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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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Q: I am now the owner of a 1978 Cadillac Seville Grand Opera Coupe. This was my grandmother’s car and one of a few hundred made of this model. It is not running, but I believe that is due to it sitting. It is all original and has very few miles. What is t (read more)

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East Stroudsburg University


Doreen Tobin, Ed.D., vice president of student affairs at ESU, has received the Suzanne S. Brown Distinguished Service Award, which is named for a long-time PASSHE official working in academic and student affairs and was created to honor an outstanding student affairs individual from the state system of higher education. The award is presented semi-annually by the Council of Chief Student Affairs Offices to a professional who has shown to be innovative or creative in ways that have benefitted his or his university or to PASSHE. Tobin has spent 35 years at two PASSHE institutions, including the last seven at ESU. In 2009, she led a coalition of individuals from the PASSHE universities and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board in the writing of a U.S. Department of Education grant for the Prevention and Reduction of Underage and Binge Drinking at the state system universities.

Also, the Office of the Provost and the College of Health Sciences sponsored a visit from Nicole Smith, Ph.D., a research professor and senior economist at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. Smith visited with various groups of students, faculty and administrators throughout the day and discussed with them the long-term projections of various occupational areas and their educational requirements. Smith is part of a team of economists working on multiple projects to map, forecast and monitor human capital development and career pathways and was invited to ESU so that faculty and staff from the college of health sciences could integrate these predictions in their future planning.



King’s College


Dr. Gregory Bassham, professor of philosophy at King’s College, recently published an essay titled, Virtue-Centered Approaches to Education: Prospects and Pitfalls in Michael W. Austin, ed., “Virtues in Action: New Essays in Applied Virtue Ethics.” Dr. Bassham also published an article titled, Mearsheimer’s Mistakes: Why Colleges Should (and Inevitably Do) Provide Moral Guidance, in the journal Expositions, as well as a review of Alister McGrath’s “C. S. Lewis: A Life” in the journal Mythlore. Also, Robert McGonigle, associate vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students at King’s College, successfully completed the 2013 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Student Affairs Law and Policy certificate program, covering legal research, federal and state courts and statues, FERPA, Title IX, discrimination, employment issues, and academic fraud. Also, Dr. Jennifer McClinton-Temple, professor of English at King’s College, published the article, titled “Expressing ‘Irishness’ in Three Irish American Autobiographies,” in New Hibernia Review/Iris Eireannach Nua. She also recently presented the paper, titled “Negotiating Irishness Down Under in Peter Carey’s ‘True History of the Kelly Gang’” at the American Conference on Irish Studies at the Community College of Rhode Island. Additionally, Rev. Anthony Grasso, C.S.C., professor of English at King’s College, recently presented a paper entitled, “Luther’s Theology of the Cross: Redemptive Suffering and Vivian Bearing’s Death in Margaret Edson’s Play, ‘Wit,’” at the Northeast Regional Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature, held at St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. This year’s conference theme was “Literature of Luther: The Individual, Freedom and Grace,” in advance of the upcoming 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Father Grasso’s essay was accepted for publication in a volume to commemorate the conference, “Literature of Luther: The Individual, Freedom and Grace,” by Wipf & Stock Publishers, Eugene, Ore. Father Grasso also had his poem accepted in this year’s “Poetry in Transit” series, sponsored by the Luzerne County Transportation Authority. His poem, “Time Warp,” will appear in billboard advertising on the LCTA’s buses through next summer. Finally, Gregory Janik, clinical professor of athletic training at King’s College, was presented the 2014 Jeffrey Stone Service Award from the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association (EATA). The award is provided to an EATA member for their unselfish and dedicated efforts to serve and advance the EATA student program. The EATA is comprised of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Districts 1 and 2; the six New England states were designated as District 1, while Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania constitute District 2.





Cynthia Mailloux, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.E., professor and chair of the Department of Nursing at Misericordia University, recently was recognized by the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute for her six years of service on the board of directors. Dr. Mailloux served on the strategic planning and executive committees, as well as the planning committee for “Tiles: From Tears in Triumph’’ in Luzerne County. At Misericordia University, Dr. Mailloux chairs the nursing program. Seen, Peter J. Danchak, chair of the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute’s board of directors, presents a certificate of appreciate to Dr. Cynthia Mailloux.

Also, Michael Orleski, Ph.D., an assistant professor of physics at Misericordia University, had his article, “Service Learning in Introductory Astronomy,’’ published in the December issue of T he Physics Teacher, a refereed journal read by thousands of teachers in high schools and colleges around the world. In Dr. Orleski’s article, he describes how his students host astronomy observation sessions for student groups and the public.

Additonally, Matthew S. Hinton, M.A., M.F.A., has been named the coordinator of writing for the Writing Center in the Student Success Center at Misericordia University. Hinton is responsible for the promotion, coordination, and management of the Writing Center and its related services. He is also in charge of tutorial services related to writing instruction through the Writing Center, sponsored workshops, and other activities. In recent years, Hinton was an adjunct professor in the Department of English at Misericordia University; a head researcher and assistant with J. Michael Lennon, the author of the official biography of Norman Mailer, at Wilkes University, and the world literature and co-advisor for AP English students at Lake-Lehman High School.

Also, Christopher M. Carr, Ph.D., assistant professor of religious rdia University, recently had his essay, “Mary: Mirror of Justice,’’ published in the book, “Mary, God-Bearer to a World in Need,’’ by Pickwick Publications, Eugene, Ore. The 202-page paperback is a collection of essays that explores what the world knows about the mother of Jesus Christ in both Scripture and tradition, and in turn applies it to issues of the modern world.



Pennsylvania College of Technology


Two administrators from Pennsylvania College of Technology offered the presentation “Assessing Student Learning: The Role of Student Affairs in Institutional Assessment and Planning” at the Middle State Commission on Higher Education’s 2013 Annual Conference. Elliott Strickland, chief student affairs officer, and Jennifer McLean, director of counseling, college health and disability services and director of career services, offered the program at the conference, which was held Dec. 8-10 in Philadelphia. The presentation focused on how Student Affairs can integrate a planning and assessment cycle into a collegewide plan. Strickland and McLean communicated the practical elements of engaging the institution in the value of assessment in Student Affairs and discussed the challenges of measuring student learning in Student Affairs and applying efforts to enhance data and “close the loop” with assessment activities. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is a voluntary, nongovernmental membership association dedicated to quality assurance and improvement through accreditation via peer evaluation. Middle States accreditation instills public confidence in institutional mission, goals, performance and resources through rigorous accreditation standards and enforcement.



University of Scranton


Eight faculty members of the University of Scranton have been awarded development intersession grants for January 2014. Jeremy Brees, Ph.D., assistant professor of management/marketing, received a grant to research “Understanding How People Perceive Accountability.” Dr. Brees joined the faculty at the university in 2012. Maureen Carroll, Ph.D., professor of mathematics, received a grant to study “Finite Geometries.” She has been a faculty member at the university since 1995. Arthur Catino, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry, received a grant to study “Synthesis of Hexaphenylethane.” Dr. Catino joined the university in 2013. Zachary Huard, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of physics and electrical engineering, received a grant to research “Cluster Computing.” Dr. Huard joined the faculty at the university in 2013. Michael Jenkins, Ph.D., assistant professor of criminal justice, received a grant to study “Collective Bargaining Units and Innovation of Policing.” Dr. Jenkins, who joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 2013, also taught at the University in 2009 as a faculty specialist. Erica Lasek-Nesselquist, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, received a grant to research “Examining Kelptoplastidic Relationships to Understand the Evolution of Endosymbiosis.” Dr. Lasek-Nesselquist joined the University in 2013. Krzysztof Plotka, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics, received a grant to research “Lineability of N-to-One Function Within the Classes of Hamel and Sierpinski-Zygmund Functions.” Dr. Plotka joined the faculty of the University in 2001. Edward Scahill, Ph.D., associate professor of economics/finance, received a grant to study “Is the Fed Printing Money?” Dr. Scahill has been a faculty member at the University since 1989.


Wilkes University


Wilkes University announced that Anne A. Skleder, Ph.D. was named provost and senior vice president. In this role, Skleder will be responsible for leading the university’s academic programs and initiatives, working with the deans of its five academic schools and colleges and its faculty. She also will have a major role in implementing initiatives outlined in its strategic plan. She will join Wilkes in June 2014. Skleder comes to Wilkes from Cabrini College in Radnor, where she has served as provost and vice president for academic affairs and professor of psychology since July 2010. Before joining Cabrini, Skleder was dean of Chatham College for Women at Chatham University in Pittsburgh. She also served Alvernia University in Reading, in a number of administrative positions, including vice provost, associate vice president for academic affairs and enrollment management, department chair of psychology, director of the Honors Program, and founding director of the Center for Community Engagement. Skleder received her doctorate and master’s degree in social and organizational psychology from Temple University.

Also, Mia Briceno, assistant professor of communication studies at Wilkes University, presented research at the National Communication Association’s annual convention held on Nov. 21 – 24 in Washington, D.C. Briceno presented at the “Great Ideas for Teaching Students” series. She also presented her research on Pan’s Labryinth , a Mexican-Spanish fantasy film released in 2006, and the politics of Latina girlhood in the narrative film, set during the Spanish Civil War which interweaves the real world with a mythical world,

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