Tina Daniels is the owner of Concrete Rose Construction, with experience in General Contracting. Tina specializes in residential builds & rehabilitations. She has attended national training workshops such as NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) and is currently enrolled in the ICC (International Code Council) Residential Plans Examiner Certification Program. Tina is a strong believer in the power of “Just Decide!” and credits that for her decision of transitioning into the construction industry.
Kevin M. Jordan Founder, CEO & Chairman
Kevin Jordan is a serial entrepreneur and businessman. In 2012 he founded Behavioral Services, Inc. “ABS ” and in his role as CEO he provides vision and developing ABS’s business models, growth strategies, and directing operations of the company.
An Accounting major and graduate of of Duquesne
University’s School of Business, holds a certificate in Executive Leadership Leadership from the Kennedy School of G Harvard University. Kevin has
has been involved with the start-up and launch of business ventures dating back to 1993. Mr. Jordan has also held professional leadership positions in corporate
and not-for profit entities including Delo Consolidated Gas, PNC, PNC, WQED WQED Multimedia Multimedia and Housing Authority City of Pittsburgh to name a few.
Mr. Jordan’s vision is is to to grow and connect individually operated business entities coordinated and scalable turn-key turn human development business model and with a goal of extending the ABS brand in
into other markets through joint venture and lice arrangements. At the present ABS has two sister companies providing complete behavioral health solutions, solutions, i.e. ABS Peer Services, LLC – provide certified peer services for people with mental health and
substance abuse challenges; LLC known as “iSport”, rt”, which is a trauma prevention and restoration initiative for you.
Mr. Jordan is a mentor and volunteer, volunteers on several Boards of Directors develop platforms where black entrepreneurs and black owned businesses can have capital, talent and technology in order to prosper.
SHAPE Training was founded in April 2013 by Yardon Brantley. It operated as a 2 coach in- home training company until 2014. Since then it has grown to 26 coaches and over 800 clients in 3 locations.
SHAPE Training is not your typical fitness company. They specialize in 1 on 1 instruction. At the same time they have been the engineers of the industry’s largest bootcamps.
In January 2014, Marita Garrett was sworn in as a Councilwoman for Wilkinsburg Borough. As
a member and Vice-President of Council, Marita was instrumental in seeking and receiving over
$2 million in grant revenue for the Borough; additionally, led the charge to increase capacity in
Borough department in increase efficiency in services to residents. Also, at that time thenCouncilwoman Garrett saw a need for an increase in community engagement and started,
“Wilkinsburg Community Conversations” an initiative to connect and empower residents to work
together for neighborhood improvement. From there, she co-founded Free Store Wilkinsburg to assist
community members to address emergent needs. In 2017 she was named “Young Democrat of the
Year” from the Allegheny County Democratic Committee and selected to attend the NextCity
Vanguard conference held in Newcastle, Australia. Additionally, Ms. Garrett has served on panels at
the Brookings Institution and United Nation’s World Urban Forum 9.
In 2017, Ms. Garrett was elected Mayor with over 65% of votes in a 4-way race. As Mayor, she
reinstated the Public Safety Forums, a monthly series that highlights updates in the Wilkinsburg Police
Department and provides an opportunity for community members to express their safety concerns.
During her tenure, Mayor Garrett has been largely influential for the renewed interest in Wilkinsburg’s
Marita founded CIVICALLY, INC – an umbrella nonprofit organization that focuses on
community development by promoting civic and socially literacy to instill self-reliance. In addition to
Free Store Wilkinsburg, Community Conversations, she has established Fresh Market and initiatives
and received grants for health education, urban farming, and others. In 2019, through Civically, Inc.
acquired the Hunter Building – the largest commercial building in downtown Wilkinsburg to stabilize
an anchor building and catalyze economic development in the Borough. Thus far, she has brought in
over a half of million dollars towards capital planning and improvement projects.
Outside of her political career, Ms. Garrett is the CEO of MarGar Enterprises, LLC, a for-profit
company that provides a wide range of outreach and engagement services to non-profits and midlevel corporations. Some of her clients have been Dollar Bank, University of Pittsburgh, CMU, CORO
Pittsburgh, Wilkinsburg Development Corporation, New Sun Rising, among others.
Ms. Garrett has a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, where she now
serves as an adjunct professor; and a Master’s in Psychology from Chatham University, where she has
been a panel speaker on several occasions for the Center for Women and Politics. Continuing to
promote women empowerment, Ms. Garrett is the co-host of Shattered Glass Podcast, where stories
of extraordinary women shattering the glass ceiling are highlighted. She was featured in Pittsburgh
Magazine’s Women & Business edition.
Mayor Garrett has been recognized for her diligence in civic and community engagement by
numerous organizations and media outlets. Currently, she serves on the advisory boards for
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD), Phipps Conservatory, among other organizations.
The Honorable Mayor Nickole Nesby is a dedicated public servant with 20 years of experience in legislative government. In November 2017, Mayor Nesby won a historic election by successfully beating Councilman John Guyre to become the first woman and African American to head the City of Duquesne, Pennsylvania.
Prior to becoming the City of Duquesne Mayor, Ms. Nesby worked in the office of United States Congressman Mike Doyle as a Field Representative – District Caseworker for ten years. Under the leadership of Congressman Doyle, Ms. Nesby held roles of increasing responsibility to serve constituents from the 18th District of Pennsylvania in a greater capacity. It is worth noting Ms. Nesby was the first African American woman to join Congressman Doyle’s staff.
As a standard bearer, Mayor Nesby is no stranger to adversity, and utilizing her leadership skills to solve problems. One major highlight of her career in Congressman Doyle’s administration was saving the City of Clairton’s Pennsylvania Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program. Ms. Nesby prevented the funding from the City of Clairton’s WIC Program from being eliminated. As Congressman Doyle’s Field Representative-District Caseworker, she attended and received training in federal legislative law at Capital Hill in Washington, D.C. Upon her return, Ms. Nesby trained Pennsylvania state legislative staff. In addition, she became a Federal Coordinator for the United States Department of Commerce, Census Bureau.
Subsequently to Mayor Nesby’s tenure in United States Congressman Mike Doyle’s office she gained experience at the executive government level working as a Frontline Manager and Contact Service Representative for the United States Treasury Department. Ms. Nesby served as a Union Steward for the National Treasury Employees Union for our United States government. This federal union represents Local 34. She was part of the Legislative Affairs Committee team who lobbied Congress. In this role, Ms. Nesby along with her colleagues lobbied for equal pay, opposed the government shut down, and secured additional funding for the national treasury employee union. Her advocacy in support of national public policy came under the direction of former United States Presidents Mr. William “Bill” Jefferson Clinton, 42nd U.S. President and 44th U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama II.
Mayor Nesby believes in the power of God to transform the lives of families in our communities. In 1970, she was born in City of McKeesport Pennsylvania, the youngest child of Mr. Richard and Mrs. Carol Brooks. Ms. Nesby lived in poverty as a child, and is no stranger to socioeconomic disparity, and lived in poverty as a child. Growing up she watched both of her parents work hard as steel mill workers to provide for their seven children. They instilled within Ms. Nesby the drive, and determination to succeed against all odds. She refused to allow poverty to derail her goal of attaining higher education. Recently, Ms. Nesby educational achievements includes a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership Specializing in Nonprofit and Graduate Certificate in General Business from Northcentral University, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Thiel College, an Associates of Science in Accounting and Accounting Certificate from the Community College of Allegheny College.
While Mayor Nesby has no children of her own, she single handedly raised a sibling’s children when their mother became addicted to crack. She has continued to champion initiatives for children and youth regionally and around the state, including promoting careers for minorities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
As a first-term mayor, Nesby is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Duquesne’s indigent population of 5,481. Home to U.S. Steel, post-industrial Duquesne was rated Pennsylvania’s most financially distressed city in 1991. Plagued by systemic poverty, illiteracy and incarceration, 80% percent of its residents are welfare recipients and of that number, half have criminal records. Deemed the worst performing school system in Pennsylvania, Duquesne was forced to close its high school in 2007, bussing students to nearby West Mifflin and East Allegheny.
While the future appears bleak, there is a woman in the mayor’s office with a proven track record of turning adversity into opportunities. Since becoming mayor, Nickole Nesby has worked tirelessly to promote economic development, improve the city’s infrastructure, provide accessible and affordable healthcare, and build partnerships between industries and schools to support vocational training and create jobs. During her mayoral race, Nesby promoted numerous workshops, seminars and initiatives to fight crime, boost voter registration, and promote minority entrepreneurship.
Mayor Nesby says, “My aspiration is to make Duquesne a better place to live. I want residents to have a quality education, promote home ownership with reasonable mortgage payments, economic development, better transportation, ensure medical providers are provided, update parks, and provide better recreation and playgrounds.”
The Honorable Mayor Nickole Nesby is a recipient of the Phillis Wheatley Literary Society of Duquesne Milestone Award in recognition of a lifetime of outstanding accomplishments and notable public service. Her continued success as mayor is inevitable as she endeavors to help rebuild Duquesne and bring to its citizens a new era of prosperity, sustained economic growth, and hope for a brighter tomorrow.
The Honorable Dwan Walker is the first African American elected official to serve as Mayor of the rural City of Aliquippa since the city’s 204 year existence. Mayor Walker is also the second African American to ever hold a position in Beaver County. As the city’s first black Mayor, Dwan Walker is dedicated and determined to make his reign as Mayor of Aliquippa transparent in dealing with any city financial funds and budgetary reports. He is dedicated and committed to unifying his city and building a close knit community.
As a lifelong resident of Aliquippa, Mayor Walker graduated in l994 from Aliquippa High School. He later attended Robert Morris University located in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications. Walker is deeply involved in volunteering and community service. He is on the board of the local Head Start and coaches in the local youth football league. Gov. Tom Wolf has named Walker to the state’s advisory commission on African American affairs, and he is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Beaver County NAACP Human Rights President’s Award, the Dignity and Respect Champion Award, the Jefferson Award for Community Service, and Talk Magazine 101 Influential Pennsylvanians.
In addition to being the City Mayor, he is a very loving an outstanding single father of three beautiful young daughters named Aryonna, (age 23) and Aliah (age 16), and Angelina (new born). Mayor Walker attributes his talents and spiritual up bringing to the spiritual teaching of his wonderful and loving parents Donald “Chuckie” Walker and Sharon “Chedda” Walker.
Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle
Robert Daniel Lavelle was born and raised in the Hill District of the City of Pittsburgh. He attended Pittsburgh Public Schools and graduated from Schenley High School. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Science degree from Kent State University in 2000. Then in 2002, he completed the Leadership Pittsburgh program.
Until January 2010 his professional career involved working as a Legislative Aide for former City Councilman Sala Udin, and then Chief of Staff for the 19th Legislative District’s Honorable State Representative Jake Wheatley, Jr. Through these positions, Daniel honed his skills as an advocate for working-class families, seniors, fair governance, and good democracy. He has served with Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) where he learned the inner-workings of government and how to best implement public policy that benefits neighborhood residents.
In addition to his public service, Daniel works for his family’s business, Lavelle Real Estate, Inc. in various capacities including real estate brokerage. His strong work ethic comes from a tradition of family entrepreneurs whose businesses have served as cornerstones for empowering local residents and strengthening our City through good and bad times.
Motivated by his parents, Robert and Phillis Lavelle, and his grandparents, Robert and Adah Lavelle, Daniel has consistently pursued the values and practices associated with public service. His family-instilled commitment to providing service for people was reinforced by his grandfather’s advice, “If you recognize a problem and then can grasp the nature of the solution, then you have an obligation to use your talents to help fix the problem.”
Following his grandfather’s words, Daniel chose a career in public service to help fix the myriad of problems facing his community. Daniel’s significant experience in bringing people together is also driven by his passion for building coalitions amongst citizens, elected officials, and interest groups. In 2009, Daniel further followed his grandfather’s advice and ran for Pittsburgh City Council. He was elected into office November 2009 and sworn into office January of 2010.
Upon election, Councilman Lavelle stated he would bring the same hard work and spirit of collaboration to the office that he has demonstrated in his work to date. He emphasized the importance of addressing issues such as public safety, job preparation and development, housing, economic development and access to quality education from pre-school through college. His goal is to ensure the district is made attractive, safe, and prosperous for everyone. He believes people will come back to live here and our children will stay here and succeed.
Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle’s district encompasses part of the Northside (Manchester, Chateau, California-Kirkbride, part of Central Northside, Perry Hilltop), Downtown, the Bluff, the Hill District and parts of West and South Oakland. The district lies in the core of the City of Pittsburgh and the Southwestern Pennsylvania region.
He is currently the chair of the Finance and Law Committee, which has charge and jurisdiction over all legislation related to bonds and debt issuance, city banking and investment, the creation of offices or positions of any kind, the Department of Finance, the enterprise resource system, the Equal Opportunity Review Commission (EORC), ethics, the Law Department, the multi-year capital improvement program, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the City’s operating and capital budgets, the pension, real estate, taxation and the Treasurer. Councilman Lavelle also serves as the Treasure of the Urban Redevelopment Authority Board. He is also a board member of the Oakland Business Improvement District, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, the Downtown Community Development Corporation, and the Carnegie Library. In addition, he is an Assistant Boy Scout Master for Troop 93, based in the Hill District.
Councilman Lavelle is also a proud licensed Real Estate Agent with Lavelle Real Estate, Inc., a family owned and operated full service real estate firm since 1951. He is also Vice-President of a local film company, Fear No Man Productions, LLC.
Councilman Lavelle was recognized by Cystic Fibrosis as one of Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest in 2002. Pittsburgh Magazine most recently recognized him for being one of Pittsburgh’s 40 Under 40 in 2009.
Daniel, as family and friends know him, lives in the Hill District with his wife Rachel Riley-Lavelle, a graduate of West Virginia University and the University of Pittsburgh. They are the proud parents of daughter Saniya and son Elijah. They reside in the Hill District.
Pittsburgh Business Group on Health Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
My willingness to do what it takes – to do the right thing – enables me to focus unapologetically on the mission at hand. Currently, this mission is to drive positive change in the health sector, an industry that I’ve had an innate connection with my entire life
As the CEO and Executive Director for the Pittsburgh Business Group on Health, I leverage education, advocacy, and partnerships to best serve our business members and their greater communities. Every day, we tackle challenges head-on to improve employee health, reduce employer health care costs, and secure a brighter future for health care.
Sharise Nance is fascinated by the human mind, human potential, the impact relationships and environments have on one’s life and the change process. Mrs. Nance (also known as the Compassion Fatigue Lady) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Compassion Fatigue Specialist, Adjunct Professor, Award Winning Entrepreneur and Author. She is the co-owner and founder of HandinHand Counseling Services, LLC and has 20 years of experience assisting individuals, couples and families see beyond energy depletion, hopelessness, panic, guilt and feeling overwhelmed and assists them in making a shift to a place of life satisfaction, joy, clarity and fulfillment. Sharise also dedicates her efforts to running Vitamin C Healing, an organization designed to promote life balance, satisfaction and fulfillment among those throughout the helping profession and beyond.
With considerable experience speaking at keynotes, workshops, and seminars for young professionals, helping professionals, caregivers, entrepreneurs, women, parents, and adolescents across the country; she strives to equip individuals with the tools to prevent compassion fatigue and burnout in order to live happy, fulfilled lives and careers. With her depth of experience from nearly two decades working with a diverse population of people from all walks of life, Sharise is eager to share all that she’s learned.
Sharise has been featured in the 2020 Pittsburgh Magazine’s segment of Women & Business, on the front cover of the 2019 Women’s Independent Press Yellow Pages of Pittsburgh, the New Pittsburgh Courier, The New Social Work Magazine, quoted in Twinkl magazine discussing Managing Workplace Anxiety, and highlighted by NAMI (National Association for Mental Illness) for black history month as a voice of African Americans in the Pennsylvania community. Sharise is the recipient of the New Pittsburgh Courier Class of 2019 Fab 40 under 40 award, University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work’s 2019 Outstanding Alumni Award in Direct Practice, 2019 Inspiring Lives Magazine Women In Business Award, 2018 Onyx Women in Leadership award, 2018 Business Leader recognition by the House of PA representatives, 2018 Professional Women’s Network Ladies Who Lead award. Sharise enjoys traveling, trying new foods, comedy movies, reading and exercising. She resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband William Nance.
Jessica Gurley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over eleven years of mental health experience. Jessica currently works as the Telehealth Coordinator and Supervisor for Veterans Affairs (VA) after being promoted from an Inpatient Psychiatric Social Worker. In addition to working for the VA, she provides therapy, supervision, and mental health trainings, workshops, and consulting services for both individuals and organizations through her company Social Work Consulting and Counseling (SWCC) LLC. Through her SWCC alone, Jessica has presented to the University of Pittsburgh Social Work CEU department, CCAC classrooms, small business, nursing homes and churches. Jessica always communicates in a way that is culturally sensitive, and she is confident when presenting to expert professionals and skilled at including new professionals. She has been providing clinical services to diverse populations of children, adults, older adults, families, and Veterans with mild to severe mental illness, addictions, and intellectual disabilities; including those on the autism spectrum. She has advanced knowledge and expert skill in the range of specialized interventions, theories, and treatment modalities used to treat individuals with complex dual illnesses. Lastly, Jessica recently embarked on a new journey to reduce stigma and reduce the suicide rate by creating a mental health t-shirt line. In a nutshell, Jessica’s and SWCC mission is to H.E.L.P.: Heal, Enlighten, Liberate, and Plan with every person she serves.