Burgettstown native named hero

PITTSBURGH – Burgettstown native Terrie Suica-Reed, Phase 4 Learning Center founder, was one of five people honored as “Larry’s Hometown Heroes” by Larry Richert, KDKA-AM morning host, and Pittsburgh Pirates President Frank Coonelly at PNC Park’s Lexus Club March 6.

Coonelly was the keynote speaker, and Jason Braase, Warriors Speak member, was guest speaker.

Following a career as an international corporate controller and a life-threatening battle with breast cancer, Suica-Reed returned to college and earned her education degree.

Suica-Reed’s Phase 4 is a school for inner city kids that have been lost in the public education system. The nonprofit, community-based alternative education center serves youth at high risk of dropping out of school Phase 4 partners with school districts across Pennsylvania, with six locations to help students graduate from their home districts.

Phase 4 has a 98 percent graduation rate, with 47 percent entering the job field, 40 percent entering secondary school and 13 percent entering the U.S. military.

For more than 10 years, Suica-Reed has led initiatives to promote a partnership between the U.S. Army and the public to convey a clear understanding of the army’s objectives and advising the army on the public perspective.

She is the daughter of Nick and Elvira Suica of Eldersville, Pa., a Burgettstown High School graduate and a Franciscan University of Steubenville graduate. She is married to Tom Reed, and the couple lives on a Beaver County farm.

Larry’s Heroes honors five ordinary individuals in the community who have done extraordinary things. In addition to Suica-Reed, those honored included Anne Davis, Horses with Hope founder; Hazel Jackson, St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church food service ministry leader; Monica Michna, Achilles International chapter president; and Megs Yunn, Beverly’s Birthdays founder. Each hero received a $1,000 donation tot he charity of their choice.

“We have met some amazing people since we started the Hero’s campaign last year at KDKA Radio,” Richert said.

“It’s rewarding to share these special stories while supporting the Pittsburgh office of Wounded Warrior Project, a vital resource in helping us serve the men and women in uniform who have served all of us. You can’t help be touched by the love in our community.”

The event benefited the Wounded Warrior Project.

84 Lumber was a sponsor of Larry Honors our Hometown Heroes, along with Bowser Cadillac and Columbia Gas. Other sponsors included AAA, Aquaguard Systems, Dollar Bank, Eat’n Park, Giant Eagle, Goodwill of Western Pennsylvania, Gutter Helmet, King Orthodontics, Lennox/Air Pro, Levin Furniture, Metropolitan Windows and Westinghouse.