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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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JAMES CHRISTOPHER MUNLEY Munley Law

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CAROLINE MUNLEY Munley Law

ANZALONE LAW OFFICE

The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys has recognized attorney Patrick J. Doyle Jr. as a Two Years 10 Best Personal Injury Attorney for Client Satisfaction.

The institute is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the top 10 personal injury attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the list must pass AIOPIA’s rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research and AIOPIA’s independent evaluation. AIOPIA’s annual list was created to be used as a resource for clients during the attorney selection process.

CEFALO AND ASSOCIATES

The National Board of Trial Advocacy announced Michael J. Cefalo has successfully achieved recertification as a civil and criminal trial advocate. Cefalo has been a NBTA member in good standing for 25 years. The NBTA was formed out of a strong conviction that the law profession and its clients would benefit from an organization designed specifically to create an objective set of standards illustrating an attorney’s experience and expertise in the practice of trial law.

Cefalo is part of a growing number of trial attorneys that have illustrated their commitment to bettering the legal profession by successfully completing a rigorous application process and providing the consumer of legal services with an objective measure by which to choose qualified and experienced legal counsel.

He earned his undergraduate degree in English from Widener University. He is a graduate of the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. Cefalo is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia. He is a member of the Luzerne County Bar Association, the Lackawanna County Bar Association and American Association of Justice.

COMMONWEALTH HEALTH Kevin Musto, M.D., has joined the organization and will practice family medicine at 901 Wyoming Ave., West Pittston. He is a member of the medical staff of Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Musto, a graduate of the Commonwealth Medical College, Scranton, completed a residency in internal medicine at the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education, Scranton.

Erica Perez, D.O., has joined the medical staff of Berwick Hospital Center to practice family medicine.

Perez is a graduate of William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and completed a residency at the Wright Center Family Medicine Residency Program, Scranton.

Her specialty certifications include neonatal advanced life support, advanced cardiac life support, basic life support, pediatric advanced life support and hyperbaric oxygen and wound care.

She is affiliated with Berwick Medical Professionals and will see patients in Shickshinny and Bloomsburg.

Jeremy Celestine, M.D., has joined OB-GYN Associates, Wilkes-Barre, and the medical staff of Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Celestine practices obstetrics and gynecology with special interests in minimally invasive gynecological surgery, infertility and high-risk obstetrics. A graduate of the Commonwealth Medical College, Scranton, he completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at St. Luke’s University Health Network, Bethlehem. Celestine is a junior fellow of the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists.

Muhammad Asif, M.D., has joined the staff and will practice psychiatry at First Hospital, Kingston, and Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Asif is a graduate of Dow Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan, and completed a residency in psychiatry at Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus, New Jersey, and an internal medicine/surgery residency and fellowship at Civil Hospital in Karachi. He also completed an externship in psychiatry at Zucker Hillside Hospital, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Glen Oaks, New York, and a fellowship in internal medicine. He is fluent in Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi.

Atika Zubera, M.D., has joined the staff and will practice psychiatry at First Hospital and Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Zubera is a graduate of the Deccan College of Medical Sciences, India, and completed a residency in psychiatry and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, New Jersey.

She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates.

She specializes in child and adolescent psychiatry and is fluent in Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi. She will see patients at Community Counseling Services, Wilkes-Barre.

Tiffany Hughes-Eagen, M.D., has joined the staff and will practice psychiatry at First Hospital, Kingston.

Hughes-Eagen is a graduate of Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, and completed an internship and residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia. She also completed a residency at Drexel Medical College. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

DISTASIO & KOWALSKI Attorney Daniel J. Distasio has been selected to the 2017 list of “Nation’s Top Attorneys” by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. Fewer than 1 percent of practicing attorneys in the United States are selected for this honor. The recipients have demonstrated the highest ideals of the legal profession.

Attorney Peter J. Biscontini has been selected by National Trial Lawyers for inclusion in its Top 40 Under 40 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in Pennsylvania. The honor is given to only a select group of lawyers for their superior skills and qualifications in the field. Membership is by invitation only and is limited to attorneys in each state or region age 40 or younger who have demonstrated excellence and achieved outstanding results in their careers in civil plaintiff or criminal defense law.

FIDELITY BANK

Jill Marie Valentini, retail branch manager of the Green Ridge office, completed coursework at the 2017 Pennsylvania Bankers Association School of Banking, June 4-8 at the Penn State Conference Center in State College.

Valentini has been with the bank since 2008, where she’s served as teller services supervisor as well as assistant branch manager at both the Abington and Green Ridge offices, before she assumed her current position. In February, her peers at the bank selected her as the 2017 Fidelity Banker of the Year for exemplifying the bank’s core values: relationships, integrity, commitment, passion, innovation and success. Valentini is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Lackawanna and currently serves on its executive board. She is also an active member of the Green Ridge Business Association. A graduate of Valley View High School and Penn State University, she resides in Blakely.

FOLEY LAW FIRM Attorney Michael J. Foley of the Scranton firm was a speaker participant at the American Association for Justice Birth Trauma Litigation Group roundtable. The panel discussed discovery of issues relevant to electronic health records under HIPAA/HITECH and medical audit trails for electronic medical records information in medical malpractice litigation at the American Association for Justice Annual Convention in Boston on July 26. Foley is a past president of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice (2008-2009) and a board member of the American Association for Justice (2009-2016). Foley has been an invited speaker at the American Board of Trial Advocates Master’s Program in Europe and the Western Trial Lawyers Association in Hawaii.

GEISINGER COMMUNITY MEDICAL CENTER

Pulmonologist and critical care physician Pius Ochieng, M.D., F.C.C.P., has joined the medical center.

Ochieng treats patients in the hospital’s intensive care unit. He also treats patients with pulmonary issues, including various forms of lung disease, asthma, bronchitis, chronic cough, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, emphysema, lung cancer, obstructive sleep apnea and tuberculosis.

Board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and critical care, Ochieng earned his medical degree from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Queens Hospital Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, and a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, New York.

He is a fellow of the College of Chest Physicians and a member of the American College of Physicians, the American Thoracic Society, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the Kenya Association for Prevention of TB and Lung Disease and the Christian Medical and Dental Association of Kenya. He is also an associate professor of clinical medicine at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.

GREENMAN-PEDERSEN INC. Jeffrey DeAngelo, EIT, recently joined the firm in Scranton as a senior civil designer. DeAngelo is a graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technology. In his role, he will provide civil design for land development and transportation projects. He will also assist with the firm’s county engineer role. He resides in Dunmore.

HOURIGAN, KLUGER & QUINN P.C. Attorney Michelle M. Quinn was named Lawyer of the Year, NEPA Region — product liability litigation, in the 2018 Edition of the Best Lawyers in America. Quinn was also named in the following categories: medical malpractice law — plaintiffs; personal injury litigation — plaintiffs; product liability litigation — plaintiffs.

Additionally, six other attorneys at the law firm have also been named to the 2018 Best Lawyers list. They are: Richard M. Goldberg: employment law — management; Terrence J. Herron: corporate law; Donald C. Ligorio: personal injury litigation plaintiffs; workers’ compensation law — claimants; Brian Q. McDonnell: workers’ compensation law — claimants; Joseph A. Quinn Jr.: medical malpractice law — plaintiffs; personal injury litigation — plaintiffs; product liability litigation — plaintiffs; Kevin C. Quinn: medical malpractice law — plaintiffs and personal injury litigation — plaintiffs.

As a principal at the firm and a member of its executive committee, Michelle Quinn has an extensive history of handling complex cases. She is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, whose membership is restricted to lawyers who have served as lead counsel in obtaining a seven-figure settlement or verdict.

Quinn is the past president of the Northeastern Pa. Trial Lawyers Association and served on the Board of Governors of the Pa. Association of Justice for many years. She is past chairwoman of the New Lawyers Section and the Long-Range Planning Committee of PAJ. She also previously served as co-chairwoman of the Pa. Bar Association’s Committee on Multi-Jurisdictional Practice.

She received the Northeastern Pa. Trial Lawyers Association’s first annual Lawrence W. Roth Award “in recognition of her outstanding commitment to NEPTLA, her compassion for clients and exemplary character.” She has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer and has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. She has also been included in Woodward-White’s edition of “The Best Lawyers in America,” and has been named by the American Society of Legal Advocates as a Top 100 Litigation Lawyer in the state of Pennsylvania for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Quinn currently acts as spokeswoman for HKQ Kids, a child advocacy organization created by the firm to promote education and awareness about safety issues affecting children.

KEYSTONE COLLEGE Tracy L. Brundage, Ph.D., has been named provost and vice president of academic affairs.

Brundage comes to the college after serving as vice president of workforce development at Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport. She has 25 years of experience in operational leadership, strategic planning and organizational development in higher education and the private sector.

She has been employed in the private sector as a small-business owner, a software education instructor and training specialist.

Brundage holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Gettysburg College, a master of education in training and development, and a doctorate in workforce education and development, both from Penn State University.

LUZERNE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION

Judges and lawyers of the association honored attorney Girard J. Mecadon of Pittston and Lee Ann Palubinsky of Conyngham. The award was presented by Judge Joseph J. Van Jura, the association’s president, for their exceptional service to the local bar.

MCCARTHY TIRE SERVICE

Colleen Horn Doyle, legal counsel for the company, has been named to the prestigious 2017 Pennsylvania Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers, a national rating service of outstanding lawyers.

The Rising Stars list recognizes top up-and-coming attorneys who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less. Doyle competed in a rigorous selection process based on peer recognition and professional achievement while she was with the law firm of Rosenn Jenkins & Greenwald in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in each state are selected to receive the annual honor.

Doyle, a fourth-generation McCarthy, joined the family firm in January. She is the daughter of Mary Ellen McCarthy Horn, one of the three company owners, and Neil Horn, company vice president.

She earned her Juris Doctor degree from Villanova University School of Law. She attained a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Villanova University.

She is a member of the Luzerne County Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

MISERICORDIA UNIVERSITY

The university recently welcomed the addition of 12 new full-time faculty members to campus for the 2017-18 academic year during a special orientation program.

In the College of Health Sciences and Education, Jacklyn DelPrete, M.S.N., has been appointed as an assistant professor of nursing. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Pennsylvania State University, State College, and her Master of Science degree in nursing from Misericordia University. Christine German, O.T.D., M.S.O.T., has been named an assistant professor of occupational therapy. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in health science and occupational therapy from Misericordia University. Erin Burns Kilduff, M.P.A.S., has been named an assistant professor of physician assistant studies. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition and dietetics from Marywood University, Scranton, and her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from King’s College, Wilkes-Barre.

Lisa M. Shustack, Ed.D., M.S.Ed., M.S.N., has been appointed an assistant professor of nursing. She earned her BSN from Cedar Crest College, Allentown, and Master of Science in nursing from the University of Phoenix, Arizona. Shustack also received a Master of Science in education degree from Wilkes-University, Wilkes-Barre, and a doctorate in education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana.

Amy M. Wierbowski, M.P.A.S., M.F.A., has been named an assistant professor of physician assistant studies. She earned her Master of Physician Assistant Studies, Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees from Marywood University.

Catherine M. Zurawski, M.S.N., has been appointed as an assistant professor of nursing. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing from Misericordia University.

In the College of Arts and Sciences, Yuhan Ding, Ph.D., has been named an assistant professor of mathematics and computer science. She holds a doctorate in applied mathematics from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois, and a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in pure mathematics and information and computing science from Shanghai University, China.

John Philip Morgan, Ph.D., has been appointed as an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry. He has a doctorate in chemistry from California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif., and a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Haverford College, Haverford.

Triet M. Pham, Ph.D., has been named assistant professor of mathematics and computer science. He has a doctorate in mathematics and a Master of Science in statistics from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and two Bachelor of Science degrees in applied mathematics and mathematical economics from the California State University at Long Beach.

Colby J. Tanner, Ph.D., has been appointed as an assistant professor of biology. Tanner has a doctorate in biology from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah; a Master of Science in biology from DePaul University, Chicago, and a Bachelor of Arts in biology from the University of Montana, Missoula, Mont.

Sara Tavela, Ph.D., has been named a visiting assistant professor of English. She has a doctorate and Master of Arts degree in English from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh; a Master of Arts in human development and family studies from the University Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, and a B.A. in English and psychology from Queens University of Charlotte, N.C.

Robert Lucas Williams, Ph.D., has been named an assistant professor of history and government. Williams earned his doctorate degree and Master of Arts in political science from the University of Houston, Houston, Texas, and two Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science and history from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Also at the university, Leamor Kahanov, Ed.D., A.T.C., L.A.T., dean of the College of Health Sciences and Education, was selected to make two scholarly presentations at the Collaborating Across Borders VI Conference in Banff, Alberta, Canada, in October.

The conference is North America’s premier interprofessional health care education and collaborative practice conference, according to CAB. It links educators, researchers, practitioners, students and patients from Canada and the United States in essential discussions around interprofessional health care education, practice, leadership and policy in North America.

Kahanov is a certified athletic trainer with a doctorate in education from the University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California. She earned a master’s degree in exercise and sports sciences from the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, and a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science and athletic training from Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.

MUNLEY LAW Marion Munley of the Scranton law firm was named chairwoman of the American Association for Justice Women Trial Lawyers Caucus at the AAJ annual convention in Boston recently.

The caucus provides an opportunity for women in the legal profession to support and learn from one another through networking events, continuing legal education courses, awards and leadership opportunities. Munley’s dedication to women’s leadership development in the law has been well-documented. She currently serves as co-chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession Mentoring Committee. Last year, she received the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Lynette Norton Award, recognizing an outstanding female litigator devoted to mentoring other women lawyers. As Munley takes on this new role, she will continue to work on behalf of women lawyers by promoting the advancement of female attorneys to leadership positions.

Meanwhile, six firm partners have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America in the U.S. in 2018.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. For the 2018 Edition of the Best Lawyers in America, 7.4 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 58,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

The firm’s lawyers included in the 2018 Best Lawyers in America list: Robert W. Munley Sr. — personal injury litigation (plaintiffs), product liability litigation (plaintiffs); Marion Munley — medical malpractice law (plaintiffs), personal injury litigation (plaintiffs), product liability litigation (plaintiffs); Robert W. Munley III — personal injury litigation (plaintiffs); Daniel W. Munley — personal injury litigation (plaintiffs); James Christopher Munley — workers’ compensation law (claimants), personal injury litigation (plaintiffs); and Caroline Munley — personal injury litigation (plaintiffs).

NEPA YOUTH SHELTER

Paul Datti and Stacey Berlinski have been appointed to the board of directors.

NIKI JONES AGENCY

Chief Executive Officer Niki Jones of the local public relations, marketing and digital solutions firm has been accepted into the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, an investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing access to education, capital and business support services. The program is designed for business owners who have a business positioned for growth.

The agency has served some of the most iconic brands and organizations in the Hudson Valley, Pike and Orange counties for more than 18 years.

O’DONNELL LAW OFFICES

Best Lawyers has chosen attorney Neil T. O’Donnell, owner and founder of the law office in Kingston, as Lawyer of the Year for Personal Injury Litigation—Plaintiffs. O’Donnell has been recognized by Best Lawyers for the last five years.

Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Its methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical and legal practice area.

A frequent contributor to legal education programs, O’Donnell has held leadership positions in both regional and state legal communities, including the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. He has been recognized as a Top 100 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer from 2007-2017. He has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2012-2017, and from 2002-2017 has received the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating. He was inducted into the Melvin Belli Society, named after America’s most famous trial lawyer.

PENN STATE WILKES-BARRE Donna Yale has joined the college’s continuing education staff at Penn State Wilkes-Barre’s Northern Tier Center in Towanda.

In her role as an education program associate, she will be responsible for developing, selling and administering a wide variety of education and training programs to include credit, professional development and customized training primarily for the working adult audience, helping to meet employer workforce development needs in Bradford and Sullivan counties.

Yale comes to the campus with 16 years of experience in the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program at University Park. In her time with PennTAP, she has been responsible for assisting small- to medium-sized businesses in eastern Pennsylvania to become e-commerce savvy, developing and providing seminars for small businesses, and managing grants for the advanced IT team.

A graduate of Penn State University with a Master of Education in adult education, she also holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Mansfield University with a focus in computer programming and business application.

The college also has announced the addition of a new staff member and new campus advisory board members to the college for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Joseph Natale joins Student Support Services as an academic/career counselor. A TRiO federal grant program, SSS aims to increase college retention, graduation rates, and career options for first-generation college students, those from low-income families, the physically challenged, and students with learning disabilities. A Penn State alumnus, with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education — social studies, he earned his master’s degree in higher education administration from Marywood University. Most recently, he worked at Penn State Hazleton as a member of the admissions team and co-adviser of Lion Ambassadors. As the new academic/career counselor, he is looking forward to understanding what motivates students to push themselves to their full potential and is excited to help guide them on a path of self-discovery while studying at Wilkes-Barre, University Park and beyond. Natale and his wife, Megan, are currently raising a Penn State Class of 2036 member, their daughter, Adeline.

Amy Marie Feldman, director of development at the Greater Wilkes-Barre Association for the Blind, joins the campus advisory board this fall. Feldman is a graduate of Penn State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in advertising and public relations. She also holds a Master of Science from Misericordia University in organizational management. She is an active member at the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce and a recent graduate of Leadership Wilkes-Barre.

Joseph Oprendick begins his term on the board this fall. He is a retired educator who served for 35 years in the Pittston Area School District and the Wilkes-Barre Career and Technical Center. A graduate of Mansfield University, Oprendick earned his Bachelor of Science in elementary education and attended the University of Scranton for a Master of Science in education administration.

James Regan, president of Phasor Corp. in Kingston, has joined the board. With 27 years of engineering experience, Regan is looking forward to mentoring students and encouraging them on their career paths. He is a Wilkes-Barre campus alumnus and has participated in educational opportunities at King’s College, Mercyhurst University and the Navy.

PIKE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE

District Attorney Ray Tonkin announced that a nationwide organization of prosecutors accepted his nomination of Pike County First Assistant District Attorney Bruce DeSarro for the annual award for Outstanding Trial Advocacy for his work in the investigation and prosecution of Eric Frein, which he conducted along with Tonkin. The organization, the Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation, is composed of current and former prosecutors involved in prosecuting murder cases from around the nation. Each year, AGACL recognizes several outstanding prosecutors at their yearly conference in what is referred to as the “Best of the Best” presentation. The board of directors for AGACL reviews nominations for prosecutors across the country and makes the selection for award recipients.

On Aug. 9 during a ceremony held in Pasadena, California, DeSarro was one of seven prosecutors to receive AGACL’s Outstanding Advocacy Award for excellence in either trial or appellate advocacy. During the ceremony, DeSarro’s work during the investigation and prosecution of Eric Frein was highlighted. Frein was convicted earlier this year for the first degree murder of Cpl. Bryon Dickson and attempted murder of Trooper Alex Douglass, along with several other charges including charges of terrorism and possession of weapons of mass destruction.

DeSarro began his career as a prosecutor in 1999 in Pike County and served as an assistant district attorney until 2008 when he was appointed first assistant district attorney.

SEWANHAKA CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

At the Aug. 8 Board of Education meeting, the district appointed Dr. Kathleen Sottile as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction

Sottile has been with the district for 12 years as the principal of Floral Park Memorial High School. She formerly served as an assistant principal in both the Delaware Valley School District and the Scranton School District.

As a testament to the student success, which has been accomplished under her leadership, she has been the recipient of many awards and honors, including the LIU Post-Secondary School Educator of the Year, Newsweek Magazine/Washington Post America’s Best High Schools from 2006 to the present; U.S. News & World Report America’s Best High School Silver Award in 2008 and 2015; Jamaica Square Improvement League Leadership Award; U.S. News & World Report America’s Best High School Gold Award in 2014; PTSA Lifetime Achievement Award; Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award; Women of Distinction Eleanor Roosevelt Award; March of Dimes Golden Apple Award; Town of Hempstead Pathfinder Award and the New York District Everyday Hero Award.

She officially assumed her new position on Oct. 1.

SOCIETY FOR MINING, METALLURGY AND EXPLORATION

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration named Michael C. “Mike” Korb a recipient of the Distinguished Member Award. He will be installed as a Distinguished Member, Class of 2018, during the SME’s 2018 annual awards dinner Feb. 28 in Minneapolis.

A Legion of Honor member of SME, he has participated in SME organizations since joining in October 1961.

Korb graduated from the University of Missouri-Rolla, now the Missouri University of Science and Technology, as a mining engineer in 1968.

He serves on the board of directors of the Eckley Miners Village Associates and the Anthracite Heritage Museum & Iron Furnaces Associates. He is vice president and director of the Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation and director emeritus of Ashland Community Enterprises (Pioneer Tunnel).

He is retired from the Wilkes-Barre office of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation, and is working part time with Tetra Tech Inc.

Korb and his wife, Pat, live in Hobbie, Wapwallopen, Luzerne County. They have a son, Matthew, Los Angeles, and a daughter, Kathleen, York.

TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT

Three depot employees were recognized for their years of government service during the Length of Service ceremonies May 19: Timothy Donnelly, Factoryville, 35 years, management analyst, Mission Analysis Division, Production Management Directorate; Howard Slinger, Tobyhanna, 30 years, System Preparation Branch chief, C4ISR Finishing Division, Systems Integration and Support Directorate; and Michael McCawley, Scranton, 30 years, Communications Branch chief, C4 Division, C4ISR Directorate.

In addition to service certificates and pins, employees with 35 years receive an engraved mantle clock. Employees with 30 years receive a framed American flag that includes a photo of the depot. Depot commander Col. Gregory Peterson presented the awards.

UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON Julie Cerrito, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of the school counseling program in the Department of Counseling and Human Services, received the Edwin L. Herr Fellowship for Excellence in Counseling Leadership and Scholarship Award from Chi Sigma Iota, the international counseling academic and professional honor society.

Cerrito is a national certified counselor and school counselor. She also holds an approved clinical supervisor credential. She serves as the faculty adviser for the Chi Delta Rho Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota at Scranton.

Cerrito earned her bachelor’s degree from Bloomsburg University, her master’s degree from the University of Scranton and her Ph.D. from Penn State University.

The university has named Harry R. Dammer, Ph.D., associate dean for the College of Arts and Sciences.

Dammer is a professor in the university’s Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Criminology. He joined the faculty in 2002. He is the author or co-author of seven books, including “Religion in Corrections,” “The Offender in the Community” and “Comparative Criminal Justice Systems.” He has also published or co-published more than 40 articles, chapters, manuals and professional reports on a variety of criminal justice topics, including corrections, international justice and religion in prison. In 1993-94, and the spring of 2009, Dammer was awarded Fulbright Scholarships to lecture and conduct research in Germany.

Dammer has 16 years of experience as a department chairman, serving at both Scranton and Niagara University.

At Scranton, Dammer served as the faculty representative to the NCAA, as a faculty fellow in the Office of Educational Assessment, and as a member of the Steering Committee and chairman of the Mission Implementation Sub-Committee for the university’s last Middle States review.

In 2011, he received the university’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Advancing Interdisciplinary Study, and in 2016 he received the Faculty Award for Excellence in University Service and Leadership.

Dammer earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Dayton and his doctorate from Rutgers University.

The university also reported the Lion’s Club Low Vision Centers of Fairfield and New Haven counties in Connecticut recognized Julie A. Nastasi, Sc.D., O.T.D., assistant professor of occupational therapy at the university, as an Ambassador of Sight. This is the highest award bestowed by the center and recognizes honorees for contributions made that encourage the long-term availability of low vision services.

Nastasi serves as director of low vision therapy for the University’s Edward R. Leahy Jr. Center Clinic for the Uninsured. Through a program she helped to establish, Nastasi, along with her occupational therapy students, offer services through the free clinic that are designed to help those with low vision remain independent.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton, a master’s degree from Tufts University and Certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She holds doctorates from Boston University and Towson University.

The university has named Sunil Ahuja, Ph.D., associate provost for academic affairs. He was also awarded tenure and rank of professor in the Department of Political Science at Scranton.

Ahuja has more than 25 years of experience in teaching, scholarship, service and academic administration, particularly in the area of institutional accreditation. Most recently, he served as vice president for accreditation relations, institutional change and research, Higher Learning Commission, Chicago.

An accomplished scholar, Ahuja is the author of more than 25 publications including his book, “Congress Behaving Badly: The Rise of Partisanship and Incivility and the Death of Public Trust.”

He earned his bachelor’s degree in government with a minor in philosophy from Northwest Missouri State University, and his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in political science from the University of Nebraska.

The university granted promotions or tenure to 11 faculty members effective at the start of the 2017-18 academic year.

Three faculty members have been promoted to professor: Michael Allison, Ph.D., political science; Rita Fleming-Castaldy, Ph.D., occupational therapy; and Jamie Trnka, Ph.D., world languages and cultures.

Two faculty members were named associate professor: Jason Graham, Ph.D., mathematics and Debra Fetherman, Ph.D., exercise science and sport.

Four faculty members were named associate professor and granted tenure: Aram Balagyozyan, Ph.D., economics and finance; Taewan Kim, Ph.D., management, marketing and entrepreneurship; Christos Pargianas, Ph.D., economics and finance; and Jill Warker, Ph.D., psychology.

Two faculty members have been granted tenure: Michael Jenkins, Ph.D., sociology, criminal justice and criminology, and Ann Feeney, Ph.D., nursing.

Allison received his bachelor’s degree from Fairfield University and his master’s degree and doctorate from Florida State University. He has worked for the University since 2006.

Fleming-Castaldy received her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from New York University. She has worked at the University since 2002.

Trnka received her bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and her master’s degree and doctorate from Cornell University. She has worked for the University since 2006.

Graham received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston, his master’s degree from Southern Methodist University and the University of Iowa and received his doctorate from the University of Iowa. He has worked for the University since 2012.

Fetherman received her bachelor’s degree from Ohio University, her master’s degree from the University of Central Arkansas and her doctorate from Marywood University. She has worked for the university since 2005.

Balagyozyan received his bachelor’s degree from Yerevan State University and his doctorate from the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York. He has worked for the university since 2011.

Kim received his bachelor’s degree from Hannan University in South Korea and his master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has worked for the university since 2011.

Pargianas received his bachelor’s degree from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, his master’s degree from the University of Macedonia and Brown University and his doctorate from Brown University. He has worked for the university since 2011.

Warker received her bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University and her master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Illinois. She has worked for the University since 2011.

Jenkins received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton and his master’s degree and doctorate from Rutgers University. He has worked for the University since 2013.

Feeney received her bachelor’s degree from Marywood University, her master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her doctorate from Binghamton University. She has worked for the University since 2008.

WALLENPAUPACK VETERINARY CLINIC Dr. Grace Nebzydoski recently joined the veterinary practice. She earned her bachelor of science degree in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology from the University of Scranton in 2013, graduating summa cum laude, and her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating cum laude in May near the top of her class.

In addition to spending a large portion of her time at Penn Vet in the companion animal hospital, Nebzydoski dedicated a tremendous amount of time to developing her knowledge in equine and food animal medicine at the large-animal hospital at New Bolton Center. Upon graduation, she received an award for excellence in bovine medicine, an honor reserved for graduates who have gone above and beyond in this often-overlooked area of medicine.

WAYNE BANK JoAnn Fuller, senior vice president and deposit and loan operations manager of the bank, has completed the third and final year of coursework at the 2017 Pennsylvania Bankers Association Advanced School of Banking, July 17-21, at the Penn State Conference Center, State College.

WAYNE PHYSIATRY, LLC Dr. Scott K. Epstein announces the opening of the practice at 600 Maple Ave., Honesdale, specializing in the treatment and rehabilitation of chronic pain resulting from accident, illness or trauma. Multiple modalities are available to patients, including electromyography, pain management and localized injections.

Epstein, the medical director of the Wayne Memorial Good Shepherd Inpatient Rehabilitation System, is a board-certified physician with more than 20 years of practice in Northeast Pennsylvania. He is also a state-recognized medical legal expert.

WELLS FARGO Greg Collins, who served since 2009 as the community bank area president for Northeast Pennsylvania, retired near the end of September.

A 25-year company veteran, Collins led more than 300 team members and oversaw the operations of 37 branch banking offices across nine counties. Previously, he served the bank in leadership roles in Northeast Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley.

Collins is a member of the board of trustees for Misericordia University, and a board member of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry, Leadership Wilkes-Barre, the Wilkes-Barre YMCA, Wilkes-Barre General Hospital and the United Way of Wyoming Valley.

A Northeast Pennsylvania native, he received his bachelor of science from Misericordia University. He is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Wilkes-Barre’s Executive Leadership Program.

The Allentown office, located in Hawley, of Wells Fargo Advisors, Wealth Brokerage Services, announced that David Green has joined the firm as a financial adviser, vice president/investments.

A graduate of Shippensburg University with a Bachelor of Arts in business administration, Green has seven years of experience in the financial services industry. He resides in Tyler Hill with his wife and their two children.

WESTMORELAND CLUB Robert L. Williams, CCM, CEC, general manager and chief operating officer, attended the City Athletic Club Managers Conference in Atlanta from June 21 to 23. Conference attendance is open only to a select group of club managers whose clubs rank among the top in the country.

The club has consistently earned Platinum Club of America status and has also been named a Distinguished Emerald Club of the World by BoardRoom Magazine. These elite designations are awarded only to the top city clubs nationally and internationally.

WILKES UNIVERSITY

Scott Stolte, Pharm.D., has joined the university as dean of the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy. With his leadership, the school will continue to grow and strengthen its national reputation as a leader in education, research and pharmacy practice.

Before joining the university, Stolte was professor and dean of the College of Pharmacy at Roseman University of Health Sciences in Henderson, Nevada. Stolte earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Purdue University. He completed a postdoctoral residency in community pharmacy practice at the Family PharmaCare Center Inc. and Purdue University. He also completed an Academic Leadership Fellowship with the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

Jennifer Malinowski, Pharm.D., a faculty member and an assistant dean in the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy, has won the 2017 Innovations in Teaching Competition sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Malinowski, who is an associate professor of pharmacy practice in the Nesbitt School, who was recognized during the association’s annual meeting held July 15-19 in Nashville, Tennessee, is the first faculty member from the university to receive the honor. She presented her teaching project on how to engage pharmacy students to promote quality improvement with medication use in a special session at the event, and also did a featured poster presentation.

Malinowski was recognized with her clinical partners Linda Thomas-Hemak, M.D., FACP, FAAP, president/CEO, the Wright Center, and Teresa Lacey, R.N., Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Malinowski had a clinical practice site at the Wright Center, where more than 50 fourth-year pharmacy students worked as part of their clinical rotations.

WYOMING SEMINARY

Kevin Rea, 12th president of the school, was elected in May to a two-year term as vice president of the Board of the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools. He originally was elected to the board in April 2016.

Rea also holds memberships in the National Association of Independent Schools and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. He recently was named to the board of directors of the United Way of Wyoming Valley.

He began his tenure as the school’s president in July 2015, received a bachelor of arts degree in English from Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island, and bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees in English language and literature from Oxford University in the United Kingdom. He also received a second master of arts degree in cultural and critical studies from Birkbeck College, University of London.

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