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Dr. Melvin E. Clark, Sr., The Founder of the Family Life CenterLessLess
Dr. Melvin E. Clark, Sr., The Founder of the Family Life CenterLess

 For over 58 years of dynamic ministry and progressive community leadership, Dr. Melvin E. Clark, Sr., has been considered a leader among leaders. He is a highly-regarded theologian, presidential advisor, international thought leader, executive level advisor and accomplished businessman who has never lost his love and concern for the people of Aliquippa. During his tenure, the Family Life Center has experience phenomenal growth that has crossed cultural and ethnic boundaries. His leadership abilities and deep concern for people has brought him before many leaders including four Presidents of the United States. He has been called on several occasions to serve in an advisory capacity to former President William Clinton, and was sought by the Bush administration to serve in a leadership capacity. Dr. Clark’s years of outstanding achievement as a community leader and Senior Pastor of the legendary Church in the Round of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania resulted in his consecration and appointment by the General Board of Bishops of the Church of God in Christ, Inc. in October of 1986 to the Bishopric and Jurisdictional Prelate of the Second Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Pennsylvania. In this capacity, he has served as ambassador around the world as a delegate to the World Pentecostal Conference in Jerusalem and later in Switzerland. At the request of the President of Sierra Leone, he was honored to be called to speak during a special celebration at the President’s church. He later traveled to Seoul, South Korea to speak and helped develop a ministry there. Dr. Clark has also spoke in Greece, the City of Corinth, twice in London, England, and has had the honor of serving at the Vatican, Rome, Italy as counselor, and advisor. Dr. Clark is the recipient of the Man of the Year Award of the Greater Aliquippa Chamber of Commerce, the Humanitarian Award of the NAACP, of which he is a lifetime member, the Certificate of Tribute and the coveted Presiding Bishop’s Award of the Church of God in Christ, Inc. commending Dr. Clark for his most loyal and faithful service. He adds this honor to an outstanding education career, which includes two Master’s degrees and an earned Doctorate of Philosophy.

 For over 58 years of dynamic ministry and progressive community leadership, Dr. Melvin E. Clark, Sr., has been considered a leader among leaders. He is a highly-regarded theologian, presidential advisor, international thought leader, executive level advisor and accomplished businessman who has never lost his love and concern for the people of Aliquippa. During his tenure, the Family Life Center has experience phenomenal growth that has crossed cultural and ethnic boundaries. His leadership abilities and deep concern for people has brought him before many leaders including four Presidents of the United States. He has been called on several occasions to serve in an advisory capacity to former President William Clinton, and was sought by the Bush administration to serve in a leadership capacity. Dr. Clark’s years of outstanding achievement as a community leader and Senior Pastor of the legendary Church in the Round of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania resulted in his consecration and appointment by the General Board of Bishops of the Church of God in Christ, Inc. in October of 1986 to the Bishopric and Jurisdictional Prelate of the Second Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Pennsylvania. In this capacity, he has served as ambassador around the world as a delegate to the World Pentecostal Conference in Jerusalem and later in Switzerland. At the request of the President of Sierra Leone, he was honored to be called to speak during a special celebration at the President’s church. He later traveled to Seoul, South Korea to speak and helped develop a ministry there. Dr. Clark has also spoke in Greece, the City of Corinth, twice in London, England, and has had the honor of serving at the Vatican, Rome, Italy as counselor, and advisor. Dr. Clark is the recipient of the Man of the Year Award of the Greater Aliquippa Chamber of Commerce, the Humanitarian Award of the NAACP, of which he is a lifetime member, the Certificate of Tribute and the coveted Presiding Bishop’s Award of the Church of God in Christ, Inc. commending Dr. Clark for his most loyal and faithful service. He adds this honor to an outstanding education career, which includes two Master’s degrees and an earned Doctorate of Philosophy.

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 Melvin E. Clark, Jr., Chief Executive Officer and Owner, GW Peoples Contracting CompanyLessLess
 Melvin E. Clark, Jr., Chief Executive Officer and Owner, GW Peoples Contracting CompanyLess

Mr. Clark, currently Owner, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer, of G.W. Peoples Contracting Company, Inc. (GWP) has built an impressive three-decade career, building and managing two national rail construction companies. Armed with the spiritual and moral teachings imparted to him by his father, a nationally-known evangelical minister, and COGIC Bishop, he graduated from Pennsylvania State University, followed by JD and MBA degrees from Northwestern University. Mr. Clark then began his legal career with a prominent Pittsburgh law firm, as a corporate and labor attorney, prior to joining the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. In 1983, Mr. Clark, with his father’s support, founded Metroplex Corporation, the nation’s first minority-owned railroad construction company which he grew into a nationally-known and widely-respected leader in its field. The company won multi-million dollar contracts for prestigious transit projects across the country, including the Alameda LRT Corridor in Los Angeles ($65 million), the Bay Area Rapid Transit Project in San Francisco ($35 million) and the New Jersey Transit Project in Camden ($50 million). In 2000, Clark sold that company to Balfour Beatty, a U.K.-based construction/engineering firm. In 2011, Mr. Clark acquired full control of G.W. Peoples, and under his leadership, expertise, and vision, GWP now boasts a successful turnaround, producing over $22 million in annual sales. GWP was the DBE rail contractor for the Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) rehabilitation of the Dan Ryan Red Line, a $425 million project to upgrade 10.2 miles of the CTA system where, GWP was able to ensure that over 70 percent of the its workforce on the project was minority (men and women). GWP also built the Atlanta Downtown Streetcar Line, and constructed the Norfolk Light Rail Transit System for Hampton Roads Transit. Currently, the firm is aggressively recruiting, hiring, and training inner city residents for GWP jobs working on the SafeTrack rail maintenance project for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). GWP has partnered with Dwayne Sampson, CEO of the Transportation Diversity Council (TDC), to recruit, hire, and train up to 50 graduates of the Bronx Design and Construction Academy (BDCA) for employment on the SafeTrack project. Mr. Clark visited the BDCA to see first-hand how the students were engaged in acquiring the requisite industry skills and declared his appreciation for the opportunity to become aligned with the school. He subsequently became a featured speaker at their graduation. Mr. Clark is proud to offer these recent graduates a true opportunity to better support themselves and their families, while at the same time addressing the severe unemployment in the inner city. Working as an agent of change in Washington, Mr. Clark helped establish a Mentor Protégé Program for the Small Business Administration in the mid-1990s designed to pair minority-owned businesses with large firms with the goals of providing marketing and financial assistance, and facilitating procurement of federal contracts. 

Mr. Clark, currently Owner, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer, of G.W. Peoples Contracting Company, Inc. (GWP) has built an impressive three-decade career, building and managing two national rail construction companies. Armed with the spiritual and moral teachings imparted to him by his father, a nationally-known evangelical minister, and COGIC Bishop, he graduated from Pennsylvania State University, followed by JD and MBA degrees from Northwestern University. Mr. Clark then began his legal career with a prominent Pittsburgh law firm, as a corporate and labor attorney, prior to joining the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. In 1983, Mr. Clark, with his father’s support, founded Metroplex Corporation, the nation’s first minority-owned railroad construction company which he grew into a nationally-known and widely-respected leader in its field. The company won multi-million dollar contracts for prestigious transit projects across the country, including the Alameda LRT Corridor in Los Angeles ($65 million), the Bay Area Rapid Transit Project in San Francisco ($35 million) and the New Jersey Transit Project in Camden ($50 million). In 2000, Clark sold that company to Balfour Beatty, a U.K.-based construction/engineering firm. In 2011, Mr. Clark acquired full control of G.W. Peoples, and under his leadership, expertise, and vision, GWP now boasts a successful turnaround, producing over $22 million in annual sales. GWP was the DBE rail contractor for the Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) rehabilitation of the Dan Ryan Red Line, a $425 million project to upgrade 10.2 miles of the CTA system where, GWP was able to ensure that over 70 percent of the its workforce on the project was minority (men and women). GWP also built the Atlanta Downtown Streetcar Line, and constructed the Norfolk Light Rail Transit System for Hampton Roads Transit. Currently, the firm is aggressively recruiting, hiring, and training inner city residents for GWP jobs working on the SafeTrack rail maintenance project for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). GWP has partnered with Dwayne Sampson, CEO of the Transportation Diversity Council (TDC), to recruit, hire, and train up to 50 graduates of the Bronx Design and Construction Academy (BDCA) for employment on the SafeTrack project. Mr. Clark visited the BDCA to see first-hand how the students were engaged in acquiring the requisite industry skills and declared his appreciation for the opportunity to become aligned with the school. He subsequently became a featured speaker at their graduation. Mr. Clark is proud to offer these recent graduates a true opportunity to better support themselves and their families, while at the same time addressing the severe unemployment in the inner city. Working as an agent of change in Washington, Mr. Clark helped establish a Mentor Protégé Program for the Small Business Administration in the mid-1990s designed to pair minority-owned businesses with large firms with the goals of providing marketing and financial assistance, and facilitating procurement of federal contracts. 

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Mr. Clark and Metroplex signed the SBA’s first Mentor-Protégé agreement with GWP, then a small struggling contractor. He had also previously received Presidential appointments to the Boards of the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation, the United Service Organization, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. Mr. Clark was a private sector representative for the U.S. State Department at the UN Trade and Development Conference in South Africa. He was also a member of President Clinton’s White House Mission to Africa and a member of TransAfrica Forum’s coterie to Haiti to provide assistance to the country’s depressed economy. Mr. Clark is an active member of YPO, an executive education organization of more than 20,000 presidents and CEOs worldwide, all committed to the exchange of ideas and shared experiences. Importantly, Mr. Clark is also a founding member of Black YPO, created to focus on interactions and experiences unique to minority executives. He is a member of the Allegheny Conference in Community Development of Pittsburgh, serves as Trustee for the Church in the Round in Aliquippa, PA, and supports the church and Beaver County, PA’s local Family Life Center with his time and through his generous financial contributions. A member of the international African-American Fraternity Omega Psi Phi, Mr. Clark is a true role model for our next generation. The hallmark of Mr. Clark’s success has been his legacy of breaking down the sometimes-imposing impediments of exclusion, discrimination, and intolerance. Mr. Clark relies on a simple and effective adage: “Do well by doing good”. Still an aggressive advocate for small and disadvantaged business concerns, Mr. Clark acted as an advisor to the White House Task Force on Small and Disadvantaged Business during the Obama Administration, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Congressional Black Caucus Institute’s 21th Century Council. The CBCI launched the 21 Century Council to identify issues key to ensuring a sound future for all Americans and to provide workable solutions to the White House and U.S. Congress to meet these challenges. In his leadership role at GWP, Mr. Clark will continue to mentor and advise senior management on all aspects of marketing, management, and construction decisions. Indeed, he has re-energized G.W. Peoples, and positioned it as a premier rail contracting company to take advantage of the substantial growth potential occasioned by a welcome renaissance in the rail industry.

Mr. Clark and Metroplex signed the SBA’s first Mentor-Protégé agreement with GWP, then a small struggling contractor. He had also previously received Presidential appointments to the Boards of the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation, the United Service Organization, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. Mr. Clark was a private sector representative for the U.S. State Department at the UN Trade and Development Conference in South Africa. He was also a member of President Clinton’s White House Mission to Africa and a member of TransAfrica Forum’s coterie to Haiti to provide assistance to the country’s depressed economy. Mr. Clark is an active member of YPO, an executive education organization of more than 20,000 presidents and CEOs worldwide, all committed to the exchange of ideas and shared experiences. Importantly, Mr. Clark is also a founding member of Black YPO, created to focus on interactions and experiences unique to minority executives. He is a member of the Allegheny Conference in Community Development of Pittsburgh, serves as Trustee for the Church in the Round in Aliquippa, PA, and supports the church and Beaver County, PA’s local Family Life Center with his time and through his generous financial contributions. A member of the international African-American Fraternity Omega Psi Phi, Mr. Clark is a true role model for our next generation. The hallmark of Mr. Clark’s success has been his legacy of breaking down the sometimes-imposing impediments of exclusion, discrimination, and intolerance. Mr. Clark relies on a simple and effective adage: “Do well by doing good”. Still an aggressive advocate for small and disadvantaged business concerns, Mr. Clark acted as an advisor to the White House Task Force on Small and Disadvantaged Business during the Obama Administration, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Congressional Black Caucus Institute’s 21th Century Council. The CBCI launched the 21 Century Council to identify issues key to ensuring a sound future for all Americans and to provide workable solutions to the White House and U.S. Congress to meet these challenges. In his leadership role at GWP, Mr. Clark will continue to mentor and advise senior management on all aspects of marketing, management, and construction decisions. Indeed, he has re-energized G.W. Peoples, and positioned it as a premier rail contracting company to take advantage of the substantial growth potential occasioned by a welcome renaissance in the rail industry.

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Dr. Peter D. Carbone, Superintendent, Aliquippa School DistrictLessLess
Dr. Peter D. Carbone, Superintendent, Aliquippa School DistrictLess

Dr. Carbone is an experienced educational leader who is successful in effectively leading staff at both the elementary and middle school levels. He oversees a school district that provides basic educational services to 1,171 pupils through the employment of 115 teachers, 74 full-time and part-time support personnel, and nine administrators. He also manages a budget in excess of $12.1 million in state funding. He is focused on improving student achievement through formative supervision of teachers, and involvement in curriculum mapping and promoting evidence-based instructional strategies. His professional achievements in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and assessment include increased student proficiency on the PSSA in both Reading and Mathematics, implementation of Response to Instruction and Intervention (Rtll), introduction of Common Core Transition, integration of technology in classrooms, and initiation of co-teaching and inclusive practices models. He’s also provided educational leadership that included participating in the Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s Transitioning to the Superintendency Program, implementation of the Educator Effectiveness System and Differentiated Supervision Program, utilization of H.E.A.T. and LoTi Observation Tool for teacher supervision, and assistance in the development of Keystones to Opportunity (KtO) Striving Readers Grant. He is a frequent presenter at conferences around the United States which includes presentations at two Federal Programs Conferences, and a workshop at PDE Special Education Conference. Dr. Carbone began his teaching and academic career in 1996 as a high school mathematics teacher, and after school instructor. He subsequently received several promotions that included Assistant to the Principal, Elementary and Middle School Principal, and being appointed at Superintendent of the Aliquippa School District. He holds several degrees and certifications from Youngstown State University which includes a Doctorate of Education, a Masters of Educational Administration, a Pennsylvania Letter of Eligibility, a Pennsylvania Elementary Principal Certification, and a Pennsylvania Secondary Principal Certification. He also earned a Bachelor Degree in Mathematics from Geneva College.

Dr. Carbone is an experienced educational leader who is successful in effectively leading staff at both the elementary and middle school levels. He oversees a school district that provides basic educational services to 1,171 pupils through the employment of 115 teachers, 74 full-time and part-time support personnel, and nine administrators. He also manages a budget in excess of $12.1 million in state funding. He is focused on improving student achievement through formative supervision of teachers, and involvement in curriculum mapping and promoting evidence-based instructional strategies. His professional achievements in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and assessment include increased student proficiency on the PSSA in both Reading and Mathematics, implementation of Response to Instruction and Intervention (Rtll), introduction of Common Core Transition, integration of technology in classrooms, and initiation of co-teaching and inclusive practices models. He’s also provided educational leadership that included participating in the Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s Transitioning to the Superintendency Program, implementation of the Educator Effectiveness System and Differentiated Supervision Program, utilization of H.E.A.T. and LoTi Observation Tool for teacher supervision, and assistance in the development of Keystones to Opportunity (KtO) Striving Readers Grant. He is a frequent presenter at conferences around the United States which includes presentations at two Federal Programs Conferences, and a workshop at PDE Special Education Conference. Dr. Carbone began his teaching and academic career in 1996 as a high school mathematics teacher, and after school instructor. He subsequently received several promotions that included Assistant to the Principal, Elementary and Middle School Principal, and being appointed at Superintendent of the Aliquippa School District. He holds several degrees and certifications from Youngstown State University which includes a Doctorate of Education, a Masters of Educational Administration, a Pennsylvania Letter of Eligibility, a Pennsylvania Elementary Principal Certification, and a Pennsylvania Secondary Principal Certification. He also earned a Bachelor Degree in Mathematics from Geneva College.

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Bernard S. Wallace, Chairman of the Board, The Family Life CenterLessLess
Bernard S. Wallace, Chairman of the Board, The Family Life CenterLess

Since 1995, the Family Life Center (FLC), under the capable leadership of its Chairman, Bernard S. Wallace, has demonstrated that it has the vision, passion, organizational agility, expertise, board governance, organizational capacity, and experience to understand and address the generational issues facing the community of Aliquippa and the Beaver County region. Bernard Wallace has distinguished himself as an educator, administrator, and community activist for over 43 years. He is a graduate of the Aliquippa High School and completed his understudy at Cheyney State University of Pennsylvania receiving the Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education, majoring in Social Science. As a former educator in the Aliquippa School District for nine years he established the Secondary Special Education Curriculum and Work Experience Program. He is also degreed and is certified in Special Education for the Gifted and the Educable Mentally Challenged. His postgraduate studies included Penn State University, and Geneva College. He served with many local and county boards. Some of his board affiliations are Board Chairman of the Drug and Alcohol of Beaver County; Vice President of the Beaver County Minority Coalition; Lifesteps of Butler and Beaver County; Beaver County Special Commission; Western Pennsylvania Labor Agency; Prevention Project Liaison, Board Member of the Beaver County Housing Authority, and the NAACP. 

Since 1995, the Family Life Center (FLC), under the capable leadership of its Chairman, Bernard S. Wallace, has demonstrated that it has the vision, passion, organizational agility, expertise, board governance, organizational capacity, and experience to understand and address the generational issues facing the community of Aliquippa and the Beaver County region. Bernard Wallace has distinguished himself as an educator, administrator, and community activist for over 43 years. He is a graduate of the Aliquippa High School and completed his understudy at Cheyney State University of Pennsylvania receiving the Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education, majoring in Social Science. As a former educator in the Aliquippa School District for nine years he established the Secondary Special Education Curriculum and Work Experience Program. He is also degreed and is certified in Special Education for the Gifted and the Educable Mentally Challenged. His postgraduate studies included Penn State University, and Geneva College. He served with many local and county boards. Some of his board affiliations are Board Chairman of the Drug and Alcohol of Beaver County; Vice President of the Beaver County Minority Coalition; Lifesteps of Butler and Beaver County; Beaver County Special Commission; Western Pennsylvania Labor Agency; Prevention Project Liaison, Board Member of the Beaver County Housing Authority, and the NAACP. 

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Wayne B. Cobb, Director of Communication, COGIC Urban Initiatives (Microsoft Funded)LessLess
Wayne B. Cobb, Director of Communication, COGIC Urban Initiatives (Microsoft Funded)Less

Wayne Bradley Cobb is a devoted Father, passionate Community Educator, Thought Leader, and champion for at-risk youth and their families. He holds a B.S. degree from Northwestern University School of Speech, and a Masters of Education, Ed.M. from Harvard University. Wayne has served through the years in many capacities, as Director of Carnegie Mellon’s Center for University Outreach wherein he successfully brokered and facilitated numerous issue centered Community Think Tank Conversations with business executives, school officials, key publics, religious leaders, change agents, and action officers across the face of the City of Pittsburgh. Theses structured dialogues were created and launched as a dynamic platform to engage in real issue centered conversations as collaborative planners and problem solvers. The results were intriguing, new tools were created, new models and approaches were developed which proved enormously helpful to workforce development and readiness efforts, community literacy initiatives and youth decision making programs. Wayne continued to be active in moving forward critical community education conversations and thought processes that put the organizations at the nexus of community capacity building and student achievement. He continues to be instrumental in the fatherhood movement and impactful in his mentoring efforts to identify, encourage, empower, and support emerging community leaders locally. He continues to utilize his gifts as an organizer, planner, presenter, and motivational speaker. His long standing grassroots investments in teaching, training and coaching students and their families around their future aspirations for higher education continues as he urges intentional educational next step planning and in school focus, rigor, study and performance. Wayne continues to be an effective voice for progress, always seeking to make clear how to successfully decode, translate, unpack, leverage and convert complex education and training systems into student confidence, motivation, productivity and achievement.

Wayne Bradley Cobb is a devoted Father, passionate Community Educator, Thought Leader, and champion for at-risk youth and their families. He holds a B.S. degree from Northwestern University School of Speech, and a Masters of Education, Ed.M. from Harvard University. Wayne has served through the years in many capacities, as Director of Carnegie Mellon’s Center for University Outreach wherein he successfully brokered and facilitated numerous issue centered Community Think Tank Conversations with business executives, school officials, key publics, religious leaders, change agents, and action officers across the face of the City of Pittsburgh. Theses structured dialogues were created and launched as a dynamic platform to engage in real issue centered conversations as collaborative planners and problem solvers. The results were intriguing, new tools were created, new models and approaches were developed which proved enormously helpful to workforce development and readiness efforts, community literacy initiatives and youth decision making programs. Wayne continued to be active in moving forward critical community education conversations and thought processes that put the organizations at the nexus of community capacity building and student achievement. He continues to be instrumental in the fatherhood movement and impactful in his mentoring efforts to identify, encourage, empower, and support emerging community leaders locally. He continues to utilize his gifts as an organizer, planner, presenter, and motivational speaker. His long standing grassroots investments in teaching, training and coaching students and their families around their future aspirations for higher education continues as he urges intentional educational next step planning and in school focus, rigor, study and performance. Wayne continues to be an effective voice for progress, always seeking to make clear how to successfully decode, translate, unpack, leverage and convert complex education and training systems into student confidence, motivation, productivity and achievement.

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Brandon Bell, Lead Analyst & Project Manager, Finance Department, Eaton CorporationLessLess
Brandon Bell, Lead Analyst & Project Manager, Finance Department, Eaton CorporationLess

Brandon is a Lead Analyst (Project Manager) within Eaton Corporation’s Finance Department working specifically on governance and SOX compliance initiatives. Brandon specializes in risk consulting services related to mortgage and consumer lending within the financial services industry. His experience reflects strength in the areas of compliance and internal auditing services for the financial services, manufacturing and health sciences industries. He has over 15 years of experience related to management consulting, audit, and compliance. His representative clients in Freddie Mac/MHA-C, PNC Financial Services, Del Monte Foods, Bank of New York, Bank of America, Etrade, and Analogics Corporation, among others. Through his experience, he has assisted in the development of testing strategies for continuous monitoring initiatives, process/IT implementation initiatives, in addition to control and compliance testing with government agencies. His experience also consists of regulatory and policy/procedure reviews, project management, IT systems testing, and data analytics. Brandon has extensive professional experience in delivering risk advisory services across several industries. Prior to joining Eaton Corporation, Brandon was a Senior Associate within KPMG’s Financial Risk Management group, Senior Auditor within the internal audit department of PNC Financial Services in addition to working within the Risk Advisory Services group at Ernst & Young. His industry experience includes responsibility for leading onsite global site (Europe, China, South America, Australia) validations implementing Eaton accounting policies and procedures, ERP recommendations. Execution of the overall Sarbanes-Oxley 404 plan for the Electrical Sector for the Americas, EMEA and APAC regions, managing relationships with external auditor and other third-party resources pertaining to Electrical Sector annual SOX initiative, providing training and hands-on support to operations for the annual SOX requirements, performing compliance reviews including the following: process control walkthroughs, narratives, testing, and risk and control matrices’ for a major mortgage servicer verifying Servicer compliance with regulations established part of the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) developed by the U.S. Department of Treasury, performing loan file reviews and audits for mortgage servicers, and developing process flow diagrams for business processes such as: human resources, payroll, fixed assets, inventory, order to cash, and procurement. Brandon is a member of the board of directors of The Family Life Center, Three Rivers Youth, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting/Management from La Roche College, and a Masters Degree in Public Management-Finance from Carnegie Mellon University.

Brandon is a Lead Analyst (Project Manager) within Eaton Corporation’s Finance Department working specifically on governance and SOX compliance initiatives. Brandon specializes in risk consulting services related to mortgage and consumer lending within the financial services industry. His experience reflects strength in the areas of compliance and internal auditing services for the financial services, manufacturing and health sciences industries. He has over 15 years of experience related to management consulting, audit, and compliance. His representative clients in Freddie Mac/MHA-C, PNC Financial Services, Del Monte Foods, Bank of New York, Bank of America, Etrade, and Analogics Corporation, among others. Through his experience, he has assisted in the development of testing strategies for continuous monitoring initiatives, process/IT implementation initiatives, in addition to control and compliance testing with government agencies. His experience also consists of regulatory and policy/procedure reviews, project management, IT systems testing, and data analytics. Brandon has extensive professional experience in delivering risk advisory services across several industries. Prior to joining Eaton Corporation, Brandon was a Senior Associate within KPMG’s Financial Risk Management group, Senior Auditor within the internal audit department of PNC Financial Services in addition to working within the Risk Advisory Services group at Ernst & Young. His industry experience includes responsibility for leading onsite global site (Europe, China, South America, Australia) validations implementing Eaton accounting policies and procedures, ERP recommendations. Execution of the overall Sarbanes-Oxley 404 plan for the Electrical Sector for the Americas, EMEA and APAC regions, managing relationships with external auditor and other third-party resources pertaining to Electrical Sector annual SOX initiative, providing training and hands-on support to operations for the annual SOX requirements, performing compliance reviews including the following: process control walkthroughs, narratives, testing, and risk and control matrices’ for a major mortgage servicer verifying Servicer compliance with regulations established part of the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) developed by the U.S. Department of Treasury, performing loan file reviews and audits for mortgage servicers, and developing process flow diagrams for business processes such as: human resources, payroll, fixed assets, inventory, order to cash, and procurement. Brandon is a member of the board of directors of The Family Life Center, Three Rivers Youth, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting/Management from La Roche College, and a Masters Degree in Public Management-Finance from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Jonathan S. Clark, Senior Manager, Business Development/Marketing, GW Peoples Contracting Company  LessLess
Jonathan S. Clark, Senior Manager, Business Development/Marketing, GW Peoples Contracting Company  Less

Jonathan graduated Summa Cum Laude from Georgetown University Real Estate Program following dual pursuits in both a Master’s degree in Real Estate Development and Finance. Jon also graduated from the University of Virginia with two undergraduate degrees, majoring in Economics with a concentration in Finance, and in History with a concentration in US Foreign Policy in the Middle East. He is currently Senior Manager of Business Development for G.W. Peoples. Jonathan has 12 years of professional experience geared towards analytical and results-driven strategic management activities. Notable expertise is in process improvement, project management, and successfully managing cross-functional teams to execute multi-channel strategy development. Proficient in performing quantitative analysis, risk assessment, and testing development strategies. Strong ability for working in high-pressure environments with professionalism and exceptional focus. Highly effective in developing strong business relationships with clients and business partners throughout. Prior to joining G.W. Peoples, Jonathan was an analyst at the hedge fund Brochet Capital, where he helped research and develop long/short equity trading strategies covering domestic and international markets. In addition to being a White House intern during the Clinton administration heavily involved in Finance and fundraising activities, Jonathan was also with Morgan Stanley serving as an analyst, as well as with the private equity fund Sterling Venture Capital. He currently serves as a member of the Ashley DC Leadership Council and is a Board Member of the Family Life Center working to build and expand community development initiatives throughout the city. Jonathan is also a licensed real estate salesperson in the State of Maryland.

Jonathan graduated Summa Cum Laude from Georgetown University Real Estate Program following dual pursuits in both a Master’s degree in Real Estate Development and Finance. Jon also graduated from the University of Virginia with two undergraduate degrees, majoring in Economics with a concentration in Finance, and in History with a concentration in US Foreign Policy in the Middle East. He is currently Senior Manager of Business Development for G.W. Peoples. Jonathan has 12 years of professional experience geared towards analytical and results-driven strategic management activities. Notable expertise is in process improvement, project management, and successfully managing cross-functional teams to execute multi-channel strategy development. Proficient in performing quantitative analysis, risk assessment, and testing development strategies. Strong ability for working in high-pressure environments with professionalism and exceptional focus. Highly effective in developing strong business relationships with clients and business partners throughout. Prior to joining G.W. Peoples, Jonathan was an analyst at the hedge fund Brochet Capital, where he helped research and develop long/short equity trading strategies covering domestic and international markets. In addition to being a White House intern during the Clinton administration heavily involved in Finance and fundraising activities, Jonathan was also with Morgan Stanley serving as an analyst, as well as with the private equity fund Sterling Venture Capital. He currently serves as a member of the Ashley DC Leadership Council and is a Board Member of the Family Life Center working to build and expand community development initiatives throughout the city. Jonathan is also a licensed real estate salesperson in the State of Maryland.

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John Thomas, Retired Superintendent of School, Aliquippa School DistrictLessLess
John Thomas, Retired Superintendent of School, Aliquippa School DistrictLess

John D. Thomas has over 35 years of progressive experience with the Aliquippa School District and the community of Aliquippa having most recently served as its Superintendent of Schools from 2014-2010, and Assistant to the Superintendent in 2003. He is a graduate of Aliquippa High School and attended Missouri Southern State College graduating with Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education, and a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Pittsburgh. He is also a certification from Duquesne University as a Counselor grades K-12, and Reading Specialist Certification K-12, and an Elementary and Secondary Principal Certification, and Superintendent Letter of Eligibility from Youngstown State University. During his career John served as an Elementary Reading and Language Arts teacher, Middle School Guidance Counselor, and Aliquippa High School Principal (10 years). He currently works part-time Beaver County Rehabilitation Center with adults with intellectual & cognitive challenges, and is Program Director with the Family Life Center and continues to also volunteer as a mentor there. John is a member of the Board of Directors of the Family Life Center, the Aliquippa Franklin Center, the NAACP, the Church in the Round Board of Trustees, and serves on the Beaver County Rehabilitation Job Advisory Committee.

John D. Thomas has over 35 years of progressive experience with the Aliquippa School District and the community of Aliquippa having most recently served as its Superintendent of Schools from 2014-2010, and Assistant to the Superintendent in 2003. He is a graduate of Aliquippa High School and attended Missouri Southern State College graduating with Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education, and a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Pittsburgh. He is also a certification from Duquesne University as a Counselor grades K-12, and Reading Specialist Certification K-12, and an Elementary and Secondary Principal Certification, and Superintendent Letter of Eligibility from Youngstown State University. During his career John served as an Elementary Reading and Language Arts teacher, Middle School Guidance Counselor, and Aliquippa High School Principal (10 years). He currently works part-time Beaver County Rehabilitation Center with adults with intellectual & cognitive challenges, and is Program Director with the Family Life Center and continues to also volunteer as a mentor there. John is a member of the Board of Directors of the Family Life Center, the Aliquippa Franklin Center, the NAACP, the Church in the Round Board of Trustees, and serves on the Beaver County Rehabilitation Job Advisory Committee.

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Matt Sherwin, President, Sherwin and AssociatesLessLess
Matt Sherwin, President, Sherwin and AssociatesLess

Matthew Sherwin is a Business Development Specialist who works with business and corporate interests throughout the United States and abroad. Most recently he served as the Director of Business Development for Brew: The Museum of Beer located in Pittsburgh. This high-end business concept was developed with assistance from executives representing the sectors of tourism, economic development, philanthropy, food & beverage, and professional entertainment. He steered key elements related to the capital stack and capital formation, theme development, and acting as the primary representative to the corporate, business, and political world. Matthew is an experienced strategist, fundraiser, and capital formation expert having worked with successful entrepreneurs, non-profit agencies, after-school programs, sports organizations, and governmental organizations. He previously served as political counselor to the President of the opposition party in Cambodia, the founder of the Democratic Party of Hong Kong and the Environmental Adviser to the President of the Philippines. Matt was the valedictorian and class president at Peters Township High School in Pittsburgh, and he holds a Bachelor Degree in politics and biochemistry from Yale University, graduating in 2005, where he co-founded The Hillhouse Scholars Program and organized the seed funding competition for the Yale Entrepreneurial Society.

Matthew Sherwin is a Business Development Specialist who works with business and corporate interests throughout the United States and abroad. Most recently he served as the Director of Business Development for Brew: The Museum of Beer located in Pittsburgh. This high-end business concept was developed with assistance from executives representing the sectors of tourism, economic development, philanthropy, food & beverage, and professional entertainment. He steered key elements related to the capital stack and capital formation, theme development, and acting as the primary representative to the corporate, business, and political world. Matthew is an experienced strategist, fundraiser, and capital formation expert having worked with successful entrepreneurs, non-profit agencies, after-school programs, sports organizations, and governmental organizations. He previously served as political counselor to the President of the opposition party in Cambodia, the founder of the Democratic Party of Hong Kong and the Environmental Adviser to the President of the Philippines. Matt was the valedictorian and class president at Peters Township High School in Pittsburgh, and he holds a Bachelor Degree in politics and biochemistry from Yale University, graduating in 2005, where he co-founded The Hillhouse Scholars Program and organized the seed funding competition for the Yale Entrepreneurial Society.

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Daryl Milliner, Sr., President & CEO, Entcommedia.comLessLess
Daryl Milliner, Sr., President & CEO, Entcommedia.comLess

Daryl oversees Entcommedia.com, is a Pennsylvania based full service advertising and multi-media agency. His firm offers high-end video production services, television, radio, print media, billboards, (digital & vinyl), mobile phone charging stations, cinema advertising, SEO/SEM Optimizations, social media, digital media solutions, experiential media, website design & development, as well as integrated marketing solutions. He is a former National Account Manager and Trainer for Unique Screen Media, a national provider of cinema advertising, and a former National Sales Director with Paradigm Partners, an International Engineering and Tax Consulting firm based in Houston, Texas. Daryl also holds several financial and insurance certifications and licenses resulting from his successful tenure as a Financial Consultant with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith. His credentials include Advanced Financial Planning & Management from the Donald T. Regan School of Finance, Merrill Lynch & Co., CFP, NASD, Series 6, 63, and Life Insurance License for the States of PA, OH, NJ, GA, CA, TX, TN, and VA. He’s also earned professional certifications from Duquesne University Non-Profit Leadership Institute, the University of Pittsburgh, Katz Graduate of Business, (Small Business Development Center & Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence), New York Life Insurance Training Institute, Amerus Life Insurance and Financial Planning Institute, and Financial Planning Institute Shearson Lehman. Daryl also holds a Bachelor Degree in Heath Planning, Administration, and Pre-Med from Pennsylvania State University. His community service and engagement experience spans forty-years and includes posts as Interim Executive Director of Mother to Son Program for state of Pennsylvania, Project Director for the Pittsburgh Office of The National Fatherhood Initiative, Executive Pastor of Prayer Chapel COGIC, Parent Ambassador, Penn State University, Adjunct Professor, Community College of Allegheny County, Founder of Unity Of Jesus Christ Church, State College, PA, Member of the Pennsylvania State University Alumni Association, AAAO African American Alumni Association-Penn State, Board Member of The Second Mile, Penn State University, Advisory Board, Global Pittsburgh, International Family Host and Marketing Consultant, St. Bede’s Pastoral Parish Council Board Member, St. Bede Basketball Coach, Swissvale Youth Baseball Association T-ball Founding Member, Swissvale Flashes Midget Football Team Board Member, Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School Soccer Team brand ambassador, Pittsburgh Central Catholic Freshman Football Coach, and East End Crusaders Midget Football Volunteer.

Daryl oversees Entcommedia.com, is a Pennsylvania based full service advertising and multi-media agency. His firm offers high-end video production services, television, radio, print media, billboards, (digital & vinyl), mobile phone charging stations, cinema advertising, SEO/SEM Optimizations, social media, digital media solutions, experiential media, website design & development, as well as integrated marketing solutions. He is a former National Account Manager and Trainer for Unique Screen Media, a national provider of cinema advertising, and a former National Sales Director with Paradigm Partners, an International Engineering and Tax Consulting firm based in Houston, Texas. Daryl also holds several financial and insurance certifications and licenses resulting from his successful tenure as a Financial Consultant with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith. His credentials include Advanced Financial Planning & Management from the Donald T. Regan School of Finance, Merrill Lynch & Co., CFP, NASD, Series 6, 63, and Life Insurance License for the States of PA, OH, NJ, GA, CA, TX, TN, and VA. He’s also earned professional certifications from Duquesne University Non-Profit Leadership Institute, the University of Pittsburgh, Katz Graduate of Business, (Small Business Development Center & Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence), New York Life Insurance Training Institute, Amerus Life Insurance and Financial Planning Institute, and Financial Planning Institute Shearson Lehman. Daryl also holds a Bachelor Degree in Heath Planning, Administration, and Pre-Med from Pennsylvania State University. His community service and engagement experience spans forty-years and includes posts as Interim Executive Director of Mother to Son Program for state of Pennsylvania, Project Director for the Pittsburgh Office of The National Fatherhood Initiative, Executive Pastor of Prayer Chapel COGIC, Parent Ambassador, Penn State University, Adjunct Professor, Community College of Allegheny County, Founder of Unity Of Jesus Christ Church, State College, PA, Member of the Pennsylvania State University Alumni Association, AAAO African American Alumni Association-Penn State, Board Member of The Second Mile, Penn State University, Advisory Board, Global Pittsburgh, International Family Host and Marketing Consultant, St. Bede’s Pastoral Parish Council Board Member, St. Bede Basketball Coach, Swissvale Youth Baseball Association T-ball Founding Member, Swissvale Flashes Midget Football Team Board Member, Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School Soccer Team brand ambassador, Pittsburgh Central Catholic Freshman Football Coach, and East End Crusaders Midget Football Volunteer.

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