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NA Distinguished Alumni

North Allegheny Distinguished Alumni Seminars


On Monday, January 28th, eight North Allegheny Distinguished Alumni will visit NASH to present career-related informational seminars to interested students.  These professionals currently work in fields including the arts, medicine, business, and law, and will provide students with valuable information on their chosen career paths while drawing on their own background knowledge and experiences.  Interested students should use their Naviance accounts to register to attend these seminars.



Jeff Sewald - Art

Class of 1979

Writer and Filmmaker

Period 8/9 (12:01-12:43)

The Place


Jeff Sewald is an award-winning writer and filmmaker who specializes in defining the cultural significance of people, places, things and events. Through the years, his work has brought him in contact with a host of luminaries including American historian David McCullough, journalist Tom Brokaw, filmmaker Sidney Lumet, author William Styron, football’s Mike Ditka, and rock legend Lou Reed.


Jerry Richey, JD – Law

Class of 1967

Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Legal Officer, Retired

University of Pittsburgh

Period 8/9 (12:01-12:43)

The Library


Richey earned both his undergraduate degree, a BA in philosophy, and his law degree, a JD with honors, from the University of Pittsburgh. He began his career in private practice in 1974 with the firm of Moorhead & Knox, which merged into Buchanan Ingersoll, now known as Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, in 1981. His primary areas of practice were commercial litigation, employment counseling and litigation, governance, and internal investigations. He also was the primary legal ethics advisor to Buchanan Ingersoll.


Chris Jackson – Education
North Allegheny Teacher
Pennsylvania Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year
Period 8/9 (12:01-12:43)

Chris Jackson began his career with NA in 2007 and holds a bachelor of science degree in movement science from Liverpool University in the United Kingdom. He earned a master’s degree in exercise sciences from West Chester University in Chester County, where he also obtained his teaching certification.


Larry Richert – Community Service

Class of 1976


Period 10 (12:47-1:29)

The Library


Since September of 2001 Richert has hosted the KDKA Radio Morning News part of CBS Pittsburgh. Larry Richert has been a constant in Pittsburgh radio and television since the early ‘80s. He has long been an ambassador for the city of Pittsburgh and was winner of the Vector’s Richard Caliguiri Award for that reason.


Gloria Flora – Government

Class of 1973

Founder and Director

Sustainable Obtainable Solutions

Period 10 (12:47-1:29)



In her 22-year career with the U.S. Forest Service, Gloria Flora became nationally known for her leadership in ecosystem management and for her courageous principled stands. As supervisor of the Lewis and Clark National Forest in north-central Montana, she made a landmark decision to prohibit natural gas leasing along the spectacular 356,000-acre Rocky Mountain Front near the Bob Marshall Wilderness, a place often described as an American Serengeti for its abundant populations of wildlife, birds and fish.


Timothy Hoellein, PhD – Science

Class of 1996

Assistant Professor, Biology

Loyola University

Period 10 (12:47-1:29)

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Dr. Timothy Hoellein is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL.  Dr. Hoellein's research objectives are to measure ecosystem health in urban environments in response to pollution, with a focus on freshwater lakes, rivers, and streams. His research has been supported by over 1.5 million dollars in grant funding from federal and non-profit agencies. Dr. Hoellein has mentored undergraduates, graduate students, and post-doctoral scientists, and has been commended with research and mentorship awards from Loyola University Chicago in recognition of those efforts. He has written numerous research articles is commonly presents his work at national and international conferences. Dr. Hoellein’s research has been well covered in the media in Chicago-based and national outlets, most notably with profiles on ABC, PBS, and NPR.


William Kearns, PhD - Medicine

Class of 1970

Co-Founder, President and Chief Scientific Officer


Professor of Genetics at Johns Hopkins Medicine

Period 11 (1:33-2:15)



Dr. William G. Kearns co-founded and is the president and chief scientific officer of AdvaGenix. He graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School and completed his advanced training during a three-year fellowship in medical genetics at the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Kearns is well-known in the field of genetics, particularly in preimplantation genetics and cancer genetics. He now serves on the faculty of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as a medical geneticist and is an associate professor who trains fellows and graduate students in genetics and reproductive endocrinology.


Gregg Behr – Community Service

Class of 1991

Executive Director

The Grable Foundation

Period 11 (1:33-2:15)

The Library


In his thirteenth year as executive director of the Grable Foundation, Gregg Behr manages a grantmaking portfolio advancing high-quality early childhood education, improved teaching and learning in public schools, and robust out-of-school time support. From 2002-2006, Mr. Behr served as president of The Forbes Funds, another Pittsburgh-based foundation that supports nonprofit capacity-building, research, and leadership development. Nationally, he is atrustee for and Board Chair of Grantmakers for Education. In Pittsburgh, he co-chairs Remake Learning. In 2016, the White House recognized Mr. Behr as a Champion of Change for his efforts to advance making and learning; in 2015, he was recognized as one of America’s Top 30 Technologists, Transformers, and Trailblazers by the Center for Digital Education; and in 2014, Gregg accepted the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award on behalf of Pittsburgh’s efforts to reimagine and remake learning.


Ben Butler – 40 and Under

Class of 2010

Founder and Client Services Director

Top Hat

Period 11 (1:33-2:15)

The Place


Ben Butler served as director of marketing and public relations for a motorsports complex, national vice president of public relations for a non-profit, director of inbound partnerships for a marketing agency, head of communications for a software company and founded an award-winning creative marketing agency — all before the age of 27.