American Angus Association

Gavin Bewley, Jermyn, is a new junior member of the association.

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

The association is the largest beef breed association in the world, with more than 22,000 active adult and junior members. Visit NJAA.info for more information about the National Junior Angus Association.

Barry Isett & Associates Inc.

KRISTEN WOLFE

KRISTEN WOLFE

CHARLES STALEGA

CHARLES STALEGA

JERRID DINNEN

JERRID DINNEN

The multidiscipline engineering firm with offices in Olyphant, Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton and six other locations in Eastern and Central Pennsylvania welcomes new associates to departments, including Project Management & Construction Services, Code Inspection & Plan Review and Transportation.

Kristen Wolfe, NCIDQ, M.A., IIDA, CHID, of Jessup, joined as a project manager serving the firm’s Olyphant office. Previously of BDA Architects, she comes with more than two decades of experience as an interior designer and project manager. Wolfe is skilled in all aspects of design and construction with an emphasis on the higher education, K-12 and health care markets. Since joining the company, she has primarily served as a project manager and owner’s representative for commercial, government and educational projects.

Charles (Chip) Stalega, of Berwick, joined the Hazleton office as a property maintenance/zoning inspector after a multi-faceted career in numerous market sectors. With experience in financial and insurance services, IT and insurance inspection, Stalega will continue to advance his career in code services by serving the Wyoming Valley region and its surrounding areas.

Jerrid Dinnen, PE, PTOE, of Moscow, was brought into the transportation department as a project manager based in the Greater Scranton office. He holds a 22-year background in project management, traffic engineering, transportation planning, highway design and municipal engineering for multiple firms in New York and New Jersey. Dinnen is experienced in large-scale projects for both the public and private sectors.

The firm provides code inspection, survey, environmental consulting and construction services; civil, forensic, municipal, structural, transportation and geotechnical engineering; mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering; landscape architecture, construction materials testing and grant writing.

Comitz Law Firm LLC

STEPHEN FENDLER

STEPHEN FENDLER

Attorney Stephen J. Fendler has joined the firm’s legal team as senior counsel. Fendler will be providing legal counsel to personal injury clients throughout Northeast Pennsylvania, focusing on auto and truck accidents, slip, trip and fall injuries and work-related injuries as well as Social Security disability claims, and estate planning and administration. He will be based in the firm’s Wilkes-Barre office.

Fendler’s professional affiliations have included membership in the civil litigation section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association and both the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums. In 2010, Fendler was appointed by the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas as a special trial master.

Deb Pavlico, MS NCC

DEB_PAVLICO

DEB PAVLICO

Licensed Professional Counselor Deb Pavlico, MS NCC, recently earned her Board Certified Telemental Health Provider credential. During the pandemic, Pavlico transitioned her in-person private practice to an online/video practice. The credential identifies those professionals who are uniquely trained in best practices for delivering traditional behavioral health care through technological means. BC-TMH credential holders have met nationally established telemental health criteria. Pavlico is licensed to practice in the state of Pennsylvania.

Delaware Highlands Conservancy

The organization announced the election of four new members to its board of directors.

Joining the board for new three-year terms are Kevin Barber, Morristown, New Jersey; Amy Erlwein, Jeffersonville, New York; Nancy Kiesendahl Bloch, Hawley; and Scott Van Gorder, Hawley.

Newly elected officers of the board include Mary Sue Sweeney Price, president; Barbara Cuffe, vice president; Douglas Hayes, treasurer; and Michael Cann, secretary.

Directors Karen Lutz and Grant Genzlinger have retired. Lutz joined the board in 2013 and served as president since 2015. Genzlinger is a founding director of the conservancy and has just completed his third term on the board, having also served as president from 2001-03 and 2007-08.

The conservancy works in partnership with landowners and communities to protect the natural heritage and quality of life of the Upper Delaware River region.

Dilworth Paxson LLP

ELIZABETH PREATE HAVEY

ELIZABETH PREATE HAVEY

Partner Elizabeth Preate Havey was appointed general counsel and secretary, effective Sept. 23, to the National Constitution Center. This appointment follows Havey’s January election to the board.

Havey is a transactional attorney specializing in public and project finance matters involving tax-exempt and taxable bond issues for a range of issuers, including municipalities, authorities, school districts, private universities and hospitals. She also counsels municipalities regarding monetization, through the sale or lease of municipal assets such as water/sewer systems. Havey represents corporations and nonprofit organizations in corporate governance matters, employment agreements, service agreements and general corporate and securities transactions.

Havey is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., 1997).

Dime Bank

JENNIFER TAGLE

JENNIFER TAGLE

Jennifer Tagle has been promoted to assistant vice president, application services manager at the bank.

Tagle joined the bank in 2003 as a computer operator. In her new role as assistant vice president application services manager, Tagle oversees the bank’s software systems, setup of applications and user interfaces that support all business units within the bank. She assists with configuration of the applications and systems and creates documents to support the end users. Tagle also supervises the IT applications analyst and performs data analysis and reporting as requested.

Tagle graduated with a bachelor of science in computer information systems from Mansfield University.

FNCB Bank

ELIZABETH GRAHAM

ELIZABETH GRAHAM

RAYMOND JOSEPH

RAYMOND JOSEPH

PAT ROGAN

PAT ROGAN

JAMES KELSHAW

JAMES KELSHAW

FNCB Bancorp Inc., the parent company of the Dunmore-based bank, announced that Elizabeth “Liz” Graham, Raymond Joseph, MD, FASN, and Pat Rogan have been appointed to the bank’s advisory board.

The board consists of individuals from across Northeast Pennsylvania. The network of diverse and experienced business leaders provides strategic and expert advice on the markets the bank serves.

Graham is chief operating officer and co-owner of Riggs Asset Management Company Inc. and co-founder of Circle 200, a by-invitation-only forum for senior executive women in Northeast Pennsylvania. She is the immediate past chair of the board of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry — the first woman to chair that board. She has also served as chair of the boards of the Diamond City Partnership, Circle 200 and the Nuangola Lake Association, and was a former founding board member and treasurer of Fork Over Love. She is the current chair of the board for CASA of Luzerne County and the Bear Creek Association. She is a past recipient of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Award, Northeastern Pennsylvania Business Journal “Top 25 Women in Business” and “Top 20 Executives Under 40” lists.

Joseph is a nephrologist and president of Renal Consultants of Wyoming Valley, the oldest private nephrology practice in Northeast Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine with a Doctor of Medicine, completed his residency in internal medicine and renal fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He is certified by American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine and nephrology.

Rogan is currently involved in numerous businesses in the real estate and employee benefits sectors in the region, including ownership in a startup real estate brokerage and numerous development projects in Lackawanna County. Rogan was a member of Scranton City Council from 2009-2020. He is a lifelong resident of Lackawanna County and currently resides in South Abington Twp. He is a graduate of the University of Scranton.

The additions of Graham, Joseph and Rogan bring the advisory board to 21 members. Others include:

Peter “PJ” Adonizio, attorney Joseph D. Burke, attorney Nina M. DeCosmo, attorney Samuel A. Falcone Jr., Paul S. Falzone, Patrick J. Fricchione, M.D., attorney Francis J. Hoegen, attorney Donald G. Karpowich, John A. Kutz, M.D., FACS, Linda L. Malinowski, Earl Marshall, Sean C. McGrath, attorney Peter J. Moses, Vincent J. Nardone, Kate Daye Ruane, Robert S. Tamburro, Kenneth J. Temborski and Jeffrey Woytowich.

James Kelshaw has joined the commercial lending team as senior vice president, SBA loan manager.

As SBA loan manager, Kelshaw will be responsible for the oversight of the bank’s U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) lending activities.

Kelshaw joins the bank with 30 years of credit, commercial lending and SBA lending experience. Most recently he served as the executive director of the Northeastern Economic Development Company of PA-CDC.

He is a graduate of Hazleton High School and King’s College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in finance and a master’s in finance.

Foley Law Firm

THOMAS FOLEY JR

THOMAS FOLEY JR

KEVIN FOLEY

KEVIN FOLEY

MICHAEL FOLEY

MICHAEL FOLEY

THOMAS FOLEY III

THOMAS FOLEY III

All four attorneys at the firm, including Thomas J. Foley Jr., Kevin P. Foley, Michael J. Foley and Thomas J. Foley III, have been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2023.

Thomas Foley Jr., founder of the law firm, has been recognized for his work in medical malpractice law (plaintiffs), personal injury litigation (plaintiffs), railroad law and workers compensation law (claimants).

Kevin Foley has been recognized by Best Lawyers for his work in the areas of litigation (insurance), medical malpractice law (plaintiffs) and personal injury litigation (plaintiffs).

Michael Foley has been recognized by Best Lawyers for his work in the areas of medical malpractice law (plaintiffs); personal injury litigation (plaintiffs); and workers’ compensation law (claimants).

Thomas Foley III has been recognized for his work in the area of personal injury litigation (plaintiffs).

The law firm serves personal injury clients throughout Northeast and Central Pennsylvania with offices in Scranton and Stroudsburg. The firm handles a range of personal injury cases including motor vehicle accidents, workers’ compensation claims and medical negligence.

Geisinger

PUGAZHENDHI VIJAYARAMAN

PUGAZHENDHI VIJAYARAMAN

STEVEN SLUCK

STEVEN SLUCK

Pugazhendhi Vijayaraman, MD, has been promoted to chief of clinical electrophysiology for the health system.

In his new role, Vijayaraman oversees the integration and growth of services for patients with heart-rhythm disorders across the health system. These arrhythmias include tachycardia (fast heart rate), bradycardia (slow heart rate) and atrial fibrillation (AFib) among others.

A health system provider since 2005, Vijayaraman specializes in cardiac electrophysiology, cardiac ablation and cardiac device implantation. He is world-renowned for his research and clinical expertise in conduction system pacing, which stimulates the heart’s natural electrical conduction system to correct rhythm disorders and has improved patient outcomes. An authority on innovative methods of implantation, he has educated Geisinger fellows as well as physicians from across the globe.

Steven Sluck, D.O., a family medicine physician, has joined the Geisinger 65 Forward Health Center team in Scranton.

The health care program is designed exclusively for people ages 65 and over with Geisinger Gold insurance where patients get longer appointments, more on-site health services and social, educational and wellness activities.

Sluck is a board-certified physician who specializes in family medicine. He earned his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency through the Crozer Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program in Springfield, Pennsylvania.

Sluck joins after nearly a decade of treating patients at Geisinger Mount Pleasant.

Munley Law

KATIE NEALON

KATIE NEALON

Katie Nealon recently spoke at the American Association of Justice’s 2022 Annual Convention in Seattle. Her talk was entitled “How to Prepare your Case and Client for Trial” and she presented to trial attorneys in the Advocacy Track at the Conference.

Nealon joined the law firm in 2014. Her work focuses on automobile accidents, premises liability and dog bite cases.

Nealon has received numerous industry awards and has been named to the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch list for both 2021 and 2022. She has also been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star since 2017 and was selected for inclusion in the Pennsylvania Bar Leadership Institute Class of 2017-18.

She graduated summa cum laude from Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, California.

National Park Service

DOYLE SAPP

DOYLE SAPP

Northeast Regional Director Gay Vietzke has announced Doyle Sapp as the next superintendent of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He has served as acting superintendent since August.

Sapp is a 29-year NPS employee who has served as a superintendent for more than 12 years and comes to the park most recently from Richmond National Battlefield Park and Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, both in Richmond, Virginia. He has served on several NPS regional leadership councils and has worked extensively to build key partnerships and expand collaboration with Tribal governments. Prior to joining NPS, he served as a police officer in his hometown of Americus, Georgia, in the 1990s.

Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance

DONNA HRITZ

DONNA HRITZ

The organization announced the promotion of Donna Hritz to vice president of communications and operations.

Hritz began her career with the organization in 1998. She most recently was the communications and operations manager. Due to her strong work ethic and initiative, she has advanced to various higher level positions within NEPA.

Hritz will be responsible for working closely with the board of directors, marketing the organization’s programs/services and overseeing the organization’s information technology services.

She resides in Exeter.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Rep. Karen Boback (R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming) received the Guardian of Small Business award from the National Federation of Independent Business for the 2021-22 session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The award is based on a voting record that encourages the success of small and independent businesses.

Perry Law Firm LLC

MARK PERRY

MARK PERRY

Mark Perry, managing partner of the firm, has been accepted into the American Board of Trial Advocates.

ABOTA dedicates itself to the preservation and promotion of the Seventh Amendment, which guarantees the right to civil jury trials. Members in this prestigious invitation-only group must have tried a minimum of 10 civil jury trials to conclusion.

A graduate of George Washington University Law School, Perry is board certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in both trial advocacy and civil pretrial practice. He has earned recognition on the Super Lawyers list each year since 2005 and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Rosenn Jenkins & Greenwald

KIERAN CASEY

KIERAN CASEY

PAUL RUSHTON

PAUL RUSHTON

Attorneys Kieran M. Casey and Paul T. Rushton spoke recently during a Legal Update seminar, hosted by the Society for Human Resource Management’s Northeast Pennsylvania chapter, or SHRM.

The SHRM event took place Oct. 20 at Misericordia University, where participants could earn professional development credits.

Casey led three talks titled: “Hot Topics in Employment Law, Including Managing Today’s Workforce”; “An Employer’s Guide to Complying with Pennsylvania’s Marijuana Law”; and “Understanding Employer Obligations Under the ADA and the FMLA, and How These Laws Interact.”

Rushton led a presentation titled “Coming and Going: Considerations for Use and Contents of Employment and Separation Agreements,” which addressed circumstances in which employment and separation agreements should be used.

Rothenberg & Campbell

LEAH POPPLE

LEAH POPPLE

Leah K. Popple has joined the law firm as an associate attorney.

Popple officially joined the firm in September and was recently admitted to practice law in all Pennsylvania state courts. After graduating from Susquehanna University, Popple attended New England Law in Boston, graduating in May. She will be an invaluable asset to the firm, practicing primarily civil litigation including personal injury, premises liability, estate litigation and family law. Popple resides in the Back Mountain area.

Scranton Area Community Foundation

LAURA DUCCESCHI

LAURA DUCCESCHI

President and CEO Laura Ducceschi has been named to City & State’s 2022 Nonprofit Power 100 List. The statewide nonprofit power list recognizes the most influential public officials, philanthropic leaders and executives leading the sector throughout Pennsylvania over the past year.

The inaugural list recognized Ducceschi and other nonprofit, philanthropic and public officials who have had to “adapt, improvise and overcome” to be able to effectively serve their clients and communities.

Under Ducceschi’s leadership, the foundation has nearly quadrupled its charitable assets under the foundation’s management and has granted nearly $30 million in grant and scholarship funding.

Shumaker Consulting Engineering and Land Surveying, D.P.C.

BRIAN ZICK

BRIAN ZICK

Brian J. Zick, L.S. has been promoted to senior managing surveyor and will lead the geomatics division of the firm. This career advancement is in accordance with its strategic plan and vision for the firm. Zick’s career has involved a vast variety of roles in his 22 years of experience, including field and office positions. He has embraced and led the implementation of new technology, including GPS, LiDAR scanning, 3D modeling and drone imagery, throughout his tenure at SCE. Most recently, he has been responsible for field survey operations and leadership of staff conducting surveys throughout New York and Pennsylvania. Zick is a licensed land surveyor in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Ohio. In his new role, Zick will oversee four additional licensed land surveyors alongside the rest of the geomatics team.

The Wright Center

JYOTI SHAH

JYOTI SHAH

KARI MACHELLI

KARI MACHELLI

STEPHANIE GILL

STEPHANIE GILL

NORA DILLON

NORA DILLON

Dr. Jyoti R. Shah, a board-certified psychiatrist with more than 35 years of experience at clinical sites in Northeast Pennsylvania, has joined the Wright Centers for Community Health and Graduate Medical Education where she will train and educate the next generation of psychiatrists and provide behavioral health services to adult patients.

A graduate of M.P. Shah Government Medical College in India, Shah is an American Psychiatric Association Distinguished Life Fellow. She completed a psychiatry residency, including a rotation in neurology, at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in New York. She will provide patient care, and education and administrative leadership as the medical director of the Wright Center for Community Health Behavioral Health Service Line.

The Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers has presented Kari Machelli, RN, the associate vice president of Integrated Primary Health Services at the Wright Center for Community Healthy, with the Awards for Primary Care Excellence (APEX) in recognition of her stellar customer service.

An APEX represents the pinnacle of service, quality, innovation and achievement in primary health care. The association bestows its awards in 10 categories to recognize the outstanding efforts of dedicated individuals and teams who work or volunteer for Pennsylvania’s community health centers.

Machelli received the award at the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers Annual Conference and Clinical Summit in Lancaster.

A resident of Blakely, Machelli began her career at the Wright Center as a registered nurse care manager and has been with the organization for more than 20 years.

Dr. Stephanie A. Gill, a board-certified family medicine physician, has joined the Wright Centers for Community Health and Graduate Medical Education, where she will train and educate the next generation of physicians and collaboratively provide primary care for adults and children of all ages as a preceptor alongside a high-quality empaneled care team of resident physicians.

Gill received her Doctor of Medicine from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, and completed her residency in family medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s St. Margaret Hospital in Aspinwall, Pennsylvania. Gill completed a fellowship in faculty development at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where she also earned a multidisciplinary Master of Public Health degree.

Nora Dillon, Clarks Summit, has been promoted to the position of director of government relations for the Wright Centers for Community Health and Graduate Medical Education.

She has held various administrative roles with the nonprofit enterprise since March 2019 and most recently served as executive assistant and legislative liaison.

In her new post, Dillon will build and foster relationships with local, state and federal legislators, administrators and other government stakeholders, while communicating the center’s key public health and health workforce priorities to meet community needs.

Dillon received her master of arts in public administration with a concentration in nonprofit management from Marywood University.

University of Scranton

LEIGH MAGNOTTA FENNIE

LEIGH MAGNOTTA FENNIE

Leigh Magnotta Fennie, business consultant for the university’s Small Business Development Center, was honored at America’s SBDC 2022 Conference in San Diego as one of the inaugural America’s SBDC 40 Under 40.

Fennie joined the SBDC in June 2015. She provides business consulting to start-up and existing small businesses across the SBDC’s eight-county service area, with a focus on Monroe and Wayne counties. She stepped up in 2020 to serve as a CARES Act Business Consultant, assisting existing small businesses impacted by the pandemic, including helping them obtain almost $5 million in disaster financing and grants. She also developed and delivered a number of educational programs and worked with many entrepreneurs to rethink their business models.

Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers

FELIPE ORELLANA

FELIPE ORELLANA

Board-certified general surgeon Felipe Orellana, DO, has joined the staff at Honesdale Surgical Associates. Orellana performs a broad range of procedures, including endoscopic and laparoscopic surgeries at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale.

Orellana earned his medical degree from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, New York City. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and obtained a post baccalaureate certificate in biological sciences from Drexel College of Medicine in Philadelphia. He completed his general surgical residency at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway, New York, through Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he served as administrative/academic chief resident. Orellana formerly practiced acute care surgery in hospitals in New Jersey and New York.

HEATHER MECONE

HEATHER MECONE

The Women’s Health Center, part of the health system, welcomed Heather Mecone, CNM, as its newest women’s health provider.

Mecone facilitates births at the New Beginnings Birthing Suites of Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale and treats patients for gynecological health across the lifespan with outpatient office hours in the center’s Carbondale and Hamlin locations.

Mecone has been practicing as a full-scope midwife for 12 years. However, she began working in labor and delivery nearly 20 years ago as a nurse’s aide.

She earned an MSN in nurse midwifery from Frontier School of Midwifery & Family Nursing. She has also served as a clinical preceptor and faculty member at various institutions in IA and PA since first becoming a CNM in 2010.

Wayne Memorial Hospital

CYRIACUS_ANAELE

CYRIACUS ANAELE

Board-certified nephrologist Cyriacus Anaele, M.D., began seeing patients at the hospital this month. In addition to diagnosing and treating hospital patients, Anaele has an outpatient practice at the Physician Specialty Clinic at the hospital. His work includes overseeing dialysis procedures both at the hospital and at outpatient dialysis centers in the area.

Anaele graduated from medical school in his native Nigeria and then went on to complete an internship and residency in internal medicine at New York City’s Health & Hospital System, followed by a fellowship in Nephrology at Texas Tech University Health Science Center in Lubbock, Texas. Anaele is also board-certified in internal medicine. He was most recently employed in a private nephrology practice in Acworth, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta.

Wegmans

JENNIFER DORAN

JENNIFER DORAN

Jennifer Doran of the Highland Park Boulevard location was named among the top pharmacists in the country. Doran was one of 10 pharmacists to be recognized out of thousands of nominations in SingleCare’s Best of the Best Awards and received the 2022 “COVID Cares Pharmacist” award for her outstanding service in the community she serves.

For nearly 30 years as a pharmacist, Doran has gone above and beyond for her customers, who praise her for her kindness and patience. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Doran was there to help her customers any way she could, including personally delivering medications to a customer who had tested positive for COVID-19 and was unable to leave her home.

Wilkes University

The university recently welcomed 17 new faculty members.

Nelson Anaya joined the College of Business and Engineering as an assistant professor in the department of mechanical and electrical engineering. Anaya taught previously at Humboldt University, at University of Rhode Island and Universidad Industrial de Santander (Colombia). Anaya earned a Doctor of Philosophy in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Rhode Island, a Master of Engineering in civil engineering from University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus, and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Universidad Industrial de Santander (Colombia).

Chelsea Chamberlain joined the College of Arts and Sciences as an assistant professor in the division of global cultures: history, languages and philosophy. Chamberlain was previously a teaching fellow and research assistant at the University of Pennsylvania. Chamberlain has produced publications and presentations on the social history of medicine, disability and childhood. Chamberlain earned a Doctor of Philosophy in history from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Arts in history from the University of Montana and a Bachelor of Arts in history from Whitworth University.

Diane Daddario returned to the university in the Passan School of Nursing as faculty of practice in the department of graduate nursing. Daddario has experience in the nursing field, working as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and serving as an adjunct professor since 2017. Daddario earned a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Wilkes University, a post-master’s adult nurse practitioner and a Master of Science in nursing adult clinical nurse specialist from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Penn State, a diploma in nursing from Geisinger Medical Center School of Nursing, and a diploma in practical nursing from Danville Area School District School of Practical Nursing.

Jill Ferretti joined the Passan School of Nursing as an assistant clinical professor in the department of undergraduate nursing. Ferretti previously worked at Quality Patient Centered SRVS as a registered nurse in corrections, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley as a registered nurse and regional childbirth educator, and at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital as a registered nurse in obstetrics/labor and delivery. Ferretti earned a Master of Science/family nurse practitioner from Chamberlain University, a Bachelor of Science from Misericordia University and an Associate of Science from Luzerne County Community College.

Todd Hastings joined the Passan School of Nursing as an assistant professor in the department of undergraduate nursing. Hastings has performed as an academic nurse educator and a content expert in psychiatric mental health nursing for almost 20 years. He previously taught at Cedar Crest College and Misericordia University. Hastings earned a Doctor of Philosophy in nursing education from the University of Phoenix, a Master of Science in nursing from Wilkes University (with a program focus as a psychiatric mental-health clinical nurse specialist) and an Associate of Applied Science in nursing from Luzerne County Community College.

Jayme Hines joined the College of Health and Education as an assistant professor in the department of undergraduate education. Hines formerly worked in higher education at Keene State College as an assistant professor of education. Hines earned a Doctor of Education from the College of St. Mary, Master of Education in early childhood education from the College of Charleston, and a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from St. Bonaventure University.

Matthew Jennings joined the College of Arts and Sciences as an assistant professor in the department of biology and Earth systems sciences. Jennings was formerly an assistant professor at Centenary College of Louisiana. Jennings earned a Doctor of Philosophy in biological sciences from University of Arkansas, a Master of Science in biology from Villanova University and a Bachelor of Science (SJLA Honors Program) in biology and philosophy from the University of Scranton.

Susan Koronkiewicz returned to the university in the Passan School of Nursing as an assistant professor in the department of undergraduate nursing. Koronkiewicz has teaching experience in the field of nursing and previously worked at Luzerne County Community College, the University of New Mexico Albuquerque and the University of New Mexico Center for Development and Disability in Albuquerque. Koronkiewicz earned both a Bachelor of Science in nursing and a Master of Science in nursing education from Wilkes University, and is working toward a Doctor of Philosophy in nursing from Villanova University.

Micayla Lacey joined the College of Arts and Sciences as an assistant professor in the division of behavioral and social sciences. Lacey was formerly an instructor at the University of Alabama. Lacey has authored publications and presentations related to social psychology and psychophysiology. Lacey earned both a Doctor of Philosophy in experimental psychology and Master of Arts in psychology from the University of Alabama and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Lee University.

Rubi Mahato joined the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy as an assistant professor in the department of pharmaceutical sciences. Mahato previously served as a lecturer in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Binghamton University, a medical writer at Pharma Health Labs and an assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mahato earned an executive Master of Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a Doctor of Philosophy in pharmaceutical sciences and chemistry from University of Missouri-Kansas City and a Bachelor of Pharmacy from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences. Mahato was also a visiting research scholar at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Andrea Mantione joined the Passan School of Nursing as an assistant professor in the department of undergraduate nursing. Previously at the University of Scranton, Mantione was a director at the Edward R. Leahy Jr. Center Clinic for the Uninsured and at Leahy Community Health and Family Center, a family nurse practitioner at the Leahy Clinic, a University of Scranton administer of University of Success and a part of the adjunct faculty in the department of undergraduate and graduate nursing. She is a registered nurse and family nurse practitioner. Mantione earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice, Master of Health Administration and a Master of Science in nursing from the University of Scranton, and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Wilkes University.

Alison Morooney joined the College of Arts and Sciences as an assistant professor in the division of performing arts. Morooney formerly taught multiple theater courses at Penn State. Morooney also has authored publications and presentations related to acting and musical theater and brings experience in directing and choreography. Morooney earned a Master of Fine Arts in theatre and directing for the musical theatre stage, a certificate in business in fundraising and advancement and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theatre from Penn State.

Roblyn Rawlins joined the College of Arts and Sciences as a visiting assistant professor in the division of behavioral and social sciences. Rawlins was formerly a nontenure track teaching professional and a visiting assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice at William Paterson University of New Jersey. She had previously been professor of sociology and criminal justice and chair of the division of social sciences at the College of New Rochelle. Rawlins earned both a Doctor of Philosophy and a Master of Arts in sociology from Stony Brook University, and a Bachelor of Science in urban studies from Georgia State University.

Lauren Rossiter joined the College of Arts and Sciences as an assistant professor in the department of chemistry and biochemistry. Rossiter formerly worked at the College of New Jersey. Rossiter earned a Doctor of Philosophy in the department of chemistry from Temple University, and a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from Messiah College.

Vandy Scoates joined the College of Arts and Sciences as an assistant professor in the division of performing arts. Scoates was formerly a visiting assistant professor of theatre at High Point University. Scoates earned a Master of Fine Arts in scenography from University of North Carolina Greensboro, a Master of Arts in theatre arts from Villanova University and a Bachelor of Arts in theatre arts from California State University Fullerton.

Nichole Sell joined the College of Arts and Sciences as an assistant professor in the division of behavioral and social sciences. Previously, Sell was a lecturer at Penn State. She earned both a Doctor of Philosophy and a Master of Science in biobehavioral health from Penn State, a Master of Education in counseling and human services from Lehigh University and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Cedar Crest College.

Amy Stancavage returned to the university in the Passan School of Nursing as a clinical assistant professor in the department of undergraduate nursing. Stancavage has experience in the nursing field and previously worked at Wilkes University and Luzerne County Community College as an adjunct clinical instructor and at Geisinger Medical Center on the surgical/trauma intensive care unit, the special care unit/ICU step down and as a registered nurse. Stancavage earned both a Bachelor of Science in nursing and a Master of Science in nursing education from Wilkes University.

Wyoming Valley Habitat for Humanity

The organization recently welcomed Lee Sorber and Igor Bodnar to the board of directors.

Sorber is the chief business development officer at Cross Valley Federal Credit Union, where he has been employed since 2010. Sorber serves as the treasurer for the Nuangola Rod and Gun Club.

Bodnar is a King’s College graduate who has spent the past 11 years in the banking industry, including Wells Fargo and FNCB. Bodnar is a sales executive for Assured Partners, where he focuses on commercial insurance. Bodnar also serves as a board member of the Back Mountain Chamber.

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