Sponsors 2017

Passages & Prose 2017 is made possible with generous support from sponsors including:


Patron Sponsor 


UPMC Health Plan

The UPMC Insurance Services Division is owned by UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) a world-renowned health care provider and insurer based in Pittsburgh, Pa. As a provider-led organization that is part of an integrated health care delivery system, the UPMC Insurance Services Division is committed to providing its members better health, more financial security and the peace of mind they deserve. The UPMC Insurance Services Division partners with UPMC and community network providers to produce a combination of knowledge and expertise that provides the highest quality care at the most affordable price. The UPMC Insurance Services Division – which includes UPMC Health Plan, UPMC WorkPartners, LifeSolutions, UPMC for Life, UPMC for You, UPMC for Kids, and Community Care Behavioral Health — offers a full range of group health insurance, Medicare, Special Needs, CHIP, Medical Assistance, behavioral health, employee assistance and workers’ compensation products and services to more than 3.2 million members. For more information, visit www.upmchealthplan.com.



Barnes & Noble Booksellers

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) is a Fortune 500 company, the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products. The Company operates 640 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states (as of January 1, 2016), and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com). Our Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store® (www.nook.com).



Cribs For Kids

Cribs for Kids® has made safe sleep a reality for thousands of infants each year. Today, over 800 partners are part of the coalition which implements the Cribs for Kids® National Infant Safe Sleep Initiative, and in less than 10 years, Cribs for Kids® has grown its operations to a $6.4 million dollar budget and distributed 450,000 cribs nationwide. To learn more about Cribs for Kids® follow them on Facebook®, Google+®, LinkedIn®, and  Twitter® or visit www.cribsforkids.org.



Embroidery from the Heart

Teresa Stitt started her business in 2010 with a desire for creativity and brand marketing in apparel for her community and school district. Her husband, Keith, a high school basketball coach, was ordering merchandise for his team and finding mediocre designs and slow service. Over the past five years, school and community pride have blossomed with spirit wear and school merchandise being worn around town and purchased by alumni near and far. In addition to embroidery services, Teresa also carries many products Made in the USA and created by other small business owners.





Inspiring Lives Magazine

Inspiring Lives Magazine offers captivating stories and empowering ideas imprinted with Dr. Shellie Hipsky’s vision on business and finance, art and film, books, music, health and wellness, relationships and self-discovery, fashion and beauty, food, and travel. Emphasizing entrepreneurship and personal growth, this magazine inspires, encourages, and instructs, addressing every facet of a woman’s life—the spiritual, the intellectual, the emotional, and the physical. To subscribe or for more information, please visit www.inspiringlivesmagazine.com.

Dr. Hipsky is the editor-in-chief of Inspiring Lives Magazine and the executive director of the non-profit 501 (c)(3) the Global Sisterhood, which guides and supports women and girls toward their dreams and goals. An author of 12 books, she most recently published a children’s book, Hopping off on a Business Trip. Dr. Hipsky is a former college professor who inspires, educates, and entertains globally.



The Twentieth Century Club

Founded as a private women’s club in 1894, this elegant venue opens the doors of its four-story Renaissance Revival venue for non-member events and member programs year-round. The Twentieth Century Club today continues to develop the traditions of the founding members and to innovate new and creative activities for the Club. The Monday lecture series is the hub around which other events, classes. and trips revolve. The Club’s experienced and attentive management, chef, and staff provide an unparallelled meeting, event, wedding, and dining experiences.

From intimate dining rooms to varied elegant event venues accommodating up to 750 guests, the Club has a wide choice of rooms. The Club’s renowned Art Deco Ballroom is considered one of the finest examples of the style remaining in the United States. Visit and experience the beauty of an acclaimed Pittsburgh venue!




WQED Multimedia

WQED Pittsburgh has a proud history of honors, including 151 National and Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards, an Academy Award, and many, many others, including three Emmy® Awards for Station Excellence. WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. WQED changes lives by creating and sharing outstanding public media that educates, entertains, and inspires. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED World; WQED Create; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online at www.wqed.org/fm; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and iQ: smartmedia, WQED’s Educational initiative (www.wqed.org/edu).



Community Collaborators 2017

Author J.D. Wylde

J.D. Wylde is the author of sweet and sexy romance.

She writes stories with strong heroines, sexy heroes and happy endings. And a fair amount of laughter thrown in along the way. She has a line of sexy contemporary romances, as well as a line of sweet inspirational romances (real stories of inspiration for today’s Christian). She lives in Western Pennsylvania with the man of her dreams, who just happens to be her very own superhero. (How cool is that?) Together they have raised three handsome sons, all worthy of their own romance novels. And what stories they’d be!

For more information, visit jdwylde.com.


BF Jones Memorial Library

B.F. Jones Memorial Library

Founded in 1971, The Beaver County Library System consists of nine public libraries, two branches and a Bookmobile offering books, audio/visual media, programs, activities and services to county residents and visitors. Supported by county, state and local funding, our libraries each operate under individual budgets but share many common programs and resources. The Beaver County Library System offers activities, discussion groups and reading programs for people of all ages.

The B.F. Jones Memorial Library provides access to educational, informational, historical, recreational and technological materials and services to library customers.




Cooper-Siegel Community Library

Eric Cooper and Naomi Siegel made a naming gift to the Library to honor their family’s love of books and learning as well as their commitment to community resources that enrich the lives of all residents in our service area. Naomi eloquently explains the importance of libraries in her essay that begins with the intriguing quote “Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.” She also goes on to humorously explain that, “Every time I decide to defer buying a book in favor of checking it out of the library to see if I really want it, I vow to make a contribution to the library in an amount equivalent to the amount I’ve saved. After almost 25 years of promising this, we’re finally doing it. I think we’ll still owe the library.”

From 1986 – 2011 the predecessor of our library operated on Powers Run Road in the former Boyd Elementary School as Lauri Ann West Memorial Library. A student at Boyd Elementary School, Lauri Ann died unexpectedly as a child. Her family honored her love of books by making a naming gift to build a library as an addition onto the Elementary School. When the school closed, the Lauri Ann West Memorial Library re-opened as a public community library. Continuing her legacy, the children’s room at the Cooper-Siegel Community Library is named the Lauri Ann West Children’s Room.



Kim Adley

Characters by Kim




Pittsburgh Mercy Health System Operation Safety Net

Operation Safety Net, part of the Pittsburgh Mercy Health System and Trinity Health, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, touches the lives of hundreds of men and women living on the streets in Pittsburgh annually by providing them with access to health care, hope, and dignity.



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Shaler North Hills Library

The Shaler North Hills Library opened its doors on September 26, 1942 with 3000 books. Today, SNHL offers free access to over 125,000 items including books, movies, high-speed internet access, quality programming and knowledgeable staff. SNHL thanks our wonderful community for its constant support. Please visit us on the web at www.shalerlibrary.org or stop in to see us! We can’t wait to see you!




Springdale Free Public Library

Springdale Free Public Library is located at 331 School Street, Springdale, PA.  It is adjacent to the Springdale Borough Building with street parking available. The Library is located in the center of town and is convenient for everyone, including walkers.  Free children and adult programs are offered, as well as, special events.



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Word Association Publishers

Tom Costello, with his wife Francine, opened Word Association in 1996, long before there were thousands of internet publishers all competing to capitalize on the sudden interest in self publishing. In 1980, Tom and Francine quit their jobs in Chicago, moved to Pennsylvania, and opened a bookstore. Although their store was popular among the locals, they realized early on that books alone were not enough. They first added copying and resume services, but soon realized there was a need in their area for quality, high speed printing. Within two years the bookstore morphed into a busy print shop. By the year 2000 they were publishing a hundred titles a year, and the business has only continued to grow.



Planning Committee 2017

  • Ann Andrews, B.F. Jones Memorial Library


  • Selina Blinn, Barnes & Noble Booksellers


  • Dana Faletti, Author

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  • Bridget Gaussa, Cribs for Kids

  • Colleen Hennigan, Author

  • Michelle Imler, WQED EDU

  • Beth Lawry, Shaler North Hills Library


  • Lillie Leonardi, Author & Passages & Prose Founder


  • Gina Masciola, WQED EDU

  • Jill McConnell, Cooper-Siegel Community Library

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  • Maria Rose Pisano, Passages & Prose Director of Marketing


  • Ellen Roth, Author


  • Cori Nicole Smith Wamsley, Author

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  • Joyce Wilk, Author