Charles E. Kaufman Foundation

Board of Directors

ESTELLE F. COMAY, ESQ.

Marcus & Shapira LLP

Estelle F. Comay, director emerita at The Pittsburgh Foundation, is a partner in the law firm of Marcus & Shapira LLP, where she specializes in corporate and commercial real estate law, and serves on the boards of directors of the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Heinz History Center, the Falk Foundation, Three Rivers Arts Festival, the National Board of Governors of the American Jewish Committee, the Rauh Jewish Archives and the Advisory Board of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work among others. She is also a member of the United Jewish Federation’s Urban Affairs Foundation.

Comay retired from The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Board of Directors in March 2006 after serving with distinction for nine years and is a board member of the Foundation’s supporting organizations, the Buncher Foundation and the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation.

Comay joined the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation board of directors in 2011.


LARRY HEASLEY

Bio to follow.

Heasley joined the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation board of directors in 2011.


WENDY DENTON HELEEN, ESQ.

Goehring, Rutter & Boehm

Wendy Denton Heleen is a member of the Estate Planning and Administration Group at Goehring, Rutter & Boehm. She specializes in all matters relating to planning and dealing with incapacity and death, including charitable planning and estate and trust documents.  She advises her clients on probate and non-probate matters, beneficiary designations and planning to minimize income, gift, Federal estate and state inheritance tax. She also advises decedent’s family members on estate administration procedures, including the preparation of death tax returns and the establishment of trusts.

Prior to her work as an estate attorney, Heleen worked as a trust administration officer at Mellon Bank. This experience greatly enhanced her understanding of estate planning and administration, providing her with a broadened viewpoint to accompany her legal practice.  She joined Goehring, Rutter & Boehm as a law student in 1992 and has continued her law career at the firm since that time.

Heleen joined the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation board of directors in 2011.


RICHARD KITAY, CPA

Kitay, Lawrence, Rauker & Associates LLC

Richard Kitay is a partner and founding member of the Kitay, Lawrence, Rauker & Associates LLC and has over 35 years of experience servicing medium and small businesses. He was born and has lived his entire life in the Pittsburgh area, graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in accounting.

After fulfilling his U. S. Army Reserve active duty requirement, Kitay began his career with Bachrach, Sanderbeck & Co. which merged with Touche Ross & Co. (now Deloitte). After 10 years with Touche, he became a partner in a local firm and in 1986 started his own practice in the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh.

Kitay has been an active member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) both locally and at the state level. He was a founding member of the newest PICPA chapter, the Southwestern chapter and served as its first president. Kitay was a board member for the Tree of Life Synagogue for 20 years, 10 years as its treasurer. Since 2006, he has been a board member of the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle, serving as president from 2010-2015.

Kitay and his wife, Ellen, live in Churchill and have two adult daughters and five grandsons.

Kitay joined the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation board of directors in 2011.


DAVID A. LEWIS, M.D.

University of Pittsburgh

David A. Lewis serves as distinguished professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Thomas Detre Professor of Academic Psychiatry and chair, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. Lewis was named chair of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry and medical director of the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC in September 2009.  A national expert in schizophrenia, he serves as director of a National Institute of Mental Health Conte Center for the Neuroscience of Mental Disorders at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, which is focused on understanding the role of prefrontal cortical dysfunction in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia.

Lewis received his Bachelor of Arts in psychology and his medical degree from The Ohio State University. After completing residencies in internal medicine and psychiatry at the University of Iowa, he received his research training at the Research Institute of the Scripps Clinic in California. He arrived in Pittsburgh in 1987 as associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience and has been the UPMC professor of translational neuroscience since 2006.

Lewis joined the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation board of directors in 2015.


MARY LOU McLAUGHLIN

Mary Lou McLaughlin, director emerita of The Pittsburgh Foundation is a member of numerous boards of directors, including the Committee for Oversight in Organ Transplantation, International Women’s Forum Western Pennsylvania Chapter, Little Sisters of the Poor, the Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative and the Honor Board at WQED Multimedia. She was the founding executive director of Family House and is a member of the Beverly Jewel Wall Lovelace Advisory Board.

McLaughlin joined the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation board of directors in 2015.


EDITH L. SHAPIRA, M.D.

The Pittsburgh Foundation

Edith L. Shapira, chair of the board of directors, The Pittsburgh Foundation, is a psychiatrist in private practice since 1991. In addition, she has an active life in the community, where she serves on the boards of directors of a wide variety of nonprofit and government organizations. These currently include: Pittsburgh Promise; Riverlife; the Allegheny County Board of Health; the Program and Policy Committee of The Pittsburgh Foundation; and the Board of Fellows of the Institute of Politics. She is the co-chair of the Elsie Hillman Civic Forum National Advisory Council. Past boards served include: The Allegheny County Sports and Exhibition Authority; the Shale Gas Roundtable of the Institute of Politics; the Urban League; Western PA Conservancy; UPMC Presbyterian-Shadyside Hospitals; Magee Hospital; the Institute of Politics Water Management Task Force; the Institute for Transfusion Medicine; A+ Schools; the Board of Visitors of the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work; and Winchester Thurston School. She is a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and she supervises Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic residents in Psychiatry.

For each of the past 10 years, Shapira has been elected by her peers as one of the Best Doctors in America. In 2006, she was named a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania by Gov. Ed Rendell (D-Pa.) for her local work to help those who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina. In 2014, she received the Coleman Award for Excellence in Community Service from the Institute of Politics.

Shapira joined the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation board of directors in 2011.


KELLY URANKER

The Pittsburgh Foundation

As director of the Center for Philanthropy at The Pittsburgh Foundation, Kelly Uranker works closely with the Program and Development staff to develop and implement tailored educational programs for the Foundation’s donor community. She is certified as a Facilitator of Human-Centered Design through the LUMA Institute, which provides training in meeting facilitation to foster empathy, problem solving and innovation. She is a certified 21/64 philanthropic consultant. On staff at Foundation since 1998, Uranker has worked closely with donor families for nearly 20 years. Because she also oversees the planning and implementation of all online giving initiatives, including Day of Giving and the Critical Needs Alert, she understands deeply what motivates successful giving campaigns.

She is a graduate of Wellesley College, where she majored in literature and political science. She lives with her husband, Bill, in the Point Breeze section of Pittsburgh. 

Uranker joined the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation board of directors in 2011.