Meet the Candidates for the 2019-2021 Board of Directors
At the Allegheny City Central Association General Membership Meeting on Monday, May 14, 2019, members will vote for individuals to fill open positions on the board of directors. Those elected will serve for two years, through May 2021, and join six other board members whose terms expire in 2020. Learn more about each of the candidates:
Lukas has lived in the Mexican War Streets for over three years and is deeply involved in advancing the well-being of the Northside. Lukas has been actively involved within the Mexican War Street Society and ACCA since moving to the neighborhood. He currently sits on the board of the MWSS and is on ACCA’s Development Committee.
Lukas is a board member of the North Side Partnership Project and a mentor through Amachi PGH. In addition, Lucas started a community-building project, Bags n’ Blocks that replaces infrequent group cleanups with neighbors coordinating together to routinely maintain our neighborhoods. Creating individual litter pickup routines gives neighbors the opportunity to meet people where they are, form empathetic bonds towards everyone sharing our neighborhoods, and develop a deepened sense of community. Meanwhile, we all benefit from cleaner, healthier neighborhoods.
A recent Pitt Law graduate, Lukas uses his skills and experience to advocate for those not represented in positions of influence and to empower those marginalized within our community. Lukas can often be found at public meetings and community events, or picking up litter and guerrilla gardening around the neighborhood.
Beth is a family law attorney who owns Family Legal Center, LLC in Monroeville. Beth is originally from Monroeville, but moved into the city in 2005 and has loved it since. Beth attended the University of Pittsburgh for both college and law school. She has been a resident of the Northside since purchasing a home on Reddour Street in 2018. She lives with her husband Amir and their two adorable cats, and they enjoy traveling and tasting food from around the world.
As a small business owner who sees the daily struggles of families in the area, Beth feels that she has a moral and civic responsibility to help her community through participation in nonprofit and civic organizations. While in law school, Beth served as the co-chair of the Pitt Legal Income Sharing Foundation Auction, raising over $60,000 for legal scholarships to allow qualified law students to pursue internships at public interest legal institutions. Since then, Beth has raised money for both the Pittsburgh Promise and Humane Animal Rescue while participating in the Pittsburgh Half Marathon, and has given various free presentations at local churches and community centers about estate planning issues. Beth also served as an officer in various networking and professional groups, helping to engage other small businesses in the community.
Beth is now hoping to contribute to the Northside neighborhood, taking an active role in ACCA, including serving on the ACCA Development Committee. She is honored to run for the ACCA Board of Directors, and is looking forward to applying her passion for civic engagement to help impact and improve the Northside.
Nick is an attorney who specializes in commercial transactions, corporate finance, and commercial leasing. He currently works as Assistant General Counsel for an international steel services company and previously worked as an associate at a law firm in downtown Pittsburgh. Nick has served on the board of Allegheny City Central Association since May 2015, and has experience serving on three other nonprofit boards of directors, both as a director and an officer.
Nick and his wife, Alicia, moved to Allegheny City Central in 2014 after renovating a house on Arch Street. They are proud residents of the neighborhood and members of the ACCA. Look for them walking their ferocious Jack Russell Terrier, Tony, around the neighborhood.
Maggie Connor has been a War Streets resident for 12 years. She is a member of both the ACCA and the Mexican War Streets Society and has served on the board of the MWSS since 2015, currently serving as its President. Maggie has also volunteered her time as one of the ACCA’s representatives to the Northside Leadership Conference’s Bridge Committee and has, just this year, joined the ACCA’s Development Committee.
When not volunteering her time, she runs a small architecture practice, founded in 2013, based here in the Northside. Prior to that, she spent the first 15 years of her career at an internationally acclaimed urban design firm, where she became the youngest female principal in the firm’s 50-year history. She has a passion for urban design, public process, and community planning and looks forward to serving her community by advocating for transparent and inclusive design processes and conversations.
Nichele has been an active member of the community since her family moved to Pittsburgh almost five years ago from Annapolis, MD by way of Raleigh, NC. Nichele has always been active in the communities where she has resided, serving as HOA President, HOA Board Member, and Community Liaison.
Nichele currently works in the title services industry with Amrock. She brings her 20 plus years of real estate experience and her passion of affordable housing and energy efficiency, to help facilitate construction of more sustainable, energy efficient, and affordable housing. Nichele truly believes that neighborhoods and communities are strengthened by permanent, stable and affordable housing.
Previously Nichele ran statewide energy efficiency programs for the states of Maryland and North Carolina. Those successful programs included Maryland’s Net Zero Schools, Commercial & Industrial energy efficiency, Maryland Smart Energy Communities, and EmPower Clean Energy Low to Moderate Income programs. In North Carolina, Nichele was the Program Manager for the Commercial & Industrial energy efficiency and Appliance Rebate programs.
Prior to entering the energy sector, Nichele worked in government relations and international trade for the telecom industry.
Nichele earned her B. S. from Marymount College – Tarrytown, NY and holds a Graduate Certificate from George Washington University in PACs & Congress. Nichele is a licensed Realtor in PA, MD and NC. She is married with one son and enjoys traveling and antiquing.
Sherah and her husband Jeffrey reside on Sandusky Street. They have loved the Northside and everything it has to offer! Sherah is enthusiastic about being involved in a growing and changing community and is honored to run for the ACCA Board of Directors again. Sherah has been on the ACCA board since 2017.
Sherah works as a teacher and coach at Avonworth School District. In addition to teaching and coaching, she also works part time at a running store in Robinson. Prior to moving to Pittsburgh in 2006, Sherah lived and taught in Maryland and West Virginia. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees at West Virginia University. Sherah’s spare time is filled with traveling, running, eating delicious food, cheering on her alma mater, and spending quality time with friends and family.
Vincent Salvino received a BSBA from RMU and a Master of Arts from IUP. He worked with The Walt Disney Company after graduating. Vincent was a Federal Investigator for the Office of Personnel Management for three years before moving back to the Pittsburgh area in January 2011. He has worked for the Department of Energy since June 2016.
Vincent and his husband, Jason, bought their home in the summer of 2012 on Monterey Street. Vincent graduated from the City’s Civic Leadership Academy and has been an active member of the ACCA since October 2011 and a board member since 2013.