The Board


Donald C. Bluedorn II
Managing Shareholder
Babst Calland

Vice Chair

Eric Cottle
K&L Gates


Frances Woodward
Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary
Gateway Health


Peter Russ
Managing Shareholder, Pittsburgh Office
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

April M. Barton
Dean and Professor of Law
Duquesne University School of Law

Jeff Heeter
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Alcoa Corporation

Joseph Milcoff
Vice President of Litigation and Risk
FedEx Ground

Jennifer S. Park
Director of Diversity & Inclusion
Cohen & Grigsby, P.C.

Tony J. Thompson
Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP

Amy J. Wildermuth
Dean and Professor of Law
University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Tishekia Williams
Director, Regulatory Legal
Duquesne Light Company

The Executive Director

Susan Yohe practiced law for 34 years in Pittsburgh before assuming the role of Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney. While in that position, she helped found the Coalition, and since retiring from private law practice, has devoted herself to ensuring the Coalition’s successful launch and development.

Communications Director

Megan Edwards has spent the last 14 years working in communications and public relations, most recently for the University of Pittsburgh and prior to that, the Moon Area School District. She looks forward to helping the Coalition further their communications offerings and help to spread the word about its important mission.

The Committees


The Recruitment Committee develops and implements strategies to (1) attract diverse legal talent to Pittsburgh from elsewhere; (2) retain in Pittsburgh diverse law students graduating from Pittsburgh and other area law schools; and (3) maximize opportunities for diverse lawyers currently practicing in Pittsburgh to obtain employment that matches their aspirations and abilities. The Committee also plans programs and initiatives to assist members with their own recruitment efforts.


Rosa Miller
Senior Counsel, Litigation
FedEx Ground

Jessica Gangjee
Director of Attorney Recruitment & Professional Development
Burns White LLC


The Retention Committee is charged with offering programs and a shared infrastructure to enhance opportunities for the growth, development and advancement of diverse lawyers. It also seeks to educate our members on the latest research and to provide them with skills and best practices relating to the retention of diverse lawyers.


Keith E. Whitson
Pittsburgh Office Managing Partner
Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP

Community Building

The Community Building Committee develops and implements programs and initiatives to provide opportunities for diverse lawyers to develop a sense of community with other diverse, as well as non-diverse lawyers and other professionals in the area; and to make sure that spouses and families of diverse lawyers have the resources and opportunities they need to feel at home in Pittsburgh, too.


Traci S. Rea
Reed Smith LLP

Michael Komo
K&L Gates