Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts

Magisterial District Judges Kipp E. Adcock, Paul J. Ware, Joanne P. Corbett, Theodore J. Giglio, Terrence V. Gallagher, Paul Keeler, George Seig and Laura M. Turlip were again certified for service as members of the Pennsylvania Judiciary after successfully completing continuing legal education course work.

Conducted by the Minor Judiciary Education Board and the AOPC, the educational program for magisterial district judges is held in Harrisburg. The weeklong instructional program is designed to ensure that MDJs remain current in a variety of legal topics and management techniques required to fairly adjudicate cases and effectively supervise a district court office.

Continuing education course work is required by statute of each of the more than 500 Pennsylvania MDJs, with approximately 50 MDJs attending one of 14 such classes during each academic year.

Allied Services

JULIE ROBINSON

JULIE ROBINSON

Julie Robinson, OTR/L, a staff member at Allied Services Wilkes-Barre Transitional Rehab Unit, celebrated 30 years as an employee of the nonprofit health system. Robinson, of Heinz Rehab Hospital of Hunlock Creek, started her career at the Wilkes-Barre location and has served patients there for 30 years.

She currently works as an occupational therapist in the Transitional Rehab Unit and has previously served as stroke supervisor. Robinson is certified in neuro-developmental treatment and as an assisted technology professional.

Classic Properties

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KRISTINA BROOKS

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ERICKA ZAREMBA

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BRIAN KILE

Kristina Brooks has joined the Kingston office. Brooks grew up in the Pittston and Larksville areas and resides in West Wyoming. She was a home health caregiver for four years and loves helping people in any way she can.

Ericka Zaremba has joined the Kingston office. Zaremba grew up in Upstate New York and resides in Mountain Top. She earned her associate degree in criminal science from SUNY Ulster and her real estate education from Pennsylvania Real Estate Academy.

Brian Kline has joined the Kingston office. Kline grew up in Wilkes-Barre and resides in Hanover Twp. He received his real estate education at Pennsylvania Real Estate Academy.

Five Star Equipment

BILL BOCHICCHIO

BILL BOCHICCHIO

The company announced the promotion of Bill Bochicchio Jr. to chief operating officer.

In this new role, Bochicchio will provide leadership and strategic vision to the company, oversee operational and managerial processes and procedures, reporting structures and operational controls of the company. He will be focused on driving results across all branches and revenue centers, spurring growth and increasing the overall efficiency, productivity and profitability of the company.

Prior to his promotion, Bochicchio held positions of increasing responsibility within the company, including chief of staff to the CEO and general manager of the company’s Dunmore branch.

Geisinger

KIM DRUMGO

KIM DRUMGO

Kim Drumgo has been named the health system’s first chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer.

In this new role, she will champion and guide the organization to better understand the importance and value of a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment, as well as serve as a catalyst for change at the health system. She will provide systemwide thought leadership, strategic direction and implementation of diversity, equity and inclusion-related programs and initiatives.

Drumgo brings more than 15 years of experience in the diversity and inclusion field and has a strong track record setting DEI strategies, engaging stakeholders and driving results.

Herbert, Rowland & Grubic Inc.

DAVID_BULZONI

DAVID BULZONI

The firm has welcomed David Bulzoni to its team as a project manager in the financial services division. Bulzoni will help its municipal clients with strategic planning, budgeting and financial management.

He previously served as business administrator for the city of Scranton. During his six years of service, he helped to guide the city toward economic recovery by focusing on enhancing its creditworthiness, monetizing assets and executing projects supporting revitalization.

Bulzoni is also a Series 7 and 63 licensed broker with 20 years of experience in the private sector providing bond and loan financing to local governments throughout Northeast Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley.

Keystone Structural Group

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HANNA MOUSSA JABBOUR

Hanna Moussa Jabbour, P.E., has joined the company as a structural engineer.

Hanna joins the firm with five years of geotechnical and structural engineering experience gained while working with reputable engineering firms in the New Jersey/New York region. He has worked on many major projects — including hospitals, apartment buildings, academic buildings and major foundation rehabilitation projects. He has earned a Master of Engineering degree in structural engineering, a master of science degree in geotechnical engineering from Lehigh University, and a bachelor of sciences degree in public works for Lebanese University in Tripoli, Lebanon.

King’s College

JACLYN BECK

JACLYN BECK

MICHAEL BUKOSKY

MICHAEL BUKOSKY

MARIAN PALMIERI

MARIAN PALMIERI

DANIEL SIMPSON

DANIEL SIMPSON

PAUL UTZ

PAUL UTZ

The college conferred Alumni Awards upon five distinguished alumni who have demonstrated remarkable contributions to their professional fields, to the communities in which they live, and to the college.

The 2021 Alumni Award recipients are: Dr. Jaclyn Beck, PA-C ‘16 — The Leo Award; Michael W. Bukosky ‘75 — Outstanding Professional Achievement Award (Business); Mrs. Marian Palmeri ‘77 — Robert J. Ell Award for Outstanding Service to Alma Mater; Dr. Daniel Simpson ‘16 — Service to Society; and Dr. P.J. Utz ‘86 – Outstanding Professional Achievement Award (Arts & Sciences).

The Leo Award is presented to an alumnus or alumna within 15 years of their graduation who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in his or her professional or community activities. Named for the college’s mascot, it suggests the energy, pride and sense of purpose that the recipient personifies. Beck is a senior surgical PA-C at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, where she covers a wide variety of surgical subspecialties throughout the pre-, intra- and post-operative periods.

The Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement — Business honors alumni who have distinguished themselves through exceptional professional achievement. Bukosky is a leader in the health care industry, with more than 40 years of progressive financial, administrative and executive experience working in health care settings. A native of Nanticoke, Bukosky earned his Bachelor of Science in business administration and accounting from King’s College in 1975. He later earned his master’s in health care administration in 1987 from Southwest Texas State University, where he also served as an adjunct professor.

The Robert J. Ell Alumni Award for Outstanding Service to Alma Mater is named for Robert J. Ell ‘50, the first director of alumni relations at the college, and is conferred upon an alumnus or alumna for extraordinary service, dedication and commitment to the college. Palmeri graduated with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics, and in 1999, transitioned to a staff member who has worked at the college for 22 years. Palmeri currently serves as the director of institutional research, a position she has held since 2002.

The Award for Service to Society is presented to an alumnus or alumna who has distinguished himself or herself through selfless and caring personal commitment to benefit others. Simpson is in his fourth year as an emergency medicine resident physician in the Level 1 Trauma Center at Albert Einstein Medical Center in North Philadelphia. Simpson routinely treats critically ill and injured patients with life-threatening conditions. During the last year, Simpson’s already challenging job was made even more heroic as he treated a relentless surge of COVID-19 patients at Albert Einstein, which experienced the greatest number of COVID patients in Philadelphia along with Temple University.

The Awards for Outstanding Professional Achievement — Arts and Sciences honors alumni who have distinguished themselves through exceptional professional achievement. Utz is a professor of medicine and associate dean for medical student research at Stanford University School of Medicine. A native of Roaring Brook Twp., Utz graduated from King’s College in 1986 with his Bachelor of Science in biology. He also minored in English, philosophy and chemistry. He received numerous awards while at King’s, including the Center for Independent Living Award, the Regina Award for Biology and the CRC Chemistry Award.

Lackawanna College

DR_JILL_MURRAY

DR. JILL MURRAY

President Dr. Jill Murray has been selected as a member of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania board of directors. BFTP/NEP has led tech-based economic growth in the region for more than 35 years.

Murray became the ninth and first female president of the college on July 1, 2020. Prior to serving as president, Murray served as the college’s executive vice president and chief innovation officer from 2012 to July 1, 2020. From 2008-2012, she operated as the college’s vice president of academic affairs, where she was responsible for developing and overseeing all of Lackawanna College’s academic curricula.

Northeast Regional Cancer Institute

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ROBERT COLE

The institute’s board of directors appointed Robert Cole, Ph.D., to the board. He will serve as vice chair to fulfill a mid-term vacancy.

Cole is the senior vice president and chief analytics officer at Allied Services Integrated Health System. He is a 25-year employee of the health system. The nonprofit organization is the leading provider of health care and human services for Northeast Pennsylvanians with disabilities and chronic illness.

Cole earned a master’s and doctorate in experimental psychology from the State University of New York at Binghamton, New York.

O’Malley & Langan Law Offices

TODD OMALLEY

TODD OMALLEY

Attorney Todd J. O’Malley, founder and senior partner of the law office, was honored with the prestigious Mel Award by the Melvin M. Belli Society. The distinction recognizes an exceptional trial attorney who demonstrates the highest pinnacle of skill and innovation in litigating for clients and makes a significant contribution to the practice of law in America.

O’Malley is a nationally recognized leader in the practice of workplace injury and is well known for standing up for people’s rights here in Northeast Pennsylvania, particularly in cases involving workers’ compensation, personal injury and wrongful death.

Penn State Wilkes-Barre

Deyu Pan and Rebecca Sarver have joined the faculty.

Pan has been named assistant professor in rehabilitation and human services, and Sarver has been hired as assistant teaching professor in criminal justice and criminal justice program coordinator.

Pan will teach RHS courses while conducting scholarly research, engaging students in research and guiding students on their own research projects.

Pan earned a Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision and a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling, both from the University of Iowa. He holds a Master of Philosophy in education in professional counseling and a master’s degree in counseling and mental health services, both from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree in applied psychology from Renmin University of China.

As program coordinator, Sarver will oversee the criminal justice program, teach courses, supervise student internships and prepare students for their internships.

Prior to coming to the campus, she taught as a lecturer in the human services program at Elmira College. She also worked as an adjunct instructor at Elmira College and Seton Hill University and as a special topics instructor for the Westmoreland County Community College Police Academy, instructing Act 120 cadets on sexual assault and domestic violence modules with regard to victim experience.

Rosenn Jenkins & Greenwald LLP

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KIERAN CASEY

PAUL_RUSHTON

PAUL RUSHTON

JAMES_VALENTINE

JAMES VALENTINE

Partners Kieran M. Casey, Paul T. Rushton and James P. Valentine were among the speakers to present during the 2021 Legal Update seminar for human resource administrators.

NEPA SHRM, an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management, hosted the virtual event Oct. 14 via Zoom.

Casey and Valentine led a presentation titled “Hot Topics in Labor and Employment Law,” which detailed the latest developments in labor and employment law. Rushton’s talk, titled “Jumping through Hoops — Crafting Enforceable and Assignable Non-Competition and Restrictive Covenants,” offered tips on how employers can improve the odds they will establish assignable and enforceable restrictive covenants.

Step By Step Inc.

JAMES QUALTERS

JAMES QUALTERS

James Qualters was appointed the organization’s new quality and compliance manager. Qualters’ appointment was effective Oct. 4.

He most recently served as quality and compliance associate and has been with the agency for more than 24 years. Qualters succeeds Robert Blazaskie, who retired after 39-plus years.

Qualters holds two bachelor’s degrees in education from King’s College. He is a certified compliance professional and maintains his quality management certification from the Office of Developmental Programs.

The Wright Center

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PAUL KRZYWICKI

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ALLISON MILLER

KAYLA GATTO

KAYLA GATTO

MANJU MARY THOMAS

MANJU MARY THOMAS

DANIELLE SHOLCOSKY

DANIELLE SHOLCOSKY

MARK MADHOK

MARK MADHOK

HEMANT GOYAL

HEMANT GOYAL

The Wright Centers for Community Health and Graduate Medical Education recently named Paul Krzywicki, an award-winning journalist and public relations professional, as public relations manager.

A Mountain Top resident, Krzywicki will manage media outreach and the planning and implementation of communication programs that create a positive image of the organization. He will create and transform ideas into communication strategies that include news articles, publications, blogs, social media posts and other supportive materials. In addition, Krzywicki writes and edits copy for a variety of marketing needs, such as print ads, signage, web content, press releases, video scripts and leadership talking points and presentations.

Two certified registered nurse practitioners with diverse experience in general nursing and acute patient care have joined the Wright Center for Community Health to provide primary and preventive care to people of all ages.

Greentown resident Allison Miller, M.S.N., C.R.N.P., F.N.P.-C., joins the center’s primary care practice in Wayne County at 103 Spruce St., Hawley. She earned her master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees in nursing from the Pennsylvania State University. Miller is a board-certified registered family nurse practitioner and a member of the Emergency Nurses Association. She formerly worked as an education liaison for Regional Hospital of Scranton and as an emergency department nurse for Moses Taylor Hospital.

Dunmore resident Kayla Gatto, M.S.N., C.R.N.P., F.N.P.-B.C., joins the center’s Mid Valley Practice, 5 S. Washington Ave., Jermyn. She earned her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Scranton and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Wilkes University. Gatto is a board-certified registered family nurse practitioner. She most recently served as a registered nurse in the medical surgical intensive care unit at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Twp.

The Wright Center for Community Health has named Dr. Manju Mary Thomas, a pediatrician, as medical director of pediatrics and community-based medical home services. She is accepting infants, children and adolescents as new patients beginning Dec. 20 at the Mid Valley Practice, 5 S. Washington Ave., Jermyn.

Thomas, board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, will also be a pediatric physician faculty member for the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education. The Palmer Twp. resident completed her residency in pediatrics at Brookdale University Hospital, Brooklyn, New York. She received training in a busy community-based hospital and gained experience in inpatient and outpatient settings, including the pediatric intensive care unit, neonatal ICU, and general pediatric and adolescent care.

Danielle D. Sholcosky, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., C.P.R.P., a licensed clinical social worker with experience as a psychiatric therapist and clinical supervisor, of Dickson City, has joined the Wright Center for Community Health’s Mid Valley Practice in Jermyn. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal studies with a minor in human development and family studies from the Pennsylvania State University. She earned her Master in Social Work degree with a behavioral health specialization from Marywood University.

Sholcosky previously worked as a psychiatric therapist at NEPA Community Health Care and as a clinical supervisor and psychiatric therapist at NHS Human Services Agency of NEPA.

Two faculty colleagues in the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education collaborated on two award-winning scholarly research posters at the American College of Gastroenterology 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, in October.

Mark Madhok, M.D., Ph.D., a board-certified internal medicine faculty physician and associate program director for the internal medicine residency program, presented “National Trends in the Sporadic Malignant Colorectal Polyps in Young Patients: An 18-Year Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Program (SEER) Database Analysis,” which was co-authored with Hemant Goyal, M.D. The scholarly presentation outlined their collaborative research based off national data about cancerous colorectal polyps in people 20-49 years of age. The research highlighted polyp growth that preceded full-blown cancer, a new and preventable problem in the age group. The poster received an ACG Presidential Award in the category of colorectal cancer screening.

Goyal, the chief fellow of the Gastroenterology Fellowship Program, presented the research poster, “Peptic Ulcer with Adherent Clot — Treat It or Leave It: A Systematic Review and Metanalysis of Randomized Trials,” which was co-authored with Madhok. The scholarly work analyzed best practices to treat peptic ulcers with adherent clot found during endoscopy. Their work showed that treating these high-risk clots discovered during endoscopy reduces the risk of rebleeding. The poster received an ACG Presidential Poster Award in the category of GI bleeding.

United Healthcare

PAUL MARDEN

PAUL MARDEN

Paul Marden has been named the new CEO for UnitedHealthcare of Pennsylvania and Delaware. As chief executive officer of commercial operations in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Marden leads the team responsible for providing access to commercial health benefit products and services to small and large employers up to 5,000 employees.

He has been the CEO for UnitedHealthcare New Jersey since 2015 and added the Pennsylvania and Delaware markets in 2021. In his role, Marden oversees the company’s reputation in the community, as well as his team’s relationships with customers, brokers, regulatory and legislative bodies.

University of Scranton

WESAM ALRAMADEEN

WESAM ALRAMADEEN

DANA BROOKOVER

DANA BROOKOVER

RACHEL FRISSELL

RACHEL FRISSELL

JOHN KAUFMAN

JOHN KAUFMAN

BIBI KHAN

BIBI KHAN

NEELAM LAHANKAR

NEELAM LAHANKAR

DAVID MAHALAK

DAVID MAHALAK

ASHLEY STAMPONE

ASHLEY STAMPONE

ASH ZAREIAN

ASH ZAREIAN

The university has appointed 16 new full-time faculty members for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Wesam Alramadeen was named lecturer in the Operations and Analytics Department. Previously, he has worked internationally for more than two decades as a business development and strategy adviser, consultant and senior engineer, among other positions. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering-telecommunication from Mutah University in Jordan, an MBA from German Jordanian University in Jordan and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering at Binghamton University.

Hossein Banitabaei, Ph.D., Vancouver, was named assistant professor in the Physics and Engineering Department. Banitabaei’s research expertise is in fluid dynamics and interfacial phenomena utilizing experimental techniques and numerical simulation methods. He has published several articles in reputable journals, including a featured article in Physics of Fluids. Banitabaei earned his bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering and industrial engineering (systems analysis and planning), as well as a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology in Iran. He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from York University in Toronto.

Dana Brookover, Ph.D., NCC, Scranton, was named assistant professor in the Counseling and Human Services Department. A licensed school counselor and national certified counselor, she was an instructor at DePaul University, Villanova University and Virginia Commonwealth University prior to beginning at the university. Brookover earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Christopher Newport University and her master’s degree in school counseling from the College of William and Mary. She graduated with her doctoral degree in counselor education and supervision from the Virginia Commonwealth University in December 2020.

Gerard Dumancas, Ph.D., Iloilo City, Philippines, was named associate professor in the Chemistry Department. Previously, he served as an associate professor of chemistry at Louisiana State University at Alexandria. His core research interests involve the development of novel spectroscopic and computational tools with a wide array of applications in edible oils, food science and biomedical research. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of the Philippines and his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Oklahoma State University.

Rachel Frissell, Spring Brook Twp., was named faculty specialist in the Physics and Engineering Department. She worked as a process engineer at SRI International in Princeton, New Jersey, serving as the primary engineer on physical vapor deposition tools. She also worked in the Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Frissell earned her bachelor’s degree in physics from the Robert E. Cook Honors College at Indiana University of Pennsylvania; her master’s degree in materials science and engineering from Virginia Tech; and her master’s in applied physics from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Dana Gadaire, Psy.D., Gainesville, Florida, was named visiting assistant professor in the psychology department. Last academic year, she taught in Scranton’s Counseling and Human Services Department. She is a licensed psychologist, social worker and board-certified behavior analyst who has established community-based clinical services in local primary care clinics where she works with physicians and nurses to promote access to behavioral health screening and treatment among underserved populations in our area. Gadaire earned her master’s degree in social work from the University of Georgia, her master’s degree in clinical and community psychology from Georgia State University and her Doctor of Psychology in school psychology from the University of Southern Maine.

Natalie Gilboy, Clarks Summit, was named faculty specialist in the Nursing Department. She currently serves as a nurse practitioner with Pediatric Associates in Kingston. She earned certification in Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health Specialist through the Pediatric Nursing Board in 2018. Gilboy is also active in her community through participation with the Abington Heights High School Student Aid fund and the PTA and as a volunteer coach for school and sports teams. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing and her Family Nurse Practitioner master’s degree in nursing from the University of Scranton.

Alicia Hatcher, Ph.D., was named assistant professor in the English and Theatre Department. Hatcher has served as an instructor and adjunct instructor at Fayetteville Technical Community College in North Carolina, and as an adjunct instructor at North Carolina Central University and Campbell University, also in North Carolina. Hatcher earned her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, her master’s degree in English from North Carolina Central University and her Ph.D. in rhetoric, writing and professional communication from East Carolina University.

Nicole Hoskins, Ph.D., Chicago, Illinois, was named assistant professor in the Theology and Religious Studies Department. Hoskins received the Charlette W. Newcombe Fellowship, Louisville Institute Fellowship and the Forum for Theological Education Fellowship to support her graduate research. She is also a member of the Society for the Study of Black Religion. Hoskins earned her bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Spelman College, her Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, and her Ph.D. in religion and society from Drew University.

John Kaufman, Lehigh Valley, was named faculty specialist in the Computing Science Department. Kaufman worked at IBM for 41 years in Endicott, Glendale, Fishkill and Poughkeepsie, New York as an advisory engineer on Unix Operating Systems and Networking. Kaufman earned his bachelor’s degree of computer science from the University of Scranton and his master’s degree in telecommunication from Syracuse University. He is also an SAP Advisory Architect, trained by SAP America, and a graduate of LongRidge Writers Group.

Bibi Khan, Ph.D., was named assistant professor in the Biology Department. She was a post-doctoral fellow at the Noble Research Institute in Ardmore, Oklahoma, and served as a lecturer at the University of Guyana. Khan’s research interests include plant molecular biology, plant cell biology, plant biotechnology and plant genetics. In 2004, she received a Fulbright scholarship to pursue graduate studies in the United States. Khan earned her bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from the University of Guyana. She earned her master’s degree in molecular plant pathology from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville and her Ph.D. in cell and molecular biology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Neelam Lahankar, Ph.D., Brooklyn, New York, was named faculty specialist in the Chemistry Department. She was an adjunct professor at CUNY New York City, Bergen County Community College in New Jersey and at New Jersey City University. She taught chemistry to 11th and 12th grade students in Pune and Mumbai India. She is also certified in effective college instruction and teaching online. Lahankar earned her bachelor’s degree in science and mathematics from Pune University in India and her Ph.D. in chemistry from Seton Hall University, where she was awarded the Robert De Simone Graduate Fellowship.

David Mahalak, D.Eng., Dallas, was named faculty specialist in the Operations and Analytics Department. He has worked as a strategic business management consultant at Applied Logistics Integration Consulting LLC. He was an adjunct professor at Wilkes University and Penn State University – Hazleton. Mahalak earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Wilkes University, his master’s degree in operations research from Northeastern University and his Doctorate of Engineering in engineering management from George Washington University.

Joseph Morrissey, Ph.D., was named lecturer in the Psychology Department. He was an instructor at Binghamton University for more than 15 years, and was also a lecturer at the University of Massachusetts in Boston and at Boston University. He served as an adjunct professor at Boston College and Regis College, as well as at several other colleges. He has developed pedagogical resources in his field. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rutgers University and his Ph.D. in brain, behavior and cognition from Boston University.

Ashley Stampone, A.B.D., Old Forge, was named assistant professor in the Accounting Department. She joined the faculty at Scranton as a faculty specialist in 2016 and has received university and national accolades for her work. She was twice named Kania School of Management Professor of the Year. In 2019, she was honored with the Faculty Leadership Award from the Institute of Management Accountants and in 2021 received IMA’s Ursel K. Albers IMA Campus Advocate of the Year Award. She also received the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Young Leaders Award for 2021. Stampone earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting and her MBA from the University of Scranton. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Business Administration at Scranton.

Ash Zareian, Ph.D., was named faculty specialist in the Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship Department. He was lecturer at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, where he also worked as a data analyst. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Texas Pan American and his MBA and Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

BOB MORGAN

BOB MORGAN

The department announced the appointments of seven Rural Development state directors and five Farm Service Agency state executive directors, including Bob Morgan, a native of Mountain Top. Morgan’s 25-year career spans from bank teller in Wilkes-Barre to current state director of USDA Rural Development.

Morgan has proven experience in the investment, insurance and banking sectors assisting fellow Pennsylvanians in making decisions that impact and improve lives. He also worked for eight years as deputy chief of staff and district director for U.S. Rep. Matt A. Cartwright.

U.S. Department of Defense

The FY20 Safety Leadership Award was presented to U.S. Navy Lt. Michael McKenna, from Ashley, by Rear Adm. Fredrick Luchtman, commander, Naval Safety Center, on behalf of the Chief of Naval Operations, Sept. 29.

McKenna was awarded for outstanding achievement in leadership excellence in safety and risk management while serving as the industrial hygiene officer aboard the aircraft carrier, USS John. C. Stennis (CVN 74).

Viewmont Mall

ROSEMARY BOHENEK

ROSEMARY BOHENEK

Rosemary Bohenek has been named the new marketing coordinator at the mall by mall owner Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust. In this key position, she is charged with creating and implementing strategic marketing and public relations programs that will increase the center’s visibility and help generate increased sales for its retailers.

Bohenek will focus on building the social media platform for the mall and building relationships with shoppers through a broad range of customer services and special events. She is committed to partnering with the community on different levels to help sustain and improve shopping, lifestyle and retail experiences for local and regional residents of Scranton and beyond.

Wilkes University

GREG CANT

GREG CANT

WILLIAM TERZAGHI

WILLIAM TERZAGHI

JEANNE RABEL

JEANNE RABEL

GRACE SURDOVEL

GRACE SURDOVEL

DAVID BIEVER

DAVID BIEVER

University faculty and staff members were honored with the 2021 President’s Awards for Excellence. The awards, presented by president Greg Cant on Aug. 25, recognize individuals who reflect excellence in their work based on the university’s core values. This is the sixth year for the awards program.

For the first time, the President’s Award for Excellence in Innovation was presented to the faculty and staff body of the university. This is in recognition of the ways university employees have problem-solved, thought creatively and allowed the university to carry out its mission of educating students regardless of the circumstances. Wilkes employees were honored during a special event on Friday, Sept. 24, which ended with a lighted art installation outside of Weckesser Hall.

William Terzaghi, professor of biology, was the recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship for his efforts in advancing knowledge through discovery and research to better educate university constituents. Terzaghi was recognized for the scholarship he has provided to generations of students who are preparing for careers in medicine and scientific research. Terzaghi’s research emphasis is in plant genomics and bioinformatics.

Jeanne Rabel, advising coordinator in University College, was honored with the President’s Award for Excellence in Community for her efforts in collaborating with others on campus with mutual respect to foster a sense of belonging. As immediate past chair of the University Staff Advisory Council, Rabel served as a staff advocate throughout the pandemic, effectively and respectfully communicating university news and ensuring employees felt understood and valued.

Grace Surdovel, faculty of practice in the School of Education, was honored with the President’s Award for Excellence in Diversity for her efforts in embracing differences and uniqueness through sincerity, awareness, inclusion and sensitivity. Surdovel compiled and published 23 stories of lesbian and queer sisters of the Catholic Church and their journey to self-acceptance and love in the anthology, “Love Tenderly.” Surdovel was recognized for embodying the very values of the university.

David Biever, assistant head football coach, received the President’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring for his efforts in nurturing individuals to understand and act on their abilities while challenging them to achieve great things. Biever was recognized for mentoring university student-athletes, creating an environment of inclusion and serving as the ultimate example of what it means to “Be Colonel” through encouragement and motivation.

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