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The Daily News, McKeesport PA

Tuesday Afternoon, March 28, 2006


Vacancies remain as RAD board reorganizes directors

Daily News Staff Writer

©The Daily News 2006

Allegheny Regional Asset District’s board of directors has reorganized,
even with one vacancy remaining and another seat up for grabs.

At Monday’s meeting in Pittsburgh, Rick Pierchalski, acting RAD board
chairman since the resignation of Charles Zappala, was elected to
continue in that role for the rest of 2006.

Zappala’s replacement must be named by Allegheny County Executive Dan

Onorato’s nomination to a new term of Regional Business Alliance
Executive Director Constance L. Yarris of Jefferson Hills was confirmed
by county council last month. Yarris will serve through the end of

Pierchalski and one-time RAD board Chairman Daniel J. Griffin also are
Onorato nominees. Griffin nominated Pierchalski as permanent chairman
Monday night.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bob O’Connor chooses two of the six members of the RAD
board. His choices of Robert D. Jones and Stanley J. Parker replaced
two charter members of the RAD board, Joyce Baskins and Gerald Voros.

Griffin of O’Hara Twp. and Yarris are the only RAD members who are not
Pittsburgh residents.

At Pierchalski’s motion, Jones was chosen vice chairman. Yarris
nominated Parker for secretary-treasurer.

A seventh member must be chosen by a consensus of the other six. That
seat, now held by Dr. Herman A. Jones Jr., has to be reopened and Jones
or a replacement chosen for a new term in June.

A list of regional economic and community development organizations
will get requests for nominations. Nominations will be accepted until
April 28.

More details on the nomination process are available at

RAD Executive Director David L. Donahoe was chosen as assistant

“It’s a fairly common practice in a lot of government agencies,” RAD
Chief Counsel Jim Norris said.

Pierchalski named Yarris, Griffin and Robert Jones to RAD’s allocations
committee; Yarris, Parker and Onorato’s next RAD appointee to RAD’s
library committee; and Griffin, Parker and that unnamed appointee to
RAD’s audit committee.

Herman Jones was retained as liaison to RAD’s Community Advisory Board.
The RAD directors also filled four vacancies on that board, with one
seat going to Clairton insurance broker F. Charles Spence.

RAD officials noted Spence has been active in a number of civic and
charitable efforts, including Regional Business Alliance, Mon Valley
Initiative, Mon Valley Education Consortium and Community Economic
Development Corp. of Clairton.

Also named to fill advisory board vacancies were Marilyn Coleman of
Edgewood, Ralph M. Hale III of Franklin Park and former state Insurance
Commissioner Cynthia M. Maleski of Natrona Heights.

The RAD board is expected to schedule a special meeting next month with
the advisory board to discuss policy issues. Normally, that meeting
would have been this month but was delayed to give the RAD board time
to reorganize.

Pierchalski also named himself, Griffin and Robert Jones to an ad hoc
committee that would evaluate the procedures used to evaluate assets
for RAD funding.

The RAD board also approved long-term plans for three contractual
regional assets, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium; Phipps Conservatory &
Botanical Gardens; and the Carnegie Museums.

It also heard a protest from Glenn A. Walsh of Friends of the Zeiss. He
said Carnegie Science Center has continued to delay reassembly of the
Zeiss projector once displayed in old Buhl Planetarium, despite
promises to do so by the end of last year.

Walsh has been fighting for restoration of the projector and other
artifacts once displayed at Buhl, now part of Pittsburgh Children’s