Team

WHE is a group of professionals dedicated to the education and
improvement of quality of life and health for families

WHE Staff

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Dana Donovan

Health Policy Coordinator

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Hanna Beightley, MPH

Healthy Homes Program Manager

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Portia Gillespie

Healthy Early Learning Program Manager

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Germaine Gooden Patterson

Community Health Worker

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Lorna Rosenberg

Healthy Buildings Program Manager, Eastern PA

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Ava Roberts

Program Assistant

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Karen Cooper

Program Manager HUD, Healthy Homes Production Grant

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Michelle Naccarati-Chapkis

Executive Director

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Shannon Meyers

Environmental Health Specialist and Healthy Schools Coordinator

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Jane Lee

Development Director

Fellows and Interns

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Amanda Jimcosky

Environmental Health Fellow

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Lauren Posey

Environmental Health Fellow

WHE Board of Directors

Directors Emeriti

Susan Brownlee

Caren Glotfelty

Peggy King

Dorothy (Dotty) Beckwith

Nancy C. Fales

Healthy Schools PA Advisory Committee

Jessica Griggle

Food Service Director

Joe Domagala

Assistant Principal

Ameeta Schmitt

Assistant Principal

Lorna Rosenberg

LEED Green Associate

Britnee Weatherspoon

District Administrator

WHE Public Health Advisory Committee

WHE’s Public Health Advisory Committee provides consultation and input related to WHE’s three main program areas: Healthy Homes, Healthy Schools and Early Learning Centers and Healthy Communities. The committee is comprised of scientists and physicians who provide guidance to the organization, as well as review literature and materials produced by WHE staff.

  • Dr. Jennifer Adibi – Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh
  • Norman Anderson, MSPH – Anderson EH Consulting
  • Deborah Gentile, MD – East Suburban Pediatrics (allergy, asthma and immunology)
  • Ned Ketyer, MD, FAAP – Pediatric Alliance, PC; Editor of The PediaBlog, AAP
    Council on Environmental Health
  • Molly Mehling, M.En., Ph.D. – Visiting Scholar, Learning Media Center/HCII,
    Carnegie Mellon University
  • Dr. Margaret (Peggy) Slota, PhD – Professor and Director of Graduate Studies for
    nursing doctoral students, Georgetown University

Join Our Team

Careers

Join the WHE team and make a difference in the lives of women and their families, learn valuable skills and be a champion for a just and sustainable world.

Internships

WHE offers paid and unpaid internships to college students throughout the year. If interested in an internship connect with us by email or call 412-404-2872.

Volunteer

Contribute valuable skills and professional expertise as an individual or group volunteer assisting with WHE educational programs, office work or events.

WHE Ambassador Program

Our community ambassadors represent WHE by delivering educational programming to various neighborhoods throughout the City of Pittsburgh. Have one of our community ambassadors present to your group or learn how to become an ambassador yourself.

Request a Program

Our team provides programs to communities all across Southwestern PA. Whether you are a corporation seeking a lunch and learn opportunity for your staff or a faith-based group leading a community wellness initiative, we’re here to help!

Jeanne Antonuccio

As founder and President of About Pittsburgh, Inc. for 35 years, Jeanne was deeply involved in helping the Pittsburgh region in its workforce development efforts. About Pittsburgh was created to assist the region’s leading companies and institutions attract and retain talent to the Pittsburgh region by helping the candidate and family recognize the values of living and working in Pittsburgh. In 2016 Jeanne sold About Pittsburgh and started JCA Consulting, LLC. A few years later she completed a certification program in Change Leadership through Cornell University and added Change!t Group as a unit to her consulting. Her cumulative experience inspired her to focus in helping nonprofit leadership navigate and lead through strategic change initiatives. Throughout her roles, Jeanne has maintained a constant ability to expand people’s knowledge, helping them become better informed and ultimately giving them the tools to make the right choices for their circumstances. Over the years, Jeanne has served on various boards with most having a concentration in education and community development.

Tracey Armant, PHD

Dr. Tracey Armant graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in English and Education, and the University of Virginia with a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Educational Policy. Dr. Armant previously worked as the Manager of Agency Investments in Youth at United Way, and for the last eight years has worked at the Grable Foundation – first as a Program Assistant, and since 2019 as a Program Officer – to help deliver programming to children and youth to become independent, caring, contributing members of society, and deliver resources critical to a child’s successful development. 

 

LaVerne Baker Hotep

LaVerne Baker Hotep is a human potential expert, inspirational speaker and founder of LaVerne Darnell International, a consultancy specializing in assisting individuals worldwide to align with their personal and universal soul purpose and reclaim their natural gifts.    

As a family development specialist for Allegheny County Family Support Center at the Kingsley Association, LaVerne works to bolster young families and specializes in historical/intergenerational trauma training, which she has also facilitated in Liberia and South Sudan.

LaVerne is founder and director of Me2 Sister Circle™, a self-care and enrichment program for mothers. She is a founding member of PA Women in Agriculture Network advisory council (PA WAgn), creator of the EVE Project: Enlightened Voices for the Environment and creative director and host of the podcast project: Black Girl Back Talk™: Stories of Racial Bias from Girlhood to Womanhood. 

Tracey conti, md

Dr. Tracey Conti is the Executive Vice Chair in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She also serves as the Program Director of the UPMC McKeesport Family Medicine Residency. She is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine and completed her Family Medicine residency at the University of Maryland where she served as chief resident.  Dr. Conti is fellowship trained in women’s health and faculty development. Her clinical and advocacy interests include health disparities and healthcare delivery to underserved communities, medical education and women’s health. She is a champion for patient empowerment through education and the development of strong patient-physician partnerships in order to optimize individual, family and community healthcare.

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Donna Sebastian is the executive assistant to Heinz Endowments President Grant Oliphant. Donna’s duties include support for the president as well management of the President’s schedule. In addition, she assists with communications with the Endowments’ board of directors and coordinates all board and committee meetings. She also serves as special projects manager for Endowments’ hosted conferences and special events including the p4 conference series, Call to Moral Leadership series, Climate Action Summit, Disability Inclusion & Access, Climate Reality Project, Women’s Health & the Environment conference series and many others. Donna also serves on the editorial team for h, the foundation’s full-color magazine.

Prior to joining the Endowments, Donna was with the Heinz Family Foundation for 15 years. She served as the program administrator for the Heinz Awards and was the information technology manager, with responsibility for overall network administration and support for the Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C., offices. Additional duties included website development and graphic design.

Donna attended Carlow University where she graduated magna cum laude in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in information management and minor in business communications.

Kathleen goldman, m.d.

Katie Goldman has a high level litigation practice which encompasses complex commercial matters and real estate litigation. She has served as lead trial counsel in numerous jury trials, has represented clients in both state and federal courts in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, New York and Virginia and has notable appellate experience. Katie was named to the BTI Client Service All-Stars 2017 list, an award based solely on unprompted feedback from corporate counsel at large and Fortune 1000 organizations. Katie has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® consistently since 2019 in the Commercial Litigation category. A strong proponent of firm citizenship and diversity leadership, Katie is actively involved in Buchanan’s Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. She is the Director of Buchanan’s “Women in the Lead” program in partnership with Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business.

Ann Mcguinn

Ann McGuinn, a Community Volunteer, graduated from the Grace Institute in 1964. Since, Ann has served on the board of the Children’s Institute in Shadyside, dedicated to helping children and young adults with special needs, for nearly 20 years and has a long record of service to other organizations, including the Andy Warhol Museum, Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Public Art Commission, Women’s Health & the Environment Conference and the United Way of Allegheny County. Ann has been honored with The Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Association of Fund-raising Professionals honored her with a special lifetime achievement award at the 2008 National Philanthropy Day Awards Presentation and Reception on Nov. 12.

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Gina Pferdehirt graduated from Duquesne University in 1983, going onto pursue a career in marketing and public relations for healthcare providers. Gina held roles such as Marketing Manager at Coventry Health Care of Aetna Healthcare, and Director of Public Relations and Community Population Health at UPMC. Today, Gina continues to prioritize the health and wellness of communities in her role as Vice President of Marketing and Sales at MHS Labs.

Rajesh raman

Rajesh Raman is an accomplished technology leader with 13+ years of experience in the financial domain and 7+ years of experience in the non-financial domain. After completing a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, he began his career in Boston with Parametric Technology Corporation. While working there, he continued with his MBA in Entrepreneurship and Global Strategy at Babson School of Business. After completing his MBA, he worked as a consultant at Wellington Asset Management and chose to start his own software company after 2 years as a consultant. Since leaving Boston and the startup, he has spent the last 10 years at BNY Mellon in various leadership roles. He recently joined PNC Bank in Aug 2021 as SVP for Consumer Lending Technology

 

His experience as an entrepreneur taught him that anyone can operate as a startup even in a large organization. He is inspired daily by his wife and 2 daughters. He loves sports and is a big time Oklahoma Sooners fan.

Margaret (Peggy) Slota

Dr. Slota is a Professor at Georgetown University and the 

Director of Graduate Studies for nursing doctoral students. She was previously the director of critical care services at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and a board member of Stat MedEvac, Center for Emergency Medicine, and the Center for Organ Recovery and Education. Currently, she is a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, a consultant for the MidAtlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment, and chair of the Science Advisory Committee for WHE. She is involved with WHE in appreciation for WHE’s advocacy and actions in raising awareness of environmental risk factors that impact health and educating the wider community.

Seth Wilmore

Seth has been dedicated to environmental non-profit work and support for over 20 years. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Allegheny College and a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy with a certificate in Non-profit Management from George Mason University. He has been in the renewable energy industry for over a decade and currently works for Oriden LLC, a Mitsubishi Power company as its Director of Sites & Permitting. Seth believes that “Women for a Healthy Environment (WHE) provides a critical voice at the intersection of environmental health causes in underserved and vulnerable communities and, as the father of two young girls, WHE’s unique approach to these issues from a female empowerment perspective is refreshing and much needed.”

Patricia Salapa

Patricia Salapa is a committed human resources professional with a broad knowledge of human resources programs and policies. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in Communication and Business Administration, and a Certified Compensation Professional. Patricia holds a strong record of achievement over her 25 years of experience in the compensation and human resources fields, working in various executive positions for organizations including Innitra, Ralph Lauren Corporation, and most recently at the Pittsburgh National Corporation (PNC). She currently holds the position of Senior Vice President of Senior Management Compensation. Patricia has a demonstrated ability to implement and manage large scale initiatives related to leadership development, short-term and long-term incentive plans, performance management and HR technology solutions. 

Joe Domagala

I currently serve as an Assistant Principal at Eden Hall Upper Elementary School in the
Pine-Richland School District. In addition, I also serve as an Adjunct Instructor of Information
Systems Management at Duquesne University and participate as a member of PA Healthy
Environment and Reopening Schools Workgroup. During my time at Eden Hall Upper
Elementary School, we have increased our focus on green school initiatives, participated yearly
in the PA-Healthy Schools Report Card award, and have been designated as a 2019 U.S.
Department of Education Green Ribbon School. Working with our students and teachers to
identify and implement initiatives that focus on a healthy and sustainable environment serve to
benefit our children, their families, and our greater community.

Sarah Fuller

I have been teaching fourth and fifth grades at Pittsburgh Urban Christian School (PUCS) in
Wilkinsburg, PA since 2007. Last year, as part of my integrated unit about the circulatory and
respiratory systems, my students and I began working with Women for a Healthy Environment
on a multi-faceted air quality project. I found myself both deeply interested and engaged in
issues of poor air quality in our region, and I want to continue learning and working towards
solutions!

Judy Brand

I am a certified school nurse and have been with the Environmental Charter School for 10
years. Our school has a huge focus on green cleaning and environmental concerns, so getting
involved with Women for a Healthy Environment went right along with our school’s guiding
principles. Our school has worked with Kara and Dr. Gentile on air quality issues in the past and
are excited to continue!

Ameeta Schmitt

I am an Assistant Principal at Pittsburgh Brashear High School. Formerly, I taught grades 9-12
for 7 years as a Foreign Language instructor. I recently completed my Doctorate in Education
where my work focused on language, literacy, and culture. Throughout the program, I was also
involved in Social Justice Advocacy work. Being an employee in a highly diverse building has
stretched my thinking about what it meant to have a healthy school. The more I learned, the
stronger my drive to strive for healthy school grew. For me, a primary focus is on the prevalence
of food desserts in parts of the city and lack of public transportation to access food sources.

Lorna Rosenberg

I am Lorna Rosenberg, LEED Green Associate and recent retiree from the US EPA Region 3
office in Philadelphia after 36 years of service. In the past 20 years my focus has been green
buildings, green and healthy school, sustainable communities and disaster relief. My focus on
schools led me to be a founding member of the Pennsylvania Green and Healthy Schools
Partnership – promoting Green Ribbon Schools in Pennsylvania and have been a trainer for
EPA’s Tools for Schools Indoor Air Quality Program at many conferences and events around
the Commonwealth. I headed the “green committee” in my school district – Cheltenham
Township, Montgomery County 2016-2017. My concern in my “working”retirement, as in my
time with EPA, is to see that all children and staff in schools with healthy environments in which
to teach and learn. I live in Montgomery County,

Britnee Weatherspoon

I am currently a District Administrator at Clairton City School District where I oversee
attendance, coordination of social services and school health initiatives, and serve as the
homeless and foster care liaison. I am a National Cadre Trainer for the Dove Self-Esteem
Project, and a recent graduate from the University of Pittsburgh completing my Doctor of
Education degree with a concentration in Health and Physical Activity. My passion and
experience align with incorporating the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC)
model to improve school health policies and practices. I am passionate about creating healthier
school and community environments for underserved populations, ensuring that young people
are afforded the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Tiffany Ward

I am currently entering my 10th year of education as a Math Academic Coach at Pittsburgh
Allegheny 6-8. I previously have taught in primary self-contained classrooms and upper
elementary departmentalized math. In April 2020 I began an initiative called The Pittsburgh
Village Project, which focuses on uniting our community to create educational resources that
ensure equitable learning during the Covid-19 school closures and beyond. I am passionate
about using and creating real-world, project-based, engaging curricula as a means to racial and
economic justice. I am excited about partnering with Healthy Schools to engage in work that
gives students a voice in creating and sustaining healthy communities through learning!

Join us for the:

2022 Healthy Schools PA Summit

Where and When? December 9, 2022 Virtual

8:30am– Welcome from Phil Johnson, Heinz Foundation on the Healthy Schools PA State of the Schools Report 

9:00-10:00am: First Keynote speaker: former Climate Advisor to the Obama Administration and Activist, Molly Kawahata

10:00-11:00am Panel — Teaching Hope to the Next Generation of Climate Leaders in the School Environment  

11:00-11:15am: Break 

11:15-12:15pm – Second Keynote Speaker: Research Scientist and Deputy Indoor Environment Group Leader in Energy Analysis and Environmental Impact Division at Lawrence: Dr. Rengie Chan

12:15 – 12:45 pm: Break for lunch 

12:45– 1:15 pm: Expert presentation on what it takes to promote and protect healthy school environments across PA

1:15 – 2:30 pm – Learning from Experts and Innovators’ Award-Winning Initiatives in School Environmental Health featuring PA Green Ribbon Schools.

2:30pm– Close with final remarks from Healthy Schools PA Program Manager, Shannon Meyers 

Join Us!

Together, we can ensure a safe and healthy environment for our children and those who devote their lives to shaping them into the next generation of leaders. Join engaging panel discussions among community leaders, policymakers, advocates, scientists and families from across our region, state and nation for the Healthy Schools Pennsylvania Summit on December 9, 2022.

Register for this free, virtual event using the link below: