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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.