Personnel File for February

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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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Holly Akers has been hired as a new business development professional for Highland Associates. She brings more than 20 years of experience in the fields of marketing and business development with a strong concentration in the architecture and engineering industry. In the role of business developer, she will seek out new business opportunities for the firm, assist in maintaining existing relationships with long term clients and deliver effective proposals for prospective projects. She received her MBA from Centenary College, Hackettstown, N.J. She has held similar positions with mid size architecture and architecture/engineering firms in the Northeast and is an active member of the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association.
Also, John Durdan, professional engineer, has been hired as member of the mechanical engineering department at Highland Associates. Professional engineer (PE) refers to an individual who has fulfilled education and experience requirements and passed rigorous exams that, under state licensure laws, permit them to offer engineering services directly to the public. To become a PE an individual must be a graduate of an engineering program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, pass the fundamentals of engineering exam, gain four years of experience working under a PE, and pass the principles of practice of engineering exam.


Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs announced the promotion of Kara Fox-LaRose to assistant general manager and Jeff George to the position of vice president of hotel and food & beverage. Fox-LaRose has been with the Mohegan Sun organization for 18 years, serving most recently as the vice president of marketing at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs where she was responsible for a number of departments including bus sales, regional marketing, Player’s Club, promotions and special events. Prior to her arrival in Pennsylvania, Fox-LaRose served as vice president of marketing and promotions at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. In her new role, Fox-LaRose will be responsible for all non-gaming operations. Additionally, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs announced the promotion of Jeff George to vice president of hotel and food & beverage. George has been with the company since 2008 serving as director of food & beverage and overseeing the successful opening of Project Sunrise. Over the course of his 22-year career, George has worked in food, beverage and hotel positions at a number of gaming companies including Harrah’s Entertainment, Boyd Gaming Corporation and the legendary Binion’s casinos.



Franklin Security Bank announced Cheryl DeHaut, assistant vice president compliance officer, was recently awarded the Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) designation from the Institute of Certified Bankers (ICB). To qualify for the CRCM certification, individuals must have certain levels of experience and education in the compliance profession, pass an exam and agree to abide by a code of ethics. Ms. DeHaut currently oversees all compliance functions at Franklin Security Bank including serving as the coordinator of the compliance committee, development of compliance training and serving as the bank’s BSA, CRA and OFAC officer. Ms. DeHaut has been employed at the bank since 1999 when the financial institution was first established and was one of the original employees who helped develop the bank’s original products, services and systems.



William Schweighofer, resident and CEO of The Honesdale National Bank announced that Sean A. Finan has joined the bank as a vice president and commercial loan officer. Mr. Finan has more than 35 years of experience as a financial services advisor and banker in Pike County. As a commercial loan officer for HNB, he is specifically charged with managing and developing business relationships in northeastern Pennsylvania and the neighboring markets. He is headquartered in the HNB Corporate Center at 724 Main Street in Honesdale. He has successfully completed the Stonier Graduate School of Banking and holds Series 7 and Series 63 Securities Licenses.


Peter J. Danchak, president of PNC Bank, Northeast PA, recently announced that Theresa Yocum has joined PNC Bank. Yocum is vice president and banking services advisor in PNC’s wealth management group for the Pocono region. Yocum attended the PBA School of Commercial Lending at Bucknell University. She is a member of the board of directors for the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce, Pleasant Valley High School Educational Foundation, Pocono Workforce Investment Board, Monroe County Planning Commission and the Pocono Health Foundation.



Lewis J. Critelli, president and chief executive officer of Wayne Bank announced that Robert J. Mancuso has joined Wayne Bank as Senior vice president, chief information officer. Mr. Mancuso has his MBA with a concentration in accounting from The University of Scranton. He is also a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School for Bank Administration based in Madison, Wis. During his extensive banking career, he has held senior leadership roles in auditing, finance, retail banking, bank operations, information technology, facilities and human resources.

James Martin, realtor and Nicole Murray, realtor with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates were each awarded scholarships by the Pocono Mountains Association Realtors (PMAR) to further their education in the real estate industry. Murray, who was voted “Realtor of the Year” in 2011, is a member of the PMAR board of directors and co-chair of the MLS Committee. Martin has been in the business for more than four years and serves on PMAR’s Social Events Committee and other committees. Above, from left are Nicole Murray, realtor; Dennis Mooney, vice president; Thomas R. Wilkins, CEO; and James Martin, realtor.
Vintage Real Estate Academy announced that Thomas R. Wilkins will teach “Non-Residential Property Management,” an accredited property management course. Wilkins, who is owner of Wilkins & Associates-property Management and NEPA Management Associates, has been involved in the property management business for the past 20 years. The property management company interfaces with his primary company Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates. Wilkins is an accredited teacher licensed by the Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission as a real estate instructor.

Steve Farrell, owner/broker of Classic Properties announced that Debra Keller has joined the Clarks Summit office. She has seven years experience as a realtor and has closed almost $3 million in sales in the past year. She is also a Certified Investment Specialist (CIS).

RE/MAX of the Poconos welcomed Thomas LaBar to its sales team. He has been a licensed realtor since 2000 and specializes in residential sales and rentals working with buyers and sellers throughout Monroe County.

Glenn Boyd, center, a designer at Highlights for Children, was recently honored for 20 years of service to the company. With him are Chris Rettstatt, at left, director of children’s digital content, and Scott Mowry, technical director of new media. Also, Dolores Motichka has been named to the new post of senior designer of Highlights Press at the Highlights for Children editorial offices in Honesdale. The new Highlights-branded book publishing program was launched recently with Let’s Celebrate titles, as well as joke books and themed puzzle collections. Most recently, the award-winning designer was acting art director for Highlights, the most widely circulated children’s magazine in the United States. She began her career in 1977 at Highlights and then became a fashion illustrator for the Globe store in Scranton and later a textbook designer at the International Correspondence Schools in Scranton. She returned to Highlights in 1980 to work on the Zaner-Bloser spelling series. In 1983, she became a designer for the National Wildlife Federation, and from 1984 to 1995, she was a staff illustrator and features designer for The Washington Times newspaper in Washington, D.C. Motichka designed editorial products for U.S. News & World Report from 1995 until 2002. She then returned to Honesdale and did freelance design work for nearly a decade.