BOARD

Hobie Webster, Board President

Hobie Webster

Hobie is attorney at the law firm Campbell Durrant, P.C. where his practice focuses on representing and advising public entities like school districts, municipalities, counties, and municipal authorities with respect to labor and employment matters and related litigation.    

Prior to entering private practice, Hobie served as a legislative aide to former U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and as legislative intern for U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) on Capitol Hill, and as an attorney in the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General’s Office of Consumer Advocate in Harrisburg. Hobie received his law degree from University of Pittsburgh School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University, with honors.  

James Hollister, Board Vice President

James Hollister

James is a Marketing and Communications Professional and has spent more than 12 years leading the strategic marketing, communications, and business development efforts for architecture and design firms throughout the country. His contributions have secured more than $13B in new construction and projects of consequence that improve quality of life for people, their communities, and the environment. He is also a tireless historic preservation advocate for these very reasons believing old buildings are irreplaceable and contribute so much to the shared identity, history, and character of our neighborhoods, cities and towns.

A resident of Wilkinsburg, and the owner of a restoration-in-progress (circa 1915), James spends his free time imagining the potential of abandoned lots and back alleys, exploring the city’s parks and architectural history, and biking along the rivers. James is a graduate of Susquehanna University, with a BA in Spanish, and Art History; a LEED Accredited Professional; and a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. 

Kathryn Heffernan, Board Treasurer

Kathryn Heffernan

Kathryn is a Director of Product Management, Digital Solutions at UPMC Enterprises, the innovation and venture arm of UPMC. In her role, she partners with external health care technology companies to accelerate their growth and supports commercialization strategy for internal products.

Prior to joining UPMC, Kathryn served in a change management role with the Pittsburgh Public Schools, where she supported the design and implementation of new system wide performance management technologies, and in communications and development roles at local nonprofits. Kathryn serves on the board of Casita Copan and on the planning committee of Art All Night Lawrenceville.

Kathryn holds an MBA from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, an MSPPM from the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, and a BA from Wellesley College. 

Miranda Wimer, Board Secretary

Miranda Wimer

Miranda is a Financial Administrator at the University of Pittsburgh.  Prior to that, she worked as a medical proofreader.   She also has experience in diverse roles as a volunteer, intern, and employee of other local nonprofits specializing in higher education with a particular emphasis on international student job training and conflict resolution. 

She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in history with minors in economics and political science at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as a Master of Public Administration at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. 

Growing up in various neighborhoods around the City of Pittsburgh, Miranda now resides in Cranberry Township with her boyfriend and two sons.  In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, cross stitch, and cooking.    

Gabriela Gonzales, Board Member

Gabriela is a Senior Business Manager with PNC Bank, located in their Downtown Pittsburgh headquarters. Originally from North Carolina, Gabriela has lived in Pittsburgh since 2016, and is currently a resident of Pittsburgh’s North Side. She spends her free time running on the Three Rivers Heritage trail and playing tennis on the North Side’s public courts with friends and neighbors.

Gabriela is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Religious Studies, and a minor in Spanish.

Pam Gianni, MD, Board Member

Dr Gianni joined DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh in February 2019 after attending her first DOP bus tour. Energized by that experience, she volunteered to create a bus tour of Pittsburgh’s ethnic neighborhoods.

Since then, Dr. Gianni has curated three additional bus tours, created and presented seven virtual tours, contributed to DOP’s blog, and volunteered as a greeter for DOP’s Insider Tours. She was invited to join DOP’s Board in 2021 and is currently serving a two-year Board term

Her previous volunteer experience includes service with the Frick Pittsburgh as a Clayton Docent and with Pittsburgh Cares.

Dr. Gianni is a full-time Disability Medical Consultant for the Bureau of Labor and Industry. She received her MD from the Medical College of Pennsylvania (now part of Drexel University) and her Masters in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh.

Her passion for DOP stems from her love for the people, places, and history of Pittsburgh where, born to immigrant parents, she had the distinction of becoming one of the very first, first-generation Pittsburghers in her family.

Chris Whitlatch, Board Advisor

Chris Whitlach, DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh Chairman

Christopher Whitlatch is the Communications Director for the International Rhino Foundation, a global nonprofit organization that champions the survival of the world’s rhinos through conservation and research, ensuring their survival for future generations.

He was the first Chief Executive Officer of the Mon Valley Alliance (MVA), an economic and community development serving more than 40 communities in the Mid Mon Valley. He spearheaded multimillion-dollar development projects to bring jobs and a higher quality of life to the region.

Christopher has more than twenty years of nonprofit and corporate experience. Previously, he spent seven years with The Pittsburgh Foundation directing the digital initiatives and communications at the community foundation.

He is a 1991 graduate of Uniontown Area High School and completed a degree in journalism and mass communications from New York University in 1995. Christopher currently resides in Cranberry Township with his wife, four kids, and a rescued cat and dog.

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