With nearly twenty years of business experience, Gina has successfully led teams in a variety of roles including marketing, public relations, event planning, product development, customer segmentation, investor relations and community development. In 2015 she was deemed one of Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40 Under 40. She has always been active in the community and also helped create and lead an intergenerational employee business resource group (iGen EBRG) at PNC Bank, where she built a progressively successful career for 11 years. Gina resigned from PNC to become Executive Director of NASH kNOWledge, a role she assumed on June 1, 2019.
Following a confusing and frustrating experience from his initial fatty liver diagnosis up until his life-saving liver transplant, Tony founded NASH kNOWledge to help others avoid a similar fate, serving as President of NASH kNOWledge as well as a member of the Board. Tony is retired and spent most of his career with Duquesne Light Company and its subsidiaries in various management positions and served on the Board of Directors of two publicly traded companies. He is a retired CPA. Tony is active in local high school baseball and been a sports lover all of his life.
A member of the board and Tony’s wife, Betsy brings the important caregiver perspective, as she quickly became Tony’s caregiver during his journey. Betsy is a retired school teacher who still occasionally substitutes in the Chartiers Valley School District. When she married Tony in 1978 she never imagined that her “in sickness and in health” marriage vows would lead her into her role as a caregiver. Tony refers to her as his “angel on earth” and believes her attentive care is the reason he is still alive today. Betsy enjoys the theatre, the company of friends and, most importantly, her grandchildren. She also volunteers for the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE).
The son of Tony and Betsy. David was a huge help during Tony’s illness and recovery and probably said the most prayers for Tony. David is a self-employed CPA and recently started the firm Good Steward Accounting (www.goodstewardaccounting.com). He has worked for the Altoona Curve, the University of Pittsburgh, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Consol Energy and the Allegheny Health Network.
A triple board certified in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology and Transplant Hepatology. Dr. Strahotin is currently a Transplant Hepatologist and Gastroenterologist for the Allegheny Health Network. She works closely with all specialists and services including liver transplant surgeons, critical care physicians, case managers and social works to provide exceptional patient care.
Kam is a strategic marketer and experienced client leader with expertise in helping brands to leverage emerging technology (artificial intelligence, voice assistants and machine learning) to forge deeper customer connections. A graduate of Lafayette College and a New Jersey resident, Kam was diagnosed with fatty liver in 2012 and hopes to raise awareness and lend support to others who are at risk.
Andrew Wade, MS, RDN, LDN, CSSD is a Registered Dietitian and owner of A.M. Wade Nutrition Group LLC in Pittsburgh. His group provides contract services to fitness centers, corporate wellness initiatives, health and rehabilitation sites and family medical offices. Included in those services is the counseling of NASH patients. Andrew received Bachelor and Master’s degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. He also sits on the Board of Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
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“I WAS TOLD I NEEDED TO LOSE WEIGHT JUST LIKE EVERY DOCTOR VISIT I EVER HAD.”TONY VILLIOTTI NASH PATIENT