Western PA FIRST LEGO League Grand Championship



On Jan. 9, La Roche College and Providence Heights Alpha School hosted the Western PA FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Grand Championship. Seventy-three teams of children ages 9 to 14 participated in the three parts of the FLL event: Robot Game, Project, and Core Values. [Read more…]

Dr. Charles Krauthammer to Receive St. Barnabas’ Hance Award


Dr. Charles Krauthammer


St. Barnabas Charities Founder’s Day Slated for April 30th

GIBSONIA, PA. (Richland Twp.), Feb. 17, 2015 – Dr. Charles Krauthammer will be the featured speaker and honored
with the Hance Award as St. Barnabas celebrates its 115th Founder’s Day Thursday, April 30, 2015. Be inspired by this
extraordinary American – Dr. Krauthammer is a Pulitzer prize-winner, a syndicated columnist, a best-selling author, trauma
survivor, and a physician. [Read more…]

St. Barnabas CEO Leadership Conference

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 27th Annual St. Barnabas Health System CEO Leadership Conference Entrepreneurs: Thriving or Surviving? 

Entrepreneurs are innovators who are willing to take risks to manage and build their businesses.  They are often viewed as the force that drives economic and social progress, providing jobs and developing ideas that become a way of life for the next generation.

In that context, 300 senior executives in the Pittsburgh region gathered on Monday, September 23, 2013 at The Kean Theatre, Washington Place at St. Barnabas for a conference to delve into the very successes and failures that have gotten them to where they are now.  The theme of the 27th Annual St. Barnabas Health System CEO Leadership Conference was, Entrepreneurs: Thriving or Surviving? 

This year’s theme brought together some of the leading innovators in the region to discuss whether entrepreneurs are thriving or surviving in the Pittsburgh region.  While the topic may seem esoteric, the founders of the St. Barnabas Health System CEO Leadership Conference think it’s one worth exploring, since many entrepreneurs didn’t start out planning to invent something new or change the way things are done.  Instead, they were forced to reinvent themselves out of necessity.

The conference also featured an interactive display called “Dare to Invent” from George Davison’s Inventionland, showing how everyday people came up with bright ideas and then brought those inventions to life.

This year’s distinguished guests included: Christopher Donahue, President and CEO of Federated Investors Inc. as the featured speaker; panelists were George Davison, Founder and CEO of Davison and Inventionland; William Generett, Jr., President and CEO of Urban Innovations21; John LaCarte, Founder and CEO of LaCarte Development Company; Catherine Mott, Founder and CEO of BlueTree Capital Group and BlueTree Allied Angels; and Richard Kaminsky, President and CEO of Subway Southwest Inc.

The moderators were: Ray Carter, Vice President and General Manager of WPXI-TV; and James Roddey, Former Allegheny County Executive and Principal of ParenteBeard with an opening statement from William V. Day the president of St. Barnabas Health System.

The conference was also an opportunity to meet the 2013 Pittsburgh Pacesetters.  The prestigious awards were presented by Jennifer Sadlowe and Greg Jones, of Smart Business magazine to nine outstanding business leaders. The leaders that were awarded for setting the pace for the region were recognized in three divisions, based on the size of their organizations and/or rate of growth:

  • Emerging: Organizations with less than $10 million in annual revenue and a double-digit annual growth rate over the past three years
  • Midsized: Organizations with between $10 and $99 million in annual revenue
  • Centurion: Organizations with annual revenue in excess of $100 million

 Honorees included:


  • Darrin Grove – CEO, TrueFit
  • Charley Kennedy – Managing Principal, Fiducia Group
  • Debra Mortillaro – Co-owner, Dreadnought Wines


  • Mark Brennan – President and CEO, Clearview Federal Credit Union
  • Dr. Thomas Mattei – Associate Dean of Professional Programs, Duquesne University
  • H. Rochelle Stachel – Founder and CEO, HRV Conformance Verifications Associates
  • Ken Zeff – Founder and CEO, Crazy Mocha


Troy Gregory – President and CEO, System One Holdings

 Dennis Oates – President and CEO, Universal Stainless and Alloy

Pittsburgh Best Story Awards

  • Debra Mortillaro – Co-owner, Dreadnought Wines
  • Ken Zeff – Founder and CEO, Crazy Mocha
  • Troy Gregory – President and CEO, System One Holdings

 Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Edward A. Nicholson, Ph. D – Robert Morris University



Kean Quest Talent Search Winners!


KQ Shane Treloar_Audience Choice with Award_RGBAudience Choice – Shane Treloar

 Shane Treloar is 11-years-old and in 6th grade at West Allegheny Middle School. He lives in McDonald and his hobbies are tap dancing, drawing and singing. For the finals he sang “One Moment in Time” recorded by Whitney Houston.   “Winning felt really good.  Everyone was very excited and proud of me.”

Judges’ Choice – Ashlyn BeatriceKQ Ashlyn Beatrice_Judges Choice with Award_RGB

 Ashlyn Beatrice is 9-years-old and in 3rd grade at New Brighton Elementary School. She lives in New Brighton and her hobbies include singing, acting and dancing. For the finals she sang “I Won’t Grow Up” from Disney’s “Peter Pan.”   After winning, Ashlyn said, “I feel like I can do anything.”

KQ Grace Rusnica_1st Runner Up with Award_RGB 1st Runner-Up – Grace Rusnica

 Grace Rusnica is 10-years-old and in 5th grade at West Hempfield Elementary School. She lives in Irwin and her hobbies include singing, dancing, acting and playing the piano. For the finals she sang “Gimme Gimme” from the musical “Throughly Modern Millie.”

 2nd Runner-Up – Carmen LoPrestiKQ Carmen LoPresti_2nd Runner Up with Award_RGB

 Carmen LoPresti is 18-years-old and a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School. He lives in Jefferson Hills and his hobbies are singing, Jazz Band and theatre. For the finals he sang “You’re Nobody Til Somebody Loves You” recorded by Dean Martin.

KQ Jackie Evancho and Paige Hurbanek 2_RGB Jackie Evancho Award – Paige Hurbanek

 Paige Hurbanek is 14-years-old and in 8th grade at St. Kilian Parish School. She lives in Cranberry Township and her hobbies are playing the guitar, writing songs, singing and drawing. For the finals she played the guitar and performed an original song she composed titled “Cold Dreams.”  “Kean Quest has opened so many opportunities for me.”




Adult Competition

 KQ Johnny Richards_RGBAudience Choice – Johnny Richards

 Johnny Richards lives in New Brighton and works at Mitsubishi Electric. His hobbies include astronomy and music. For the Adult Competition he played the guitar and sang “Fire and Rain” by James Taylor.  “I’m thinking of coming back again next year for a 3-peat!”

 KQ Jason Albert_RGBJudges’ Choice – Jason Albert

 Jason Albert lives in Butler and works as a truck driver. His hobbies include playing the guitar and The Bible. For the Adult Competition he played the guitar and sang “Dearly Loved” by Jimmy Needham.   “It was a blessing.”

 1st Runner-Up – Nick BramlettKQ Nick Bramlett_RGB

 Nick Bramlett lives in Pittsburgh and works as an IT OPS Technician. His hobbies are weight lifting, competitive sports and traveling. For the Adult Competition he sang “When I was Your Man” by Bruno Mars.

KQ Studio 4_RGB 2nd Runner-Up – “Studio 4” The quartet “Studio 4” is comprised of Don Dressler, Keith Harker, Nathaniel Fessler and Harrison King III. For the Adult Competition they sang “I Can See Clearly” by Johnny Nash.

 Don Dressler lives in North Huntington and works at #1 Cochran. In his spare time he directs the Steel City Harmonizers.   Keith Harker lives in Forest Hills and works at the Carnegie Science Center. His hobbies are Barbershop Quartets, Division 3 paintball, videogames and clubbing.   Nathaniel Fessler lives in Bloomfield and works as a Stage Rigger. He enjoys theatre, motorcycles and traveling.   Harrison King III lives in Carnegie and works in Medical Billing. His hobbies are scuba diving, free diving and voice acting.


The Fifth Annual Olé 5K Race By: Paula Green


Ole5K-1 Ole5K-3  Ole5K-2        The Spanish word olé means bravo or hooray, it is simply a way of expressing excitement.  Since its inception in 2009, the Olé 5K Race has generated enthusiastic crowds.  This year’s fundraiser will be held at 10 a.m., April 13, at North Park and it benefits the Anna Seethaler Hospital in Oaxaca, Mexico. 

         Back in 1999, Father Scott Seethaler was visiting some friends in Oaxaca, which is the third poorest state in the country.  During his stay, it became very apparent to him that there was an urgent need for quality health in this impoverished region in Mexico.  On the final day of his visit, he committed himself to building a medical clinic to serve the poor who were coming in large numbers to the capital with the dream of making a better life for themselves.

         It took one year to build the facility which opened in Nov. 2000, as a clinic and later expanded to a full service hospital.  The project was financed through the generous donations of many benefactors.  It was named after Father Scott’s mother who was a great inspiration in his life.

         Some of the patients travel six hours to the hospital to receive quality care, which serves approximately 1,800 patients a month.  During any given year, the hospital will treat as many as 300 patients who are so poor that they are unable to pay a peso for their treatment.Ole5K-4

          The annual Olé 5K is held to raise much needed funds for this Mexican hospital.  Your donations will help provide free or reduced care to the patients of Oaxaca.

          This year’s race features the “best post-race fiesta in the Burgh” with a Mexican buffet, prizes, raffle baskets, music and more surprises.  If you register by Mar. 19, you can take advantage of the early pricing, which is $20 (with a guaranteed t-shirt) after Mar. 19, the cost is $25 (t-shirt while supplies last).  Family discount pricing (for members living in the same house) is available.

         The race will begin adjacent to Harmar Grove at Pie Traynor in North Park (behind the swimming pool).  To register, visit http://www.ole5K.com.   Sponsors are needed for the race as well.  For information on sponsorship, call (412) 367-2428 or email keithbish@verizon.net.