BOARD

Chris Whitlatch, Board President — Communications Director for the International Rhino Foundation

Chris Whitlach, DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh Chairman
Chris Whitlach

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. There he helped launch and develop PittsburghGives, an online giving platform that has pumped more than $40 million into nonprofit organizations across the area.

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.

Bonnie Baxter, Board Vice-President — Founder/Executive Director, DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh

Bonnie Baxter, Founder/Executive Director, DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh
Bonnie Baxter

Bonnie Baxter founded DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh in 2016, inspired by a similar event while living in Chicago.  Bonnie now serves as the Executive Director and only employee for DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh, Inc, a 501(c)(3).

Bonnie spent 25 years in the television advertising industry, as an Account Executive, Sr. Account Executive, and Local Sales Manager for an assortment of media companies such as Sinclair Broadcast Group, Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc., Comcast Spotlight, Viamedia, and The Nielsen Company.

Bonnie has also operated a residential real estate property management/rehab company for the past 20 years.

Bonnie holds a degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, in Communications, with a minor in Marketing.

Paige Beal, Board Secretary — ­­­­­Associate Professor, Point Park University

Paige Beal, DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh Board
Paige Beal

Paige Beal is an Associate Professor teaching classes in business and marketing at Point Park University Rowland School of Business in the Sports, Arts, and Entertainment Management program.

Paige Beal’s teaching draws on her extensive media career, which has included positions on-air, in marketing management, sales management, general management, as well as ownership. Her radio, TV, and online experience in Pittsburgh includes 3WS (Disney/Shamrock), Comcast Spotlight (AT&T/TCI), and WPXI (Cox Media).

She is an active member of the Pittsburgh chapter of the American Marketing Association, where she founded and co-chaired the Pittsburgh AMA Collegiate Marketing Plan Competition. She earned the Outstanding Achievement in Media Award (Agency/Allied category) from the Media Association of Pittsburgh in 2019. Paige holds an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business.

Dr. Pam Gianni, Board Member — Physician Specialist with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Disability Determination

Dr. Pam Gianni, Board Member, DOOR OPEN PIttsburgh
Dr. Pam Gianni

Dr. Pamela Gianni joined DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh in February 2019 as a volunteer with an idea for DOP’s first Pittsburgh Ethnic Neighborhood Tour. She has continued to create a variety of specialty and virtual tours for DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh ever since. 

Her passion for Pittsburgh’s history stems from her experiences in a family that emigrated to Pittsburgh in the early 1900s to work in our mills and mines.

Pam is a physician. For 20 years she was owner and Medical Director of Medically-Fit, an occupational medicine practice serving blue collar workers in the Steel Valley. She is currently a Physician Specialist with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Disability Determination.

She completed her undergraduate work in English Literature and Pre-Med at the University of Pittsburgh, her Masters Degree in Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh, and her Medical Degree at the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.  

In addition to her work with DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh, she is a Clayton Docent at The Frick Pittsburgh and an Advisory Council Member for Pittsburgh Cares.

Nicole Roach, Board Treasurer — Social Media Professional

Nicole Roach, DOORS OPEN PITTSBURGH Board Member
Nicole Roach

Nicole Roach is a thriving marketing and social media professional who has been involved with DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh since 2017. 

While obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree in Sports, Arts and Entertainment Management from Point Park University, Nicole began volunteering with DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh, first as a building docent and later as a social media intern. With her help the organization nearly doubled their social media following and greatly expanded their reach.

Nicole has been obsessed with the history and unique architecture of Pittsburgh since she was child and believes everyone should explore the city they live in to the fullest. With this passion for her city, she was thrilled to continue on running DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh’s social media channels after her internship ended and is eager to grow the organization more in her new board member role.

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