What is explore sewickley?

The short answer: We’re a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated
to helping the Village of Sewickley not just survive, but thrive.


Our Story

In 2010, Sewickley Borough Council contracted Explore Sewickley (formerly known as Village Green Partners) to focus on filling the many vacant storefronts, promote the commercial business district and create community events. Explore Sewickley has evolved over the past five years and now includes a full-time paid employee, multiple committees to help with events and an active Board of Directors.


We are here to promote the amazing community that is Sewickley. We support Sewickley’s independent businesses and love to plan the many fun events you’ve come to love, too, like Light Up Night and the holiday season, the Soup Crawl, the Chocolate Walk, Sewickley Unleashed and more.

Explore Sewickley is in the process of obtaining designation as a National Main Street Organization. This program utilizes the Four Point Approach, which you can learn more about by clicking here. Designation from the National Main Street program will help us continue to address the issues of the community in a comprehensive manner and ensure sustainability of our organization.

Board & Employees

Jennifer Markus is the co-founder of the company and President of the Explore Sewickley Board of Directors whose work as a realtor at Howard Hanna in Sewickley helps the business development efforts of Explore Sewickley. Previously the Director of Operations of Kforce Professional Staffing, Jen honed her team building, communications and event planning skills.

Brendan Kenny is Vice President & Treasurer of the Explore Sewickley Board of Directors. Brendan is a Partner with Altair Management Partners, Inc. in Wexford, PA, which provides alternative investment based wealth management services.

Brent Gephart is Secretary of the Explore Sewickley Board of Directors. Brent is a full time real estate agent for Howard Hanna in Sewickley, a Managing Partner in Sunrise Rock Development Company, and President and Managing Partner at Tropical Breeze Resort and Spa.

Michael Kennedy is Director of the Explore Sewickley Board of Directors. Michael is a buyer for Dick’s Sporting Goods, merchandising Football, Basketball and Soccer. He is also Co-Founder and Director of Treasury for EnvisionEight, LLC, an investment group with a large focus on philanthropic efforts.

Jenn Fossee is a Director of the Explore Sewickley Board of Directors. Jenn is the newest member of the Board, joining the summer of 2014. She grew up in the area and brings 16 years of sales and marketing experience as well as her enthusiasm for making Sewickley a vibrant regional destination.

Alex Lancianese, Marketing Director, is the first and only paid employee of Explore Sewickley. Prior to her work at the nonprofit, Alex worked as marketing coordinator for a graphic design firm in Pittsburgh. In 2015, Alex was named one of WHIRL Magazine’s “13 Under 30 in Pittsburgh.”