Board of Visitors

The purpose of the University of Pittsburgh Board of Visitors is to assist in improving the quality of the School of Social Work by providing candid, comprehensive, and informed reactions to its educational objectives and programs and by providing advice on its planning efforts.


Chair, Mr. Thomas VanKirk, Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Counsel, Highmark

Mr. James J. Browne, Principal, Financial Advisor & Co-Founder, Allegheny Financial Group/Allegheny Investments

Ms. Esther Bush, President, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh                                                 

Mr. Marc Cherna, Director, Department of Human Services, Allegheny County 

Ms. Estelle F. Comay, Marcus & Shapira LLP

Mr. Basil M. Cox, former President and  Chief Operating Officer at Eat'n Park Hospitality Group, Inc. (retired)

Mr. Rod Doss, Editor and Publisher, The New Pittsburgh Courier

Dr. Jeffrey Edleson, Dean and Professor, University of California at Berkeley, School of Social Welfare

Mrs. Sheila Fine, LEAD -(Leading Education and Awareness for Depression) Pittsburgh’s Founder and Board Chair                   

Ms. Diane Holder, Executive Vice President, UPMC; President, UPMC insurance Services Division and President and CEO, UPMC Health Plan

Dr. John Jackson, Dean and Richard Perry University Professor, School of Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania

Mr. William K. Lieberman, President, W. K. Lieberman Company, LLC

Mr. Henry Loubet, CEO, Bohemia Health

Glenn Mahone, Esquire, Reed Smith

Mr. James P. McDonald, former Director of Philanthropy, Corporate Affairs, BNY Mellon (retired)

Ms. Barbara McNees, President, Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce

Mr. Alan Momeyer, Consultant, Loews Corporation; Former Vice President, Human Resources, Loews Corporation

Mr. Steven Paschall, Esquire, Lovettt Bookman Harmon Marks LLP

Mr. James Roddey, Pennsylvania businessman and politician best known as the former Chief Executive of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

Mrs. Joy Starzl, Social work professional

Dr. Lynn Videka, Dean, University of Michigan School of Social Work

Mrs. Doris Carson Williams, President & CEO, African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania