Ron came to CLASS in 2005, bringing with him his experience in Commercial and Residential Property Maintenance and Property Management. Starting at the Oakland Community Service Centre, Ron’s duties involved the management of the day to day activities of the Centre, including staffing, maintenance, and coordinating with the various Programs and activities that took place in the facility. He also worked with and was active with the many Community based groups that called the Centre home for the 20 plus years that UCP, UCP/CLASS, and finally CLASS, were headquartered in Oakland.
In 2007, Ron managed the purchase and modification of the first CLASS Residential home in Pleasant Hills, which has provided a secure home for 3 residents supported through the CLASS Residential Program. Since then, Ron has been instrumental in the purchase and/or construction of additional homes, including the three CLASS Smart Homes located in North Versailles and Munhall. These Smart Homes were designed and built with open floor plans, and incorporate several levels of technology to provide comfort, safety, and ease of access for the residents who live there.
2010 brought some exciting changes to CLASS, and Ron lead the purchase and renovation of the Swissvale Centre, which became the new CLASS Headquarters. The Staff began to occupy their new home in September of 2011, and the consolidation to Swissvale was completed in September of 2014, with the sale of the Oakland Community Service Centre.
As Facilities Director, Ron’s responsibilities include oversight of the day-to-day operations of the Swissvale Centre, and also the physical management of the CLASS Residential homes. He works with and coordinates the many community groups that rent facility space for events, meetings and training, and he is also active with some local community groups. Ron is the Staff liaison to the CLASS House Committee, which is a CLASS Board of Directors committee that oversees the operation of the Swissvale Centre and the Residential homes. He also participates in many CLASS activities, such as the Talent Show, the Art Show, the Annual CLASS Bocce Tournament and Monte Carlo Night, and the Staff Tailgate Party. As a Pittsburgh native, Ron, along with his family, resides in the Eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh.