Westmoreland Children First

Board Members

KITTY HRICENAK

PRESIDENT

Kitty Hricenak is a retired administrator from the Greensburg Salem School District.  Throughout her career as an educator, she was devoted to meeting the needs of all children by developing partnerships with local universities, social service agencies, businesses and foundations.  As a principal, her passion involved reading and particularly early childhood literacy.  She helped establish several reading programs, bringing parents and children together to foster the love of reading.  She initiated Big Brother/Big Sister mentoring programs in the elementary schools in Greensburg Salem. She worked closely with the United Way of Westmoreland County, developing pre-school partnerships to facilitate children’s smooth transition into Kindergarten.  In addition to a Master’s Degree in Teaching, she pursued advanced degrees in reading education at the University of Pittsburgh and is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Principal’s Academy.  Kitty is the Secretary for The Committee for The Westmoreland Museum. Kitty is also a member of the four-person volunteer accounting team for Tri-City Meals on Wheels. Since retiring, Kitty travels extensively.  However, her favorite trips are to Virginia where she visits her daughters and her granddaughter, Ava.

PATRICIA QUATRINI

VICE PRESIDENT

Patty Quatrini is a registered nurse who has spent most of her career as a nurse educator.  She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and from the University of Pittsburgh with a Master’s Degree in Nursing Care of Children. Patty taught many years for the Westmoreland County Community College Nursing Program. For the past 10 years, she has been an Assistant Professor of Nursing at IUP. Patty specializes in Pediatrics and currently instructs her IUP students at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Patty has been actively involved in programs that focus on the health and safety of children for many years. As a past board member of Parent’s Anonymous of Westmoreland County, she served terms as President and Vice President. Patty has been a member of the  Children’s Bureau Advisory Board under 4 Executive Directors and has held the positions of Secretary, Vice President and President of the Board. Patty actively participates in her neighborhood book club and enjoys boating, traveling, attending sporting events and entertaining friends and family. Patty lives in Unity Township with her husband Vince. They enjoy spending time with their two adult sons Michael (Megan) and Adam who reside in Pittsburgh.

DON GRAHAM

TREASURER

Donald Graham is a life-long resident of Westmoreland County. He grew up in Penn Township and graduated from Penn Trafford High School in Harrison City. After getting married in 1991, Don moved to the City of Greensburg and has resided there for the past 28 years. Don is a banker and has worked and studied in that industry for the past 41 years; previously with First Commonwealth Bank and First National Bank, he is currently a regional manager with InFirst Bank in Greensburg.  Don’s passion for children was first displayed when he and his wife began fostering for the Westmoreland County Children’s Bureau in approximately 1993. They continued to be active as foster parents for 20+ years. They are the very proud parents of 3 adopted children. In addition to Westmoreland Children First, Don is also a member or the Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging Elder Abuse Task Force and various chambers and business associations. He is also an advocate for autism research and various autism programs. Don’s personal interests are camping, boating, gardening, and hanging out with his kids.

DENISE THOMA

SECRETARY

Denise Thoma is an Executive Administrative Assistant supporting the president of Stellar Precision Components, a high precision manufacturing company specializing in aerospace machining. She has been in the administrative support field for the past 20 years including working for Pittsburgh-based Fortune 500 companies.
Denise and her husband, Rich, have three grown daughters and two grandchildren. Denise was a stay-at-home mother for 13 years while raising their children. She was a very active in-school volunteer, Brownie/Girl Scout leader, and school sport/activity volunteer throughout her children’s school years. As her children progressed to middle and high school, she returned to the workforce part-time and subsequently full-time. She completed her Associate’s Degree in Business Administration while working full-time.
Denise attended her first WCF Wine and Chocolate event as a patron in 2016 and in learning the mission of the organization knew WCF was an organization that she wanted to get involved with. She enjoys helping others, especially children. She volunteered with WCF as a non-board member volunteer on the 2017 and 2018 Wine and Chocolate Galas. Denise joined the board in 2019 looking forward to doing her part in enriching the lives of the children in the WCCB care.

KRIS FELICIANI

Kris Feliciani is the owner and President of the Kris Feliciani, State Farm Insurance Agency, located in Youngwood, Pennsylvania.  Kris has over 31 years of experience in the insurance industry. Kris is a 1987 graduate of the Ohio Northern University with a Bachelor of Science degree major in Business Management & Marketing. She is a member of the Women’s President’s Organization (WPO), a premier membership organization for women presidents, CEO’s and managing directors of privately held multimillion-dollar companies. Kris has achieved many awards from State Farm including Crystal Excellence, Golden Triangle, Silver Scroll, Honor Agent and Ambassador for Life.  She enjoys helping people, especially children. She has been a board member with WCF since 2017 and hopes to utilize her business experience to help all the children currently serviced by Westmoreland Children’s Bureau. Kris and her husband, Christopher, have 3 adult children Pamela, Meghan and Samuel. 

CAROL ZERA

Carol Zera is the founding member and director of Writing Consultants Associated, which has provided writing services to major U.S. and international corporations for over 30 years. She has led top-scoring proposal section teams for hundred-million-dollar-a-year power and energy renewal projects, and billion-dollar-a-year hazardous cleanup projects involving multiple worldwide companies. Carol was on the faculty in the English Department at the University of Pittsburgh. She taught in the writing program at the main campus, where she co-led the graduate seminar for teaching assistants and developed and taught numerous undergraduate courses. Before starting her teaching career, she was an assistant in the Department of Architecture at Carnegie-Mellon University and was president of the university staff organization. She has a B.A. from Westminster College and M.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been secretary, vice president and president of the Advisory Board for the Westmoreland County Children’s Bureau. Carol is also a member of The Committee for the Westmoreland Museum of American Art.
For more than 30 years Carol and her husband Ron spent weekends at their 25-acre farm in Butler County, where they grew flowers, vegetables and herbs. They have also travelled throughout western and eastern Europe, and to North Africa, Central America, Turkey, and Hong Kong.  Carol enjoys lap swimming in the early morning, plus yoga and Tai Chi. She has won blue ribbons for baking at the Westmoreland County Fair.

BRYAN KLINE

Bryan Kline was elected as the Westmoreland County Clerk of Courts in 2009, and was re-elected in 2013 and 2017. He possesses a Master of Science degree in Law and Public Policy, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. Bryan is a member of the following organizations: The Pennsylvania Prothonotaries and Clerk of Courts Association, the Restitution in Pennsylvania Task Force, the Mid-Atlantic Association of Court Management, the Criminal Justice Advisory Board, the Board of Directors at the Greensburg Salvation Army, the Greensburg Rotary Club, the Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce, the National Rifle Association, and Firearm Owners against Crime. Bryan is former chairman of the Westmoreland County Records Improvement Committee, as well as the Westmoreland County Collection Enforcement Committee. Bryan is an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hill University, and an online Adjunct Professor for Colorado Technical University.

BILL BRETZ

Bill Bretz is the Information Technology Manager at Hamill Manufacturing Company and his tenure has included experience in the areas of procurement, operations, and project management. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science from Saint Vincent College and was elected to the Hempfield Township Board of Auditors. He currently serves on the Hempfield Township Planning Commission and as an elected member of both the Westmoreland County and Pennsylvania State Republican Committees. He is a member of the Rotary of Westmoreland and the National Rifle Association and has also served as a volunteer in support of local athletic programs and ministry organizations. Bill and his wife, Jennifer, live in Hempfield Township with their two sons and twin daughters.

JULIE SACRIPONTE

Julie Sacriponte is owner and President of Choice One Staffing Group, Inc. Julie, along with her business partner started the company in 2003. Choice One Staffing Group is located in Cranberry Twp, PA but is proud of their footprint in Westmoreland, Beaver, Butler and Allegheny Counties. Choice One has grown over 17 years to now staff in 6 states, including Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Texas, Florida and Arizona. Julie is proud of Choice One Staffing Group, Inc. awards and recognitions such as being named “Company of the Year” by her local Chamber of Commerce, one of the “Largest Staffing Services” in the Pittsburgh area, been named 3 times to the “100 Fastest Growing Companies in Pittsburgh” list, name “Largest Employer in Butler County”, “50 Best Places to work”, and to the “Inc. 5000” list. Julie is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology. She is a past President and Board Member of the Zelienople-Harmony Chamber of Commerce. She is a founding member of Butler County Young Professionals. She is a charter member of the Pittsburgh Chapter-Seton Hill University Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO).  She is the Chairperson for the Mutual Ministry committee and also a member of the Stewardship Committee of St. John’s Lutheran Church. Julie resides in Greensburg with her husband and son.  She enjoys running and traveling, but most of all spending time with her family.

DR. KATHLEEN DANIELE

Dr. Kathleen Daniele is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine at Seton Hill, Greensburg, PA. She transitioned into education after 13 years of clinical family practice, with a concentration on women’s health and adolescent medicine. As a member of the medical school faculty, she teaches first and second year osteopathic medical students the art of History and Physical Exam Skills, Problem Based Learning, and Spirituality and Ethics in Medicine.  Kathleen earned her MD at the University of Connecticut and her BS at the University of Notre Dame. In addition to her service to Westmoreland Children First, she serves as a community physician educator in the PA Educating Physicians in Their Communities (EPIC) programs, PA Immunization Program and Pediatric Obesity Evaluation, Treatment and Prevention in Community Settings. When Dr. Daniele is not engaged in her professional activities, she supports the Greater Latrobe Girl’s Field Hockey team as a booster officer and spends her free time traveling and enjoying life with her family.

Judy Rutter

Judy Rutter is a retired administrator from Adelphoi USA, a large nonprofit childcare agency based in Latrobe, PA where she was employed for 33 years and gained experience in budgeting, finance, facility management and customer relations. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1976 and began her career at the Indiana Printing and Publishing Company with her background in finance.

Judy was Treasurer of the Latrobe Foundation for 25 years, active on the Board of Wimmer Commons for 10 years including past President. In addition, she was a past Board Member of Northern Tier Children’s Home and Accessabilities.

Judy actively participates in her local book club and enjoys golfing, traveling, antiques as well as entertaining and spending time with friends and family. She lives in Unity Township with her husband Gary and has resided in Westmoreland County for almost 40 years. Judy is a brand new Board Member of Westmoreland Children First as of 2021.