Community Committee Members
Furthering its commitment to provide a transparent dialogue with library users and community stakeholders, the Library's Board of Trustees has identified community members to serve one-year appointments on board committees. Representing a cross-section of neighborhoods, these committee members will help the board better engage the community in the decision-making and work of the Library, provide an ongoing dialogue with the community and increase diversity on the committees.
Rebecca Altes (Lawrenceville)
External Relations Committee
Joe Famoso (Sewickley)
Rick E. Pierchalski (Mt. Washington)
Chairman of the Board & Founding Partner, Medallion Wealth Management
Rick E. Pierchalski is Chairman of the Board and a founding partner of Medallion Wealth Management. Mr. Pierchalski started his career in the securities industry in 1975 with Butcher & Singer, now part of Wachovia Bank. In 1985, he founded Berkowitz, Pierchalski, Inc. with William Berkowitz. Mr. Pierchalski started the CUvest Division and worked with credit unions as well as Fraternal Insurance companies in implementing their fixed income portfolios. In 2000, Mr. Pierchalski and Paul Brahim developed Equity Capital Management's 401(k) retirement model which encompasses one-on-one participant advice, investment portfolio modeling and trustee fiduciary reviews. Mr. Pierchalski attended the University of Cincinnati, the Lessing Institute in Germany and the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Principal licenses include General Securities, Limited Financial Operations, Municipal Fund and Municipal Securities.
Mr. Pierchalski is actively involved in various community and nonprofit organizations. He formerly served on Allegheny County's Regional Asset District Board and is a member of Pittsburgh's Urban Redevelopment Authority's Loan Review Committee.
Heather Benedict Terrell (Sewickley)
Lawyer and Published Author
Heather Terrell is a lawyer with more than ten years' experience as a litigator at two of the country's premier law firms -- Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Morrison & Foerster -- and for Fortune 500 companies -- as the vice president in charge of commercial litigation for Starwood Hotels.
Currently, Heather is an author of five historical novels published with Random House and Harper Collins, as well as a new series launching in 2013. A graduate of Boston College and the Boston University School of Law, she lives in Sewickley with her family.