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2016 40 Under 40 Awards


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Pittsburgh Magazine and PUMP present the 18th Annual 40 Under 40 Awards. The program recognizes 40 individuals under the age of 40 whose creativity, vision and passion enrich the Pittsburgh region. 

Submit a 2017 nomination today!


Congratulations to the 2016 Honorees:

​Dr. Ermias Shawel Abebe, 33
UPMC Medical Center

Rev. Paul Abernathy, 37
FOCUS Pittsburgh

Dean Aloise, 38

Erin M. Belitskus, 38
Changing Our World

Diana Bellini, 32
BNY Mellon

Duane Binion, 30
Kelly Strayhorn Theater

Lisa Boyette, M.D., Ph.D., 35

Dr. Clinique Brundidge, 32
Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation

John A. Creasy, 39
Open Door Church

Rosamaria Cristello, 27
Allegheny Intermediate Unit

Betty Cruz, 38
Change Agency

Chris Daley, 35
UPMC Health Plan

Amanda Filippelli, 30
Parity Health Services

Marteen K. Garay, 33
Urban Innovation21

Margaret (Meg) Gleason, 39
Jones Day

Heather Hopson, 39
Allies for Children

John Huckle, 38

Kristine Irwin, 31
Pittsburgh Mercy

Harry Johnson, II, 29
BMe Community

Kristy Knichel, 39
Knichel Logistics

Shinjini Kundu, Ph.D 25
University of Pittsburgh / Carnegie Mellon University

Amanda Laichak, 38
Junior Achievement of Western PA

Elena LaQuatra, 24
WTAE / Rue 21 / Miss Universe Organization

LaTrenda Leonard Sherrill, MBA, 29
Office of Mayor William Peduto, City of Pittsburgh

Ngani Ndimbie, 29

Michael Nites, 24
McKinsey & Company

Emiola Jay Oriola, 27
Investing Now Program, University of Pittsburgh

Andrew Pogozelski, MD 34
Allegheny Health Network

Dr. Allison Saras, 32
University of Pittsburgh – Swanson School of Engineering

Ryan Scott, 32
Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh

Aurora L. Sharrard, 36
Green Building Alliance

Pandemic Pete Spynda, 37

Aster Teclay, 28
Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh

Terrell Thomas, 32
The Isaiah Project & South Pittsburgh Coalition for Peace

Derrick L. Tillman, 36
Bridging the Gap Development, LLC.

Christy Uffelman, MHCS, BCC, 39
Align Leadership

Kathryn Vargas, 31
United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania

Bill Viola Jr., 39
Kumite Classic Entertainment Corp.

Luis von Ahn, 37

Latasha Wilson-Batch, 39
Best of the Batch Foundation



Friday, October 21, 2016
Rivers Casino Ballroom
7 - 11 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate the honorees' accomplishments with an awards program followed by live music, dinner, drinks and dancing.

Tickets on Sale: Sept. 16

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Thanks to our event sponsors:




Click here to read more about the 2015 40 Under 40 honorees.