Board Chair – Executive/Finance Committees
Michael Rizzo, as the Chief Risk Officer of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh, is responsible for the oversight of the Bank's risk function, which includes market risk; model risk; operations and compliance risk; and credit risk to members, counterparties and structured credit. He is a member of the Bank's Executive Committee and the chair of the Risk Management Committee. Previously, Mr. Rizzo served as Chief Risk Officer for the U.S. residential mortgage lending unit of GMAC ResCap and Chief Credit Officer for Ally (GMAC) Bank. Prior experience includes 15 years of risk and portfolio management experience with various banks and seven years with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, where he was a commissioned National Bank Examiner. He holds a B.S. in Accounting from Bucknell University and also held a license as a Certified Public Accountant in Pennsylvania.
Board Vice Chair – Executive / Family Services Committee
Emily Shearer is the Director of Client Services at Trustpoint.One. Emily’s involvement and passion for Habitat for Humanity started in undergraduate school with her Campus Chapter at Alfred University. She worked on many local projects and traveled every spring break to West Volusia County, FL. for Collegiate Challenges/Blitz Builds. Emily has been an active volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh since 2010 and is the Chair of the Family Services Working Group. She has been intricately involved in many aspects of Habitat for Humanity, both locally and State wide. Additionally, since 2014, Emily has served on the Board of Habitat for Humanity of Pennsylvania, where she manages the statewide communication efforts and serves on the conference committee. She is also active in Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village program. She's traveled to Brazil in 2013, and Romania in 2015. Emily earned a B.A. Degree in Comparative Cultures and German from Alfred University and an M.S. Ed. Degree in English as a Second Language from Duquesne University. Before moving back to Pittsburgh at the end of 2009, Emily spent six years in Europe studying the German language and culture and teaching English in multiple schools and institutes in Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary.
Board Treasurer – Executive / Finance Committees
Mark is a native of Pittsburgh, and graduate of Michigan State University. Mark spent 13 years working for Price Waterhouse and Ernst & Young LLP providing auditing and consulting services. He became a Certified Public Accountant in 1991. He joined POISE in 2002 as President and COO and later appointed to CEO.
He is serves on several boards including: Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise; Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh; Scout Reach; Kappa Scholarship Endowment Fund, Support America’s Teachers, Carlow College President’s Advisory Council and EQT GP Services LLC. He has served on the following boards: Urban Youth Action, Community Investment Network, August Wilson Center, Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management, Sustainable Pittsburgh, and Grantmakers of Western PA. He is an active member of Deliverance Baptist Church where he serves as an Elder and Trustee. He is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh XXII and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.
Mr. Lewis is the co-founder of the African American Funders Group, and the Sankofa Fund of Southwest PA a giving circle comprised of African Americans who are pooling their resources of time, talent, and treasure with the purpose of investing in causes that will positively impact our community.
Leslie Montgomery, LEED AP BD+C
Board Secretary – Executive / Sustainable Construction Committee
Leslie Montgomery is the Education Director at Green Building Alliance where she is responsible for the development, planning, and implementation of all of GBA’s education and networking-related events. Leslie spent three years as GBA’s communications director, where she was responsible for sharing the organization’s stories locally, regionally, and nationally, and for always keeping its audiences informed about all things green. Her background includes work as a community support manager for an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity and director of volunteer services for Lutheran Service Society. Leslie gained a variety of skills through her previous positions in the nonprofit field, including marketing, event planning and coordination, community outreach and education, volunteer coordination, project management, and development. Leslie holds a B.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications from Winthrop University and an M.S. in Sustainable Systems from Slippery Rock University.