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2004 ‘40 UNDER 40’ WINNERS
Sixth annual celebration to be held November 12 at Sanctuary

PITTSBURGH, PA—PITTSBURGH magazine and the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project (PUMP) have announced the 2004 “40 Under 40” honorees.

“40 Under 40” recognizes 40 talented individuals under the age of 40 who are making a positive impact on the region’s development.

Developed in 1999, “40 Under 40” helps highlight Pittsburgh as a place where young people can make a difference. Now in its sixth year, the awards are more popular than ever, and the list of nominees continues to grow.

Chosen from a nomination pool of more than 180 candidates, this year’s honorees were determined by an independent panel of 11 judges, comprised of former winners, business professionals and civic leaders. Winners were chosen based on their passion, commitment, visibility, diversity of interests and overall positive impact on the region.

"Our judging session was a thoughtful, lively debate fueled by the superb caliber of nominees," said Betsy Benson, publisher/editor of PITTSBURGH magazine. "It was tough to choose just 40."

"While this region has endured much criticism for its seeming inability to attract and retain young people, a close look at our ‘40 Under 40’ winners goes a long way in restoring confidence in the future of this community," said Mike English, PUMP executive director. "The quality of these nominees is both a testament to the dedication of the region's young people and the growing prestige of the 40 Under 40 awards."

The 40 winners will be guests of honor at a celebration on Friday, November 12, 2004, at Sanctuary in the Strip District and will be featured in the November issue of PITTSBURGH magazine.

The 2004 “40 Under 40” Awardees:
- Heather Arnet, 30, executive director, Women and Girls Foundation
- Theodore Black, 39, vice president, business and legal affairs, Pittsburgh Penguins
- Demeatria Boccella, 34, program associate, Multicultural Arts Initiative
- Carrie Coghill, 38, president/CFP, D.B. Root and Co.
- Latika Davis-Jones, 32, programming coordinator, Tadisco, Inc.
- Vincent Delie, 39, executive vice president, corporate community banking, National   City
- Patrick Dowd, 36, member, Pittsburgh School Board
- Mary Ann Dunham, 38, shareholder, Buchanan Ingersoll
- Aliya Durham, 28, executive director, Operation Better Block
- Marcie Eberhart, 32, Make A Wish Foundation
- Jonathan Edmonds, 31, CIO, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
- Allegra Elson, 38, ESL instructor, Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council
- Jennifer Flanagan, 33, founder, Solanum Consulting
- Adam Gordon, 35, doctor, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
- Errika Jones, 34, Gang Free Schools director, Pittsburgh Board of Education
- Susan Kerr, 33, program coordinator, Family Services of Western Pennsylvania
- Monique King-Viehland, 27, director of housing, Pittsburgh Urban League
- Leta Koontz-Stuyvesant, 37, owner, School House Yoga
- Daniel Kovalik, 36, associate general counsel, United Steelworkers
- Monica Lamar, 31, principal, Woolslair Elementary School
- Scott Leib, 38, president, Applied Systems Associates
- Justin Lokay, 23, deputy political director, Arlen Specter 2004
- Carrie Matesevac, 29, executive director, planned giving, Duquesne University
- Therese McShea, 39, business development manager, Meritex Gateway Commerce
- Frederick Miller, 32, police officer, City of Pittsburgh
- Mila Nguyen, 28, staff, Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council
- John Oliverio, 35, human resources manager, ADVO, Inc.
- Dennis Palko, 35, artistic director, Gemini Theater
- Guy Peluso, 29, owner/manager, Grasso Roberto Café
- Renee Piechocki, 32, artist
- Melissa Protzek, 31, program director, Court Appointed Special Advocates
- David Reed, 26, state representative, Pennsylvania
- Rae Reynolds, 32, VHA Pennsylvania
- Erik Rodenberg, 33, director of retail planning, GNC
Juana Roman, 35, Latin American Studies Association
- Michael Rudman, 35, owner/chef, Luma restaurant and Willow restaurant
- Robert Sette, 37, founder, Translation Services
- Kenneth Spruill, 33, vice president, Diversity Strategies, PNC Financial Services
- Karris Williams, 27, executive director, Urban Youth Action
- Yarone Zober, 29, attorney, Reed Smith

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PUMP is a 1000-member organization that advances issues affecting young and
young thinking people in Pittsburgh, making it a more dynamic, engaging, and
diverse place to live.


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