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BRENDA FURIGA

Vice President, People, Policy and Profit

Brenda is the go-to in the WordWrite office, as she is overseer of all things administrative, human resources and financial management. Her duties are many, and she handles them all with a smile.

Brenda received her degree in business administration from Miami University of Ohio, and after a 13-year career in marketing with a variety of businesses in Cincinnati and Washington, D.C., she chose to stay at home to raise her two young daughters when the family relocated to Pittsburgh. Once the girls were school-age, she was an active volunteer at their school, in their church community and with the Girl Scouts. A natural caregiver, Brenda also supported three members of her husband's extended family who lived in Pittsburgh.

When she’s not busy keeping the WordWrite office running smoothly, Brenda leads first- and second-graders in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at St. John Neumann Church. She’s also a finance committee volunteer and a Eucharistic minister. You can often find Brenda on the phone listening to and encouraging her two adult daughters as they face challenges as working women today — fortunately, they’ve got a pretty good role model.

THREE THINGS THAT MIGHT SURPRISE YOU

  1. When Brenda was a Girl Scout leader in the late '80s while living in Washington, D.C., her co-leaders were CIA agents.
  2. In 1980, following college graduation, she backpacked through nine European countries in 31 days with her boyfriend.
  3. Brenda was destined for a business career, as she was very involved with Junior Achievement during high school and was a national finalist in the annual Vice President of Sales competition.
Gratitude makes sense of your past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.                                 - Melody Beattie

HOW BRENDA SPENDS HER TIME

Handling all matters financial
Serving as head of HR
Overseeing everything else to keep the team energized