Four graduates of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Eberly College of Business and Information Technology, including two with Indiana County ties, were honored recently with induction into IUP’s Eberly College of Business and Information Technology’s Business Hall of Distinction.
The criteria for selection for the Hall of Distinction are demonstratable and sustained business success and good citizenship.
Honorees with Indiana County ties are:
• Wendy Pardee, a 1994 accounting and management of information systems bachelor’s degree graduate, a 1995 MBA graduate and a 2010 Administration and Leadership Studies Ph.D. graduate; chief executive officer of The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh, who formerly worked at the Community Guidance Center in Indiana; and
• Greg Steve, a 1988 finance and accounting graduate, who is senior vice president and senior corporate banking business development officer at First Commonwealth Bank in Pittsburgh. He is originally from Indiana.
The recognition took place during The Eberly College’s 41st annual Business Day, the premier professional development and networking event for the College.
Pardee’s doctoral dissertation at IUP focused on financial and operational performance variances among traditional nonprofits versus those engaged in earned income activities. She has an interest in high-performing nonprofits and achieving operational efficiencies.
Pardee, a Punxsutawney native, has found her passion in the nonprofit sector and has more than 20 years of experience in human services. She served as the chief financial officer of the Community Guidance Center, a nonprofit behavioral health and addiction counseling service agency in White Township.
Her first CEO role was with Skills of Central Pennsylvania, a $50 million intellectual disability and behavioral health care provider located throughout central Pennsylvania. Serving over 1,100 individuals through an array of programs, she implemented an ambitious strategic plan that sought to diversify revenue streams.
She then became the CEO of Hattie Larlham, an Ohio-based nonprofit that provides medical, residential, recreational and work training services to 1,800 children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
Recognizing that Pennsylvania is her true home, she returned to Pittsburgh to lead The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh. She enjoys advancing the organization’s mission to provide high-quality therapeutic, educational and social services to children and families in western Pennsylvania. She has just led the organization through an ambitious strategic planning process but can also be found in classrooms blowing bubbles, having deep discussions about Santa Claus or listening to knock-knock jokes.
Following his IUP degree, Steve earned his MBA in finance from the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business in 1991. As senior vice president and senior corporate banking business development officer at First Commonwealth, he is responsible for leading business development activities for the commercial banking segment in all the bank’s markets.
He has 30 years of banking and private equity experience. He served as SVP and regional sales manager at Wells Fargo and national sales manager for Huntington Bank. Previously he opened and managed the Pittsburgh office for Huron Capital Partners and served as managing director and regional manager at National City Business Credit/PNC Business Credit. He began his career as a CPA at Deloitte.
During his banking career Steve has specialized and developed expertise in working with private equity groups in structuring senior financing solutions for merger and acquisition transactions. He has also managed, developed and structured debt capital solutions for real estate investors, middle market and large corporate clients on a national basis. His experience also includes turnaround and debt restructuring for a broad array of companies and industries.
He serves IUP as a board member for the Foundation for IUP and Residential Revival Indiana. He has also been a longtime member of the IUP Business Advisory Council. He is a past member of the IUP Alumni Association board of directors (2002 to 2008).
Steve is a native of Indiana. He and his wife, Gina, also a 1988 IUP alumna with a degree in natural science, live in Upper St. Clair with their four children: Thomas, Ally, Jack (a current IUP student) and Sara.
Additional 2019 honorees are:
• Tami D. Dotter, a 2002 marketing major and management minor bachelor’s degree graduate and a 2003 master’s degree graduate with a focus on finance and marketing. She is vice president, consumer insights & CRM for Tommy Hilfiger.
• Susan E. Oh, a 1990 accounting bachelor’s degree graduate. She is a CFA, director, risk parity and currency hedging for the Pennsylvania Public School Employees’ Retirement System.