The Anthracite District of Boy Scouts of America announced Jan. 16 that CAN DO President W. Kevin O’Donnell has been chosen as the group’s 2014 Distinguished Citizen of the Year. O’Donnell will be honored at the annual Hazleton Area Friends of Scouting Dinner on May 8. He will be recognized by Scouts, friends, family, business and community leaders for his achievements and service to the community and the area’s youth. The Distinguished Citizen Award recognizes individuals who set a positive example for others and demonstrate selfless concern and care for their communities. O’Donnell has been with CAN DO since 1973, when he was hired as assistant director. In 1984, he was named to the position of director, a title that in 1995 was changed to president. He is post leader for the newly established Boy Scouts Explorer Post 924, which formed at CAN DO to assist area youth explore job opportunities in the Hazleton area. He also served as treasurer for Cub Scout Pack 63 in St. Johns. For more information on the Greater Hazleton Area Friends of ScoutingDinner, contact Lisa Finkelstein, Minsi Trails district executive, at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.minsitrails.com or to find a nearby unit, visit www.BeAScout.org.
Also, Gregory Kurtz has been appointed as CAN DO director of operations, CAN DO President Kevin O’Donnell announced. As director of operations, Kurtz is responsible for the planning, management, administration and expediting of all building construction, land development and other technical projects. He will oversee the utilities and facilities divisions at CAN DO and serve as a liaison with project architects, engineers, contractors and municipal representatives. Kurtz has 22 years of experience in facility management, project administration, manufacturing engineering support and construction management, including land development. Several of the projects he is currently overseeing include adding ultraviolent sanitation to CAN DO’s sewage treatment facilities, developing an emergency access road in Humboldt Industrial Park North and pursuing additional water supply for CAN DO’s water system in the CAN DO Corporate Center area.
Northeast Regional Cancer Institute
Stephanie Earl has joined the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute as patient navigator staff assistant. She is responsible for supporting the community-based patient navigation program at the Cancer Institute, as well as other community and patient services programs. Prior to her employment at the Cancer Institute, she served as an environmental service worker at Marworth Drug and Alcohol Treatment Facility in Waverly.
PennFuture announced the appointment of John Norbeck as vice president and chief operating officer of the statewide environmental advocacy organization. He brings three decades of experience as a manager, most notably as head of the Pennsylvania state park system, where he led the organization to a national gold medal award as the best-managed park system in the U.S. during the period 2010-2011. Norbeck served as Pennslyvania state parks director from 2006-2012. Previously, he spent 29 years in the Maryland state park system. PennFuture is a statewide public interest membership organization founded in 1998, with offices in Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Wilkes-Barre. The organization’s activities include litigating cases before regulatory bodies and in local, state, and federal courts; advocating and advancing legislative action on a state and federal level; public education; and assisting citizens in public advocacy.