Personnel File: Published January 2019


Personnel File: Published January 2019


Wendy Hartman, Jermyn, general manager of the Carbondale-based cable service, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Broadband Cable Association of Pennsylvania, a statewide trade organization representing cable operators, equipment suppliers and programmers.


The multidiscipline engineering firm with offices in Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton has added four new associates to its Structural and Project Management and Construction Services departments, as well as its Geotechnical Engineering, Special Inspections and Materials Testing team.

Bridget Leger, of Mechanicsburg, joined the structural team as a staff professional. Matthew "Matt" Gabel, Allentown, will be supporting the PMCS department as an intern. Sherif Omar Azmy, P.E., of Wyncote, joined the Geotechnical Engineering, Special Inspections and Materials Testing group as a senior project manager. Matthew "Matt" Pfleegor, New Tripoli, joined the Geotechnical Engineering, Special Inspections and Materials Testing team as a construction inspector.


Tom Hart joined the nation's largest privately owned dental distributor earlier this year as chief operations officer. In his new role, Hart assumed responsibility for customer operations, which encompasses distribution operations and the company's service dispatch and equipment coordination. He previously spent 14 years at McKesson Corp., one of the world's largest medical supply distribution companies. There he held a variety of leadership roles, most recently as vice president of Specialty Distribution Operations.


Brian T. Kelly of Carbondale joined the board of directors of Dimeco Inc. Kelly, a certified public accountant, has more than 22 years of experience in public accounting, providing audit, tax and consulting services to clients in government, nonprofit, profit and individual areas. His accounting firm has offices in Carbondale, Honesdale and Old Forge.


The Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants recognized Jennifer L. Kintz, CPA, with a 2018 Young Leader Award. She received this distinction for demonstrated leadership skills that will propel her success in a profession committed to protecting the public interest. Kintz, of Exeter, is the U.S. controller for the company in Ashley. She is a member of the PICPA Northeastern Chapter Executive Committee, the statewide Professional Ethics Committee, and the Corporate Finance Cabinet. The group was honored Sept. 24 at PICPA's annual Leadership Conference in Harrisburg.


Riley Jackson of Taylor has joined the elder law firm as an estate planning case manager. Jackson formerly worked as a therapeutic support staff member, helping in behavior management of children on the autism spectrum. She was also a preschool teacher for children in the Scranton School District.


Melissa Marji, M.D., has joined the physician network and medical staff of Moses Taylor Hospital. Marji, an obstetrician/gynecologist, will see patients at 521 Mount Pleasant Drive, Suite 101, Scranton, and at 407 N. State St., Clarks Summit. She completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City.


Alison Zurawski was promoted to community relations manager. In her new role, Zurawski is responsible for supporting all 32 branches in the coordination of internal and external initiatives. She also develops community and social outreach activities while promoting the bank within the six counties in which it serves. Zurawski has been with the bank for more than 17 years.

Stephen Cook has joined the bank team as business development officer out of the North Franklin Street office. Cook is responsible for recruiting potential customers and assisting financial staff in all manners of business activity. He will be involved with community development, calling efforts and customer service. Cook has 25 years of experience in the financial industry and joins the team from M&T Bank. Throughout his career, he served in a variety of roles, including mortgage processor, branch manager and senior branch manager. He is an Army veteran and served in the Persian Gulf War.


The company has announced the appointment of John Mahinis, Ph.D., MBA as its new president/CEO. Mahinis assumed responsibilities on April 30 and has succeeded Devon Nicoletti. Mahinis served in the Intelligence branch of the Army. He retired at the rank of lieutenant colonel and has several years of clinical experience, working as a clinical therapist, clinical supervisor and clinical director for a variety of organizations throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.


Doctors Jonathan Bingham, Michael Campenni and Irwin Goldstein have joined the division of urology. They currently accept patients at Delta Medix Urology in the Marketplace at Steamtown, 300 Lackawanna Ave., Suite 200 in Scranton.

Bingham received a Doctor of Medicine degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. He completed his internship and residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, where he trained in general surgery and urology.

Campenni received a Doctor of Osteopathy degree from Midwestern/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in Illinois. He completed his general surgery residency at Michigan State University/Riverside Osteopathic Hospital and his urology residency at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Goldstein received a Doctor of Medicine degree from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He completed his urology residency in the Division of Urology, at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, and a fellowship in renal transplantation at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.


Peter Bochnovich was elevated to the position of executive vice president from senior vice president, chief lending officer. Bochnovich has been working in the banking industry for 35 years. Bochnovich is responsible for the entire lending function of the bank, including the commercial loan division, the residential mortgage department, and the consumer lending area. Bochnovich lives in Honesdale. He is a board member and past president of the Wayne-Pike Chapter of Penn State alumni, a board member of the Wayne County Community Foundation, a member of the Honesdale Friends of Soccer, a board member and treasurer of the Wayne County Economic Development Corp., and a board member of the Wayne Memorial Health Foundation.


Dr. Frederick Lally of Nicholson was recently awarded a fellowship in the American College of Dentists during its annual meeting and convocation in Honolulu, Hawaii. Lally is former president of the Pennsylvania Academy of General Dentistry and is active in the Pennsylvania Dental Association and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. He practices general dentistry with the Tunkhannock dental group and is a former adjunct faculty member at Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry.


Jason A. Bohenek, assistant vice president, audit manager, was recently awarded the Certified Financial Services Auditor certification from the Institute of Internal Auditors. The Certified Financial Services Auditor designation is a valued specialty certification for audit professionals working in banking, lending and investing services organizations. Bohenek rejoined the bank in June 2016 as audit manager after serving three years as a senior auditor with TMG Health.


Thomas J. Foley Jr. has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 25th edition of the Best Lawyers in America. Foley has been recognized by Best Lawyers since 2010, and his inclusion in 2019 acknowledges his work in the fields of Medical Malpractice Law — Plaintiffs, Personal Injury Litigation — Plaintiffs, Railroad Law, and Workers' Compensation Law — Claimants. Previously, Foley has been named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers for Medical Malpractice Law — Plaintiffs, Allentown (2018), Personal Injury Litigation — Plaintiffs, Allentown (2017), and Medical Malpractice Law — Plaintiffs, Allentown (2015). "Lawyer of the Year" awards are presented annually to a single outstanding lawyer in each practice area. Best Lawyers designates Allentown as the metropolitan area that covers Northeast and Central Pennsylvania, including Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Stroudsburg and the Lehigh Valley. He is a highly-decorated personal injury and medical malpractice attorney. Foley founded the law firm in 1979.

Attorney Michael J. Foley has recently been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 25th Edition of the Best Lawyers in America. Foley has been recognized by Best Lawyers since 2010, and his inclusion in 2019 acknowledges his work in the fields of Medical Malpractice Law — Plaintiffs, Personal Injury Litigation — Plaintiffs, and Workers' Compensation Law — Claimants. Best Lawyers had previously named Foley "Lawyer of the Year" for Medical Malpractice Law — Plaintiffs, Allentown (2017). "Lawyer of the Year" awards are presented annually to a single outstanding lawyer in each practice area. Best Lawyers designates Allentown as the metropolitan area that covers northeast and central Pennsylvania, including Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Stroudsburg and the Lehigh Valley. Last month, he was awarded the highest level of distinction, Diplomate, from the American Association For Justice National College of Advocacy's Achievement Recognition Program.


John J. Mercuri, M.D., a Scranton native and an orthopedic surgeon trained in total joint arthroplasty, has joined the medical staff at Geisinger Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Scranton. Fellowship trained in adult reconstruction, Mercuri specializes in knee and hip replacements.

David Phang, M.D., has joined the medical staff of Geisinger Community Medical Center as a vascular surgeon. Vascular surgeons treat patients with all types of vascular diseases — conditions in which the normal flow of blood through the arteries and veins becomes blocked — including aneurysms, varicose veins, carotid artery disease, peripheral artery disease, renal artery disease and foot ulcers. They manage patients' conditions through a treatment plan that includes medical therapy, minimally invasive catheter procedures and/or surgical reconstruction. Phang has contributed to medical journals and publications, as well as presented multiple scholarly lectures. He will see adult patients in Scranton.

Joseph Stella, D.O., of Pittston has been appointed director of cardiothoracic surgery at Geisinger Community Medical Center, where he performed his first cardiac operation in 1999. A certified physician executive, he is a past program director for the general surgery residency at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Twp. A member of Geisinger's Heart Institute, Stella performs all aspects of adult cardiac surgery including off-pump coronary artery bypasses, aortic valve and mitral valve surgery, aneurysm surgery and TAVI.

Neurologist David L. Ortiz, M.D., an epilepsy specialist, has recently joined the team of neurologists at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by recurrent seizures and is often associated with other health conditions. There are many reasons that seizures can occur, but the underlying cause is often unknown. Treatment options can include lifestyle changes, medication or surgical intervention. Board eligible in neurology, Ortiz treats and diagnoses nervous system disorders including diseases of the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles. His clinical interests include surgical epilepsy treatment, the use of medical devices for neurostimulation in epilepsy, pharmacological management of epilepsy and advanced neuroimaging techniques.

Jacob A. Baber, M.D., and Mark J. Ferretti, M.D., have joined the urology team at Geisinger Northeast Urology in Wilkes-Barre.

Trained in laparoscopic, robotic and minimally invasive urological surgery, Baber completed his fellowship in urological oncology at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut and completed his residency and internship in urology at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

Ferretti recently completed a fellowship in laparoscopic, robotic and minimally invasive urological surgery at Northwell Health in New York.

The physicians join colleagues John Danella, M.D.; Moira Dwyer, M.D.; William Haren, M.D.; and Daniel Mulligan, M.D. The office is located on the second floor of Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center's Valley Medical Building, 1000 East Mountain Blvd., Wilkes-Barre.

Board-eligible neurosurgeon Gregory Weiner, M.D., recently joined the medical staff at Wyoming Valley Medical Center. Weiner specializes in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of the nervous system, which includes the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves. His clinical interests include cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery, stroke and kyphoplasty for spine fractures.

He received fellowship training in endovascular neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he also completed a neurological surgery residency. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

Muhammad Sulman Bhatti, M.D., an epilepsy specialist, recently joined the neurology team at Wyoming Valley Medical Center. Board certified in neurology, with specialized training in epilepsy and stroke, Bhatti treats and diagnoses nervous system disorders including diseases of the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles. His clinical interests include epilepsy surgery, medication management of epilepsy, and nerve stimulation. Bhatti received fellowship training in epilepsy and completed a residency in neurology at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System in Richmond, Virginia. He completed an internal medicine internship at St. John's Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit and earned his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine in Bridgetown, Barbados.


Enrique Samonte, M.D., has joined as Regional Family Medicine Associate Program director and physician. Samonte will assist in administrative and clinical oversight of the educational program, as well as focus on workforce development and community partnerships to enhance graduate medical education and primary care. He formerly practiced with Geisinger Hazleton Family Medicine. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Board of Family Physicians and the Philippine Medical Society, as well as a diplomate of the Philippine Academy of Ophthalmology.

Aloysius Mark Madhok, M.D., Ph.D., and Babic Milos, M.D., have joined as internal medicine residency faculty. They will be responsible for the teaching, research and supervision of resident physicians within the center.

Madhok, of Clarks Summit, was previously chief resident at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, James J. Peters VA Medical Center, New York, and SUNY Downstate Medical Center, New York. He is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Medical Association, the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease.

Milos, of Scranton, was chief resident at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, James J. Peters VA Medical Center Internal Medicine Program, New York.



Local author and historian Stephanie Longo, of Dunmore, was chosen as a featured speaker for the inaugural IDEA Boston Festival held Nov. 2-3 at the Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts. This festival is an Italian-inspired cultural festival, celebrating literature, history, art and other aspects of Italian and Italian-American culture. Longo's workshop, "Preserving and Retelling Local Culture and Traditions," focused on preserving local history in a written or graphic format, with tips and tricks to research, record and write ethnic history from the idea phase to final creation and beyond. She is the author of three books on our area's Italian-American History, "Italians of Northeastern Pennsylvania," "Dunmore" and "Italians of Lackawanna County." She is the director of marketing and communications for the chamber.


Daniel P. Day, CEBS, has been appointed to the newly created position of chief market officer and senior vice president of the central region, based in Camp Hill. Day joined in 2017 and has led the company's commercial sales force in central and Northeast Pennsylvania. As part of this new role, Day will oversee the market and brand strategy of Highmark Health and Penn State Health's partnership. He joined as vice president of large group accounts for central and Northeast Pennsylvania regions before being appointed to senior vice president of central markets for Highmark Blue Shield in central Pennsylvania. He has more than 25 years of experience in the health care industry.


Eight employees, each with 10 years of service, were recognized at the bank's annual employee recognition dinner held at Lukan's Farm Resort. David Raven, president and CEO, presided over the program and offered his gratitude for the employees' service and dedication. In addition to the dinner, the honorees received a gold HNB lapel pin with a diamond, signifying their decade of service to the bank.

Those recognized were Virginia Connor, deposit operations officer, Corporate Center (through March); Kelly Cutrone, head teller/CSR, Lackawaxen office; Heather May, customer service representative (through December), 733 Main St. office; Lucy Palko, head teller, Hamlin office; Sara Rutt, mortgage adviser, HNB Mortgage Center; Joann Simyan, customer service representative, Hamlin office; Kevin Colgan, security officer, Corporate Center; and Richard Simmers, vice president and residential mortgage manager, HNB Mortgage Center.



The offices serving Lackawanna, Monroe, Pike, Wayne and Wyoming counties recently named Jessica Blomain as the general manager. Blomain joined in 2009 as a community service representative and was most recently the director of client services for the organization. As general manager, she will be responsible for directing and coordinating all activities for growth and development of the business and overseeing all functions performed by the office staff.

The organization also announced the addition of Tara Gross as a human resource specialist for the Clarks Summit office. Gross will be responsible for the recruiting, interviewing and onboarding of caregiving employees as well as conducting the orientation and training programs.


Dr. Denise Reboli, professor and chairwoman of the education department, was recently appointed by Gov. Tom Wolf to the Pennsylvania Early Learning Council for a three-year term. The Pa. Early Learning Council is responsible for coordinating the delivery of federal and state programs designed to serve young children from birth through entry into school and provides ongoing input and advice to the Office of Child Development and Early Learning.

David Schappert was recently named director of the college's D. Leonard Corgan Library. He previously served as director of library services and learning commons manager at Marywood University. Schappert has served as chairman of the Keystone Library Network and as board president of the Pennsylvania Library Association and the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium Inc.

Leigh Ann Jacobson has been appointed associate vice president for institutional advancement and senior director of development and campaign. She will be responsible for planning and managing the daily operations of the fundraising component of the college's Institutional Advancement Division, including leading the college's comprehensive campaign. Jacobson served previously as director of the Parents Program and as associate director of regional development at the University of Notre Dame, where she earned a certificate in executive management from the Mendoza School of Business.

Julia Sutherland was recently named assistant director of public relations at the college. Sutherland will play a large role in managing the college's social media platforms as well as collaborating with departments across the college in support of their communication needs. Before her appointment in the public relations and marketing office, Sutherland was an admissions counselor at the college. Before coming to the college, she held positions in digital marketing at Soleo Communications Inc. in Rochester, New York, and Comstar Supply Inc., in Collegeville.

Dr. Deb Carr, associate professor of education, co-authored the fourth edition of the textbook "Reading Specialists and Literacy Coaches in the Real World," published recently by Waveland Press. Carr and co-authors Brenda Shearer and Mary Ellen Vogt document the historical, political and social forces that shape evidence-based practice and incorporate significant developments in intervention, assessment and adolescent literacy. The textbook examines the changing careers of reading specialists and coaches, which has led to an emphasis on increased collaboration and coaching, integration of standards and student improvement initiatives. Carr uses this text in her course, Educ 517 Literacy Leadership & Instructional Coaching, currently being taught at King's. A resident of Hazleton, she has more than 30 years of experience as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, literacy supervisor, curriculum director, and English as a Second Language coordinator with the Hazleton Area School District.


Brian Poplarchick, a 29-year veteran of the hazardous building material industry, has joined the company. He will lead the Hazardous Building Materials team in the Dunmore office. Poplarchick has broad experience with ACM, LBP, IAQ, mold, and arsenic as well as extensive knowledge of federal, state and local regulations.


Matthew P. Keris, shareholder in the Scranton law office, has been elected the Atlantic regional director of the Defense Research Institute. Keris previously was the DRI's Pennsylvania state representative and membership chair. He will serve a three-year term on the organization's board of directors, to culminate in 2021. A member of the firm's health care department, he represents physicians, medical groups and health care institutions in a variety of health care liability matters.


The National Band Association Executive Committee has appointed F. David Romines, D.M.A., associate professor of music education, director of bands, and co-chairman of the music, theater and dance department at the university, to the post of State Chair of Pennsylvania. Romines is a two-time recipient of the National Band Association's Citation of Excellence award.

The National Association of Social Workers of Pennsylvania, or NASW-PA, Chapter honored Lloyd L. Lyter, Ph.D., MSW, LSW, with the Social Work Educator of the Year award at its 2018 conference. Lyter is a professor of social work and director of the university's Pocono Master of Social Work Program at East Stroudsburg University, where he also teaches in East Stroudsburg's bachelor-level social work program.

He has many years of practice and administrative experience in behavioral health. In addition to serving four terms on the NASW-PA board of directors, two as vice president, Lyter has been actively involved with the Council on Social Work Education, having served on the Council of Conferences and Faculty Development and as a site visitor for the past 15 years. He serves on the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors as co-chair of the Nominations Committee. He has served as the director of the School of Social Work, interim dean for the College of Health and Human Services, and, in 2015, he was named to the Order Cor Mariae-Pro Fide et Cultura, having served on the faculty for 20 years.


Michael Baloga Jr., DPM, has joined the Kingston podiatry practice. His focus includes the operative and nonoperative treatment of all areas of the adult foot and ankle. His experience includes advanced procedures for complex foot and ankle deformities, acute foot and ankle trauma, diabetic wounds and ulcers, and reconstruction techniques for rheumatoid and flat-foot conditions. During his residency at Main Line Health, Baloga was trained in the latest techniques in comprehensive sports injuries of the foot and ankle, fracture repair, tendon and ligament reconstruction, total ankle replacement, bunions, hammertoes, and arthritic conditions of the foot and ankle.



Ted R. Kocher of Dallas has been appointed director of major gifts in the University Advancement Division. He joins an advancement team that recently spearheaded the public launch of "Now for Tomorrow: The Campaign for Misericordia University." The campaign will support construction of the $35 million Frank M. and Dorothea Henry Science Center and provide significant investment in the Annual Fund and endowment for additional scholarship opportunities for worthy students. He previously served as leadership and planned gift officer at Muhlenberg College in Allentown.

Denis Anson, M.S., O.T.R./L., director of research and development at the university's Assistive Technology Research Institute, or ATRI, recently published his second book, "Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities." Published by ABC-CLIO LLC, the 190-page book is available in hardcover and e-book formats. It focuses on the people who depend on assistive technology in their daily lives and the tools that are available to them, while also seeking to inspire the next generation of assistive technology engineers.

In his first book, "Alternative Access: A Guide to Selection," published by the F.A. Davis Co., Anson focused on selecting computer access technologies. At ATRI, Anson has spearheaded research and development since its inception in 2003. He developed the Americans with Disabilities Act-Compliance Assessment Toolkit or ADA-CAT to measure whether public facilities comply with federal law. The screening tool allows people without advanced training to assess the architectural barriers of the built environment for people with disabilities.

The university and the Conference for Mercy Higher Education recently elected the Rev. Michael Bryant, Sister Mary Ellen Fuhrman, R.S.M., Maureen Metz and Thomas Zesk, retired C.P.A., to the university's board of trustees. They will begin their three-year terms in October.

The university also thanked retiring board members, John C. Metz Sr. (1988-2018), Dr. Martha Hanlon, R.S.M. (1994-2018), Sherry A. Manetta (2003-18) and Mary Beth McNamara Sullivan (1990-2007 and 2009-18) for their years of service and awarded them trustee emeritus status. Bob Soper (2006-18) and Scott Lynett (2009-18) retired from the board.

Bryant is an accomplished and energetic pastor with a solid history of achievement and service in ministry. A motivated leader with strong pastoral and strategizing abilities, he has been the pastor of St. John Neumann Parish in the Diocese of Scranton since 2008 after serving the university as director of Campus Ministry from 1990-2007. He is the former director of the Ethics Institute of Northeastern Pennsylvania and was a member of the original Founders Council of Nativity-Miguel School in Scranton, where he continues to serve on the board of trustees.

A Religious Sister of Mercy, Fuhrman is the life coordinator at Mercy Center Nursing Unit, a skilled nursing and personal care facility in Dallas Twp. She also previously served as the special assistant to the president for mission integration and strategic planning at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey. Fuhrman also completed terms as a trustee at Georgian Court University and Mount Aloysius College in Cresson. In addition, she has held several leadership positions for the Sisters of Mercy, including director of development, community leadership and vice president for the Sisters of Mercy Mid-Atlantic. She is a resident of Forty Fort.

Metz, a resident of Dallas, is the executive vice president for Metz Culinary Management. She oversees and manages the marketing, culinary and merchandising initiatives for the Dallas-based company. During her 17-year career at Metz Culinary Management, she has played a pivotal role in advancing the company's recognition as a top on-site food service provider. Metz Culinary Management is ranked 14th on Food Management Magazine's Top 50 Management Companies in the United States. Before joining Metz Culinary Management, she was a sales manager for pharmaceutical giant Sanofi-Aventis Pasteur.

Zesk, a resident of Morristown, New Jersey, previously served on the university's Parents Advisory Council. A retired accountant and partner of Deloitte LLP of New York City, he served many different roles during his 36 years at the accounting firm. As a staff accountant and senior manager, Zesk oversaw the firm's largest clients as an audit and tax staff person, manager and senior manager. In addition, he built a specialty group within the New York Office Tax Department that focused on retirement plans for employees. As a partner, he served as the lead partner providing tax and retirement plan services to a number of large Deloitte clients and was the national leader of retirement plan services in the Tax Department. As the northeast leader of a division in the Tax Department, he provided tax services to corporations and oversaw the employees and financial operations of the division. From 2008-14, Zesk served on the Deloitte Retirement Committee, which was responsible for overseeing the investments of the Deloitte Pension Plan.


Attorney Lori A. Molloy has been named the new executive director of the organization. She previously served as director of legal advocacy and acting executive director before being authorized by vote of the full board on Oct. 25. Molloy has been an attorney at the organization for 21 years, serving as the managing attorney of the Bethlehem office until her promotion to director of legal advocacy in 2017.



Beginning in September, Dr. Randall W. Culp has a full-time presence in the Wilkes-Barre area, including expanded hours at the practice's 672 S. River St. office. Culp's practice focuses on providing comprehensive care for injuries and conditions affecting the hand, wrist, arm and elbow. He specializes in small joint and wrist arthroscopy, ligament repairs, reconstruction of the wrist and elbow, amputations and nerve management, and pediatric disease related to the upper extremity.


Maria Kolcharno has joined as director of addiction services. In this new role, Kolcharno will supervise the daily operations of addiction-related services and grant-funded clinical operations, including the Opioid Use Disorder Center of Excellence program.

Kolcharno was employed at Geisinger Marworth Treatment Center for 27 years and most recently served as director of the department of admissions and patient evaluation. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers Pennsylvania Chapter.


Brad Berryman was promoted to the position of senior vice president and chief nuclear officer. In this expanded role, Berryman will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company's Susquehanna nuclear power plant, a two-unit, 2,700-megawatt-facility in Luzerne County. Berryman joined in early 2017 from NextEra Energy Resources, and has since served as site vice president for Susquehanna Nuclear, with responsibilities for all plant operations and personnel. With more than two decades of extensive commercial nuclear experience, he has held positions of increasing importance spanning various technical, operational, training and financial capacities. Prior to joining the company, he served as general manager at Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station (NextEra Energy Resources), Homestead, Florida. Berryman served his country in the Navy.


Roger Perreault was appointed to the newly created position of executive vice president, Global LPG, and Robert F. Beard was appointed to the newly created position of executive vice president, natural gas, effective Oct. 1.

In his new role, Perreault will be responsible for the company's LPG distribution businesses, conducted through AmeriGas Propane LP and UGI International LLC and their subsidiaries. Perreault joined the company in November 2015 as president of UGI International and he will continue to serve in that role. Perreault spent 21 years with Air Liquide, serving in various leadership positions, including in a global role as president, large industries and, before that, in a role with responsibility for Air Liquide's North American large industries business.

As executive vice president, natural gas, Beard will be responsible for utility operations as well as the midstream and marketing activities of the company, conducted through UGI Utilities Inc. and UGI Energy Services LLC and their subsidiaries. In his new role, Beard will work closely with Joseph L. Hartz, president of UGI Energy Services. Beard will remain president and chief executive officer of UGI Utilities, a position he has held since 2011. He joined in 2008 and previously served as vice president, marketing, rates and gas supply, and as vice president, Southern Region of UGI Utilities. He has more than 20 years of experience in the utility industry, and previously served as vice president of Operations and Engineering of PPL Gas Utilities Corp.

UGI Corp. and AmeriGas Propane Inc., the general partner of AmeriGas Partners LP, also announced that Jerry E. Sheridan has elected to leave the position of president and chief executive officer of AmeriGas. Hugh J. Gallagher, currently AmeriGas vice president, finance and chief financial officer, has been named AmeriGas president and chief executive officer, effective Sept. 18. Gallagher has held the position of vice president, finance and chief financial officer since May 2013. Since joining in 1990, he has served both UGI and AmeriGas in various finance, accounting and operations roles, including treasurer, director of treasury services and investor relations and director, business development. UGI chief financial officer, Ted J. Jastrzebski, will serve as AmeriGas principal financial officer on an interim basis until Gallagher's successor is named.


The university has appointed Richard A. Walsh as assistant provost for operations and data analytics officer. Walsh, who served as assistant provost for operations since 2014, now oversees the Office of Institutional Reporting and Data Analytics. The restructured office will focus on data analytics and data mining, in addition to its research and reporting functions. Walsh joined the staff in 1998 as a software/database development and computer programming instructor at the Center for Professional Training and Development. During his 20 years of service at the university, he also worked in the registrar's office.

Gretchen J. Van Dyke, Ph.D., associate professor of political science, was selected as a 2018-19 Resident Scholar at the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research in Collegeville, Minnesota. Van Dyke joins just nine other scholars from across the nation who will spend a semester or academic year at the institute that supports "scholarly research that would nurture the best Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox theology." Through the program, resident scholars will pursue independent research within a context of inquiry and prayer "rooted in the Benedictine rhythm of St. John's Abbey." Van Dyke will research an edited collection project titled "Teaching Mission as a Vocation in the Jesuit Tradition." Van Dyke has served as the university's faculty representative to the Lilly Fellows Program since 2000. She also serves as a mentor for the Lilly's Graduate Fellows Program and has previously served as a national board member for the program. She joined the political science faculty in 1994. In addition to teaching a number of courses related to international relations and American government, she has also taught and developed courses that address contemporary questions of social justice and humanitarianism.

The university has named three individuals to its board of trustees: Jacquelyn Rasieleski Dionne, '89, Westport, Connecticut; Liz Murphy, Southport, North Carolina; and attorney Vincent R. Reilly, '80, P'05, '08, '11, '14, Philadelphia.

A native of Scranton and a university alumna, Dionne became a registered nurse upon graduating from Community Medical Center in 1986. She began her career as a trauma intensive care nurse in Scranton and continued as a cardiothoracic nurse in Boston and the New Hampshire Heart Institute. She recently returned to a medical setting, working as an RN with elderly and Alzheimer's patients. Dionne previously served on the university's board from 2011 through 2017. During that time, she chaired the advancement committee, served on the executive committee, and on both the presidential and provost search committees. In 2015, she was instrumental in the creation of the Kania School of Management's Business Wall of Fame. In 2013, she and her husband, John D. Dionne '86, were co-recipients of the University's President's Medal, an honor presented by the President's Business Council.

Murphy is chairwoman of the board and chief evangelist for CampusWorks Inc., a higher education professional services company. She has more than 35 years of experience in higher education, having first served as an institutional fundraiser for both a university and a community college foundation. For more than 21 years she worked at Datatel, an enterprise software provider to higher education, serving in marketing and professional services leadership roles, before advancing to the position of chief client officer there. She then served as chief executive officer of CampusWorks for more than six years. Murphy serves on the boards of Oohlala, Quality Matters and the Alliance for Innovation and Transformation.

Reilly, who graduated from the university in 1980 and Villanova University School of Law in 1983, has been active in civil litigation in the state and federal courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. On Jan. 1, 2000, along with Tracey McDevitt, '93, he founded the law firm of Reilly, McDevitt and Henrich, where he serves as managing partner of the firm with offices in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware. He previously served as a university trustee from 2011 to 2017.


Lianne Waller has been awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence. This prestigious award is presented to bank employees who show exceptional levels of dedication and service in their positions with the bank. Waller started her banking career in 2015 as a teller in the Honesdale Main Street Community Office. She currently holds the position of wealth management administrative assistant.


Internal medicine physician Ramesh Pandit, M.D., MPH, a resident of Honesdale, has joined Highland Physicians Family Health Center. Pandit began seeing adult patients at its Honesdale office located at 1839 Fair Ave. as of Oct. 1. He has a strong emphasis on preventive medicine and a background in epidemiology.

Board-certified advance practice nurse practitioner Lynn Salvati joined the staff at Pike Family Health Center. She joins John Weisenreider, M.D., and Eileen Arenson, CRNP, MSN, at the Lords Valley office on Route 739. Salvati is treating patients 16 and older.

She was a registered nurse in the emergency department of Moses Taylor Hospital, Scranton, for the past five years.

Samuel Ganz, D.O., internal medicine physician, has joined its roster of primary care providers. Ganz will hold office hours at two of the center's eight primary care sites — Carbondale Family Health Center and McAndrew Family Health Center — where he will treat adult and geriatric patients. Ganz has worked in Northeast Pennsylvania since 2014 when he began his internal medicine residency with the Wright Center For Graduate Medical Education. He served as chief resident during senior year.


Kathryn Blake of Scranton has joined as development specialist. She will work with the vice president of strategic initiatives and the executive leadership team to develop the center's relationships with alumni, foundations, community partners and individual donors. Blake will also lead future fundraising efforts, stewardship events and volunteer opportunities. She previously worked at TMG Health as the organization's business analyst.

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