Newest school board member ready to serve Pine-Richland
By Deborah Deasy
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, 9:30 p.m.
Insurance executive Marc Casciani, 42, of Pine is the new face on Pine-Richland School Board.
Board members selected Casciani on Sept. 20 to replace Kevin Nigh, who resigned Aug. 27. They voted 6-2 to approve Casciani as Nigh's replacement.
“I was quite humbled by the vote and just very thankful that the folks had confidence in me,” said Casciani. “I just have a real love for the community ... I just love the district and want to serve it.”
Pine residents Dan Pasqualucci, Greg DiTullio and Rodney Landreneau also applied to fill the vacant seat.
“We're very fortunate at Pine-Richland School District to have such a talented pool of professionals to choose from to serve on the board,” said Stephen Hawbaker, president of Pine-Richland School Board.
“We're looking forward to Marc joining us. He has a strong business and engineering background, which will be an asset to the school board.”
Casciani is vice president of First Niagara Risk Management in McCandless, an insurance agency affiliated with First Niagara Bank.
“I'm in business development sales,” Casciani said. “I deal with commercial accounts.”
From 2003 to 2011, Casciani was a volunteer coach for a number of football teams in Pine-Richland School District, including the junior varsity football team at Pine-Richland High School.
“I was a volunteer in the community long before I lived there,” said Casciani, formerly of Churchill. “I just love coaching.”
Casciani, who played football at Belle Vernon High School, currently is assistant coach of North Catholic High School's varsity football team.
“The new high school is four miles from where I live,” he said. “It was a good opportunity. I interviewed with the head coach. He offered me a position on the staff, and I took it.”
Casciani said he typically rises at 4 a.m. and works from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays before he attends North Catholic football practices at J.C. Stone Field in North Park.
“I do have a pretty good knowledge base on athletics,” he said. “I think I am unique in that sense.”
Casciani and his wife, Deborah, have two children, a 5-year-old daughter in preschool and 8-year-old son at Wexford Elementary School. They are members of the New Community Church in Pine.
The Cascianis met at Belle Vernon High School and both attended Penn State University, where Marc Casciani received bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering before receiving his master's degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business.
As a school director, Casciani said, he looks forward to being a servant leader and using his engineering skills to make objective, data-driven decisions.
“I'm going to make sure that I personally make informed decisions,” he said.
Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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