BOARD

Chris Whitlatch, Board President

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.

Bonnie Baxter, Board Vice-President

Bonnie Baxter, Founder/Executive Director, DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh

Bonnie Baxter founded DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh in 2016, inspired by a similar event while living in Chicago.  Bonnie now serves as the Executive Director 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.

Jack Bouch, Board Member

Jack currently works for one of Pittsburgh largest Healthcare organizations as a Practice Manager. He earned his Bachelors of Science in Public Health from Point Park University, and currently finishing his Masters of Business Administration at Western Governors University.

Jack is passionate about the city of Pittsburgh, and all that it has to offer. Prior to becoming Practice Manager, he worked with many Pittsburgh sports teams, such as Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Riverhounds, and USA Rugby.

Dr. Pam Gianni, Board Treasurer

Dr. Pam Gianni, Board Member, DOOR OPEN PIttsburgh

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.

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.

Kathryn Heffernan, Board Secretary

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.

Kathryn Heffernan

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. 

James Hollister, Board Member

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. 

Stephanie Spezialetti, Board Member

Stephanie is a Program Manager for the Mario Lemieux Foundation where she oversees event coordination, external fundraisers and community engagement via digital marketing efforts.  Prior to the Foundation, Stephanie spent 8 years at AT&T SportsNet doing both sales and marketing for Pittsburgh Pirates and Penguins telecasts.  She began her career in sports upon graduation from Point Park University by working in Media Relations for the Pittsburgh Penguins for several seasons while simultaneously working at the local marketing consulting firm, BrandMill. She currently resides in the city of Pittsburgh with her two dogs and cat and enjoys sports, live music, travelling and reading in her apartment hammock

Hobie Webster, Board Member

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.  

Miranda Wimer, Board Member

Mirande 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.    

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