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20 Under 40: JenniferDessoye

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Dr. Jennifer Dessoye is assistant professor of occupational therapy at Misericordia University and owner of Bright Beginnings Early Learning Academy (BBELA). Discontent with the early education curriculum and understanding of human development and neurolo (read more)

20 Under 40: Amy Hlavaty Belcher

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Amy Hlavaty Belcher, 39, owner and artistic director of Abrabesque Academy of Dancing, believes that for those who have been given much, much is expected. “I just try hard to do my best,” she said. I have been blessed with many opportunities and many gift (read more)

20 Under 40: Christopher Hetro

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Chris Hetro, 33, works hard and plays hard. “A strong work ethic is important, but finding balance outside of work is important because life is too short and you need to enjoy it,” he explained. As an electrical engineer and project manager at Borton-Laws (read more)

20 Under 40: C. David Pedri

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For attorney C. David Pedri, 37, it’s all about a combination of qualities that contribute to success. “My philosophy is simple: be open and honest, treat people the way you would want to be treated, with respect, and work hard to attain your dreams. The (read more)

20 Under 40: Ed Frable

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Ed Frable, 28, believes “if I work hard and stick to my word, good things will happen. My crew will not be deterred. We will re-evaluate our game plan and not give up until the job is complete,” explained Frable, the owner/operator of Ed Frable Constructi (read more)

20 Under 40: William H. Bender II

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William H. Bender II, CFP, CIMA, CRPC, loves what he does. “I’m lucky. I come to work every day excited to help the people and institutions we work with,” explained Bender, 34, first vice president at Bender Wealth Management Group, Merrill Lynch. The fam (read more)

20 Under 40: Angelo Venditti

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Angelo Venditti, 38, heard a call to the helping professions early on. Geisinger Northeast’s chief nursing officer answer was to volunteer for his local fire company. After high school, he became a paramedic, then enrolled in nursing school. Three years a (read more)

20 Under 40: Donald Mammano

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At 20, Donald Mammano began his own company, while attending the University of Scranton. Mammano, now 33, and president of DFM Properties, recalls, as a youngster, holding a flashlight while his father fixed the kitchen sink. “From that point on I was fas (read more)

20 Under 40: William J. Fennie III

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William J. Fennie III, 27, is always knocking on the proverbial door, because he knows one day, one will open. As an investment specialist with Integrated Capital Management (iCM) he cannot take “no” for an answer. “I make cold calls every day to invite f (read more)

20 Under 40: Marcus Magyar

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As an advisor at CAPTRUST Financial Advisors, Marcus N. Magyar, CFP, 30, provides comprehensive wealth management and investment portfolio services to business owners, executives, families and high-net worth individuals. His multi-disciplinary team of pro (read more)

20 Under 40: Heather Davis

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Heather M. Davis, 33, director of marketing and communication, is responsible for creating, overseeing and implementing a strategic marketing and comprehensive communications plan for The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC). She is also responsible for pr (read more)

20 Under 40: Alexandria Duffney

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Alexandria Duffney, 30, is competitive by nature and loves a good challenge. These qualities have led her to her position as associate director of graduate admission at Wilkes University. Here she works with prospective students interested in enrolling in (read more)

20 Under 40: John Culkin

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John Culkin’s tenets inform: “Less haste equal more speed; the same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg, it is all about what you are made of, not the circumstances surrounding you; and don’t ask someone to walk a mile in your shoes, bef (read more)

20 Under 40: Conor O'Brien

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“What could be worse than getting to the end of your life and realizing you hadn’t lived it,” mused Conor O’Brien.” As co-founder and executive director of the Scranton Fringe Festival, O’Brien, 25, is responsible for leading the development of the overal (read more)

20 Under 40: Jessica Siegfried

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Jessica Siegfried, 38, is senior designer with BlackOut Design Inc., where she is responsible for all creative design at the full-service agency, from traditional branding and print to collateral and front end web design. “I’ve always had an interest in t (read more)

20 Under 40: David Johns

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David Johns’ career path has been shaped by his diverse experiences. As director of structural engineering at Greenman-Pedersen Inc., Moosic, Johns, 39, ensures that his engineering and consultant teams provide clients with their best effort. “We complete (read more)

20 Under 40: Robyn Jones

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Robyn Jones, 38, president of ReferLocal LLC, has learned just as many lessons from her business successes as she’s had from her failures — and she believes it’s important to share that knowledge with her employees. After graduating from American Universi (read more)

20 Under 40: Nisha Arora

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Nisha Arora, 36, tries to be the best version of herself every day. As general counsel for ERA One Source Realty Inc., she realized she cannot control other’s behavior so “I try to focus on myself and how I can be better,” she explained. Arora’s responsib (read more)

20 Under 40: Justin Sandy

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Starting at a young age in Hazleton, Justin C. Sandy, 33, found a passion for running. He became a member then a coach for Misericordia University’s cross country and track and field programs. “It was at Misericordia that I also garnered the profound sati (read more)

20 Under 40: Dr. Ariane Conaboy

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As a doctor of internal medicine at Physicians Health Alliance, Dr. Ariane M. Conaboy, 34, realizes the importance of human life and how fragile it can be at times. Conaboy graduated from Scranton Prep and the University of Scranton with a double major in (read more)

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EDUCATION

GEISINGER COMMONWEALTH

Tanja Adonizio, M.D., associate dean for student affairs and Michelle Schmude, Ed.D., associate dean for admissions, enrollment management and financial aid at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine recently completed the Harvard Macy Institute scholars program for academic leaders in healthcare in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Harvard Macy Institute is offered by Harvard Medical School. Admission to the Institute’s Program for Educators in Health Professions is competitive and is granted to attendees submitting a winning project proposal. During the intensive 12-day program, attendees learn strategies and gain insight into “six major themes: teaching and learning; curriculum; evaluation; leadership; educational research; and information technology” and how to successfully implement their proposed plans. The project Adonizio and Schmude proposed was, “ePortfolio for Professional Development Competency Assessment of Medical Students.” The Geisinger Commonwealth team developed the ePortfolio project as a means to assess medical students’ competency and growth in the crucial area of professionalism.

MISERICORDIA UNIVERSITY

Stanley J. Dudrick, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.S.P.E.N., the Robert S. Anderson Endowed chair and medical director of the physician assistant program at Misericordia University, was awarded the first-ever American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) Lifetime Achievement Award during Clinical Nutrition Week at the ASPEN Lifetime Achievement Award & Gala in Orlando, Florida, February.

Known as the “Father of Parenteral Nutrition’’ in the medical field, Dudrick has been credited with one of the three most important advancements in surgery during the past century along with open heart surgery and organ transplantation. The Nanticoke native’s pioneering research at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, from 1961-66 led to the development of the central venous feeding technique known as intravenous hyperalimentation or total parenteral nutrition (TPN).

His technique allows people who cannot eat to receive nourishment through a tube that bypasses their intestines. The technique is widely used to this day to prevent malnutrition in patients of all ages who are unable to obtain proper nutrition by standard means.

Founded in 1976, ASPEN works to improve patient care by advancing the science and practice of clinical nutrition and metabolism. It is an interdisciplinary organization whose members are involved in the provision of clinical nutrition therapies, including parenteral and enteral nutrition.

UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON

A book by a University of Scranton faculty member, Patricia Moyle Wright, Ph.D., titled “Perinatal and Pediatric Bereavement in Nursing and Other Health Professions,” recently won a 2016 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award, taking first place in the Palliative Care and Hospice category. Wright co-edited the textbook with Beth Perry Black, Ph.D., associate professor of nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Rana Limbo, Ph.D., associate director and senior faculty consultant of Resolve Through Sharing, Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, Wisconsin. The textbook serves as a state-of-the-art resource on perinatal and pediatric palliative care. With new evidence-based research and findings from scholars and practitioners worldwide, it provides different, and even competing perspectives that address the complexities of the tragic experience of perinatal, neonatal and pediatric death. The book serves as a reference for researchers but also includes practical information for professionals who care for families touched by perinatal or pediatric loss.

Wright is an associate professor of nursing at The University of Scranton, teaching in the undergraduate and graduate programs. She joined the university’s faculty in 2007. Her clinical expertise is in end-of-life and hospice nursing. Her research is centered on end-of-life care, with a particular emphasis on grief and bereavement. She has published numerous articles and two books on topics related to end-of-life care. Wright, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Misericordia University. She earned her Ph.D. in nursing from Loyola University, Chicago.

WILKES UNIVERSITY

Eugene Lucas, an assistant professor in the Passan School of Nursing at Wilkes University, has been recognized with the 2017 American Association of Nurse Practitioners State Award for Excellence as Nurse Practitioner in Pennsylvania. The award recognizes Lucas for his demonstrated excellence in nurse practitioner clinical practice. He will receive the award in June 2017 at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners national conference in Philadelphia. Lucas is coordinator of the psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner program in Wilkes’ Passan School of Nursing. In that role, he mentors students to clinical excellence, confirmed by their 100 percent pass rate on national board certification examinations. In addition to his work as a member of the Wilkes nursing faculty, Lucas provides behavioral health care services in various clinical settings. He is a dedicated volunteer at the free medical and dental clinic for the working uninsured at Volunteers in Medicine, Luzerne County, where he has helped to increase patient access to behavioral health services. He was recently awarded a grant from the AllOne Foundation for over $250,000 to start an integrated behavioral health and wellness center at the clinic. He has been actively involved in the Care for PA campaign, advocating to grant nurse practitioners full practice authority in the state. He also has been recognized as the top recruiter of new members for the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners, a statewide advocacy organization for nurse practitioners. Lucas earned the doctor of nursing practice degree at Wilkes University. He also earned a master’s degree in Nursing and ANCC certification as a family nurse practitioner from Misericordia University and a master’s certificate and ANCC certification as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner from Drexel University.

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