Board of Directors news

Jun 9, 2023Articles

At the June 7 board meeting, we thanked Steve Sokoloski for his service as Board President. CEO Carey Harris and incoming Board President Andrea Clark-Smith presented Steve with a gift to express our thanks. Steve joined our board in 2010 and has served as President since 2021.  He and his husband, Derick Stalker, have co-chaired One Big Table: An International Tasting for several years. He has served on our Development Committee and was a founding member of our Young Professionals Board. We are grateful to Steve for sharing his time, talent, and treasure to benefit our students. Steve will remain on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee as Immediate Past President.

On July 1, Andrea Clark-Smith will become our newest Board President. Andrea joined our board in 2020, serving as Secretary for the past year. She is associate chief legal officer and senior vice president of employment, labor, and physician contracting at UPMC.

Our new Vice President will be Leslie Gromis Baker who also joined the board in 2020 and currently serves as Nominating Committee Chair. She is senior principal, government relations for Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney.

Danell Cooper, CFO of KidsVoice, remains as Treasurer, and Scott Bartlett of Rich Foods stays on the Executive Committee as Secretary.

We congratulate Andrea Clark-Smith and Leslie Gromis Baker on their new roles and thank Steve Sokoloski for his leadership.

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