I grew up in Southern New Hampshire in essentially a suburb of Boston. My mother was a homemaker, as many women were back then, and my father was a commercial airline pilot for Pan American World Airways, having been a U.S. Marine fighter pilot during the Vietnam War.

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading A life’s recounting in the subject’s own words
  • Sidebar Title Christina Cassotis
  • Sidebar Sub Title Allegheny County Airport Authority
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    Allegheny County Airport Authority, CEO (2015 – present)

    ICF SH&E, Managing Officer, Airport Services (200714)

    SH&E, Inc., Director (19982007)

    Massachusetts Port Authority, Deputy Director of Communications (199398)

I was born and raised in the Bloomfield-​Garfield section of Pittsburgh, which is now called “Friendship.” I attended St. Lawrence O’Toole Grade School in Garfield, Central Catholic High and then Carnegie Mellon University in nearby Oakland, and have lived and raised my family in Squirrel Hill for the past 33 years. So, geographically…

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  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading A life’s recounting in the subject’s own words
  • Sidebar Title Rich Fitzgerald
  • Sidebar Sub Title Allegheny County Executive
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    Allegheny County, county executive (2011 – present)

    Allegheny County Council, District 11 (201011)

    Aquenef, business owner (1982 – present)

    Nalco Chemical Company, sales engineer, Rockford, Illinois (19811982)

    Carnegie Mellon University, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, business minor (1981)

My father was a country doctor; my mom, a nurse. Their relationship was grounded in the values of service and compassion, and they included their children — me, for sure — in that vision. So I made house calls with my dad and, among other things, got to practice parallel parking while delivering Meals on Wheels with…

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading A life’s recounting in the subject’s own words
  • Sidebar Title Jim Withers, M.D.
  • Sidebar Sub Title Street Doctor
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    CNN Top 10 Heroes” (2015)

    Street Medicine Institute, founder & executive director (2008 – present)

    Pittsburgh Mercy’s Operation Safety Net, founder & medical director (1992 – present)

    Mercy Hospital, physician & instructor (1984 – present)

    University of Pittsburgh, M.D. (1984)

    Haverford College, B.S. Chemistry (1980)

I grew up in Bluefield, W.Va., a town of about 16,000, which had no “wrong side” of the tracks — because it was all tracks, for trains moving coal out of southern West Virginia. I lived there with my mother, stepfather and three brothers. Three out of four of my grandparents were immigrants — from Italy, Belgium…

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2016
  • Sub Heading A life’s recounting in the subject’s own words
  • Sidebar Title Esther L. Barazzone, Ph. D.
  • Sidebar Sub Title Educator & Administrator
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    Chatham University, President & CEO (1992 – present)

    Philadelphia University, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean (198792)

    Swarthmore College, Associate Provost and Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations (198387);

    University of Pennsylvania, Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations (198283)

    Hamilton and Kirkland Colleges, Clinton, N.Y., Faculty member (197481)

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