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Founders, Officers and Board Members

Joy Procida

Joy Procida

Co-Founder & Musical Director, GCSB

Joy Procida graduated with a degree in music performance with a concentration in trumpet from Seton Hill University in 1989. While at Seton Hill, Ms. Procida studied with Karen Sloneker. She also has studied with Roger Sherman.

Ms. Procida has received such honors as the John Philip Sousa Award, performer for the Pittsburgh Arts Festival Ensemble in Residence Brass Quintet as well as being selected as a semi-finalist in the Butler Symphony Solo Competition.

Ms. Procida has taught trumpet privately from 1990-1998, provided aid in musical instruction for the Greensburg Salem High School Marching Band and Jazz Band, 1990-1992 and co-instructed the teen choir and youth praise band at the Hempfield Church of Christ, 1991, 2007-2008.

Ms. Procida has played in various ensembles including The Westmoreland Symphonic Winds for over 25 years, The Westmoreland Symphonic Winds Jazz Ensemble, The Jubilee Brass Quintet, The Keystone Brass Quintet (currently), The Jeannette Community Band (currently), Applehill Playhouse musical pit as well as many high school musical pits and soloist for various church services, weddings and musical organizations in the area.

Ms. Proicda co-founded GCSB Arts, Education and Wellness in 2015 and is the musical director of the Glass City Swing Band with whom she plays the trumpet.

Jill Procida

Jill Procida

Co-Founder and Director of Philanthropy

Jill graduated from Seton Hill University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Saxophone Performance. Jill studied with Kathleen Campbell and Marino Galluzzo and is on the Community Music Division Staff at Seton Hill University as well as maintaining a music studio at home. Jill has over 30 years of experience performing in diverse groups such as the Westmoreland Symphonic Winds where she served as principle saxophonist and featured soloist. Jill has also been involved with the Westmoreland Symphonic Winds Jazz Ensemble where she was featured often as soloist. Jill peformed with the Westmoreland Symphony and McKeesport Symphony Orchestras in which she had the opportunity to perform works such as Ravel's Bolero. Jill is a former member of the Seton Hill University Faculty Saxophone Quartet and has played numerous musicals for area theater companies such as The Theatre Factory, Greensburg Civic Center, New Kensington Theater and Applehill Playhouse. Jill is very excited about her current project as Co-Founder and Director of Philanthropy for GCSB Arts, Education and Wellness. She also is lead alto saxophone with the Glass City Swing Band.

Dr. Eugene M. Dangelo

Eugene Dangelo, Ph.D.

President of the Board

Eugene Michael (“Gene”) Dangelo was born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, on October 6, 1955. He has been a musician since the age of four, and is currently the Director of Music and Worship at Holy Cross Catholic Church in the Diocese of Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Dr. Dangelo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education and a Master of Music degree in Composition, both from the Duquesne University School of Music, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Teacher Development with Music as the collateral field from the University of Pittsburgh School of Education. His doctoral dissertation, entitled, “The Use of Computer-Based Instruction in the Teaching of Music Fundamentals,” was published in 1985 by University Microfilms International, of Ann Arbor, Michigan. In addition, he completed postdoctoral study in Educational Administration at California University of Pennsylvania. He holds Pennsylvania Department of Education Certifications in Music, English, Health, and Educational Administration. Dr. Dangelo taught music for over three decades, most notably at Pitt’s Falk Laboratory School from 1980-85, the Winchester-Thurston School from 1985-88 where he was orchestra director and musical director of stage productions, and at Mount Pleasant Area School District from 1988-2013, retiring in 2013 as Jr./Sr. High School Director of Choral Ensembles. He had also served as Elementary Choral Director and Elementary Band Director for 20 of his 25 years with that district. He was also Principal of Aquinas Academy of Greensburg from 2014-2016.

Dr. Dangelo also directed community musical groups, both instrumental and vocal, serving as Musical Director of the Greensburg Musical Society Symphonic Concert Band from 1990-95, and as Musical Director of the Mount Pleasant Choral Society from 2003-2005. He has also served as Director of Music at eleven Catholic parishes in the Greensburg and Pittsburgh Dioceses since 1974.

Valerie Uschock

Valerie Uschock

Vice President

Valerie "Val" Uschock is a Board Certified Music Therapist and owner of Music Therapy Progressions, a private contractual company serving Southwester, PA. Val received her B.S. in Music Therapy from Duquesne University's School of Music in 1993 and completed her internship at Norristown State Hospital in 1994. Prior to developing her business in 1998, Val worked at Wightman Rehabilitation Center in Squirrel Hill and Westmoreland Regional Hospital in Greensburg. Over the past 20 years, she has worked with clients of all ages and disabilities, specializing in Neurologic Rehabilitation, Autism Spectrum Disorders and most recently in Hospice Music Therapy.

While at Duquesne, Val studied classical saxophone under Marino Galluzzo and performed in Jazz Combo Groups under the direction of David Budway. Along with Glass City Swing Band, Val continues to be an active performer with the Westmoreland Symphonic Winds and serves in music ministry via flute, saxophone and hand bells at the First United Methodist Chud of Greensburg. She is a former member of the Pastime Consort (recorder ensemble), and the Friday Evening Music Club.

Val also believes in the education and mentoring of our young people. She has supervised numerous Music Therapy Practicum students, taught flute and saxophone to traditional students, adapted music lessons to children on the Autism Spectrum and Music Together programs for young children and their families. She serves in Christian Education through teaching Sunday School, Vacation Bible Study and directing the Transformer Children's Choir at her church.

Throughout high school, college and her professional career, Val has received awards for service and citizenship. As a student, Val served as Treasurer of MuPhi Epsilon, Music School Senator of the Student Government Association of Music Therapy Students. As a professional member of the American Music Therapy Association, Val served as an Assembly Delegate, Local Co-Chair and Public Relations Chair for regional conferences and chair of the PA Task Force on Occupational Regulation. While a member of the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association, Val served as the Recital Chair of the Westmoreland Chapter and as the Local Grants Facilitator on the state level.

Val was born and raised in Norwich, New York. She attended Norwich High School where she feels fortunate to have had a rich musical environment. Active in several bands, coir, musicals and serving as drum major of a competitive marching band, Val credits her band director and mentor, Don Burke, who is also a Duquesne Alumni, for her passion to pursue a career in music. Val lives in Greensburg with her husband Rich of 19 years and their two cats, Mr. Hamilton and Nutmeg.

Anicia Steiner

Anicia Steiner

Secretary

Anicia Steiner graduated from Carlow University in 1979 with a BA in Psychology and Special Education. She was employed at several different types of jobs from teaching to clerical and law enforcement. Her last job before retirement was through Westmoreland County as a Probation Officer. She has no children but has man's best friend, a Rottweiler named Isabella and a cat named KitKat. Anicia is currently residing in Somerset, PA living a very happy retirement enjoying church at Somerset Church of Christ and spending time walking and baking.

Vance Vargo

Vance Vargo

Treasurer

H. Vance Vargo serves as the Treasurer of GCSB.  He has over 38 years of experience in the financial services industry.  Vance has been employed as a Bank Examiner IV with the New Hampshire Department of Banking since Marc 2016.  He was previously employed as the President and CEO of Family First Credit Union for 11 years and also served as a Financial Institutions Examiner Supervisor (FIES) with the Pennsylvania Department of Banking for 13 years.  Prior to that he worked 10 years in the banking industry, where he started his business career with Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh on their Management Development Program.

Vance earned  a BA in Business Management and a Minor in Accounting from Saint Vincent College, where he graduated with Highest Honors and was the recipient of the Management Departmental Award.  He also holds a MBA from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh, where he was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, a fraternity for Academic Excellence in graduate business programs.  Vance is also a graduate of the BAI Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin, where he graduated with Honors.  He is also a graduate of the CUES CEO Institute, where he attained the credit union industry designation of Certified Chief Executive (CCE).  Vance also has been certified by CSBS as a Certified Examiner in Charge (CEIC) and a Certified Trust Examiner (CTE).  He also has been certified by NASCUS as a Certified Credit Union Examiner (CCUE).  He recently completed the Cannon Financial Institute Audit and Compliance Program, where he earned the designation of Certified Financial and Investment Risk Specialist (CFIRS).

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Anita Leonard

Board Member

A graduate of Greensburg Salem High School, Anita Leonard attended Mercy Hospital School of Nursing and earned a diploma in nursing and obtained her RN in 1964. At the age of 34, Anita returned to academia and graduated from Seton Hill University with a BA in Sociology after which she obtained a Master in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh.

Anita's health care experience spanned forty years as a nurse and a manager. The last 16 years at Monongahela Valley Hospital provided opportunities to conduct community research and develop programs to meet the needs of the community.

During her tenure at Mon Valley Hospital, Anita was an Adjunct faculty for Westmoreland County Community College, Seton Hill University, and Douglas Education Center. She represented the hospital on the Child Death Review Teams of Washington and Westmoreland Counties and assisted the Department of Health in forming the program in those counties.

Upon her retirement, Mrs. Leonard established a consulting business that conducts organizational analysis and restructuring of Non-Profits. She has been known to do pro bono work for struggling non-profits that she believes have a purpose in our community. Anita also works as a casual RN at Clelian Heights in Greensburg, PA.

Her community activities transcends nearly four decades and includes membership in the following organizations.

  •  GCSB Arts, Education and Wellness, Board Member and current President
  •  Mental Health Association in Westmoreland County, a past board member and recipient of the Fred Funari MHA Award of Distinction for outstanding volunteer. Currently on the special events committee
  •  Westmoreland County Children's Bureau Advisory Board, Past President, past Secretary, past Treasurer, current Board Member
  •  Westmoreland County Child Death Review Team, past Board Member
  •  CNS Health and Education Foundation, Secretary and Scholarship Chairman
  •  Greensburg Salem Education Foundation, Corresponding Secretary
  •  Keystone Wellness, past President and Board Member
  •  The Tim Leonard Cancer Foundation, Chairman and Scholarship Chairman
  •  Past co-chair and past member of the Southwest Immunization Coalition

 

Susan Phillips-Smochko

Susan Phillips-Smochko

Board Member

Susan E. Phillips Smochko MS. Ed, LPC is an undergraduate of Seton Hill University with a BA in Psychology and a graduate of Duquesne University with a MS in Education in Counseling. Susan curently works at Christian Counseling Associates and AERI/FBR which is an agency that works with people who are diagnosed with autism. Susan has worked with people with special needs for 20 years and has learned and been blessed by all her clients/consumers. Susan hopes to help GCSBArts as well as serving her community through her experience working with people with special needs. Susan believes that people with special needs have special gifts that will enhance the arts and the community.

 

Donald Austin

Donald Austin, Ph.D.

Board Member

Donald Austin was born in Erie, PA and earned a Ph.D. from Penn State in biological anthropology. He was an assistant professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX for several years. Subsequently, his career turned to analytic jobs in biostatistics and industrial psychology before settling in marketing analytics. His primary interest was in predicting customer behavior. In this capacity he held positions such as director of analytics and vice president of customer strategy. He has made presentations in this field at major direct marketing conferences.

 

                       

Mission Statement

The mission of GCSBArts is to support disabilities awareness through musical education programs that will enhance the lives of children and adults with special needs.

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