Passionate About Parks
Allegheny County Parks Foundation is led by professional staff with experience in raising funds and implementing projects to enhance the county parks. Most importantly, we are passionate about our parks and view them as regional assets to be celebrated and treasured.
Caren Glotfelty, Executive Director
The Allegheny County Parks Foundation Board of Directors appointed Caren Glotfelty as executive director of the organization effective August 1, 2014.
Caren is a strong advocate of the natural environment as represented by her past experience including:
Senior Program Director of the Heinz Endowments Environment Program for 13 years, where she was responsible for managing a grant portfolio totaling $8-13 million per year, addressing issues such as community revitalization, environmental health, parks, trails and land conservation.
Maurice K. Goddard Chair in Forestry & Environmental Resources Conservation at Penn State University for 5 years, and her work included teaching, research, outreach and leadership on topics and issues related to state and local environmental and natural resources policy.
Deputy Secretary for water management in the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources for 4 years developing and managing all state policy and regulatory programs related to water quality, sewage treatment, stormwater management, and stream protection. Glotfelty holds a bachelor's degree from the University of the Pacific, as well as a master's degree in regional planning form the University of Pennsylvania.
Caren says "I am very honored to have been selected for this position and grateful for the confidence the foundation board members have in me to help lead this organization and move its mission forward. I am excited about this opportunity and look forward to jumping in with both feet and assisting the foundation and Allegheny County in reaching our shared goals for the future of our outstanding county park system."
Ronald C. Schipani, Capital Projects Manager
Ron Schipani has a passion for the outdoors and promotes recreation as part of a healthy lifestyle. Ron is a registered landscape architect with over 25 years of experience in project design and management, business management, and volunteer organization. He is a native Pittsburgher and Pennsylvania State University graduate who has worked on park and recreation projects throughout his career including North Park trails, South Park trails, Settlers Cabin Park trails, Hampton Township Community Park, and Youghiogheny River Trail while in private practice as an owner with GWSM, inc. Landscape Architects and employed by Pennoni Associates Inc.
Ron brings vision and an appreciation for good functional design to the Parks Foundation. His expectations are high to restore, improve, and preserve the parks. "Form follows function is a design motto to live by" said Ron, "and we need to make wise decisions for our park system as an investment for future generations to enjoy the legacy."
Barbara Brewton, Development and Project Manager
Barbara Brewton is Development and Project Manager responsible for coordinating and managing the organization's institutional development efforts. Barb believes in the value of nature, open space and recreation and is enthused that in Allegheny County, there is a park for everyone. Barbara has devoted her career to the non-profit sector in community development, higher education administration and most recently as environment program officer with the Heinz Awards. She earned her undergraduate degree in environmental science from the University of Virginia and holds a master's degree in public management from Carnegie Mellon University. Barb and her husband, David, love to bike, and they live in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Oakland where she finds any opportunity get her hands in dirt. Barb volunteers with the community garden, is a certified Tree Tender and helped to plant over 20 street trees in her neighborhood.