Ms. Patricia Savage, Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries
Executive Leadership Team Members:
Dr. Barbara Cook
Deb Pensyl Reasy
Dr. Barbara Cook
I am currently Chair of the English and Fine Arts Department at Mount Aloysius College. Originally from Houston, Texas, I have been at the Mount for 12 years. There are two main reasons I want to support the American Heart Association. My mother had angina and passed away much earlier than she should have from complications of that problem. More recently, one of our English and Theatre majors had serious heart problems and was air flighted to Pittsburgh one day between classes. He came through the surgery, recovered nicely, and was able to star in our campus production of Godspell. This young man played the lead role. He had a remarkable recovery and I realized heart problems can come at any age.
Linda Co-chair of the Purse Auction for Go Red for Women—American Heart Association, is a Blair County Realtor (CRS, SRES, & CNE) with 29 years of experience and has been with Re/Max Results Realty Group for the past 24 years. Linda is also an active member of the Blair Bedford Builders Association and the Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA). Linda was the PRPA Chairperson for 10 years, is a Life Director of PBA, and was recognized for her service to the organization as Associate of the Year in 2010. Linda gives back to the community through volunteering with the Children’s Miracle Network, the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art Women’s Auxiliary, the Altoona Rotary Club, and the First United Methodist Church of Hollidaysburg. The American Heart Association is important to Linda because she lost her beloved grandmother to an inoperable subclavian block in 1992.
Andrea Schurr became a committee member for Go Red for Women in 2016. The committee and the American Heart Association are important to her because her beloved Nanna passed away from congestive heart failure. Andrea is the community and public relations manager at Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries. She has been involved in a number of local fundraising efforts, including The American Cancer Society/Making Strides. Andrea is the proud mother of three young sons, and she also spends time as a volunteer at their school in Hollidaysburg.
Becky Young currently serves as the Vice President of Human Resources for Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries (ALSM), a faith-based not-for-profit organization that touches the lives of more than 2,000 people each year in eight West Central Pennsylvania counties with over 500 employees. Becky is responsible for all aspects of Human Resources and is also responsible for the Compliance and HIPAA Program for the organization.
Becky is active in several other not-for-profit organizations support Blair County by serving on the ARC of Blair County Board and the Allegheny Ballet Company Board. Her involvement in the American Heart Association is new, however, she has not missed attending the Blair County Go Red Event since its inception. I was surprised to learn of how many women are affected by heart disease. Becky’s paternal grandmother died of a heart attack at age 62 and maternal grandparent suffered from CHF as does her Uncle.