Westinghouse SURE Leadership Team
Board of Directors
Lucio Facchini, President - Mr. Facchini joined Westinghouse Electric in 1963 on the Graduate Student Program serving in a variety of positions before being named Vice President and Controller of Westinghouse Nuclear Europe in 1972. He became Business Unit Controller for Water Reactors in 1979 and named Vice President of Business Services & Finance for the Westinghouse Savannah River Company in 1988. In 1990, he was promoted to Group Controller Power Systems and retired in 2000 as Chief Financial Officer of Westinghouse Government Services Group. In 2001, he joined the Executive Service Corp (ESC) - that later became part of the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University - and has provided management and consulting services for the past 16 years for nonprofit organizations in finance, business planning and Nonprofit startups.
Patti Baird, Vice President
Patti Baird has also served as Secretary of the SURE Board of Directors for several years. She retired from Westinghouse after 32 years of service. Patti held management positions in IT and Supply Chain including Director of Global Nuclear Supply Chain at the Cranberry Woods location. In retirement Patti enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends and volunteer activities for her church and community including being a certified Medicare Counselor at WCCC for the State Health Insurance Program - APPRISE.
Ron Weisser, Treasurer – SURE member since 2016 - Ron enjoyed a 38 year career with Westinghouse which consisted of various financial and manufacturing management positions within the Commercial Nuclear Businesses before retiring as the Controller for Engineering Services and New Plant Engineering in November of 2015. A significant part of his career was served at the Specialty Metals Plant in Blairsville where he held management positions in Financial Planning, Inspection, Finishing and Forming areas and then as Plant Controller. He was also certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt. His career also included assignments in Waltz Mills, Cheswick, Energy Center, Moorestown NJ and Cranberry. Volunteering activities include support of numerous church ministries, Mother of Sorrows Food Bank, Delmont Meals on Wheels and the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Hemophilia Association (WPCNHF). Ron has also been enjoying golfing, skiing and traveling in his retirement.
Michele Gutman, Secretary - Michele retired in 2016 from Westinghouse as Assistant General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer and joined SURE shortly thereafter. She graduated from the Ohio State University College of Law in 1976 and in 1978 began her working career in Pittsburgh with Westinghouse Electric Corporation at the Industry Systems Division in O’Hara Township. In 1980, she transferred to the W Law Department where she worked until 1987. While at Westinghouse, Michele focused on environmental matters, including counseling business clients regarding regulatory requirements and working on various Superfund sites. From 1987 to 2005, she practiced law with a Pittsburgh law firm (where Westinghouse was one of her clients). In 2005 she joined Westinghouse Electric Co. in Monroeville as a member of the Legal Department focusing on environmental and regulatory matters for the entire company, including NRC and other requirements. Since retirement, in addition to volunteering through SURE, Michele serves as a Board Member of Spectrum Charter School and volunteers with the St. Paul’s Meals on Wheels program in Pitcairn, PA; she also enjoys time with her grandchildren. In addition to serving as SURE Secretary, she also currently serves as a Roundtable Coordinator.
Susie Barbour, Communications Director - SURE member since 2013. A long time communications professional, Susie joined Westinghouse in 1989 as a Talk Show Host on KDKA Radio - Group W's flagship station and broadcast pioneer of the world - and enjoyed hosting a weekly on-air show until stepping down in 2008. She also spent 5 years at W HDQR in the Law & Environmental Affairs Department as a Paralegal & Communications Specialist working first in Acquisitions & Divestitures. She later led the Corporate Environmental Training efforts for new Environmental Control Officers throughout the US. Her career highlights also included 11 years as VP/Marketing & Communications at Hefren Tillotson; Media Relations and Corporate Communications at First Commonwealth Bank. She was also Vector's Woman of the Year finalist - 1989; Pittsburgh's 50 Finest - 2003; SURE Gold Service Award winner (2016 & 2017); SURE Special Services Award (2017). BA - Michigan State University; MS - Carlow University.
Darryl Degelman, Community Services Director
Darryl became the SURE Projects Director in 2016; his Board role realigned and repositioned in 2018 to better focus on our Members Volunteer work throughout the Community. As Community Services Director, he helps put the Spotlight on the outstanding volunteerism of SURE's membership, and shares news about volunteer opportunities in the region. During his working years, Darryl was the Graphic Services Manager at the Westinghouse Energy Center for 19 years. Before joining Westinghouse, he was a graphic designer, producer, and account executive for 9 years at Gateway Studios. He was also a professor of Commercial Art at West Liberty State College, and an art and photography instructor at Churchill Area High School.
Bruce Cook, Database Director – Joined SURE in 2011.
Bruce retired in 2011 after a 40 year career in the Nuclear Instrumentation and Control section. As a Consulting Engineer, Bruce participated on domestic and international industry standards writing committees. His primary focus throughout his career was the application of advanced digital technology to safety and control systems for nuclear power plants. Bruce has been the database director for SURE since 2012.
Tom Dent, Development Director – Prior to joining Westinghouse, Tom served with the US Army in Vietnam as a Long Range Patrol Leader/Ranger and received numerous awards including two Purple Hearts, a Silver Star, a Bronze Star and an Army Commendation Medal with V Device. After graduation with a BSME from Colorado State, Tom joined Westinghouse where he worked in the Nuclear Field Services area for many years with assignments ranging from Product Manager to Director. He then played a key role on the WEC/ABB Integration team where he was responsible for effectively integrating the ABB Services Team into the WEC services team. One of his most rewarding assignments was working with the best of the best in the Customer 1st Program for the Nuclear Services business which led to many significant improvements in the services business unit. Tom then served as VP of European Services Operations where he worked with the Westinghouse organizations in Germany, where he and his wife relocated, as well as Belgium, France, Sweden, Spain, England and South Africa. During this time Tom effectively led the integration of global technology with local implementation and leadership which led to significant increase in European Services Sales and Margin. His final contribution was as VP and Consortium Director at the Vogtle Project. He retired from Westinghouse after 39 years at the successful completion of “First Nuclear Concrete” i.e. the placement of the Unit 3 and 4 basemat.
Kerry Hanahan, Membership Director - SURE member since 2018.
Vaughn Gilbert, Public & Media Relations Director
Vaughn retired from Westinghouse in 2015 after serving for 34 years in public and media relations. Most recently, he was director of global communications for Westinghouse Electric Company where his department included public & media relations, marketing communications & advertising, and executive, internal & technical communications. Earlier, he served as PR manager at Westinghouse Electric Corporation where he provided support to Environmental & Waste Management, Transmission & Distribution, DCBU, PGBU, and Govt & Environmental Services. Vaughn, a Penn State graduate, is a member of the Advisory Board of Penn Sate Greater Allegheny in McKeesport. He lives with his family in Elizabeth Township just outside of McKeesport. In his spare time, he reads everything ever written by or about Winston Churchill.
Dave Altman, Services & Activities Director
Dave retired from Westinghouse in April 2017 following a 44-year career involved with the design, analyses and testing of reactor internals, most recently with the AP1000 plants. Dave joined Westinghouse SURE upon his retirement in 2017 and soon became an active member of the SURE Member Services and Activities Team. He also initially served on the Board as a Director at Large. In addition, Dave has served 16 years as an officer (including 4 years as president) of the American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE), a nonprofit organization with over 5000 members worldwide. Dave, and his wife Maggie of 32 years, reside in Plum Borough.
Rick Etling, Strategy Director
When looking to fill the newly created leadership role within the SURE Organization, Rick was the ideal choice as Director of Strategy. Rick joined the SURE Board of Directors in 2017, and quickly assumed leadership of the SURE Member & Services activity. Rick had great success in developing and sustaining opportunities for members to engage with SURE and to expand beneficial services directed toward retirees. During his Westinghouse career, Rick worked in Westinghouse Nuclear for 34 years and served in many technical and strategic functions across the Business Unit. As a volunteer, he provides Strategic Planning support for many diverse non-profit organizations in the Pittsburgh area. Rick is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys any activity that gets him into the mountains.
Directors at Large
Howard J Finney, Director at Large, Tour Director & Past President, joined SURE in 1995 after retiring from Seton Hill University where he was Director of Services. Howard joined Westinghouse in 1953 as an apprentice Tool & Die Maker, graduating in 1957, enrolled in night school graduating with an associate's degree in Industrial Engineering, and a BA in Industrial Management while working as a Tool Designer, Industrial Engineer, Foreman, General Foreman and finally as Manager of Plant Services, East Pittsburgh, LRA. Howard also served as President of the W Foreman’s Association, the W Veterans Association, the W Trades Apprentice Alumni. In 2018, Howard was recognized with the Charley Ruch Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the SURE Organization.
Maury Fey, Director Emeritus, joined SURE in 1993.
Hired as a Lab Assistant in 1953 at the Research Labs, Maury later became a Product Manager, then Business Planner before retiring from Westinghouse in 1992. Upon retiring, Maury joined the International Executive Service Corps, assisting two post-communist Romanian companies in their reorganization. After joining SURE, he initiated the popular monthly Financial Roundtable, and later served in a variety of leadership roles, including longtime President of SURE. He received SURE’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001, and the Jefferson Award for Volunteerism in 2013.
Allan Kuenzel - SURE member since 2006.
A forty-year employee of Westinghouse at its commercial nuclear division, he was a licensed Professional Engineer specializing in the design and analysis of Reactor Equipment. Al retired in 2006 and joined the SURE organization shortly after. He has served as Newsletter Editor since 2014 and received the Spotlight Award in January 2017. Al volunteers for two organizations in the Pitcairn community.