The Team

Who We Are

Cynthia Garfold

Founder & Executive Director

Cynthia has been in the volunteer side of the public safety arena for over 30 years. She started out as a ground volunteer and moved up to canine handler/trainer before starting Western PA Search and Rescue Development Center. As the Executive Director, she became a Community Emergency Response Team Trainer and certified as an instructor for Lost Person Behavior. She holds an Extra Class License as an amateur radio operator and in 2010, became PA Emergency Management Agency Commonwealth Auxiliary Communication Service Officer. She developed safety programs for the special need population in the state of PA and Operation: Take Me Home is now in most parts of PA. She accredited the curriculum with the PA Department of Health to teach Law Enforcement, Paramedics, and Fire Fighters how to locate and approach and bring to safety the special need population that wanders. She currently oversees the Operation: Take Me Home program which is an Emergency Response System for the at-risk population.

412-646-6416

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Daniel Bac

Chief Financial Officer

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Matthew Mitcheltree

Sales and Marketing Director

Matthew has been at the forefront of serving others for over 30 years. From serving as a representative of Jim Henson Productions in International Licensing and Marketing/Public Relations, or Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Florida in Guest Relations, Matt's passion and love for all of humanity has been invaluable in promoting the growth of Western Pennsylvania Search and Rescue Development Center. 

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John T. Pryle

Director of Emergency Services

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Tracy Pampena

Director of Missing Persons

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Cheri Bolling 

Director of 

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Trevor Reed

Director of Emergency Communication

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Elysia Groschwitz

Director of Therapy Service

As a volunteer with Western Pennsylvania Search and Rescue, Elysia is not only dedicated to helping with Missing Persons cases, but also provides mental health services for those affected by disasters within the community to help individuals recover and utilize their existing coping skills to promote resiliency.

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Elysia is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) practicing in Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties and works with children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of concerns such as anxiety, depression,  ADHD, PTSD, mood disorders, grief and loss, life transitions, and family conflict.

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