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!"
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."
Kathy Maskalick joined our Chapter in 2007 and has been serving on our Executive Board as Treasurer for the last four years, playing a major role in maintaining our operating budget and planning of Chapter events. She is a Lifetime Member of the Penn State Alumni Association, and she and her husband Dave, who also serves on the Chapter's Board of Directors, are strong supporters of the Eberly College of Science.
Even though she isn't a Penn State graduate, Kathy bleeds blue and white with the best of them and is a huge fan of Penn State football. She'll be the first one to tell you: "I married into this!"
"I married into this!"
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."
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.”
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.”