Dean Gartland is President/CEO of the Washington City Mission in Washington, PA, serving the greater Pittsburgh area. Prior to becoming President/CEO, Dean was the Vice President and Director of Programs at the Mission. Dean is past President of Dean R. Gartland Consulting, Inc. Dean’s professional background in mission leaderships includes 28 years of service at Light of Life Rescue Mission in Pittsburgh, PA. Dean served in various capacities, including Director of Discipleship, Director of Programs, and Chief Operating Officer.
As a Pastor’s son and native New Yorker, Brian grew up in the intercity neighborhood of QueensBridge and attended public school. After college, he married Peggy and worked as a project manager in the construction field. In 1992, Peggy and Brian felt the call to work with the large homeless population in NYC. They started driving around Manhattan to give out food. One night, standing around a fire barrel in Columbus circle, a homeless man told Brian about the Bowery Mission. Brian went to work for the Bowery Mission in 1993.
Sally is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army and a former Veteran’s Affairs Program Director. She has a doctorate in Psychology from Yeshiva University, and Master’s degrees in Psychology and Journalism from Rutgers University and West Virginia University, respectively. Sally was the first woman commissioned to the Armed Services from The College of William and Mary in Virginia, in 1971. She is the 2017 Washington County Athena Award Winner, an award that recognizes her leadership contributions to the Washington County Housing Authority Board of Directors in general and to women in particular.
Denny was born and raised in Brookline, a small neighborhood in Pittsburgh, which he calls the “best place ever in the world to grow up.” He attended Seton LaSalle High School and earned an Accounting degree from West Virginia University. After graduation, he was hired by Deloitte, one of the largest accounting firms in the world. He cut his teeth there, learning everything he could, while earning his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license. That launched him into a very diversified career over the next few decades at such places like a Servistar Hardware Corporation and 84 Lumber. After consulting in various industries, the past five years he has been a Professor of Corporate Finance at the University of Pittsburgh in Greensburg. But he is most proud of being a father to his four children. “No matter what I did for a living, that would always be my greatest accomplishment,” he said. He strives to be a father his children can depend on, and he wants them to always know they are loved unconditionally. When he’s not at work, Denny loves to spend time with his family and stay active in his church community.
Mark is a 1980 graduate of Ohio University where he received his BS in Communications. After graduation Mark was blessed with the opportunity to play for the inaugural baseball team fielded by Athletes in Action which traveled to South America, Canada, and Alaska. In 1981 Mark began a career in the restaurant industry which spanned 32 years primarily with RAX Restaurants and Wendy’s Company. He worked in various roles including Regional Training Manager and Senior District Manager. In 2014, Mark was called to serve the homeless as the Manager of Client Support Services and the Assistant Director of Operations at the Light of Life Rescue Mission in Pittsburgh. In 2017, Mark felt the call to join the team at the Washington City Mission in his current role as the Director of Hope Enterprise. Mark is married to the love of his life, Karen, and they have 3 children and 5 grandchildren.
Leah Dietrich is the Director of Residential Programs at City Mission. Leah earned her Masters of Arts degree in Counseling from Waynesburg University and is a licensed professional counselor. At Waynesburg University, Leah found a true passion for service leadership through years of holding various leadership positions on the Waynesburg University campus. Leah was hired at City Mission in 2011 as a counselor, and proved herself capable at every level, earning a promotion to the position of Director of Residential Programs. Leah has worked to revise and revamp the City Mission program, which has proven to increase the overall effectiveness of that program. When Leah received her promotion in 2017, she became the youngest Director in City Mission history. In her first year in this role, Leah led a team to create programming for the City Mission’s two new facilities, the Women with Children’s Program and the Crabtree-Kovacicek Veterans House. In 2018 Leah took on additional responsibilities including supervision of the medical clinic, career training and education center, and the direct care team growing her clinical team to 30. In her personal life, Leah is an active member of the Faith United Presbyterian Church and resides in Washington, PA with her husband and two sons.