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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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Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin

 

Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin announced that Leo A. Bohanski and William J. McPartland have been elected shareholders of the firm. Both attorneys are located in the firm’s Scranton office. Mr. Bohanski joined the firm’s Casualty Department in 2004, and focuses his practice on motor vehicle liability, premises liability, general liability and first party medical benefits disputes. He is a member of the Lackawanna County and Monroe County Bar Associations as well as the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania. He additionally is a member of the Minority Bar Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He received his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law. Mr. McPartland, who joined the firm in 2007, focuses his practice primarily on school claims and special education law. A member of the firm’s Casualty Department, he is also experienced in the defense of general liability matters involving automobile accidents, premises liability claims, and special investigation matters including arson and insurance fraud. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

 

Munley Law

 

Marion K. Munley, a partner in the Munley Law firm and nationally renowned speaker in the area of trucking litigation and trial practice, recently presented before groups of her peers at conventions and conferences in San Francisco, Las Vegas and Kentucky. Munley spoke before members of the Kentucky Justice Association in Louisville, at a recent conference, which focused on Litigating Truck Wreck Cases. Munley’s presentation was entitled “Corporations are People too, My Friend” and “They Have to Chat with You: Obtaining Discovery from Tractor Trailer Companies.” Munley also presented at the American Association for Justice annual convention in San Francisco, which featured educational programs for plaintiff lawyers with a national focus. Her topic at the convention was Initial Intake and Investigation. Earlier this month, she presented at 360 Advocacy Institute’s conference on “How to Win Trucking Cases 2013, “which was held in Las Vegas, Nev. Munley’s topic at that conference was “Night Time Collisions – Conspicuity and Overdriving Headlights.” Also, Atty. Caroline Munley, managing partner of Munley Law, has been named to the Top 40 Under 40 for The National Trial Lawyers. The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 is a professional organization composed of the top trial lawyers from each state who are younger than the age of 40. Membership is by invitation only and is extended exclusively to those trial lawyer practicing civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law. Invitees must exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a young lawyer. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase process, which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research.

 

 

O’Donnell Law Offices

 

Kingston attorney Neil T. O’Donnell of O’Donnell Law Offices, recently served as a faculty member at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s (PBI) 20th Annual Auto Law Update. Attendees heard presentations on methods to gain a successful outcome for auto cases, new issues affecting limited tort cases and the best strategies for bad faith lawsuits. O’Donnell devotes his practice to personal injury claims arising from truck collisions, medical negligence, product liability and workers compensation. He 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. O’Donnell has been recognized as a Top 100 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer from 2007-2013. O’Donnell has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 and the 2013 edition of the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.

 

 

Perry Law

 

Mark T. Perry, founding partner of the Perry Law Firm, announced that Mary Montoro is now an associate with the firm. Montoro has been with Perry Law since 2007, starting her career as a paralegal and assisting attorneys in preparing for trial, drafting pleadings and discovery responses, and coordination of witnesses and exhibits. She was admitted to both the Pennsylvania Bar and the Middle District Court of Pennsylvania in 2013. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Lackawanna County Bar Association.

 

 

Powell Law

 

Powell Law’s free legal representation of needy clients was recognized once again when the Lackawanna Bar Association and Lackawanna Pro Bono, Inc. presented the firm with its Equal Access to Justice Award last month at the bar association’s annual dinner and meeting at the Hilton Scranton and Conference Center. The award acknowledges the firm’s 100 percent participation in Lackawanna Pro Bono in 2013. While many individual attorneys are recognized every year for their pro bono work, Powell Law was the first law firm ever to be recognized with the Equal Access to Justice Award and has received the award nine times in recent years.Each of the firm’s five attorneys — James J. Powell III, Christopher T. Powell Jr., Mark Powell, Bruce S. Zero and James F. Mundy — accepted pro bono cases in 2013, enabling indigent members of the community to obtain legal representation free of charge. In addition to receiving the local award, Powell Law has been among a handful of firms to consistently receive the annual Pro Bono Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Two of the firm’s attorneys, James Powell and Christopher Powell, were honored with individual Pro Bono Awards from the PBA in 2004.

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