Board of Directors


Miriam Parson, Board President -- Pittsburgh Action Strategist, IOBY

Miriam is a Pennsylvanian who has settled permanently in Pittsburgh and believes in the collaborative spirit of her hometown.  She brings over a decade worth of experience in creating and managing nonprofit programs that implement community-driven sustainability solutions such as clean air, clean water, and food garden installation. 

Miriam believes strongly in the power of connecting resources to do good on the ground. As ioby’s Pittsburgh Action Strategist, she listens to Pittsburghers’ ideas to do positive work in their neighborhoods and then pools resources and experts to support the project leader’s success.

Miriam holds a Masters of Sustainability and Management degree from Chatham University and undergraduate degrees from Gettysburg College in Political Science and Environmental Studies.

 

Bonnie Baxter, Board Vice-President  -- 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 and only employee for DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh, Inc. (501c3).

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

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


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

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 (ATT&T/TCI) and WPXI (Cox Media). 

She is active member of the Pittsburgh chapter of the American Marketing Association where she founded and co-chairs 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.

 

Chris Whitlatch, Treasurer -- Communications Director for the International Rhino Foundation

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 multi-million-dollar development projects to bring jobs and 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 Twp. with his wife, four kids and a rescued cat and dog.


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