Board of Directors

Bob Cribbs Bob Cribbs, President


Bob is a Lab Testing Technician at Washington Penn Plastics, where he has worked since 1998. Prior to that he was a mechanic and even owned his own stone masonry business. Bob was diagnosed with MG in 2003. He is enthusiastic about raising awareness of MG through his family, friends, co-workers and facebook.

Ron Mike Ursic, Vice-President


Mike is an Engineer from Morgantown, West Virginia who has been active in raising money for the national Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America. He is enthusiastic about sharing his time and talents closer to home as a board member of MGA of WPA.

Louise Vuono Louise Vuono, Esquire, Secretary


Louise is a partner at Vuono & Gray, LLC in Pittsburgh, and has been practicing law for 19 years. She has three sons, the youngest of whom was diagnosed with MG when he was three years old. A long-time donor to MGA, Louise joined the board to become more involved in MGA to help her son and others with MG.

Thomas Golden Thomas Golden CPA, MST, Treasurer


Tom has had a long professional relationship with MGA. Over the years he has also been a reliable supporter of MGA's fundraising events. As the professional relationship was concluded, Tom's recommendation for board service was a natural fit.

James Nusser James Nusser

James is a long time supporter of MGA. If you have attended one of the organizations events, you may not have seen James. He is the one in the background with his sleeves rolled up, ready to work. He works in the accounting department of Giant Eagle and volunteers in the community with other nonprofit organizations. MGA is fortunate to have James coming forward from behind the scenes to begin collaborating with other board members in the governance of the organization.

J. William Murtha J. William Murtha - Manager, Fiserv

Bill served on the board for nine years and after a year off, MGA is glad to welcome him back. Bill's mother suffered with myasthenia gravis. Because of his appreciation for the unmatched education, care and support given to her and the family, Bill's service on the MGA board of directors is his way of giving back to an organization that has given so much. Bill serves on the Nominating and Development Committees.

Ray Mitchell Robbins


Mitch was diagnosed with MG when he was 17. He served as chairperson of the MG Alliance of Greater New York, Inc. for fifteen years and was very involved with the organization for many years before that. He still leads the MG support group in Kingston, NY which he has done for more than fifteen years. He lives in Rosendale, NY, and will attend MGA board meetings via conference call.

Jo Beth Jo Beth Barr, Business Owner


Jo Beth has been in board service with other organizations throughout the years. As a patient with MG, she is thrilled to support an organization that has so actively supported her in the past. She is the proprieter of OOH LA LA in Carnegie. She is pleased to offer a 10% discount year round for anyone coming into the shop and mentioning MG!

Bill Gandjos Bill Gandjos, Retired from West Aircomm Federal Credit Union


Bill is retired from a management position with West Aircomm Federal Credit Union. His interest in MG led to his creation of the Butterfly of Hope campaign, held during June, which is MG Awareness month. This campaign helps to raise money and awareness about MG through partnerships with local businesses. Bill is a member of the Development committee which benefits from his business experience and professional relationships.

Kristen Geary


Kristen holds a Bachelor's degree from Duquesne University and currently works as a veterinary practice manager. She enjoys outdoor activities like hiking and cycling and indoor activities like belly dancing, kickboxing, reading, and learning to play the piano. Kristen was diagnosed with MG as a child, giving her a unique vantage point for coping and living with a serious chronic illness. Kristen hopes that she can become an advocate and resource for other patients living with MG, as well as their loved ones.

Karen Shastri Karen Shastri, Ph.D.


Karen is a professor of Business Administration and Director of the Master's In Clinical Accounting Program at the Katz Graduate School of Business - University of Pittsburgh. Active in many financial organizations, Karen joined the board in support of her good friend, Arlene Weintraub, who has MG.

Denise Beverina Moore Denise Beverina Moore


Denise was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis when she was 26 years old. The Neurologists who treated Denise have done an excellent job managing her MG symptoms. Denise worked in public education in Pennsylvania for 37 years and has worked for three different Pennsylvania Universities as adjunct faculty. She joined the faculty of Point Park University in August 2016 as a full-time Instructor in the Education Department.

Rev. Mel McRoberts Rev. Mel McRoberts


Mel McRoberts is married to Marlene Blystone McRoberts. He is an ordained Elder of the Free Methodist Church. He enjoys outdoor activities such as fishing, hunting, kayaking and golf. He is presently the facilitator of the MG Support Group at Heritage Valley/Beaver.

James Meny James Meny


Born in the Republic of the Philippines, James grew up all around the world in a US Air Force family. Diagnosed in January, he is fairly new to MG but has aggressively taken on all that is offered in support and research so that he, his wife and two dogs can continue their love of hiking and the outdoors. James is a professional voice trainer and live performance coach, a lover of aviation and a proud fan of the New England Patriots.

 Mark Daday Mark Daday


Mark is Chief Financial Officer for Ni Pacolet Utilities, a company that owns and operates water and wastewater public utilities. He looks forward to helping with fundraising for the MGA of Western Pa. and increasing awareness of MG.

Jacki Jacqueline “Jacki” Bauer, Esquire, General Counsel, Chief Administrative Officer and Corporate Secretary of the Allegheny Health Network


Jacki has exhausted her nine year term on the Board of Directors. Fortunately, she has agreed to serve the board as a consultant, as needed.

In Recognition of Nine Years of Continuous and Dedicated Board Service, MGA Expresses Appreciation to: Ron Balog, Arlene Weintraub and David Weintraub.