A WOMAN’S ROLE Ashley Hlebinsky has been named associate curator of the Cody Firearms Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming. The museum houses the most comprehensive collection of American firearms in the world. It has 7,000 firearms and more than 30,000 firearms-related artifacts in its collection, including the Winchester Arms Collection, which was deeded as a gift from the Olin Corporation in 1988. A 2007 Mt. Lebanon grad, Hlebinsky earned a master’s in American History and Museum Studies from the University of Delaware, She has worked at National Firearms Collection of the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and has published articles and lectured on the perception of firearms in popular culture the role of women in the firearms industry. She is the daughter of Recreation Department Facilities Manager Bob Hlebinsky and his wife, Susan.
NEW TO TOWN is Insight Realty, started by real estate attorney and broker David Tkacik, Gypsy Lane. Insight Realty represents buyers in real estate transactions using a business model built on rebating half of the buyer-side commission to the purchaser. The difference between Insight Realty and a traditional broker is that consumers must search for their own properties online on sites like Zillow.com or Realtor.com and then attend an open house or contact the listing agent to see a property they’re interested in. If they wish to make an offer and have not signed an agreement with another broker, Insight will draw up the agreement and make the offer. If the offer is accepted, Insight will pass on one-half the usual 3 percent buyer’s agent commission to the new owner, a savings of about 1 ½ percent on what typically would be about a 6 percent total commission to the seller’s and buyer’s agents.
Shadowlawn Avenue resident Jeffrey Young has joined the architectural firm Perkins, Eastman as an associate principal. Young, who holds a master of architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania, was formerly a principal and senior project manager at Astorino, and has also worked at Burt Hill in Pittsburgh and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in New York.
Erin Morey is among a group that will represent the Episcopal Church at the 2015 meeting of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Founded in 1946, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. Morey, a parishioner at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, will participate in the conference in New York this month. An attorney who works as a law clerk for the Hon. John T. Bender of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. Morey also works with survivors as a volunteer for the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Action Against Rape and the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, and is a member of the Western Pennsylvania Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition. At St. Paul’s Church, Morey coordinates the local efforts of Episcopal Relief and Development, which responds to humanitarian crises around the world.
PITT INTERN We are excited to introduce you to University of Pittsburgh senior Abbey Reighard, who will be interning with us for the spring semester. Reighard, a senior nonfiction writing and communication double major at the University of Pittsburgh, grew up in Trout Run, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Montoursville Area High School in 2011.
She has worked as a staff writer for The Pitt News, the school’s daily student newspaper, since 2013. She has been The Pitt News Student Government Board beat reporter since last year and in September, Reighard and four other contributing writers were awarded first place in the news writing category in the Gold Circle Awards, hosted by Columbia Scholastic Press Association for their piece, “3 Months, 3 Board Members Down.” Last summer Reighard worked as an intern at The Northside Chronicle, a monthly community newspaper with weekly online editions, located in the Northside’s Deutschtown neighborhood. She is currently an assistant news editor at The Pitt News and will graduate in April.
Dr. James Reilly, Washington Road, was given the Laureate Award by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP). The award, the college’s highest honor, recognizes a deep commitment to excellent medical care, education, research and service to the community and to the ACP. Reilly is vice chairman of the Department of Medicine at Allegheny General Hospital.
Presenting Reilly with the award was his son, Ordale Boulevard resident Dr. James Reilly Jr., who specializes in nephrology and internal medicine. “Finding out that I would be receiving the award was satisfying and humbling,” Reilly says. “I was also very touched that they asked my son to present the award.”
“This recognition meant a great deal to my father,” Reilly Jr. says. “It was a privilege to have the chance to introduce him.”