PITTSBURGH – March 30, 2023 – Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation today announced the
election of Steffan Johnson, Eleni Lucido and Linda R. Thomson to serve as members of the
Board of Directors. Don Evans, president and chief executive officer of Pittsburgh Gateways,
said, “Throughout the years, we have been blessed with an extraordinarily engaged and
energetic Board. We look forward to the distinctive talent, experience, and passion that Steffan,
Eleni and Linda will bring to our organization and to our unique and innovative approach to
economic development.”

Steffan Johnson
Johnson is the founder and CEO of R Kyndall Development Group, a Pennsylvania Minority
Business Enterprise, real estate development and investment company with a focus on
investment and development in underserved and undervalued real estate markets. Through real
estate development, Johnson supports communities’ return to competitiveness and
sustainability.  Previously, Johnson led Highmark’s Consumerism and Digital Integrations
marketing efforts in Pittsburgh, before he and his family relocated to Amsterdam, NL for an
expatriate assignment.

Johnson is a Project REAP Fellow, a former President of the National Black MBA Association in
Minneapolis, Vice President of Operations for the National Black MBA Association’s Pittsburgh
Chapter, and a graduate of Pittsburgh’s Leadership Development Initiative. He is a recipient of
Business Journals’ “40 under 40” award and the New Pittsburgh Courier’s “Men of Excellence”
award. Johnson earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Marketing and
Marketing Management from University of St. Thomas – Opus College of Business.

Eleni Lucido
Lucido is currently the Vice President and General Manager, United States and Canada for
MSA Safety, Inc. (MSA), a NYSE listed, global leader in safety products and solutions. In this
role, she is responsible for the overall vision, strategy, growth, operations, and financial
performance of MSA’s largest region. Lucido has held progressively responsible positions at
MSA over the last 13 years, including her previous role as MSA’s Regional Chief Financial
Officer for the Americas business segment.

Lucido spent the first 12 years of her career with Deloitte & Touche LLP, in both domestic and
international markets, including a long-term assignment based in Athens, Greece, where she
served a variety of international clients. Lucido is a certified public accountant (CPA) with a
certificate in risk management assurance.

Lucido serves on the Board of Directors of UPMC, the Board of Trustees of the Pittsburgh
Public Theater and the Board of Directors of Family House. She previously served as a member
of the Board of Governors of the Institute of Internal Auditors, Pittsburgh Chapter, where she
chaired the nominating committee. Lucido is a graduate of Pittsburgh’s Leadership
Development Initiative. In 2020, she was honored with a Pittsburgh Business Times Women of
Influence Award. Lucido earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from The Pennsylvania
State University and a certificate from the Leadership and Negotiation Academy, Carnegie
Mellon University.

Linda R. Thomson
Thomson is President and CEO of Johnstown Area Regional Industries (JARI) a role she has
served in for over 20 years. She manages a robust economic development organization
headquartered in Johnstown, Pennsylvania with services extending throughout the Southern
Alleghenies, as well as Fayette and Indiana counties.

With nearly 40 years of experience serving small cities and rural counties, Thomson is a
prominent leader in economic development in Pennsylvania, particularly as an advocate for
rural regions of the Commonwealth. At JARI, she has played a key role in the recruitment of
Foreign Direct Investment to the Johnstown region. She is a past recipient of the Pennsylvania
Economic Development Association “Economic Developer of the Year.”

Thomson serves on several boards in the community including the Southern Alleghenies
Workforce Development Board, Vision Together 2025, and Pennsylvania Highlands Community
College. In 2020, she received the Joyce Murtha Community Excellence Award by Girls Scouts
Western Pennsylvania. Thomson holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Lehigh
University and a Bachelor of Arts from Waynesburg University.

About Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation
Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation (PGC) is an economic development organization whose
mission is to provide strategic planning, development and direct management assistance to
communities, community-based economic development organizations, research, and academic
institutions, and private entities seeking to accelerate technology-based businesses. Central to
this mission, is their goal to combat community deterioration in the City of Pittsburgh,
economically underserved areas of Pennsylvania, and beyond. The Energy Innovation Center,
located in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, is developed, owned, and operated by PGC. Pittsburgh
Gateways Corporation is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information,
visit: pghgateways.org

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