Integrated Health System
The health system announced Patrick Quinn as director of the developmental services division. Quinn has been the assistant director of the division since 2021, but has worked exclusively in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities for more than 38 years. He is an accomplished lecturer on a local, state and national level advocating for persons with disabilities. Quinn is a graduate of the University of Scranton and holds certificates from the University of Delaware National Institute on Developmental Disabilities and the University of Scranton Non-Profit Leadership Program.
The system welcomed Kindra Digwood, CCC-SLP, to the Allied Services Home Health team. She is an accomplished speech-language pathologist with experience in home health and hospice care in Pennsylvania. Digwood earned a bachelor’s degree in speech-language-hearing sciences from Temple University and a master’s degree in communicative disorders from West Chester University. She has also earned certification for and has experience in the use of the VitalStim for swallowing disorders.
The system recently welcomed Laura Harding, MS, OTR/L, as occupational therapist for the health system’s Home Health division. Harding earned her bachelor’s in psychology from Widener University, followed by a master’s degree in occupational therapy in 2008 from Thomas Jefferson University. Since 2009, Harding has been a valued member of the Allied Services Skilled Nursing team in Scranton, serving most recently as a senior occupational therapist. In the home health division, Harding joins an award-winning team; Allied Services Home Health has earned the Top Performing ranking from HomeCare Elite for more than nine consecutive years.
The system welcomed Eileen Marzolino, BS, PCHA, as administrator for the Terrace, the system’s personal care home in Scranton. Marzolino earned her Bachelor of Science degree in public health with a concentration in health administration from East Stroudsburg University in 2016 followed by her certification as a personal care home administrator in 2022. Over her career, Marzolino has served in many aspects of senior care from activities and admissions to marketing and administration. Marzolino also serves as vice president for the NEPA Aging Network Alliance.
American Farm Bureau Federation
The federation notified U.S. Rep. Dan Meuser that he was the recipient of the “Friend of the Farm Bureau” award for the 117th Congress. The award is given to members who have supported the bureau’s position on policy issues, as demonstrated by their voting records, according to Samuel A. Kieffer, vice president of public policy for the organization. Meuser was nominated by the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and approved by the AFBF Board of Directors.
Pennsylvania has a strong agricultural heritage and Pennsylvania farmers continue to supply the nation and the world with high-quality agricultural products. Meuser is a strong supporter of Pennsylvania’s agriculture community.
The year-round recreational destination nestled in the Pocono Mountains has announced a key addition to its leadership team: Theresa Lutz as vice president of marketing.
In her new position, Lutz will head up all marketing activities for the resort — developing and overseeing marketing initiatives including advertising, collateral, social media and public relations. The resort includes Camelback Mountain for skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing; Camelback Mountain Adventures for ziplining, a treetop obstacle course and alpine mountain coaster; Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark, Pennsylvania’s biggest outdoor waterpark; Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark; and the 453-room Camelback Lodge.
Lutz, a seasoned marketing professional, was assistant vice president of marketing for Tropicana Atlantic City.
Terry Eckert has joined the real estate firm’s Kingston office. Eckert has spent the last 30 years in Northeast Pennsylvania real estate and has consistently been a top-producing agent. She works extremely hard to care for her clients and to treat them with the utmost respect while providing the best possible service in the area. Her compassion goes far beyond the workplace. She spends her off time volunteering with the Red Cross and the Back Mountain Memorial Library.
Jenna Kondrosky has joined the Kingston office. In addition to several years of experience in the real estate industry, Kondrosky has earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus on marketing from Wilkes University. Buying and selling can be a stressful process which is why her goal is to educate and guide her clients and eliminate any unnecessary stressors.
Erin Kenny has joined the Kingston office. Kenny was born and raised in the Wyoming Valley and has always had a passion for real estate and for making people happy. She volunteers with the Adopt a Single Mom Program to provide support to them during the holiday season. She also enjoys writing and hopes to someday publish a book.
Jeffrey Shook has joined the Kingston office. Shook grew up in Hanover Twp. and currently resides in Dallas. He has a master’s in educational leadership and is currently a home and school visitor/athletic director. He completed his real estate education at the Pa. Real Estate Academy and chose to join the real estate firm because of its great reputation.
Keith Anderson has joined the North Pocono office. Anderson has more than 25 years of experience in property assessment and valuation in the United Kingdom. Since moving to Northeast Pennsylvania in 2015, he now considers himself a local.
Jimmy Learn has joined the North Pocono office. Learn may be new to the real-estate world but has a decade worth of sales experience working in the auto industry as an area sales manager. In addition to his work experience, he is a graduate of Kutztown University of Pennsylvania where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology. Learn is from Thornhurst Twp. with deep ancestral roots to the Pocono region. He strives to offer top-tier customer service to everyone he can and highlighting what NEPA has to offer.
David Petz has joined the Clarks Summit office. Petz brings more than 30 years of marketing experience, including 17 years as the owner of his own marketing agency. He has represented numerous clients throughout Northeast Pennsylvania in multiple industries including real estate, banking, education and health care.
Cummins Law Firm
Daniel E. Cummins of the law firm has been advised of his inclusion in the national directory known as the Best Lawyers in America for the seventh year in a row.
Only the top 5.3% of all practicing lawyers in the United States, as selected by their peers, are included in this directory. This equates to only 144,239 attorneys selected out of 12 million considered.
Cummins was also recently notified of his inclusion in the annual Super Lawyers directory as a civil litigator, also for the seventh year in a row.
Cummins handles all aspects of personal injury matters and civil litigation cases.
Founding partner Cathryn Connolley-Kluck, MHA, announced the company has secured venture capital financing to support growth. The intuitive cloud-based platform increases revenues through service line optimization and referral management by reducing leakage, improving operating performance and growing market share.
Connolley-Kluck, who formerly served as vice president of marketing strategy and operations at Geisinger Health System, has been appointed president of the platform; and Haili Coombe, an experienced physician network executive and a key member of the management team, has been named vice president, client engagement and software product innovation.
Scranton resident Susan R. Hynds, human resources generalist, has earned her senior professional in human resources certification.
Hynds, who started her career with the bank in 2016, successfully completed six months of rigorous training and testing through the HR Certification Institute. This certification demonstrates mastery of the strategic and policymaking aspects of human resources management as practiced in the United States.
Hynds holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a management concentration from Misericordia University.
Active in the community, Hynds serves on the Community Engagement and Blue Ribbon Gala committees for Marley’s Mission.
Noelle Krempasky, vice president, has been promoted to director of marketing.
Since 2018, Krempasky has served as marketing manager, helping to create a robust and competitive brand. Her efforts, including her innovative approach to marketing, drive sales in all divisions. In this role, she will oversee the strategic marketing efforts of the organization, including digital sales.
Krempasky holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Cedar Crest College, Allentown. She’s also a graduate of the American Bankers Association School of Bank Marketing, where she earned her certified financial marketing professional designation, and a graduate of Leadership Lackawanna, class of 2011.
The bank announced the promotion of eight bankers. This distinguished group of bankers exemplifies the vision and core values of the bank.
Attorney Theresa M. Hinton, CTFA, has been promoted to senior vice president. Serving the bank since 2015, Hinton leads the trust and fiduciary services area of Fidelity Bank Wealth Management. She oversees account administration, relationship management, regulatory compliance and business development. She also provides estate planning consultations to clients.
Hinton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in public administration from St. Francis University, Loretto, and a Juris Doctor degree from Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh. She earned her certified trust and financial adviser designation in 2019, and her professional affiliations include membership in the Pennsylvania and Lackawanna County Bar Associations.
Hinton resides in Dickson City.
Dena Hughes has been named bank officer. As business services relationship manager, Hughes provides critical strategic and operational support to increase revenue. She cultivates profitable business relationships and generates fee income by identifying, analyzing, selling and supporting deposit, treasury management and workplace banking products and services to clients.
Hughes earned a Bachelor of Science degree in broadcast communications from the College of Staten Island, City University of New York.
Hughes resides in Blakeslee.
Judy Knowles Comerford has been promoted to vice president. Comerford has been part of the bank team since 2012, and as customer experience manager, she designs, develops and delivers client experience training to bankers. She also serves as the bank’s SAFE Act officer.
Comerford holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Marywood University.
She is a resident of Clarks Summit.
Lauren Luongo has been appointed assistant vice president. As business relationship manager, Luongo reviews and structures commercial loans designed to best meet the needs of new and existing clients. In addition to generating new business, she supports the bank’s retail division through consultations with bankers and clients.
Luongo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and a Master of Business Administration from Misericordia University.
Luongo resides in Mayfield Twp.
Logan Hansman has been promoted to vice president. Serving as retail services manager, Hansman leads a team of bankers dedicated to ensuring efficient and effective branch operations through exceptional support, streamlined procedures and policies, and workflows designed to optimize the client and banker experience.
Hansman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Bloomsburg University. She resides in Drums.
Lori Rowker has been named bank officer. A member of the bank team since 1984, she is the AAP, electronic banking team lead. Rowker facilitates the bank’s electronic banking functions, providing critical technical and operational support to clients. She holds an associate’s degree in information systems from Lackawanna College and earned her accredited ACH professional designation in 2015.
She resides in Dickson City.
Matthew Stroney has been appointed vice president, credit administration manager. In his role, he assists in the preparation of the bank’s quarterly and annual financial statements, prepares monthly and quarterly reports related to the bank’s loan and asset quality, and manages the appraisal process for all real-estate secured commercial loans.
Stroney earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and economics from the University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware. He resides in Dalton.
Susan Lucas has been named bank officer. A member of the bank team since 1993, she is the loan operations servicing supervisor. In her position, she oversees the daily operations of the loan servicing department, including balancing accounts.
She resides in Peckville.
From the Roots
The real-estate development and venue management company of the new, more than 200-acre entertainment complex Poconos Park, announced the appointment of Henry Bordeaux to general manager to lead the venue’s operations.
As a more than 25-year veteran of the industry, Bordeaux’s résumé is extensive. He began his career as a teenager working behind the scenes in theater and arts. Eager to learn and a “natural” in the entertainment business, by the time he turned 18, Bordeaux was tapped to work on the highly successful Vans Warped Tour.
He has worked in more than 43 countries and was nominated four times between 2012 and 2017 for Young Gun Tour Manager of the Year, taking home the honor in 2013 and 2014. He was also named the NextGen Parnelli Tour Manager of the Year in 2019. Henry co-founded the entertainment web series “Tour Mgmt. 101.”
The college has announced Rose Marie Panzitta as the 2022 recipient of the Rev. James Lackenmier, C.S.C., Award for Achievement and Leadership. Panzitta will be celebrated at an annual dinner on Oct. 20 at the Westmoreland Club in Wilkes-Barre.
The Award for Achievement and Leadership was established in 2014 in honor of the college’s seventh president, the Rev. James Lackenmier, C.S.C., and recognition of his 18 years of leadership. The award has been presented to a member of the college community who has achieved excellence in their field, demonstrated exceptional philanthropy and high ethical standards, and who embodies the spirit of the college.
Panzitta has been known for the last six decades as an accomplished fundraiser and community leader.
Renee S. Jourdanais, MS, CCC/SLP, an assistant professor of practice in the communication sciences and disorders department, was recently informed by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association that she was accepted as a site visitor following a training period this summer.
Jourdanais will complete a four-year term for the CAA in the role of a clinical faculty member visiting graduate programs applying for initial accreditation or reaccreditation. A faculty member since 2000, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in communication sciences and disorders from Marywood and a Master of Science in speech-language pathology from Nazareth College.
The university recently announced nine new faculty members for the 2022-2023 academic year.
In the College of Health and Human Services:
Kaitlyn A. Clarke, MS, CCC-SLP/L, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders, earned her Master of Science in speech language pathology from Misericordia University, where she also earned her undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Science in health science. Additionally, she holds a post-graduate certification in criminal justice with specialization in applied behavior analysis from St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia. Clarke is a current doctoral candidate in the communication sciences and disorders at the Pennsylvania State Department. She works primarily with individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and those with complex communication needs.
Jessica R. Eberle, MPAS, PA-C, assistant professor of practice in physician assistant studies, holds her Master of Science in physician assistant studies from Marywood University, where she also received her Bachelor of Science degree in pre-physician assistant studies. She has served as a suturing lab instructor and exam proctor at Marywood, where she guest lectured on the topic of abdominal pain in the emergency department. Additionally, Eberly presented a guest lecture on thyroid disorders at Misericordia University. Her clinical experience includes serving as lead advanced practice clinician at Lake Scranton Urgent Care, where she also is the clinical preceptor for PA students and an urgent care physician assistant.
Allison Fruehan, Ed.S., pro-rata instructor in psychology/counseling, earned her educational specialist degree and endorsement in autism spectrum disorders from Marywood University. She also holds a Master of Arts in psychology and a Bachelor of Science in general psychology from Marywood and was expected to earn her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction – special education from Liberty University in August. Fruehan serves as a school psychologist for the Pocono Mountain School District. She previously served as a school psychologist at the Arts Academy Elementary Charter School in Allentown, and did her school psychology internship in the Anchorage School District, Anchorage, Alaska.
In the Insalaco College of Arts and Sciences:
Conor J. Flynn, laboratory instructor of chemistry, holds a Master of Science in chemistry from Bucknell University. He has a Bachelor of Science in chemistry, as well as a bachelor of arts in music, liberal arts/euphonium from Bloomsburg University. Additionally, he holds an American Chemical Society certification. Flynn has done doctoral level work at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied physics, along with additional doctoral work at Brown University, where he studied chemistry. He has previously taught chemistry on the university level at Bucknell University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Wilkes University. Additionally, he has taught middle and high school classes at Lakeland Jr.-Sr. High School as a substitute.
Benjamin Hole, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy, earned his doctoral degree in philosophy from the University of Washington, Seattle, where he also earned his Master of Arts in philosophy. On the undergraduate level, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy, with honors, along with minors in classical studies and English, from Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon. He has served as a visiting assistant professor at Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon, and has taught at Seattle University, Northeastern University (NU Global), Bellevue College and the University of Washington. He has presented and published on topics such as animal activism, climate action, civic engagement and sustainable development, earning professional distinctions and awards for his work and teaching.
Anna Adams Petrin, Ph.D., assistant professor of religious studies, earned her doctoral degree in theology (liturgical studies) from the University of Notre Dame, where she also earned a Master of Theological Studies degree. Petrin also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School, and two undergraduate degrees — a Bachelor of Arts in history and a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies — from North Carolina State University. She received online/hybrid training from Wesley Theological Seminary. Petrin previously taught at Marywood as an adjunct faculty member. She also has taught at Wesley Theological Seminary and the University of Notre Dame. She has published and presented on various topics, ranging from Wesleyan theology and the sacraments to the Egyptian elements, the liturgy of Jerusalem and pastoral education.
In the Reap College of Professional Studies:
Kimberly Hagan, instructor of architecture, earned Master of Interior Architecture and Bachelor of Architecture degrees from Marywood University. While an architecture student at Marywood, she also studied abroad at the International Studies Institute in Florence, Italy. Additionally, she holds a certificate in healthier materials and sustainable building. Hagan previously taught at Marywood as an architecture lecturer. She interned with Richard Pedranti Architect and has international and national conference publication on topics such as sustainable solutions to hazardous materials, repurposing demolished building materials and design-build leadership. Her conference presentations have focused on digital models, sustainable solutions to hazardous materials, community design build outreach, integrative design and design-build leadership.
Arian Korkuti, Ph.D., assistant professor of architecture, earned his doctorate in architecture and design research from Virginia Tech, where he also received his Master of Science in architecture and Master of Architecture degrees. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in interior design from Virginia Commonwealth University. Korkuti has been a visiting assistant professor and instructor at Virginia Tech. Additionally, he has taught at the University of Arkansas. Korkuti’s dissertation was titled, “Ratiocinium in the Architectural Practice of Giuseppe Terragini and its role in the relationship between architecture and the city during the modern movements in Italy.” His peer-reviewed conference and lecture presentations have focused on building as service, the typology of the tower-house in the Albanian Alps and architecture in times of crisis, among others.
Frances A. Loughney, MS, instructor of education, earned a special education administration and supervision certification, a Master of Science degree in special education, an elementary education certification (K-6), and a Bachelor of Arts degree in special education, all from Marywood University. On the university level, she has taught at the University of Scranton, Wilkes University and Marywood. Loughney held several special education positions in the Dunmore School District for many years prior to her retirement, initially serving as a learning support teacher and transition coordinator and eventually becoming the district’s special education director. Loughney also has served the director for transition for Northeast Center for Independent Living.
Dr. Rachael Stevens joined the faculty of the Department of Education in spring 2019 as an adjunct and then as full-time faculty in fall 2020. Stevens has accumulated more than 20 years of experience in a variety of K-12 educational settings, from preschool through higher education. She holds multiple certifications in both North Carolina and Pennsylvania, including Elementary Education K-6 (Pa., N.C.), Family Consumer Sciences 7-12 (Pa., N.C.), Reading Specialist K-12 (N.C.), Library Sciences K-12 (Pa.) and Administrative (Principal) Certificate (Pa.).
She graduated from Bloomsburg University in 2000 with her BA in communication studies, Campbell University, North Carolina, with her M.Ed. in elementary education & FACS education in 2005 and successfully completed her doctoral program in educational leadership at the University of the Cumberlands, Kentucky, in 2018.
Miller-Keystone Blood Center
Lina Barbieri, CFRE, has joined the blood center as chief philanthropy officer.
Barbieri is a graduate of DeSales University with a degree in business communications, and received her certification as a certified fundraising executive in 2013. She formerly served as associate vice president of annual giving at DeSales University. She also was owner of Lina Barbieri Public Relations for five years and has held marketing and communications positions with DeSales University, Cabrini College, Muhlenberg College and Binney & Smith.
In her new role, Barbieri will be responsible for all operations of the blood center’s fund development department, including but not limited to individual giving, corporate and
community partnerships, special events, grant applications and more.