The Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce has named its second chair Bernadette Puzzoule as its interim CEO and president following the death of president Sally Haas.
Puzzoule, an attorney for the firm Rothman Gordon P.C., will serve in the interim position for a 12-month period, beginning on Feb. 4.
Late president Sally Haas, 58, died unexpectedly on Dec. 27 from complications following surgery. Haas had served as president of the Moon Township-based organization for 14 years, and is credited with bolstering its membership.
Serving communities in Pittsburgh's airport corridor, the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce has more than 1,100 member organizations in its ranks.
As an attorney, Puzzuole specializes in nonprofit and real estate law. She earned a bachelor's degree in education from West Liberty State College (now West Liberty State University); a master's degree in speech communications from West Virginia University and her J.D. from Duquesne University.
She previously served as the chair of the chamber's board of directors, having been the first woman to hold the position.
In December, Puzzoule shared her thoughts on Haas' death with Patch.
Puzzuole said in a statement:
“It was always an honor to work with Sally on projects and initiatives that were so relevant to our business community. I am looking forward to helping carry on the mission she had so tirelessly dedicated herself to over the years."