Board & Advisors

The Forbes Funds is guided by an elected Board of Directors and an appointed Advisory Committee.  They are comprised of individuals who are established leaders-- skilled at handling community affairs and devoted to its improvement.

The 2014-2015 Board of Directors

The elected members of the Board of Directors are committed community leaders. Each Board Member holds a three-year term and may be re-elected.

Charles R. Burke, Jr., Chairman

Charles R. Burke, Jr. (Chip) is a life long resident of Pittsburgh and is currently the Chairman of The Grable Foundation. After earning his Master’s Degree, Chip taught at The Linsly School in Wheeling, West Virginia. His board service includes the boards of Advancing Academics, Carnegie Science Center, The Forbes Fund, The Fred Rogers Company, Frick Art & Historical Center, KidsVoice, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Child Guidance Foundation, the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon and the Fox Chapel Area School Board.

Scott Lammie

Scott Lammie serves as Chief Financial Officer of UPMC Health Plan and Sr. Vice President of UPMC's Insurance Services Division. Since September, 1990, Mr. Lammie has held key business, financial, and operational leadership positions at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center(UPMC) which have supported the Health System's evolution, growth, and development into one of the nation's leading integrated delivery and financing health systems.

Mr. Lammie is active in various volunteer board leadership capacities with non-profit civic, economic development, and community service organizations supporting the greater Pittsburgh community.  Current Board Affiliations include: Laurel Highlands Council Boy Scouts of America, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Hill House Association, Little Sisters of the Poor, Manchester Bidwell Corporation, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Urban Innovation21, United Way of Allegheny County Impact Cabinet, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Corporate Circles Board and The Forbes Funds.

Maxwell King

Maxwell King's career has spanned more than four decades, and has included time as an editor and writer on newspapers and magazines, leadership of two of the important institutions in the American philanthropic community, and service on numerous civic boards and committees. He served almost eight years as editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer in the 1990s, nine years as president of The Heinz Endowments, and six years on the board of the National Council on Foundations, including two years as chair.

Mr. King retired as president of The Heinz Endowments in Pittsburgh in 2008, and then served for two years as director of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa.  The Fred Rogers Center was established after Mister Rogers' death to serve as a national and international resource for addressing emerging issues affecting children and families. The challenge Mr. King accepted from the chancellor of the college was to take a fledgling center that had a beautiful new building but virtually no programs and to play a catalytic role in starting programs and securing funding. The center is now well underway, with half a dozen programs and a dozen and a half grants to support them. From July, 2010, to the present, Mr. King has taken the position of Senior Fellow at the center, researching and writing the first-ever full biography of Fred Rogers.

Mr. King spent nearly a decade as president of The Heinz Endowments in Pittsburgh, known as one of the most innovative and enterprising foundations in the country.  During his tenure, the Endowments awarded about $500 million in grants to projects, organizations and initiatives, most of them in western Pennsylvania. His strong leadership on environmental issues and in advocating for more economic opportunities for the disadvantaged--especially for women and minorities who have had less access to the most influential positions in regional life--are hallmarks of his tenure. Other areas in which he has made significant contributions include: the development of strong urban design, the promotion of early literacy, early childhood education and academic reform in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. During much of his tenure as president of the Endowments, Mr. King served as a member of the board of directors of the National Council on Foundations, based in Washington, D.C. He was the first chair of the council's new Ethics and Practices Committee, serving as chairman of the board from 2006 to 2008.

From 1990 to 1998, Mr. King served as editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, during which time he had responsibility for The Inquirer’s news operations and its Editorial Board. During that time, the Inquirer was recognized by Time Magazine as one of the five best newspapers in America. Mr. King also served as city editor and executive vice president of the Inquirer during his time there. In addition, he worked as a writer at Forbes Magazine, The Louisville Courier-Journal and The Providence Journal. He served as chair of the Values and Ethics Committee of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, and is a founding member of the Committee of Concerned Journalists.

Brian K. Parker, Secretary

Mr. Parker is a Partner at McGuire Woods LLP. He co-chairs the Life Science Industry Group and defends innovative and generic pharmaceutical companies in safety and efficacy litigation involving both prescription and over-the-counter drugs. He has defended domestic and foreign pharmaceutical manufacturers in individual and multi-district litigation relating to single cell and biological compounds. He regularly advises pharmaceutical and medical device companies on compliance and regulatory issues.

He has varied litigation experience handling matters for regional and national firm clients involving industrial equipment, commercial contract, environmental and intellectual property issues. He has a regional and growing national reputation in defending Fortune 200 and 300 companies in high exposure litigation notwithstanding the jurisdiction. This litigation experience has allowed him to serve as national coordinating litigation counsel for multiple firm clients.

Nancy Rackoff

Nancy Rackoff is a partner with the Pittsburgh law firm, Tener, Van Kirk, Wolf & Moore, P.C., affiliated with Buchanan, Ingersoll and Rooney, P.C., where she specializes in estate and trust planning and administration. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Gateway Bank and a member of the boards of Manchester Bidwell Corporation, where she also serves on the Executive Committee, and the Carnegie Hero Commission. She is former President of the Board of Directors of Forward Housing Corporation, a nonprofit organization serving the housing needs of senior citizens and serves as a member of the Professional Ethics Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association.

2014-2015 Advisory Committee Members

The Advisory Committee is comprised of dedicated volunteers who are outstanding community leaders in our region. Each Advisory Committee Member holds a three-year term and may be re-appointed.


  • Charles Burke, Jr., Chair
  • Heather Arnet
  • Henry J. Beukema
  • Susan Brownlee
  • Esther L. Bush
  • John Camillus
  • Marc K. Cherna
  • Morton Coleman
  • Estelle Comay
  • Aradhna Dhanda
  • Karen Wolk Feinstein
  • Margaret P. Joy
  • Kevin P. Kearns
  • Ellen G. Kight
  • Grant Oliphant
  • Phillip Pappas
  • Brian K. Parker
  • Robert B. Pease
  • Margaret M. Petruska
  • Walter Smith
  • Jane Werner