Archive for the ‘2015 Primary Election’ Category

pic_Libby BlackburnLibby Blackburn is a life-long resident of McCandless. She attended Ingomar Elementary, Ingomar Middle, NAI, and graduated with honors from North Allegheny in 1982. She attended Bucknell University and Kenyon College, earning her degree in 1986. Mrs. Blackburn retired recently after working for USAirways for 27 years. She has been married to her husband, Mike, for over twenty years, and has twin boys in ninth grade at NAI.

Mrs. Blackburn has extensive volunteer experience in our community. She has been a ministry leader at Ingomar United Methodist Church, and board member for the Ingomar Franklin Park Athletic Association and for Ingomar Swim Club. Before becoming a School Board member, she served on the Superintendent-Parent Liaison Committee, Elementary Advisory Committee, Professional Education Committee, and Superintendent’s Planning Committee. Mrs. Blackburn also served as President of the Ingomar Elementary Parent Teacher Organization and was chair of the NA Foundation.

Mrs. Blackburn was elected to the School Board in 2011. She is seeking her second term this year.  She sits on the Beattie Tech Board and has had Transportation and Special Education & Pupil Services as her board folders. She also served on the Summer Recreation Board and was the Legislative Chair for Beattie Tech. Mrs. Blackburn believes North Allegheny must find alternate revenue sources and remain vigilant with our legislators to make sure Pennsylvania finds a fair funding solution for our schools. As chair of the NA Foundation, she was instrumental in the Foundation becoming eligible for the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program, and in obtaining the funds it has received. As a taxpayer with children currently attending NAI, Libby Blackburn wants to ensure North Allegheny maintains its elite educational status while keeping taxes low.

Mrs. Blackburn is running for a four year seat.

For more information on the candidates and their platform, please click on the following link: www.moveNAforward.com

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pic_Chris DisqueChris Disque grew up in Mt. Lebanon and graduated from Mt. Lebanon High School. He has a Bachelors Degree and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.  Mr. Disque is an IT Manager and Financial Planning and Reporting Application Developer at Kadmon Pharmaceuticals in Marshall Township. He has been an IT professional for 16 years and has worked across the US and Europe on various system implementations.

Mr. Disque and his wife, Kim, moved to McCandless 6 years ago.  Together they have 2 students at Peebles Elementary School; Evelyn, 9, is in third grade, and Max, 6, is in kindergarten.  Mr. Disque coaches with the North Allegheny Soccer Club and Little Penguins Learn to Play Hockey programs.

Mr. Disque believes that North Allegheny needs to enhance the annual budget process to better meet the financial needs of the district.  His experience in solving complex financial planning problems enable him to help the board build more accurate financial forecasts, which significantly increase efficiency.  In addition, his work on large system implementations will provide insights and understanding related to project management.  Mr. Disque’s goal is to ensure North Allegheny’s success, now and in the future.

Mr. Disque is running for a four year seat.

For more information on the candidates and their platform, please click on the following link: www.moveNAforward.com

pic_Mike Meyer Mike Meyer lives with his wife, Stephanie, and their two children, Brady and Carson, in Marshall Township. They made the decision to move to this area from Shadyside as their children approached school age.  The decision to move to Marshall was based on the belief that North Allegheny would provide outstanding educational opportunities for their children. His experience thus far has confirmed that the decision was a good one.

Mr. Meyer has an undergraduate degree from IUP in Communications and he has a graduate degree in Athletic Administration from West Chester University. He spent seven years working in college athletics in various capacities and is now entering his twenty-first year as the General Sales Manager of the Steelers Radio Network, a property run by iHeartMedia, formerly Clear Channel.

Mr. Meyer has served as a member of the School Board since August of 2014 when he was appointed by the Board to to fill a vacant seat.

As a parent of two young boys, Mr. Meyer has a vested interest in the future of the District.  He hopes to utilize his business background and professional experience to find solutions for the many issues that will confront North Allegheny in the next few years including financial challenges, technology growth, and the need for a long-term plan to generate alternative revenue streams. Mr. Meyer is eager to continue to commit his time and energy to continuing the success that North Allegheny has achieved.

Mr. Meyer is running for a four year seat.

For more information on the candidates and their platform, please click on the following link: www.moveNAforward.com

Pic_Kevin MahlerKevin Mahler has been a resident of the North Allegheny district for 20 years.  He has an undergraduate degree from Duke University and earned an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.  Mr. Mahler is a Research Director for Schmidt Market Research, which is located here in the North Hills area. He has previously held marketing positions with the Pitt Auto Electric Company, the Society of Automotive Engineers, and the Software Engineering Institute at CMU.

Mr. Mahler has three children. His daughter, Kate, is a 2010 NA graduate and a 2013 New York University graduate. His son, Andy, is a 2014 NA graduate currently enrolled at Case Western University. His youngest child, Ryan, started NA Kindergarten in 2014. His wife, Viki, is a pediatrician with many patients in the NA school district.

Mr. Mahler has a history of involvement with the community, including time spent coaching several NA youth recreational sports leagues. He was a regular attendee at NA School Board meetings before becoming a School Director 2013.

In 2013, Mr. Mahler ran in a special election for a two year seat on the North Allegheny School Board. He believes that the District needs a new approach to issues like budgeting, taxes, decision-making, and community relations. To attract young families and keep our property values high, he believes we need to think strategically and look for win-win solutions to keep NA strong. He is running again in 2014 in order to continue working toward those goals.

Mr. Mahler is running for a four year seat.

For more information on the candidates and their platform, please click on the following link: www.moveNAforward.com

Chris Finley photoChris Finley has been a resident of Marshall Township for the last fourteen years. Since graduating with an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice, he has been a licensed investigator and entrepreneur. The North Allegheny School District was the deciding factor for Mr. Finley and his family to move to the area.

Mr. Finley has owned and operated a successful private detective agency for almost fifteen years. He currently serves on the board of the Pennsylvania Association of Licensed Investigators, as Director-At-Large, allowing him to serve the members and Directors for all of Western Pennsylvania, north to Erie and east to Harrisburg. He has played an integral part of coordinating association functions including membership initiatives, seminars, conferences and regional meetings. Mr. Finley is a member of local and international investigative associations that include worldwide leaders in the industry. He also volunteers at his local church, has coached youth hockey for several years, and donates to several children’s organizations.

Mr. Finley’s experience as a business owner has allowed him to develop excellent decision-making skills in many areas. With ongoing matters in the District such as school security, the new volunteer clearance policy, and the new visitor policy, Mr. Finley’s expertise would be a valuable asset to the Board. He strongly believes the knowledge and skills he has acquired will allow him to represent the District in a very positive role and help NA remain at the forefront of successful school districts.

Mr. Finley is running for a four year seat.

For more information on the candidates and their platform, please click on the following link: www.moveNAforward.com

pic Suzanne FiliaggiSuzanne Filiaggi is a 1986 graduate of North Allegheny. She grew up in the Ingomar area and she currently resides in the Brook Park Manor neighborhood of Franklin Park.

She obtained her baccalaureate degree from Washington & Jefferson College and then graduated from Duquesne University Law School. She began her legal career as a private defense attorney but ultimately moved to the Allegheny County Office of the District Attorney. In 2007, she was appointed to the position of Hearing Officer. In 2010, Ms. Filiaggi “retired” from the practice of law to raise her three children and support her family’s business, Sir Pizza. Nicholas (8th grade), Maggie (5th grade) and Anna (2nd grade) have all flourished, attending McKnight Elementary and Ingomar Middle School.

Over the past several years, Ms. Filiaggi applied to fill the two vacancies on the NA School Board and she currently serves on three District-wide committees—the Citizen’s Advisory Committee, the Technology Advisory Committee, and the Gifted Advisory Committee.

With three generations of her family residing in the North Allegheny School District, Ms. Filiaggi understands the concerns of both families with school-age children as well as retirees living on fixed incomes. In seeking the two-year term of School Director, she hopes to bring the financial acumen that comes with running a successful business to District operations. Her close connection with district initiatives and her legal and business backgrounds will be assets to District leadership and will help the North Allegheny School District maintain its course on the dual pathway of fiscal responsibility and continued student excellence.

Ms. Filiaggi is running for the two-year seat.

For more information on the candidates and their platform, please click on the following link: www.moveNAforward.com

The 6 candidates endorsed by Save NA Schools – Filiaggi – Finley – Mahler – Meyer – Disque – Blackburn – have purchased yard signs for their campaign.

If you are interested in a group sign for your yard, please contact us at savenaschools@gmail.com.
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