Western Pennsylvania Police Benevolent Foundation

WPPBF: Executive Board

The board of our all-volunteer organization is comprised of actively sworn and retired officers. It includes officers who have retired due to on-duty disabling injuries, officers who have returned to work after an on-duty injury, and officers who have not been injured but believe that injured officers and their families deserve the best assistance possible. Our organization also includes leaders in the community who believe it is crucial to support those who protect us.


 
 

Richard “Griff” Griffith
President

I have been a police officer for 20 years, and I’m currently in my 19th year of service at South Park Township. Past departments I worked for include North Strabane Township, McDonald Borough, Union Township, Ohio Township, Heidelberg Borough, and Hanover Township. When starting the foundation, my true belief is that the brotherhood of Law Enforcement is only as strong as helping one another and our families, during times of great struggle or crisis.

Rich is a member of the WPPBF’s United Services Alliance (USA), in conjunction with the IATWF. He has earned his International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) certifications in individual & group crisis intervention and peer support and in trauma to addiction response.

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Stephanie Behers
Vice President

I began my career in law enforcement in 2000. Throughout my time of service, I have experienced and seen many hardships that police officers are faced with. These hardships included both duty and non-duty related injuries, sicknesses, and deaths. Sometimes it wasn’t even the officer that needed support, but rather their families and loved ones. Many officers don’t know where to turn for help, even if they just need someone to talk to. When I was asked to be a part of this remarkable organization, I was overjoyed. I thought, “What a wonderful way to reach out and help support my brother and sister officers and their families.” I can’t imagine having to experience any of these issues alone which is why I proudly stand with my fellow foundation board members in sharing our foundation’s promise: “To all our Brethren let it be known, no officer or family shall ever walk alone.”

Stephanie has been certified through Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) in line of duty death response and family assistance.

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Andrew “Drew” Volchko
Organization Secretary

Andrew is a veteran patrol officer who has worked for the Bethel Park Police Department since 1996. In 2000 Andrew was traumatically injured during an arrest and suffered severe injuries to the shoulder, arm and back. After extensive treatment and surgeries, he returned to Bethel Park and resumed his patrol duties and critical incident planning. Andrew has seen first-hand the strain and hardships, both physical and mental, that an injury can impose on officers and their families. He has made a promise to ensure that no officer or their family have to face them alone and is the author of our foundation promise: “To all of our brethren officers in need, let it be known, no officer or family shall ever walk alone.” Andrew serves as the foundation Recording Secretary and specializes in creating partnerships and organizing others to serve officers in need.

Drew is heading up the newly created WPPBF United Services Alliance (USA), in conjunction with the IATWF. He has earned his International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) certifications in individual and group crisis intervention and peer support and in trauma to addiction response.

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Rob DiPippa
Secretary

I have been a police officer for 17 years. My career started in Mt. Oliver and Edgewood which afforded me the experience in two vastly different communities. I joined the Port Authority Transit Police Department in January 2002 where I am a Firearms Instructor, SWAT Member and, my proudest accomplishment, K-9 Officer to my partner, Arko. I am extremely proud and humbled to be a part of the WPPBF. It’s an honor to be able to be there for an officer and their family during such a critical time in their lives. I hope it gives them some comfort knowing that the Foundation is there to assist them in their time of need. It gives me great pleasure knowing that I can walk hand-in-hand with fellow brethren to let them know that they will not walk this journey alone.

Rob has been certified through Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) in line of duty death response and family assistance.

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Tim Kreger
Fundraising Treasurer

An officer with the Baldwin Borough Police Department, Tim is a 1990 graduate of the Pennsylvania State Police Academy and has worked for the Borough of Homestead and the City of Pittsburgh. Tim’s strongest contribution to the Benevolent Foundation is perhaps his personal experience and involvement in three deadly force incidents during his career. Tim also brings to the table the experience of having chaired or co-chaired nine police related fund raising events over the past year.

Tim is a member of the WPPBF’s United Services Alliance (USA), and he has earned his International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) certifications in individual and group crisis intervention and peer support. Tim also has been certified through Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) in line of duty death response and family assistance.

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William Parham
Assistant Treasurer

I am a Chief Pilot for a Fortune 500 company and have been traveling the world for more than 25 years. I live in Peters Township Pennsylvania, where I have resided for the past 16 years. I learned of the WPPBF when my daughter (Alyssa Parham) was raising money to purchase ballistic vests for officers, and we met Rich Griffith and Drew Volchko at one of their fundraisers. We knew instantly that we wanted to be involved with the Foundation. I feel blessed to be involved with a group that truly will never let a fallen or injured officer and family walk alone.

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John Miniajlo
Executive Trustee

AKA “Chef,” John serves as the Executive Chef of the South Hills Country Club in Whitehall and has participated for years in previous law enforcement related fundraisers. In 2011, when the WPPBF was being formed, Chef was quick to step forward and offer his assistance and guidance. Over the years, he generously has given his time to organize the annual SHCC “Police Appreciation Day” Golf Outing and Dinner & the annual “Night in Blue” Policemen’s Ball.

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Jay Griffith
Executive Trustee

Jay began his career as a police officer in 1987 with Heidelberg PD before working for South Fayette and then Peters Township in 1989. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Jay holds a Bachelor Degree in Administration of Justice. He serves as his department’s Firearms Instructor and is the member’s Union Steward for the Teamsters 205. Belonging to the Benevolent Foundation gives Jay an opportunity to participate in assisting fellow officers in their time of need. “The opportunity to help others and expect nothing in return, knowing that someone will have a burden lifted from them, even a small one, is priceless. The profession we have chosen in itself encompasses stress with others that we work with adding more. To be able to provide something to a brother who is down, even if it is just a card, flowers, or a donation of some type and to lessen some stress already added to his or her burden is gratifying to me as a fellow officer. What I contribute to the WPPBF is my time, my effort, and a “We before me” attitude.”

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Thomas Shanahan
Executive Trustee

As President of Shanahan Transportation Systems, located in the South Hills, Tom is a well-established businessman. He is affiliated with Members Services of the South Hills Country Club (SHCC). In 2011, Tom immediately stepped forward to offer his time, assistance and contacts to help the WPPBF get established. Tom generously has given his time to assist with the annual SHCC “Police Appreciation Day” Golf Outing & Dinner and the annual “Night in Blue” Policemen’s Ball, and he is always there to provide guidance to the WPPBF board.

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Dr. Jerry Keller
Organization Chaplain

Dr. Keller was involved in law enforcement in Ohio for several years. Later, while working as a Management Consultant for the IBM Corporation, he continued his education, earning a PhD. He is a Certified Grief and Bereavement Facilitator, has written and had published several training courses on stress, grief, bereavement, etc., and continues to research and write courses that are readily accepted by the profession.

Dr. Keller has been a member of WPPBF since shortly after it was formed. He sees the support this foundation offers injured officers and the family of fallen officers to be an invaluable asset to that career. “It helps families work through the immediate trauma they are experiencing and helps position them for the reality of the life that is ahead,” said Dr. Keller. He continued, “I look forward to utilizing my skills for this outstanding and very necessary foundation, and to serve those who risk their lives for us day in and day out.”

Dr. Keller has been instrumental in creating the Chaplaincy Support Team, and he is continuing his work to expand their capabilities in assisting law enforcement families. Dr. Keller has earned his International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) certifications in individual and group crisis intervention and peer support.

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Dan Hahn
Membership Director and Regular Trustee

Sergeant Dan Hahn (Ret.) started his law enforcement career in 1982 in Deer Field Beach, FL. From there, he moved onto Port St. Lucie, FL. In 1989, Dan came back to PA as an officer for Cranberry Township. In his 29 years in law enforcement, Dan has seen the devastation that police officers and their families go through when an officer is critically injured or killed in the line of duty. Dan was critically injured in 2011, and as he goes through his recovery process, he is proud to be a part of the Benevolent Foundation and being there for his fellow officers.

Dan is a member of the WPPBF’s United Services Alliance (USA), and he has earned his International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) certifications in individual and group crisis intervention and peer support.

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Alyssa Parham
Special Trustee

It all started one night when my dad and I were watching Glenn Beck, and he was talking about how police were getting shot and killed because they couldn’t afford vests. So, I thought of the idea of having a foundation named “Vests for Officers.” I got in touch with someone named Rose from the talk show Quinn and Rose, and she got me in touch with the president of WPPBF, Rich Griffith. Then, the next thing I know, I’m getting sworn in as a trustee by Congressman Tim Murphy. There will be many great things that will come out of this foundation and Vests for Officers.

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Bob Lemons
Regular Trustee

Robert Lemons Jr., has over twenty years of patrol and supervisory experience. He started his career in 1991 as a part-time patrolman in Allegheny County for West Elizabeth and Lincoln Borough. Bob accepted a full-time position in 1992 with the City of Washington Police Department. He worked his way up through the ranks of Patrolman, Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant and was appointed to Chief of Police in January 2012. Bob has been involved in numerous high incident arrests and multiple incidents involving officer-involved shootings. He is dedicated helping families of fallen officers along with officers who have survived job-related injuries.

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Dean Dryer
Regular Trustee

Dean came to the WPPBF after the loss of his brother, Officer John David Dryer of the East Washington Borough PD. When “David” was killed December 19, 2011, Dean experienced first hand the trauma and needs of a grieving family. After his brother’ death, Dean was looking for a way to give back which led him to become more involved in the WPPBF. Having experienced a line of duty death in his own family, Dean brings to the WPPBF a special point of view.

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