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Board & Staff

The program is governed by a local board of directors consisting of business professionals, community leaders, and individuals who are concerned about the welfare of people with developmental disabilities.

Board of Directors

  • Perry R. Giovannelli - Westmoreland County
    Perry is the President for ESCA's Board and he brings a wealth of experience to his role as Senior Managing Consultant. Perry has a background in asset management for both defined benefit and defined contribution retirement plans. Prior to joining The PFM Group, he spent the last 8.5 years with PNC Institutional Investments focused on DB and C&E assets. He has 15 years of experience in the investment industry working with Public & Taft Hartley DB plans, Religious organizations, Higher Education, Healthcare and C&E assets. Perry spent several years with Manning & Napier Advisors Inc. working with Institutional Assets and he worked at Automatic Data Processing, INC (ADP), overseeing the retirement plan design as retirement services district manager. He also worked in the payroll and Human resources division at ADP for over six years. He earned his BS degree in Human Resource Management and MA degree in Industrial and Labor Relations at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
  • Donna Forys - Westmoreland County
    Donna is the Vice President for ESCA's Board and is a Speech and Language Pathologist who has specialized in therapy with clients with developmental disabilities. She was previously employed by Westmoreland Intermediate Unit #7 and is currently working part-time. She received her BA in Speech and Hearing and her Master's in Education at California University. She also maintains her Certificate of Clinical Competency. Throughout her career, she has supervised and trained more than twenty-five student interns majoring in Speech Pathology from several state universities. Donna is a Murrysville resident who has been involved with ESCA as an advocate for over 20 years, providing communication workshops and individual advocacy. Previously, she served as President and board member of the Westmoreland Conservancy and was instrumental in its conception and formation. She was president and a member in the Parents of Adopted Children Organization. She is a member of Mother of Sorrows Parish. Donna and her husband Ron are the proud parents of three adult sons.
  • Jill Krauza - Westmoreland County
    Jill is the Secretary for ESCA's Board and is currently Director of Human Resources at Vocollect, a Business Unit of Intermec. In this capacity, she is responsible for managing the full spectrum of Human Resources services. Prior to joining Vocollect, Jill was an Assistant Vice President at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland's Pittsburgh Branch with responsibilities in various departments, including the Treasury Retail Securities and Human Resources functions. Ms. Krauza received a bachelor's degree in business from Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana, a master's degree in business from the University of Pittsburgh, and is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh XXVII. She has earned a designation as a Senior Professional in Human Resources from the Human Resource Certification Institute in Alexandria, Virginia, and a designation as a Project Management Professional from the Project Management Institute.
  • William R. Foster - Allegheny County
    Bill is Treasurer for ESCA's Board and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is a retired accounting manager from CONSOL Energy Inc. His career at CONSOL spanned thirty one years, where he served in a variety of financial accounting positions, including corporate accounting, regional accounting, Controller's staff, and revenue and disbursements accounting. Bill began his accounting career as an auditor at Price Waterhouse & Co. (now PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP), an international accounting and consulting firm. Bill earned his BA degree in Business Administration/Accounting from Westminster College. He is an active member of Baldwin Community United Methodist Church, where he has served on several committees and groups, including the Board of Trustees, Program Council, the Methodist Men, and currently, the Finance Committee. He is also a past adult leader for Boy Scout Troop 323. Bill is the proud father of one adult son, and is an advocate for his brother who has cerebral palsy.
  • Peggy Slezak - Westmoreland County
    Peggy is serving on the ESCA Board and is a licensed social worker with a BA in Psychology and a MSW (Masters in Social Work). She has been working in the mental health field for 32 years as a child and adolescent therapist. Peggy is currently employed by Excela Health and contracted by Derry Area School District as a school based therapist in the Derry Middle School and High School. Peggy volunteers with Special Olympics Allegheny County and is a certified coach in basketball and swimming. Peggy has served on the Westmoreland County Farm Bureau board as secretary, treasurer and a board member and on the state board as Women’s Committee representative. She is currently the county newsletter editor. Peggy and her husband Fred own and operate a grain farm and have three children. The family attends St. James Church where Peggy and her daughter, Emma, are altar servers. Peggy is a strong advocate for Emma as she begins the transition process from high school to adulthood.
  • Dennis Gounley, Esq-Westmoreland County
    Dennis Gounley graduated St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia in 1971 and went on to graduate from Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle Pa in 1974. Since then, he has practiced private, mostly civil law, as a sole practitioner from his office in Greensburg, Pa. Since 1992 he has served as a Mental Health Review Officer for Westmoreland County. He has also been a member of the Murrysville-Export Rotary Club since 1988, serving as president from 1999-2000. His efforts with the Rotary included fundraising efforts in support of the Miracle Field Project in Murrysville, PA. He is married to Martha, who is also an attorney.
  • Jacqueline Smith-Westmoreland County
    Jacquie has recently rejoined the ESCA Board. She is a Senior Consultant for Reliability First Corporation headquartered in Akron, Ohio. She graduated from Purdue University in 1986 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. She also earned an M.S.in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. She is active in The Golden Triangle Bull Terrier Club and is an active member of her church serving on committees at St. John the Baptist Church. Jacquie has served as an advocate and volunteer payee for many years for an individual with developmental disabilities. Jacquie and her husband, Bill are both generous supporters of ESCA with their time and resources.
  • Clare Budd, DO-Westmoreland County
    Dr. Clare Budd is a 1984 graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has been practicing medicine for 31 years and currently has an office in Murrysville. She specializes in Family Medicine and is affiliated with UPMC. Her medical practice supports many individuals with developmental disabilities. Dr. Clare Budd and her husband, Dr. James Budd, have three adult children. Two of her children have complicated developmental disabilities which include the medical term: mental retardation. Dr. Budd also has a brother with a developmental disability.
  • Richard Bonfiglio, MD, PC - Westmoreland County
    He is currently a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist in the Murrysville area and joined the ESCA Board of Directors in 2016. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School.

Staff Members

  • Kate Cala, Executive Director
    Kate has been involved with ESCA as an advocate since 1998 and the Coordinator from 2005-2009. She was made the Executive Director in 2010.
  • Dreama Bartolacci, Advocacy Coordinator, Part time
  • Luke Stynchula, Technology Assistant, Part time
  • Spencer Bonofiglio, Associate for Development, Part time
  • Christine McAdams, Office Support, Part Time
  • Ron Forys, Volunteer, Business Office
  • Rose House, Volunteer, Advocate

Recent News

Drumstix Begins Again at Clelian Heights

Drumstix is once again resuming at Clelian Heights School for Exceptional Children this year. Although the schedule is subject ...

Recognizing, Understanding, and Reporting Abuse

The Blackburn Center will be holding an education program regarding what is an abusive relationship (in conjunction with East Suburban ...

Murrysville Concert in the Park

The first annual Murrysville Concerts in the Park will be held on Saturday, August 12 from 3:00 PM to 9:00 ...

Polar Express Auditions

Auditions for the Polar Express will occur on Saturday, September 23, 2017. This Holiday season, Acting Up and ESCA ...

6th Annual DSAP Idlewild Family Fun Day

You, your family and friends are invited to join us on Sunday, August 13, 2017 for our 6th Annual DSAP ...

Upcoming Events

September 26, 2017

  • POSTPONED -Recognizing, Understanding, and Reporting Abuse
    1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    ESCA Offices, Murrysville Pa 15668
    Recognizing, Understanding, and Reporting Abuse

September 28, 2017

  • PA ABLE Savings Program for People with Disability
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    The Circuit Center and Ballroom, Five Hot Metal Street, The South Side, Pittsburgh
    PA ABLE Savings Program for People with Disability
  • Drumstix at Clelian Heights
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Clelian Heights School, Greensburg, Pa 15601
    Drumstix at Clelian Heights
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