About Partners For Quality

PFQ Parent Board of Directors

James Plake

PFQ Parent Board Chairperson, Allegheny Children's Initiative Board Chairperson

Jim also chairs the Allegheny Children's Initiative Board. Mr. Plake is the former Executive Vice President and CFO for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  

Joseph Mandarino

PFQ Parent Board Vice Chairperson, PFQ Foundation Board Vice Chairperson

Joe has been a member of the Board for more than 30 years. serving in various capacities. Happily retired, Joe and his wife Susan enjoy golfing and traveling. The Mandarino family resides in McMurray, PA.

Tim Taylor

Tim Taylor, PFQ Parent Board Treasurer, Citizen Care Board Chairperson

Mr. Taylor is a finance executive with expertise directing financial, compliance, tax and accounting activities.

Deborah Walrath

PFQ Parent Board Secretary; Milestone Centers Board Secretary/Treasurer

Deborah is retired from the law firm of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC. She concentrated her practice in the areas of corporate, commercial and banking law.  In addition, she has served, on a volunteer basis, as a member of various boards and organizations, including the Parental Stress Center. Deborah sees her involvement with the Board as a way to contribute to the community in which she has spent most of her life and to use her skills and expertise to help others.  

Karen Bray, RN, MSN

PFQ Parent Board Member, Allegheny Children's Initiative Board Vice Chairperson

Karen leads the patient care team at Washington Health System. She provides leadership in developing hospital-wide patient care programs and collaborates with members of the Medical Staff to identify patient care needs to ensure that systems and processes optimize patient safety and enhance patient, staff and physician satisfaction.

Karen is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders. She has extensive experience in the fields of Critical Care and Nursing Management and has lectured and published in both of those fields. Karen holds a BSN from the University of Pittsburgh and M.S. in Nursing Administration and Nursing Education.

Karen previously served as VP of Patient Care Services at Grove City Medical Center and Ohio Valley General Hospital.

James Conniff

PFQ Parent Board Member; Milestone Centers Board Chair

Jim is retired from Seubert and Associates.

Tom Diecks

PFQ Parent Board Member; Exceptional Adventures Board Vice Chair

Tom is owner of Greater Pittsburgh Travel.

Anna Rankin

Partners For Quality parent board member; Milestone Board Vice Chairperson

Anna is Director of LTSS Clinical Operations at UPMC Health Plan.


Christine Riederer

Partners For Quality parent board member; Citizen Care Board Vice Chairperson

Christine is Program Manager at Crown Castle.

Mary Beth Veri

PFQ Parent Board Member; Citizen Care Board Member

Mary Beth is a retired educator.

Thomas Weaver

PFQ Parent Board Member; Exceptional Adventures Board Chairperson

Tom is the President of Roy F. Johns Associates.

The Partners For Qulity Management Team provides support to all PFQ subsidiary agencies.