Elected & Appointed Officials
There are seven elected members of the Verona Borough Council and one mayor. All are elected for four-year terms. There is one appointed official, the Borough Secretary.
Mayor Ricupero was born and raised in Verona and is a graduate of Riverview High School. He is a member St. Joseph Church and has three grown children and five grandkids. He started his own business in Verona from 1989 to 2011 and is currently working for his son who owns Ricupero Landscaping and Supply Yard.
He was appointed to Council from 1991 to 2009 and elected as mayor beginning in 2010. He is also the Emergency Management Coordinator for Verona and has served as a Board member of the Verona Chamber of Commerce since 1990.
He has been involved in the Verona Garden Club walk, past community days, the bike rodeo, and the Memorial Day Parade Committee. He has also assisted with past Verona Fall Festival celebrations for 15 years. David has been an active member of the Verona Chamber of Commerce and has worked on the car cruise for 26 years and the Easter egg hunt. He was involved in the restoration of the war memorial and the two pylons on Allegheny River Boulevard. In the mid-90s, he started the farmers market and Movies in the Park. In 2019 he started Santa Claus on the firetruck, which is now an annual tradition. He has also been involved with the Halloween parade sponsored by Verona Chamber of Commerce.
David’s hobbies are gardening, cooking, fishing, taking his two old muscle cars to car cruises, and spending as much time as he can with his five grandkids.
Since moving to Verona in January 2017, Dave Matlin has served as secretary on the Verona Parks & Recreation Board, as a volunteer steward for Allegheny Land Trust & Sycamore Island, and as a Verona representative on the Verona Oakmont Penn Hills Plum (VOPP) Trail Project steering committee. Dave has been a member of borough council since January 2020. In January 2021, he was elected by his fellow council members to vice president of council, and later elected president in January 2022. Outside of volunteer work in Verona, Dave has over 15 years of engineering and project management experience, and is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in Pennsylvania. He graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and is currently employed as a Senior Project Engineer for the Port Authority of Allegheny County. When not working or serving the Borough of Verona, Dave enjoys cycling, hiking, camping, skiing, playing softball, and traveling with his wife and daughter.
Council Vice President
Joey Warren was appointed by Verona council to fill a vacancy in summer 2021, followed by an endorsement by the local Democratic Committee in the November 2021 special election where we won his current seat having been voted in by Verona residents.
With prior public service experience as an appointed then elected official, Councilman Warren has experience in representing Verona in advocating for the safety, beautification, and prosperity of a small community with a vibrant business district for both longtime residents and new families like his own.
Councilman Warren has volunteered alongside many Verona neighbors and business owners at fall and spring litter pickups, coached Twin Boro youth soccer as a volunteer, and repointed bricks for the refresh of the mural on Center and ARB in preparation of Verona’s 150th anniversary.
Rhoda Gemellas Worf
Rhoda was born and raised in Verona. After graduating from Verona High School, she attended Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and received her B.S. Ed. Degree followed by a Master of Education at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She is a retired teacher and a former business owner and lives in Verona with her husband, Donald Worf.
Rhoda enjoys volunteering at RCAC, WQED, Hartwood, Heinz History Center, and the Presbyterian Senior Care Facility. Of Rhoda’s many interests in life, her devotion for playing the piano and cello is number one.
Rhoda was elected to the Verona Borough Council in 2009 and served two consecutive terms and was reelected in 2021. As a tax paying homeowner, she has a vested interest in our town. Rhoda has seen wonderful changes taking place in our Borough in the past decade and she pledges to continue striving to at least, maintain and at best, improve the status quo of our Borough, ensuring her constituents that she will do her best to keep Verona economically strong, competitive, and up to date with the everchanging socioeconomic climate of our region.
Sylvia was born in Oakmont and at the age of two, she and her parents move to Verona and is a life-long resident.
Sylvia was the first recipient to receive the Charles McKinley Scholarship. After graduating from Verona High School, she attended Robert Morris College and received a degree in Business and Secretarial Science.
She enjoyed working for Ingalls Steel Construction for a number of years until they closed as an Administrative Assistant to the Engineer. Later she worked for the Verona Branch of Pittsburgh National Bank.
Sylvia actively serves as a Verona Borough Council Member in her seventh year. This is her hometown which she proudly serves. Many wonderful changes and improvements are being made and she wants to help it all continue. She feels that we are, without a doubt, on the upward swing, let’s keep it going!
She also serves on the following committees: Verona Chamber of Commerce (Board Member), Verona Flower Club (Board Member), Riverview Community Action Corp. in Oakmont (Board Member), Verona Newsletter (Director of Sales and Marketing), Freedom of Choice in Health and Nutrition (Director) and is the First Vice President of Association of Slovene Americans (Slovene Radio).
Vince is a lifelong Verona resident and graduated from Riverview High School in 1992. He is a local business owner and a co-founder of Lower Valley Athletic Foundation, a local non-profit. Vince is also an active volunteer in the community.
Trish has been a resident of Verona Borough since 2015. She was an inaugural member of the Verona Parks & Recreation Board, vice-chair, and chair until 2022. She was also a founding board member and vice-chair of the non-profit Verona Community Group until 2021. She is currently a member of the Verona Community Garden steering committee, Verona Chamber of Commerce, and is a regular volunteer in the community with projects such as litter cleanups and Garden Club plantings.
Trish’s full-time career is in the area of chemical and environmental research, informal science education, and laboratory management. Trish holds a BA in Chemistry from Chatham College and a Master of Science in Chemistry from Tufts University. Currently she manages the Biomolecular Engineering Lab, which is the largest and fastest growing collaborative laboratory in The Department of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.
In her free time, Trish relishes the time spent with her family and closest friends, particularly exploring the outdoors!
Christine comes to Verona with a diverse professional background. She began her career as a physics teacher, where she taught every grade from grade seven to college students except for tenth grade. She was the former Physics Lab Director at Mount Holyoke College before moving back to Pittsburgh where she was the Science Department Chair and a successful grant writer for a local school. She attended Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College and graduated in 2017 with highest distinction with a Masters of Science in Public Policy and Management.
After graduation, Christine landed in management consulting and worked on process improvement and large-scale technology implementations before becoming an analyst in the housing and community development space. As an analyst, she worked with communities both large and small located across the country to provide insights into housing and demographics trends. Christine is thrilled to be using her skills and talents to advance the Borough in its goals.
In her free time, Christine and her son are on a mission to see all 50 states and all the national parks together.