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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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Allied Services Integrated Health System


Tom Mineo recently joined Allied Services Integrated Health System as a physician account representative. He joins a team dedicated to educating area physicians to the medical professionals, services and technological advances that result in faster and fuller recovery for patients at Allied Services. He earned an MBA from the University of Scranton and brings 15 years of experience in the medical equipment field to his new role at Allied Services.





Timothy P. Braatz, M.D. has become medical director of NEPA Imaging Center. He has been associated with the center since joining the medical imaging practice in 2003. He replaces the former medical director, Dr. Jonathon Sullum, who has retired. Dr. Braatz received his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He completed an internal medicine internship and radiology residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Braatz completed his MRI fellowship at the University of Medical Imaging, Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, N.Y. Dr. Braatz is a Board certified radiologist and a member of the American College of Radiology and the American Medical Association.





Schuylkill Health introduced a new physician to its neurology practice, Schuylkill Medical Group Neurology announced John E. Simodejka, president/chief executive officer. Nicole E. Purcell, D.O., M.S., board certified neurologist, recently began seeing patients in her Pottsville Office at the Schuylkill Medical Mall, 700 Schuylkill Manor Road, Pottsville. Dr. Purcell will work with referring physicians to diagnose and treat disorders of the nervous system including diseases of the brain, nerves, muscles and spinal cord. Dr. Purcell’s practice also provides treatment for conditions such as stroke, seizures, headaches, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, dementia and other disorders. Dr. Purcell comes to Schuylkill Health from Pinnacle Health Neurology Associates, Camp Hill, where she served as director and chief of neurological services. She also served on the board of directors of Pinnacle Health Medical Services and is a clinical assistant professor of neurology, Penn State College of Medicine. Dr. Purcell earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her Internship at St. Luke’s Hospital and Health Network, Allentown, and her residency (chief resident) at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey.



Susquehanna Health


Susquehanna Health announced that Victor Becker, M.D. has recently been named chief medical information officer (CMIO) for the health system hospitals. As CMIO, Dr. Becker will be responsible for providing leadership and direction in the planning, development and implementation of clinical information technology, as well as act as a liaison between hospital medical staff and information technology staff to assess needs. Dr. Becker has been CMIO at Soldiers + Sailors Memorial Hospital since 2007 and has practiced family medicine at the Laurel Health Centers since 1999. Dr. Becker will continue to see patients two days per week at the Wellsboro Laurel Health Center, and as CMIO will spend three days per week rotating between Tioga and Lycoming counties fulfilling duties.



Wayne Memorial Hospital


Abdalla Sholi, M.D., is assuming leadership of Wayne Memorial Hospital’s Cancer Care and Infusion Clinic. Dr. Sholi had been on the Wayne Memorial Hospital medical staff several years earlier and returned this year, joining radiation oncologist Jose Pino-y-Torres, M.D., in serving the needs of Wayne Memorial’s cancer patients. Dr. Sholi is dual board-certified in hematology and medical oncology, both subspecialties of internal medicine, in which he is also board-certified. After internship and residency at the Scranton Temple Residency Program in Scranton, Dr. Sholi went on to complete a three-year fellowship in hematology/oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Dr. Sholi received his medical degree from Jordan University in Amman, Jordan in 1994. Most recently, Dr. Sholi was on the staff of the Cancer Center of Sarasota Manatee in Sarasota, Fla.



Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers


Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers (WMCHC), welcomed Stephanie Childs, DMD to its staff. Dr. Childs will see patients at the Pike Dental Center in Lords Valley. The new dental office, part of a building expansion at the Pike Family Health Center, is an extension of the Together for Health Dental Center in Honesdale. Dr. Childs earned a doctor of dental medicine degree graduating magna cum laude from Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry, Philadelphia. The Pike Dental Center is located at 750 Route 739, Suite D of the Pike County Medical Center, Lords Valley. The dental facility, fully equipped with five operatories for comprehensive dental services will open its doors to patients in January 2014. Dr. Childs joins Robert Fredericks, DDS at this state-of-the art practice.

Also, Michael C. Campbell, M.D., behavioral health director for Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers, (WMCHC) can now add FAPA to his title. He was recently named a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). According to the APA’s website, fellowship is the highest honor the association bestows upon its members. The designation is awarded to outstanding psychiatrists who have made significant contributions to the psychiatric profession in at least five of the following areas: administration, teaching, scientific and scholarly publications, volunteering in mental health and medical activities of social significance, community involvement as well as for clinical excellence. Dr. Campbell has been treating adults and children age 3 and older at the Behavioral Health Center, Stourbridge Professional and Medical Complex, 600 Maple Street in Honesdale for the past two years. He is board-certified in psychiatry and family medicine. He earned his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University‘s Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He completed a joint residency program at West Virginia University Hospital.

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