Bill served on the board for nine years and after a year off, MGA is glad to welcome him back. Bill’s mother suffered with myasthenia gravis. Because of his appreciation for the unmatched education, care and support given to her and the family, Bill’s service on the MGA board of directors is his way of giving back to an organization that has given so much. Bill serves on the Nominating and Development Committees.
Phyllis has worked in all phases of Long Term Care working with the elderly for the last 25 years. Prior to that, Phyllis was an accountant in the shopping center industry. Phyllis has a BS from Carlow College in Accounting and Business Management. Phyllis retired from Excela Health as a Physician Liaison where she worked directly with physicians, specialists and staff. Phyllis is eager to assist MGA with her knowledge of marketing and development.
Tom has had a long professional relationship with MGA. Over the years he has also been a reliable supporter of MGA’s fundraising events. As the professional relationship was concluded, Tom’s recommendation for board service was a natural fit.
Louise is a partner at Vuono & Gray, LLC in Pittsburgh, and has been practicing law for 19 years. She has three sons, the youngest of whom was diagnosed with MG when he was three years old. A long-time donor to MGA, Louise joined the board to become more involved in MGA to help her son and others with MG.
Bob is a Lab Testing Technician at Washington Penn Plastics, where he has worked since 1998. Prior to that he was a mechanic and even owned his own stone masonry business. Bob was diagnosed with MG in 2003. He is enthusiastic about raising awareness of MG through his family, friends, co-workers and facebook.
James is a long time supporter of MGA. If you have attended one of the organizations events, you may not have seen James. He is the one in the background with his sleeves rolled up, ready to work. He works in the accounting department of Giant Eagle and volunteers in the community with other nonprofit organizations. MGA is fortunate to have James coming forward from behind the scenes to begin collaborating with other board members in the governance of the organization.
Mitch was diagnosed with MG when he was 17. He served as chairperson of the MG Alliance of Greater New York, Inc. for fifteen years and was very involved with the organization for many years before that. He still leads the MG support group in Kingston, NY which he has done for more than fifteen years. He lives in Rosendale, NY, and will attend MGA board meetings via conference call.
Bill is retired from a management position with West Aircomm Federal Credit Union. His interest in MG led to his creation of the Butterfly of Hope campaign, held during June, which is MG Awareness month. This campaign helps to raise money and awareness about MG through partnerships with local businesses. Bill is a member of the Development committee which benefits from his business experience and professional relationships.
Mark is Chief Financial Officer for Ni Pacolet Utilities, a company that owns and operates water and wastewater public utilities. He looks forward to helping with fundraising for the MGA of Western Pa. and increasing awareness of MG.
Jo Beth has been in board service with other organizations throughout the years. As a patient with MG, she is thrilled to support an organization that has so actively supported her in the past. She is the proprieter of OOH LA LA in Carnegie. She is pleased to offer a 10% discount year round for anyone coming into the shop and mentioning MG!
Al currently works in management for Collins Aerospace on Long Island. He was recently diagnosed with MG and is eager to assist the organization that has educated and comforted him, and so many others about life with MG. Having recently moved from the Pittsburgh area, he currently resides in South Carolina with his wife, and will join most meetings via telecom.
Joe supports MGA because his father had MG. Joe is the managing partner of Kulik Law Offices. He is a graduate of Duquesne University and its School of Law. He is married to State Representative Anita Astorino Kulik, and has two children, Dr. Sarah Rose Wrona and Joseph E. Kulik. He is also very proud of his granddaughter, Kennedy Rose Wrona. Joe served as a Hearing Officer for the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, and was a member of his local school board and township board of commissioners, serving in both for more than a decade. Joe also serves his community as a volunteer firefighter and through his involvement with various nonprofit organizations.
Reita has been a Liaison with VITAS Healthcare for almost three years. In this capacity, she has intimate, guiding conversations with individuals with life-limiting illnesses and their families. Previously she had worked with senior communities in several capacities including Home Instead Senior Care and Brookdale Senior Living. Reita is married with four children and lives in Jefferson Hills. Her hobbies include hiking, biking, knitting and a steady stream of home refinishing projects with her family. She is very happy to work with MGA and looks forward to ensuring there is broader messaging and understanding about myasthenia gravis.