Valerie Beichner- Friends of the Riverfront

Episode #9-19 Features Valerie Beichner, the Executive Director of Friends of the Riverfront.  With ten years of nonprofit management experience, Valerie brings a wealth of knowledge to Friends of the Riverfront having a background in organizational efficiency and capacity building, fundraising, HR, IT and more. She holds expertise in green building and green building products, sustainable corporate culture, community and economic development, advocacy and organizational leadership. Prior to joining Friends of the Riverfront,

Valerie worked at Conservation Consultants Inc. as Director of Operations and Analytics as well as Green Building Alliance as Vice President of Development. She also formerly worked at the Northwest Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission facilitating a statewide energy efficiency program with municipalities. Valerie earned a BA in Political Science at Clarion University and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Robert Morris University. An avid runner, Valerie is an assistant coach for a local Girls on the Run team and enjoys volunteering in multiple other capacities within her community. She and her husband, Chris, live in Leetsdale with their four young children.

Friends of the Riverfront is a nonprofit organization with a mission to expand, connect and enhance the Three Rivers Heritage Trail along the rivers of Pittsburgh, PA.  They engage river communities in trail stewardship and encourage economic growth.  They are working to build and maintain local trails.  For more information on , visit:

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Links mentioned in the Podcast:
The Shiny Bean Coffee & Tea, Etna, PA

Larry Gioia, Dynamic Paddlers

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Don Drolet, Standing Crane Tai Chi, Qigong & Meditation, Pittsburgh, PA

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Cathy Rogers, Aero Tech Designs Cyclewear, Pittsburgh, PA

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UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) Trail, Cumberland, MD to Pittsburgh, PA

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal (C & O Tow Path)- National Historic Park, DC, MD, WV

Tough Mudder (Obstacle Course Races)

Baker Trail UltraChallenge, Rachel Carson Trails Conservancy, PA

Bill Orr, Montour Trail Council, Allegheny and Washington Counties, PA

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