Board of Trustees

WAACS Board of Trustees plays a critical role in shaping the vision and direction of our school.

We have a diverse group of individuals who bring a wide range of skills and experiences to the board. Our trustees include educators, artists, business leaders, and community advocates who are all dedicated to providing exceptional arts education to our students.

Westinghouse Arts Trustees provide oversight and guidance to ensure that the school is fulfilling its mission to nurture artistic talent, academic excellence, and personal growth. Trustees work closely with school administration to establish policies, approve budgets, and make strategic decisions that benefit our students and faculty.

We are proud of the work we do and the impact we have on the lives of our students. We believe that arts education is an essential component of a well-rounded education and that it provides students with the skills and confidence they need to succeed in life. Please view our Board Policies below. 

Board Authority & Powers

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Academic Standards

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Admission & Enrollment of Students

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Assignment & Transfer

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Click below to learn more about Auditing at Westinghouse Arts Academy.

Building Security

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Acceptable Use of Internet, Computers, & Network Resources

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Bill Pricener

Board President & Treasurer

Bill Pricener is a lifelong resident of the Borough of Wilmerding, where his family has lived since the 1890s. He is a graduate of the East Allegheny School District, Class of 1980 and the Pennsylvania State University. Bill has been employed by the YMCA of Greater for the past 32 years, where he currently serves as the Executive Director of the Allegheny YMCA, on Pittsburgh’s North Side.

Bernadette Gibson

Chair of Education Committee

Ms. Gibson is a veteran educator with nearly thirty years experience as both a classroom teacher and administrator. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education and her Master’s degree in Instructional Leadership. She taught in the Special Education Department in Pittsburgh Public Schools for twenty years. She completed seven years in Administration at PPS, serving as a Vice-Principal and three different times as an Interim Principal. During her time teaching at MLK Elementary she was named Outstanding Teacher of The Year. Ms. Gibson is certified in Special Education and as a Principal.

Gloria Rayman

Chair of Development Committee

Gloria Rayman is the Director of Business Development with SMARTSolution Technologies. She brings expertise gained from a dynamic 25-year career in marketing, sales and business development. Her roles span the professional audio visual, high-end niche media and entertainment.

Greg Jakub

Chair of Nominating Committee

Greg Jakub is the proud Mayor of his hometown of Wilmerding, PA. Mr. Jakub is currently the Director of Business Operations at Wizzard.

Dexter Hairston

Board Secretary

Mr. Hairston has spent his professional career working in education and the not-for-profit sector. He currently mentors four young professionals in (3) different states. He has strong relationships with several local universities and school districts. Most notably, McKeesport Area School District as he has coordinated summer school programming and teen programming collaboratively for 15 years.

Hairston completed the Multi-Cultural Executive Development Institute and has used his knowledge to impact many young aspiring professionals in a variety of fields. He is loyal, self-motivated, and a good communicator with a passion for youth development. Currently he volunteers with several youth serving organizations to stay involved with the ever-changing challenges facing today’s youth. He serves on two community boards in an effort to strengthen post-secondary educational opportunities for local scholars. He was a member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (F.B.I.) prestigious Adopt-A-School Advisory Board which assisted local school districts in need of additional student support services. Hairston is originally from Teaneck, N.J. He attended Teaneck High School and was inducted into their Hall of Fame for his academic and athletic accomplishments. He attended the University of Pittsburgh where he played football on a full athletic scholarship. He and wife Jennifer have a 13-year-old son Drew. Hairston enjoys reading, writing, family travel and golf. His favorite activity is attending Pitt football games in the fall with family and friends.

Dr. Donald Marinelli

Board Member

Dr. Donald Marinelli co-founded the world-renowned Carnegie Mellon Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) and served as a tenured Professor of Drama and Arts Management at Carnegie Mellon University. Since retiring in 2012, he consults around his interests in technology and education.

Dr. John Hisiro

Board Member

Dr. John Hisiro is a retired educator with six and a half years as a teacher and twenty eight years of administrative experience including eight years as a superintendent. He is currently teaching graduate level courses for Marshall University.

Board of Trustees Monthly Meetings

The monthly voting meetings of the Westinghouse Arts Academy Charter School Board of Trustees are held on the first Wednesday of every month in person at Westinghouse Arts Academy or via Zoom (see link below). The meeting begins at 6:30 PM.  

Anyone wishing to address the school board should email prior to 5 p.m. the day of the board meeting.  What you should include in your email: full name and the topic you wish to address. Speakers will be limited to three minutes.

WAACS Board of Trustees  also hold a monthly Work Session meeting at 6:30 PM one week before the monthly voting meeting that will be open to the community. The purpose of work sessions is for the board to discuss items that will be voted on at the following week’s (voting) meeting.  No voting occurs at work sessions.

Work Sessions are attended in person at Westinghouse Arts Academy or via Zoom at the link below. 

Please click below to view next academic year’s Board Meeting Dates.

Board Meeting Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 829 0442 0112 | Passcode: 413522

Click on each tab to access Board Meeting Agendas for the 23-24 academic year.

Click on each date to view the Board Agenda for each month.

January 3

February 7

March 6

April 3

May 1

June 5

June 19 | Special Voting Meeting

Click on each date to view the Board Agenda for each month.

January 3

February 7

March 6

April 3

May 1

June 5

Click on each date to view the Board Work Sessions for each month.

April 24

May 29

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September 6

October 4

October 10

November 1

December 6

2023 Board Meeting Minutes

Board Approved Budget

2024-25 Board Approved Budget (TBA)

The Budget for the 2024-2025 Academic Calendar year will be uploaded once voted upon by the Board of Trustees.

2023-24 Board Approved Budget

To view the Budget for the 2022-2023 Academic Calendar year please click HERE.

2022-23 Board Approved Budget

To view the Budget for the 2022-2023 Academic Calendar year please click HERE.

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