Ms. Katie Findley

Katie Findley

A desire to take a more active role in her children’s education and a desire to uphold the Fox Chapel Area School District’s wide breadth of educational and extracurricular programs led Katie Findley to run for a seat on the Fox Chapel Area School Board.

“I just hope to help those in school feel secure in the fact that their sport, club, or activity won’t be gone due to a lack of foresight,” the O’Hara Township resident says. “I find that the amount of opportunities offered here is a huge boon.”

Ms. Findley, 44, a bartender at the Fox Chapel Golf Club, and her husband, Shawn O’Neil, are the parents of three children: Ryan, a 2020 graduate of Fox Chapel Area High School; a daughter, Parker, a first-grade student at O’Hara Elementary School; and Declan, a kindergartner at O’Hara Elementary.

She says she has one main goal as a school director: to keep information as transparent as possible.

“I will ask questions that I feel others would ask upon looking at the information they are given,” she says. “I want to make sure that everyone feels comfortable and understands what we are trying to help the district achieve.”

Ms. Findley, a New Jersey native, received a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in history from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia in 2007. She also attended Georgian Court University in New Jersey to pursue a special education certification and a master’s degree in education.

In her spare time, Ms. Findley volunteers with Chive Pittsburgh, a group that undertakes various charitable initiatives, including raising money for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), of which Ms. Findley is an ardent supporter. She served as an emergency medical technician and firefighter for 15 years in New Jersey and hopes to return to those roles soon now that her children are in school. She enjoys summer days at the pool, reading, golfing, and any other activity that takes her into the outdoors.

“Having lived near an ocean for almost all my life, watching storms come in will always be amazing to me,” she says.