Public Sector

(E) Commissioner Larry Maggi (Washington County)
(E) Commissioner Larry Maggi (Washington County)
Washington County Commissioner

Mr. Maggi began his service to CAS in November 1998 when he was the Washington County Sheriff, and chose to continue service when he was elected Commissioner in 2003. He currently serves as the Chairperson of the Washington County Board of Commissioners.

(E) Mr. Scott Slagle, representing Commissioner Diana Irey-Vaughan (Washington County)
(E) Mr. Scott Slagle, representing Commissioner Diana Irey-Vaughan (Washington County)
Washington County Commissioner

Mr. Slagle has been a dedicated CAS Board member since July of 2009. He has worked for PNC Financial Services for 13 years, Citizens Bank and most recently First Federal Savings Bank for the last 7 years, and holds a degree in Economics from Allegheny College.

Mr. Slagle is currently the Owner and President of Commercial Funding Solutions, Inc.

(E) Mr. Michael J. Lucas, Esq.
(E) Mr. Michael J. Lucas, Esq.
Judge, Court of Common Pleas

Mr. Lucas has served on the CAS Board since 2007 and is a member of the Personnel Committee. For nineteen years, Mr. Lucas was an associate with the law firm of Bassi, McCune & Vreeland, P.C. He served as an Assistant District Attorney in Washington County where he has practiced law since he entered the bar in 1992. He was elected to the Washington County Court of Common Pleas on November 5, 2013.

Mr. Lucas attended Washington & Jefferson College and obtained his law degree from Duquesne University where he served on the Law Review. His volunteer community activities also include a strong commitment to providing pro bono services for the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh and several other organizations.

(E) Mr. Blair Zimmerman (Greene County)
(E) Mr. Blair Zimmerman (Greene County)
Greene County Commissioner

Blair Zimmerman is the secretary of the Greene County Board of Commissioners. Currently in his first term in office, Commissioner Zimmerman was appointed in December 2012. In addition to Community Action Southwest, he is a member of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission. Before his appointment, Commissioner Zimmerman was the longtime mayor of Waynesburg Borough, and he recently retired from Cumberland Mine, where he worked as a coal miner for 41 years. He has been involved in the Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Co., Habitat for Humanity, Relay For Life, and Greene County United Way, and is an avid runner and cyclist. Commissioner Zimmerman is a member of Washington Street United Methodist Church and lives in Waynesburg. He has three children and three grandchildren.

 

(E) Commisioner Harlan Shober (Washington County)
(E) Commisioner Harlan Shober (Washington County)
Washington County Commissioner

Mr. Shober was elected Washington County Commissioner in 2012 after a successful career in business and decades of service to his community.  He joined the Community Action Southwest Board in 2015 and will serve on the Finance Committee.

(E) Mr. Mark E. McCurdy, representing Commissioner Blair Zimmerman (Greene County)
(E) Mr. Mark E. McCurdy, representing Commissioner Blair Zimmerman (Greene County)
Greene County Commissioner

Mr. McCurdy joined the CAS Board in January 2017. He is currently the president of McCurdy Consulting and his past positions have included 34 years as a part-time PA House Legislative Assistant, a teacher for 34 years in Central Greene School District and an instructor at Waynesburg University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from California University, and has won multiple video production awards. His personal affiliations include PSEA-NEA. He is the Board Vice President of the Central Greene Scholarship Trust. He has also maintained his Adopt-a-Highway stretch on Route 21 for 26 years. Mr. McCurdy lives in Rogersville with his wife, Deborah. He has one child and three grandchildren

Private Sector

Mr. Michael L. Chaido
Mr. Michael L. Chaido
Washington Financial

Mr. Chaido has served on the CAS Board since September 2009, and is currently in his first term as President.  He also serves as Chairperson of the Personnel Committee.  He is also a former member and past chair of the CAS Head Start Policy Council.  Mr. Chaido is the Chief Operating Officer for Washington Financial Bank.

Ms. Lugene Calderone
Ms. Lugene Calderone
University of Pittsburgh

Ms. Calderone has served on the CAS Board since September of 2010. Ms. Calderone is a retired teacher and early childhood education advocate. She currently works for the University of Pittsburgh as Early Childhood Intern Supervisor, and as an instructor in the Department of Instruction and Learning.

Ms. Deborah E. Takach
Ms. Deborah E. Takach
First Commonwealth Bank

Ms. Takach is a Vice President of Business Banking for First Commonwealth Bank. She holds an undergraduate business degree from Robert Morris University and an M.B.A. from California University. Ms. Takach is also active in many other southwestern Pennsylvania organizations including the Washington County Community Foundation and the Washington County Chamber of Commerce. In 2010 she received the Outstanding Woman in Business Award from the Chamber. Born in West Mifflin,she and her husband live in Washington County.

Mr. Brook Ward
Mr. Brook Ward
The Washington Hospital

Mr. Ward joined the CAS Board in January 2012 and serves on the CAS Finance Committee. Mr. Ward is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for The Washington Hospital where he oversees patient care services, information systems, human resources and regulatory affairs as well as other programs and initiatives.

Mr. Brian Uplinger, M.Ed.
Mr. Brian Uplinger, M.Ed.
Central Greene School District

Mr. Uplinger has served on the CAS Board since January 2016 and serves as a member of the Governance Committee.  He has been Superintendent of the Central Greene School District since 2013, and is active in his community by sitting on multiple boards of directors, including Children & Youth’s Advisory Board and the PA Association of School Administrators.   

 

Target Group

Mr. Richard C. Burgess
Mr. Richard C. Burgess
Community Volunteer

Mr. Burgess has served on the CAS Board since September of 2006. He is a past member of the Head Start Policy Council and a past parent of a Head Start child. He has represented CAS on the LeMoyne Multicultural Center’s Board of Directors, and currently serves as Chair of CAS’ Community Services Committee. Mr. Burgess works at the State Forensic Unit at Torrance State Hospital.

Mr. Mark Taylor
Mr. Mark Taylor
Community Volunteer

Mark began his CAS Board Service in 2015.  He has been involved with CAS for several years, and serves as an example of hard work and perseverance to current CAS clients struggling to attain self-sufficiency.  Mark successfully completed several CAS programs to improve his situation and is now employed as a driver for Waste Management.  

Rev. Dr. James Cherry
Rev. Dr. James Cherry
Community Volunteer

Rev. Cherry is a Vietnam Vet (USMC), has a doctorate in Theology, and is active in the church and his community.  His areas of interest include human services and seniors in Greene County.  He’s served on CAS’ Board since 2016 and sits on the Community Services Committee.  

Ms. Deanna D. Comfort
Ms. Deanna D. Comfort
Community Volunteer

Ms. Comfort began her CAS Board Service in 2016.  She is a graduate of Penn Commercial, is employed by Redstone Pharmacy as a pharmacy tech and makes her home in Ellsworth, PA.  

Ms. Donna Kincade
Ms. Donna Kincade
Community Volunteer

Ms. Kincade began her CAS Board Service in 2016. She is a member of Head Start Policy Council and lives in Brownsville, PA.