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Formerly known as WHO

Formerly known as WHO (Westmoreland Human Opportunities), Westmoreland Community Action officially changed their name in May of 2008 to better reflect the mission of the organization.
“The decision to change the agency name was recently made the Board of Directors to better align with National and State Community Action Programs,” said Tay Waltenbaugh, Chief Executive Officer.

Westmoreland Community Actions new mission statement, “strengthening communities and families to eliminate poverty”, continues the agency’s dedication to assisting those in need, but also focuses on the need for communities to do more to help the less fortunate in the county.

Community Action has been in Westmoreland County since 1980. Westmoreland Community Action still administers social service programs to alleviate and eliminate the conditions of poverty and assist the County’s disadvantaged populations.  With more than 35 years of experience, Westmoreland Community Action has learned to meet the changing needs of children, adults and families by setting outcome-based goals and using solid case management in conjunction with supportive service programs.

Board of Directors
President Mr. Barry Gaetano Gaetano Insurance Services
Vice President Ms. Janice Gebicki Community Representative
Secretary Mr. Terry Roberts City Wide Facility Solutions
Treasurer Mr. Scott Sistek Westmoreland County Maintenance
Solicitor Mr. Dan Pagliari Paletta, Pagliari, Vigilante
Commissioner Sean Kertes Jonathon Wian, Proxy
Commissioner Gina Cerilli Don O’Brien, Proxy
Commissioner Doug Chew Heather Cordial, Proxy
Mr. Clyde Bittner Community Representative
Ms. Lucille Bittner Community Representative
Ms. Denise Flannigan Community Representative
Mr. Scott Guldin The Guldin Group
Mr. Wayne Hewitt Community Representative
Ms. Joyce Long Community Representative
Ms. Lori Baccari Elliott Group
Representative Mike Reese Amy Frye, Proxy
Mr. Frank Van Horn PNC Bank
Senator Kim Ward Dottie Staffen, Proxy
Mr. Joe Baughman Laurel Legal Services, Inc.
Representative Eric Nelson Tim Gribbin, Proxy


  Mandy Welty Zalich Chief Executive Officer 724-834-1260 ext 1105
  Jeffrey D. Diehl Chief Financial Officer 724-834-1260 ext 1104
  Tammy Patterson Vice President of Children and Family Services 724-834-1260 ext 4126
  Jack Brown Vice President of Community Economic Development 724-834-1260 ext 1151
  Stacey Sennett Vice President of Behavioral Health Services 724-834-1260 ext 1137
  Tim Phillips Director, Drug Overdose Task Force 724-830-3827
  Denise Eyler Director, Human Resources 724-834-1260 ext 1101
  Jennifer Kemerer Executive Administrative Assistant 724-834-1260 ext 1153



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History of Community Action in Westmoreland County

In 1980, Westmoreland Human Opportunities is incorporated as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.  The Westmoreland County Commissioners designate the agency as Westmoreland County’’s Community Action Agency. Mr. Richard Hunger is appointed the interim Director. Our agency started with a few key services including Head Start, Weatherization, Homemaker Services, Manpower Employment, Youth Development and Visiting Nursing Services.

Over the next five years (1981-1985) under the leadership of Executive Director Bill Patterson, WHO expands to provide even more employment, training, and family development services. From 1986-1988, WHO loses several major programs and the Westmoreland County Commissioners assume control of the agency, relieving the Executive Director Steve Zacks.  Interim Director Bill Josefczyk and later Executive Director Diane Marks move the agency to offices in Jeannette, PA and continue to maintain the programs. Current Executive Director Tay Waltenbaugh is hired in 1990 to lead WHO.  In just two years, Waltenbaugh rebuilds its reputation with funders, the community, and the Commissioners. The agency continues steady growth through the ’90s, regularly expanding services and budget. In 1995, WHO expanded and moved into offices on Westmoreland Avenue.

A successful Dialog on Poverty (a series of town forums in 1996) gave WHO an opportunity to learn the most pressing issues in local communities and triggered changes in the services offered. An overwhelming need for housing services, WHO began providing the Home Buyer Resource Center to help lower-income families acquire skills and support to become homeowners. Other changes were needed as a result of Welfare Reform.  The Supported Work program was formed to answer that need.  In 1996, the mental health programs were started as well. Housing services continue to expand.  In 1997, WHO purchased and rehabilitated the first house in the City of Jeannette.  The agency also took control of the Next Step Supportive Housing (transitional living) to help homeless
families with children.

WHO is recognized with several major awards over the next few years. WHO receives the “PNG Community Reinvestment Award” for the collaborative nature of the Housing Counseling & Money Management Center and the Neighborhood Revitalization Program in conjunction with Operation Outward Reach. WHO and Westmoreland County receive the “US Dept of Housing and Urban Development Blue Ribbon Award for Best Practices” in the Continuum of Care category for the efforts to save the Transitional Living Program (Next Steps Supportive Housing). WHO also received its largest private foundation grant: a $200,000 grant from the RK Mellon Foundation to start a Community Building in the City of Jeannette and New Kensington.

Programs, services and budget continue to expand as we transitioned to the 21st Century.  A computer network and website help WHO keep pace with technology. In 2003, WHO hosts its 1st Annual Wine Tasting Event, one of the major fundraisers each year.  Neighborhood Revitalization expands to New Kensington along with programs in Greensburg and Jeannette.  Head Start continues to expand and receives a “Caring Act of Kindness Award” from the Caring Foundation for their commitment to enrolling eligible children in the CHIP program.

In 2005, celebrating its 25th Anniversary, WHO’s programs and services continue to grow.  With Head Start celebrating 40 years, WHO develops their first year-round classroom and opens a classroom in a local school district. The Housing Counseling & Money Management Center administers the American Dream Downpayment Initiative program (ADDI) funds for the County and becomes a Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) housing counseling agency.   Working with the City of Jeannette, WHO begins two major revitalization projects – the South 6th Street Project and Chestnut Street Project.

In 2008, WHO officially changed their name to Westmoreland Community Action to better reflect the mission of the organization. The agency continued to reach new territory when they became the first Community Action program to receive the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO) Seal of Excellence. This Seal designates successful compliance with the Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector and is granted to well managed, responsibly governed organizations that are deserving of the public’s trust.