GCA Board of Directors

The Greenfield Community Association is governed by a community elected board of seven to thirteen volunteer Directors.  They are elected annually to three year, staggered terms.  

Joe Pegher [President]

Joe is a lifelong Greenfield resident and local Realtor. He is currently the GCA Co-Chair of the Development and Transportation Committee. He lives in his childhood home with his wife Deanna, their 2 children as well as their 3 dogs. Joe attended both St Rosalia Grade School and Taylor Allderdice High School. After getting a degree in 1985, he moved to Washington DC to work for Xerox Corporation. 6 years later, the opportunity to return home presented itself and he has since started a new career in real estate. He has enjoyed working on various community projects over the years and looks forward to improving Greenfield while still retaining the traditions and qualities that have made it one of the city’s best neighborhoods.

Christa Jones [Vice President]

Christa is a longtime resident and graduate of Allderdice High School with Greenfield roots going back generations. She is a mom to a second-grader who enjoys time at local parks and taking advantage of programming offered by Citiparks and other organizations. She is currently a Director of Marketing and Events at Carnegie Mellon University. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Media Arts and Technology and a Master of Arts Degree in Psychology from Duquesne University. She has participated in numerous Greenfield community cleanups, public space art mural and Greenfield welcome portal initiatives.  Christa joined the GCA in 2020 and has contributed by leading the GCA communications committee which has grown outreach and engagement over the last few years. Christa has volunteered her time and experience in creating the Greenfield Community Association logo and Greenfield Glide logo. She has been recognized multiple times for her leadership and continuous excellence by Carnegie Mellon University and in 2014 was awarded the Greenfield Community Award for Outstanding Achievement in Voluntary Service.

Catherine Adams [Communications Director]

Catherine landed in Pittsburgh in 2018 after working in community development with the US Peace Corps. She moved to Greenfield in 2020. Since living in the neighborhood, she’s been a community advocate for safer streets and was instrumental in having 11 abandoned vehicles removed from an undeveloped lot near Calvary Cemetery. Originally from the Detroit area, Catherine is happy to be settled not far from the Great Lakes. She loves Greenfield’s central location in the East End, its proximity to Schenley and Frick Parks, and, most of all, its friendly neighbors. As an avid walker and cyclist, she values green space, safe streets, and accessible public transit. Catherine believes in the power of community to shape and grow an equitable, sustainable future. She has a Master’s degree in linguistics and works as a technical writer from the home she owns with her husband.

Ed Goyda [Treasurer]

Ed has been a Greenfield resident for 42 years. Ed has been an active member of the Public Space Committee since its inception,

working on the Portal Project, painting project at Irvine Street Pump Station and Hassett Parklet. Ed also volunteers at St. Rosalia Church and Festival. In 2016 he received the “Get It Done” Award for his hard work in all of Greenfield’s Public Spaces.

David Cashmere

David has been an active member of the Public Space Committee since 2012, and was co-chair of this committee from 2016 to 2018. As well, he has been an active Board member of the GCA since 2018. David is a current Garden Stewart with the Western PA Conservancy. He’s helped organize volunteers and supply material for clean-ups and plantings for years along with other Public Spaces core members. In 2017 he received GCA’s “Get It Done” Award and also received a Community Citation of Recognition from Allegheny county. David is a veteran of the United States Navy and earned his degree from University of Pittsburgh in Psychology and Neuroscience. He’s worked at Western Psychiatric Hospital for over 30 years in the Sleep and Behavioral Neuroscience Center and has lived in Greenfield since 1998. David is a compassionate and giving person who also is a dog coach volunteer with the Animal Rescue League in his spare time.

Gina Godfrey

I have lived in Greenfield for over 20 years, starting shortly after I moved to Pittsburgh to attend law school at Pitt. When my

husband and I were looking to buy a home, we knew we wanted the real sense of community that Greenfield provides. Our children attended Greenfield school where I served on the PTO, and now go to Allderdice. I served on the board for Connect Greenfield and currently serve as a Democratic Committee member and as the Majority Inspector of Elections for my district.

Yitzy Idell

Yitzy along with his wife and 4 children have been Greenfield residents since 2014. Yitzy and his family hail from South Florida for many years. After new opportunities were presented, they took the leap of faith of moving from the sunny pastures of Florida to the more seasonal weathered Greenfield, PA. Yitzy owns and operates a local traveling and mobile notary service called Pittsburgh Notary Services. Yitzy and his family are active members of Bnai Emunoh Chabad. Yitzy is a firm believer in making a difference in the community we live in. In pursuit of becoming a GCA board member, he would like to have an influence in maintaining and enhancing the Greenfield community into a safe and exciting place to live in.

Kristopher Olson

Kristopher is a Greenfield resident and an active volunteer with many local organizations. His most recent volunteerism includes a role as a math tutor with the Latino Community Center, a 2022 Winter Snow Angel, and a free tax preparer for Just Harvest. He has been a member of his union’s Professional Standards committee since 2017. In his time off, he enjoys hiking with his two dogs, biking, and, playing pickup soccer games. Greenfield, with its proximity to large greenspaces like Schenley, attracted him to the area early on. The neighborhood feel is what made him and his partner, Brooke, decide to buy their first home on McCaslin Street, after renting on Beechwood Boulevard. He is most interested in working with the business committee to attract new businesses to Greenfield’s commercial districts.

Isaac Smith

Isaac Smith, a 32 year old Greenfield Community member moved to Greenfield with this partner and two cats in 2019. Isaac is a Pittsburgh native, growing up north of the city but spending the last 10 years living and working in the city. Isaac can say with confidence that Greenfield has been his favorite place to live with its lively neighbors, beautiful views, and great sense of community. When Isaac is not walking his two cats around the block or tending to his garden, you will see him and his partner running around the neighborhood training for the Pittsburgh Marathon. Got to love those Greenfield Hills! I want to join the GCA to help build a better Greenfield for everyone that calls this lovely neighborhood home. I’m currently an active member of of the Greenfield Development Committee with and interest in supporting our local businesses and advocating for better services such as transportation and greenspace.

Kristi Heidel

Kristi recently graduated from Duquesne University School of Law and received her Masters in Social Work from University of Pittsburgh in 2010. Kristi is an Investigator in the City Of Pittsburgh Office of Municipal Investigations. She has previously been employed as a certified legal intern in with the Pennsylvania Innocence Project and an Albert Schweitzer Fellow working with the Homeless Children’s Education Fund, Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, and the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh. In addition to work with indigent clients, Kristi volunteers with Greenfield Organized Against Drugs.