Bona Fide Believes in Bellevue
We’re a group of energetic community builders who just want to see Bellevue as the best living environment we can all make it.
This is Bona Fide Bellevue.
1st Vice Chair
Linda Law Carroll
Linda and her husband, Danny, moved to Bellevue in 1984. They enjoy the borough because it is a short commute from downtown Pittsburgh, and because they love the neighborhood’s older homes. They also enjoy the ability to walk to the active shopping district. Their children attended schools in the Northgate School District, one of very few districts in which students walk to school. Linda is currently a probate and estates attorney with Marks Elder Law. She became involved with Bona Fide Bellevue because she wanted to be a part of efforts to make Bellevue more beautiful and vibrant. She joined the board shortly before the organization incorporated, worked on obtaining 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. Linda serves as board treasurer.
Cindy moved with her family to Bellevue nearly 30 years ago. Her children are the fourth generation of the family to grow up in this community. Cindy has visions of a 21st century Mayberry–a small, close-knit community that welcomes newcomers and returning heroes alike. She sees a “hometown,” just far away from busy streets to be quiet and quaint and just close enough to “the big city” to be convenient.
Inaugural Chair of the Bellevue Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, Chair, Bellevue Blighted Property Working Group, Member, Marketing Committee
Sabreena Miller moved to Bellevue in the Spring of 2017 with her, now, husband Jon. During her time working with a city of Pittsburgh nonprofit, her work focus was blighted property, specifically PA’s blighted property conservatorship act. She is the author of The Abandoned and Blighted Property Conservatorship Act: Ten Years of Productive Reuse. In this role, she also worked toward developing a stronger relationship between her work organization and BonaFide Bellevue. Through this goal, she became immersed in the culture of Bellevue borough and grew more active in its development. She previously served as a member of the Bellevue Borough blight committee and as the Chief Administrative Officer for the former North Suburban Chamber of Commerce. As a board member of BonaFide Bellevue, she is the chair of the Bellevue Blighted Property Working Group (BPWG) and plans and coordinates both the Bellevue Classic Car Cruise as well as the Bellevue Art & Wine Crawl. Sabreena looks forward to continuing her service to Bellevue where she has not only started and grown her family but has also made lifelong friends.
I’m a lifelong Bellevue resident looking to roll up my sleeves and work to make Bellevue a more vibrant community that attracts new businesses and families to the area.
Chair, House Tour Committee
In 1994, Susan, her husband Roger and daughter Zeilend moved to Bellevue so they could enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle in a small community with great housing stock. Four houses later, they’re still here. Susan studied interior design at Hood College and IUP and worked in commercial design in the Washington, DC. area as a buyer, facility designer, and project and design manager. She switched to residential design after the move and started her own company, Susan Stabnau Interiors, in 2005. Participating in the community and volunteering for any project that needs help with function and aesthetics has always been her focus; so, joining the Bona Fide Bellevue board in 2016 was a natural fit. Chairing Bellevue’s Live Worship Shop House Tour has allowed Susan to help bring new people and positive attention to the borough. She wants everyone to experience first-hand what makes Bellevue so special – its people and sense of community.
Chair, Marketing + Bellevue Mural Arts Program
RJ Thompson is the Associate Director of Student Engagement in the College of Business Administration at the University of Pittsburgh. He is a former tenured Assistant Professor of Graphic + Interactive Design in the Department of Art at Youngstown State University. He is also the Co-Principal and Creative Strategist for +Public, a Pennsylvania-based social enterprise that focuses on cultivating community and economic development impact through the creation of branded communication platforms, creative place-making, and storytelling initiatives for communities-in-revival. In 2015, he was one of several recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” grant, valued at $100,000, for the INPLACE (“Innovative Plan for Leveraging Arts & Community Engagement”) project. In 2017, RJ received a “Best of Marketing Award” from the Ohio Economic Development Association for his efforts in rebranding the City of Youngstown, Ohio. RJ was accepted into the prestigious Cohort 2 of the National Arts Marketing Project, a program supported by Americans for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. RJ also received a scholarship to join the National Arts Strategies Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy through the School of Public Policy at the University of Pennsylvania.
Natalia Holliday moved to Bellevue in 2016, finding it to be an ideal place to live while she pursued law school at Duquesne University. It checked all her boxes: great bus service into Downtown, quiet, walkable access to grocery stores, a couple of great shops to browse in the rare moment she wasn’t doing homework, and safety. What keeps Natalia here now is the strong sense of “home” Bellevue provides. She appreciates how energetic, diverse, and neighborly Bellevue’s community is. As an attorney with experience in tax and accounting, she’s thrilled to bring her legal and financial knowledge to the board of Bona Fide Bellevue, and to be part of Bellevue’s continued growth!
Bona Fide Bellevue puts on a number of community-wide events throughout the year in order to provide fun and engaging activities for our residents and/or to attract customers and attention to our shopping district(s).
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