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Leaders Worth Following

Meet the leaders of ASSET, a uniquely qualified group with an intense passion for improving the state of teaching and learning.

Dr. Cynthia Pulkowski
Executive Director
ASSET STEM Education (Achieving Student Success through Excellence in Teaching)
Year started at ASSET: 2006

Dr. Cynthia Pulkowski serves as the Executive Director at ASSET STEM Education, a Pittsburgh-based STEM education improvement nonprofit. As Executive Director, she is dedicated to providing STEM educators with ongoing resources and programs to help move students from STEM literacy to STEM fluency.

In 2010, Dr. Pulkowski became the project director for ASSET's U.S. Department of Education Investing in Innovation Grant to validate its professional development model in rural and high-needs schools. She also served as project director from 2006-2011 for ASSET's statewide Science: It's Elementary initiative in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Under this grant she was accountable for a $50M budget over 5 years to formulate and implement an elementary education program in collaboration with school districts to educate children in inquiry-based science by providing enhancement and support through quality hands-on science materials, professional development, assessment, and community involvement.

Her approach to program development uses current research on educational practices to coordinate the design and implementation for new products and services in conjunction with the organization's strategic plan. Dr. Pulkowski represents ASSET's grant-funded initiatives through ongoing communication and presentations at state and national conferences in an effort to garner support and disseminate information and findings. To share her insight and understanding in the areas of leadership and research, Dr. Pulkowski is participating as a mentor in the Pittsburgh Business Times Bizwomen Mentoring program, as well as, an adjunct instructor for Research Methods and Design at Duquesne University.

Gina DeAngelo
Director, Resource Development
Year started at ASSET: 2018
Frank Arzenti
Director, Materials Support Center
Year started at ASSET: 2013

Responsibilities:
Administers and maintains the company’s warehouse infrastructure as well as builds and maintains relationships with ASSET’s vendor-related products and services used to fulfill the Materials Support Center Department’s role. Additionally, provides oversight for the planning, budgeting, coordination and direction of activities of the Materials Support Center.

Education:
Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Business Administration, Robert Morris University

Prior experience:
Nearly 30 years of Supply Chain Management within a wide variety of industries and commodities.

Contact: farzenti@assetinc.org

Kimberly Mikolay
Director, Human Resources
Year started at ASSET: 2008

Responsible for employee relations, staff trainings, benefit and compensation analysis, hiring, the oversight of payroll processing, HR Systems and all general HR functions.

Education:
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Sports, Art, and Entertainment Management, Point Park University

Prior experience: 
BodyMedia, Inc.  HR Generalist   3 years 
Point Park University  Assistant Event Coordinator  1 year

Hobbies/interests: 
Spending time with family and friends, reading and enjoying the outdoors.

Contact: kmikolay@assetinc.org

Timothy R. Goetz - Board President
Managing Principal
Grant Street Associates, Inc.

Mr. Goetz is a founding member and managing principal of Grant Street Associates, Inc. (GSA), a full-service commercial real estate firm headquartered in Downtown Pittsburgh, where he serves as the company’s primary liaison with Cushman & Wakefield, of which GSA is an Alliance member.  Prior to forming Grant Street Associates, Inc. in March 1993, Tim spent 19 years with the Galbreath Company in Pittsburgh, holding various positions including Director of Leasing and Senior Vice President.


Mr. Goetz received his B.S. in Business Administration with a major in Real Estate from The Pennsylvania State University. He is a licensed Real Estate Broker, certified Real Property Administrator (RPA), a member of the Professional Standards and Arbitration Committee for the Realtors Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh (RAMP), and a past vice president and board member of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA). Tim serves on the Board of Directors for Asset, Inc., a non-profit, fee-for-service education reform organization.


Tim serves on the board of directors for the National Aviary and is a member of the Professional Standards and Arbitration Committee for the Realtors Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh (RAMP). He is a member of the congregation of St. Alexis Catholic Church in Wexford and serves on the Capital Campaign Committee, which is responsible for all fundraising efforts for the Church’s $10 million capital improvement project. He is active in his community and is a member of the Duquesne Club and Rivers Club. Tim and his wife, Joan, reside in Wexford, where they raised their three children: Michele, Danielle and Alex.

Patricia Rogan - Board Treasurer
Vice President, Operations
IMMUNETRICS, INC.

Joined the ASSET Board in 2005

Board Committee(s): Executive and Audit/Finance

Patricia M. Rogan, Vice President, Operations, Immunetrics, Inc. has more than twenty years of experience in executive financial and administrative management at public, private and startup technology companies, including software and biotechnology firms. Prior to joining Immunetrics, Pat was an executive at Innovation Works, Inc., a regional seed stage investor in technology companies. She previously held executive management positions at LaunchCyte, LLC and Dravo Corporation. Pat holds a BA and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

Gary Norris - Board Secretary
Vice President, Commercial Lending
Citizens Bank

Joined the ASSET Board in 2009

Board Committee(s): Executive and Resource Development

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Gary Norris began his accounting and finance career in 1992. Prior to joining Fifth Third Bank, Gary was a CFO of a commercial bank in Western, PA for five years. He also has five years public accounting experience with a regional and international accounting firm. Gary spent his time in public accounting providing consulting and audit services for a variety of industries. In addition, Gary worked for five years as an independent consultant to help companies find sources of financing.

EDUCATION

Gary is a graduate from Robert Morris University, where he earned a BS Degree in Accounting and a minor in Quantitative Business Analysis. He earned an MBA from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1994, with a concentration in Human Resources Management. In 1995, Gary earned his CPA designation, which he has since maintained. In 1998, Gary passed the Certified Internal Auditor examination with honors by achieving one of the top 30 scores internationally.

PROFESSIONAL APPROACH

Gary uses his professional background of consulting, public accounting, banking and business to find the right solution for his clients. His approach is to become a resource for his clients. “The reason that I came to Fifth Third Bank is that it has a community bank feel, with the resources of a large national bank. My experience in banking has always been in community banking. It’s all about being available for our clients, learning where they have been, where they are, and where they are going.”

Jack Burgman
Associate Director, Automotive Coatings Research
PPG Industries

Joined the ASSET Board in 2015

Jack Burgman is the Associate Director of Automotive Coatings Research at PPG Industries. Dr. Burgman received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech. After receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Burgman joined PPG Industries, where he has been employed in various capacities for over 25 years.

William Casile
Associate Professor in the Counselor Education Program
Duquesne University

Joined the ASSET Board in 2007

Board Committee(s): Program/Expansion

William J. Casile, Ph.D., NCC, ACS & LPC is an Associate Professor in the Counselor Education Program at Duquesne University, where he has worked for 30 years. In addition to his faculty responsibilities, Bill has held several administrative positions within the School of Education. He is the former Director of the doctoral program in Counselor Education and he served as the original Director of the School of Education’s Leadership Institute. Bill is currently the Director of the Duquesne University Center for Collaborative Supervision and Evaluation (DUCCSE) where he focuses his current consultation and research on the processes associated with organizational and professional collaboration. In particular, he is interested in exploring the application of collaborative methods in the supervision and evaluation of professional performance and the outcome these processes produce.

Bill’s background, as a father, coach and teacher, counselor, educator and supervisor influences his current interest in developmental and constructivist approaches to learning and change. He continues to be curious about the use of collaborative group activities to promote healthy human development; the influence these theoretical models have on teaching, counseling and supervision methods; and the ways that counselor educators and supervisors can encourage aspiring professionals to operate in ways that are consistent with the fundamental principles of these approaches.

Bill is an active member in the American Counselors Association (ACA) as a regular presenter at their international conference and as a member of the Association for Specialists in Group Counseling (ASGW), the Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors (ACES), and the Sports Counseling Interest Network (SCIN). He is most proud of awards he has received for his collaborative partnerships with community agencies, for example, the Duquesne University President’s Award for Community Service, The West Oxfordshire Learning Partnership’s Investors in Education Award, The Bayer Corporation’s Quality Excellence Award, and the ASSET Inc’s Making Science Work Award.

Thomas Faber
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & SALES EXECUTIVE
BOMBARDIER TRANSPORTATION, NORTH AMERICA

Joined the ASSET Board in 2007

Board Committee(s): Executive and Nominating

Ted Frick
VICE PRESIDENT, POLYURETHANE APPLICATIONS DEVELOPMENT
Covestro

Joined the ASSET Board in 2012

Dr. Frick has been with Covestro (formerly Bayer MaterialScience) for more than twenty years. Trained as a chemical engineer, Ted started in 1989 as a development scientist in Covestro's Polyurethanes Business Group, and has worked in a variety of technical, marketing and management positions. He has worked in Pittsburgh and Leverkusen, Germany, and has developed technology in the areas of polyurethane RIM elastomers, composites, rigid foams and wood binders. He is listed as an inventor on seven U.S. patents, and is currently Vice President of Polyurethanes Applications Development, responsible for research and development in Covestro’s Polyurethane North American operations. In this role, he leads a team of over 80 scientists, engineers, technical service professionals and laboratory personnel. In addition to his work responsibilities, Ted is passionate about STEM education outreach. He has been a volunteer with Covestro’s i3 STEM outreach (formerly BASIC) for almost 20 years, and has served on their Steering Committee since 2003.

Jason Maxwell
Chief Financial Officer
Coy Capital Management

Jason Maxwell is Chief Financial Officer at Coy Capital Management where he is responsible for financial reporting and preparing analyses for investors. Upon graduating college in 2007, Mr. Maxwell joined Donnelly-Boland and Associates where he worked in different capacities for eight years. In these roles, he was responsible for financial reporting, budgets and analyses as well as audit and tax preparation for a number of nonprofit clients. He received his M.B.A. from Robert Morris University and his Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Saint Vincent College.

Leigh Pogue
Vice President, Human Resources
Westinghouse Electric Company

Joined the ASSET Board in 2008

Board Committee(s): Executive and Personnel

Leigh Pogue is Vice President, Operations Human Resources, for Westinghouse Electric Company. In this role, Leigh is responsible for providing senior Human Resources (HR) leadership for the company’s four main product lines: Nuclear Fuel, Nuclear Services, Nuclear Power Plants and Nuclear Automation. She also has the dual role of leading the HR effort for the Nuclear Fuel business.

Previously Pogue served as Human Resources Director for the Westinghouse Nuclear Services business unit, and was the HR Champion for the company-wide Customer First initiative aimed at improving overall business performance and customer delight through the use of Six Sigma, Lean Enterprise, Human Performance and Behavioral Differentiation tools.

Pogue began her Westinghouse career in 1980 and held a variety of HR generalist and specialist positions of increasing responsibility in four Pittsburgh locations as well as an assignment in the United Kingdom.

In addition to her responsibilities at Westinghouse, Pogue has served since 2008 on the Board of Directors of ASSET – a non-profit organization focused on improving science education in schools. She is also actively involved as a lay teacher and assistant worship leader in her church.

Pogue received a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Edinboro University and a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

Roberta Ryan
MANAGER OF AUDIT & ASSURANCE SERVICES
GROSSMAN YANAK & FORD LLP

Joined ASSET Board in 2012

Ms. Ryan is the Manager of Assurance and Advisory Services at Grossman Yanak & Ford LLP. In addition, she is the coordinator for Continuing Professional Education requirements for the firm’s CPAs. Ms. Ryan graduated from Grove City College in 1983 with a BS in Accounting and has worked at Grossman Yanak & Ford since 1991. She has served on the boards of multiple nonprofit organizations, including Louise Childcare, Mom’s House of Greensburg and PULSE. Ms. Ryan lives in Greensburg with her husband Doug and their two children.

Spencer Todd
VICE PRESIDENT OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND STRATEGY
Thermo Fisher Scientific

Joined the ASSET Board in 2014.

Spencer Todd is Vice President of Business Development and Strategy for Thermo Fisher Scientific.  In this role, Spencer leads strategic acquisitions for the Fisher Scientific businesses, as well executive oversight of several business units. Prior to his current role, Spencer held numerous leadership positions in sales, operations and general management, most recently leading the Fisher Scientific Asia region through a period of rapid growth. Thermo Fisher Scientific is the world leader in serving science with $13B in revenues and approximately 39,000 employees worldwide.

Spencer currently services on the Board of Directors for Littleford Day Inc in Florence KY, Shady Side Academy, a nationally respected private school in Pittsburgh, and is involved in several local Pittsburgh Charitable organizations. Spencer holds a BA from St. Lawrence University and an MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Kismet Toksu
President
eBenefits
Year started at ASSET: 2015

Ms. Toksu is currently the president of eBenefits, a UPMC company that provides high-tech benefits administration to human resources professionals. In this role, she has overall responsibility for eBenefits’ strategy, performance and team.

Prior to her position at eBenefits, Ms. Toksu was president of Candor Consulting and served Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan. She previously held a variety of healthcare and business development roles at Optum Health, Lumenos and Phillips International.  

Ms. Toksu is a frequent speaker and white paper author and received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas.

Sarah Toulouse
Head of Corporate Social Responsibility & Executive Director
Bayer Corporation

Sarah Toulouse is Head of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Executive Director at Bayer USA Foundation, where she is responsible for all CSR activities on behalf of Bayer in the United States, including corporate and foundation giving, partnerships and programs, and employee engagement. She strategically directs and aligns Bayer’s key CSR assets, which include the company’s Presidential award-winning Making Science Make Sense initiative and philanthropic entity, the Bayer USA Foundation, in order to leverage and maximize Bayer’s investments in STEM education, STEM diversity and workforce development. Ms. Toulouse received her M.A. in communications and Bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political science from Duquesne University. 

Jackie Zyra
Human Resources Manager
Alcoa
Year started at ASSET: 2015

Jackie Zyra is a Talent Management Specialist at ERIKS North America. In this role, Ms. Zyra is responsible for the design, implementation, communication and management of talent management activities including employee development, change management, college recruiting and the organization’s internship process. Prior to her current position, she held a variety of human resources roles at Alcoa, Inc.

Ms. Zyra received a master’s degree in Professional Leadership from Carlow University in 2012 and graduated with a B.A. in History and a B.A. in Secondary Education from Westminster College in 2008.

Dr Cindy Walker
Duquesne University

Joined the ASSET Board in 2018

Timothy Kotch Sr.
ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT OF SECONDARY EDUCATION
Norwin School District

Joined the ASSET Board in 2018