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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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Jennifer Severini-Kresock of NEPA Career and College Counseling Associates.

A little over a year ago, Jennifer Severini-Kresock decided to follow her passion and use her 20 years of guidance counseling experience to become a business owner.

She founded NEPA Career and College Counseling Associates. Her business provides education and assistance relating to job and college applications and essays, career counseling and success.

I had a chance to sit down with Jennifer to find out more about her business and how she has been able to help her clients.

Scranton Chamber: What made you want to be a college counselor?

Jennifer Severini-Kresock: For my entire life, I have been interested in education. I was a guidance counselor for 20 years. With an abundance of students, I never felt as though I was able to provide an adequate amount of time to help my students make choices about their higher education plans or career goals. I wanted to be able to focus on that and that’s when I started my business.

SC: What is the most rewarding part about being a college counselor?

JSK: I enjoy working with the students and their parents. It’s satisfying when dreams are fulfilled, such as students finding the schools they were looking for, receiving scholarship money and eventually finding a career that they love. It’s rewarding when you hear back from past clients and they tell you their success stories.

SC: How do you stay updated on the college recruitment process?

JSK: The world is so fast paced and changing and it can be difficult to keep up sometimes. I am constantly attending professional development seminars and events to make sure I have the most up-to-date information for my clients. I’ve also been able to make connections with individuals at colleges and universities too. It’s extremely important that I’m knowledgeable in regards to what resources are available to my clients.

SC: What is the process you use in preparing one of your clients?

JSK: I work with students on all different levels, so the process starts differently for everyone. I currently have a client that is in eighth grade that I arranged a career shadowing experience for. I often get clients who are juniors and have a better idea of what they want to do, so we jump right into the college process with applications, essays, putting together a resume, and planning college visits. I also have adult clients who bring their resumes and cover letters to me for career counseling, and students who are already in college but have come back to ask for advice about scholarships.

SC: In what ways does your business help the community?

JSK: I offer free presentations throughout the area. So far for this spring, I have 16 presentations scheduled. I also have a Facebook page and Twitter page (@NEPACareerandCo) with more information about my presentations. I want to use my knowledge to benefit the community.

SC: How has the Chamber helped your business?

JSK: I have been able to network with Chamber members at events and have received referrals too. The Chamber staff has been helpful with providing information on how I can continue to grow my business.

— by Amanda E. Marchegiani, Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce

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