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Shauna Casamassa D’Alessandro ’78 Receives PSBA Advocacy Award


The Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU) is pleased to announce that board president Shauna D’Alessandro has been named to receive the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) Timothy M. Allwein Advocacy Award.

Established in 2011, the Timothy M. Allwein Advocacy Award is presented annually to an individual school director or an entire school board and recognizes outstanding leadership in legislative advocacy efforts on behalf of public education.

Ms. D’Alessandro has been a member of the West Jefferson Hills School Board since 2003. She has been a member of the AIU’s Board of Directors since 2007 and currently serves as president. She was elected vice president from 2010 to 2012. From 2007 to 2010, Ms. D’Alessandro was a member of the South Hills Area School District Association (SHASDA) and served as president of the board from 2009 to 2010. She is also a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh Class XXVI.

Since 2008, she has served Allegheny County as PSBA’s Region 14 director and is a member of the PSBA board. Ms. D’Alessandro is currently chair of PSBA’s Audit Committee and a cochair of the PSBA Region Director Coordinating Council. She has earned PSBA’s Master Board Member accreditation. An advocate for public education, she has provided testimony before the Pennsylvania State Board of Education, the Pennsylvania House and Senate education committees, the Pennsylvania Independent Regulatory Review Commission, and the Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee.

A certified public accountant, Ms. D’Alessandro holds a bachelor’s degree in business management/accounting from IUP and has been self-employed in her profession since 1983.

She will receive the award on Wednesday, October 22, at the PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference in Hershey.

Ms. D’Alessandro said she is honored to receive the award and that Mr. Allwein had been a friend and mentor.

“I am honored and privileged to receive this award, especially because Mr. Allwein was a mentor to me. He taught many of us how to advocate for children. And whenever he entered a room, whether he was an ally or an adversary on an issue, he was respected and liked,” she said.

AIU executive director Linda B. Hippert said that she is very proud and pleased that Ms. D’Alessandro was named as a recipient.

“Shauna D’Alessandro is a tireless advocate not only for public education, but also for what is right for our children. She has a deep knowledge and understanding of the issues concerning public education and always strives to assist fellow school board members throughout the region. As president of the AIU’s Board of Directors, she brings to us great leadership, commitment, and a passion for public education,” she said.