Board & Staff Members

It’s our honor to recognize and thank all the dedicated individuals who serve on the Buhl Regional Health Foundation’s Board of Directors and as members of our staff.

Foundation Staff

Jennifer Barborak

Executive Director

Jennifer Barborak became the Executive Director of the Buhl Regional Health Foundation in September 2020, providing oversight for the administration of the Foundation’s programs, public relations, strategic planning, community outreach and grantmaking to organizations that advance the BRHF mission. A registered nurse, Ms. Barborak worked for both SRHS and UPMC, including emergency care. After receiving her diploma from Sharon Regional Health System School of Nursing, she earned an Associate’s from Penn State University, a BS in Environmental Science from Slippery Rock University and most recently an MA in grant writing and non-profit program evaluation from Concordia University. Having worked in both the private and non-profit sectors in many capacities, she was previously employed by the UPMC Horizon Community Health Foundation as the grant writer and acting interim director for 7 months.

A founder of Shenango River Watchers, the City of Sharon Beautification Commission, the Friends of MERP and the Sharon High School Robotics Team, Ms. Barborak was also instrumental in bringing WaterFire Sharon to our community. She served a two-year term on Sharon City Council and was appointed to serve four years on the Mercer County Regional Planning Commission. Having a profound love of nature and the environment, she served Buhl Farm Park on several committees and assisted the Army Corps of Engineers as a volunteer at Shenango Lake.

Ms. Barborak’s honors for her community service include: Distinguished Woman of Mercer County, Buhl Day Honoree, Sharon High School Hall of Fame Inductee, Bill Knecht Tourism Award, Consumer’s Pennsylvania Hometown Hero, and the Leadership in Environmental Education Award from Thiel College.

Kimberly Duncan

Director of Grantmaking

Kimberly joined the Buhl Regional Health Foundation in 2016. Ms. Duncan researched, designed, developed and implemented the Online Grant Application Process and Procedures for Buhl Regional Health Foundation. She manages the workflow and efficiency of the Foundation’s Grant Management Program.  Ms. Duncan maintains and makes any programming changes as needed. She coordinates routine correspondence with grantees, applicants, Foundation’s Grants Committee Members, Executive Director and Board Members. Kimberly works closely with Grants Committee to evaluate applications, monitor disbursements and progress towards goals and grant outcomes.

A lifelong resident of the Shenango Valley, Kimberly served as the Network Administrator/Data Processing Manager for Jazwinski Financial Services, Inc. where she was responsible for the daily operations of the network system, all software and hardware troubleshooting, installations and upgrades for some off-site client systems. Kimberly was a Financial Coordinator for the Community Foundation of Western PA and Eastern OH and handled a variety of responsibilities dealing with donations, grants, campaigns and some fundraising activities.

Ms. Duncan earned a BS Degree in Business Administration with a major in Computer Information Systems from Robert Morris University. Ms. Duncan lives in Hermitage with her husband and five children.

Donna Smith

Director of Community Outreach & Education

Donna joined the Buhl Regional Health Foundation in 2017. She is responsible for the Foundation’s Community Outreach and Education. Donna brings marketing, public relations, customer service, and project management experience and expertise to the Foundation’s work and efforts for community wellbeing.

Prior to beginning her role at Buhl Regional Health Foundation, Donna served as a Volunteer Services Specialist with the American Red Cross where she was responsible for recruitment and engagement of volunteers for six counties in Western PA, Volunteer Coordinator at Sharon Regional Health and worked in various roles at Primary Health Network including Marketing, Customer Service and Training.

Ms. Smith earned a BS Degree in Business with a focus on Business Management and Marketing from Pennsylvania State University.  Ms. Smith lives in Sharpsville with her husband and three children.

Kateri Linn

Director of Programming

Kateri joined the Buhl Regional Health Foundation team in November 2021. Kateri brings experience and passion for developing programs that positively impact individuals and the community. Kateri previously worked with the UPMC Horizon Community Health Foundation, the UPMC Horizon Medical Equipment Recycling Program (MERP) and Thiel College.

Originally from Erie, Kateri and her husband Jeff, originally from Pittsburgh have been residents of Hermitage for the past six years with their two children, Cascia and Donato.

Jessica Koss

Executive Team Assistant

Jessica joined the Buhl Regional Health Foundation in November 2021 in the role of Executive Team Assistant. She brings experience in both Human Resources and Benefits Administration, and has most recently served as an Administrative Assistant to various entities in the community. Jessica’s role is to support the BRHF Team in their organization and growth. She attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania and currently resides in Sharon, PA with her daughter, Avynn.

Board of Directors

Angela Palumbo

Angela Palumbo

Board Chair

Retired, Administrator, Pennsylvania Careerlink of Mercer County
James E. Feeney

James E. Feeney

Vice Chair/Treasurer

Retired, Chief Operating Officer, Wheatland Tube Corp.
Attorney Autumn L. Johnson

Attorney Autumn L. Johnson

Secretary

Assistant Public Defender, Mercer County Public Defender’s Office
Attorney James P. Epstein

Attorney James P. Epstein

Chair, Public Relations Committee

Retired, District Attorney of Mercer County
Mark Ferrara

Mark Ferrara

Chair, Government Committee

President, Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools
Lizette Olsen

Lizette Olsen

Chair, Operations Committee

Executive Director, AWARE, Inc.
Riley Atterholt

Riley Atterholt

Director of Business Development, JCL Energy
Joanne Bisson

Joanne Bisson

Management Consultant
Mary Ann Daniels

Mary Ann Daniels

Chief Executive Director, Mercer County Behavioral Health Commission
William Dungee II

William Dungee II

Director of Business and Finance, Penn State University Shenango Campus
George C. Garrow, M.D.

George C. Garrow, M.D.

Chief Executive Officer, Primary Health Network

Stephen J. Gurgovits

Stephen J. Gurgovits

Retired, President and CEO, F.N.B. Corporation
John M. Hudson

John M. Hudson

Founder and President, Hudson Companies
Lew G. Kachulis, CPCU, CIC, CWCA

Lew G. Kachulis, CPCU, CIC, CWCA

President and Co-Owner, Gilbert Risk Solutions
Marykatherine Sternthal

Marykatherine Sternthal

Fiscal Manager, Mercer County Head Start
Riley Smoot, Jr.

Riley Smoot, Jr.

School Resource Officer, Farrell School District

Retired, Chief of Police, Southwest Regional Police Department

Michael L. Wright

Michael L. Wright

Retired President/Chief Executive Officer, Shenango Valley Urban League

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