Crossroads Foundation Board Secretary Cathy Frischkorn presents Dean and Mary Calland with the plaque commemorating the naming of the new Calland Center in Point Breeze.
The Crossroads Foundation, which provides tuition assistance for disadvantaged students to attend Catholic high schools, has a new home in Point Breeze.
The new Calland Center, which provides a centralized, student-focused space to expand programming, is named for longtime supporters Dean and Mary Frailey Calland of Rocklynn Place.
The Callands have been involved with Crossroads for 15 years, and Dean, a founding shareholder of the environmental and energy law firm Babst Calland, is president of the foundation’s board. He and Mary spearheaded a $6 million fundraising campaign in the early 2000s and now are co-chairs of the Aspire campaign, which seeks to raise $5 million for the foundation.
Crossroads was founded in 1988 by Mt. Lebanon native Susie Gillespie and her father, Ed Ryan, the founder of Ryan Homes, along with Gillespie’s onetime classmate, Sister Sandy Kiefer.
In addition to tuition assistance, Crossroads provides after-school and summer programs, counseling, and college and career planning programs for the students. This spring, the 500th Crossroads scholar graduated from high school and the first-ever Crossroads grad earned a full scholarship to an Ivy League School.
Lawyer Templeton Smith has been around the block. He’s practiced for nearly 39 years at some of Pittsburgh’s largest—and even medium-sized—firms. He has litigated, written contracts, given advice and even run collaborative sessions, a type of mediation. But now, Smith has brought his practice to Mt. Lebanon to allow him to be more flexible and better serve his clients.
The Law Offices of Templeton Smith is open in the Executive Building, 615 Washington Road, Suite 304. “I think I can give a more personalized touch,” he says of his one-man firm. The White Oak Circle resident also joked that since he’s the whole office, he can have “those partnership meetings in front of the mirror while I’m shaving.”
Clients will be able to reach him any time and he’ll be flexible enough to provide several types of law service: commercial and residential real estate assessment appeals, wills and estate planning, contract writing and negotiation, zoning appeals and litigation. “Being a litigator, you know what to write in a contract to prevent it going to court,” he says of his proactive approach.
Smith was born and raised in Mt. Lebanon. His wife, Lea Anderson, practices family law with Goehring, Rutter and Boehm. They have two grown children, Temp “Chip” Smith, who is a family practice physician in Charleston, West Virginia, and Suzanne Smith, a special education teacher in Alexandria, Virginia.
Hours are by appointment “but I’m fairly flexible,” he says. www.tempsmithlaw.com. 412-444-5825.
Jennifer Bibb is the new manager at WesBanco on Beverly Road. A 2008 graduate of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association School of Banking, Bibb previously managed several offices for First Commonwealth Bank. She is active in the Women’s Business Network and plans to becoming involved in community development in the South Hills.
Jaison Kelly has purchased the former State Farm office of Greg Sykes, which had been located at 504 Washington Road, and moved it to 1750 North Highland Road as of June 1. Jaison Kelly State Farm will employ an office staff of four to start, and will sell a full line of insurance including life, auto and home, as well as financial services, 401K plans, bank loans and credit cards.
Kelly is new to insurance but is fully licensed. He also owns an Avis/Budget car rental business in the North Hills. He plans to become involved in the Mt. Lebanon community at such events as the Mt. Lebanon Police Association Car Show and sponsoring youth sports. “We want to get to know our clients,” he says.
The office will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and evenings/weekends by appointment. Call 412-341-0100 or go to www.jkinsuresme.com.
Renee Schwerdt, Mission Hills Drive, has opened a law firm, Plumb & True Legal Consulting and Representation. Schwerdt, who has a law degree from The College of William and Mary, in Williamsburg, Virgina, spent five years as a commercial litigator before becoming legal counsel for Pittsburgh Remodeling Company, owned by her husband, Robert. Schwerdt and office manager Kristine Farrell, Mabrick Avenue, who is married to a carpenter, hope that Plumb & True will give contractors and others in the construction industry the peace of mind of having an experienced attorney guide them through the complexities inherent in owning a construction-related business. For more information, visit www.plumbandtruelegal.com