Staff

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David Moore, Museum Director

Dave Moore joined our staff in late 2018 to become our new Museum Manager and Curator. A native of the Pocono Mountains, Dave holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Pittsburgh in American History, and his Master’s Degree in Public History from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

 

In his professional career, Dave has worked with several different organizations across the northeast. He served as an intern, volunteer and part-time employee with the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum during his undergraduate career. While in Boston, he served as a tour guide and classroom program leader at the Commonwealth Museum at the Massachusetts State Archives. In 2014-15, Dave interned with the Senator John Heinz History Center where he helped develop the “We Can Do It! – World War II” exhibit. Since 2016, he has served as the Curator of Collections at Oakmont Country Club, where he has led public tours, catalogued their entire collection, wrote for their newsletter and created historic displays within the clubhouse.

 

Dave’s work at the Heritage Center has focused on the creation and renovations of our exhibits. As of the start of 2020, Dave has successfully renovated our Military, Sports and Church exhibits and has created two new exhibits: “The Presidents in McKeesport” and “Fifth Avenue: McKeesport’s Thriving Business District.” He will continue to renovate our other exhibits over the next year. Dave also creates and writes for our quarterly newsletter, and is responsible for the care and cataloguing of our collection.

 

Personally, Dave is an avid golfer and enjoys attending concerts with his girlfriend, Kaitlyn. An avid reader, he enjoys reading anything related to military history, history of piracy, sports and true crime. Dave is a diehard fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, and a supporter of the New York Yankees and Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club.

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Chelsea Cavlovic, Community Outreach Coordinator

Chelsea comes to us with a background in event coordination, program management and outreach. She is originally from Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. Once she obtained her Bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University, she moved to Europe where she graduated from Collegium Civitas in Warsaw, Poland with a Master’s Degree in Intercultural Communication and Diplomacy.

 

After spending a few years living and working in Croatia, she moved to Pittsburgh where she has worked in higher education for the last 7 years, including her current position as a Study Abroad Program Manager. Chelsea is committed to bringing a diverse suite of events and programs to the center that celebrates the Mon Valley history and supports a prosperous future for the region.

Personally, Chelsea loves doing anything outdoors including hiking, paddle boarding, bike riding, camping and relaxing on her hammock. Chelsea lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and two purrfect cats. 

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Meagan Donnelly, Administrative Assistant and Research Specialist 

Meagan joins the staff at the McKeesport Regional History and Heritage Center after serving as our intern since summer of 2019 where she specialized in research, office management, and both designed and implemented projects to assist in the day-to-day operations of both volunteers and staff. Although originally from the south, Meagan has embraced her status as a yinzer and greatly enjoys learning about local history as well as the stories of the people who make the Mon Valley great. She will be graduating with her Bachelor's degree in History from Liberty University in Fall 2022 while she considers pursuing her genealogical certifications. When not studying history or at the office, Meagan enjoys traveling, reading, gardening, and serving her community through various organizations with her husband and children.

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Bonnie Stern, Volunteer Coordinator

Bonnie Stern was Born in Connellsville PA. She graduated from McKeesport High School, the Pittsburgh Institute of Automation and CCAC in Business Management.

 

She is married to Dennis Stern and they have 1 son, 5 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.

 

Bonnie worked at Keystone Auto Parts in McKeesport for 15  Years then, Middle Atlantic Warehouse in Turtle Creek for 25 years as a Buyer, Office Manager, and Administrative Assistant.

 

Bonnie is very active in her community. She is Charter Member of Christ United Methodist Church in North Huntingdon, President of McKeesport Confederation of Women's Clubs, a former President of McKeesport Business and Professional Women, and Home Gardeners Guild.