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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Baldwin-Whitehall Friends of the Theater Arts is a group diverse in both age and background. To get to know the board, please see their biographies below. The Board of Directors can be contacted via email.

Jim Nowalk - President - Jim Nowalk has a long-time interest in government, public speaking and the performing arts. Since 1984, he has been an elected official in Whitehall Borough serving the first ten years as a Member of Council and the balance as Mayor of the Borough of Whitehall. Shortly after becoming Mayor, Jim was appointed to the Executive Board of the Pennsylvania State Mayors Association and has been its President since 2006. Jim developed a passion for teaching middle school students public speaking skills after becoming the moderator of the forensics program for a private school in Whitehall Borough in 1997, a position he continues to hold. A founding member of the Baldwin-Whitehall Friends of the Theater Arts in 2004, Jim is proud and honored to be its President.

Renee Stockey-Vice President - Renee Stockey and her husband, Dave, have lived in the Baldwin-Whitehall area their entire lives.  She is a 1975 graduate of Baldwin High School and holds a bachelor degree in Health Related Professions from the University of Pittsburgh.  She is a registered dental hygienist and currently works full time at Duquesne University.  Prior to her present employment, Renee was the Communications Specialist for the Baldwin-Whitehall School District.  Through the years, Renee has been actively involved with the Baldwin High School marching band and the drama club.   The past 12 years, she has held a staff position for publicity for the high school musical.  She is one of the founding members of BWFTA, recognizing the need for community involvement to help ease the burden of fundraising from the students and to help reach the goal of excellence in the performing arts for the students and the community in the Baldwin-Whitehall School District.

Glenn Proie-Secretary

Anita Reck- Treasurer -
Anita Reck is a 30 year resident of Baldwin Borough.  She has held several PTA chairmanships and offices in the Baldwin-Whitehall School District.  Anita was the Special Education Chairman and Regional Vice President for the Pennsylvania PTA.  Anita has been involved with the Girl Scouts as both a leader and Assistant Camp Director at Camp Redwing.  Since 2000, Anita has been the House Manager/Production Assistant for Baldwin High School.  Anita and her husband, Jack, an engineer at Westinghouse, have two children, Sarah and Dave.

Alexander Bennett -
Alexander R. Bennett, Jr.  Lifelong resident of Baldwin Borough. Graduated from BHS. Current Mayor of Baldwin Borough for 16 years. Retired Police Sgt Baldwin Borough Police Department. Past President of the Boro and Twp. Police Association. Past President of the Allegheny County Mayors Association. Board of Directors of Pa. Mayors Association. Veteran, U.S. Army and Member of the American Legion. Member of the Baldwin Borough Historical Society. Board of Directors H.H. Franklin Club and Museum, Hickory Corners, Michigan.  Married 45 years, wife Betty, 2 children and four grandchildren.

John Palmiere
- John Palmiere has a long history of serving his community.  John is currently the District 6 representative of Allegheny County Council.  He has served for over 23 years on the School Board of the Baldwin Whitehall School District where he oversaw the the school board through the recent $64-million dollar renovation of the high school.  John is also an entrepreneur who began Palmiere's Hair Center 40 years ago.  John was an adjust instructor at the Pittsburgh Barber School and the Professional Barber and Beauty Supplier, Inc.  He has also been a member of the UFCW, Local 23, Barber Division for over 40 years.

Morton Parker

Sarah Reck

Doug Stockey
- Doug Stockey is the youngest member of BWFTA's Board of Directors.  A 2003 graduate of Baldwin High School, Doug majored in Marketing and Supply Chain Management at Duquesne Univerisity.  Doug works for a local Consumer Packaged Goods company as a Transportation Analyst.  He enjoys the outdoors, Pittsburgh sports, and music.  Doug, his wife Sarah, and son Owen reside in Whitehall Borough.

Kris Tranter

Chris Young -
Christopher Young is a 1970 graduate of Baldwin High School where he was the President of The Highlander Choir, member of the Men's Glee Club and a key member of their championship basketball team. After graduating from Baldwin, Chris obtained his BA from Saint Vincent College and MA from Duquesne University. While attending Saint Vincent, he played the Lion in the "Wizard of Oz". His passion for music continues as he has performed in several singing groups, played Caiaphas in "Jesus Christ Superstar" and donates his time as a board member of the Baldwin-Whitehall Friends of the Theater Arts.