Board of Advisors

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Board of Advisors guides the college on matters concerning the educational and economic needs of the communities served by Pitt- Johnstown. The Board elicits and maintains public support for the institution and shall counsel the administrative officials of the college in the discharge of their respective functions.

Members of the Pitt-Johnstown Board of Advisors represent city and community leaders and Pitt-Johnstown alumni.

Active Members

Thomas M. Kurtz '77, Chair
President and CEO, Windber Research Institute

Jodie Saylor Novak '84, Vice Chair

Scott Becker
CEO, Conemaugh Health System

Richard A. Bross ‘73
Retired Group Vice President, Hormel Foods 

Richard A. Burkert
President & CEO, Johnstown Area Heritage Association

Verna M. Carter
Retired, ReMax Team Realtors

Jonna Contacos-Sawyer '83
President/Consulting Principal, HR Consultants, Inc.

G. Henry Cook
President and CEO, Somerset Trust Company

Lana V. Custer '65
Retired Teacher

James C. Dewar
Retired, Owner and President, Dewar’s Car World

M. Mitchell Fetterolf '78
Vice President, Fetterolf Group, Inc.

The Honorable Linda Rovder-Fleming
Judge, Court of Common Pleas of Cambria County

Michael P. Hruska ‘2000
President/CEO, Problem Solutions

Sean C. Isgan '82
President, CME Engineering

The Honorable David C. Klementik, Esq.
Judge, Court of Common Pleas of Somerset County

Kim Kunkle
President and CEO, Laurel Holdings, Inc.

Ernest J. Mantini, DMD '79

Gary A. Minchau, DMD '69

Mark E. Pasquerilla
President, Pasquerilla Enterprises

Rosemary Pawlowski
Manager/Owner, Architectural Interiors

Jeffrey S. Philibin '88
Branch Manager, PrimeLending

Howard M. Picking III
Retired, CEO of Miller-Picking Company

John J. Polacek, Jr.
Chief Operating Officer, JWF Defense Systems and JWF Industries

Carl R. Sax '58
Retired, CFO of Kuchera Defense Systems

Edward J. Sheehan, Jr
President and CEO, Concurrent Technologies Corporation

Dorothy L. Stroz ‘84
Retired, Department of Commerce’s US Census Bureau/Geography Division

Douglas R. Weimer ‘75
Retired Legislative Attorney, Library of Congress

Dr. Gerald L. Zahorchak
Retired Superintendent, Greater Johnstown School District and Former PA Secretary of Education 

Donato B. Zucco, PhD '59
Retired, Crown American

Stephen G. Zamias
Vice Chairman, Zamias Services, Inc. 

Emeritus Members

Ex Officio Members


Betty G. Black

Melvin Wingard, Richland Township

Gilbert E. Caroff, Esq. '52

The Honorable Bryan Barbin

E. Jeanne Gleason

The Honorable John N. Wozniak ‘78

Robert W. Hartnett, MD '56

The Honorable Frank Burns '99

Gerald R. Mock


George D. Zamias '53



Year indicates Pitt-Johnstown graduation class