs for the City of Pittsburgh. In her role, she runs the Welcoming Pittsburgh Initiative: an inclusion programs for immigrants, refugees and internationals. She is also the program manager for Pittsburgh’s sister cities and the cities lead in the 2020 U.S. Census effort. She serves as a board member for Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience (PULSE), Welcoming America- Network Leadership Committee, and she represents the mayor as a board member for the Sisters Cities Association of Pittsburgh (SCAP). She is a middle school mentor for the United Way, and was listed as The Incline‘s 2019 Who’s Next: Politics class.
Anne Billiet Lackner, 2013, Chair
A native of Belgium, where she was a lawyer, she came to the United States in 1980 and now serves as Honorary Consul of Belgium. She is co-founder of The Lackner Group, Inc., a software company committed to providing innovative solutions in trust and estate administration, to law firms, bank trust officers and C.P.A’s, and a member of the external advisory board at the University of Pittsburgh’s EU Center of Excellence/European Studies Center.
Kevin McKeegan, 2022
Kevin F. McKeegan is a partner at the Pittsburgh law firm of Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP, where he served as Managing Partner from 2006 to 2011. He was formerly the chair of Allegheny County’s Board of Property Assessment Appeals and Review. He currently serves as vice-chair of the Allegheny County Community College Educational Foundation Board and will start a three-year term as chair of that Board in 2023. He and his wife Sybil are the parents of three adult children and grandparents to four granddaughters (of whom they are especially proud).
Gwendolyn Moorer, 2011*
Northside community resident Gwendolyn Moorer joined the board in 2011. She is the Financial Systems and Project Manager at the City of Pittsburgh and owner of the Northside franchise of Rita’s Water Ices. She is on the Development Board of the Central Northside Neighborhood Council and on the board of Artists Image Resources.
Charles F. O’Hanlon III, 2010, Secretary/Treasurer
Independent consultant to the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry. Prior to 2022, President and CEO of Celsense, Inc. Prior to his affiliation with Celsense in 2005, Mr. O’Hanlon spent 29 years in commercial banking and financial services.
Henry Reese, Co-founder*
Entrepreneur (co-founder/former principal in Reese Brothers and Communications & Commerce), former Treasurer of Cave Canem: A Home for Black Poetry, Board International Cities of Refuge Network, and former Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Programming Advisory Committee member.
Audrey Russo, 2017
Since 2007 Audrey has led the region’s technology business sector as President & CEO of the Pittsburgh Technology Council. She has deep experience in IT, operations, and finance, having worked at Alcoa, Reynolds Metals & MAYA Design. She is a previous Board Chair for the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, serves on the Regional Industrial Development Corporation, Greater Pittsburgh Urban League, Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, and CityLab. She also co-hosts TechVibe Radio show.
Diane Samuels, Co-founder*
A visual artist with both studio and public art practices. Her permanent site-specific artworks include Luminous Manuscript (Center for Jewish History, New York) and Lines of Sight (Brown University), and The Alphabet Garden, (Grafeneck, Germany.) Formerly on the Boards of the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Mattress Factory museum, and the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education at Seton Hill University.
Akhil Sharma, 2015, Vice-chair
Author of A Life of Adventure and Delight, An Obedient Father, and Family Life (selected by the New York Times as one of the 10 Best Books of 2014.) He is the winner of IMPAC, the International Dublin literary Award, The Folio Prize, The Folio Society/Rathbone Investment Management, the PEN/Hemingway Prize, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Susan Kaufman Prize. His short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Best American Short Stories, and O. Henry Award Stories. A native of Delhi, he is the Adele Schiff Professor of the Practice at Duke University.
Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds
Chair, The Hillman Family Foundations. Trustee Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Term Trustee Carnegie Mellon University, Board of National Poetry Series, Board of Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society, Board of Autumn House Press.
Barbara Talerico, 2015*
Retired from BNY Mellon as an Information Technology Project Manager and manager of the bank’s International Help Desk. Prior to BNY, she was a Certified Financial Planner. Her 16 years of volunteer service includes Past President and Treasurer for the Allegheny City Central Association; Past President of the Mexican War Streets Society; Member of the Allegheny Commons Master Plan Steering Committee; Chair of the Fundraising Committee for Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild/Bidwell Training Center.
Founding North American Board
Viet Thanh Nguyen