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Our world-renowned and diverse medical advisory board, staff and board of directors value science and the physical and emotional wellness of the patient above all else.

Board of Directors

Ron Zorn
President

Ron Zorn is the President & CEO of PennAlt Organics. A seasoned entrepreneur and business development specialist, he has current business interests across multiple industries including the areas of printing, property development, inventory management and retail sales.

For 20 years, Mr. Zorn has been the owner of Custom Forms and Graphics, servicing numerous national companies, including American Eagle Outfitters, The North Face and The Children’s Place. He also owns C&L Partners, an inventory management, liquidation and packaging company supporting notable companies, such as Chico’s, Rue 21 and Izod.

Mr. Zorn has expansive knowledge of the gaming industry, which, like the medical marijuana industry, is highly regulated and subject to stringent regulatory compliance. This provides him with a unique skill set to help ensure PennAlt’s success in this critical area. As a partner in Electronic Gaming Solutions, Inc., manufacturer and distributor of high tech portable gaming devices, he brings the necessary and applicable experience with regulatory compliance.

Mr. Zorn attended Geneva University, Point Park College and Butler County Community College. He lives in Harmony, Pennsylvania.

John Smolic
Executive Vice President

Mr. John Smolic is a lifelong entrepreneur with more than 30 years of experience owning successful companies in manufacturing, distribution, retail and real estate.  As the President, CEO and a founding member of Electronic Gaming Solutions (EGS), he has extensive experience operating in the highly regulated charitable electronic gaming industry.  EGS is as a leading manufacturer and distributor of software and hardware systems for the charitable gaming industry throughout the United States and in certain international jurisdictions. EGS is also a preferred vendor for several commercial cruise lines that have deployed its product lines to manage their sales, inventory, accounting and customer invoicing.  During his tenure, Mr. Smolic oversaw the growth of EGS from a distributor to a vertically integrated company that now includes software product development and hardware manufacturing.

 

With more than 24 years of experience working with state, federal and international licensing agencies, Mr. Smolic led EGS through the rigorous process of securing and maintaining 23 separate gaming licenses in 18 different states.  As a key employee, Mr. Smolic has passed extensive background checks for these jurisdictions, and his compliance history is documented by each state.

 

EGS has provided significant economic impact to the communities they work in through job creation. Additionally, under Mr. Smolic’s leadership the company has been instrumental in generated revenues in excess of $800 million for charitable causes across the U.S.

 

Mr. Smolic is a graduate of Marquette University School of Journalism in Milwaukee. He makes his home in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.

Anthony Tomasello
Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer

Anthony Tomasello joined i-Networks as Senior Managing Director after a hiatus following his retirement as the Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of Stericycle, Inc., a publicly traded company that specializes exclusively in regulated services and the associated risk management to the healthcare community.

Mr. Tomasello has public, private and nonprofit Board of Directors experience. As its current Chairman, he guides the strategic activities of Novian Health, a FDA approved breast tumor therapy company. As a founding investor, he supports the commercial launch of ROND, Inc., a web-based data analytics and management company. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of Tech Transitions, LLC., a joint venture with the University of Utah. He is also an active member of the Merrill Lynch/Bank of America Client Advisory Board.

He is an active member of the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors of Communities in Schools; founding supporter and advisor to Man-up Pittsburgh, a faith-based initiative focused on at-risk fathers; and a supporter of the Children’s Hospitals of both Pittsburgh and Chicago.

Dr. Frank Costa, MD
Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Frank Costa is a clinical associate professor and attending physician at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Department of Urology. He is also the medical director and chief of surgery of the Urology Institute of Pittsburgh—one of the largest urologic referral centers in Western Pennsylvania.

Dr. Costa received his degree in biology from the University of Pittsburgh, and completed his medical school training in surgery and urology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He went on to complete both an internship and a residency in general surgery, and a residency in urologic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where he served as chief resident.

Board certified in urology and anti-aging, Dr. Costa has affiliations with several hospitals and holds memberships in many professional societies, including the American Urological Association and Association of Clinical Urologists.

Dr. Costa has presented numerous scientific papers and has published several articles in professional journals and lay press. His awards include “Medical Professional of the Year,” repeated selection in Guide to America’s Top Physicians, “Top Doctor” by U.S. News and World Report, and he has been honored with repeated inclusion in Castle Connolly Top Doctors.

His directed health initiatives have reached more than 25 million households in more than 15 national magazines, including O, The Oprah Magazine and Men’s Health. He has regularly appeared on local, national and international media outlets to discuss topics of urologic interest.

Dr. Costa is an advocate of medical marijuana as he believes it offers an effective and compassionate alternative for appropriate patients to alleviate pain and suffering and improve their clinical condition.

Dawn Fuchs
Director of Transportation

Dawn Fuchs is Managing Director of Weavertown Transport Leasing, Inc. (WEG), a Univar Company. Since assuming this role in 2000, she has grown the WEG’s top line three times its size, while improving the bottom line by eight percent. She successfully led the acquisition of WEG by Univar, a publicly traded, NYSE Company.

Ms. Fuchs has led the business through three difficult business cycles, including the recession. She always starts the process of preparing for this type of situation very early so that the true recession is never felt. When the steel industry tanked in 2001, leaving the company with $2.25 million in non-collectible receivables, WEG reinvented itself overnight, moving toward remediation work in the utility industry and petroleum distribution. She diversified into the aggregate and landscape supply business and started a towing operation.

Ms. Fuchs is active in the community and serves on numerous boards including Team Pennsylvania, Allegheny Conference on Community Development, Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation, JWF Industries, and she is on the Board of Directors for Washington Health System.

Some of Ms. Fuch’s recognitions over the years include: 15 Top Leaders/Women in Business Awards/Pittsburgh Business Times, 2011; Diamond CEO Award/Pittsburgh’s Top CEO’s and Company Presidents, Pittsburgh Business Times, 2011; and The Entrepreneurial Achievement Award, Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania, 2012.

Jacques L. Moye, Sr., CPA, Esq.
Board of Directors

Mr. Jacques L. Moye, Sr., CPA, Esq., a native of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, graduated from Slippery Rock University and earned a BSBA with a concentration in Accounting. Mr. Moye began his career with Deloitte & Touche where he earned his certified public accountant certification and gained a broad range of financial and business experience.

Mr. Moye followed this experience in public sector work within the Allegheny County Controller’s Office, the office of the Allegheny County Chief Executive and the Allegheny County Department of Economic Development. Mr. Moye also served as a member of the Allegheny County Retirement Board, where he was the first African-American and the youngest board member in the history of the board.

Mr. Moye was conferred his Juris Doctor degree from Duquesne University School of Law and began his legal practice at McGuireWoods LLP, practicing in the areas of corporate mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and general corporate matters. Mr. Moye also handles SEC, private equity, structured note issuances and other investment related matters for both public and private entities. In late 2012, Mr. Moye moved his practice to Clark Hill PLC. Mr. Moye is a member of the firm’s General Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group.

Mr. Moye was recognized by Super Lawyers magazine as a Corporate Law Rising Star in 2014, an honor bestowed upon only five percent of the attorneys in his peer group.

Tony Bucci
Board of Directors

Tony Bucci is chairman and chief executive officer of MARC USA, one of the nation’s largest privately-held marketing communications companies with more than 200 associates and full-service offices in Chicago, Miami, Boston, and Pittsburgh. He is also an investor in PennAlt Organics, Inc.

He began his career at MARC USA as an assistant account executive and moved steadily up the ranks to be named Chairman in 1997. He is a pioneer in advertising agency management and re-engineering. Tony authored the American Association of Advertising Agencies’ Management Guide as well as numerous articles on agency structure, advertising and branding and has spoken to business groups all over the world.

Mr. Bucci is widely recognized for his leadership and philanthropic efforts and has won many honors for his contributions to his profession and to the community, including induction into the Pittsburgh Advertising Federation Hall of Fame. Other awards include the Junior Achievement Golden Achievement Award, the Pittsburgh Opera Maecenas Award and the Vectors Man of the Year Award in Communications.

Mr. Bucci is currently the Vice-Chairman of the National Board of Directors of Girls Inc.; President of the Board of Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera; and Board Member of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Challenge Program, and Eastport Holdings (a private equity company). He is an Emeritus Board member of Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pittsburgh Manchester Craftsmen Guild, United Cerebral Palsy Foundation (CLASS), and Make-A-Wish Foundation of Western Pennsylvania & Southern West Virginia.

Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Frank J. Costa, MD
Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Frank Costa is a clinical associate professor and attending physician at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Department of Urology. He is also the medical director and chief of surgery of the Urology Institute of Pittsburgh—one of the largest urologic referral centers in Western Pennsylvania.

Dr. Costa received his degree in biology from the University of Pittsburgh, and completed his medical school training in surgery and urology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He went on to complete both an internship and a residency in general surgery, and a residency in urologic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where he served as chief resident.

Board certified in urology and anti-aging, Dr. Costa has affiliations with several hospitals and holds memberships in many professional societies, including the American Urological Association and Association of Clinical Urologists.

Dr. Costa has presented numerous scientific papers and has published several articles in professional journals and lay press. His awards include “Medical Professional of the Year,” repeated selection in Guide to America’s Top Physicians, “Top Doctor” by U.S. News and World Report, and he has been honored with repeated inclusion in Castle Connolly Top Doctors.

His directed health initiatives have reached more than 25 million households in more than 15 national magazines, including O, The Oprah Magazine and Men’s Health. He has regularly appeared on local, national and international media outlets to discuss topics of urologic interest.

Dr. Costa is an advocate of medical marijuana as he believes it offers an effective and compassionate alternative for appropriate patients to alleviate pain and suffering and improve their clinical condition.

Dr. Thomas E. Starzl, MD, Joy Starzl
Medical Advisory Board

Posthumous Acknowledgement

Dr. Thomas Earl Starzl added a new dimension to the practice of medicine by inventing or improving experimental organ transplant operations and ultimately making these procedures broadly applicable in humans. Dr. Starzl’s body of work is described in his more than 1,600 publications in professional journals, four books and more than 100 textbook chapters.

Dr. Starzl’s exhaustive research culminated in organ transplantation, beginning with the kidney and liver.  From 1959 to 1964, while pursuing this objective, Dr. Starzl detailed much of the foundation of transplantation. However, successful organ transplantation was inexplicable until he and his colleagues discovered donor leukocytes in 1992 in the tissues or blood of various kinds of long-surviving organ recipients.

Dr. Starzl received his B.A. degree from Westminster College, and his MD and PhD in neuroscience from Northwestern University. He retired from clinical practice in 1991, but remained active in research as Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. The University of Pittsburgh honored Dr. Starzl through the dedication of the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute.  His numerous distinctions include the Medawar Prize (1992), the Presidential Medal of Science (2005) and the Lasker Award for Clinical Science (2012).

Dr. Starzl was instrumental in the overall development and vision of PennAlt Organics, Inc., and believed strongly in the need for medical research and exploration into the use of medical marijuana. Under his guidance the PennAlt team established a broad coalition of physicians and health professionals to serve on the PennAlt Medical Advisory Board.

Dr. Starzl’s wife Joy will be assuming his role on the Advisory Board to provide oversight of his vision.

Dr. Suzanne Sisley, MD
Senior Medical Consultant

Dr. Suzanne Sisley is the Medical Director for PennAlt Organics. In addition to her role with PennAlt, Dr. Sisley provides clinical support and policy guidance to medical marijuana licensees in 15 states across the U.S.

A psychiatrist and former clinical professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Dr. Sisley is recognized as the preeminent researcher on the potential medicinal uses of marijuana. In April 2016, Dr. Sisley received approval from the DEA to conduct the first study to test how marijuana interacts with veterans with severe PTSD. She remained diligent throughout the nearly seven-year process, and she, along with the veteran community, was tenacious and determined to overcome the obstacles.

Dr. Sisley is a 1995 graduate from the University of Arizona College of Medicine, specializing in internal medicine and psychology. Dr. Sisley currently lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, but is often found traveling across the country providing expert testimony and advice to lawmakers, her colleagues and the general public regarding the medical uses of marijuana.

Dr. Genester Wilson-King, MD
Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Genester Wilson-King is a highly successful clinician with more than 20 years of experience. After building her own OB/GYN practice, Dr. Wilson-King embarked on a journey to combine her passions, training and expertise to bring optimum health and wellness to her patients. Recognizing a need for increased health awareness, she completed training in Mastery of Hormone Therapy Replacement Optimization. She has been prescribing bioidentical hormones since the 1990s and established herself as a knowledgeable health and age management physician. She is certified in Bioidentical Hormone Therapy and Preventive Aging Medicine.

In recent years, Dr. Wilson-King expanded her clinical focus to include the study and treatment of patients using medical marijuana. She has completed the entire curriculum of the Medical Cannabis Institute and the Society of Cannabis Clinicians. Dr. Wilson-King has also completed externships in cultivation and extraction techniques in Oregon, as well as in cannabis-dedicated clinician practices treating patients with epilepsy, severe seizure disorders, cancer, and autism.

Dr. Wilson-King received her bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and completed her medical degree, internship, and residency at Thomas Jefferson Medical College. She is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, as well as a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Dr. Wilson-King maintains a professional membership in the American College of OB/GYN. She is on the board of directors of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians and is a Clinical Cannabis Educator and Clinician.

Dr. Abdulrab Aziz, MD
Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Abdulrab Aziz graduated from the Kabul Medical Institute in Afghanistan in 1977. He completed his education and training at UPMC Shadyside.

Dr. Aziz is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology. He is a member of several professional societies including the American Medical Association, Pennsylvania Medical Society, Allegheny Medical Society, American College of Physicians and Fellow American College of Cardiology.

He works in Monroeville, PA, where he specializes in cardiovascular disease. Dr. Aziz is affiliated with Forbes Hospital, UPMC East and UPMC Shadyside. He treats approximately 15,000 patients annually.

He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and their three children.

Antoniette Costa-Barbuto, RPH
Director of Dispensing Services

Ms. Antoniette Barbuto, is a long-time member of the Pittsburgh business community. For more than 28 years, she has been the co-owner and operator of The Medicine Shoppe, a community retail pharmacy in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. In 1991, Ms. Barbuto and her business partner opened A&G Pharmacy Services-Long Term Care Pharmacy. In 2016, there were 31,000 prescriptions filled in The Medicine Shoppe and 27,000 in A&G Pharmacy totaling 58,000. Ms. Barbuto provides advanced practice pharmacy services including immunizations and compounding.

A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. in Science and Pharmacy, she completed internships at West Penn Hospital, Sycamore Community Pharmacy, and Thrift Drug Chain Pharmacy.

Ms. Barbuto is a licensed Pharmacist for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and has been authorized to administer injectables since 2006. She is a member of the National Community Pharmacy Association, PA Pharmaceutical Association, American Pharmaceutical Association and Managed Healthcare Associates.

Dr. Oliver W. Caminos, MD
Medical Advisory Board

For more than 37 years, Dr. Oliver Caminos has specialized in clinical and invasive cardiology from his main office in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. Dr. Caminos also provides medical testing in multiple areas at the Pittsburgh Cardiovascular Institute. He currently has privileges in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the Western Pennsylvania Hospital, the Western Pennsylvania Hospital Forbes Regional Campus and UPMC of Pittsburgh.

Specializing in internal medicine and cardiology, Dr. Caminos received his medical degree from the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1967. He finished his cardiology fellowship in Argentina, prior to moving to the U.S. where he completed a cardiology fellowship at the Western Pennsylvania Hospital.

Dr. Caminos is licensed to practice Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida and West Virginia.

Dr. Andre Dobson, MD
Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Andre Dobson is the Corporate Medical Director at Anesthesia Healthcare Partners, Inc. Dr. Dobson oversees Anesthesia Healthcare Partners’ outsourced anesthesia services for all partnerships throughout the country. He has owned a successful pain practice and served many East Coast hospitals in varying roles ranging from staff anesthesiologist to Chief of Anesthesia. Dr. Dobson has also served as Clinical Instructor for institutions, including Canonsburg General Hospital, Altoona Hospital for Medicine, Ellwood City Hospital, Weirton Osteopathic Hospital, Potters Medical Center, Greene County Memorial Hospital, Hahnemann University Hospital and Kings County Hospital in New York.

Dr. Dobson completed his anesthesia residency at Western Pennsylvania Hospital and is an active member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Pennsylvania Society of Anesthesiologists, International Anesthesia Research Society, International Trauma Anesthesia & Critical Care Society, and the American Academy of Pain Management.

Dr. Dobson received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He is licensed in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Dr. Richard Kasdan, MD
Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Richard Kasdan has more than 45 years of experience in neurology. He is currently the president of the Associates in Neurology of Pittsburgh, which he founded in 1977. He serves as the Department of Neurology chairman of a local hospital and as a Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from Cornell University, Dr. Kasdan received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He continued his education and training with an internship at Montefiore University Hospital and his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Dr. Kasdan has been a principal investigator on numerous trials, and is board certified in both neurology and psychiatry. He holds medical licenses in both New York and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Kotayya Kondaveeti, MD
Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Kotayya Kondaveeti is a gastroenterologist in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is affiliated with UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, UPMC Mercy and UPMC South Side.

A graduate of Guntur Medical College, Dr. Kondaveeti completed his training and residency at Raritan Valley Hospital and a fellowship at Allegheny General Hospital. Dr. Kondaveeti is board certified by the American College of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He served as a board member on the Allegheny County Department of Health on two separate occasions.

Dr. Kondaveeti and his family make their home in Monroeville, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Thomas Kramer, MD
Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Thomas Kramer is an orthopedic surgeon with more than 25 years of experience. Dr. Kramer specializes in spinal surgeries and performs approximately 300 joint replacements annually. He is affiliated with Same Day Surgery at UPMC South Side, Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital and UPMC Passavant.

Dr. Kramer completed his undergraduate education at Pennsylvania State University. He received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and completed postgraduate education and training at the University of Alabama, Health South Medical Center, and the University of Maryland Hospital.

In addition to several clinical appointments and affiliations, Dr. Kramer serves at the Clinical Instructor Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Carol A. Krupski, MD
Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Carol Krupski is a graduate of St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing where she received her Registered Nursing degree. She then attended the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in biochemistry and graduating magna cum laude. She completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Magee-Women’s Hospital and the University of Pittsburgh. She fulfilled her four-year National Health Service Corps obligation in Pittsburgh.

Dr. Krupski has been in private practice for more than 20 years and is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is a member of the Allegheny County Medical Society, the Pennsylvania Medical Society, the American Medical Association and a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She served as President of the Medical Staff at Magee-Womens Hospital.

She lives in Squirrel Hill with her spouse and two sons.

Dr. Marc Liang, MD, FACS
Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Marc Liang, is a plastic surgeon with more than 30 years of practice in the Pittsburgh area. He received his medical degree at University of Cincinnati, and completed his post-graduate internship and residency at the University of Pittsburgh and the MD Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute.

Dr. Liang is the former Chief of Plastic Surgery at Montefiore Hospital of Pittsburgh. Currently, he is a clinical associate professor of plastic surgery in the School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and a clinical preceptor for the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program at Chatham University.

He is active in the field of plastic surgery and has presented at several national and international meetings, written more than 50 peer reviewed publications and holds several U.S. patents.

Dr. Liang is dual certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of General Surgery. He is a member of numerous societies, including The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, the Greater Pittsburgh Plastic Surgery Society and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.  He has received numerous awards and recognition such as Top Doctors and Best Doctors by Pittsburgh Magazine, a Patient’s Choice Award of Pennsylvania’s Favorite Physicians and Ten Best Plastic Surgeons Patient Satisfaction by the American Academy Institute of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Jawdat Nikoula, MD
Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Jawdat Nikoula has 36 years of medical experience and specializes in family medicine. Dr. Nikoula is affiliated with Westmoreland Hospital. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from LaRoche College in Pittsburgh and his medical degree from Dominica University, British West Indies.

Board-certified in family practice since 1991, Dr. Nikoula has also been certified as an AMDA medical director since 2010. He is a member of several medical societies including the American Academy of Family Physicians, Western Carolina Medical Society and the Society of Post-Acute and Long Term Care.

Dr. Nikoula lives in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Victor R. Prisk, MD, FAAOS
Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Victor Prisk is an orthopedic surgeon with more than 10 years of experience. Dr. Prisk completes approximately 3,500 patient visits per year, with about 1,500 being new patients.

Dr. Prisk is an associate professor at Drexel University, a board member and medical director at the Bodiography Center, a GNC Medical Advisory Board Member and CEO of VRP Sciences, LLC.

A 1993 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Dr. Prisk continued his education and training at Iowa State University where he graduated with a B.S. in Zoology with emphasis on physiology and biochemistry. Dr. Prisk has also studied at Michigan State University’s master’s program in human physiology, the University of Illinois College of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh’s department of orthopedic surgery as a resident and research fellow.

Dr. Gail Reede-Jones, MD
Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Gail Reede Jones received a bachelor’s degree from Hunter College of The City University of New York and earned her medical degree from Meharry Medical College. She completed her urological surgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Dr. Jones is certified by the American Board of Urology and holds memberships in the American Medical Association, American Urological Association, Arkansas Medical Society, Arkansas Urologic Society, Arkansas Medical, Dental and Pharmaceutical Association, and Pulaski County Medical Society. She is also on the Medical Board of the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Dr. Jones is a general urologist who sees men for vasectomies and prostate, bladder and kidney disease. She also treats women for many urological conditions.

Dr. Jones lives in Little Rock with her husband.

Dr. Rajesh Sehgal, MBBS, MD, FACP
Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Rajesh Sehgal has more than 20 years of experience in the specialties of hematology and medical oncology. He is currently the Chief of the Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center East in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Sehgal received his medical degree from the Medical College in Amritsar, India. He continued his education and training with a residency in internal medicine at Michigan State University, McLaren Regional Medical Center and a fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Dr. Sehgal is a member of Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center Hospice Advisory Committee, which is responsible for monthly evaluations of the hospice program at Huntington and resolutions of issues at the administrative level.

Board certified in hematology and medical oncology and internal medicine, Dr. Sehgal is a member of American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology, American College of Physicians
European Society of Medical Oncology, West Virginia Oncology Society and the Fellow American College of Physicians.

Dr. Shaka M. Walker, MD
Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Shaka M. Walker specializes in orthopedic sports medicine. His specific area of expertise includes arthroscopic surgery, biosurgical treatment of cartilage injuries and orthopedic trauma and joint replacement.

Following his 1996 graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a B.S. in biology, Dr. Walker received his medical degree from Georgetown University. In addition to graduating with the cum laude distinction, he was also a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society.

Dr. Walker completed nine years of active duty service in the U.S. Air Force. He served as the Chief of Orthopedic Services at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany where he provided care for injured and wounded service members. Additional practice experience includes assignments in Japan, Germany, and California as well as deployments to Serbia and Afghanistan.

Dr. Walker completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of California San Francisco. Upon his discharge, he joined The Orthopedic Group in August 2014. Currently, Dr. Walker is a provider at St. Clair Orthopedic Associates, St. Clair Hospital.

Board certified in both orthopedic surgery and orthopedic sports medicine, Dr. Walker has been published in several professional journals and has given numerous presentations on techniques in his field.

Dr. Walker lives in Upper St. Clair with his wife and their three children.

Dr. David O. Wilson, MD MPH
Medical Advisory Board

Dr. David Wilson has been associated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center since his internship in 1980. He has been on the faculty of both the Graduate School of Public Health and the Medical School at the University of Pittsburgh in one capacity or another since 1986. He currently works at UPMC Shadyside and is the pulmonologist of the multi-disciplinary Lung Cancer clinic at the Hillman Cancer Center, which he co-founded.

Dr. Wilson is the Director of the Georgia Cooper Lung Nodule/Cancer Proteomics/Genomics Research Registry and Associate Director of the Lung Cancer Center of the Hillman Cancer Center of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. He is the lead clinician for the Pittsburgh Lung cancer Screening Study (PluSS) and co-investigator for the Pittsburgh Lung Cancer SPORE.

He is the principal investigator in Pittsburgh for the iloprost chemoprevention trial. He is the Director of the Nutrition Support Service at UPMC Shadyside. He introduced endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) to Pittsburgh and has a longstanding interest in lung cancer staging and treatment.

Dr. Wilson’s research interests include lung cancer screening and chemoprevention, diagnosis, staging, and treatment; COPD, especially as it relates to lung cancer; occupational lung diseases; general pulmonary medicine; and nutrition support.

Staff

Ron Zorn
President

Ron Zorn is the President & CEO of PennAlt Organics. A seasoned entrepreneur and business development specialist, he has current business interests across multiple industries including the areas of printing, property development, inventory management and retail sales.

For 20 years, Mr. Zorn has been the owner of Custom Forms and Graphics, servicing numerous national companies, including American Eagle Outfitters, The North Face and The Children’s Place. He also owns C&L Partners, an inventory management, liquidation and packaging company supporting notable companies, such as Chico’s, Rue 21 and Izod.

Mr. Zorn has expansive knowledge of the gaming industry, which, like the medical marijuana industry, is highly regulated and subject to stringent regulatory compliance. This provides him with a unique skill set to help ensure PennAlt’s success in this critical area. As a partner in Electronic Gaming Solutions, Inc., manufacturer and distributor of high tech portable gaming devices, he brings the necessary and applicable experience with regulatory compliance.

Mr. Zorn attended Geneva University, Point Park College and Butler County Community College. He lives in Harmony, Pennsylvania.

John Smolic
Executive Vice President

Mr. John Smolic is a lifelong entrepreneur with more than 30 years of experience owning successful companies in manufacturing, distribution, retail and real estate.  As the President, CEO and a founding member of Electronic Gaming Solutions (EGS), he has extensive experience operating in the highly regulated charitable electronic gaming industry.  EGS is as a leading manufacturer and distributor of software and hardware systems for the charitable gaming industry throughout the United States and in certain international jurisdictions. EGS is also a preferred vendor for several commercial cruise lines that have deployed its product lines to manage their sales, inventory, accounting and customer invoicing.  During his tenure, Mr. Smolic oversaw the growth of EGS from a distributor to a vertically integrated company that now includes software product development and hardware manufacturing.

 

With more than 24 years of experience working with state, federal and international licensing agencies, Mr. Smolic led EGS through the rigorous process of securing and maintaining 23 separate gaming licenses in 18 different states.  As a key employee, Mr. Smolic has passed extensive background checks for these jurisdictions, and his compliance history is documented by each state.

 

EGS has provided significant economic impact to the communities they work in through job creation. Additionally, under Mr. Smolic’s leadership the company has been instrumental in generated revenues in excess of $800 million for charitable causes across the U.S.

 

Mr. Smolic is a graduate of Marquette University School of Journalism in Milwaukee. He makes his home in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.

Anthony Tomasello
Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer

Anthony Tomasello joined i-Networks as Senior Managing Director after a hiatus following his retirement as the Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of Stericycle, Inc., a publicly traded company that specializes exclusively in regulated services and the associated risk management to the healthcare community.

Mr. Tomasello has public, private and nonprofit Board of Directors experience. As its current Chairman, he guides the strategic activities of Novian Health, a FDA approved breast tumor therapy company. As a founding investor, he supports the commercial launch of ROND, Inc., a web-based data analytics and management company. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of Tech Transitions, LLC., a joint venture with the University of Utah. He is also an active member of the Merrill Lynch/Bank of America Client Advisory Board.

He is an active member of the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors of Communities in Schools; founding supporter and advisor to Man-up Pittsburgh, a faith-based initiative focused on at-risk fathers; and a supporter of the Children’s Hospitals of both Pittsburgh and Chicago.

Dr. Frank Costa, MD
Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Frank Costa is a clinical associate professor and attending physician at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Department of Urology. He is also the medical director and chief of surgery of the Urology Institute of Pittsburgh—one of the largest urologic referral centers in Western Pennsylvania.

Dr. Costa received his degree in biology from the University of Pittsburgh, and completed his medical school training in surgery and urology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He went on to complete both an internship and a residency in general surgery, and a residency in urologic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where he served as chief resident.

Board certified in urology and anti-aging, Dr. Costa has affiliations with several hospitals and holds memberships in many professional societies, including the American Urological Association and Association of Clinical Urologists.

Dr. Costa has presented numerous scientific papers and has published several articles in professional journals and lay press. His awards include “Medical Professional of the Year,” repeated selection in Guide to America’s Top Physicians, “Top Doctor” by U.S. News and World Report, and he has been honored with repeated inclusion in Castle Connolly Top Doctors.

His directed health initiatives have reached more than 25 million households in more than 15 national magazines, including O, The Oprah Magazine and Men’s Health. He has regularly appeared on local, national and international media outlets to discuss topics of urologic interest.

Dr. Costa is an advocate of medical marijuana as he believes it offers an effective and compassionate alternative for appropriate patients to alleviate pain and suffering and improve their clinical condition.

Reverend John C. Welch
Director of Diversity

Rev. John C. Welch was born in Pittsburgh and is a graduate of Central Catholic High School. He attended Carnegie Mellon University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering and economics. Rev. Welch then began a productive career in computer technology and management systems working for several corporations such as IBM, Grubb & Ellis and Deloitte & Touche.

Rev. Welch received a Masters of Divinity from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in healthcare ethics from Duquesne University. He is currently the Vice President for Student Services and Community Engagement, and Dean of Students at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

In his work in the community, Rev. Welch served on various boards and advisory committees, including the Community Research Advisory Board (CRAB) of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Minority Health, the Board of Directors of the Rankin Christian Center, and the City of Pittsburgh’s Ethics Hearing Board. He co-chaired the Religious Affairs Committee of the Pittsburgh NAACP and was Chair of the Advisory Board of Centers for Healthy Hearts and Souls.

Rev. Welch received the NAACP Pastor of the Year Award, the Human Rights Award from Church Women United, Inc., the YWCA Racial Justice Award, the Gamaliel Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Legacy Leader Award, and was a finalist for the City of Pittsburgh’s DiverCity365 Living Legend Honors for his work towards equity, progress and inclusion.
Rev. Welch and his wife of 31 years have four children and three grandchildren.

Antoniette Costa-Barbuto, RPH
Director of Dispensing Services

Ms. Antoniette Barbuto, is a long-time member of the Pittsburgh business community. For more than 28 years, she has been the co-owner and operator of The Medicine Shoppe, a community retail pharmacy in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. In 1991, Ms. Barbuto and her business partner opened A&G Pharmacy Services-Long Term Care Pharmacy. In 2016, there were 31,000 prescriptions filled in The Medicine Shoppe and 27,000 in A&G Pharmacy totaling 58,000. Ms. Barbuto provides advanced practice pharmacy services including immunizations and compounding.

A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. in Science and Pharmacy, she completed internships at West Penn Hospital, Sycamore Community Pharmacy, and Thrift Drug Chain Pharmacy.

Ms. Barbuto is a licensed Pharmacist for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and has been authorized to administer injectables since 2006. She is a member of the National Community Pharmacy Association, PA Pharmaceutical Association, American Pharmaceutical Association and Managed Healthcare Associates.

Dale Pupillo
Director of Security

Mr. Dale Pupillo is a 32-year veteran of the Secret Service. He retired in January 2015 as the Assistant Director for Protective Operations.

Mr. Pupillo’s career with the Secret Service began in July 1982 in the Washington Field Office. In 1986, Mr. Pupillo transferred to the Vice Presidential Protective Division where he served for five years. Following this assignment, he joined the New York Field Office for two years and then the Detroit Field Office for seven years.

Returning to Washington, Mr. Pupillo served as a supervisor with the Vice Presidential Protective Division and the Criminal Investigative Division, as well as Special Agent in Charge of the Inspection Division. In 2007, Mr. Pupillo was named Deputy Assistant Director of the Office of Inspection, the agency’s internal affairs office.

In 2008, Mr. Pupillo was selected as the Special Agent in Charge of the Vice Presidential Protective Division where he served for Dick Cheney and Joe Biden. In 2013, he was selected to serve as Assistant Director for Human Resources and Training before he took over as Assistant Director for Protective Operations in 2014.

Prior to his career with the Secret Service, Mr. Pupillo served on active duty in the U.S. Navy, including one assignment at the Pentagon. He also served as a Special Agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

Mr. Pupillo is a member of the Senior Executive Service and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. In 2012, he received the Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award from President Obama.

Donna Zingaro
Director of Compliance

Ms. Donna Zingaro has more than 30 years of professional regulatory compliance experience. Prior to joining the staff at Weavertown Environmental Group (WEG), Ms. Zingaro worked as the Environmental Compliance Specialist for a specialty metal fabricator in New Castle, Pennsylvania. She was responsible for all environmental projects, including preparing permit applications for air emissions and water discharges. She prepared quarterly and annual reports, as well as Toxic Release Inventories, Annual Air Emission Inventories, Tier II Reports, Residual Waste Generator Reports, Biennial Hazardous Waste Reports, Storm Water Discharge Reports, and Quarterly Industrial POTW User Reports.

Ms. Zingaro’s position included training employees in chemical safety and personal protective equipment use for acids, solvents and various hazardous chemicals. She monitored and audited all chemical use, characterized wastes, and arranged for the treatment or disposal of residual and hazardous wastes.

As the Permitting and Compliance Manager at WEG, Ms. Zingaro’s duties include overseeing of a team of environmental scientists, delegating and supervising projects, while monitoring and maintaining regulatory compliance for the various operations under the WEG umbrella. In addition, Ms. Zingaro prepares emergency response plans, security plans and other environmental contingency plans in the formats required by the EPA, OSHA and U.S. Coast Guard regulations.

Ms. Zingaro received her bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Slippery Rock University, and received her master’s degree in environmental studies from Youngstown State University. She is a Certified Quality Environmental Professional and a Certified Radiation Officer.

Dawn Fuchs
Director of Transportation

Dawn Fuchs is Managing Director of Weavertown Transport Leasing, Inc. (WEG), a Univar Company. Since assuming this role in 2000, she has grown the WEG’s top line three times its size, while improving the bottom line by eight percent. She successfully led the acquisition of WEG by Univar, a publicly traded, NYSE Company.

Ms. Fuchs has led the business through three difficult business cycles, including the recession. She always starts the process of preparing for this type of situation very early so that the true recession is never felt. When the steel industry tanked in 2001, leaving the company with $2.25 million in non-collectible receivables, WEG reinvented itself overnight, moving toward remediation work in the utility industry and petroleum distribution. She diversified into the aggregate and landscape supply business and started a towing operation.

Ms. Fuchs is active in the community and serves on numerous boards including Team Pennsylvania, Allegheny Conference on Community Development, Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation, JWF Industries, and she is on the Board of Directors for Washington Health System.

Some of Ms. Fuch’s recognitions over the years include: 15 Top Leaders/Women in Business Awards/Pittsburgh Business Times, 2011; Diamond CEO Award/Pittsburgh’s Top CEO’s and Company Presidents, Pittsburgh Business Times, 2011; and The Entrepreneurial Achievement Award, Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania, 2012.

Daryl Heiser
Director of Sanitation

Mr. Daryl Heiser has 22 years of executive level experience in operations, waste management, transportation and disposal. Since 1995, Mr. Heiser has served as Vice President of Weavertown Transport Leasing, Inc./Weavertown Environmental Group (WEG). Based in Pennsylvania, WEG is a full-service environmental company with a well-earned reputation as one of the best in the Mid-Atlantic region. In addition to environmental contracting, WEG provides towing, garage services, stone aggregate, landscape supply and oil delivery services.  

Mr. Heiser has sound working knowledge of many state and federal agency regulations including the DOT, OSHA, DOE, EPA and other regulatory agencies as they relate to environmental, industrial, waste transportation, and waste disposal services. He also has expertise in the regulations governing the handling of laboratory chemicals.

Mr. Heiser has been responsible for the oversight and management of proposal preparation and negotiations, project supervision, sales, scheduling, and chemical lab packs. He has also served as an auditor of Treatment, Storage and Destruction (TSD) facilities to ensure compliance with appropriate regulations, review permits and records.

He received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Fairmont State University.

James N. Williams, Jr.
Director of Awareness and Advocacy

Mr. James Williams, Jr. has more than 40 years of experience providing leadership and operational expertise to organizations in the drug and alcohol abuse rehabilitation industry.

Mr. Williams began his career in rehabilitation as program director for the Special Treatment Unit at St. Johns Hospital in Pittsburgh. He provided 24-hour assistance for the detoxification of drug abusers and directed the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of agency services for Allegheny County Mental Health/ Mental Retardation/Drug and Alcohol Program. Following his role at St. John’s Hospital, Mr. Williams supervised and provided technical assistance for agencies receiving funds from Allegheny County.

For the past 13 years, Mr. Williams has operated as an independent consultant in both the construction and drug and alcohol fields. He has served as a business project manager for the construction industry, and consulted as a program developer and evaluator for drug and alcohol programs in Allegheny County.

For 26 years, Mr. Williams has served in the 171st Pennsylvania Air National Guard. He was the non-commissioned officer in charge of the Social Actions Program for the base where his duties consisted of training and counseling for all airmen. He retired as a Senior Master Sergeant in 1995.

Lindsey C. Stein
Director of Human Resources

Ms. Lindsey Stein has an extensive background in human resources generalist affairs. Her experience spans employee recruitment and retention, staff development, mediation, conflict resolution, benefits/compensation, HR records management, and legal compliance. She has demonstrated success in negotiating win-win compromises, implementing teambuilding programs, and writing personnel manuals, corporate policies, job descriptions and management reports.

Ms. Stein is highly skilled in the critical areas of mediation and advocacy, employment law, and oversight of federal requirements such as FMLA, ADA and EEOC. She has played an integral role in the launch of HR departments for various startup companies.

Ms. Stein studied communications at The Ohio State University. She is affiliated with several key HR organizations, including the Society for Human Resource Management. She is also a member of the National Diversity Council and holds an FBI security clearance.

Holly Brittner
Office Manager

Ms. Holly Brittner is a self-sufficient and reliable office manager with more 15 years of experience. Recognized for her exceptional organizational, communication and time management skills, she is always ready to assist in the growth of an organization’s administrative capabilities.

In addition to her strong interpersonal and problem solving skills, Ms. Brittner also has expertise in database administration.

She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Slippery Rock University, and is a licensed notary public in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Strategic Advisory Board

Laurie Altdorfer
Strategic Advisory Board

Ms. Laurie Altdorfer has over 20 years of experience with the U.S. Army as an Army officer, pilot and consultant. Laurie’s career highlights include Proposal Support and Contract Management experience that will greatly enhance PennAlt’s organization. Laurie currently maintains a DoD Secret Clearance.

Ms. Altdorfer’s vast professional expertise includes a wide array of Planning, Programming, Budget and Execution or PPBE experience. She provided guidance and strategic planning to include capture, business development and proposal development. Laurie received a diverse series of special training ranging from her 1992 US Army aviation school to a 2013 Quality Minded Management Course (ISO 9001). Other highlights include: A 2006 Six Sigma and Corporate Enterprise course, as well as, 2002 Army Force Management Course (50A).

Laurie is also active with several professional associations including; the National Guard Bureau Alumni Association; Army Aviation Association of America; Association of the United States Army; Military Officers Association of America; Azalea Charities; Smithsonian Association.

A 1987 graduate from University of Redlands, with a Bachelors of Arts in History and Social Studies. Laurie makes her home in Triangle, Virginia.

Colonel Jeffrey Altdorfer
Strategic Advisory Board

Colonel Jeffrey Altdorfer is a retired Army colonel with 23 years of active army experience. His wide range of experience includes more than 25 years in army IT/telecommunications, 20 years of program and project management and more than 10 years of experience with corporate budgeting and operations.

Col. Altdorfer provides oversight and guidance for a workforce deployment. He leads a team of systems engineers, SATCOM technicians and logisticians that support the CSS VSAT system. His team has successfully completed the CAISI/VSAT deployment and transitioned the program from the deployment phase to the sustainment phase.

Col. Altdorfer received the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal and eight additional awards during his military career. He is a member of the AFCEA and National Guard Bureau Alumni Association.

He is a graduate of Colorado Technical University and received his MBA from Touro University. Additionally, he received his Project Management Certificate and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from Villanova University.

Linda C. Bucci
Strategic Advisory Board

Ms. Linda C. Bucci brings a highly personal perspective to her role as a member of PennAlt’s Strategic Advisory Board. Ms. Bucci and her husband are the primary caretakers of their son who is disabled and has a significant seizure disorder.

From 1998–2014, she was the owner of a highly successful women’s fashion boutique in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh. In 2011, she was inducted into the Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame.

Ms. Bucci currently serves on the board of directors for the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force and the Humane Animal Rescue. She previously served on the board of directors for the CLO Guild, the Heritage Community Initiative and ForKids.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Ms. Bucci, her husband Tony and their family make their home in O’Hare Township.

Sean DeYoung
Strategic Advisory Board

Mr. Sean DeYoung serves as the CEO for the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force (PATF), southwestern Pennsylvania’s oldest and largest HIV/AIDS service organization. PATF provides vital social services to individuals living with HIV/AIDS including medical case management, housing assistance, legal assistance, emergency financial assistance, access to an HIV-specialty medical clinic, and a specialty pharmacy program. PATF also provides outreach, prevention and testing services to prevent and eliminate the spread of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted illnesses.

His current role at PATF is a continuation of his lifelong commitment to help provide necessary human services to those in need. Prior to joining PATF, Mr. DeYoung was the Director of Program Quality and Compliance for Familylinks, a human-service provider assisting more than 8,000 individuals in Western Pennsylvania each year. He was also the Pennsylvania State Director for the Bair Foundation, a nonprofit child placing agency, and the Director of Clinical Operations at The Bradley Center, a behavioral health care and a child welfare provider.

In addition to his work at PATF, he currently serves as a board member of the Allegheny County Homelessness Advisory Board, the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relation’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Task Force, and the AIDS Free Pittsburgh Advisory Board.

Mr. DeYoung holds a bachelor’s degree from Saint Francis College and a master’s degree in social work from Florida International University.

Alison Hall
Strategic Advisory Board

Ms. Alison Hall is a recognized leader and victims’ rights advocate. She began her professional career as an urban planner for Allegheny County, and after seven years with the Allegheny County Planning Department she became the director of a private business school in Pittsburgh.

Ms. Hall was appointed Executive Director of Pittsburgh Action Against Rape in November of 2009 after serving as the Associate Director for three years. She was the 2011 recipient of the Gail Burns-Smith Award sponsored by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) and the Association for the Treatment of Sex Abusers (ATSA).  This international recognition was for her leadership role in the establishment of the first Sex Offender Court in Pennsylvania. In 2015, Ms. Hall was a winner of the Pittsburgh Business Times’ Diamond Awards, which honors the region’s top CEOs and presidents. 

In January 2017, Ms. Hall was invited to speak at the “It’s On Us” summit hosted by the Office of Vice President Joe Biden, the Office of Public Engagement and the White House Council on Women and Girls. This summit brought together stakeholders from across the county to discuss ways to work together to prevent campus sexual assault.

Ms. Hall has always been active in political campaigns. She has extensive experience as a political fundraiser and campaign manager in Pennsylvania for various statewide and local candidates. Her political experience on presidential, U.S. senate, gubernatorial, judicial and local congressional campaigns gave her the opportunity to travel Pennsylvania and work with many grassroots groups.

Kevin Johnston
Strategic Advisory Board

Mr. Kevin Johnston spent four years in the United States Marine Corps. where he organized and delegated duties to groups to accomplish a variety of tasks. Known for achieving proven results through leadership qualities and task organization, Mr. Johnston was key in the coordination with other departments to complete overall objectives.

Following his discharge, he attended Westmoreland County Community College in Youngwood, Pennsylvania where he received his Associate of Applied Science in radiology technology. Mr. Johnston has performed radiographic and specialty fluoroscopy procedures, and he has provided a broad range of highly technical in-patient, out-patient and emergency room services.

In June 2005, Mr. Johnston joined Mike Pivar & Associates in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. He worked diligently to deliver and operate cystoscopy equipment for bladder, prostate and kidney procedures. He was trained by Siemens for Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL).

Mr. Johnston lives in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

Christopher E. Lloyd
Strategic Advisory Board

Mr. Christopher Lloyd has more than 20 years of experience in the disability rights movement. In 2003, Mr. Lloyd became the Director of Disability Options Network (DON), a nonprofit organization empowering people with disabilities to live as independently as they choose in Beaver, Butler, Lawrence and Mercer counties.

DON Services has doubled in size annually since its inception, and is the third largest employer in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania. It provides 1.5 million hours of service per year to people with disabilities.

Mr. Lloyd grew DON Services to serve fifteen counties in Western Pennsylvania from four office locations. He now serves as the President and CEO of DON Services.

Mr. Lloyd has a B.A. in political science, career counseling and guidance. He makes his home in Western Pennsylvania in the communities that he helps serve.

Danielle McGurk
Strategic Advisory Board

Ms. Danielle McGurk was instrumental in the campaign to bring medical marijuana to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. A mother of two epileptic children, Ms. McGurk has the unique perspective of knowing the critical importance of allowing for broad access to safe medication.

Ms. McGurk is a member of Care for Compassion, a Pennsylvania-based community resource with the mission to educate the public and the medical community concerning the positive effects of the often-misunderstood realm of medical marijuana treatment. The advocacy group’s goal is to work toward ensuring access of safe and effective medical marijuana for patients in the state of Pennsylvania.

In part, due to the work of Care for Compassion and members such as Ms. McGurk, her children were able to obtain a Safe Harbor Letter prior to the full implementation of the state’s medical marijuana program. Issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, a Safe Harbor letter allows for parents, legal guardians, caregivers and spouses to administer medical marijuana obtained from outside of Pennsylvania to minors in their care.

John W. Paul
Strategic Advisory Board

Mr. John Paul has more than 45 years of executive experience leading the highly-respected health care organizations across Western Pennsylvania. His experience is highlighted by his 30-year career with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and his tenure as the first President and CEO of Allegheny Health Network (AHN). Under his leadership, Mr. Paul helped transform AHN to the second largest healthcare provider system in Western Pennsylvania.

Mr. Paul is a 1972 cum laude graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in business and economics. He continued his studies in the executive MBA program at the University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business where he graduated with honors in 1984.

Throughout his career, Mr. Paul has been known for his business acumen and creating win-win scenarios among key groups and stakeholders.

Devlin Robinson
Strategic Advisory Board

Mr. Devlin Robinson grew up in Pittsburgh and joined the Marine Corps. after the September 11, 2001 attacks where he saw combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.

As a SAW gunner in the 2nd Battalion 8th Marine Regiment, Robinson participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom’s liberation phase which brought him to the battles of Nasiriyah, Diwaniyah, Kut and Baghdad. Mr. Robinson was one of the first members of the Marine Corps. Designated Marksmanship Program specializing in High Angle Marksmanship his skills were utilized during operations in Assadabad, Nagalam, Salarno, and Dangam of the Konar Province of Afghanistan.

Since his discharge from the Marine Corps., Mr. Robinson started Veterans Medical Technology, LLC leasing surgical lasers to hospitals throughout New York and Pennsylvania. He earned a Bachelor of Science in business management and international business from Robert Morris University. He is currently enrolled in the University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business.

Beth J. Smolic, RN
Strategic Advisory Board

Ms. Beth Smolic has more than 25 years of experience in pediatric and neonatal intensive care units across the country. She began her nursing career at the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and continued with roles at the University Medical Center in Tucson, the Children’s Hospital of Milwaukee and the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Ms. Smolic received her bachelor of science in nursing degree from the University of Wisconsin. She resides in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania with her husband John, the Executive Vice President PennAlt Organics.

Reverend John C. Welch
Director of Diversity

Rev. John C. Welch was born in Pittsburgh and is a graduate of Central Catholic High School. He attended Carnegie Mellon University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering and economics. Rev. Welch then began a productive career in computer technology and management systems working for several corporations such as IBM, Grubb & Ellis and Deloitte & Touche.

Rev. Welch received a Masters of Divinity from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in healthcare ethics from Duquesne University. He is currently the Vice President for Student Services and Community Engagement, and Dean of Students at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

In his work in the community, Rev. Welch served on various boards and advisory committees, including the Community Research Advisory Board (CRAB) of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Minority Health, the Board of Directors of the Rankin Christian Center, and the City of Pittsburgh’s Ethics Hearing Board. He co-chaired the Religious Affairs Committee of the Pittsburgh NAACP and was Chair of the Advisory Board of Centers for Healthy Hearts and Souls.

Rev. Welch received the NAACP Pastor of the Year Award, the Human Rights Award from Church Women United, Inc., the YWCA Racial Justice Award, the Gamaliel Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Legacy Leader Award, and was a finalist for the City of Pittsburgh’s DiverCity365 Living Legend Honors for his work towards equity, progress and inclusion.
Rev. Welch and his wife of 31 years have four children and three grandchildren.

James N. Williams, Jr.
Director of Awareness and Advocacy

Mr. James Williams, Jr. has more than 40 years of experience providing leadership and operational expertise to organizations in the drug and alcohol abuse rehabilitation industry.

Mr. Williams began his career in rehabilitation as program director for the Special Treatment Unit at St. Johns Hospital in Pittsburgh. He provided 24-hour assistance for the detoxification of drug abusers and directed the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of agency services for Allegheny County Mental Health/ Mental Retardation/Drug and Alcohol Program. Following his role at St. John’s Hospital, Mr. Williams supervised and provided technical assistance for agencies receiving funds from Allegheny County.

For the past 13 years, Mr. Williams has operated as an independent consultant in both the construction and drug and alcohol fields. He has served as a business project manager for the construction industry, and consulted as a program developer and evaluator for drug and alcohol programs in Allegheny County.

For 26 years, Mr. Williams has served in the 171st Pennsylvania Air National Guard. He was the non-commissioned officer in charge of the Social Actions Program for the base where his duties consisted of training and counseling for all airmen. He retired as a Senior Master Sergeant in 1995.

Colonel Barry Wingard, Esq.
Strategic Advisory Board

Colonel Barry Wingard served in the U.S. military for 30 years (1984-2014). He spent 15 years in both the Army and the Air Force. During his military career, he received eight promotions and has held the rank of Colonel since 2009.

His military awards include two Meritorious Service honors, two Joint Forces Commendation medals, an Iraq Campaign Medal, an Air Force Expeditionary Ribbon, two National Defense Medals, and an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal in 2000.

Col. Wingard completed seven overseas deployments to Panama, West Germany, Honduras, Hungary, Bosnia/Herzegovina, Iraq, Guantanamo Bay and Cuba. During his deployment, his legal assignments included: international operations attorney in Kosovo, war crimes investigator in Bosnia/Herzegovina, lead prosecutor in Baghdad, and lead defense attorney for the International War Tribunals in Guantanamo Bay.

Col. Wingard received his Bachelor of Science in criminology from Penn State University. During his time at Penn State, he was the president of the Veterans Club and served as a R.O.T.C Commander. He was awarded his Juris Doctorate from Valparasio University School of Law.

Col. Wingard brings a unique perspective to the issues of PTSD and drug addiction based on his public and military service.

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