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Articles Posted October 2015

ESCA Welcomes Three New Board Members

posted October 05, 2015
ESCA Welcomes Three New Board MembersEast Suburban Citizen Advocacy recently welcomed three new board members. Pictured from left to right are Jacquie Smith, Dennis Gounley Esq, and Dr Clare Budd. Donna Forys, President of ESCA's Board said she was "very delighted to have well qualified individuals to support our cause". Below is a brief bio of each of the new board members.

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.

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.

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.