Vice President of Research and Development - American Refining Group
Number of Years on UWBA Board: 4 years
Most Enjoyable Aspect of Your Board Membership: Seeing how the United Way makes a difference in our community.
Why You Choose to be Involved with UWBA: I wanted to be able to give back to my local community, and help an organization that touches so many lives.
Other Memberships/Affiliations: UPB Energy Institute Board, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Chemical Society.
Karen Costello-Pecht (Vice President)
Marketing/Web Coordinator - Control Chief Corportion
Number of Years on Board: 2 years
Most Enjoyable Aspect of Your Board Membership: So far, my most enjoyable aspect of becoming a Board Member has been the opportunity to work together with other Board Members to focus on new fundraising ideas that will help benefit all the agencies and programs the UWBA supports.
Why You Choose to be Involved with UWBA: I chose to become involved with the UWBA after serving as Campaign Co-Chair for the last two years. I have a solid understanding and deep appreciation for the benefits that the UWBA agency provides. I have witnessed firsthand the remarkable work the staff and volunteers perform, and the wonderful impact it has on our community. I also believe in the concept of one (1) gift supporting many charitable organizations and I love that 100% of the donor’s donation stays local!
Other Memberships/Affiliations: PBAA Board Member, Zonta International Board Member, BAPL Committee Member
Jodie Wagner (Secretary)
Human Resources Director - W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company
Number of Years on UWBA Board: 1 year
Why You Choose to be Involved with UWBA: I am extremely excited to work with my hometown community of Bradford. The services that programs in our area offer are exceptional and I look forward to working toward their continued growth and change through the years to better serve our community.
Other Memberships/Affiliations: Member of Society for Human Resource Management
Instructional Support - Bradford Area School District
Manager - Northwest Bank
Administrative Assistant to VP of North American Sales - Zippo Manufacturing Company
Number of Years on UWBA Board: 2 years
Why You Choose to be Involved with UWBA: I chose to be involved with The United Way because it is an agency that is able to help many different organizations.
Gwen Rush (Port Allegany Representative)
Supervisor, Global Parts Pricing and Reporting - Dresser-Rand
Account Executive - Hubbard-Bert, Inc.
Director of Annual Giving and Volunteer Services - Bradford Regional Medical Center
Number of Years on UWBA Board: New board member
Why You Choose to be Involved with UWBA: I have enjoyed meeting members of the board and I look forward to working with everyone to meet the mission of the United Way. I was honored to be asked to become part of a reputable long-standing agency that makes such a positive impact in our community.
Other Memberships/Affiliations: BRMC Auxiliary Board Member, Church of the Ascension Vestry Member, Rays of Hope committee member
Executive Director, Adult Residental Services - Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems
Number of Years on UWBA Board: 6 years
Most Enjoyable Aspect of Your Board Membership: I very much enjoy the other board members and staff who are affiliated with the United Way. There is a strong commitment from everybody involved to the mission of the United Way and the people and organizations or our local communities. I’m honored to be involved in such a quality community organization.
Why You Choose to be Involved with UWBA: I wanted to become involved in an organization that is highly respected and affords so much to those in need of assistance, financial resources, and/or educational materials.
Other Memberships/Affiliations: Bradford Exchange Club
Patty Witchen (Smethport Representative)
Number of Years on UWBA Board: 1 year
Why You Choose to be Involved with UWBA: The United Way offers the opportunity to assist many worthy organizations under one umbrella and these organizations benefit every member of the community in one way or another.
Other Memberships/Affiliations: Smethport Rotary Club, Smethport Women's Club, Legion Auxiliary Post #138, VFW Auxiliary Post #2497, Hamlin Lake Park Authority, McKean County Industrial Development Council, McKean County Hospital Authority