Who’s Who in Black Pittsburgh Honors Outstanding UPMC Leaders

By: Maria Turconi

Pittsburgh is the most recent stop for Who’s Who, where the organization recently held a networking event and reception at UPMC’s Herberman Conference Center in Shadyside. In traditional Who’s Who fashion, the event had Herberman buzzing with jazz music and lively conversation to celebrate the inaugural edition in Pittsburgh.

“Pittsburgh is in a time of transition, everybody is talking about diversity, and everyone wants to know how diverse Pittsburgh is,” said KDKA reporter Lynne Hayes-Freeland as she took the stage on July 15 as the “mistress of ceremonies.” 

Candi High Res. photo 2014

Candi Castleberry Singleton

As one of the largest organizations in the region, UPMC plays a major role in this transition.UPMC works to encourage diversity among staff at all levels.UPMC staff are leaders in both patient care and health insurance, as well as leaders in their communities. The latest edition of Who’s Who in Black Pittsburgh, which includes a foreword by UPMC’s Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer Candi Castleberry Singleton, honors UPMC staff for “… their mark in their professions, occupations, or in service to others.”

UPMC honorees included:

  • Christopher C. Allen, MD, Internal Medicine
  • Joanne Boyd, authorization nurse, UPMC Presbyterian
  • Candi Castleberry Singleton, chief inclusion and diversity officer
  • Andrea Clark Smith, senior associate counsel and vice president, Employee Relations
  • Tracey D. Conti, MD, Family Practice
  • LaJuana Fuller, director, Women’s Imaging, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC
  • MaCalus V. Hogan, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Marlon Johnson, administrative director, Imaging Services, UPMC Presbyterian
  • Dawndra Jones, DNP, chief nursing officer and vice president, Patient Care Services, UPMC McKeesport
  • Kimberly Moses, associate counsel, Corporate Legal
  • Alexander Olawaiye, MD, Family Practice
  • Charleeda Redman, vice president, Accountable Care
  • Verlon Salley, executive director, Imaging, UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside
  • Alicia Scott, RN, director, Clinical Affairs, Business Operations
  • Toni Y. Silva, director, Supplier Relations
  • Tonja Smith, director, Operations, UPMC Shadyside
  • Jeannette E. South-Paul, MD, Family Practice
  • Winifred Torbert, program director, Community Engagement
  • Chaton T. Turner, associate counsel, Corporate Legal
  • Curtis Upsher, director, community relations, Community Care Behavioral Health
  • Blair A. William, director, Financial Compliance
  • Raymond Wynn, MD, Radiation Oncology

“We are especially proud of the 22 UPMC colleagues who are included in this inaugural publication. That said, we all know our region needs even more diversity in its leadership and population. Publications like this one are great first step,” said Greg Peaslee, UPMC executive vice president & chief administrative officer, as part of his welcome address at the event’s reception. “We all must do our part; companies and their leaders, government officials, our education system, the minority community itself, to attract and retain a diverse population in our region.”