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24 AUGUST 10-16, 2011 Community Development

MAELENE J.MYERS Executive Director

East Liberty Development, Inc. As executive director of the East

Liberty Development Inc. for the past 15 years,Maelene J.Myers has played an integral role in the com- munity’s revitalization. The Philadel- phia native who grew up in Akron, Ohio, started her career in commu- nity revitalization in 1976 as a weatherization coordinator for the North American Indian Cultural Cen- ters. She went on to become execu- tive director of Cleveland’s Hough Area Partners in Progress, a com- munity development corporation that raised over $8 million for more than 40 projects. With ELDI, she spearheaded the first community plan in 1999, which outlined the transformation of the community to a shopping hub directed toward a range of shoppers. Today, the area features the nation’s first urban Home Depot and Target stores, as well as the firstWhole FoodsMarket in the region. The organization has also transformed several vacant spaces into affordable housing units. Her professional and commu- nity affiliations include work with the East Liberty Presbyterian Church, Friendship Development As- sociates, Community Technical Assistance Center, Inc., The City of Pittsburgh Redd Up Board, The Union Project, Kelly–Strayhorn Theatre, The City of Pittsburgh Planning Commission, the Pittsburgh Urban Initiatives Advisory Board and Sojourner Moms.

CCAC-South Campus With 30 years of experience as an educator and

administrator in small and large institutions of higher learning, Charlene Newkirk is putting an impressive stamp on the Community College of Allegheny County. The Pittsburgh native and Westinghouse High School graduate holds a bachelor’s in English from Oberlin College and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She practiced law for several years and worked at a number of major universi- ties before 2003,when shewas named vice pres- ident and dean of the College of Southern Mary- land’s Prince Frederick Campus. Shewas respon- sible for overseeing newconstruction of the cam- pus and relocation of faculty, staff and students during her tenure. Since joining CCAC in 2009, she has been president of the South Campus, Bethel Park Center and Washington Crown Cen- ter,which is in the process of expansion. She also developed the CCAC Workforce Fast Tracks Pro- gram, which helps students complete a certificate or diploma and find a job in eight months. Other key accomplishments include co-authoring the CCAC Operations Plan for Safety and Security, over- seeing the development of the “One College…One Community” dialogue series and overseeing the planning process to implement a CCAC Leadership Development Institute. Professional affiliations in- clude serving as a member of various Middle States reaccreditation teams, as a Baldrige-trained ex- aminer for the Maryland Performance Excellence Awards Program and as a Title III grant reviewer for the US Department of Education. She is a facilitator and co-coordinator with the Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership, 2010 of the President’s Roundtable as well as a member of the Centre Avenue YMCA operating board, among other professional and community affiliations. She and her husband, Charles, live in Munhall.




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