About

History

The Beaver County Bar Association was formed March 18, 1876. Our headquarters is located in Beaver, Pennsylvania. Presently, the Beaver County Bar Association has approximately 200 members.

Mission Statement

To promote excellence in the practice of law; to advance the efficiency and the equality of the administration of justice and the civil and orderly resolution of disputes through its members; to service the legal needs of the community; to encourage acts of public service by its membership; to foster courteous and professional relations among the members of the Bar; to advance cooperation between the Bench and the Bar; to uphold the honor and integrity of the legal profession; and to preserve the history of our local justice system and the memory of the past members of the Beaver County Bar Association.

In support of its mission, the Beaver County Bar Association shall:

  • Provide quality continuing legal education programs, ongoing mentoring and networking opportunities for members;
  • Work with the Court and County government to improve administrative procedures in the Beaver County Court system and related row offices.
  • Provide a lawyer referral service;
  • Keep the community informed of the role and work of the legal profession; and
  • Provide opportunities for its membership to contribute to the community through pro bono service, youth programs, community education and charitable giving.

Our Staff

THE BEAVER COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION STAFF

Suellen Verlihay

Executive Director

MerryBeth Sylvester

Legal Journal
Administrative Assistant


MerryBeth has been with the Beaver County Legal Journal since 1999 and is involved in all aspects of the production, legal advertising, publications and subscriptions of the Beaver County Legal Journal.

Tiffany Wise

Member Services
Administrative Assistant


Tiffany has been with BCBA since 2020. In addition to providing lawyer referrals, her responsibilities include database management, legal directory updates, development of the member e-newsletter and weekly e-briefs, website management, scheduling and coordinating BCBA events and CLE courses, and member communications.

BEAVER COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION

Board Of Governors

June 1, 2022 – May 31, 2024

Officers

Executive Committee

Legal Journal Committee

Dana Kwidis

President

Sherri R. Hurst

First Vice President

Chad F. McMillen

Second Vice President

Tiffany E. York

Secretary

Mollie K. Patterson

Assistant Secretary

Ryan S. Woodske

Treasurer

Collin R. McHenry

Assistant Treasurer

Allen Andrascik

Past President

Nathan L. Bible

Term Expires: May, 2023

Honorable Laura J. Tocci

Term Expires: May, 2023

Richard Urick

Term Expires: May, 2024

Charles F. Bowers, III

Term Expires: May, 2024

Robert P. Dappenbrook

Term Expires: May, 2024

Joseph M. Budicak

Term Expires: May, 2025

Frank N. Paganie

Term Expires: May, 2025

Brittany Smith

Term Expires: May, 2025

George A. Verlihay

Co-Chairperson

John F. Salopek

Co-Chairperson

Kenneth G. Fawcett

Co-Chairperson

Allen Andrascik

Co-Chairperson

Michael B. Jones

Co-Chairperson

Tiffany E. York

YLD Representative

Officers

Dana Kwidis
President

Sherri R. Hurst
First Vice President

Chad F. McMillen
Second Vice President

Tiffany E. York
Secretary

Mollie K. Patterson
Assistant Secretary

Ryan S. Woodske
Treasurer

Allen Andrascik
Past President

Executive Committee

Nathan L. Bible
Term Expires: May 2023

Honorable Laura J. Tocci Term Expires: May, 2023

Richard Urick 
Term Expires: May, 2024

Charles F. Bowers, III
Term Expires: May, 2024

Robert P. Dappenbrook
Term Expires: May, 2024

Joseph M. Budicak
Term Expires: May, 2025

Frank N. Paganie
Term Expires: May, 2025

Brittany Smith
Term Expires: May, 2025

Legal Journal Committee

George A. Verlihay – Co-Chairperson

John F. Salopek – Co-Chairperson

Kenneth G. Fawcett
Co-Chairperson

Allen Andrascik
Co-Chairperson

Tiffany E. York
YLD Representative

Charitable Fundraising & Giving

In support of its mission, the Beaver County Bar Association states that it will:

“Provide opportunities for its membership to contribute to the community through pro bono service, youth programs, community education and charitable giving.”

As such, the Beaver County Bar Association shall have a standing committee known as the Charitable Fundraising and Giving Committee. The mission of the Charitable Giving Committee is to support worthy charitable causes and organizations which directly benefit residents of Beaver County. The Beaver County Bar Association Charitable Fundraising and Giving Committee has provided financial and volunteer support to the following county organizations:

01
 

2014

• The Ladle Soup Kitchen
• Professional Outfitters
• Mental Health Association of Beaver County
• Ohio River Trail Council
• Life Steps - Variety Adaptive Bike Program
• Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc - Beaver County “Wall that Heals” Program
• Center Civic Women’s Club
02
 

2015

• The Ladle Soup Kitchen
• Beaver County YMCA
• Beaver County Humane Society
• Children and Youth Services Holiday Gift Drive
• Best Friends, Inc.
03
 

2016

• Habitat for Humanity
• Alzheimer’s Association
04
 

2018

• Beaver County Rotary Auction
• Variety the Children’s Charity
• Center at the Mall – Lutheran Service Society
• Beaver County Humane Society
• The Center – Midland PA
• Beaver County Mental Health Association
• Beaver County Children and Youth Services
05
 

2019

• ARC Beaver/Achieva
• Habitat for Humanity
• CommuniCycle
• Penn State Beaver – Youth Programs
• Beaver Area Memorial Library
• Beaver County Association for the Blind
• Yellow Ribbon Girls – Supplies for Troops
• Beaver County Cancer and Heart Association
06
 

2020

• The Center Midland, PA
• Beaver County Humane Society
• Center Civics Women’s Club
• Faith Restorations
07
 

2021

• Hope House - Midland
• Table of Grace Feeding Ministry
• Good Samaritan Outreach
• Children and Youth Services Holiday Gift Drive