SHUC’s board meetings occur on the 3rd Tuesday of every month (with the exception of July) at 7:00 PM at the Children’s Institute, located at 1405 Shady Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217. The meetings are free and open to the public. Please call our office at (412) 422-7666 to verify the meeting time.


Rich-FederRich Feder, President – Rich has been on the board for a number of years. He is formerly planning director at Port Authority of Allegheny County where he worked on multimodal transportation studies, environmental impact statements, and planning of transit routes and stops. In addition to volunteering at SHUC, Rich is an adjunct faculty member and researcher at Pitt and CMU. Rich plays tennis, rides a bike and does a lot of walking. He is an aficionado of rock and similar music. Rich and his wife Helen have lived in Squirrel Hill for 40 years.

Raymond N. Baum, Immediate Past President – Ray is a member of Blumling & Gusky’s Real Estate Practice Group. Ray concentrates on all aspects of real estate development, operations and transactions, ranging from acquisition, debt and equity financing, environmental evaluation and remediation, land use regulation, construction, formation of ownership entities, leasing, taxation and management. Ray assists clients dealing with government assisted housing and economic development, particularly developments involving HUD, the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, redevelopment authorities and housing authorities. He has extensive experience in developments employing low income housing tax credits, historic tax credits and funding sources such as the HUD Home Investment Partnership, Community Development Block Grant, and public housing Mixed Finance Programs. Ray’s practice also includes assisting clients with real estate tax taxes, abatement, assessment appeals and exemptions. He appears regularly before the planning commissions, municipal government bodies, zoning hearing boards, real estate assessment appeals boards and Court hearing appeals from each.

Chris Zurawsky, Vice President – Chris has been on SHUC’s board since 2011 and is chair of its parks and open spaces committee. He ran for city council in 2011, is a long-standing Allegheny County Democratic Committee member and former president of the 14th Ward Independent Democratic Club. Chris is communications director for the Association of American Cancer Institutes and has worked as a newspaper reporter and university journalism instructor. Chris grew up in Brentwood, married a Squirrel Hill native and has two sons in college. The family has lived in Squirrel Hill since 1998.


Marshall Hershberg, Vice President – Before his involvement with SHUC, Marshall used his PhD and MBA degrees in support of a happy career in the social sciences: college teaching of political science and business; conducting market research and strategic planning for hospitals; owning and operating a management consulting firm serving healthcare and government organizations; executive positions at Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and at Pittsburgh’s Jewish Association on Aging; and grant-writing and program development at Goodwill Industries serving the Greater Johnstown region. His involvement in SHUC is the best way he could think of contributing to the well-being, vibrancy, and improvement of the neighborhood he loves so much.  Participating in SHUC and its myriad activities and interests has given great meaning and enjoyment to his time in retirement. He and his wife, Eleanor, find Squirrel Hill particularly attractive because of its convenience, strong cultural, commercial, residential, and recreational amenities; Schenley and Frick Parks, as well as many trails and by-ways. Squirrel Hill’s proximity, connections, and transit options to Oakland, Shadyside, downtown and all points beyond, make Squirrel Hill one of the most important parts of Pittsburgh and the region.


Barbara Grover, Secretary – Upon retirement in 2004, Barb became aware of the litter in Squirrel Hill and joined a group of people who wanted to DO SOMETHING about it!  She has been involved in the Litter Patrol and the Coalition ever since.  She learned that keeping a neighborhood strong and vibrant is no accident.  A lot of people give their time, energy and intellect to make that happen!

pres-message-jim-picJames Burnham, Assistant Treasurer – Jim Burnham and his wife, Anne, live in the Schenley Road complex from which they frequently access the delightful trails in Schenley Park. Jim came to Pittsburgh with Mellon Bank in 1971 and returned in 1985 after serving in Washington with the Reagan Administration. He retired as the Murrin Professor in Duquesne University’s Palumbo School of Business in 2009.


familiar-faces-erika-pic     Erika Strassburger, Vice President
gina-levineGina Levine, Treasurer
familiar-faces-holiday-2015-cindyCynthia Morelock, Assistant Secretary


Board Of Directors

Andy Dlinn – Andy Dlinn, CSA is a 23yr financial services professional who owns Senior Wealth Management LLC and who has lived in Squirrel Hill for all that time.  He has been a Sq. Hill Coalition Board Member for over 20 years and it’s President for 4 years.  He started the Sq. Hill Citizen’s Patrol 20 years ago in response to rising street crime.  He is a Board Member of two Sq. Hill synagogues:  Lubavitch Center and Cong. Poale Zedek and is a Board Member of ZOA Pittsburgh District also in Sq. Hill. He is also a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh and chairs the Sq. Hill based 5th Council District Republican Committee.
Ari Letwin – Ari grew up in Squirrel Hill, on Northumberland Street, and he currently works as a Teacher Aide at The Children’s Institute, while working towards a Masters in Early Childhood and Special Education. He also enjoys volunteering for the 9th year as a coach for the JCC team for the Special Olympics of Allegheny County.
Lois Liberman – Lois is retired with a previous career in merchandising. She believes there is vitality walking to stores, restaurants and adjacent neighborhoods; as well as handy bus transportation to universities and downtown.  Schenley and Frick Parks sealed her interest in choosing to live in special Squirrel Hill.  These and other attributes solidify her ties to this neighborhood.
Mary Shaw – Mary has lived in or near Squirrel Hill for half a century (mostly just west of Beeler St, which isn’t technically Squirrel Hill but feels more like Squirrel Hill than it does like Oakland; there were also a few years in Greenfield) and currently live near Schenley golf course. Her principal interest is outdoor recreation, especially bicycle and pedestrian issues. She is on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University.

Rita Botts
Vivian Didomenico
Lori Fitzgerald
Ed Goldfarb (Director Emeritus)
Steve Hawkins
Michael D. Henderson
Martha Isler
Lisa Murphy
Joshua Sayles
Ceci Sommers Director Emeritus)
Sidney Stark (Director Emeritus)
Lisa Steindel
Erik Wagner


Marian Lien: Executive Director
Britt Reints: Magazine Editor
Halley Cook: Business Intern
Stephen Cohen: Webmaster