WALTER SMITH As the new head of Allegheny County’s Office of Children, Youth and Families, Walter Smith has joined the organization at an exciting time. This year marks the county’s 225th anniversary, which will be commemorated with a yearlong celebration starting this week.
SHOWING THEIR SUPPORT—In celebration of the great works of Marcia M. Sturdivant, PhD, deputy director of Allegheny County Dept. of Human Services, Office of Children, Youth and Families, fellow friends and colleagues of the many children and families advocate organizations throughout Allegheny County, came together at the Community Empowerment Association, in Homewood, to honor her 23 years of service. Sturdivant will become the CEO of NEED in July. The home of CEA, founded by Rashad Byrdsong, was lavishly decorated and served well as the venue for the honored ceremony. Guests were entertained and dined during the early evening festivities. Pictured above, at head table, from left: TiAnda Blount, Mel Blount Youth Home; Claudette Lewis, interim president & CEO, NEED; Jean Sturdivant, mother of Marcia Sturdivant; and Marcia M. Sturdivant. (Photos by Rossano P. Stewart)