GREENSBURG, PA – The Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association has named Barbara J. Christner, Esq., its 2010 Alumna of Distinction. A certificate of recognition will be presented to Christner at the 2010 Commencement ceremony, set for Saturday, May 1.
The PGAA Alumnus of Distinction award recognizes excellence among alumni at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg based on outstanding level of professional achievements, service to the community, service to the University of Pittsburgh, special recognition or honors, and other special efforts or success.
“We are pleased to be able to recognize Barbara with the PGAA Award of Distinction,” said Mary Lynn Yothers, DC, president of the Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association. “Her accomplishments are an illustration of the level of success graduates of Pitt-Greensburg have attained.”
Christner, a 1985 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, is vice president and shareholder at Ward & Christner, PC, in Greensburg. She graduated from Duquesne Law School and passed the bar exam in 1992. Her career in law began when she took a job as receptionist/secretary for John N. Ward, Esq., in 1977. Christner continued to work full-time while earning her undergraduate degree and law degree, advancing to bookkeeper and estate administrator at the law office. As estate administrator, she worked with clients until they reached the auditing phase. Christner earned the respect of lawyers who took over her cases at the auditing phase because of her thorough preparation of the cases and their materials.
“I’m humbled by the award,” said Christner. “There are so many good people out there. I’m just so surprised and thrilled to receive the award.”
Immediate past president of the Westmoreland Bar Association (WBA), Christner has served as a director and officer since April 2003. In addition to coordinating the “Truth about Living Trust Programs” sponsored by WBA, she has served as the co-chair of the Real Estate Committee from 2002 through 2007 and a member of the Orphans’ Court & Elder Law Committee. She also has served as a member of the boards of directors of the the Westmoreland Bar Foundation (WBF) and Laurel Legal Services.
Her community service includes serving as a member of the Lutheran Youth and Family Services (now Glade Run), the Westmoreland Choral Society, and serving on various committees at the First Lutheran Church of Greensburg. She is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg.
The Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Association has named Barbara J. Christner, Esq., its 2010 Alumna of Distinction. A certificate of recognition will be presented to Christner at the 2010 Commencement ceremony, set for Saturday, May 1.