ALLEGHENIES UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY
The National Committee for Quality Assurance has announced that ALUCP’s Service Coordination, a provider of services to people with disabilities and case management, located in Johnstown, has received a three-year accreditation for its Service Coordination program.
The mission of NCQA is to improve health care for all Americans, and much of their work deals with the quality of health plans, practices and clinicians. However, because so many other organizations can directly affect quality, NCQA recently expanded the accreditation process to include home- and community-based organizations that manage patients with complex needs. CEO Tammy Rhoades welcomed the opportunity to be an early adopter for the new accreditation process and put her agency to the test. The Case Management — Long-Term Services and Supports Accreditation was earned for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term, participative relationships.
NCQA Case Management — Long-Term Services and Supports Accreditation raises the bar in defining quality case management. The accreditation demonstrates their dedication to quality and commitment to providing high-quality, person-centered care to the individuals they serve.
ALLIED SERVICES INTEGRATED HEALTH SYSTEM
The health system recognized five of its employees at an annual awards ceremony held in the Graf Community Room at the Luger Rehab Center in Scranton. The Charles Luger Memorial Employee Award recognizes an employee or employees for their outstanding commitment and dedication to the company and their embodiment of the organization’s ideals and mission.
Helen Locker, L.P.N., Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center of Scranton, began her 29-year career in 1988 as a certified nurse’s aide. She continued to work full time while attending Lackawanna County Area Vocational Technical School of Nursing to become a licensed practical nurse. Today, Locker serves residents at the nursing center, specifically patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Beyond her expertise, professionalism and experience in nursing, Locker is known by her residents, patients and co-workers for her empathy, compassion and kindness, whether it is baking for residents and their families in her spare time, helping a grieving family, or teaching a new employee. Locker’s daughter, Desiree Locker, is a teacher at Allied Services dePaul School in Scranton.
Judy Korgeski, director of patient accounting at the Dickson City location, is a 30-year employee. She graduated from the University of Scranton with a Bachelor of Science in accounting. Korgeski has worked in the medical equipment center and as a staff accountant. In her role as director of patient accounting, Korgeski regularly guides patients and their families through medical billing issues, always advocating for the patients and their needs. Korgeski is known for her giving nature. She founded a holiday giving tree program supported by Allied Services employees that benefits individuals with disabilities in Allied’s residential developmental facilities. The program supplies more than 100 residents with personalized holiday gifts.
Julie Robinson, OTR/L, Heinz Rehab Hospital of Hunlock Creek, started her career 26 years ago. She currently works as an occupational therapist in the Transitional Rehab Unit at Heinz Rehab Hospital in Wilkes-Barre, and has previously served as stroke supervisor. Robinson is certified in neuro-developmental treatment and as an assisted technology professional. For more than a decade, Robinson worked full time to provide an adaptive seating program. She worked one-on-one with patients of all ages and diagnoses to customize wheelchairs and seating. This program and Robinson’s work touched countless lives, helping to ease the transition from hospital to home following an illness or life-changing injury. She continues to offer adaptive seating services alongside her full-time work as an occupational therapist on the Transitional Rehab Unit. Robinson is known for her selflessness and dedication to her work and to her team.
Kathleen Stella, R.N., C.R.R.N., assistant vice president, admissions and case management, at the Scranton location, started her career as a charge nurse and weekend supervisor at Scranton’s rehab hospital. She left to raise her six children with her husband, Joseph, and returned to work in Allied’s Admit from Home program in 2007. Since 2009, Stella has worked in the admissions office. In her current role, Stella assists patients and families with accessing the appropriate level of rehabilitative care. Stella attended Community Medical Center School of Nursing. She is a registered nurse and certified rehabilitation registered nurse. Stella is known for her professionalism and commitment to her patients, whether it is helping them find the care they need, advocating for them or visiting patients at home.
Paul Harrington, S.L.P., pediatrics, at Luger Rehab Center of Scranton, has been a speech language pathologist for more than 35 years. He earned a bachelor’s in communication disorders from Marywood University and a master’s in communication disorders from Penn State University. During his 22-year career, he has touched the lives of countless patients and helped them to overcome their struggles to regain health and normal function in their daily lives. Harrington works to provide speech language services to children and adults. He has dedicated his life to providing quality, compassionate care to the residents of Scranton and the local area. An avid runner, racquetball and pickleball player, Harrington lives in Scranton with his wife, Maribeth, and daughter, Megan.
BARRY ISETT & ASSOCIATES INC.
The multidiscipline engineering firm with offices in Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton has hired new additions to the forensics, codes; mechanical, electric and plumbing; and project management and construction services departments.
Tomasz “Tom” Slowik, P.E., of Albrightsville, joined the forensics department as a senior forensics engineer. His professional experience focuses on structural design, building investigations and renovations, having contributed to a range of projects in New York City and New Jersey. A graduate of the Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice, Poland, Slowik has a B.S. in civil engineering, as well as an M.E. through the City College of New York. He holds professional engineer licenses in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, New York, Maryland and New Jersey.
Brandon Pfaff, of Quakertown, has joined the codes department as an inspector serving the Bucks County region. In addition to serving his community, Brandon accumulated over five years of experience in construction and carpentry and has developed a professional background in restoration, remodeling and fire protection. A former student of Upper Bucks Technical School, Pfaff majored in carpentry.
Stephen “Steve” Angstadt, P.E., of Mohnton, joined the MEP department as a senior project manager. A mechanical engineer, he has more than 27 years of experience in building HVACs, plumbing and fire protection design, with additional experience in new facilities, additions and renovations. Within the span of his career, he has been responsible for the HVAC design of various projects within Pennsylvania, Oklahoma and Puerto Rico. He holds professional engineer licenses in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. Angstadt is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering.
Raymond “Ray” Leary, of Swoyersville, joined the PMCS department as a project manager. In addition to his education in architectural and civil engineering through Luzerne County Community College and Penn State University, he has undergone extensive professional training and holds certifications through several outlets including PennDOT, National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies, Northeast Center of Excellence for Pavement Technology and Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
The company has hired John Amabile as a network administrator and will be responsible for the implementation, support and administration of all network and server-based systems, as well as evaluating and prioritizing incoming client requests.
Amabile has 10 years’ experience in information technology. He has extensive experience in compliance, project management and customer support.
Amabile is a graduate of Penn State University and earned his Bachelor of Science in information sciences and technology with a minor in security and risk analysis.
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE WILKINS & ASSOCIATES
Dennis A. Mooney, senior vice president/associate broker, was voted Realtor of the Year by the Pocono Mountain Association of Realtors. Mooney’s award was presented at the association’s winter gala and officer installation dinner at Ridgecrest at Stroudsmoor on Jan. 20.
Mooney recently retired from the Wilkins management team. He will continue to list and sell homes and commercial real estate for the brand.
CASA OF LUZERNE COUNTY
The nonprofit organization committed to training and supporting volunteers to serve as the voice of abused and neglected children in the Luzerne County court system, has announced the hiring of two new employees.
Sarah Mulé was hired in October to fill the position of program assistant. She previously worked as a professional journalist. She will work with the rest of the staff in handling program and administrative operations, agency development, community involvement, social media and marketing.
Shannon Joyce was hired in November to serve as second advocate coordinator. She holds a degree in government, law and national security and has previously worked as a forensic interviewer, caseworker and volunteer coordinator. She will work alongside the organization’s other advocate coordinator to recruit, train, supervise and support volunteer advocates to ensure the program effectively reaches the abused and neglected dependent children in Luzerne County.
CITY OF PITTSTON
David Allen Hines, Kingston, Pittston’s operations coordinator, was recently appointed to the Government Finance Officers’ Association national committee on Governmental Budgeting and Fiscal Policy.
Founded in 1906, GFOA is a leading professional organization with more than 19,000 members in the United States and Canada who work within federal, state, and municipal budgeting and financial management operations. The association strives to provide policies and recommendations for best practices to improve, strengthen and maximize efficiency in government finance and budgeting. A longtime GFOA member, Hines has served in the GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award Program, reviewing municipal budgets from across the country for alignment to best budgeting practices.
In his new committee post, Hines joins 26 other government finance professionals from jurisdictions across the United States and Canada in seeking to develop, promote and advocate for best practices in government budgeting and fiscal policy at a national level.
Hines, a graduate of Wilkes University who also holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Marywood University in Scranton, has a record of more than 25 years of experience in municipal government leadership.
James Gallagher has been named chief executive officer at First Hospital.
Gallagher has more than 35 years of experience in the behavioral health field and, since 1996, has held CEO positions at several psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals in New Jersey. He most recently served as CEO of Oasis Behavioral Health in Chandler, Ariz.
He earned a B.A. degree in sociology from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in administration and organizational behavior from George Williams College.
ESSA BANK & TRUST
The bank announced Executive Vice President Peter A. Gray has been named chief banking officer, completing the bank’s transition to a new organizational and senior management structure. In addition, June M. Webre, a veteran Lehigh Valley banking executive, has joined the bank as senior vice president and Lehigh Valley regional president.
Webre has served as a Lehigh Valley banking executive for more than 30 years, with a particular focus on commercial banking. She received her bachelor’s degree from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania’s Stonier/National Graduate School of Banking, and has been active in professional and civic organizations and served on numerous boards.
Gray, a 30-year banking veteran, joined the bank in April. Under the bank’s new structure he will oversee the three banking regions, corporate marketing, Asset Management & Trust, Investment Services and Advisory Services.
FIVE STAR EQUIPMENT
Bill Bochicchio Jr., Moosic, has been named general manager of the company’s Dunmore branch. In this new role, Bochicchio will oversee all aspects of managing the branch’s performance, including increasing market share in equipment sales, rentals, parts and service.
Bochicchio is a graduate of Villanova University, where he received his Bachelor of Science in accounting and his Master of Accountancy in professional consulting.
Elena Seidita, Clarks Summit, was recently hired as director of human resources. In this role, Seidita is responsible for the recruitment and retention of employees, as well as consultation to management on staffing plans, compensation, benefits, training and development, budgeting and labor relations.
Seidita is a graduate of the University of Scranton, where she received a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice and a Master of Science in human resources.
Patricia O’Brien, Duryea, was recently hired as marketing manager. In this role, O’Brien is responsible for developing, implementing and executing strategic internal and external marketing communications plans for the organization in order to grow market share by attracting potential customers and retaining existing ones.
O’Brien is a graduate of Mansfield University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications with concentrations in public relations, journalism and broadcasting.
FOLEY, COMERFORD & CUMMINS
Attorneys Stephen T. Kopko and Daniel E. Cummins, both of the Scranton law firm, recently co-wrote an article that was published in the Pennsylvania Law Weekly titled “New Law: Mandated Coverages for Uber and Lyft Vehicles,” which analyzed the emerging trend and legal issues surrounding accidents involving Uber and Lyft vehicles. Kopko and Cummins focus their practice on the handling of automobile and trucking accident cases, along with premises liability slip or trip and fall matters.
Soumit Basu, M.D., Ph.D., has recently joined as northeast regional director of hematology/oncology and clinical co-director of the Center for Bone Marrow Transplantation at the Danville hospital. In his role as regional director, Basu will oversee the cancer programs at the Scranton and Wilkes-Barre hospitals.
Board certified in internal medicine and hematology, Basu is trained to diagnose and treat patients with a variety of cancers including leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and other blood cancers, noncancerous blood disorders and blood stem cell disorders. He holds clinical interests in blood and bone marrow transplantation, hematologic malignancies, bone marrow failure disorders, bone marrow stem cell disorders, myeloproliferative neoplasms, bleeding and clotting disorders, and rare blood disorders.
Basu earned his medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS), New Brunswick, N.J. He then completed an internship and internal medicine residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, followed by a three-year hematology/oncology fellowship at the University of Washington’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle. Additionally, He holds a bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, and a doctoral degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from RWJMS.
He previously served as assistant professor of medicine, outpatient medical director and co-leader of the Leukemia and Myeloid Neoplasia Program at the University of Louisville School of Medicine’s James Graham Brown Cancer Center, Kentucky. He is a clinical investigator for the Registered National Cancer Institute, and a member of the American Society for Blood Marrow Transplantation, American Society of Hematology and American Society of Clinical Oncology.
Rajen P. Oza, M.D., a hematologist/oncologist, has joined the medical staff of Geisinger Community Medical Center’s Cancer Center.
Board-certified in internal medicine, oncology and hematology, Oza is trained to diagnose and treat various forms of cancer, as well as blood diseases, such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
Fellowship trained in hematology/oncology, Oza earned his medical degree from Government Medical College, India. He then completed an internship at New Civil Hospital, India, followed by a residency at Civil Hospital, India; a pathology residency at St. Louis University; and an internal medicine residency at Deaconess Hospital, St. Louis. Oza also completed a three-year fellowship in hematology/oncology at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.
Joseph Stachokus, P.E., has joined the firm in Scranton as an assistant vice president/assistant civil engineering department head. He is a graduate of Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Stachokus has more than 24 years of experience in the engineering industry. He has held numerous positions with local engineering firms in addition to being the owner/operator of his own business for 12 years. In his new role, Stachokus will be providing leadership to the civil engineering department, along with overseeing projects and participating in business development initiatives. He resides in Exeter with his wife and two children.
HOSPICE OF THE SACRED HEART
Longtime area media and advertising executive Randy Williams has joined the team as director of communications.
Williams received a B.A. in communications from the University of Scranton and spent more than 25 years in senior management positions at WYOU-TV in Scranton and WBRE-TV in Wilkes-Barre. He has also served as an adjunct instructor of media scriptwriting and broadcast news writing and production at Marywood University.
JONESKOHANSKI & CO.
Nicole Buckman, CPA, has been promoted to senior accountant. She will focus on accounting and taxation for clients of the Moosic office.
Buckman joined the company in 2013 as a staff auditor before being promoted to staff tax accountant in 2016. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and economics from King’s College McGowan School of Business AACSB Institution.
She is a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, where she serves as president elect of the northeast chapter. She is also secretary for the Northeast Chapter of the Institute of Managerial Accountants. In addition to her involvement in various professional groups, Buckman is active in her local community.
She resides in Forty Fort.
Nancy Bellas of Kingston has been named a registered nurse in the Student Health Center. She will provide walk-in clinical services for the student population and participate in health and wellness education for the college community.
Bellas has been a registered nurse for over 45 years, serving the majority of her career in a hospital setting in the operating room, emergency room and GI lab.
Bellas was past president of the Certification Board for Gastroenterology Nurses, past member of the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and former member of the board of directors for St. Nicholas/St. Mary’s School. She is a registered swim official for the state Interscholastic Athletic Association. She is a Eucharistic minister for the Diocese of Scranton and serves on the pastoral council for St. Ignatius Church.
After graduating from Wilkes-Barre Area Practical Nursing Program, Bellas earned an associate degree in nursing from Luzerne County Community College.
Briana Button of Mountain Top has been named community outreach and social justice programs coordinator. She is responsible for individual and group volunteer efforts, as well as managing the social justice education programs, such as Hunger for Justice Week.
Button was part of a group of volunteers at Rice Elementary School that provides healthier meals and snacks to students in need during weekends or school breaks as part of the school’s backpack program. She collected donations, hosted monthly fundraisers and distributed meals to students each week.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Bloomsburg University. She is a state-certified teacher and has served as a substitute teacher in the Crestwood School District since 2014. She served as a kindergarten teacher from 2015 to 2017 at Rice Elementary.
Ashley Carnuccio of Paxinos has been announced as enrollment specialist for the college’s Sunbury Center. Carnuccio graduated from Bloomsburg University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
Bridget Judge of Scranton has been named part-time human resources coordinator at the college.
Christine Verdetto of Clarks Summit has been named training institute coordinator for the college’s Continuing Education department. Verdetto graduated from Keystone College with an associate degree in fine arts.
Laurel Radzieski of Scranton has been named grant writer for the college. Radzieski graduated from Goddard College with a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and received a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Keystone College.
James Siberski, M.S., C.M.C., CRmT, assistant professor and coordinator of the geriatric care management program, and Carol Siberski, M.S., CRmT, C.-G.C.M., collaborated on the scholarly article “Addictions and Neurocognitive Disorders: What Counsel Can Primary Care Providers Offer?” in the November-December issue of Today’s Geriatric Medicine, Vol. 10 No. 6.
The authors used five case studies of senior citizens in which the subjects exhibited neurocognitive disorders and addictive behaviors. For example, a 79-year-old retired collegiate professor developed a frontotemporal neurocognitive disorder and drank alcohol, sometimes excessively, his entire adult life and into postretirement after diagnosis. He had fallen a few times, and his memory was poor to the point that he could not remember the quantity of alcohol he had consumed on any given day.
In another case study, a male with frontotemporal dementia spent $4 million on lottery tickets before his family realized what was happening. Another case showed how a female in her 70s with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease had an online shopping addiction.
The university and private practice researchers stressed the examples they used for the study are not rare, but are always problematic for families and primary care physicians who have not had extensive training in addictions.
In conclusion, the researchers outlined appropriate interventions from assessment through treatment using the case studies as examples. They stressed the importance of health care providers, geriatric care managers, social workers or other specialists educating patients’ family members, including the role prescription medication played in the development of an addiction.
Misericordia University recognized former Wall Street executive Elisabeth “Lisa” Fontenelli for lifelong support of the Sisters of Mercy and the Mercy educational traditions at its seventh annual winter commencement ceremony Dec. 17.
During the ceremony, the university presented Fontenelli with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.
Fontenelli recently retired after a 30-year career in the global financial industry. Fontenelli joined Goldman Sachs in 1992 in U.S. equity research and was appointed to the global research management team in 2000. She assumed the role of divisional chief administrative officer in 2005 and was named chief operating officer of the division in 2007. She was named managing director in 2003 and partner in 2006.
Before her retirement, she served as deputy head of global investment research, overseeing all equity and credit research globally.
Fontenelli earned a dual Bachelor of Science degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the School of Management at Syracuse University in 1986. She currently serves on the advisory council of the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. In 2016, she completed 12 years of service as a trustee at Georgian Court University, founded in 1908 by the Sisters of Mercy in Lakewood, New Jersey.
Fontenelli’s connection to the Mercy tradition began as a student of the Sisters of Mercy at St. Mary Academy in Lakewood. She is a supporter of Mercy Center and Sister’s Academy in Asbury Park, and has been a sponsor of the Mercy Girls Rising Project for more than 10 years.
Lalaine Bangilan Little of Forty Fort was named director of the Pauly Friedman and the MacDonald Art Galleries.
Little brings to the position a broad range of experience. She has worked in both museums and art galleries, including the MSC Forsyth Galleries at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, where she was coordinator of marketing and gallery programs, and the Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science and Art in Scranton, where she was a curatorial assistant. The university welcomes her experience in exhibitions, marketing, education, fundraising and strategic planning to help advance the presence of the art galleries on campus and in the community.
Little holds a Master of Arts in teaching in museum education from George Washington University, Washington, D.C., and a Master of Art in art history from Binghamton University. She was awarded fellowships from the National Committee for the History of Art, the Lilly Library of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, and the Newberry Library in Chicago for her research in Philippine visual culture. She also has taught art history at King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, and Binghamton University.
Leamor Kahanov, Ed.D., A.T.C., L.A.T., dean of the College of Health Sciences and Education, recently collaborated with a former faculty colleague and student researchers in the occupational therapy program to publish the scholarly article, “Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Educator Practices and Preferences in Clinical Education,’’ in the Open Journal of Occupational Therapy.
Student researchers Kaitlyn Ryan, Ellington, Connecticut; Melanie Beck, Whitehall; Lee Ungaretta, Dublin; Magdalena Rooney, Phoenixville, and Elaina Dalomba, Ph.D., O.T.R.-L, M.S.W., assistant professor of occupational therapy, collaborated with Kahanov on the scholarly article.
The researchers conducted an investigation into occupational therapy fieldwork educator practices and the preferences in clinical education to understand better the interplay between students and supervisors. Their work identified the transition of information from the classroom to the field is beneficial and perceived as vital for the profession. It also showed that teaching interprofessional practice during fieldwork is an area of challenge still that needs better coordination.
Kahanov is a certified athletic trainer with a doctorate in education from the University of San Francisco. She earned a master’s degree in exercise and sports sciences from the University of Arizona, Tucson, and a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science and athletic training from Indiana University, Bloomington.
Joseph A. Polizzi, Ph.D., associate professor of education and director of the School Leadership Academy, was recently nominated to the Editorial Board of the American Educational Studies Association Journal, Educational Studies: A Journal of the American Education Studies Association.
In his role as an editorial board member, Polizzi is responsible for soliciting, reviewing and editing research articles, as well as advising on the direction of the editorial content of the Journal.
Polizzi holds a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in educational leadership. Before earning his Ph.D., he was a New York State Senate Fellow serving on the Senate Education Committee, a Fulbright exchange teacher in Pecs, Hungary, and a high school English teacher for eight years in the New York City school system, where he was a United Federations of Teachers Chapter Leader. His areas of research include authentic leadership, ethics in education leadership, understanding suffering in schools, transformative learning and using films as a medium of instruction.
James M. Brown, Dickson City, was recently named director of marketing. Brown is responsible for developing and implementing an integrated marketing and communications plan for the university, coordinating marketing initiatives with all departments to increase enrollment, and developing consistent, mission-focused communications between the university and its key constituents. He has more than 20 years of experience as a senior marketing executive, manager and leader with national and global corporations, and he has taught at Pace University as an adjunct professor of marketing. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree in marketing/management from the University of Connecticut, as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing and an associate of applied science degree in accounting from Pace University.
The firm has named Josh Mikolowsky as market development manager for Eastern Pennsylvania. In this newly created role, Mikolowsky will work closely with local leadership and financial advisers to execute the firm’s Community Markets growth initiative in Allentown, Bethlehem, Chambersburg, Harrisburg, Reading, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Williamsport and surrounding communities.
Dr. William V. Lewis Jr., of Jenkins Twp., has been elected to the national board of directors of the Academy of Certified Portfolio Managers. The academy, in conjunction with Columbia University, offers the certified portfolio manager professional designation, and provides educational training to financial professionals to achieve and maintain the designation for discretionary portfolio managers.
Lewis is vice president, wealth management adviser and portfolio manager with the company in Wilkes-Barre, where he has worked for more than 30 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree and MBA from Wilkes University; a Master of Financial Services degree from the American College for Financial Services; and a Master of Public Administration and doctorate degrees from Lehigh University.
He is a certified financial planner certificant with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards and earned the chartered retirement planning counselor and chartered retirement plan specialist designations from the College of Financial Planning. Lewis also earned the chartered financial consultant, chartered life underwriter and chartered adviser in philanthropy designations from American College. He is a certified portfolio manager through the Academy of Certified Portfolio Managers and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University.
Lewis is currently a commissioner of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Pennsylvania’s official state history agency, and chairs the commission’s state historical marker selection panel.
Loraine D. Zelna, M.S., R.T. (R)(MR), associate professor of medical imaging, was published recently in radiologic technology, the Journal of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.
Zelna co-authored the three-page article, “Transitioning From Faculty to a Program Director,’’ with Bette Schans, Ph.D., R.T.(R), F.A.S.R.T., in the November/December issue.
The authors outline the important role continuity plays in success for educational programs, especially for students. One of the most effective ways to ensure a smooth transition is to have program directors create succession plans while in office. With that in place, it allows adequate time for mentoring their replacement. The authors say this approach also allows the successor to shadow the incumbent program director at meetings, and during budget and schedule planning.
Zelna, a resident of Falls Twp., earned her Master of Science degree in educational technology from Misericordia University in 1995. She received her undergraduate degree in radiography education at Bloomsburg University and successfully completed her radiography training at Polyclinic Medical Center, Harrisburg. Zelna has a diverse background in medical imaging, including radiography, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. She is a member of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiological Technology board of directors. In 2013 and 2017, the university presented her with the Judge Max and Tillie Rosenn Excellence in Teaching Award for her outstanding contributions to student learning and development.
NATASHA COY, PSY.D., CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST
Natasha Coy, Psy.D., at 203 Greenwood Ave., Clarks Summit, recently completed 40 hours of EMDR training. She is employed as a psychologist in the public sector and has recently opened a private practice in Clarks Summit. This latest training allows Coy to further her practice in the treatment of trauma and PTSD.
Thomas Sunick has been promoted to assistant vice president.
Sunick has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. Sunick joined the bank in 2012 as a branch manager. Today, he serves as a business development officer.
A resident of Olyphant, Sunick earned a degree in marketing from Misericordia University and Lackawanna College. He has completed other coursework with the American Bankers Association and holds a certificate in Business and Commercial Banking.
Jeffrey Witts has been promoted to vice president.
Witts has achieved more than 20 years of experience in the banking industry. He has had much experience working in retail banking, including working as a branch manager. Witts has been an integral part of mergers and acquisitions for the bank over the years. During those acquisitions, he provided training and support to the newly acquired branches. Today, he serves as the retail training manager for the bank’s branch network with more than 150 locations in six states.
Witts received a bachelor’s degree in education from Bloomsburg University. He serves as chairman of the Income Committee for the Community Impact Process with the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties and volunteers for the Greater Carbondale YMCA.
PENN EAST FEDERAL CREDIT UNION
Marie Beggin has been hired as vice president of commercial lending. She has more than 25 years of commercial loan experience. She is a graduate of the Central Atlantic Commercial Lending School, where she graduated with honors. With proven expertise in the financial industry, her job responsibilities include managing and growing the credit union’s commercial loan portfolio.
She resides in Archbald with her husband and two children.
PENN STATE WILKES-BARRE
The campus announced the addition of new staff members for the 2017-2018 academic year.
The admissions department has welcomed Diana Coslett as the student aid coordinator. She brings more than 26 years of financial aid experience with extensive knowledge of state and federal financial aid policies, certifying veteran benefits, and working with a diverse student population including first-generation students. She is a member of the Pa. Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and most recently spent 13 years at Fortis Institute.
Sue Cunningham has joined the student affairs team as the department’s administrative assistant. She brings a strong background in customer service, office management and marketing that will benefit the campus as it continues to service the academic and co-curricular needs of the students.
Continuing education is welcoming Pamela Langdon as a part-time education program associate. In this role, 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. Langdon has her M.S. from Misericordia University in organizational management. She has more than 25 years’ experience in the health care field. Pamela is also an adjunct instructor at Misericordia University where she teaches health care marketing.
SPOJNIA CREDIT UNION
Sandy Reed, Scranton, recently joined the credit union as a member service representative. The credit union has serviced the financial needs of the Polish National Union of America for more than 43 years. Reed lives in Scranton with her husband, Paul, and is the mother of Paul Jr. and Rose Marie. She has more than 26 years of credit union experience.
Kelly Finkernagel was appointed marketing and events coordinator for The Citizens’ Voice, a Times-Shamrock newspaper, said Don Farley, chief operating officer, print and digital, Times-Shamrock Communications. In her new position, she will be involved with and assist in all the marketing, events and promotional efforts at The Citizens’ Voice. Aside from assisting with both internal and external programs, she will provide support for many of newspaper’s regional and corporate initiatives. Her new position plays a critical role in Times-Shamrock’s event coordination, including PA Oktoberfest, the PA Wineland Festival and other large-scale regional endeavors. She is a graduate of West Chester University and resides in Dunmore with her husband, Chris.
TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT
Clarks Summit resident Daniel Turshon is now chief of the C3T cyber support branch, production engineering directorate. As chief he supervises daily operations while ensuring timely completion and delivery of systems software that C3T personnel maintain.
C3T stands for Command, Control, Communications-Tactical. Before his current position, Turshon was chief of the information management division, 5th Signal Command, Wiesbaden, Germany. He began his depot career in October.
Turshon graduated from high school in Maple Heights, Ohio. In 2006, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in computer information technology with an undergraduate certificate in German studies. In 2014, he received a master’s in information technology, information assurance.
He served on active duty in the Army for eight years as a mechanized infantry soldier.
Joseph F. Musil Jr., PE, PP, LEED AP BD+C, has been elected president of the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Professionals. The organization is a multidisciplinary group dedicated to the advancement of environmental professions, as well as a forum for information on environmental planning, research and management.
Musil is an environmental engineer who has spent more than 25 years with the engineering company.
Briana Scholl was promoted to credit analyst manager.
Scholl joined the bank in June 2008 and has held several titles, including consumer lending specialist. She currently serves as a credit analyst for the commercial credit department. Scholl holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Misericordia University and resides in Honesdale with her husband, Ray, and sons, Nate and Jace.
WAYNE MEMORIAL COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS
Board-certified registered nurse practitioner Candace Plociniak, MSN, FNP-BC, has joined as an adult primary care provider. She joins Drs. Michael Peterson and Charles Aronica at the Pinnacle Family Health Center located in Tafton.
Plociniak earned both her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in nursing from Misericordia University, Dallas. She also received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Temple University, Philadelphia. She has had a five-year career as a registered nurse.
THE WRIGHT CENTER
Meaghan Ruddy, MA, PhD, BCC, ACC was recently named director of medical education at the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education.
Ruddy will continue her work with national partners to support the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education’s National Family Medicine Residency. As a board-certified coach through the Center for Credentialing and Education and an associate certified coach through the International Coach Federation, she aims to implement leadership development options for all members of the Wright Center, including social, emotional and conversational intelligence coaching for personal development and team effectiveness.
Ruddy joined the center in 2014. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from King’s College with a focus on bioethics. She received her Master of Arts in theology from the University of Scranton with a focus in rhetorical criticism and her Doctor of Philosophy in human development with a focus in instructional leadership from Marywood University.
WVIA PUBLIC MEDIA
Jennifer Neuhard Rempe was hired to work in the Susquehanna Valley as a corporate development representative. She primarily will handle all WVIA underwriting and corporate sponsorships to come out of Lycoming, Columbia, Northumberland, Union, Montour and Snyder counties.
Rempe has more than 20 years of experience in fundraising, marketing and higher education.
SHE HOLDS A BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN PSYCHOLOGY FROM CEDAR CREST COLLEGE IN ALLENTOWN AND AN MBA FROM THE FLORIDA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, IN MELBOURNE, FLORIDA. SHE RESIDES IN WATSONTOWN WITH HER HUSBAND, THREE CHILDREN AND MORE THAN A FEW ANIMALS.