Announcing the Pittsburgh Carolina Club Leadership Committee!

Please join me in congratulating Brian Willett ’10, Beau Berman ’16 (MA), Kalpana Char ’88 (’92 MD), and Bill Ellis ‘82 for making up the Pittsburgh Carolina Club Leadership Committee. I’m looking forward to working with them to put together a great year full of Carolina events and keeping the Tar Heel spirit alive and well in Pittsburgh!

See below for a short bio on the new members:

My name is Brian Willett and I grew up in Buffalo, NY.  I studied Journalism at Carolina and graduated with a B.A. in 2010.  For the next year, I lived in Chapel Hill and work as a freelance writer for Livestrong and continued writing for websites I helped found during undergrad.  In 2011, I began law school at Carolina and graduated in 2014.  Since then, I’ve been working as a financial services attorney for Reed Smith and enjoying living downtown.

My name is Beau Berman and I was born in Pittsburgh and grew up in Shadyside. I’m a graduate of the Pittsburgh Public Schools (2004) and received my undergraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism and International Studies from Penn State University (2008). I received a Master of Arts in Technology and Communications from UNC Chapel Hill in December 2016 after a 2.5 year online/in-person hybrid program. I lived in Texas from 2008 to 2011, Connecticut from 2011 to 2015 and then moved back to Pittsburgh in April 2015 to work for WTAE TV as a news reporter. I am now living back in Shadyside once again- on the same street that I grew up on.

My name is Bill Ellis and I grew up in Chapel Hill, NC. I attended Carolina from 1977-1982 . I have worked at Independent boarding schools since graduation and became Associate Headmaster for Enrollment at the Kiski School outside of Pittsburgh in 2007. I recruit students all over the US and really all over the world as well. I currently have season tickets at both the Smith Center and Kenan Stadium and am a big Tar Heel fan.

My name is Kalpana Char. I was born and raised in Baton Rouge, LA but spent my formative teenage years in Charlotte, NC. I got my B.A. in Mathematics at UNC in 1988 and then went on to complete my Doctor of Medicine degree also at UNC School of Medicine in 1992. I then completed my residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 1995. After a few years of primary care practice in the D.C/MD area, I spent 10 years working at the VA Medical Center in Pittsburgh. Since 2012, I have worked as a primary care provider and, most recently, medical director for Community LIFE, a program which provides all-inclusive care to frail seniors. I am married and have two teenage sons in the Fox Chapel area school district.