Adagio Health is lead by a talented internal team boasting a wide range of expertise in healthcare, nonprofit management, fundraising, financial administration, information technology, and public relations. Together, they work to continue our mission and enable Adagio Health to best serve our communities.
President & CEO, Adagio Health
BJ Leber has been President & CEO of Adagio Health, where she has led the organization in efforts to strengthen the programmatic commitment to serving women in need in Western Pennsylvania. She previously served as President & CEO of The Western Pennsylvania Hospital Foundation and The Forbes Health Foundation, as well as Interim CEO for the YWCA, Chief of Staff for Pittsburgh Mayor Bob O’Connor and VP & Station Manager for WQED Pittsburgh’s Public TV and Radio Stations. In 2016 she was appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to serve as Chair of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority. She is a member and past president of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the International Women’s Forum and serves on the Board of the Family Planning Councils of America, Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting (WESA and WYEP Public Radio Stations), Highmark Caring Foundation.
Chief Financial and Operations Officer
William Gedman, CPA, CHC
Bill has been with Adagio Health since December 2015, first in the capacity of CFO, then taking on the role of COO in July 2017. Before joining Adagio Health, Bill held positions of increasing responsibility during 17 years at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). At UPMC, Bill began his service in the corporate internal audit department and eventually held the position of Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer of the $6 billion (in 2015) UPMC Health Plan. Bill’s professional experience also includes finance-related positions at the University of Pittsburgh, City of Pittsburgh, and US Steel Corporation. For 16 years, Bill was adjunct faculty at Carlow University and four years at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Bill is a certified public accountant and has attained professional certifications in healthcare compliance, internal auditing, financial forensics, and Six Sigma (green belt).
Chief of External Affairs
Kathy Risko currently serves as the Chief of External Affairs at Adagio Health. In her position, she provides leadership, direction, and oversight in the implementation of Adagio Health’s strategic plan focusing on positioning the organization for sustainability and future growth. She develops and implements Adagio Health’s policy and advocacy agenda, which is focused on ensuring access to quality healthcare for women and their families in Western Pennsylvania. Kathy also oversees all organizational fundraising, community outreach, stakeholder engagement and communications, ensuring that Adagio Health promotes a strong public image to internal and external audiences. Prior to joining Adagio Health, Kathy served as founding Executive Director of the Congress of Neighboring Communities (CONNECT) at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. She previously served as the Treasurer of the board of the Women and Girls Foundation and served on the board of the Three Rivers Community Foundation, Pittsburgh Opera, Venture Outdoors, and PUMP.
Gerri L. Sperling
Gerri L. Sperling serves as legal counsel to Adagio Health. She is also counsel at Strassburger McKenna Gutnick and Gefsky, brings over thirty years of experience to her diverse practice areas. Ms. Sperling has a background in health law. She provides a broad range of legal services to health insurers, hospitals, and other healthcare providers. Her experience in the healthcare arena includes drafting and reviewing employment, service and vendor contracts, advising on regulatory matters, and litigating provider and coverage disputes in federal and state courts. She has also devoted much of her practice to advising clients on employment-related matters and representing them in employment litigation. Finally, Ms. Sperling obtains great satisfaction from her adoption, guardianship, surrogacy practice. She has handled over 800 adoption cases, including domestic, international, and step-parent adoptions.
Dr. Alan Finkelstein and Dr. Lisa Schlar
Dr. Lisa Schlar's interest in medically-underserved populations led her from Indian reservations in the Southwest to India, South Africa, and Ecuador. After residency, she joined a practice caring for native Eskimos in rural Alaska. There she enjoyed the full spectrum of family medicine, including obstetrics and emergency care. Flying to remote villages to provide primary care for those unable to travel was among her most rewarding experiences while working there. Dr. Schlar joined the UPMC Shadyside residency faculty in January 2001. She spent 11 years seeing patients at the East End Community Health Center and in February 2012, she brought her continuity practice to the Family Health Center where she actively sees patients and teaches residents and medical students. Dr. Schlar’s real passion is providing care for women and children. Since 2007, Dr. Schlar has been the Director of Women’s Health at UPMC Shadyside, where she coordinates the gynecology curriculum for residents and leads the quality efforts for prenatal care and women’s health at the Family Health Center to improve maternal health and future birth outcomes.
Dr. Alan Finkelstein loves the diversity of family medicine and the opportunity to interact closely with patients through both joyous and difficult stages of their lives. During medical school and residency training, his special interest in cross-cultural health led him from Apache and Navajo reservations in the Southwest to Ecuador and India to study medicine. He spent four years serving a native Eskimo community in rural Alaska, where his practice included inpatient and outpatient care with emergency room work and lots of obstetrics. Dr. Finkelstein joined the UPMC Shadyside residency program in 2001. At Shadyside, he supervises the Surgical, Emergency, and Procedural aspects of the curriculum, leads the Diabetes LOPIR group and is the Laboratory Director.