OUR CHAPTER

Chapter Leadership

If you're interested in becoming a leader in our Chapter, contact us at psupgh@yahoo.com.

President


Kristen Conti has been with our Chapter since 2010, currently serving as our President. She earned a degree in Media Studies in 2001, having attended the Greater Allegheny and University Park campuses.

She works in the beer & malt beverage industry as the Marketing Assistant to the Anheuser-Busch Division at Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale, and in addition to her work with the Chapter she serves as Secretary for the PSU Greater Allegheny Alumni Society, Co-Director of the THON Alumni of Pittsburgh, and sits on the PSU Greater Allegheny Campus Advisory Council.

"My involvement with our Chapter and other Alumni Volunteer Organizations has allowed me to meet wonderful people from all over the country who have become my extended family, and I've made memories that I'll carry with me the rest of my life. Leading our Chapter has been the highlight of my Alumni Volunteer career; we have opportunities for Penn Staters in Pittsburgh to get involved at any level, and I invite everyone to join us in our service to Dear Old State!"

Vice President


Greg Scott has been involved with our Chapter since 1995 and currently serves as our Vice President. He earned a degree in Environmental Engineering in 1992, having attended the York, Hershey Medical, Harrisburg, and University Park campuses.

He is a Senior Project Manager with CDM Smith here in Pittsburgh, and in addition to his work with the Chapter he currently serves as an elected member of Alumni Council, is a Penn State College of Engineering Civil Engineering Mentor, a Fast Start volunteer, and a PSU LionLink Mentor.

"The Chapter has been a great way to both show my love of Penn State and also give back to students and the Pittsburgh community."

Treasurer


Frank graduated from Penn State Behrend in 2011 with a degree in Accounting. He is a controller at Hy-Tech Engineered Solutions as well as a licensed CPA, and will serve the Board as our Chapter Treasurer. He participates in Accounting Career Day at Behrend, helping students with their transition to a career after graduation. He is also the Treasurer of the Young Non-Profit Professionals of Pittsburgh and enjoys giving back to the community by assisting the professional development of non-profit leaders in the Pittsburgh area.

“My favorite Chapter memory is also the first Chapter event I attended, when I took my son, Frankie VI, to his first hockey game! Penn State crushed Robert Morris 6-2 at PPG Paints Arena. It was a great night and he loved the game!!”

Secretary


Julie earned her MBA from the Smeal Business College through the Penn State World Campus in 2017 and works as a Production Specialist at Equity Resources, Inc. She will serve the Board as our Chapter Secretary. She overflows with Penn State Pride and loves to travel.

“I attended the Pitt vs. PSU Mixer at the Hard Rock Café shortly after moving to Pittsburgh and it was such a great welcome to the great city of Pittsburgh and the PSU culture in this area!”

Immediate Past President


Kathy Kasperik has been involved with our Chapter since 2008. She served as our President from 2015-2019 and now sits on our Board as our Immediate Past President. She earned a degree in Health Policy & Administration in 1992, having attended the University Park campus.

She is a Credentialing Specialist in the Healthcare Staffing industry, and in addition to her work with the Chapter she served as an elected member of Alumni Council for one term and has been an Alumni Admissions volunteer. She also extends her service into the community; she has worked with Tedy's Team since 2014 to raise awareness and funds for stroke survivors as well as supporting the Special Olympics and the Komen Race for the Cure in Pittsburgh.

"Even with Pittsburgh being so close to University Park, the Chapter has helped me maintain family and network locally. So many Penn Staters live here! I have met so many awesome people through my involvement with the PSAA and GPC, including lauded scholars and athletes & coaches, many who have become great supporters of the Chapter. I’m blessed and lucky to have a wide circle of friends, locally and all over the country, who are now my family by choice."

Young Alumni Committee


Brittany Lesko earned a degree in Psychology from the Greater Allegheny campus in 2018, but her service to Penn State Alumni began while she was still a student. As the President of the campus' Blue & White Society, she volunteered with Chapter and Alumni Society events and community service projects. She currently leads our Young Alumni Committee and also sits on the PSU Greater Allegheny Alumni Society Board of Directors and THON Alumni of Pittsburgh committee.

"I knew when I graduated I wanted to be part of the Chapter in some way. I love having an opportunity to show my support for Penn State as well as continuing to grow my Penn State family. My favorite thing about the Chapter is that first as a student and then as a recent graduate, they made me feel like I was part of their Penn State community which made my transition to Alumni life a lot easier."

Young Alumni Ambassador


Connor graduated from University Park in 2020 with degrees in Advertising/Public Relations and Communications, Arts, & Sciences. He is a Leadership Acceleration Program Associate at Highmark Health and is serving a one-year assignment as a Penn State Alumni Association Young Alumni Ambassador.

As a student, Connor was the Lion Ambassadors’ Administrative Vice President, President of the Penn State Performing Arts Council, an Associate Justice for the University Park Undergraduate Association, and part of an A Cappella ensemble. He was also an Alumni Relations Intern for the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications and served on many other student leadership boards and panels on campus. He will be helping to create a new Young Alumni Committee which will help us become a more valuable resource to Young Penn State Alumni in the Pittsburgh area.

“As a member of the Penn State Alumni community, I am looking forward to continuing to echo the sentiment that being connected to Penn State is a lifelong commitment. Some of my favorite Penn State memories consist of spending time with my great friends around campus, walking backwards as a Lion Ambassador, mentoring younger students to become advocates of the Penn State brand, and cheering on the Nittany Lions in Beaver Stadium and beyond. Being a Penn Stater is a lifelong experience and I look forward to continuing these experiences throughout the course of my life.”

Communications Manager


Shelby Schneider Wherry became involved with our Chapter in 1999 and serves as our Communications Manager. She earned a degree in Speech Communications with a focus on Business Communication from the University Park campus, including some summer coursework at Penn State Greater Allegheny. She is a Relationship Marketing Specialist with SendOut Cards and a Stay-At-Home Mom, and she extends her volunteerism out into the community as the Committee Chair of Cub Scout Pack 366, Co-ambassador of the Peters Township Chapter of Professional Moms, and as an active volunteer in the Upper St. Clair school district where her children attend.

"There are so many great memories, but the best story is probably that the Chapter is directly responsible for introducing me to my husband – we met at a Chapter holiday social back in 1999. Also, I did don the Lion costume at a Freshman Sendoff one year and had a blast playing that role…without the one-armed pushups!"

Board of Directors


Laura Kunig has been involved with our Chapter for 25 years. She has most recently served as our Social Director, playing a major role in planning of our football watch parties, LionFest celebrations, and happy hours. She earned a degree in Secondary Education in 1990, having attended the Beaver and University Park campuses.

She currently works as an Inventory Coordinator in the Supply Chain industry, and is a die-hard Penn State fan and supporter. She and her husband Tim King, who also serves on our Board, have been to the 1995 Rose Bowl, 2003 Capital One Bowl, 2006 Orange Bowl, 2017 Rose Bowl and the 2019 Cotton Bowl.

“I met my husband Tim, who was Chapter President at the time, on the first day I got involved with the Chapter. The people I have met are some of the greatest in the world and they are my best friends. These people have been the most wonderful support system through my cancer journey; you know someone really loves you when they give up going to numerous Penn State football games to bring dinner and watch the game after you just had chemo.”

Webmaster


Ben graduated from University Park in 2006 with a degree in Information Science and Technology. He is the Technology Assurance Director for KPMG and will serve the Board as our Chapter Webmaster. He is also on the Board of the IST Alumni Society and is the Webmaster for the Penn State Wrestling Club.

“The PSU football season during my senior year of 2005-06 will always be especially memorable to me. I'll never forget the electrifying win over Ohio State followed by a road trip with friends to Ann Arbor to witness the heartbreaking loss to Michigan in the final second of the game, and traveling to the Orange Bowl in Miami to celebrate the New Year with a win over Florida State. I am excited to serve as Webmaster for the Chapter, and I look forward to connecting with many members!”

Board of Directors


Kassia graduated from University Park as a Schreyer Honors College Scholar with a degree in English and a minor in Environmental Inquiry in 2015. She is the Social Marketing and Brand Communications Lead for Plan B One-Step in Pittsburgh.
“I’m so excited to have this opportunity to dive in and connect with more Penn Staters in Pittsburgh!”

Board of Directors


Eric graduated from University Park in 2006 with a degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management and is currently the Managing Director of Marketing, Creative, and Sales Support for PWCampbell. He also serves as the Director of Marketing & PR for our THON Alumni Committee and is a member of the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality and the Penn State Hotel and Restaurant Society.
“It’s an honor to continue being a part of the Penn State community well after my graduation. I bleed blue and white, and from football watching parties to the Blue White Ball, anytime I get to support Penn State along with my friends that I’ve made along the way is an incredible experience. I love seeing the dedication of so many Alumni and the support that’s shown throughout the community. It’s just a constant reminder that I made the right choice in school, and I’m proud to continue my support for years to come.”

Board of Directors


Melissa served as our Chapter’s Vice President in the past before moving out of state with her family, but this year they returned to Pittsburgh and she’s ready to jump back in! She graduated from University Park in 2002 with a degree in Psychology and is currently a School-Based Therapist. She is also the Hospitality Director for our THON Alumni Committee and is heavily involved with the PTO and other activities where her children attend school.
“Shortly after graduating from Penn State I joined the Chapter and eventually stood as Vice President. I met an amazing group of people throughout my involvement before moving out of state. Now that I’m back, I can’t wait to continue the journey. Now I get the chance to share my passion for PSU with my kids, which makes it that much more worthwhile. We Are!”

Board of Directors


Stefanie graduated from the Smeal College of Business at University Park in 2014 with a degree in Accounting, where she also managed the Women’s Basketball team. She is the Senior Financial Administrator for Carnegie Mellon University Athletics and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Management degree there as well. Stefanie is also the Director of Finance for our THON Alumni Committee and is the Treasurer & Co-chair of the CMU Women’s Association Service Club.

“Since graduating, I continue to network with other Penn Staters. It's great to share stories and our passion for Penn State. I look forward to working with the Chapter to help Penn Staters all over Western PA connect.”

Board of Directors


Michael Trettel has been involved with our Chapter Board since 2014, most recently serving as our Community Service Director. He earned a degree in Civil Engineering in 2002, having attended the University Park campus.

He currently works as the Director of Business Development for i+iconUSA, and extends his service out into the community through his involvement in many other organizations. For the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania, he is a member of the Board of Directors and Development Committee Chair; for the Associated General Contractors of America, he's on the Board of Directors & Board of Governors as well as Building Division Vice Chair, Diversity & Inclusion Committee Member, Industry Liaison Committee Member; he's a joint Committee Member for AFC/AIA; and he was recognized as one of Pittsburgh's 40 Under 40 in 2019.

“It’s a cliche, certainly, but the more you put into something, the more you get out of it. This is especially true of involvement in the Chapter, where the passion and common bond is so strong. There are so many ways to get involved, groups to help, and people to meet that there’s something for every Penn Stater.”
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