Heidy O’Connor Garth
Heidy O’Connor Garth is the daughter of the late Bob O’Connor and President of the Bob O’Connor Foundation. She graduated from Slippery Rock University with a B.S. degree in management and marketing and worked for Pappan’s Enterprises for 16 years. Heidy has worked for C. Truxell Research as a marketing manager for the last 20 years and currently Manager at Color Me Mine in Squirrel Hill. She was involved in the Girl Scouts as a leader for 9 years, PTO President in the Woodland Hills School District for 9 years, and was involved in the OLWEUS Anti-Bullying Program.
Judy O’Connor is the wife of Mayor Bob O’Connor and has lived in Pittsburgh all of her life. She is currently employed at the Highmark Caring Foundation (Caring Place) and also serves on the SIDS board and the CAB board at WQED. Judy is involved in the community and delivers meals on wheals and volunteers at the Mario Lemieux Children’s Home. She has three children, Heidy, Father Terry and Corey and three granddaughters.
Fr. Terry O’Connor
The Reverend Terrence P. O’Connor received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1991, a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1994, and practiced at Lewis, Lewis & Reilly in the areas of criminal and personal injury law. He entered Saint Paul Seminary in Pittsburgh in 1995, received a B.A. in Philosophy from Duquesne University in 1997, a M.Div. from Saint Vincent and was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 2001 at the age of 32. Fr. Terry served as Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Hopewell Township, Saint Alphonsus Parish in Wexford, Pastor of Good Samaritan Parish in Ambridge/Saint John the Baptist Parish in Baden, Vice Rector and Director of Spiritual Formation at Saint Paul Seminary, and the Diocesan Director for Continuing Education. He is currently Pastor of St. Therese of Lisieux Parish in Munhall, and serves on the Pittsburgh Catholic Board of Trustees and the Community Advisory Board at WQED.
Tammy currently lives in New Homestead with her husband and two children. She graduated from Hampton High School in 1987 and the Art Institute of Pgh in 1990. She currently work for UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in the Neurosurgery Department. She is also a committee woman for the 31st Ward of the City of Pgh. She has been a friend of the family for 17 years.
Bob has been a friend of the O’Connor family for over 45 years. He graduated from Central Catholic High School and the University of Pittsburgh. Bob worked as a chemist for 35 years at Duquesne Light Company and First energy, he is presently the Vice Chair of Board of Directors of Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority.
Abass had the honor of working Mayor O’Connor’s second campaign for office and is proud to call him a colleague, mentor and friend. He was a key member of Governor Rendell’s Administration, for the past five years served as the Director of Government Affiars for the Pittsburgh Penguins and is now a partner at The Carey Group. Abass is a graduate of Cornell University and an active member of several Pittsburgh area community oriented boards and volunteer groups.
Wayne Kelly, born and raised in West Homestead and currently lives in Pittsburgh, was a friend of Bob’s for 30 years and an original member of the Delta Team during Bob’s political career. He graduated from Bishop High School in 1974 and went on to get a Bachelors degree in Deaf Education from the University of Arkansas in 1979. Wayne is dual certified in Deaf Ed and Secondary Mathematics Education and since 1981 been a teacher at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Edgewood.
Mary-Peg is the owner of Miller Creative Group, a downtown Pittsburgh creative agency, for 25 years. She has managed departments at Carnegie Mellon University and Carlow College. Mary-Peg is a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and has studied at Carnegie Mellon and Duquesne Universities. She is a past board member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Mary-Peg was born and raised in Homestead; lives in Munhall with her husband Jim. Her son Brendan resides in Pittsburgh.
Dick Skrinjar is “A True Son of Pittsburgh.”Born and raised in The Steel Mill Era of Lawrenceville. Dick forged a strong relationship with Bob O’Connor when Bob was Special Assistant to Governor Ed Rendell and Dick as Mr. PennDOT. Dick was Bob’s Communications Director running the his campaign for Mayor in 2005 and then as a key advisor and executive in his administration. From KDKA-Radio in the 70’s to Redd-Up Pittsburgh and The Cookie Cruise today and all the stops in between Dick is the consummate professional. He’s a Senior Trusted Adviser in business and government, having worked for a dozen Fortune 500 Companies and in the administrations of five governors and three mayors. He’s currently Pittsburgh’s Community Service’s Director for Mayor Peduto. He graduated from Central Catholic and earned a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications at Point Park University. In 2006 he was selected an Outstanding Alumni of the University along with Communicator of the Year from the Public Relations Society of America. Dick and wife Barbara live in Highland Park and enjoy their family life with their sons Zachary, Gabriel, Elliott and spouses along with their large extended family all of whom live in Pittsburgh.
Marianne was born and raised in the city of Pittsburgh. she graduated from Bishop High School in 1970 and went on to attend CCAC and the University of Pittsburgh. She has recently retired from Duquesne University having worked there for 18 years as a grant coordinator in the Office of Research. She resides with her husband Tom in the Lincoln Place area of Pittsburgh and enjoys spending time with her family and five grandchildren.