Buhl Foundation Names Barborak Executive Director

SHARON, Pa. – The Buhl Regional Health Foundation Board of Directors this week named Jennifer Barborak as its new executive director. The appointment followed an extensive search, the foundation said.

Barborak, who began her new position Aug. 31, replaces Mickey Gula, who will retire as executive director Sept. 30.

Barborak has a deep background in both grant writing and nonprofit management through multiple nonprofit organizations in Mercer County, Pa. Before joining the foundation, she was the interim director at the UPMC Community Health Foundation in Farrell, Pa.

She served as the water operations manager and volunteer co-coordinator for Waterfire Sharon, and worked for over 10 years as a registered nurse in the emergency room at Sharon Regional Medical Center and UPMC Horizon in Greenville, Pa.

“I am excited to collaborate with the BRHF Board of Directors to strategically focus our grant making in a way that will increase partnerships among agencies that work to improve the health and wellbeing of our community,” said Barborak.

Barborak is heavily involved in the local community including her work in the following organizations: Shenango River Watchers, City of Sharon Beautification Commission, Friends of MERP, and Sharon High Robotics Team. She served one term as a member of Sharon City Council and volunteered for Sharon Revitalization Committee, Mercer County Regional Planning Commission, Meszaros Family Charitable Foundation and Buhl Farm Park.

“With Jennifer, the exciting and endless possibilities for the future of the foundation begin.” said Angela Palumbo, chair of the board. “I look forward to what lies ahead and welcome her to this new challenge.”

The Buhl Regional Health Foundation was established in 2016 as the result of the sale of the former Sharon Regional Health System.

Barborak is a graduate of the Sharon Regional School of Nursing, holds a bachelor’s degree from Slippery Rock University in geography, geology and environmental studies and earned a master’s degree in grant writing and management, nonprofit program evaluation from Concorida University in Chicago.

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