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14 AUGUST 10-16, 2011 Business PAULA B.CASTLEBERRY


Minority/Women’s Business Coordinator Pittsburgh Public Schools


More than 20 years of combined experience


in sales, business development and supplier di- versity helps Paula B. Castleberry excel in her position as the minority and women business coordinator for the Pittsburgh Public Schools. A Cleveland, Ohio, native who earned a Bache- lors of Business Administration and a Masters of Public Administration from Cleveland State University, Castleberry began her career with private, public and nonprofit organizations in her hometown. After being hired by the district in 2003, she has helped to promote policy to increase minority, women and disadvantaged business participation and implemented proce- dures to include, track and report first and sec- ond tier participation by underrepresented companies on formally bid contracts and con- sulting contracts. Her professional responsi- bilities include serving as board secretary, cer- tification chair and on the education committee for theWestern Pennsylvania Minority Supplier Development Council and serving as a member of the MWDBE Governmental Committee and chair of its best practices sub committee. She is a member of the African American Chamber of Commerce ofWestern Pennsylvania, the Mi- nority Business Opportunity Committee and the National Association of Women Business Owners. She has received honors from the


WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE 2011 Education


VALIRE CARR COPELAND,PhD,MPH PhD Program Director & Associate Professor School of SocialWork University of Pittsburgh


As co-director of the University of Pittsburgh’s


school district on three separate occasions in addition to several other accolades. She is an active member of Mt. Ararat Baptist Church.


provost directory seminar, PhD program direc- tor, associate professor in the University of Pitts- burgh’s Graduate School of Public Health’s School of Social Work and Department of Com- munity and Behavioral health sciences, and as- sociate director for the university’s Public Health Social Work Training Program, Valire Carr Copeland is an integral member of the univer- sity’s school of Social Work. She is also co-di- rector for the University of Pittsburgh’s Provost Diversity Seminar. The Salisbury, N.C., native re- ceived her B.S.W. with honors from Salisbury, N.C.’s, Livingstone College, and her Masters of Social Work, Masters of Public Health and PhD fromthe University of Pittsburgh. She is amem- ber of the Delta Omega Honor Society and the Phi Alpha Honor Society. Copeland’s research and publications focuses on minority health and mental health disparities in service delivery, pro- gram planning, and treatment engagement for women and children. Her current developing area of scholarship focuses on culturally appro- priate engagement and intervention strategies for end of life carewith African-Americanwomen. As a professor, Copeland has taught courses in so- cial work interventive methods, health policy,


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human behavior and social environment and clinical social work with African-American fami- lies, among other topics. She is active on several boards including the Council on SocialWork Ed- ucation and the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in SocialWork. She is on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Social Work in Public Health,; the Journal of Social Service Re- search, and the Journal of Human Behavior and the Social Environment. Copeland is also on the Board of Directors for the Presbyterian Publish- ing Company, where she also serves as board Secretary. Her work has been published in sev- eral peer-reviewed journals.


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