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Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial names new leaders

| Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, 12:48 p.m.
A family member rings the chime that will be part of the 93-foot-high Tower of Voices, which will contain 40 chimes for the 40 souls on board the plane, during the 'Soundbreaking' dedication of the Tower of Voices at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Stoney Creek Township, in this 2017 photo.
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A family member rings the chime that will be part of the 93-foot-high Tower of Voices, which will contain 40 chimes for the 40 souls on board the plane, during the 'Soundbreaking' dedication of the Tower of Voices at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Stoney Creek Township, in this 2017 photo.

A support group that highlights the work of the Flight 93 National Memorial has named new leaders to its board of directors.

The memorial, located off Route 30 in Somerset County, honors the efforts of the passengers and crew members of United Flight 93, who died on Sept. 11, 2001.

The Friends of the Flight 93 National Memorial came together as community volunteers and family members of those killed in the crash weighed the future of their efforts in 2009 as the memorial at the crash site neared reality.

The final feature of the memorial, the Tower of Voices, a massive wind chime with 40 chimes to represent the 40 passengers who died when some diverted the plane from the hijackers' target in Washington, D.C., is scheduled to be dedicated this fall.

Somerset County native Donna Gibson, of First National Bank, will take over as president of the organization, while Deborah Borza, a Flight 93 family member and charter member, becomes vice president, a board spokesman said.

Gibson was appointed a director in 2015 and is assuming the role of president from Patrick White, a charter member of the Friends, who will continue his role with the Families of Flight 93 organization. Borza has been a volunteer member of the Friends' board since 2009. David Finui is the most recent director, joining the organization on Jan. 1; he will support Don Alexander as the assistant treasurer.

Officer roles include Secretary Sheena Baker and Assistant Secretary Tom Rooney.

The 12-member board also announced three new members: Jody Greene, whose father, Donald Greene, was on Flight 93; David Fine, senior vice president, personal trust and financial services manager for Ameriserv Corp.; and Edward Sheehan Jr., president and CEO of Concurrent Technologies Corp.

The nonprofit Friends organization continues to raise funds for educational programming and recruit volunteers for service at the memorial.

Debra Erdley is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-320-7996 or derdley@tribweb.com or via Twitter @deberdley_trib

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