Presbyterian SeniorCare Network Appoints Board Chairs

Presbyterian SeniorCare Network, one of western Pennsylvania’s largest aging services providers, is pleased to announce the appointment of new chairpersons for two of its boards of directors.

Presbyterian SeniorCare Board

At the May 13th Board meeting, William J. Bates, FAIA, NOMA, was appointed as chair of the Presbyterian SeniorCare Board of Directors. The board provides oversight and governance for the organization and its affiliates, and has 14 active members and five emeritus directors. Bill has served on the board since 2004, including service as vice chair during the past five years. 

“I appreciate Presbyterian SeniorCare Network and its inclusive and caring focus on aging,” Bill said. “It’s a great organization doing some wonderful things. It’s one of the best boards I’ve ever served on.” 

Bill is a retired corporate architect who has experience in global corporate real estate and property management. He has served as a partner in an architectural practice, a corporate design manager, a bank vice president, a high-tech startup executive, and restaurant chain executive.  He is passionate about diversity, as well as the built and natural environment.  After receiving his bachelor’s of architecture from Notre Dame, Bill studied construction management at Pennsylvania State University and Harvard University. He was recently awarded an honorary doctorate from Boston Architectural College. Bill currently teaches at Carnegie Mellon University.

In addition to Presbyterian SeniorCare Network, Bill’s volunteer leadership history includes roles as vice chair of the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation board, a founding member of the Allegheny County Parks Foundation, and former vice president of the Allegheny Land Trust.  He has also served as board chair of Pittsburgh’s USGBC’s Green Building Alliance and founding president of the National Organization of Minority Architects Pittsburgh Chapter. Bill has been an active member of the American Institute of Architects for the past 39 years and has served as the organization’s local, state and national president. Recently, he became a trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and was appointed to the Pennsylvania State Architects Licensure Board.

Jim Pieffer, President & CEO of Presbyterian SeniorCare Network, is looking forward to working will Bill in this role. 

“As I complete my first full year as president, it’s encouraging to have someone like Bill as board chair,” Pieffer said. “We’ve been blessed with so many wonderful board members over the years.”

Bill succeeds Laura Synnott, who served as chair of the board the past five years and who will remain an active director. 

Presbyterian SeniorCare Foundation Board

Scott Pipitone

This month, Presbyterian SeniorCare Foundation appointed Scott Pipitone, CEO and founder, Pipitone Group, as chair of the Foundation Board of Directors. Scott has served on this board for more than a dozen years. The 11-member Foundation Board raises funds to support the mission and vision of Presbyterian SeniorCare Network. 

“I know first-hand the value of the Foundation’s work and mission,” Scott says. “The Foundation has strong leadership, through both talented team members and an effective board. I look forward to leading the board as the Foundation continues its evolution to be an even stronger asset to Presbyterian SeniorCare Network and the community.”

Scott said he plans to draw upon his three decades of experience in integrated marketing. His list of priorities includes developing strategic messaging, building upon the culture of stewardship and philanthropy, and expanding the role of networking and referrals for the Foundation.

Scott’s board involvement includes the North Side/North Shore Chamber of Commerce, where he chairs the board; Partner4Work, and Ursuline Support Services. He also devotes both talent and treasure to Friends of Riverview Park, Five Points Business District of Observatory Hill, and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy.

Scott is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He began his graphic design career in Washington, DC, eventually moving to Pittsburgh. In 1992, Scott started his own design business from the living room of his home in the North Side. Thirty years later, that one-person shop has expanded into an integrated marketing agency with a staff of 50 and clients from around the world.

“Scott is a natural leader and has earned the respect of the entire Presbyterian SeniorCare Foundation board,” says Jacqueline S. Flanagan, CFRE, executive director of the Foundation. “His business acumen, combined with his knowledge of Presbyterian SeniorCare Network, positions him perfectly to lead the Foundation Board.”

About Presbyterian SeniorCare Network

For more than 90 years, Presbyterian SeniorCare Network has been focused on Making Aging Easier ® for older adults and their families. Presbyterian SeniorCare Network serves more than 6,500 older adults through in-home and community-based programs across 11 Western Pennsylvania counties. We are known as a Center of Excellence in three areas – Dementia Care, Rehabilitation and End-of-Life Care — as a result of our expertise and years of experience in caring for older adults. To learn more, please visit

About Presbyterian SeniorCare Foundation

Presbyterian SeniorCare Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization that supports the mission and vision of Presbyterian SeniorCare Network and its affiliates by securing financial resources, building relationships and creating a culture that values philanthropy and stewardship. For more information, please visit

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