A. Pickett Construction

MICHAEL GILL A Pickett Construction

MICHAEL GILL

The company announced the promotion of Mike Gill to the position of director of field operations. During Gill’s 29 years with the company, his work ethic, positive attitude, passion for customer service and exemplary problem solving skills have proven to be a key factor in the growth of the company.

He graduated from Johnson College with a degree in building construction technology and is a lifelong resident of the Wyoming Valley.

American Angus Association

Paige Henning, Scott Twp., is a new junior member of the national organization with headquarters in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Junior members are eligible to register cattle in the association, participate in programs conducted by the National Junior Angus Association and take part in sssociation-sponsored shows and other national and regional events.

The association is the largest beef breed association in the world, with more than 25,000 active adult and junior members.

Children’s Hospital Colorado

Kingston native Beth Wathen, MSN, APRN, CCRN-K, clinical practice specialist in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), has been selected as president-elect of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). She began serving a one-year term as president-elect on July 1, to be followed by a one-year term as president.

With more than 125,000 members, the AACN is the world’s largest specialty nursing organization. Wathen has been involved in governance of AACN for the last few years; she just completed serving a three-year term on their Board of Directors.

Commonwealth Health

CORNELIO CATENA Commonwealth

CORNELIO CATENA

CARLO DE LUNA Commonwealth

CARLO DE LUNA

WALTER DELGAUDIO Commonwealth Health

WALTER DELGAUDIO

IRA GROSSMAN Commonwealth Health

IRA GROSSMAN

Cornelio Catena, chief executive officer of Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, has announced he will transition to a market-level role with the health system this fall. In this new role of chief development officer, Catena will focus on strategic initiatives for the network of hospitals and clinics.

In his new position, Catena will work with the leadership teams of the Commonwealth Health hospitals and medical groups to make connections with potential business partners, insurers and government agencies to identify growth opportunities and execute on strategic plans to enhance the market.

Catena has led Wilkes-Barre General Hospital as CEO since 2009.

Neurosurgeon Carlo de Luna, M.D., has recently joined the physician network. Prior to this, de Luna practiced with Penn State Hershey Neurosurgery.

He is a board certified neurosurgeon and specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of the nervous system which includes the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves. He also serves as the chief of neurosurgery at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

de Luna and his staff will continue to see patients at his offices located in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital’s Medical Arts Building at 545 N. River St. in Wilkes-Barre.

Urology Associates has joined the physican network. This practice comprised of Dr. Walter DelGaudio Jr. and Dr. Ira Grossman offers a wide range of medical and surgical treatments for men, women and children with urology disorders and diseases. Both are board-certified urologists.

Conditions commonly treated include urinary tract infections for men, women and children, prostate, testicular, bladder and kidney cancer, kidney stones, incontinence, male infertility and vasectomy.

They will continue to see patients at their office located at 670 S. River St., Plains. Most major insurance plans are accepted, including Geisinger Health Plan.

Dime Bank

MELANIE SEAGRAVES Dime Bank

MELANIE SEAGRAVES

Melanie F. Seagraves, Lake Region & Hawley branch manager, was appointed to the position of vice president.

Seagraves joined the bank as the community office manager for the Greentown branch in April of 2001 coming to the bank with 14 years of prior financial services experience. She formerly led the Greentown team for almost 20 years. She is responsible for developing and maintaining customer relationships in our community. She is also responsible for overseeing both branches operations including residential, retail, and commercial loans, as well as demand and time deposit products.

Foley Law Firm

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MICHAEL FOLEY

Attorney Michael J. Foley of the Scranton-based firm was instrumental in a landmark workers’ compensation decision issued by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in Dana Holding v WCAB. Foley acted as Amicus Curiae co-counsel, Friend of the Court, on behalf of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice in the case. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling in favor of the injured worker will affect hundreds, or perhaps even thousands, of injured workers in the Commonwealth.

He has been certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America for more than a decade.

Geisinger

SHIKHAR AGARWAL Geisinger

SHIKHAR AGARWAL

CHRISTIAN SHUMAN Geisinger

CHRISTIAN SHUMAN

JUSTIN TUNIS Geisinger

JUSTIN TUNIS

Three health system physicians have been honored among the Pennsylvania Medical Society’s (PAMED) Top Physicians Under 40.

Interventional cardiologist Shikhar Agarwal, M.D., family medicine physician Christian D. Shuman, M.D., and sports medicine specialist Justin G. Tunis, M.D., were recognized for demonstrating significant success early in their medical careers.

Physicians were nominated by colleagues and selected by a committee of PAMED members, and the 45 providers chosen this year represent 19 medical specialties.

Agarwal specializes in valvular heart disease, structural heart disease and valve-related interventions. His main interest is treating valve disease using minimally invasive procedures, and he has expertise in transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), mitral valve repair (Mitraclip), and implantation of Watchman occluders. He is also proficient in treating coronary artery disease with minimally invasive stent procedures.

Agarwal leads the structural heart disease program at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, and under his leadership, it’s progressed to treat significantly more patients with improved quality and outcomes.

Shuman is certified in family medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine. He serves as the site lead for the Geisinger Pottsville Community Medicine practice, and he is a member of a task force that reviews how registered nurses across the system respond to patients who call in with severe health problems. He is also the head physician in his department’s Geisinger Convenient Care location, acting as a liaison for its providers and monitoring quality control of the lab.

Tunis is certified in sports medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine and registered in musculoskeletal sonography by the Alliance for Physician Certification and Advancement.

Tunis practices at Geisinger Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Scranton. He serves as associate program director for the Geisinger Sports Medicine Fellowship Program in northeast Pennsylvania. He is also head team physician for the University of Scranton, an assistant team physician for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, and a member of the Lackawanna County Medical Society Board.

Geisinger 65 Forward Health Center

JEFFREY POWELL Geisinger

JEFFREY POWELL

Jeffrey Powell, D.O., an internal medicine physician, has joined the team at the Scranton location.

Powell earned his medical degree from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine after completing graduate studies in immunology and virology at Temple University and East Stroudsburg University and undergraduate studies in biology at Temple University. He completed residencies in anesthesiology at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston and in internal medicine at Inspira Medical Center.

Powell started with the health system in 2019 as a family medicine physician at Geisinger Mountain Top until recently joining the 65 Forward team.

Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce

STEPHANIE JUAREZ VENTURA Scranton Chamber

STEPHANIE JUAREZ VENTURA

The region’s premier member-based business organization, has recently named its 2020-2021 board officers and directors.

The following were named 2020-2021 Board officers:

Patrick Fricchione Jr., Simplex Homes, board chair; Deborah Kolsovsky, PNC, Bank, vice chair/chair elect; John P. Wiercinski, JPW Consulting, immediate past chair; Robert P. Durkin, Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, president; William Conaboy, Esq., Allied Services, vice chair; Nancy Sarno de los Rios, Sarno & Son, vice chair; P. Timothy Kelly, Esq., Needle Law Firm, vice chair; Timothy B. McGrath, Viewmont Mall, vice chair; Sister Mary Persico, I.H.M., Marywood University, vice chair; Dr. Marwan Wafa, Penn State Scranton, vice chair; Jerry Musheno, Esq., consultant, treasurer; and Laurie Schwager, Bank of America, secretary.

The following were named 2020-2021 Board directors: Megan Alpert, Merrill Lynch; Nisha Arora, ERA One Source Realty; Donna Barbetti, Michael A. Barbetti LLC; Ronda Beemer, Quandel Construction Group; Michael L. Brown, Commonwealth Health Moses Taylor Hospital and Regional Hospital of Scranton; Joe Fasula, Gerrity’s Supermarkets; Ryan Flynn, Entercom Wilkes-Barre/Scranton; Laura Gillette-Mills, Hemmler+Camayd Architects; Marianne Gilmartin, Esq., Stevens & Lee; Bridget Goryeb, Highland Associates; Jessica Kalinoski, Admiral Management; Katie Leonard, Ed.D., Johnson College; Barbara Maculloch, Community Bank, N.A.; Abbie Maseychik, R.S. Maseychik Insurance Agency Inc.; Joshua Mast, POSH Restaurant Group LLC; Ryan McGowan, M&T Bank; Dr. Jill Murray, Lackawanna College; Eric Pusey, Medicap Pharmacy; Jack Reager, BlackOut Design; Alana Roberts, PPL Corporation; Daniel J. Santaniello, Fidelity Bank; Trish Savitsky, Cognizant; Kristen Shemanski, Gertrude Hawk Chocolates; Frank T. Suraci, Bedrock Technology; Jill M. Valentini, Fidelity Bank; and Lisa Hall Zielinski, Small Business Development Center, University

of Scranton.

The region’s premier member-based business organization has also announced the addition of Stephanie Juarez-Ventura as its communications manager, a newly created position.

Juarez-Ventura is responsible for the internal and external communication of the chamber and its affiliates. She will work closely with the director of marketing and communications to generate and maintain the chamber’s print and digital published content through social media, e-newsletters and Momentum, the chamber’s monthly news magazine.

Juarez-Ventura joined the marketing and communications team at the chamber in January as an intern.

Hailstone Economic LLC

Shannon Calluori, AICP, MCP, MPA has joined the company as the director of planning. In this role, she will lead planning and implementation of projects in partnership with municipalities throughout Pennsylvania. She formerly served as vice president of operations at CodeMaster Inspection Services and as the local zoning officer for several municipalities.

Calluori received a Master of City Planning degree and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a Certified Planner (AICP), Certified Pennsylvania Zoning Officer, and is certified to teach zoning and zoning administration through the Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute.

Home Care Association of America

Jennifer Battista has joined the organization as senior director of membership and operations.

Battista brings nearly 10 years of experience working with home-based care providers and consumers and nearly 20 years of experience in advocacy and nonprofit management to the association, which is the leading association nationally for home-based personal care providers.

Battista earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Ithaca College, and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration from West Chester University. She previously served as chief operating officer for the Pennsylvania Homecare Association.

Honesdale National Bank

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RICHARD SIMMERS

Richard Simmers, vice president, residential mortgage manager, assumed responsibility for oversight of operations for HNB Mortgage.

In his role, Simmers will oversee all aspects of operations for the mortgages business line including origination, servicing, underwriting, processing, closing and pricing.

He enters his new role with more than 40 years of banking experiencing, 30 years of which were concentrated in mortgages.

Keystone College

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SAM CECCACCI

MIKE NARCAVAGE Keystone College

MIKE NARCAVAGE

JENNIFER WALSH Keystone College

JENNIFER WALSH

JASON WASHO Keystone College

JASON WASHO

Sam Ceccacci, Michael Narcavage, Attorney Jennifer Walsh and Jason Washo have been elected as the newest members of the Board of Trustees.

Ceccacci is the former executive director of the Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency Inc. Now retired, Ceccacci spent his entire career with the agency as Head Start coordinator, director and executive director. His career spanned more than 43 years during which he oversaw the growth of the Head Start program from 110 to over 1,500 children and families.

Ceccacci has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bloomsburg University, a master’s degree in public administration from Marywood University, and is a graduate of the UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Head Start Management Fellows Program.

Narcavage is senior manager, government and community affairs for Southwestern Energy. He joined Southwestern in 2013 and has also served as community relations manager.

Prior to joining Southwestern, he served as manager of corporate development for Chesapeake Energy and Archbald Borough manager.

Narcavage obtained a bachelor of science in administration of justice from Penn State University in 1995. He was named Penn State Scranton Alumni Society Alumnus of the Year in 2013 and the Marcellus Shale Coalition Speakers Bureau Outstanding Presenter, also in 2013.

Walsh is senior vice president and general counsel for the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education. She began serving the Wright Center as private counsel in 2012 and joined the organization as senior vice president and general counsel in 2016. She received a bachelor of music in vocal performance from Bucknell University in 1992, master of music in vocal performance in 1994 from the University of Minnesota and graduated from Villanova University School of Law in 1998. She spent part of her career as an attorney in federal service as a law clerk to Judge William J. Nealon and as assistant United States attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Washo is principal and chief architect at Sho Technology Solutions, an international software architecture and development firm based in Scranton. He obtained a master of science degree in software engineering from the University of Scranton.

Washo has more than 20 years of experience in information technology and now serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Scranton.

He has served on a variety of local community boards and organizations, including TecBridge and Skills in Scranton. He is an honorary member of Upsilon Pi Epsilon Computer Science Honor Society and Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business.

Lackawanna College

The college announced the assignment of four current staff members to key leadership roles to help further the mission and vision of the college. These strategic appointments are designed to support the continued growth of academic programs at Lackawanna College.

Stephanie Decker has been named the executive director of social and economic impact. She was previously the program director for the Kiesendahl School of Hospitality. In this role, she assisted in the creation of new associate degree programs and the region’s only bachelor’s degree in restaurant and food service management. Under her leadership, her colleagues opened the student-run restaurant, 409 on Adams, which distinguished Lackawanna’s School of Hospitality as a school of choice for students to advance their careers in the hospitality industry.

Susan Gumble has been assigned the program director for the School of Petroleum and Natural Gas (PNG), the manager of the college’s technology degree program and an instructor. She also serves as the safety trainer and owner of SG Safety LLC. In her role as the program director for the School of PNG, she manages staff and faculty, creates and maintains industry partnerships and oversees the budget and implementation of academic courses.

With 20 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, Gumble has used her knowledge and expertise to contribute to the continued growth and development of the School of PNG.

Kristen McNally will serve as the program director for the Kiesendahl School of Hospitality. In her previous role as the program coordinator for the School of Hospitality, McNally helped increase student enrollment for the School of Hospitality and established its reputation within the culinary and hospitality communities through the creation of degree programs, externship opportunities and her vision and leadership in launching Lackawanna’s student-run restaurant, 409 on Adams. She also aided in the development of a continuing education certificate in collaboration with the Center for Independent Living to provide job-sustaining kitchen skills for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Dr. Kelly Musti, PT, DPT, GCS, has been named the dean of Health Sciences and Assessment for Lackawanna College. In her position, she is responsible for the implementation of all academic and clinical programs for the Division of Health Sciences, including strategic planning, quality assessment, student and faculty recruitment and resource development. Musti has assisted in several successful accreditation cycles for various health sciences programs. Her goals are to expand interprofessional education to provide students with experiential learning opportunities to aid them in the transition from the classroom to a clinical setting.

LSEO.com

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JEFF KIMMEL

Jeff Kimmel has joined as vice president of sales and marketing at the Wilkes-Barre company.

He has more than 20 years of experience with customer service and sales in the internet and technology industries.

Kimmel earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Lebanon Valley College and a Masters of Science degree for organizational management from Misericordia University where he was selected into Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society. Sigma Beta Delta was established to honor students who have attained superior records in business programs in schools and colleges with regional accreditation.

Marywood University

KATHERINE FISNE Marywood

KATHERINE FISNE

Katherine Fisne, Clifton Twp., associate director of education technology, and the ETS team were tasked with training faculty and students to prepare for online learning.

The HyBridge Education Model is a blended learning experience that safely delivers a high-quality education by incorporating remote interactive and face-to-face personalized instruction, coupled with internships and clinical opportunities.

ETS offered professional development to faculty that focuses on the online pedagogy.

Training for students involved live Google Meet sessions that students can attend to review Moodle, or to help incoming students get acclimated to the HyBridge Education Model.

McDonald and MacGregor LLC

MICHAEL MCDONALD McDonald MacGregor

MICHAEL MCDONALD

The firm announced the appointment of its founding partner, Michael J. McDonald, as co-chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Bar Leadership Institute. The institute’s purpose is to inform its eighteen participants on the day-to-day operations, governance, resources and staffing of the organization, as well as to provide introductions to various leadership opportunities for the approximately twenty five thousand member statewide organization. McDonald has served in previous leadership roles within the PBA including serving as Secretary and as a member of the Board of Governors.

Munley Law

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MARION MUNLEY

DANIEL MUNLEY Munley Law

DANIEL MUNLEY

Marion Munley and Daniel W. Munley recently received the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Trucking Litigation Group’s “Robert W. Munley Award” during the AAJ’s virtual Annual Convention. Formerly the “Chairman’s Award,” the award was renamed this year in honor of the late Robert W. Munley (1930-2019).

Both lawyers have been active in the AAJ Trucking Litigation Group since it was founded more than 20 years ago. Daniel Munley served as chair of the Trucking Litigation Group in 2011-2012 and Marion became the first woman chair of the group in 2018. Both Marion and Daniel have earned board certification in truck accident law from the National Board of Trial Advocacy. They have spent decades educating lawyers all over the country on truck accident litigation and advocating for policies that would reduce the number of truck-related injuries and fatalities.

Northeast Regional Cancer Institute

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GLEN DIGWOOD

The Board of Directors elected new officers. Susan Shoemaker was elected as chair of the Board of Directors; William Conaboy, Esq., vice-chair; the Rev. Herbert Keller, secretary; and Jackie Brozena, treasurer. In addition to the new officers, the Board of Directors appointed Glen Digwood, D.O., FACP to the Board of Directors.

Glen Digwood, D.O., FACP is the co-director of palliative medicine at Geisinger Health System. He is also an assistant professor of medicine at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. He was formerly the director of the hospital medicine at Regional Hospital of Scranton.

Digwood received his medical degree from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the Scranton-Temple Residency Program, and a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y. He is board-certified in internal medicine and hospice and palliative medicine.

Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center

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CHELSEY COSLETT

Chelsey Coslett, a resident of Kingston, joined as the organization’s marketing specialist in June. She brings 12 years’ experience in the marketing communication and public relations industries.

In her position, she is responsible for overseeing and executing the organization’s marketing strategy, which includes marketing communication initiatives, public relations efforts, brand awareness and positioning, mission advocacy and awareness and event planning.

Coslett also serves as president of the Northeastern Pennsylvania chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF).

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication, with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in advertising from Flagler College, St. Augustine, Fla.

Penn State Scranton

JIYOUNG JUNG Psu Scranton

JIYOUNG JUNG

RAYMOND PETREN Psu Scranton

RAYMOND PETREN

JANET MELNICK Psu Scranton

JANET MELNICK

Three faculty members recently received some very good career news.

Jiyoung Jung, assistant professor of chemistry, and Raymond Petren, assistant professor of human development and family studies, have been awarded tenure. Both professors were promoted to the rank of associate professor, effective July 1.

Janet Melnick, associate teaching professor of HDFS and program coordinator, has been promoted to the rank of teaching professor of HDFS, effective July 1.

Jung joined the campus’ science faculty in spring 2015, and over the past few years has developed a rigorous independent research agenda for her chemistry students while conducting her own traditional academic and applied research.

She received her doctorate in chemistry with specialization in organic chemistry from the University of North Texas. In addition, she completed a post-doctorate research fellowship in chemistry with specialization in organic, inorganic and material chemistry at Indiana University.

She formerly served as an assistant professor in organic chemistry at Slippery Rock University.

Melnick’s promotion brings her to the highest possible rank for faculty in the non-tenure teaching line. She has been at the campus for 20 years.

To achieve her new rank, Melnick had to carry out her teaching, research and service responsibilities at an exemplary level to meet the criteria for promotion. She also had to complete an intensive dossier and have her classroom teaching submitted to two peer reviews.

As coordinator, Melnick spends a significant portion of her time advising students, receiving the 2019 Penn State Excellence in Advising Award.

A state-licensed social worker since 1989, Melnick received her doctorate in human services with an emphasis in social work from Marywood.

Petren arrived at the campus in the fall of 2014 and during the six-year tenure process, his teaching, research and service were rigorously evaluated every two years.

Petren’s research focuses on parenting and coparenting across family structures, and throughout much of the tenure process his work centered on separated and divorced parents and stepfamilies.

Petren is also highly involved in campus service. Among other current roles, he serves as Faculty Senate chair elect, First Year Seminar program coordinator, LGBTQA Student Club faculty adviser and Diversity Advisory Council co-chair.

Petren received his doctorate in family relations from Florida State.

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB)

Michael Demko was appointed executive director, effective Aug. 8, following the retirement of Charlie Mooney after more than 39 years of service.

Demko previously served as chief operating officer, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the agency and directing core business functions related to finance, procurement, wholesale and retail operations, marketing and merchandising, and supply chain.

In his new role, Demko will be responsible for directing the administrative and business operations of the agency and managing the executive team. He will provide leadership, strategic planning, and recommendations for agency initiatives to the Board.

Demko brings more than 30 years of professional retail, licensing and wholesale experience in accounting, finance and operations.

While earning a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Scranton, Mooney worked as a part-time liquor store clerk from 1979 to 1984. Upon graduation, he became manager of a PLCB store in Susquehanna County, then grew through store operations positions of increasing responsibility and breadth until joining the executive team as director of retail operations in 2014. Mooney has served as executive director since November 2016. Over his nearly 40-year career with the board, Mooney led significant changes and improvements to store operations.

Peoples Security Bank & Trust

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THOMAS TULANEY

Thomas P. Tulaney was appointed president and chief operating officer of the trust company and Peoples Financial Services Corp. Tulaney was also appointed to the bank’s Board of Directors.

Tulaney joined in April 2011 as executive vice president, chief lending officer. He most recently served as senior executive vice president and chief operating officer. In his new position, he will be responsible for the daily operations of the bank. With more than 39 years of banking experience, Tulaney is well positioned to ensure the bank continues to meet the expectations of its shareholders, employees, customers and the needs of our local communities.

Reading and Northern Railroad

KARL LAUBENSTINE Reading Railroad

KARL LAUBENSTINE

JIM CERULLI Reading Railroad

JIM CERULLI

Karl Laubenstine joined as vice president, coal marketing and sales. In his new position, he will be reporting to Bill Clark, senior vice president, coal marketing.

Laubenstine joins from Atlantic Carbon Group Inc., a top five Anthracite mining and processing company in Hazleton, where he was responsible for marketing, sales and logistics. He joined Atlantic in 2016 and was quickly promoted to sales manager.

In addition, Jim Cerulli was named vice president, business development. While he will continue to be responsible for the coal equipment fleet as well as on-line coal industrial development projects, he will also support Wayne Michel on strategic efforts and significant long-term business development projects. In his new position, Cerulli will continue to report to Michel.

Cerulli joined in 2015 in the transportation department as operations administrator. He was quickly promoted to director of operations and then AVP operations planning. Cerulli moved over to the commercial side at the beginning of 2020 to become VP coal marketing.

Senior Health Care Solutions LLC

RACHEL VERDE Senior Health Care Solutions

RACHEL VERDE

Rachel Verde was appointed director of marketing and community relations at the soon-to-be-open Delaware Valley Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center and the Delaware Valley Personal Care Center. The two facilities are currently under construction on Rivers Edge Drive in Matamoras. In her new position, she will be responsible for assisting with the transition of patients from home or the hospital to the 70 bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation center and 50 bed personal care centers.

Verde, a native of Pike County, has had a previous relationship several years ago in a similar position at another facility owned and operated by the company.

United Way of Wyoming Valley

JENNIFER SORDONI United Way

JENNIFER SORDONI

The Board of Directors announced that Jennifer Sordoni has been selected to serve as chairperson of the Board for a two-year term. She becomes the first female in 40 years and only the second in the organization’s 99-year history to serve as board chair. A native of Wyoming Valley, Sordoni has been a member of the United Way Board of Directors since 2014. She has served on the investment, steering and executive committees and most recently served as chair of the community investment committee.

In 2014, she and her husband, Bill, co-chaired the organization’s annual campaign, the first campaign to launch the organization’s ‘Poverty to Possibility’ model to address childhood poverty in the Wyoming Valley.

In addition to selecting the new chairperson, the Board also approved the nominations of five new board members: John Baum, CEO, Baum Group; Alex Grover, chief operating officer, i2M; Attorney Paul Rushton, partner, chair of business and finance department, Rosenn Jenkins & Greenwald; Ken Fernandez, vice president of human resources, Mohegan Sun Pocono; and Robert Graham III, marketing coordinator, Riggs Asset Management.

University of Scranton

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STACY SMULOWITZ

Stacy Smulowitz, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication and media, was named executive director for the Eastern Communication Association, the oldest professional communication association in the United States.

A faculty member since 2009, Smulowitz teaches courses in advertising, healthcare planning and marketing, and small group, organizational and leadership communication. She also advises the Ad Club and the AAF National Student Advertising Competition team.

An Accredited Business Communicator, Smulowitz is also president of Smulowitz Communications, a strategic communication and leadership consulting firm.

VNA Hospice & Home Health of Lackawanna County

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ERIN MCFADDEN

Dr. Erin McFadden joined as the new medical director for their Home Health division.

After studying biology and philosophy at the University of Scranton, McFadden completed medical school at Temple University School of Medicine. She participated in three years of general surgery residency at St. Mary’s Hospital, a Yale affiliate, followed by a three-year internal medicine residency Scranton Temple Residency program, now known as the Wright Center Graduate Medical Education. She is board certified in internal medicine. McFadden practiced eight years at Moses Taylor Hospital, Scranton, as a hospitalist and most recently joined the Wright Center Primary Care and Graduate medical education.

Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers

JERRICA SHERIDAN Wayne Memorial

JERRICA SHERIDAN

Certified Family Nurse Practitioner Jerrica Sheridan, DNP, FNP-C, became Hamlin Family Health Center’s newest medical provider on June 8.

Sheridan comes to the Hamlin office with more than seven years of experience offering acute and chronic health management to patients of all ages as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). Prior to earning her master’s degree in nursing, she worked as a registered nurse at Geisinger CMC’s Emergency Department in Scranton.

Sheridan earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Purdue Global University and a Master of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Scranton.

WNEP-TV

Carl Abraham, news director, is among the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) Silver Circle Society inductees for 2020. The Silver Circle Society recognizes individuals who have outstanding service in broadcasting for a minimum of 25 years, with the majority of it being spent in the Mid-Atlantic Chapter. It is the chapter’s intent to recognize those at a television station, cable channel or production house that have been reliable and valuable colleagues, respected mentors, creative contributors and diligent advocates for the industry.

The 38th Annual Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards will be held virtually on Sept. 19.

Wright Center

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NEVENA BARJAKTAROVIC

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RAJIV BANSAL Wright Center

RAJIV BANSAL

MARY LOUISE DECKER Wright Center

MARY LOUISE DECKER

WILLIAM DEMPSEY Wright Center

WILLIAM DEMPSEY

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DOUGLAS KLAMP

JOSEPH SILEO Wright Center

JOSEPH SILEO

Nevena Barjaktarovic, M.D., board-certified in internal medicine and rheumatology, recently joined the Wright Center for Community Health’s Scranton practice. She also serves as physician-faculty for the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education’s residents and fellows.

A Clarks Summit resident, she graduated from Medical School of Belgrade University, Serbia. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at James J. Peters VA Medical Center and her rheumatology fellowship training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center.

A pair of longstanding physicians have been promoted to leadership roles in the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education’s Internal Medicine Residency Program. Timothy K. Burke, D.O., has been named program director and Rajiv Bansal, M.D., has been named associate program director for the Center’s original residency program, founded in 1976 with just six residents. Today, the Center trains more than 226 physician learners.

Burke, who will continue seeing patients at the Center’s Mid Valley practice in Jermyn. In past leadership roles, he has served as program director and associate program director of the former Osteopathic Internal Medicine Residency Program, which has since become the single-accreditation Internal Medicine Program.

Burke is Medication-Assisted Treatment-waivered to care for patients with substance use disorder. In addition, he is a clinical assistant professor of medicine at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internists. Burke resides in his hometown of Archbald.

Burke will be supported in this role by Bansal, who assumes the title of associate program director. Bansal previously served as acting program director of internal medicine, overseeing the Center’s three-year residencies in Northeast Pennsylvania. He will continue to serve as director of hospital services and as physician-faculty for the Center.

Bansal worked as a medical officer at Sanjivani Hospital in New Delhi. He then enrolled in the Scranton Temple Residency Program and joined the Center as full-time faculty in 2011.

Bansal’s career has been highlighted by his active involvement in our community through volunteerism with the Scranton Red Cross and Moses Taylor Hospital’s HELP Program.

Mary Louise Decker, M.D., a board-certified physician, has joined the Center for the Wright Center for Community Health as infectious disease medical director.

Decker will oversee the care of patients facing a variety of issues including multisystemic infections, infections related to travel, fever of unknown origin, various infections, infections caused by multi-drug resistant bacteria, viral hepatitis and tuberculosis.

She will serve as the clinical leader for care teams that include nurse practitioners, physician assistants, case managers, nurses and peer support navigators. She will also provide educational instruction as physician-faculty to residents and fellows.

William Dempsey, M.D., family medicine physician and medical director at the Center’s Clarks Summit practice, has been appointed assistant chief medical officer.

Dempsey joined the Center in 2014, overseeing the expansion of pediatric services at the Clarks Summit practice. A faculty member and associate program director for the Family Medicine Residency Program, Dempsey also provides comprehensive primary care services for entire families and is Medication-Assisted Treatment-waivered to treat substance use disorder.

In this new role, he will provide support to chief medical officer Dr. Jignesh Sheth with all clinical service lines, including inpatient, outpatient primary care and specialty services.

Douglas Klamp, M.D., board-certified internal medicine physician, has joined the Center’s Clarks Summit and Scranton practices.

A primary care provider for adults, Klamp previously operated his own private practice. He was also medical director of the McGowan Institute for Health Community Initiatives of the Mercy Foundation, where he directed an eating disorder coalition, prison outreach and coordinated a cardiovascular disease prevention program, and served as former associate program director of the Scranton Temple Residency Program.

A Waverly Twp. resident, Klamp completed his residency in primary care internal medicine at the Alameda County General Hospital in California.

Attorney Joseph Sileo, a Clarks Summit resident, has been named vice president and deputy general counsel for the Wright Center for Community Health and Graduate Medical Education.

He previously served as of counsel in charge of the McNees Wallace & Nurick Scranton law office and a partner in Ufberg Sileo Law Firm. Sileo brings 27 years of experience representing both private and public employers across a broad range of business industries.

Sileo’s new responsibilities include overseeing, planning, organizing and directing the legal staff and the legal work of the organization’s Boards of Directors and internal stakeholders.

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