PRESIDENT, DR. VERONICA ENT
Dr. Veronica Ent is an Associate Professor of Education at Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA. Her passion for education and children has pointed her career from the classroom to higher education. Dr. Ent enjoys teaching and working with all ages to help them succeed and to contribute to society. Her main research areas are the advances of instructional technology and visual media for instruction, blended learning and teaching, innovative instructional methodologies for the K-12 classroom, and the history of American curriculum. She received her doctorate in Instructional Design and Technology from the University of Pittsburgh, PA. She serves as the chairperson of the Education Department and teaches graduate courses in her research areas. In addition to her service to the Westmoreland Children First, Veronica Ent also serves on the Dr. Robert Ketterer Charter School Board of Trustees and is the president of the Country School Association of America. When Dr. Ent is not engaged in her professional duties, she coaches the Saint Vincent Equestrian Team and manages her private lesson stable of 14 horses.
TREASURER, STACEY WINFIELD
Stacey Winfield is a Vice President of Commercial Lending at S&T Bank, Greensburg PA. She has been in the commercial lending field for over 20 years. Stacey specializes in commercial real estate and small business lending. Her involvement includes work with the Small Business Administration (SBA) in many of their guaranteed loans programs. In addition to her Advisory Board member and Treasurer role of Westmoreland Children First, Stacey also serves on Regional Development Funding Corporation (RDFC) Board of Directors, Loan Committee and Risk Rating Committee (where she serves as the Chair), and the Board of Economic Growth Connection of Westmoreland. Furthermore, she is a member of both the Apartment Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh (AAMP) and Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh (BAMP). In her spare time she volunteers for several annual fundraisers for non-profit organizations. Stacey also enjoys being a very active parent with her husband and their two daughters in activities in the Jeannette City School District.
Kris Feliciani is the owner and President of the Kris Feliciani, State Farm Insurance Agency, located in Youngwood, Pennsylvania. Kris has over 31 years of experience in the insurance industry. Kris is a 1987 graduate of the Ohio Northern University with a Bachelor of Science degree major in Business Management & Marketing. She is a member of the Women’s President’s Organization (WPO), a premier membership organization for women presidents, CEO’s and managing directors of privately held multimillion-dollar companies. Kris has achieved many awards from State Farm including Crystal Excellence, Golden Triangle, Silver Scroll, Honor Agent and Ambassador for Life. She enjoys helping people, especially children. She has been a board member with WCF since 2017 and hopes to utilize her business experience to help all the children currently serviced by Westmoreland Children’s Bureau. Kris and her husband, Christopher, have 3 adult children Pamela, Meghan and Samuel.
Christine Wodzinski has been a member of the Westmoreland County Children’s Advisory Board since 2005. She is a registered nurse working in a physician’s office in Greensburg. Tina and her husband have three grown children and feel blessed to live in a community that values family and education. Over the years, Tina has been involved in many of the board’s projects to enhance the lives of children served by the Children’s Bureau. She leads the efforts to provide beds for children in need. She has been instrumental in developing the Literacy Project that offers books to children served by the bureau and plays a major role in supporting the Holiday Project which provides winter outer wear and toys to these children. Tina feels privileged to serve an organization that improves the lives of children in our county. As a member of the YWCA Board of Directors, Tina is involved in the Literacy Project of that organization. She volunteers for the Second Chance Equine Rescue program and, in her free time, participates in equestrian dressage.
Carol Zera is the founding member and director of Writing Consultants Associated, which has provided writing services to major U.S. and international corporations for over 30 years. Clients include Westinghouse, Bechtel National, Hewlett Packard, Agilent Technologies, URS, and The Electric Power Research Institute (the research arm of the U.S. electric industry).
She has led top-scoring proposal section teams for hundred-million-dollar-a-year power and energy renewal projects, and billion-dollar-a-year hazardous cleanup projects involving multiple worldwide companies. Other projects include creation of brochures, web material, video scripts, resumes, and submittals to the U.S. Congress. She has won more than 50 awards from the 40,000-member International Society of Technical Communication, including top prize in the highly competitive annual report category.
Carol was on the faculty in the English Department at the University of Pittsburgh. She taught in the writing program at the main campus, where she co-led the graduate seminar for teaching assistants and developed and taught numerous undergraduate courses. She received four university Teaching Excellence awards.
Before starting her teaching career, she was an assistant in the Department of Architecture at Carnegie-Mellon University and was president of the university staff organization. She has a B.A. from Westminster College and M.A. from the University of Pittsburgh.
She has been secretary, vice president and president of the Advisory Board for the Westmoreland County Children’s Bureau. She also co-chaired the annual fundraiser to collect money for winter clothing and holiday gifts for children under the Bureau’s care. Carol is also a member of The Committee for the Westmoreland Museum of American Art.
For more than 30 years Carol and her husband Ron spent weekends at their 25-acre farm in Butler County, where they grew flowers, vegetables and herbs. They have also travelled throughout western and eastern Europe, and to North Africa, Central America, Turkey, and Hong Kong. Carol enjoys lap swimming in the early morning, plus yoga and Tai Chi. She has won blue ribbons for baking at the Westmoreland County Fair.
VICE PRESIDENT, KITTY HRICENAK
Kitty Hricenak is a retired administrator from the Greensburg Salem School District. Throughout her career as an educator, she was devoted to meeting the needs of all children by developing partnerships with local universities, social service agencies, businesses and foundations. As a principal, her passion involved reading and particularly early childhood literacy. She helped establish several reading programs, bringing parents and children together to foster the love of reading. She initiated Big Brother/Big Sister mentoring programs in the elementary schools in Greensburg Salem. She worked closely with the United Way of Westmoreland County, developing pre-school partnerships to facilitate children’s smooth transition into Kindergarten. In addition to a Master’s Degree in Teaching, she pursued advanced degrees in reading education at the University of Pittsburgh and is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Principal’s Academy. Currently serving as Secretary of Westmoreland Children First board, Kitty is also a member of the four-person volunteer accounting team for Tri-City Meals on Wheels. She is a member of The Committee for The Westmoreland Museum. Since retiring, Kitty travels extensively. However, her favorite trips are to Virginia where she visits her daughters and her granddaughter, Ava.
DR. KATHLEEN DANIELE
Dr. Kathleen Daniele is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine at Seton Hill, Greensburg, PA. She transitioned into education after 13 years of clinical family practice, with a concentration on women’s health and adolescent medicine. As a member of the medical school faculty, she teaches first and second year osteopathic medical students the art of History and Physical Exam Skills, Problem Based Learning, and Spirituality and Ethics in Medicine. Kathleen earned her MD at the University of Connecticut and her BS at the University of Notre Dame. In addition to her service to Westmoreland Children First, she serves as a community physician educator in the PA Educating Physicians in Their Communities (EPIC) programs, PA Immunization Program and Pediatric Obesity Evaluation, Treatment and Prevention in Community Settings. When Dr. Daniele is not engaged in her professional activities, she supports both the Greater Latrobe Girl’s Field Hockey and Lacrosse teams as a booster officer and spends her free time traveling and enjoying life with her family.
Mr. Don Graham is the Vice President and Branch Manager at First National Bank.
Bryan Kline was elected as the Westmoreland County Clerk of Courts in 2009, and was re-elected in 2013 and 2017. He possesses a Master of Science degree in Law and Public Policy, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. Bryan is a member of the following organizations: The Pennsylvania Prothonotaries and Clerk of Courts Association, the Restitution in Pennsylvania Task Force, the Mid-Atlantic Association of Court Management, the Criminal Justice Advisory Board, the Board of Directors at the Greensburg Salvation Army, the Greensburg Rotary Club, the Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce, the National Rifle Association, and Firearm Owners against Crime. Bryan is former chairman of the Westmoreland County Records Improvement Committee, as well as the Westmoreland County Collection Enforcement Committee. Bryan is an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hill University, and an online Adjunct Professor for Colorado Technical University.
Patty Quatrini is a Registered Nurse who has spent most of her career as a Nurse Educator. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and from the University of Pittsburgh with a Master's Degree in Nursing Care of Children. Patty taught many years for the Westmoreland County Community College Nursing Program. For the past 10 years, she has been an Assistant Professor of Nursing at IUP. Patty specializes in Pediatrics and currently instructs her IUP students at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Patty has been actively involved in programs that focus on the health and safety of children for many years. As a past board member of Parent's Anonymous of Westmoreland County, she served terms as President and Vice President. Patty has been a member of the Children's Bureau Advisory Board under 4 Executive Directors and has held the positions of Secretary, Vice President and President of the Board. Patty actively participates in her neighborhood book club and enjoys boating, traveling , attending sporting events and entertaining friends and family. Patty lives in Unity Township with her husband Vince. They enjoy spending time with their two adult sons Michael (Megan) and Adam who reside in Pittsburgh.
Bill Bretz is the Information Technology Manager at Hamill Manufacturing Company and his tenure has included experience in the areas of procurement, operations, and project management. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science from Saint Vincent College and was elected to the Hempfield Township Board of Auditors. He currently serves on the Hempfield Township Planning Commission and as an elected member of both the Westmoreland County and Pennsylvania State Republican Committees. He is a member of the Rotary of Westmoreland and the National Rifle Association and has also served as a volunteer in support of local athletic programs and ministry organizations. Bill and his wife, Jennifer, live in Hempfield Township with their two sons and twin daughters.
Denise Thoma is an Executive Administrative Assistant supporting the president of Stellar Precision Components, a high precision manufacturing company specializing in aerospace machining. She has been in the administrative support field for the past 20 years including working for Pittsburgh-based Fortune 500 companies Westinghouse and U.S. Steel.
Denise and her husband, Rich, have three grown daughters and two grandchildren. Denise was a stay-at-home mother for 13 years while raising their children. She was a very active in-school volunteer, Brownie/Girl Scout leader, and school sport/activity volunteer throughout her children's school years. As her children progressed to middle and high school, she returned to the workforce part-time and subsequently full-time. She completed her Associate's Degree in Business Administration while working full-time.
Denise attended her first WCF Wine and Chocolate event as a patron in 2016 and in learning the mission of the organization knew WCF was an organization that she wanted to get involved with. She enjoys helping others, especially children. She volunteered with WCF as a non-board member volunteer on the 2017 and 2018 Wine and Chocolate Galas. Denise joined the board in 2019 looking forward to doing her part in enriching the lives of the children in the WCCB care.