Inaugural Cohort Participants
Angela Campbell, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion at Carnegie Mellon University
Angela Campbell, Ph.D., is an expert on adolescent identity, relational development, gender issues in education, and youth empowerment programs such as rites of passage. As an emancipatory pedagogue and professor of educational foundations and policy, Campbell is committed to excellence and improving the quality of teacher education programs via infusing social justice themes to produce equity and positively transform society.
Director, Pharmacy Operations at UPMC Health Plan
Alexis Clipper has strong skills in Managed Care, Healthcare Information Technology, and Medicare. Clipper has worked for the past two years as Director of Pharmacy Operations at UPMC Health Plan. Alexis has years of previous experience in the health care industry, including over eleven years as Sr. Manager of Pharmacy Operations for UPMC, five years as Health Economics Coordinator, six years at Highmark as Medicare C&D Compliance Consultant, and six years as Senior Product Specialist (Medicare Advantage).
Dina L. Clark
Head of Diversity & Inclusion, North America - Covestro LLC
Dina Clark has over twenty years of professional expertise in diversity & inclusion strategies, equity, access, anti-bias education, employee and community engagement, and leadership development. As the first North American Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Covestro LLC, Clark implemented the diversity & inclusion strategy & built the department. This includes spearheading global, national, and local diversity & inclusion strategies & initiatives for Covestro’s offices across the U.S. and working in collaboration with the headquarters in Germany & offices in Mexico to achieve sustainable results.
Police Commander at City of Pittsburgh
Eric Holmes supervises a police zone of eighty-five officers that provide various public safety functions including: law enforcement, criminal investigation, special events operations and patrol functions. Holmes provides leadership, motivation, and direction as well as commanding critical incidents. Eric’s past efforts have included coordination with the United States Secret Service (USSS) official visits by Presidential candidates in the 2016 Presidential election cycle, as well as work with other Law Enforcement agencies on high profile visits to the City of Pittsburgh, (including 58 official visits in 2015 and 2016 by members of congress, the governor, and foreign heads of state).
George Robinson II
Manager of Supplier Diversity - UPMC
George Robinson II is a results‐oriented business executive with broad‐based expertise in public sector management, strategic planning, business operations, budgeting and project management. Robinson has a proven track record of local and state government management and customer service by boosting efficiencies, maximizing resources, reducing expenses, and connecting with the right people and assets.
Jessica Brooks, MPM, PHR
CEO/Executive Director, Pittsburgh Business Group on Health
Jessica Brooks leverages education, advocacy, and partnerships to best serve business members and their greater communities. Since joining PBGH in fall 2013, Brooks has rapidly advanced its public profile with a consistent stream of innovative alignments with community organizations and spearheaded the business community’s response to a public battle between southwestern Pennsylvania’s two largest health care providers and insurance carriers.
Arnetta Kelly McCormick, SHRM -SCP
Vice President of Human Resources - GetGo at Giant Eagle, Inc.
Arnetta Kelly McCormick is an experienced Human Resources Director, a strong operations professional, and is skilled in Career Development, Coaching, Conflict Resolution, Team Building, and Technical Recruiting. McCormick has been working as Vice President of Human Resources – GetGo since February 2019. Prior to that she spent over 18 years as Director Enterprise of HR/Distribution/Logistics & Supply Chain. In that position Kelly drove HR functional excellence through deployment of Learning & Organizational programs, ensuring quality of processes and content alignment with the Business in order to achieve desired goals and objectives.
Lance Hyde, MBA
Diversity Manager at EQT Corporation
Lance Hyde has emerged as an award-winning thought leader and change agent in the supplier diversity space for more than a decade. Hyde launched international initiatives credited with increasing bids for diverse firms and several multi-million dollar joint ventures, including EQT’s annual Supplier Diversity Matchmaking Event. In the past seven years, Lance has been honored with eight prestigious awards for his dynamic leadership, community involvement and supplier diversity innovation.
Dr. Latika D. Davis-Jones
Assistant Deputy Director, Allegheny County Dept. of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health, Bureau of Drug & Alcohol Services
Dr. Latika D. Davis-Jones is a Government administrator, educator, and business owner specializing in: Public Policy, Needs Assessment, Program Evaluation, Quantitative & Qualitative Research, Program Development/ Planning/Management, Psychometrics; Data Analysis, and Report and Manuscript Preparation. Dr. Davis-Jones is also currently teaching at the University of Pittsburgh-School of Social Work. In addition, Latika serves as President/CEO of Evaluation, Training, and Consulting (ETC.), Inc., evaluation, training, and consulting services to non-profit, for-profits, federal, and governmental agencies.
Executive Director at Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard
Marlon Ferguson is an accomplished, hands-on, “big picture” professional with over twenty-five years of diversified experience in corporate, military, education and non-profit environments. Ferguson is an effective leader with a sound understanding of operational business functions. Marlon is a proven leader whose strong work ethic, personal philosophy and values have enabled him to continually advance.
Land Director - Title and Division Order at EQT Corporation
Martin Shepherd is a talented, experienced and accomplished lawyer with a comprehensive skill set. Shepherd has an advanced skillset in the areas of real estate, mineral law, litigation, dispute resolution and trial practice. Martin also has extensive experience as a litigator, corporate in-house counsel, and land title attorney; is experienced and proficient as group leader/manager; and has excellent speaking and presentation skills.
Dr. Mashekia Slack DNP, RN, MHA
Healthcare Executive/Consultant/Nursing Faculty
Dr. Mashekia Slack is a visionary nursing executive with expertise in leading analysis and strategy development to improve administrative, and clinical practices, while identifying opportunities to improve outcomes. Dr. Slack has in-depth experience in fostering quality safety, and care improvements across regional and national health care systems. Mashekia has a proven aptitude for training and developing expertise in professionals, inter-professional teams and mentoring undergraduate nurses.
Michael D. Thomas
Executive Vice President, Corporate & Institutional Banking PNC -Debt Capital Markets
Michael Thomas has responsibility for several teams within the Corporate and Institutional Banking segment of PNC, serving as an Executive Vice President of PNC Bank and Senior Managing Director of PNC Capital Markets. Within PNC Capital Markets, Thomas manages the Real Estate, Business Credit and Equipment Finance Loan Syndications teams and is responsible for product strategy and loan originations in each of these businesses.
Vice President at PNC
Nichelle Hughley is an executive with proven results dealing with complex problems requiring both strategy and execution. Hughley’s areas of expertise include Business Process Transformation, Program Management, Change Management, and Financial Accounting and Control. Nichelle has verifiable management expertise directing, coordinating, and overseeing teams in executing international and domestic business objectives.
Deputy Director at Pittsburgh Community Services, Inc.
Pamela Wilbon has dedicated her career to advocating for persons affected by the social economic conditions impacting their lives. Wilbon has worked in social services creating programs that allow individuals to maximize their physical mobility and independence; worked as a Family Therapist with at-risk and adjudicated youth; and is now working at a Community Action Agency (where she has worked for the past twenty years).
Regina L. Scott
District Director, Southeast District Office at Dept. Of Human Services
Regina Scott is a motivated and quick learning senior administrator with 13+ years’ combined supervisory and management level experience related to public policy, program administration and operations management. Scott is analytical and astute; with a versatile skill set that also includes an accounting background and prior work in the private sector. Regina is a competent leader with an established track record of setting and achieving strategic and organizational goals; includes the ability to produce greater efficiencies utilizing existing resources.
Supplier Diversity Program Director at Highmark Health
Robert James is the Supplier Diversity Program Director at Highmark. In his position, James develops, implements and manages dynamic and comprehensive supplier diversity initiatives to further enhance diverse supplier talent within the company supply chain. Robert also has previous experience as CEO for Idea Driven Strategies, where he developed and managed new business opportunities and managed a portfolio of four and five star golf and spa resorts; plus, he has work as an Attorney at U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and as Legal Counsel/Vice-President/Consultant for Coraopolis Health Center.
Robert Littles, PMP, CPSM, MSE
Director of Projects at Rolls-Royce
Robert Littles is an innovative, out of the box thinker with top quality experience in strategic and tactical approaches to managing IT, Supply Chain and Logistics operations. Throughout Littles’ career, he has established a reputation for assessing businesses strengths and weaknesses, fostering change management and introducing process improvements, and he has an extensive record of assisting senior level management in optimizing and streamlining business practices by improving business procedures and implementing cutting edge technologies.
Steffanie Jasper, PMP, CSM
Senior Operational Risk Officer for Technology, Security and HR at PNC
Steffanie is a strong leader skilled in Strategy & Analysis, Driving for Results, Financial & Risk Management, Establishing Vision and Purpose, and Building Winning Teams. Jasper believes that inspiring and collaborating with others, understanding customers’ needs, delivering clear communication, and earning trust leads to positive sustainable change and increased engagement. Steffanie has honed this belief through over 15 years in the financial services industry.
Administrative Director--Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and the University of Pittsburgh
Taafoi Kamara is experienced in management as well as grant administration of
public health and community-based initiatives utilizing evidence-
based outcomes to influence changes in health policy and population
health. Kamara has worked for UPMC since 2012. Previous experience includes work as a Program Manager with New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and as a Program Associate for Weill Cornell Medicine.
Tracie Oliver McCormick,
Certified Treasury Professional Assistant Treasurer at Koppers Inc.
Tracie Oliver McCormick is skilled in Customer Service, Management, Banking, Financial Analysis, and Leadership. Tracie McCormick is an experienced Assistant Treasurer with a demonstrated history of working in the chemicals industry. McCormick is skilled in Customer Service, Management, Banking, Financial Analysis, and Leadership. Tracie is a strong operations professional with a Bachelor of Science – BS focused in Business Administration and Management, from University of Pittsburgh. She previously worked at Koppers Inc. as a Manager, Global Treasury Operations.
Global Sourcing & Procurement Leader
Tynina Lucas is an approachable, collaborative, and influential Global Procurement Executive with extensive experience developing, implementing and upholding best-in-class procurement strategies while defining optimal category management and strategic sourcing methods and processes. Lucas is currently working at Gateway Health as Director of Procurement where she oversees significant annual spending, vendor relationships, and is responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining effective, efficient procurement strategies, and processes organization-wide.
Senior Manager Service Desk Americas at Wabtec Corporation
Vann has been busy working on Wabtec’s latest merger of GE Transportation. As Senior Manager Service Desk America in the Information Technology department, William’s responsibility has grown tremendously. The number of employees Vann’s group supports has grown from 6000 to 12000, and he is challenged to grow the team in a way that supports the business’s needs as well as keeps costs in line.