New chair, members join United Way local operating board

United Way recently elected a new chair and two new members to its local operating board in Westmoreland, Fayette and Southern Armstrong Counties.

Longtime board member Elizabeth Krisher of Maher Duessel Certified Public Accountants replaced former chair James Morrison, who fulfilled his term and will remain a board member. David Ebersole of Westinghouse and Albert Novak of Excela Health have filled two board member vacancies.

“Our local operating board is very fortunate to have high caliber leadership helping us improve the lives of our local residents,” United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s regional vice president Bobbi Watt Geer. “Last year, we served over 120,000 people, engaged 1,500 volunteers in 17,000 hours of service and raised over $3.6 million, and our local operating board is the driving force for this critical work.”

Krisher is a certified public accountant and president of Maher Duessel. In addition to her role with the local operating board, Krisher also serves on United Way’s regional board of directors.

Ebersole has worked in various roles at Westinghouse over the last 12 years. He is currently the director of manufacturing excellence for the company’s global components and manufacturing business, as well as the production manager of nuclear parts operations in New Stanton.

Novak is the vice president and chief development officer of Excela Health and also serves as an independent consulting vice president for Grenzebach, Glier + Associates. Novak has previously worked for the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and Saint Vincent College in institutional advancement, corporate and foundation relations and development.

United Way’s local operating board oversees and implements the organization’s work in Westmoreland, Fayette and Southern Armstrong Counties and coordinates with the United Way’s governing board of directors.