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40 Under 40: 2016

Meet our 2016 class of 40 Pittsburghers Under 40 who are changing our region – and the world – for the better.



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Harry Johnson II   [29]
Pittsburgh Community Manager, BMe Community


There are more than 100,000 African-American millionaire families in the United States. As community manager of BMe (Black Male Engagement) in Pittsburgh, Harry Johnson II is determined to direct the discussion away from athletes, singers and actors and toward a fuller perspective when it comes to looking at black men and black life in Pittsburgh and beyond.

Part of that mission has included helping to award more than $100,000 in grants to deserving entrepreneurs, dreamers and dads in the community to carry forward the work of a better day for the community.

Johnson began his Pittsburgh career after arriving from his native North Carolina six years ago and becoming a top aide to City Councilman Daniel Lavelle for three years.

You’d be surprised to know ... I am a product of a single-parent home, and with a strong mother I made it through many odds to become the man I am today.
 

Diana Bellini   [32]
Vice President/Relationship Manager, BNY Mellon


Ecuadorian by background, Diana Bellini came from Queens in New York City to Pittsburgh, where she has become a pivotal figure in promoting economic opportunity in the city’s growing Latino community. She works as vice president and Latin America relationship manager for the asset-servicing division of BNY Mellon.

As president of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals for America, she created programs to encourage local companies to hire and retain Latino talent. Additionally, Bellini is a board member of Satchels of Caring Foundation. In that capacity, Bellini helps with the fundraising event, Bags, Bellinis & Brunch to raise funds to distribute satchels to patients undergoing chemotherapy.

She also is a volunteer with POWER and Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania and is a contributor of women’s empowerment initiatives with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

You’d be surprised to know ... I loved ketchup since I was a little child. The irony is that I ended up living at the birthplace of Heinz.
 

Dr. Andrew Pogozelski   [34]
Transplant Cardiologist, Allegheny Health Network


One of the youngest advanced heart-failure and transplant cardiologists in the country, Andrew Pogozelski shone at Duke Medical School, then entered an accelerated track at the University of Pennsylvania that combined internal medicine, cardiology and advanced heart failure training and later joined UPMC to complete his subspecialty training.

Then, he took the act on the road.

Pogozelski established a first-of-its-kind Heart Failure and Transplant Clinic outside the City of Pittsburgh in 2014. Setting up the clinic at Forbes Hospital in Monroeville allowed Pogozelski to bring technology into a regional setting, reaching more of the local population.

He splits his time between Allegheny General Hospital, where he has access to cutting-edge technology, and Forbes, where the local population has access to him.

You’d be surprised to know ... I have cut my own hair since I was 10 years old.
 

Erin Belitskus   [38]
Director, Changing Our World


Erin Belitskus boomeranged to Pittsburgh after a tour that took her through the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, the University of Wales in Aberystwyth and the Peace Corps in Romania.

She returned home to structure a new development and community engagement strategy for the Brother’s Brother Foundation. Since then, she founded a Pittsburgh chapter of the New Leaders Council and was named the Pittsburgh-based director of the international philanthropic consulting firm Changing Our World. Belitskus has been active with Women in International Security since 2006 and is the is the past Vice President of the Green Mountain College Alumni Association.

She’s also active with the Northside Chamber of Commerce, the Pittsburgh Civic Leadership Academy and the Buhl Foundation’s One Northside. Belitskus’ exemplary civic leadership led to her selection as a New Organizing Institute Digital Bootcamp Fellow in 2015 and the Allegheny County Democrats naming her a committeewoman for Ward 22-4.

You’d be surprised to know ... I’m an introvert — but everyone thinks I’m an extrovert because of all the events I attend and host.
 

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