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.
Teresa Trich, Development Director
Teresa Trich joined our staff in August of 2019. Born and raised in McKeesport Teresa is a descendant of John McKee. Teresa holds a Bachelor's Degree from Point Park University and a Masters in Public Policy Management from the University of Pittsburgh.
Teresa has an extensive career working with non-profits in the Pittsburgh Area, both on and off stage. After graduating from Point Park Teresa pursued acting in Pittsburgh. She has worked on over 70 productions in the area as either an actor, a director, or a stage manager. She is currently the acting teacher for the musical theater program the Dance Company for the Performing Arts in North Versailles.
During this time she also honed her non-profit management skills working with The Kelly-Strayhorn Theatre, WYEP/WESA FM, and Quantum Theatre. Where she managed day to day operations, book-keeping, ticket-sales, fundraising, education, and volunteers and interns.
Teresa currently resides in White Oak with her fiance, two children, and four cats.
Gail Waite, Operations Assistant
Gail Waite is the face of the McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center and has been since 1994. Prior to being the Operations Assistant, she started as custodian cleaning the Center when it opened in 1991.
Prior to joining the Heritage Center Gail was a waitress at the Viking and worked at Helms Trucking Company.
Gail has 2 daughters, Nichole and Heather, and is the proud Grandmother to 3 beautiful grandchildren.
Gail currently resides in White Oak and is an active member of Mary Mother of God Parish.
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.