Leadership Beaver County I
Ann Andrews, B.F. Jones Memorial Library
Director of the B.F. Jones Memorial Library in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, Ann has worked in the library field since 1986. Ann held several positions at the Hillman Library at the University of Pittsburgh before getting her Master’s Degree. Her first professional position was as a Systems and Network Librarian at Sewickley Public Library. She then gained a position as a Public Services and Programming Librarian at the Cooper-Siegel Community Library. Ann is a member of the Pennsylvania Library Association, serving on the Legislative Committee. She is currently training for a volunteer position with Penn State Extension. Ann enjoys helping animal non-profit organizations.
Matt Barrage, NOVA Chemicals
Matt was born in the Pittsburgh area and has lived here his whole life. He graduated high school from Seneca Valley School District and college from the University of Pittsburgh where he received a degree in Chemical Engineering. During his schooling there he was fortunate enough to join the Co-op program and was brought on at NOVA Chemicals for three semesters. Following the conclusion of the internship he lived and studied in Madrid for a semester and was able to travel through Europe. He was then hired full-time at NOVA Chemicals upon his return in December 2015. Matt enjoys being outdoors as well as watching and playing all kinds of sports.
Kirsten Bestor, WesBanco
Kirsten is a Beaver County native who works as a Banking Center Manager for WesBanco Bank. She is proud and delighted to live and work in her hometown of Beaver Falls, serving her community through actively participating in the Beaver Falls Business District Authority, the Beaver Falls Community Development Corporation, and volunteering in her church, The Soma Gathering. Kirsten is a graduate of Geneva College (BA English, ‘04) and was recently elected to the Alumni Council. In her free time, she enjoys hiking on the North Country Trail with her two sons, reading on her porch swing, or meeting with friends over coffee.
Dr. Peter Birchler, The Chiropractic Health Center
Dr. Pete Birchler knew from an early age that he wanted a career that would positively impact another person’s life. He attended BCCS and Studied Pre-Med at Geneva College. He went on to attend Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City, Missouri where he graduated valedictorian for the second time in his academic career. Dr. Birchler has treated over 8,000 patients during the past 12 years. With 100’s of hours of advanced training in chiropractic, nutrition and personal injury accidents. For Dr. Birchler, being a chiropractor is a gift. “I want to share chiropractic care to as many people as I can and never lose sight of the joy it can give. Teaching and inspiring people about how to get well and stay well are my biggest accomplishments.”
Kolton Codner, CCBC
Kolt Codner is the Executive Director of Advancement & Sponsored Programs as well as the Foundation of the Community College of Beaver County. Since joining CCBC in 2017, Kolt has transitioned CCBC to a modern fundraising program that has generated nearly $6 million of new external investment to launch innovative programs, build state-of-the-art facilities, and support students. Codner’s professional experience has focused on securing more than $50 million funds for the organizations he has served. He previously served Kent State University for more than five years, where he led comprehensive university-wide corporate engagement. Prior to joining Kent State, Codner spent nearly six years with the City of Youngstown, where he worked to secure funding to address critical infrastructure needs and advance economic development initiatives. He holds an MBA and a BSBA from Youngstown State University.
Christine Cosky, B-Well Nation Fitness Center
Chris Cosky (Kate Harris) is the Owner/Operator of, and an instructor for, B Well Nation Fitness Center. Inspired by the philosophy & atmosphere of B Well, & motivated by the physical & mental benefits of Zumba® classes, Chris earned her first Zumba Instructor certification in August of 2011. Sharing the benefits of functional fitness & helping others achieve their wellness goals soon became her passion. Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism & Communications (1995) from Point Park College. She is nationally certified as a group exercise professional by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the National Association of Fitness Certifications (NAFC). Chris is currently studying Exercise Oncology through the American Council on Exercise to become a Cancer Exercise Specialist.
Nick DiPietro, Peoples
Born and raised in Beaver County, Nick attended Hopewell High School and furthered his education at Geneva College as a dual major earning a Bachelor of Science in both Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in 2011. While attending Geneva College, Nick was a four year starter as a place kicker for the Golden Tornados. Upon graduating, Nick took a job with Peoples Natural Gas, working as an engineer designing and installing distribution and transmission pipeline systems and compressor stations. Outside of work, Nick remains active in football through coaching at various kicking camps and youth programs held throughout Western PA.
Lisa Lathom, Berkshire Hathaway
Lisa is a full-time Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services. It's her goal to help you feel at ease, to keep you informed every step of the way, and to ensure that you're completely happy once the keys have traded hands! Lisa is the chairperson for the fundraising and membership committees of the Lions Club, the Advisor Assistant as well as a Regional/State judge for the Technology Student Association, and the Chapter President of AmSpirit Business Connections.
Glenn Natali, CCBC
As Vice President of Finance, Operations, and Information Technology at the Community College of Beaver County, Glenn Natali is responsible for the financial stewardship of the College, including preparation of capital and operating budgets, financial forecasts and reporting, and oversight of the campus’ administrative offices. Prior to joining CCBC, he served as Finance Director at Education Development Center, a nonprofit educational research and development organization. He possesses a strong skill set in the areas of financial oversight and management, including forecasting, modeling, and analytics. Glenn is most proud of the impact his work has on the community. He earned an MBA and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Massachusetts. He enjoys playing golf and spending time with his wife, Heather, and two kids, Grayson and Rachel.
Shon Owens, The Franklin Center
Shon is the coordinator of the Aliquippa Council of Men and Fathers/Fatherhood Initiative of Beaver County, an initiative of the Franklin Center of Beaver County Inc., in Aliquippa, PA. He is a Motivational Speaker, Fatherhood Engagement Specialist, Minister, and Mentor. Shon was a member of the United States Navy. He is the former Chair for Beaver County MH/ID Board; an alumnus of the US Army War College; and he currently serves as the Chair of the Inclusion Diversity Awareness Council. He was awarded the 2014 Black Male Engagement Award, the 2014 Deliverance Temple Legacy Award, the 2015 Christ’s Kingdom Ministry Center Most Influential African-American in the City of Aliquippa, and the 2015 Martin Luther King Community Service Award. Other honors include the Church in the Round Men’s Ministry Community Leader Appreciation Award and the DA’s Community Leaders Appreciation Award. He currently lives in Monaca, PA with his wife Jikkiko.
Bethany Williams, Community Development Consultant
A resident of Beaver Falls for the last 5 years, Bethany graduated from Geneva College with a BA in Student Ministry with a focus on Community & Economic Development. She was introduced to the world of local government as an administrative assistant in the Department of Code Enforcement for the City of Beaver Falls. Bethany worked in collaboration with the Beaver Falls City Council and City Manager to create the new Department of Community Development and was later installed as Director. She has worked to serve in the gaps of local government to help extend the reach and effectiveness of her fellow departments, to improve communication between residents, organizations and the municipality, and to implement programming and planning towards sustainability in the community. Bethany serves as a board member for the Beaver County Partnership for Community and Economic Growth and appears as a guest speaker for Job Training of Beaver County in the Entrepreneurship Program. An advocate for intergovernmental cooperation, Bethany started work as Administrator of the Beaver County Regional Council of Governments in June 2017.
Eric Woelfel, The PA Cyber Charter School
Eric Woelfel is 2001 graduate of Clarion University of Pennsylvania where he majored in Elementary Education. After spending two years teaching in the School District of Philadelphia, he was hired at The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School in 2003. Since then, Eric has served in numerous positions, accepted a few notable promotions, and is now serving as the Deputy Chief Operations Officer. In addition, Eric earned his principals certification and Master’s Degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Educational Leadership. Eric married Alyssa Curry from Kennett Square, PA in 2006 and together they have three children, Addison, Brandon and Avery.