The Private Industry Council of Westmoreland/Fayette, Inc. (PIC) is pleased to announce several promotions and new hires that have taken place this spring.
On April 9, 2012, Debbie Parshall and Lori Bowers were promoted to management positions within PIC's Head Start/Early Head Start programs.
Debbie Parshall now serves as the Child Development and Education Classroom Based Manager. She joined PIC as a Head Start Instructor 11 years ago. She was promoted to Education Supervisor in 2004, then became the Family and Community Partnership Supervisor in 2007--a position she held until this most recent promotion. She also acted as the organization's Community Engagement Group Project Coordinator from 2006-2009. Parshall is a graduate of Belle Vernon High School and Penn State University. She is a volunteer fire fighter in Fayette City, where she currently holds the position of Secretary, and is the President of the Fayette County Firemen's Association. She resides in Fairhope, Washington Township, with her husband, Kerry, and daughter, Bailey.
Before being appointed to Child Development and Education Home Based Manager, Lori Bowers was an Education Supervisor for two years. Prior to that, she served as a Head Start Instructor and as a Family Resource Specialist. She has been with PIC since 2000. Her education includes two associate's degrees from Penn State--one in Business Administration and the other in Human Development and Family Studies. She earned a bachelor's degree from Penn State in Social and Behavioral Sciences and a master's degree from Carlow University in 2010 in Early Childhood Education. She is married and the mother of two teenage sons.
Julia Sefcheck assumed the position of Youth Supervisor for PIC on April 30, 2012. She had been a Youth Specialist at PIC since 2005. Before coming to PIC, Sefcheck gained experience as a Substitute Teacher, Manager, Legal Assistant and Writer. After receiving a Bachelor's Degree in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, she attained Secondary English Certification from Saint Vincent College.
Shujuane (Brown) Martin was promoted to the position of Director of Head Start, Early Head Start and PA Pre-K Counts on May 22, 2012. Martin began her tenure at the Private Industry Council in 2003, working as a Case Management Specialist. In 2005, she moved up to the position of Program Coordinator and was promoted again in 2008 to Project Supervisor. Prior to her employment with PIC, she was a Women's Basketball coach for the California Area School District. Originally from West Mifflin, Shujuane is a graduate from California University of Pennsylvania with a Master of Science degree in Business Administration. While at California University, she was a standout women's basketball player during her undergraduate years and she has been an active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., since 2002. She is also very active in supporting and volunteering for multiple initiatives that strengthen local communities and currently is a board member for the Westmoreland County Food Bank.
On June 25, 2012, Ericka Thomas began her tenure as Parent, Family and Community Engagement Manager within the Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Thomas previously worked for PIC as an EARN Coordinator, Case Management Specialist, Local DPW Contractor Representative and Program Development Specialist. She earned both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in English from California University of Pennsylvania, where she served as a Graduate Assistant in the Women's Studies program. She has also worked for the Herald Standard, Columbia Gas of PA and Williams Lea.
Laurie Carson joined PIC on June 25, 2012, as a Planner/Grant Writer. Carson has served as a writer, editor and educator for various organizations throughout southwestern Pennsylvania, including the Observer-Reporter and John T. Boyd Company. She has a bachelor's degree in English from Waynesburg University and a master's degree in Rhetoric and Composition from Purdue University, where she served as a Teaching Associate.