Sharpsburg Borough

Sharpsburg Council is comprised of elected officials and a mayor. The Council meets monthly to discuss agenda items, pass resolutions, share committee items and to hear from its residents. We are here to serve you!

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“I am a lifelong, fifth-generation resident of Sharpsburg.  I advocate for progressive, sustainable, & responsible community-oriented policies to make Sharpsburg a great place to live, work, and play.”

Matthew Rudzki, Esq.


Occupation:  Attorney

Political Experience: Appointed to Council April 2011; Elected to Council 2012, 2016; Elected to Mayor 2017

Professional / Civic Affiliations: Duquesne Law Alumni Association; Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs; Washington & Jefferson College Alumni. Serve as Board Member of All of Us Care Advisory Council; Allegheny River Towns Enterprise Zone; Fox Chapel District Association; Sharpsburg Historical Commission; Sharpsburg Neighborhood Organization; St. Juan Diego Parish Pastoral Council

Education: Duquesne University School of Law, 2013; Washington & Jefferson College, 2008

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"Sharpsburg is a beautiful community made up of interesting and caring people, and I feel personally called to join my neighbors in contributing my time to make this unique little place safer, healthier, and even more welcoming for the people who live here. As the community experiences unprecedented growth and investment, it’s important that local leadership looks out for the best interests of residents, especially regarding access to opportunity for those who aren’t traditionally considered in matters of economic development, and engages all Sharpsburgers in the ongoing process of determining the direction and building the future of our community.”

Brittany Reno

President & Ex Officio of All Committees

Occupation: Executive Director, Sharpsburg Neighborhood Organization

Political Experience: Appointed to Council March 2015. Elected to continue serving in November 2015. Elected in 2017. Elected to serve as President for 2017.

Professional or Civic Affiliations: Sharpsburg Health & Borough Property Council Committee Chair; Congress of Neighboring Communities (CONNECT) Sharpsburg delegate; Sharpsburg Shade Tree Commission member; Public Allies Pittsburgh AmeriCorps alumna; Community Library Association board member; La Dorita Cares board member

Education: Bachelor of Arts, Media and Professional Communications with a concentration in Corporate and Community Relations

“I was born and raised in Sharpsburg and love that we’ve preserved our hometown feel. I want Sharpsburg to be the place my grandchildren choose as their home.  As our town progresses, it’s important to include everyone who made Sharpsburg their home over the years as they are the people who made our town what it is today.  At the same time, we also want to attract and welcome new businesses and residents who can help take us into the future.” 

Karen Pilarski-Pastor

Public Safety Chairperson

Occupation: Administrative Assistant
Political Experience: Sharpsburg Council, 3 terms. Elected twice by Council to serve as Council President.
Professional / Civic Affiliations:  Firefighter for  Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Department, Allegheny County Station 265; American Legion Post 106 Ladies Auxiliary; St. Juan Diego’s Pastoral Council, Mass Lector and CCD Teacher; Secretary/Treasurer of the North Hills COG Executive Board.
Education:  St. Mary’s, Sharpsburg – 12 years 

"I love to serve the borough and its constituents. Our history is rich in community!"

Adrianne Laing


Health/Property Chairperson

Occupation: On-site Services Program Manager at the Women's Center & Shelter.

Political Experience: Appointed to Council August 2017, appointed to Council August 2019. Elected to Council 2020.

Professional/Civic Affiliations: Board member of the Fox Chapel District Association, Member of the Sharpsburg Environmental Advisory Council, volunteer for Sharpsburg Neighborhood Organization.

Education: Bachelors of Arts in Behavioral Sciences with an emphasis in Social Work from Point State Park University.

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“I am a lifelong resident of Sharpsburg and want to make sure that every citizen is informed as to what is actually going on in our town.  Sharpsburg is enjoying some exciting changes and during this time of change  it is extremely important that ALL residents fully understand these changes.”

Joe Simbari

Public Works Chairperson

Occupation: Automotive Sales – Woltz and Wind Ford;  Heidelberg PA

Political Experience: Sharpsburg Council, Sworn in 1/2/2018.

Education: Duquesne University, BSBA Accounting

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“I have deep roots in our beautiful borough as a 4th generation Sharpsburg resident who believes that 'Sharpsburg is for All'. It is an honor and privilege to serve this community that is so rich in history.”

Kayla Portis

Personnel Chairperson

Occupation: Health Care Worker for Allegheny County- Kane Community Living Center
Political Experience: Appointed February 2021 to fill a vacant position
Professional / Civic Affiliations: Sharpsburg Historical Commission, Sharpsburg Baseball/Softball Association- Treasurer 2019 - February 2021, Fox Chapel Area for Social Justice- President

Education: Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies- minors: Psychology and Sociology

“I’ve always felt a calling to public service.  Serving on borough council now lets me take that to the next level – allowing me to work side by side with others that share my passion for improving the place that we all call home.”

Jonathan Jaso

Finance Chairperson

Occupation: 9-1-1 Dispatcher for Allegheny County 28 years
Political Experience: Sharpsburg Council, appointed 1/25/2018.
Professional / Civic Affiliations: Volunteer firefighter for almost 30 years and current member of Sharpsburg Fire Department
Education: Associate Degree in Computer Science.

"I've loved Sharpsburg since the day I moved here(in March of 2018). It was clear that Sharpsburg was changing in exciting ways. I was attracted by the close-knit neighborhood feel and a general sense that I could be part of something. Although, I had no political experience, when the opportunity to serve the community as a member of council presented itself, I couldn't say no!"

Brad Truman

Zoning/Planning/Code Chairperson

Occupation: Business Analyst

Political Experience: Filled vacated chair in January 2020

Professional/Civic Associations: Sharpsburg Neighborhood Organization

Education: Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering