Collier dad named Father of the Year


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As CEO and president of Allegheny Health Network, John W. Paul holds a job that commands a lot of attention and requires a lot of his time. But as much as he loves his job, it comes second to his family.

“Truly the greatest honor in this life is being a parent,” he said.

Mr. Paul and his wife, Cindy, are the parents of David, 19, Andrew, 17, and Laura, 16. For his devotion to his family as well as his success in his career, Mr. Paul of the Presto section of Collier is one of three fathers being honored as a Father of the Year by the American Diabetes Association.

The Father of the Year Awards Dinner will be held Friday in the Westin Convention Center hotel, Downtown. The event is the major fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association Diabetes Camp for children.

At the dinner, each of the awardees will receive a video tribute featuring their families, of course.

For the fourth year, the American Diabetes Association of Pittsburgh is partnering with the Father’s Day Council to honor fathers for outstanding commitment to their families and to the values of fatherhood, for success in their careers and for their involvement with the philanthropic community, according to Julie Heverly, executive director of the American Diabetes Association of Pittsburgh. The partnership makes perfect sense, she said.

“Fatherhood touches everyone and diabetes affects everyone. Whether it is you or someone you know or love, diabetes is wide-reaching,” she said.

Mr. Paul, 63, has a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He has served as president of Allegheny Health Network since 2011 and has over 40 years of experience in the health care industry in Pittsburgh.

“With a busy career, it can be very, very difficult to balance work demands and family demands. Sometimes the two don’t always align, sometimes they collide, but you have to be there for your family as much as possible, whether you are a father or a mother,” Mr. Paul said.

For the Paul family and three children involved in sports, that means watching a lot of sporting events, Mr. Paul said.

And now as his children are becoming young adults, it also means great conversations.

“I love watching their successes, of course. And it is fun to talk to them about current events and see what their opinions are,” he said. 

The family also attends South Hills Bible Chapel together and still enjoys family vacations.

“Now that they are older, we’ve been able to travel to foreign countries for the last four or five years,” he said.

The honor bestowed on him by the American Diabetes Foundation means a great deal to Mr. Paul.

“As I said, I think being a parent is the greatest role in life and to have someone from the outside recognize that is wonderful,” he said.

Mr. Paul shares the recognition with Ronald Violi of O’Hara, CEO of Wheeling Hospital, and Jason Ross of Harrison, executive vice president, chief financial officer and chief operating officer of Allegheny Valley Bank. 

The three men selected for the recognition for 2014 are “exemplary examples of good fathers,” according to Coleen Czyzewski, chairwoman of the Pittsburgh Father’s Day Council.

“They are great candidates in so many ways,” she said. “They are excellent role models as fathers but also as business leaders.” 

Kathleen Ganster, freelance writer: suburbanliving@post-gazette.com.


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