About Partners For Quality

PFQ Parent Board of Directors

Joseph Mandarino

PFQ Parent Board Chair, PFQ Foundation Board Chair

Joe serves as Chairperson of the Partners For Quality Parent Board of Trustees and Chair of the PFQ Foundation Board. Joe has been a member of the Board for over 30 years serving in various capacities. Happily retired, Joe and his wife Susan enjoy golfing and traveling. The Mandarino family resides in McMurray, PA.

Joseph Murray

PFQ Parent Board Vice Chair; Citizen Care Board Chair

Joe serves as a member of the Partners For Quality Parent Board and Chair of the Citizen Care Board. A retired Physical Education teacher in the Baldwin-Whitehall School District, Mr. Murray volunteers with South Hills Interfaith Ministries, Special Olympics of Allegheny County and Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh. Mr. Murray received his MS in Education from the University of Pittsburgh. In his spare time he enjoys golf and traveling to Europe and throughout the United States. Joe and wife Nancy are the proud parents of two adult children who happen to have disabilities, one of whom receives supports from Citizen Care.

Karen Bray, RN, MSN

PFQ Parent Board Member, Allegheny Children's Initiative Board Chair

Karen serves as Chair of Allegheny Children’s Initiative and is a Board member for the Partners For Quality Parent Board of Directors. 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.

Thomas Weaver

PFQ Parent Board Member; Exceptional Adventures Board Chair

Mr. Weaver serves on the Exceptional Adventures Board. He is the President of Roy F. Johns Associates.

James Plake

PFQ Parent Board Treasurer, Allegheny Children's Initiative Board Vice Chair

Jim serves on the Allegheny Children's Initiative Board. Mr. Plake is the Executive Vice President and CFO for the Pittsburgh Pirates and has been with the organization for 24 years.

Tim Taylor

Tim Taylor, PFQ Parent Board member, Citizen Care Board Vice Chair

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 a shareholder with the law firm of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC where she is a member of the Financial Institutions, Bankruptcy and Real Estate Section. She concentrates 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.  

James Conniff

PFQ Parent Board Member; Milestone Centers Board Chair

Mary Beth Veri

PFQ Parent Board Member; Citizen Care Board Member

Tom Diecks

PFQ Parent Board Member; Exceptional Adventures Board Vice Chair

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