Tay has lived in Westmoreland County for more than 40 years.He was born in Columbus, GA, but raised in Tarentum, PA, where he lived until college graduation. Tay's father, who was a veteran, was also a union bricklayer and his mother worked at the Valley News Dispatch and USA Today. His family was very close knit and showed him the value of a great work ethic while giving back to others.
Tay graduated from Highlands High School in Natrona Heights, then went on to attend Frederick Military Academy before moving on to the American University from 1974-1976. He then transferred to Juniata where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Psychology.
For the past 39 years, Tay has served Westmoreland County through working in Human Services by helping children and families, troubled youth, as well as others in need. Tay's work began at Adelphoi Village, where he worked for five years with troubled youth and supervised the organization's first secure facility. After leaving Adelphoi, in five short years, Tay rebuilt a fledgling Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program, taking it from owing the IRS to a thriving agency of five staff and 90 matches with a budget of $300,000. For the past 29 years, Tay has rebuilt Westmoreland Community Action and its reputation from 60 staff, 5 programs and a $1 million budget, to an agency that has 200 staff, 26 programs and a $15 million budget. This transformation occurred while helping to strengthen families and communities to eliminate poverty. Tay has served in many leadership roles in Pennsylvania and across the nation while also serving on nearly 20 boards of directors. In addition to his professional work life, Tay has also worn the coaching hat. He coached little league baseball and basketball in the Hempfield Youth Programs for six years. Tay also coached middle school boys and girls' basketball for two years before moving on to the JV/High School Boys' Assistant coach for 8 years.
Tay's 39-year Human Services career and coaching experience has truly prepared him to lead the 39th Senatorial District. These years have formulated his leadership abilities, his teamwork application and his ability to work with all groups into a blueprint for success while building trust and respect.
Tay's strong family, friends and community ties will serve him well in Senate. Tay has been married for 35 years to Brenda Waltenbaugh and has 3 children, T.R., Kara and Lane. All are married and Tay has two grandchildren, Jace and Kendall. Tay and his wife live in Hempfield Township, and the entire family loves spending time in the outdoors, whether it be hunting, fishing or camping.
Tay is currently retired, however he still focuses his energies on helping individuals, as well as families and communities of Westmoreland County. He is involved in special projects which benefit several cities, veterans and educational institutions. Tay is also involved in programs addressing the drug and alcohol issues in the county.