Brittany Puerner has joined the Clarks Summit office. Born and raised in Fleetville, she has an education in business and is also certified in AutoCAD. Puerner currently works at Scranton Craftsmen, where she helps run the ornamental railing department. She received her real estate license from Vintage Real Estate Academy.
Kara Pippin has joined the Kingston office. Pippin grew up in North Texas and moved to NEPA five years ago.
Jody Snyder has joined the Kingston office. Born and raised in Mountain Top, she received her bachelor’s degree in computer science from Wilkes University.
Christy Bergen has joined the Kingston office. She is sweet and friendly, and loves to travel in her spare time.
Traci Lengel has joined the North Pocono office. She welcomes meeting new people as she prides herself on guiding them through the process of buying and/or selling a home. Hard working and knowledgeable about the real estate market, Lengel is determined to provide the best possible service to all her clients. Her career background in education, health and wellness, writing and sales has allowed her to develop a passion for meeting and exceeding expectations while making her clients’ needs and interests her priority.
Creative Benefits Inc.
Attorney Gertrude C. McGowan joined as a benefits consultant. In this capacity, she will serve as a strategic partner guiding clients through the procurement and implementation of their benefits package using their short- and long-term objectives as a compass. Calling on more than 25 years of experience, McGowan will provide organizations with customized solutions that consider cost containment, diverse employee populations and ever-changing legislation.
McGowan formerly served as CEO of Family Service Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania since 2019.
First Keystone Community Bank
Brandon Brown joined the team as assistant vice president/commercial service officer to the Wyoming Valley Region. Brown will be based out of the Mountain Top office.
Brown has been in banking since 2013. His current involvement in the community includes coaching Little League for Hanover Twp. He was previously a wrestling coach for Meyers Junior High School in Wilkes-Barre. Brown currently resides in the Wilkes-Barre area.
Jennifer Groblewski was promoted to the position of community office manager in Kingston.
Groblewski has been in banking for more than 10 years, most recently as the assistant community office manager of the bank’s Dallas branch. Groblewski is a graduate of Dallas High School and has furthered her education in business administration at Luzerne County Community College and has also completed courses through American Bankers Association. She is an active member of the Back Mountain Chamber and currently resides in Sweet Valley.
Geisinger Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine
John H. Doherty Jr., M.D., an orthopedic surgeon from Scranton, was recently presented with the 2021 Pennsylvania Medical Society’s Distinguished Service Award.
The Distinguished Service Award is considered the highest honor a member can receive from PAMED.
Doherty has been a practicing orthopedic surgeon in Scranton since 1980. Prior to joining the health system in January of 2018, he was a partner in Professional Orthopaedic Associates Ltd. He has taken care of thousands of patients and their families.
Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce
Bill Joyce Jr. was elected board president of the chamber, becoming one of the youngest members to take office in the 101-year history of the chamber. Joyce is a business insurance consultant at Joyce Insurance Group and a third-generation member of the Joyce family business.
He will lead the chamber over the next two years, implementing a four-pillar ideology of “Engage — connect and network, Educate — advance and champion the community, Advocate — be the chamber of influence, and Collaborate — drive member value.”
Joyce joined Joyce Insurance Group in 2013.
Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce
The organization announced the promotion of two of its employees, Aaron Whitney and Bruce Reddock, who will both expand their roles with the Scranton Lackawanna Industrial Building Company, the economic development affiliate of the chamber.
Whitney is now the director of facilities and asset management and is responsible for the administration of finances, design and construction of SLIBCO real estate. He will also manage all properties and utilities owned by SLIBCO, as well as manage the chamber’s IGNITE entrepreneurship program.
Reddock is now the director of economic development. In this role, he will manage aspects of SLIBCO development activities, oversee relationships with private companies, real estate brokers and developers, local officials, economic development organizations and more, plus oversee all aspects of the site-selection process. Reddock also recently graduated as a fellow from the Industrial Asset Management Council’s Leadership Development Program.
Also, Brianna Florovito was promoted to IGNITE Program manager. IGNITE is the entrepreneurship and business incubation program of the chamber, which helps new businesses grow in Lackawanna County.
In this role, Florovito will manage the program by fostering entrepreneurs and their companies through education, counseling, networking and mentorship. Her responsibilities include overall program management, client development, funding, marketing, events and more.
She started at the chamber in 2019 as the workforce and entrepreneurial development specialist.
Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn PC
Ten of the firm’s lawyers have been named, in multiple practice areas of law, to the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.
The following lawyers have been named to the 2022 Best Lawyers in America list:
Joseph A. Quinn Jr.: Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs; Michelle M. Quinn: Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs; Donald C. Ligorio: Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, Workers’ Compensation Law – Claimants; Brian Q. McDonnell: Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, Workers’ Compensation Law – Claimants, and named Workers’ Compensation Lawyer of the Year, NEPA Region; Kevin C. Quinn: Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs; Michael A. Lombardo III: Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs; Nicole M. Santo: Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs; Richard M. Goldberg: Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Union; Terrence J. Herron: Corporate Law; and Christopher C. Quinn: Ones to Watch, Medical Malpractice.
Additionally, attorney Brian Q. McDonnell has been named Lawyer of the Year, NEPA Region – Workers’ Compensation – Claimants.
Human Resources Center Inc.
Human Resources Center of NEPA encourages an environment of continuous learning. Sometimes there are staff who take it one step further. Such is the case for two employees: Jaclyn Moser, payroll specialist, and JoHanna Wnenta Schultz, program specialist. Both of these furthered their education and have recently graduated from their respective universities with master’s degrees in their field.
Moser recently celebrated her seven-year anniversary with the center. While she has grown with the center professionally as a payroll specialist, her decision to return to school was purely a personal goal.
Moser received her master’s degree in human resources and employee relations with concentrations in benefits and compensation and employment and labor law from Penn State University.
Schultz is currently the community participation support program specialist of the center’s Church Street location in Honesdale. Her passion for the advocacy and support of individuals with disabilities comes from her late father, who was a dedicated advocate himself. She is widely regarded as an industry expert and recently presented as a panelist at the Maine Association for Community Service Provider’s 2-day webinar series.
Schultz received her master’s degree in education: curriculum and instruction for special education from Liberty University and graduated with highest honors of distinction.
The college has named Marc Gonzalez as its new cyber security program director.
Gonzalez is a “threat hunter” and cyber security advisor with more than 26 years of experience. He is the co-founder and co-owner of Site2, a data management company based in Clarks Summit. He previously worked as a vice president for Diversified Information Technologies, was co-founder of United Data Management Service, and held various positions with organizations including Prudential Financial, Metropolitan Life Insurance, IBM Global Services, and Prudential Asset Management Co.
The program’s Alumni Leader of the Year Award recognizes a graduate of the program that has used the experience for the betterment of our community. This year’s 2021 Alumni Leader of the Year is Heather Davis, 2011 Leadership Lackawanna Core Program graduate and employee at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.
Nominees must be a graduate of the organization’s program, demonstrate a commitment to the community through past and present activities and demonstrate a depth of knowledge and a level of accomplishment in his or her profession.
Lewis, Litwinsky & Associates of the Princeton Group
Financial adviser Lori Piazza Timchack joined the Wilkes-Barre office, located at 613 Baltimore Drive.
The Princeton Group was founded in 2009. The Wilkes-Barre office is one of seven locations of the firm.
Bringing 18 years of industry experience, Timchack has extensive knowledge and efficiency in the operations of the financial business. She possesses a strong background in client service and strengthening client relationships.
Timchack holds both her Series 7 and Series 66 FINRA registrations, as well as her Pennsylvania State Life & Health Insurance license.
The nonprofit organization, which provides equine-assisted psychotherapy for children in Northeast Pennsylvania who have experienced emotional trauma, announced that Sara Thaxton, Ph.D., LPC, EMDR, joined its board of directors. Thaxton is the owner of Thaxton Holistic Wellness Center & Counseling Solutions with several offices in both Luzerne and Lackawanna counties.
Thaxton holds a Ph.D. in counseling and counselor education from Syracuse University, a master’s degree in community counseling and two bachelor’s degrees, one in psychology and one in biology.
Moses Taylor Foundation
The foundation’s board of directors announced the appointment of Dr. Mary Sewatsky as interim president/CEO beginning Aug. 2.
Sewatsky is an emergency medicine physician and founding member of the board of directors. In 2019 Sewatsky retired as chief medical officer and patient safety officer of Moses Taylor Hospital after more than 30 years of service. Sewatsky served on the boards of the Scranton/Temple Residency Program, Moses Taylor Health Care System, Rural Stroke Initiative, Task Force on Health Care at the University of Scranton, Northeast Regional Cancer Institute and NEPA Emergency Medical Services.
Marion Munley has been named Lawyer of the Year, Product Liability Litigation — Plaintiffs, Northeastern Pennsylvania, by Best Lawyers. Munley has been named to the Best Lawyers in America list every year since 2012.
Lawyers on the Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing.
A leader in the legal community, Munley is an active member of the American Association for Justice and currently serves on the AAJ Board of Governors and its executive committee.
NEPA Youth Shelter
The organization welcomed Nicholas Yost as the new treasurer and Martin Russo as a new at-large member.
Yost is a new vaccine global project manager at Sanofi Pasteur. He was raised in Williamsport and is a graduate of the University of Maryland with master’s and bachelor’s degrees in business administration.
He also serves the community as an auditor for Spring Brook Twp., as well as a coach for his local t-ball and soccer teams. He is a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Russo is a medical case manager and retention coordinator at the Wright Center for Community Health. A transgender man of 36 years, Martin does speaking engagements and consulting on transgender issues in health and education.
Both members will serve a two-year, renewable term.
Northeast Regional Cancer Institute
Cynthia Mailloux, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.E., has been named chair for the 29th annual Cancer Survivors Day — Honoring, Remembering, Sharing.
Mailloux is professor and chair of the Department of Nursing at King’s College. She had been chair of the Department of Nursing at Misericordia University for 12 years prior to going to King’s College. Mailloux earned her doctorate in nursing with a concentration in education from Penn State University, her master’s degree in nursing from Misericordia University and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Wilkes University.
Cancer Survivors Day is a dual-location event that took place Sept. 18 at McDade Park in Scranton and Sept. 25 at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre. The events featured the Circle of Survivors, an activity during which every person in attendance can say a few words about their experience with cancer. Conversation and light refreshments provided an additional opportunity for connection and support. Cancer survivors, their families and friends, as well as caregivers and health care professionals were invited to attend.
Pennsylvania Game Commission
Game warden Phillip Kasper was recently promoted to the position of Northeast Region land management supervisor. Originally from Hunlock Creek, he was a 2012 graduate of the 29th class of game wardens from the Game Commission’s Ross Leffler School of Conservation. He was assigned to the position of Bradford County game warden in March 2012 and promoted to the position of Game Lands Management Group supervisor in December 2014.
He will be responsible for the overall operation and management of more than 380,000 acres of state game lands located in the 13 counties that comprise the northeast region.
Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
Chief counsel Renardo “Rick” L. Hicks has been named to a Judicial Nomination Advisory Panel for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
The advisory panel was established by Pennsylvania U.S. Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey to review applications from persons interested in being considered for appointment to the position of Federal District Court judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. The U.S. District Court for the MDPA serves 33 counties from offices in Scranton, Harrisburg, Williamsport and Wilkes-Barre.
The advisory panel will screen applicants for judicial vacancies and submit the names of qualified applicants to the senators for their consideration.
Rosenn Jenkins & Greenwald LLC
The chair of the firm’s business and finance department recently led a training webinar on business formation and governance for the Wilkes University Small Business Development Center.
Paul T. Rushton led the webinar, titled “Choice of Entity and Governance Agreement Considerations for Closely-Held Businesses,” on Aug. 11.
The training session identified issues business owners should take into account when selecting the best form of entity for their businesses. Rushton also discussed the types of provisions typically included in governance agreements for closely-held businesses and how to tailor them based on circumstances and goals.
Scranton Counseling Center
Sarah Wodder, Psy.D. was selected as the organization’s new president and CEO. Wodder, a Northeast Pennsylvania native, will be returning to the area to lead the community based, nonprofit behavioral health organization.
Wodder most recently served as an executive director of Edison Court Inc., a Doylestown child and adolescent residential and outpatient treatment facility for those with behavioral health issues. She was awarded her Doctor of Psychology in clinical psychology from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia. She will assume her new responsibilities on WednesdaySept. 1.
The Wright Center
Satya Upadhyayula, D.M.D., a board-certified general practice dentist, has joined the oral health team at the Wright Center for Community Health, which includes two additional board-certified dentists and five certified public health dental hygienists. Upadhyayula is accepting new patients of all ages at the center’s Midvalley location, 5 S. Washington Ave., Jermyn, as well as the Scranton location, 501 S. Washington Ave.
Upadhyayula is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. He earned his master’s degree in oral biology from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, Kentucky, and his bachelor’s degree in dental surgery from Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences, India.
Board-certified family medicine physician Steven Archambault, D.O., has joined the Wright Center for Community Health’s Scranton practice, where he is accepting new patients of all ages.
A West Pittston resident, Archambault is a graduate of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie. He completed his family medicine residency training at the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education.
Archambault will provide primary and preventive care for patients ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics, as well as addiction and recovery services and women’s health care.
Karen E. Arscott, D.O., a primary care physician and addiction medicine specialist, has joined the Wright Center for Community Health. Providing primary and preventive care as well as addiction and recovery services, Arscott is accepting new adult patients at the center’s Mid Valley and Hawley primary care practices.
Arscott is certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Physicians in neuromuscular medicine and is fellowship-trained and board-eligible by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. A founding director of Pa. Lung and the Northeast/Central Pennsylvania Interprofessional Education Coalition, she is also an associate professor of medicine at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and serves on Lackawanna County’s Recovery Coalition.
University of Scranton
Mehmet F. Bastug, Ph.D., assistant professor in the university’s Sociology, Criminal Justice and Criminology Department, was named to the 100-member Certified Ethical Hacker Hall of Fame by the EC-Council, the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants. The 2021 Hall of Fame celebrates some of the most accomplished Certified Ethical Hackers around the world.
Bastug, who joined the faculty at Scranton in 2020, has conducted research and presented at several conferences. He has also co-authored several peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. His areas of expertise include counterterrorism, cybercrime and cyber forensics.
Nine faculty members have been promoted to professor: Doug Boyle, D.B.A., accounting; Bryan Burnham, Ph.D., psychology; Patrick Clark, Ph.D., theology and religious studies; Paul Cutrufello, Ph.D., health and human performance; Christian Krokus, Ph.D., theology and religious studies; Andrew LaZella, Ph.D., philosophy; Matthew Meyer, Ph.D., philosophy; Murli Rajan, Ph.D., economics and finance; and Yamile Silva, Ph.D. world languages and cultures.
Michael Landram, Ph.D., health and human performance, was named associate professor and granted tenure.
Six faculty members were named associate professor: Hamza Adeinat, Ph.D., operations and analytics; Julie Nastasi, O.T.D., Sc.D., occupational therapy; Ismail Onat, Ph.D., sociology, criminal justice and criminology; John Ruddy, D.P.S., economics and finance; Stacy Smulowitz, Ph.D., communication and media; and Andrew Venezia, Ph.D., health and human performance.
Three professors were granted tenure: Peter Andersen, Ph.D., management, marketing and entrepreneurship; Wendy Manetti, Ph.D., nursing; and Katherine Stumpo, Ph.D., chemistry.
Boyle, chair of the accounting department and director of the Doctor of Business Administration Program, received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton, his master’s degree from Columbia University and his doctorate from Kennesaw State University. He has worked for the university since 2009.
Burnham received his bachelor’s degree from Utica College of Syracuse University, and his master’s degree and doctorate from the State University of New York at Albany. He has worked at the university since 2007.
Clark received his bachelor’s degree from Duke University, his master’s degree from Boston College and his doctorate from the University of Notre Dame. He has worked for the university since 2010.
Cutrufello, chair of the Department of Health and Human Performance, received his bachelor’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University, his master’s degree from Bloomsburg University and his doctorate from Marywood University. He has worked for the university since 2008.
Krokus received his bachelor’s degree from Lafayette College, and his master’s degree and doctorate from Boston College. He has worked at the university since 2009.
LaZella, co-director of the undergraduate Honors Program, received his bachelor’s degree from Hamline University, and his master’s degree and doctorate from DePaul University. He has worked at the university since 2010.
Meyer, faculty director for the Slattery Center for the Ignatian Humanities and pre-law advisor, received his bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Thomas, his master’s degree from Harvard University and his doctorate from Boston University. He has worked for the university since 2010.
Rajan, associate dean of the Kania School of Management, received his bachelor’s degree from the Victoria University, his master’s degrees from the Delhi School of Economics of the University of Delhi and the University of Scranton, and his doctorate from Temple University. He has worked for the university since 1989.
Silva, chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures, received her bachelor’s degree from Los Andes University, and her master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She has worked at the university since 2009.
Landram received his bachelor’s degree from Truman State University, his master’s degree from Appalachian State University and his doctorate from the University of Roma. He has worked for the university since 2015.
Adeinat received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Jordan, his master’s degree from the University of Houston and his doctorate from the Pennsylvania State University. He has worked for the university since 2016.
Nastasi, director of low vision therapy for the Edward R. Leahy Jr. Center Clinic for the Uninsured, received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton, her master’s degree from Tufts University and doctorate degrees from the Boston University and Towson University. She has worked at the university since 2011.
Onat, chief analyst for the Center for the Analysis and Prevention of Crime, received his bachelor’s degree from the Turkish National Police Academy, and his master’s degree and doctorate from the State University of New Jersey, Rutgers. He has worked at the university since 2016.
Ruddy received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton, his master’s degree from George Washington University and his doctorate from Pace University. He has worked at the university since 2013.
Smulowitz received her bachelor’s degree from Wilkes University, her master’s degree from Ithaca College Park School of Communication and her doctorate degree from Rutgers University School of Communication. She has worked at the university since 2009.
Venezia received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Bloomsburg University and his doctorate from the University of Maryland. He has worked at the university since 2016.
Andersen received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Tehran and doctorate degrees from the University of Malaya and the University of Texas, Pan American. He has worked at the university since 2015.
Manetti received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Scranton, and her doctorate from Widener University. She has worked at the university since 2011.
Stumpo received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa and her doctorate from Texas A&M University. She has worked at the university since 2015.
Paul Dunda has joined the bank as senior vice president and senior operations officer. Dunda will be working out of the bank’s corporate office in Honesdale in operations and technology management.
Dunda holds a bachelor of science in accounting with a minor in history from the University of Scranton. He is the GCU District 5 Lodge president and is involved in fundraising for local youth sports.
Wayne Memorial Hospital
Board-certified cardiologist Joseph Laureti, D.O., recently joined Honesdale Cardiology and the medical staff of the hospital. As a general cardiologist, Laureti oversees and performs diagnostic testing including echocardiograms, holter monitoring, stress tests, transesophageal echocardiography and nuclear cardiac scanning. Office visits and follow-ups are conducted at the Wayne Memorial Physician Specialty Clinic located on the hospital’s fourth floor.
Laureti rounds out the hospital’s cardiology team by working in partnership with board-certified interventional cardiologists Walid Hassan, M.D., MACP, FAHA, FACC, FCCP, FSCAI, FSVM, the medical director of the facility’s Heart & Vascular Center, and Bradley Serwer, M.D., as well as cardiovascular physician assistant Jennifer Arnold, MHS, PA-C.
Weichert, Realtors — Hibble & Associates
Erin Thompson successfully completed the company’s Fast Track training program. The training helps quickly bring new and existing Weichert-affiliated agents up to speed on the latest information, resources and technology available to real estate professionals to help them effectively list, promote and sell properties and offer service to their clients.
Program participants learn best practices to get started in the real estate industry, find sellers, capture a buyer’s attention and list properties to sell quickly. Agents that complete the Weichert Fast Track training also gain the confidence and competitive edge to succeed in real estate.
Weir & Partners LLP
The firm announced that Brett A. Datto has been elected to the position of administrative managing partner. Datto is a member of the firm’s executive committee and will continue to serve and support its many talented attorneys in his new role. Datto has more than 31 years of experience in complex commercial litigation and has been a partner with the firm since 1999.
Datto also serves as president of the Darren Daulton Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to those who suffer from brain cancer, and previously served on the board of directors of Marley’s Mission.