Kelly Sheridan – Consultant
Kelly Sheridan will graduate from Slippery Rock University in May of 2018. She is studying Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management with a concentration in Art and Sociology and Special Education Transition Programming (Double Major). She has an extensive background in volunteerism and advocacy for individuals with disabilities in the areas of education, job skills, independent living skills, nutrition and physical activity. As a board member on Slippery Rock University’s Student Nonprofit Alliance, she has lead several events on campus including IZE on Addiction, Focus on Homelessness Panel and a campus-wide hurricane relief campaign. Kelly is currently a Community Relations intern for the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation. Her responsibilities include assisting the organization with the collaboration and design of marketing and fundraising tools such as the promotion of the annual Penguins Charity Night on AT&T SportsNet, which raised over $2 million. Kelly is passionate about community development, social inclusion, the arts, adapted physical activity and the advancement of ice hockey at all levels.
Brad Nair, Consultant
Brad proudly served in the U.S. Air Force where he served in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He earned his B.S. Degree in Fire Administration from Columbia Southern University where he graduated with honors, Magna Cum Laude.
Brad has served 22 years as a volunteer firefighter. During this time he served in various officer positions such as Assistant Fire Chief, Board of Director/Trustee, Assistant Ambulance Captain, and Medical Supervisor. He served on many committees which improved efficiency of the delivery of services. He has received many awards for this devotion and dedication over his tenure as a volunteer firefighter.
Brad is currently employed by the Department of the Defense as a Firefighter/EMT/Haz-Mat Technician. He is an active member of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local F-301, where he served six consecutive years as the Secretary/Treasurer.
Brad holds IFSAC/Proboard certification in many disciplines to include Firefighter II, ARFF, Fire Officer III, Fire Instructor II, Fire Inspector III, Vehicle & Machinery Rescue Technician, Confined Space Rescue Technician, Trench Rescue Technician, Hazardous Materials Technician, Hazardous Materials Incident Commander, Driver Operator Pumper, Driver Operator MWSA, Driver Operator ARFF. He has completed training to include EVOC, Wildland, NIMS 100/200/300/400/700/800, Structural Collapse, and other miscellaneous classes. He is licensed as an EMT from Pennsylvania DOH.
Brad has experience in writing multiple grants for a nonprofit fire and emergency services organization. He has applied and wrote multiple grants to include; FEMA, Pennsylvania Office of the State Commissioner, Fire Fighters Support Foundation, Fire Fighter’s Charitable Foundation, Walmart Community Grant Program, Lowes Community Partner and Small Grant Program, FM Global Fire Prevention Grant Program, State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship Company Grants, Alexander Stewart MD Foundation. He secured vital funding for fire and emergency services operational equipment and building renovation needs. He solicited and received many letters of support for grant projects on the federal, state and local levels.
Brad is an avid Pittsburgh sports fan, and enjoys fishing and camping. He is a featured blog contributor for Fire Engineering. He is very passionate about helping fire and emergency organizations deliver the best quality services to their communities.
Shemariah E. Waggoner – Consultant
Shemariah E. Waggoner is the President of Emery Consulting Services, LLC. (ECS) a Certified Minority-Owned Organizational Consulting Services firm located in Collier Township, PA. The firm specializes in procurement, operational programming and contract compliance strategies with a focus in diverse business plans, procurement and contract compliance. To date ECS has provided services to some of the largest non-profits, institutional organizations and emerging markets within the Region. Most recently ECS received the highest score 93/100 in the State of Pennsylvania on the Diversity Section of the State of Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Grower/Processor Permit Application for PurePenn LLC, a recipient of one of the 12 permits awarded in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Additionally, ECS was instrumental in assisting Knox Medical-CansortiumPA in receiving a permit for a Medical Marijuana Dispensary in the State of PA. ECS continues to manage over $24M in diverse business contracts and RFP submittals for various clients within the medical marijuana industry.
Shemariah specializes in creating operational infrastructures through the maximization of procurement and compliance strategies to generate revenue and create efficiencies for private clients and corporations. Shemariah has developed disadvantaged business procurement initiatives and compliance management strategies for various clients including: UPMC, UPMC Insurance Services, Community Care Behavioral Health and MWELA. Her expertise has assisted in the award and management of over $3.5B in Medicaid, CHIP, Behavioral Health, Third Party Benefits Contracts and other state, local and private foundation grant funds.
Prior to starting ECS in 2008, Shemariah was the Supplier Diversity Program Coordinator for UPMC, responsible for managing a portfolio of over 400 Disadvantaged Businesses. Within 2 years the Program increased the diverse spend by $20M. Mrs. Waggoner has also held positions with PNC Financial Services, INC. as a Community Consultant in the Community Development Banking Division and as the Housing Development Program Manager at the Northside Leadership Program. Shemariah has acquired a diversified background in community and economic development, fundraising and nonprofit management and finance.
Shemariah earned a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies and Sociology from The Pennsylvania State University at State College. She is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh’s Leadership Development Initiative Class IV and was appointed by County Executive Richard Fitzgerald to his 2012 Workforce Development Vision/Transition Team.
Over the past 15 years, Shemariah has served on various boards and been involved in various organizations in her community. She was a member of the National Minority Supplier Development Council Healthcare Advisory Group, on the Board of Directors of the Chartiers Valley Swim Club, a member of Girls Scouts of Western Pennsylvania and is a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. In 2007, while working at UPMC, the Organization was awarded the esteemed “Corporation of the Year” award by the Western Pennsylvania Supplier Development Council, the Pennsylvania affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council. She is passionate about improving the lives of minorities, disadvantaged individuals and business owners. She continues to provide mentoring and business development coaching to minority individuals and minority and women-owned businesses.
Ms. Kelly Rea Stroup, Event Planning
Kelly is a graduate of Clarion University with a B.S. in Political Science and is especially proud of her past volunteer work for Congressman Glenn (GT) Thompson, Senator Pat Toomey, and former Governor Tom Corbett.
Stroup was elected to serve as a Clarion County Republican Committee Member in 2012. Wanting to make a bigger difference in her community, Stroup ran for Clarion County Commissioner in 2015. Kelly is a 2016 graduate of the Anne B. Anstine Excellence in Public Service Series program. After graduating from the Anstine Program, Stroup worked as an independent consultant for the Pennsylvania Republican Party. Professionally, Stroup has helped open two businesses. She served as manager at 6th & Main Market in Clarion where she coordinated and catered numerous business dinners with companies both local and out of town. The 6th & Main Market had bigger dreams of transforming into Clarion River Brewing Company. Stroup had worked closely with the owners while closing 6th & Main Market and opening Clarion River Brewing Company. She had served as both Front of House Manager and Events Coordinator for the Brewing Company. Welcome, Kelly, to the all-girl corporate family under Aspire Grant & Development, LLC.