Pittsburgh Harlequins RFA
OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
George A. Miller: Director, Chairman
Mr. Miller is the owner of the Pittsburgh law firm of Bromberg & Miller. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Speech from the University of Pittsburgh, and later a Juris Doctorate from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1975.
He brings extensive experience in non-profits to the Board, having served ten (10) years as general counsel to an international non-profit fraternal organization. His firm continues to serve as general counsel to multiple non-profit organizations.
Miller began playing rugby first briefly in 1969 with the Pittsburgh Rugby Club, and later more seriously with the Cleveland Grays Rugby Football Club. He joined the Pittsburgh Harlequins RFC in 1976, and held numerous offices, including serving as its President in 1977.
He has worked over the p ast 10 years to develop the Youth Programs of the Harlequins, and achieved National Certification as a Level 1 Coach. Mr. Miller organizational skills have proven invaluable to the organization over the Association’s life, allowing the programs to flourish.
Peter Shaw, MD, Director, Vice-President
Peter Shaw, MD is a native of New York but went to Haverford College in Philadelphia, where he discovered rugby. He went to medical school at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York where he founded, coached and captained the AECOM Rugby Football Club in the early 1990’s. He did his residency in pediatrics in the Bronx, NY before going to Northwestern University in Chicago for a fellowship in pediatric hematology and oncology.
His first job after medical training brought him to Pittsburgh in 2000 and where he is today: as a pediatric hematologist/oncologist at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh where he is the Clinical Director of Oncology and founder/Director of the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Oncology Program
He played rugby at Haverford College in his last 3 years of college and 2 years of medical school, including one season for the 1st XV of the University College London RFC. Since then he has played in one Old Boys match for the Harlequins and at the annual alumni rugby match at Haverford.
Peter became a Board Member in September 2014 and is honored to be the first true rugby “outsider” to serve on the Board. Service on the Board was a no-brainer for him as it combines two of his great passions: rugby and helping children and young adults reach their potential and he is excited to bring new ideas and energy to the organization.
He has joined the Rugby Committee and plans on building the player base through recruitment and college tournaments at Founders Field. He supports the players by yelling loudly at their matches and practicing with them on occasion. Peter has helped coordinate press coverage of the mentorship program and actively works to raise funds and bring in sponsors. One early success is a donation from Pittsburgh native and former rugby player Mark Cuban and he hopes to build on that.
C. WILLIAM SCHILDNECHT, Director, Treasurer
Mr. Schildnecht recently retired as Director of Contracts and General Counsel for RWE NUKEM Corporation, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee; he was previously a Partner of Perkins Schildnecht, a law firm in Pittsburgh, PA, and prior to that was Senior Counsel for Dravo Corporation in Pittsburgh, PA. Mr. Schildnecht has a Bachelors Degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Lafayette College, and a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association, and a member of the Bar of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He has practiced transactional law domestically and internationally for over 35 years.
Mr. Schildnecht was a founding member of the Pittsburgh Harlequins RFC in 1973, and was a former President and captain of the Pittsburgh Harlequins RFC. He was a founder and Board member of the Pittsburgh Harlequins RFA, which began in 1995, and was President of the RFA from 1995 until 2003.
DAVID PRIMM, Director, Secretary
David Primm is an independent market research consultant and economic impact analyst. David demonstrates a drive and determination that has earned him the respect of clients and colleagues alike. He specializes in project management and economic impact analysis and is trained in various economic impact methodologies including IMPLAN, RIMS-II and Linear Cash Flow.
His expertise has been utilized for hundreds of clients in tourism, healthcare, higher education and the non-profit sectors.
David brings a fresh perspective to data collection, project management, and research. David has worked as a research consultant for the past 17 years for the firms Tripp Umbach and TNS. At TNS, he managed a project team dedicated to the custom research needs of the largest hotel operator in the world. Mr. Primm is active in the community supporting literacy and mentoring causes. He is a volunteer of time and resources to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.
Mark K. Connolly: Director
Mr. Connolly began his rugby career in the early 70’s, shortly after attending the University of Dayton. He joined the Harlequins in 1975 and has remained an integral part of the organization ever since. Mr. Connolly organized tours, and has traveled extensively overseas, representing the Harlequins from Bermuda and Mexico, to Europe and Australia.
In the 1990’s Mr. Connolly transitioned from an active player to an even more active administrator with the Harlequins. As a member of both the Allegheny Rugby Union Referee’s Society and Midwest’s Referee’s Society, Mr. Connolly plays a pivotal role in game development throughout the Northern United States.
For the past 10 years Mr. Connolly has organized and mentored to teenagers in the Harlequins High School Programs. As Director of these programs, Mr. Connolly has seen hundreds of teenagers go on to play in college, and even return as mentors in their community.
JOHN ELASH, Director
John Elash graduated from Xavier University in 2001, having played for the Xavier Rugby Club, and moved back to Pittsburgh to work for several judges in the Allegheny Court System. Mr. Elash is now a partner in a development company, as well as working with his extended family businesses.
He continued his rugby career with the Pittsburgh Rugby club, before moving up to the Division 1 schedule of the Pittsburgh Harlequins.
After several successful seasons, Mr. Elash hung up the boots and became head coach at Carnegie Mellon University as well as assistant coach at his high school Alma Mater- Central Catholic.
COLLEEN M. FEDOR, Director
Colleen O’Donnell Fedor is the Executive Director of The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Mrs. Fedor has a B.S. in Education and has more than thirty years’ experience in positions associated with youth and families. She previously worked for the Sewickley Valley YMCA in a variety of positions including 10 years as the Associate Executive Director.
Professionally, she has been chosen as a Distinguished Member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and serves on a number of advisory boards including her role as an Advisory Council member for MENTOR/The National Mentoring Partnership, the Greater Pittsburgh Non Profit Partnership where she is the Past-Chairperson, the Pittsburgh Harlequins Rugby Football Club, Family Tyes and Amachi Pittsburgh. Previous professional activities included regular presentations for the Non-Profit Leadership Institute’s Board Development program, service as a member of the Community Cabinet of The Grable Foundation, the Board of Advisors for America’s Promise, MENTOR/The National Mentoring Partnership’s Strategic Planning committee, the Core Team for the Youth Standards project, National Association of Professional Directors of YMCA’s, and as a trainer for the YMCA of the USA.
Ms. Fedor is also active in her community. She has served as a member of the Steel Valley School Board and the Consortium for Public Education’s School Action Committee, and is currently a volunteer with the Serra Catholic H.S. and is a mentor through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
STEPHEN M. FRIEDBERG, Director
Mr. Friedberg is a graduate of St. Vincent College, and is currently president and owner of Research Underwriters- one of the largest specialty insurers to the transportation industry in the country. He is also Co-owner of Freedom Advantage Insurance Company (FAIC) and a Bermuda based Reinsurance Company. In 1997 he founded the “Eleanor Friedberg Art Scholarship Foundation”, raising over $150,000 in Scholarship Funds through a juried Art Competition to benefit Pennsylvania inner-city high school seniors.
Mr. Friedberg has participated in Rugby for three decades, both locally and internationally. He joined the Board of Directors in the Spring of 2006 with the expressed interest in development. Through his genuine love for the sport, the youth of our region, and his extensive expertise in the corporate world, Mr. Friedberg brings an experienced focus on fundraising to the board.
ALEXANDER M. GORDON, Director
Alex was born in Guatemala, and grew up in Nicaragua, Honduras, Colombia, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina before moving to the US. His father is from Scotland and Mother from Honduras. He currently works as a Vice President and Senior International Credit Officer at the Trade Finance Group of PNC Bank in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has a broad background in industry and banking having worked for Alcoa, US Steel, Bank Boston (Argentina), Mellon Bank and for the past seven years PNC Bank. At PNC he is part of a credit group whose work revolves around financing buyers of US manufactured capital goods primarily from Latin America, but also the occasional transaction originating from the Middle East, Eastern Europe, North Africa, India and China.
Alex has played rugby in Argentina, Uruguay and the US. He started playing Rugby in elementary school at Belgrano Day School, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and played high school rugby at St. Georges College, Quilmes, Argentina and The British Schools, Montevideo, Uruguay. He played club rugby at Buenos Aires Cricket & Rugby Club Argentina and at Pittsburgh Harlequins RFC; touring Uruguay, Chile, England, Wales, Scotland and Canada.
Currently focused on helping the Rugby Pillar of the Pittsburgh Harlequins on the team’s player recruitment and player retention efforts.
Dr. SEAN MADDEN, Director
Dr. Sean C. Madden is a founding member and charter board director of the Pittsburgh Harlequins RFA. Madden was born in San Leandro California, but has lived in the Pittsburgh region for nearly 40 years. Madden’s first contact with rugby came at Xavier University in Cincinnati Ohio. After a long and fruitful run at college baseball, still his favorite sport, Madden decided to give rugby a try. His love affair with the sport and what it means has never waned. Madden received a BA in History, Summa Cum Laude, from Xavier University in Cincinnati Ohio in 1981.
He the attended the University of Notre Dame on an academic scholarship where he received his Masters Degree in American History and Latin American Studies in 1984. He received his Doctorate in American History from Carnegie Mellon in 1988.
Madden is currently a Professor of History and the Director of International Studies at California University of Pennsylvania where he also served as College Dean and University Provost. Madden is a recipient of an American Council on Education Fellowship and was named as a Fellow at the Harvard Leadership Institute. Madden was also selected as a Fulbright Scholar Specialist to serve in Perm Russia.
During his playing years with the Harlequins Madden served as captain and the Pittsburgh Harlequins RFC Club President. Madden co-founded the Pittsburgh Harlequins RFA in 1995 in collaboration with C. William Schildnecht. Among the first tasks for the two were to establish a board of directors capable of the massive task ahead of them…and to raise money. Madden has served as the RFA Presidnet, Vice President, Youth Committee Chair, and as member of the Executive Committee and Finance Committee.
Madden has served as a coach mentor at Braddock and other sites each of the 19 years of the programs existence. For Madden the mission of the organization has never changed. The RFA strives to use the sport of rugby to introduce alternatives to at risk children in the Greater Pittsburgh Region.
PATRICK H. MAHADY, Esq, Director
Mr. Mahady resides in the Pittsburgh area. He has been affiliated with the Pittsburgh Harlequins Youth Programs for 14 years as a community coach and site coordinator, participating in coaching clinics, mentoring clinics, safety and first aid clinics and organizational activities with the Pittsburgh Harlequins R.F.A in the Homewood community.
Mr. Mahady is a graduate of St. Vincent Preparatory School, Villanova University, Dickinson School of Law and attended the Katz School of the University of Pittsburgh. As managing partner of the law firm of Mahady & Mahady Attorneys, he is a 40-year active member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and is admitted to practice in State and Federal Courts.
Mahady has served on various committees of the local bar association, community service organizations, has been an adjunct professor in law at community colleges and university extensions and served as an assistant District Attorney for 14 years.
Frank Perman is actively involved in the community. He is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Glenshaw, serving twice as President. Frank is a Charter member and Governor of Highland Moose Lodge 2699. Frank coaches Softball and Baseball for Bauerstown Baseball and Softball Association in Shaler Township. He also umpires slow-pitch and fast-pitch softball for the Greater Pittsburgh Girls Softball Association.
Frank has been doing comedy for the last five years. He often does comedy to help raise funds for various charities such as the Shaler Library, Gilda’s Club (now Our Club) and Bethel Park Library.
Frank is actively involved with Scouting. He is a Committee Member of Cub Scout Pack 162 at Bauerstown VFD, Committee Chairman of Boy Scout Troop 157 in Glenshaw PA and Chartered Organization Executive for Boy Scout Venture Crew 2699 in Shaler Township. Frank recently served for five years as the Japeechen District Vice-Chairman of Membership of the Laurel Highlands Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He now serves as the Japeechen District Vice-Chairman of Programs. He has mentored two Eagle Scouts. In 2015, he was awarded the Japeechen District Award of Merit.
Frank is the owner and Supervisor of the Perman Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. in Shaler Township. Perman has been licensed PA Funeral Director for over 25 years. He is a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner(CFSP), Certified Crematory Operator(CCO) and is a certified Celebrant.
Perman is a graduate of Central Catholic High School. He has a BS in Finance from the University of Dayton. Frank graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.
Frank started playing rugby at the University of Dayton in 1979. He joined the Quins after he graduated from UD. He hung up his boots when he started his internship to become a Funeral Director. He was a certified referee for the Allegheny Rugby Union Referees Society and briefly coached youth rugby in Homewood. Frank was elected to the Board of the Pittsburgh Harlequins RFA in 2015 and serves on the Financial Committee. He is a proud Charter Member of the Pittsburgh Harlequins Children’s Charities.
MARTY M. MARRA, Director
Marty began playing rugby in 1973 at Valley Forge Military Academy and was on the initial founding team at Bucknell University, eventually becoming President of the Bucknell RFC. He then played over 10 years for the Harlequins and several years for the Michigan Rugby Club. Marty has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.
Marty has worked in commercial construction for over 33 years and is the owner of MM Marra Construction Inc., and Capitol Granite Company, Inc. Before starting his own companies he was a Project Manager for Mellon Stuart Company for 10 years. His projects include Ross Park Mall, University of Michigan Chemistry Building, Pittsburgh International Airport, Carnegie Science Center, and the Warhol Museum. Marra Construction built Founders Field and the Clubhouse. Marty brings his construction, business and contracting experiences to the board and is helpful in the maintenance of the facilities. As a member of the Pittsburgh Harlequins since 1976, Mr. Marra is pleased to be an active Board Member and ready to assist the RFA in the fulfillment of its mission.
ANDREW WOOD, Director
Andrew Wood was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada and relocated to the United Kingdom as an infant. He was educated in England and spent his formative years in Gloucestershire.
In 1981 Andrew joined KeyMed (Medical & Industrial Equipment) Ltd, in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. In 1986 KeyMed became a wholly owned subsidiary of Olympus Corporation, Japan. He was rapidly promoted during his career at Olympus KeyMed and spent several years as the company’s European Sales Manager for industrial Remote Visual Inspection (RVI) products. In 1989 he left Olympus KeyMed and relocated to Germany to take up a position with Welch Allyn, Inc.
Following five very happy and professionally stimulating years in Germany Andrew relocated to Welch Allyn’s corporate headquarters in Skaneateles Falls, NY to manage the company’s worldwide RVI business. This promotion led to relocation to Austin, TX to establish a new Welch Allyn company called Everest Imaging.
After ten terrific years with Welch Allyn and Everest Imaging Andrew joined ChemIcon, Inc., a start-up company in Pittsburgh which recently changed its name to ChemImage, Inc. In 2003 Andrew left ChemIcon to start his own company Woodpecker Concepts, LLC. Today Andrew owns and manages Woodpecker Concepts, which provides RVI sales, marketing and consulting services.
Andrew has been a passionate and active rugby player since the age of eleven when he was introduced to the game in Gloucestershire: a rugby hotbed. His rugby career includes local English rugby, many seasons with national division teams in England, and periods coaching and playing with teams in Germany and the US. Additionally, Andrew has taken part in numerous international rugby tours and had the honor of representing the United States Armed Forces Europe Select XV on several occasions.
JAMES B. VERNER: Director
Jim graduated from Villanova University in 1986 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Jim earned an MBA from York College of Pennsylvania in 1998. Jim worked in the commercial nuclear power industry in the 80s and 90s. He has held a Professional Engineers license in PA since 1991. In 1999, Jim became the Manager of Maintenance and Engineering at a manufacturing facility owned by the Harsco Corporation. Jim returned to the Pittsburgh region as the Vice-President of Manufacturing for the Woodings Industrial Corporation in 2005 where he is currently employed.
Jim played rugby for the Pittsburgh Harlequins (1980s, 2000s), Villanova University (1980s), Reading Rugby Club (1980s-1990s), and the York RFC (1990s). Jim is currently a certified rugby coach. Jim established a HS Rugby Program in the North Park area in 2011 to introduce rugby to local High School athletes. The Pittsburgh North Park Crusaders compete in the RugbyPA league. Jim is a level C1 rugby referee covering a heavy schedule of Collegiate and Men’s club rugby.
Jim was elected to the Harlequin RFA Board of Directors in 2009. Jim has been chairman of the Financial Committee since the adoption of the strategic plan in 2010. The Financial Pillar helps to organize revenue producing events and activities. Jim is working with the Pittsburgh Harlequins Childrens Charities to establish a membership program that will continue to support the financial needs of the organization.
Jim believes strongly in the value of team sports, especially rugby union. The values embodied in rugby union are transferrable to many skills that are helpful in leading a happy and fulfilling life. Organizations like the Pittsburgh Harlequins offer people of all ages unique opportunities to make a contribution to their communities.