Campus Advisory Board

Campus Advisory Board

The Advisory Board of Penn State Greater Allegheny works in concert with the chancellor, the faculty, and the staff to make Penn State Greater Allegheny a responsive, high quality, learning center for Southwestern Pennsylvania and beyond.


The mission of the Advisory Board is to provide support and advice to the campus and University. Working with the administration, the Board works to enhance educational outreach opportunities to our communities.

For more information on the Advisory Board, contact Julianna Murin at or call the Chancellor's Office at (412) 675-9080.

Advisory Board Officers

President - Clifford C. Wise 
Vice President - Karen J. Kutzer 
Secretary - Kelley Lynch 
Treasurer - James Lawson
Immediate Past President - Mark R. Gruskin 

Advisory Board Members

Honorable Cynthia A. Baldwin 

Ruth Bryd-Smith
Director, Allegheny County Department of Minority Women/ Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Dept. 

Dr. Linda L. Croushore 

Michael Cherepko 
Mayor of McKeesport

Charles L. "Luke " Desmone 
Managing Principal, Architect

Ken Eisner
Attorney, Eisher Law, PC 

Vaughn Gilbert

Mark R. Gruskin 
Assistant Professor of Finance, Penn State Lehigh Valley

Jack Halpern 
Director, Gulf Trading & Transport 

Kathy Kasperik  
President of Allegheny County Chapter, Penn State Alumni Association

John W. Keyes 
Vice President – Pittsburgh Region, Tube City IMS Corporation

Karen J. Kutzer 
Principle, Karen Kutzer Associates

James Lawrence 
Stainless Steel and Alloy Professional

James Lawson 
Baker & Tilly

Wade Lipscomb
Reservoir Engineer, Range Resources

Kelley Lynch 

Ina Jean Marton 
Mayor of White Oak Boro

Dennis S. Meteny 
Director, Blue Water Growth, LLC 

Victor J. Orler, Jr. 

David J. Pasternak  
Vice President, New York Mellon 
President of the Penn State Greater Allegheny Alumni Society

Jacob N. Skezas 
Chief Financial Officer/Attorney, Resource Development & Management, Inc.

Keith Staso, CPA 
President, AKS Associates

Sue Striffler Galaski 
Director, Striffler Family Funeral Home

Peter Swistock 

Nancy Traina 
Community Volunteer 

Jesús Torres
Senior Internal Auditor, PNC Bank 

James M. Weitzel, Jr. 
Senior Counsel, Northrop Grumman Corporation

Clifford C. Wise 
President, General Trade Corporation

Emeriti Members

Edwin W. Davis

D. James Heatherington

Raymond B. Smith, D.D.S. 

Leo J. Spaeder, Jr. 

Ed Datemasch

John Hohman