Carlotta Paige – Co-chair/Secretary – Officer
Carlotta Paige is co-founder and co-chair of the Westmoreland Diversity Coalition and a native of Westmoreland County. Carlotta was a senior executive in New York City for 20+ years where she held senior executive positions managing some of the largest workforces and government funded programs and budgets in the country. She is an accomplished practitioner in health care administration, human resources, workforce development, human capital planning and nonprofit management. Carlotta studied Business Management and Human Resources at Pace University; attended Cornell University School of Labor Relations, and the Senior Executive Program for State and Local Government at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. Carlotta initiated and coauthored with Seton Hill University the research study entitled Confronting the Challenge of Diversity in Westmoreland County.
Rabbi Sara Perman – Co-chair – Officer
Rabbi Sara Rae Perman is co-founder and co-chair of the Westmoreland Diversity Coalition. She served as the Rabbi of Congregation Emanu-El Israel in Greensburg, Pennsylvania from 1986 – 2017. Rabbi Perman also served as the Jewish chaplain at the State Correctional Institute at Greensburg for 28 years and then at SCI Fayette. She has also served as chair of the Greater Pittsburgh Rabbinic Association; President of the Great Lakes Ohio Valley Association of Reform Rabbis; and twice as the chair of the Greensburg Ministerium. She also has served two terms as head of the Reform Rabbis of Greater Pittsburgh and is now co-chair of the Pittsburgh Area Reform Clergy. A graduate of Goucher College, Rabbi Perman did graduate work at SUNY at Buffalo and was ordained by (H.U.C.-J.I.R.). She received an Honorary Doctorate from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in May 2006 for “25 years of distinguished service to the Jewish people”.
James Galik – Vice chair – Officer
LGBT County Leadership/Advocate
Jim Galik is a U.S. Army veteran and was employed as a social worker at Torrance State Hospital for 30 years. In addition to being Vice Chair of the Westmoreland Diversity Coalition, he is president of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ligonier Valley and the Westmoreland LGBTQ Inter-Faith Network. He is a member of the executive committee of the Greensburg-Jeannette Branch NAACP and is a founding member of PFLAG-Greensburg.
Denise Holmes – Treasurer – Officer
V. P. NAACP
Angela Aldous – Trustee
Voice of Westmoreland
Angela Aldous has been a nurse for 15 years. One of those years was spent volunteering in Honduras with the Catholic Medical Mission Board where she fell in love with the people and culture of Honduras. Since her reluctant return to the states she has worked in oncology and hospice, often with immigrant populations. She was a Founding Member and Secretary of the Wisconsin Chapter of the Transcultural Nursing Society and is a member of the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition. In 2017 she co-founded the grassroots organization, Voice of Westmoreland, a non-partisan issue-based group dedicated to increasing civic engagement and fighting for a more equitable society in regards to healthcare, environmental protections, and racial justice. She is a mother of two young girls and swears that one of these years she’ll find time to finish a master’s degree in Global Public Health.
Albert Thiel – Trustee
Director, Student Activities
University of Pittsburgh/Greensburg
Albert Thiel has worked in universities in Pennsylvania and New York for over a decade. He has worked as a graduate assistant, practicum student as well as assistant director/director for a myriad of departments.
He has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Specialization in Actuary Science from Bowling Green State University as well as a Masters r of Arts in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. During his years of experience, Albert filled the position of Director of Student Activities at the University of Pittsburgh/Greensburg where he currently still holds that position. In 2017 he became a member of the Fearless Advocate for Men’s Engagement (FAME) group at the Blackburn Center. Albert is an ordained minister and has performed at multiple weddings. Yours could be next,
Dr. Deborah Harris – Trustee
Divine Designing Ministries
Rev. Dr. Deborah Harris, Pastor of Divine Designing Ministries, Inc., and Co-pastor of Second Baptist Church Leechburg, PA. She is an author, business executive, community leader, educator, and conference speaker.
Dr. Harris has an Associate’s in Graphic Communications and in Ministry, A Bachelors in Medial Arts and Illustration, A Masters, in Communication and Information Systems, and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership and Management. Though Dr. Harris’ educational platform includes leading various levels business and entrepreneurial discussions and training groups throughout the United States. Her greatest joy is Kingdom building and serving the Lord.
Joan McGarry has been Director of Education and Visitor Engagement at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg since December 2010. Prior to joining the Westmoreland, she worked in the education department of The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh for 6 years and at The Telfair Museum in Savannah, GA prior to that.
She holds an M.Ed. in Art Education from Carlow University and Undergraduate degrees in Art and History of Art from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, Joan is also a certified Art teacher, K-12 and has previous experience teaching at CAPA in Pittsburgh and as an art teacher for Manchester Academic Charter School afterschool program.
Kristine Demnovich – Trustee
Westmoreland County Juvenile Probation
Kristine is a Supervisor at Westmoreland County Juvenile Probation. She brings 30 years of experience in drug and alcohol treatment, mental health advocacy, and juvenile justice. Her specialty is restorative practices and restorative justice. While serving as Community Liaison at the Juvenile Court, she has collaboratively developed a number of programs and services based on community needs utilizing her skills in the areas of strategic planning, program, policy and process development. She is currently serving on the Westmoreland Criminal Justice Advisory Board as part of the Mental Health and Re-Entry Sub-Committees, and works with the Southwest Regional Crisis Intervention Team to bring training to the area. She is a certified CIT member
She served for many years on the Board of Directors of Mental Health America in Westmoreland County, ultimately receiving the Fred Funari Award of Distinction for her dedication working toward mental wellness.
Marty Haykin, MD – Trustee
Marti Haykin, MD, is a neurologist with Excela Health. She has been providing neurologic care in Westmoreland and Somerset counties since 2009. She graduated first in her class with an MD degree from the Medical College of Georgia in 2001. She completed her residency in neurology at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where she was the first resident to serve on the hospital’s medical ethics committee. Dr. Haykin also holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Virginia and a master of fine arts degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.
Matthew Shorraw – Trustee
Mayor, Monessen, PA
Matthew T. Shorraw (“Matt”) 27 was sworn in as the youngest Mayor of the City of Monessen in January of 2018. Matt is a 2009 graduate of Monessen High School, and holds a B.S in Commercial Music Technology from California University of Pennsylvania (2015), and is currently obtaining is M.Ed. in Technology Education, also from Cal U. He is a lifelong Monessen resident and a member of St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, in Monessen. He is an eclectic and caring community organizer who hopes to inspire Monessen’s next generation of youth.
Sheila Cuellar-Shaffer – Trustee
Visual Artist | Activist
Sheila Cuellar-Shaffer has been working as an artist, primarily as a painter, and designer for over 15 years. A native of Palmira, Colombia, Sheila graduated with a degree in Architectural Design from the Fundación Academia de Dibujo Profesional. She also studied Fine Arts at the Instituto Departamental de Bellas Artes in Cali, Colombia. Sheila is a 2017 Flight School Fellow, an initiative of Pittsburgh Center For The Arts / Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Creative Capital and The Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Her work has been shown at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Westmoreland Museum of American Art, the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art and numerous galleries in Pennsylvania, Florida, New York and Colombia. In 2015, Sheila was invited to show her work at the Pennsylvania State Capitol and Susquehanna Museum of Art for the Hispanic Heritage Celebration. She was invited by the United States Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory to be the guest speaker and represent the Latin American Community at their Hispanic Heritage Month celebration in 2016. Her work represents her interest in identity, diversity, human rights and social justice.
Theresa Matson – Trustee
Vice President, Community Based Services
Theresa is a 35 year employee with Adelphoi Village. Theresa oversees Behavioral Health programs, the Foster Care and Adoption Department, along with the in-home, family counseling and community based services, including the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Aftercare and Multisystem Therapy. She received her undergraduate degree in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been a Licensed Social Worker in the State of Pennsylvania for the last 18 years.
Thomas Barnette-Contreras – Trustee
Student, Greensburg Salem High School
Thomas Barnette-Contreras is a junior at Greensburg Salem High School. He is not only a prominent member of his high school’s community, but the Greensburg community at large, as he has volunteered with both Habitat for Humanity, Voice of Westmoreland, and the Westmoreland County chapter of AFS. Within his school, Thomas in the marching band’s drum major and a French Club officer. He is a devoted student, dedicating much of his time to his studies.