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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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By Phil Yacuboski


Tech developers in northeastern Pennsylvania are on the forefront of many healthcare related tech trends, which they argue are lowering cost and boosting efficiency.


Signallamp Health

Scranton-based Signallamp Health is an IT enabled care management company that began in 2015 thanks in part to an economic development program from the state.

“We bring top-line revenue to doctor’s offices and they don’t have to do anything,” said Drew Kearney, Signallamp Health’s CEO and co-founder. “They don’t have to change their workflow or make investments upfront in technology.”

Kearney said Signallamp Health, which has offices in Bank Towers Building in Scranton, partners with physician’s offices by hiring nurses for them who work remotely from the practice. The company then bills insurance companies. Kearney calls it the ‘closely embedded nurse model.’

“If it’s bigger practice, there may be five or six nurses,” he said. “If it’s a smaller one, there may be one, but the nurse’s work with the practice exclusively. They become part of their workflow day to day,” adding that Signallamp Health’s technology allows them to access data at a physical distance.

Kearney said it’s most difficult to connect with a patient outside of the office. He said one of the key features of the software’s algorithms track existing connections with a patient so they know the best time to reach them.

“It also develops care plans for people who have specific diseases and health concerns,” said Kearney. The software allows for planning a course of action around existing health problems through socio-economic data, education, background and living conditions. “That makes it very simple and very specific to them.”

Signallamp operates in six states, including Pennsylvania, servicing more than 300 practices. They have 19 employees; 13 of which are nurses.


Heudia Health

Connecting low-income Americans with the care they need can often be a challenge, but an East Stroudsburg tech firm is steering people in the right direction.

“Our technology allows anybody within a given target community to screen navigate and plan care for any individual,” said Ed Connors, CEO of Heudia Health of East Stroudsburg.

He cited their work with the Carolina Healthcare System.

“Anyone could help, let’s say, a pregnant woman to a clinic or an internal case management program. Our software would also help with housing and if there are substance abuse problems,” he said.

Connors said the technology helps community based organizations.

“Think about it as a virtual social worker,” he said. “Those organizations can come onto our platform, find what their needs are and find news and resources in that community.” Connors said that includes primary care physicians as well as disease specific care such as asthma and diabetes. “It aligns health care with the social determinates of health,” he said.

Connors said income inequality and lack of access to healthcare are the primary reasons for poor health. He also believes that below the surface of those problems for people is understanding insurance, transportation to a physician and cultural health beliefs. He believes his software platform achieves people reaching those goals.

“By establishing intermediaries within a community who are in a position of trust with these people, they can then help those people to live a healthier life,” he said.


Howell Benefit Technologies LLC

When Roger Howell first read the Affordable Care Act in 2010, he believed smaller companies with fewer than 100 employees would need help using more healthcare technology. He also felt that caregivers were struggling with distribution.

“I felt that this was a niche market,” said Howell, who has offices on Baltimore Drive in Wilkes-Barre. “We created a digital way to collect and assemble insurance data to prospective customers. Our software has created a paradigm shift in the group insurance industry by converting a 3 to 5 week process into an hour or even less.”

He said the proprietary software RateCentric, which is currently being used by two of the top ten group insurance carriers in the country, puts all of the information into a web-based application and creates a hub of that information by distributing it electronically through the carriers a buyer selects. Employers and producers can instantly get rates, get plans and provider networks, make changes and even sort out group information all in one web platform.

“We also submit the census data to the actuarial firms and they then get it back to us within a few minutes,” Howell said.

Howell said the company is doing business in all 50 states.

“The only thing the carriers are doing is issuing the policies and paying claims. We are doing everything in between. It’s really a paradigm shift in the way I’ve done business my whole career,” he said.

Howell said his company is bracing for whatever changes happen with the ACA in Congress.

“We spend a lot of time keeping people in step to make sure they are in compliance with all of the regulations,” he said.

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