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Pittsburgh Voyager Board Of Directors

Our team is consisted of true professionals, the board of directors Pittsburgh Voyager has a passion for our community and rivers. Pittsburgh Voyager is a Pittsburgh-based non-profit science and environmental educational organization offering river-base educational programs for students, teachers, and the community. 

The board of directors is legally and ethically responsible for all activities of the Pittsburgh Voyager organization. Determines how the organization will carry out its mission through long and short-range planning. Adopts an annual budget and provides fiscal oversightProudly, Our Board Of Directors For Pittsburgh Voyager are:

Howard S. Berger, President
Berger Investment Group, National Apartment Laundries

Amy Ashton
Apple Furniture Rental & Sales

Alan Boarts, Vice President - Development
A to Z Communications

James Cimino, Treasurer
YMCA (retired)

Chuck Duritsa, Vice President - Operations
PA Department of Environmental Protection (retired)

Dr. Bernard K. Feinman

George W. Gaines, Past President
Gaines Funeral Home

Dr. John Osheka
New Brighton Area School District

Dr. Kenneth Powell
Quaker Valley Middle School, Quaker Valley School District

Dr. Barbara Rudiak
Phillips Elementary School, Pittsburgh Public Schools

Robert Sprague
Burson-Marstellar & KQV

Dr. John Stolz, Secretary
Duquesne University, Department of Biological Sciences

Howard Wein, Esquire
Klett, Lieber, Rooney & Schorling

Terry Wirginis
Gateway Clipper Fleet

Advisory Committee

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Pittsburgh Voyager River Boat


The Board of Directors For Pittsburgh Voyager are responsible for the overall governance of the nonprofit organization. Their responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

• Guard the Pittsburgh Voyagers mission.
• Select the Pittsburgh Voyagers president, CEO or executive director.
• Monitor and evaluate the performance of the president, CEO or executive director.
• Provide expert counsel to staff as appropriate.
• Adopt the  Pittsburgh Voyagers annual budget and authorize substantial modifications to the budget throughout the year.
• Oversee the management and investment of the organization’s investments/endowments.
• Approve the addition or removal of programs.
• Authorize capital expenditures.
• Solicit funds to support the Pittsburgh Voyagers .
• Contribute funds directly to support the organization.
• Promote the Pittsburgh Voyagers  mission and accomplishments.
• Recruit and orient new board members.
• Establish overarching policies that govern the Pittsburgh Voyager.
• Create an accountability system to ensure that the Pittsburgh Voyager complies with all applicable laws and regulations.
• Evaluate itself.

Advisory Committee Pittsburgh Voyager

James D. Bendel

R. Bruce Bickel
PNC Advisors

Karyll Davis

The Honorable H. William DeWeese
Pennsylvania State Representative

Sandy Donnelly
The Bizet Group

The Honorable Mike Doyle
United States Representative

Captain Jeffrey A. Fischbeck
USN (retired)

Rebecca Flora
Green Building Alliance

James Guttman
Mon River Towing

The Honorable Melissa Hart
United States Representative

Paul King
Environmental Health & Safety, Duquesne University

Gail Landis

Dick Martin

Andrew McElwaine
Pennsylvania Environmental Council

The Honorable Dan Onorato
Chief Executive, Allegheny County

Roslyn Rosenblatt
PPG Industries Foundation (retired)

The Honorable Rick Santorum
United States Senator

Lisa Schroeder
Riverlife Task Force

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Seamans
Independent Film & Television Producer

Mr. & Mrs. Milton Washington
Allegheny Housing Rehab. Corporation

James Winokur
Hy-Tech Machine

Responsibilities Of Advisory Committee Pittsburgh Voyager

An Advisory Board is a collection of individuals who bring unique knowledge and skills which complement the knowledge and skills of the formal Board members in order to more effectively govern the Pittsburgh Voyager. Also, Advisory Boards are sometimes used to maintain formal and visible relationships with people who have particular strong status, for example, people whose terms have expired on the governing Board, leaders in the community and people with highly respected skills in certain program areas.

The Advisory Board does not have formal authority to govern the organization, that is, the Advisory Board cannot issue directives that must be followed as in the case with a governing Board. Rather, the Advisory Board serves to make recommendations and/or provide key information and materials to the formal Board of Directors. Committees of governing Boards, for example, Fundraising Committees and Personnel Committees, are of the same capacity as Advisory Boards – their members only make recommendations to the Board of directors Pittsburgh Voyager.