Camelback Resort




The year-round recreational destination nestled in the Pocono Mountains managed by KSL Resorts has named David Makarsky its new managing director.

In his new position, Makarsky directs day-to-day operations of the resort’s many adventures — from skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing to zip lining, a mountain coaster to award-winning Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark and Pennsylvania’s largest outdoor waterpark, Camelbeach. He also oversees guest experiences for the 453 guest suites at Camelback Lodge and over 15 dining outlets.

He formerly served as chief operating officer at Wright Investments, overseeing and driving the performance and portfolio of 19 full- and select-service hotels.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.

Century 21 Jack Ruddy Real Estate

The real estate firm announced Century 21 Real Estate LLC recently recognized sales affiliate Gale Lewis with the CENTURY 21 2022 Quality Service Pinnacle Producer Award.

The annual award is based on results from the CENTURY 21 Quality Service Survey, which is emailed to consumers immediately after the purchase or sale of a home. To earn the CENTURY 21 Quality Service Pinnacle Producer Award, an agent must receive completed customer surveys for at least 80 percent of their transactions surveyed from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, with an average survey score of at least 95 percent or better for two consecutive years.

David E. Schwager, Attorney at Law

Laurie M. Schwager, Luzerne County, has been appointed as a member of the Pennsylvania Lawyers Fund for Client Security Board of Trustees for a term of three years, commencing April 1.





Mary Griffin Cummings, Esq., executive vice president, general counsel, was honored with the Patricia A. Husic Woman of Influence Award at the Pennsylvania Bankers Association’s (Pa. Bankers’) annual Women in Banking Conference held in Hershey.

The Patricia A. Husic Woman of Influence Award is presented as part of PA Bankers’ Women in Banking Recognition of Excellence Program, and honors rising stars and leaders that continually “go the extra mile” to promote and inspire women to reach their full potential within the banking industry, their financial institution, and the community.

Cummings has been general counsel of the bank since Oct. 1, 2012. Prior to joining the bank, she was associate general Counsel, resident counsel and general counsel for Wyoming Valley Health Care System Inc.

Fortis Institute

The campuses in Scranton and in Forty Fort, part of a network managed by Education Affiliates Inc., one of the largest medical, dental and skilled trades education providers in the U.S., has named Susan Lynch as president.

Lynch will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the day-to-day operations for both campuses, including budget, student admissions, new instructor hires and other campus operations.

Lynch formerly served as director of the Lancaster Center at Central Penn College in Lancaster, where she directed enrollment strategy and annual planning, and ensured academic programs and services met all requirements.

Honesdale National Bank




Kathy Enslin has been promoted to vice president, chief operations officer.

Enslin joined the bank in 1999 as an assistant vice president, bookkeeping, after spending 24 years with another area financial institution. In that role, she was an integral player in the oversight and development of many procedures and advancements that supported the bank’s core account management and transaction workflows. Enslin previously held the position of vice president, deposit operations officer for several years prior to her promotion to vice president, compliance officer, in 2015.

Enslin started her career in banking shortly after graduating from Western Wayne High School and has furthered her education through the American Institute of Banking.

Human Resources Center Inc.



The agency recognized Brooke Todd for being its first employee to complete the Pennsylvania Department of Human Service (ODP) certification program for Cornell University’s Work Incentives Practitioner credential. The Work Incentives Practitioner credential is accepted by ODP to provide the benefits counseling services to individuals that utilize funding from the consolidated, community, living or P/FDS Waivers and base funding.

Todd, a Stroudsburg resident, graduated from East Stroudsburg University with a degree in psychology.

Lackawanna College

President and Chief Innovation Officer Jill Murray, Ph.D., ranked 37 in City & State Pennsylvania’s 2023 Higher Education Power 100.

Murray became the college’s first female president, previously serving as its executive vice president from 2012 to 2020. Under her leadership, the college was named one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company Magazine for its Level Up program, which compresses the bachelor’s degree timeline.

Murray’s professional training initiatives include the Center for Technology Innovation, offering STEM degree programs such as Robotics & Integrated Technologies, Cybersecurity, Electric Vehicle & Advanced Automotive Technologies and corporate training coming fall 2023. She also collaborated with Dallas Shaw to bring Blitzen to the Scranton area, a holiday pop-up bar in the on-campus student-run restaurant that provided culinary students with real-world experience.

Misericordia University





John R. Ash, Ph.D., FACHE, assistant professor and program director of health care administration, recently presented at the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), 2023 Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago. Board certified in health care management as an ACHE Fellow, Ash leads an ambitious and innovative health care administration program at Misericordia University, where students can enroll in undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs in health care and business.

The meeting brought together more than 5,000 participants throughout the United States and abroad. This year’s theme, “Bolder & Brighter,” set the tone for the future delivery of health care services in the U.S. in a post-pandemic environment.

Marko Marcinko was selected as director of music performance and artist in residence to revitalize the once well-known music program.

The Music Performance program offers instrumental and choral ensemble opportunities in varying styles and ensembles. The program is an opportunity to create meaningful musical moments and connect with other students and build friendships while attending Misericordia University.

Marcinko has worked as a freelance musician playing drum set, percussion, piano/keyboards, bass guitar, vocals and trombone. He has also served as a studio session player, arranger, musical director and producer for numerous commercial jingles, indie films, and off-Broadway, club and theater engagements.

Moran Law Group

Attorney Lawrence J. Moran Sr. has been appointed chair of the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, with his term beginning on April 1.

The Board of Law Examiners oversees the process for admission to the Pennsylvania Bar required by approximately 2,500 aspiring lawyers annually.

Moran has been a lawyer for 45 years. For the past 10 years, he has served as the chief public defender for Lackawanna County. Moran holds a unique dual certification issued by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. For 30 years, he has maintained qualification as both a civil trial and criminal trial specialist.

In private practice, Moran is the founder of and principal in the local personal injury firm.

Moran resides in Jermyn.

Moses Taylor Foundation



Lisa Savero-Mooney has joined the private foundation as program officer with a mission to improve the health Northeast Pennsylvania residents. In this role, she will direct and oversee the foundation’s community needs responsive grantmaking portfolio within its 11-county service area. Grantmaking priority areas under her direction will include primary health care; mental, behavioral dental and oral health; health care workforce and human services. Savero-Mooney will also support as needed the foundation’s capacity building, aiding school-based health and reducing older-adult isolation initiatives.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in health and human services administration from the University of Scranton. She assumed her responsibilities at the foundation March 20.

Munley Law

Three of the firm’s truck accident lawyers were named to the 2023 Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers guide.

The Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers list is an elite group of plaintiff attorneys from all over the United States. According to the guide, every lawyer named to the list was recognized because “they bring justice to individuals (or groups of them) for a physical harm they have suffered, as opposed to one that is chiefly financial.”

The following attorneys have been named to the list:

Marion Munley has been practicing personal injury law for more than 30 years. She is triple-board-certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in civil trial, civil practice advocacy, and truck accident law. Marion has earned an AV-Preeminent designation from Martindale-Hubbell, the industry’s highest ethical and client satisfaction rating. An active member of the American Association for Justice, she was recently appointed as the legal organization’s parliamentarian. This is the fourth consecutive year that Marion has been named to the guide.

Daniel Munley has been practicing personal injury law for more than 25 years. He is board certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in both civil trial and truck accident law. He has earned an AV-Preeminent designation and a Platinum Level Client Champion rating from Martindale-Hubbell. This is the third year he has been named to the list.

As managing partner of the firm, Caroline Munley has won millions of dollars for personal injury victims across Pennsylvania. She has been certified as a specialist in workers’ compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation Law. This is the first time Caroline has been named to the guide.

Myers, Brier & Kelly LLP



Attorney Patrick A. Casey, a partner at the law firm, was recently inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), one of the nation’s most prestigious legal member organizations. Membership in the College is by invitation only following a rigorous investigation into the qualifications of each nominee. The college ultimately selects only those nominees who maintained the highest standards of trial advocacy, ethical conduct, integrity, professionalism and collegiality.

Founded in 1950, ACTL is composed of preeminent trial lawyers from the United States and Canada and is widely considered to be the premier professional trial organization in North America. Casey joins firm partners Daniel T. Brier and William A. Fetterhoff, who are also fellows of the college.

Casey resides in Archbald.

NET Credit Union






















Mary Rapach has been promoted to director of member experience. In this role, Rapach will manage branch operations, the Member Service Center and corporate training. She has more than 20 years of diversified banking experience and her goal is to unite all of NET’s frontline member experiences with consistent sales and service standards.

Phil Zvirblis has been promoted to branch operations manager. He will manage all branch operations. Phil has nearly 10 years of banking and credit union experience and has led the branches in serving its members.

Sean Thorpe has been promoted to Scranton branch manager. Thorpe has more than 13 years of banking experience and knowledge. He has been an asset to the credit union for more than six years and has been a cornerstone of the lending department.

Jessica Tonkin has been promoted to Olyphant branch manager. She has dedicated 14 years to the credit union, working in many departments. Tonkin has been essential in developing and training branch staff.

Christina Dehaba has been hired as Taylor branch manager. She brings with her over 20 years of lending and management experience.

Jean Seifert has been promoted to Scranton assistant branch manager. She has served as a key member of the credit union team for nearly 27 years. Seifert has excelled at training new employees while overseeing all facets of the teller line, and has demonstrated relationship-building skills with both employees and members.

Devon Hessmiller has been promoted to Olyphant assistant branch manager. She has been an asset to the credit union for 15 years. Hessmiller has excelled at learning new processes in the branch and has been integral in helping implement new software and train new tellers.

Jessica Hernandez has been promoted to Taylor assistant branch manager. She has been with the credit union since 2017 and has been member-centric in her roles in collections and lending. Hernandez also brings with her years of experience in business development.

Jessica Fashouer has been promoted to member service center supervisor. She has been with the credit union for 15 years. With the knowledge and skills she has accumulated during that time, she is an invaluable part of the creation and development of the member service center.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission



Officials in King of Prussia have named Erin Brady as the resident inspector at the Susquehanna nuclear power plant in Salem Twp., Luzerne County. She joins senior resident inspector Chris Highley at the two-unit site, which is operated by Talen Energy.

Brady joined the commission in 2021 after working as a quality control and maintenance technician in private industry. Since joining the commission, she has served as acting resident inspector at the Peach Bottom nuclear power plant and completed NRC training qualifications.

She holds bachelor’s degrees in nuclear and electrical engineering from Thomas Edison State University in New Jersey.

Quandel Enterprises LLC



The company named Jerome Urban chief risk officer for the entire family of companies, effective March 13. As chief risk officer, he will work closely with the executive team and board of directors to innovate, implement and strengthen the company’s risk management initiatives in response to the evolving construction industry.

Urban previously served as the president and chief executive officer for Performance Construction Company, a Quandel Enterprises company. He began with the team in 2006 when he started his career in construction as an estimator. He since has served as an assistant project manager, project manager, project executive and vice president of operations.

Reading & Northern Railroad








As a result of unprecedented growth in its freight business, the railroad announced changes in the leadership of its marketing department.

James Raffa has been promoted to senior vice president — petrochemicals and minerals. Since rejoining the railroad two years ago, Raffa has been instrumental in developing a Marcellus Shale transload terminal in Tunkhannock. After a successful first year that saw the railroad handle over 2,000 carloads of frac sand, it is poised to more than double that volume in 2023. As that business has taken off, Raffa has taken responsibility for the rest of the petrochemical and mineral business. This business segment handles over 10,000 carloads a year and includes one of R&N’s fastest growing markets.

Rian Nemeroff has been named senior vice president — consumer products. Over the last seven years, Nemeroff has successfully built the railroad’s forest products business into the company’s largest group with over 10,000 carloads a year. In his new position, Nemeroff will also handle all food and agriculture products. His business group will cover over 14,000 carloads a year.

William Clark remains senior vice president — coal. The railroad has long been known as” the Road of Anthracite” and Clark has been instrumental in expanding that franchise. 2022 was the railroad’s best year ever for coal shipments and 2023 will eclipse that mark. In fact, the railroad is poised in 2023 to handle over 1 million tons of anthracite coal for the first time in its history. Since Northeast Pennsylvania has the largest anthracite deposits in North America, and with electric are furnace steel mills increasingly looking to anthracite as a source of carbon, the future for the railroad’s coal franchise is very bright.

Rose Group

The group, a leading franchisee of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, announced that Melissa Oliver, general manager of the Scranton location, was promoted to managing partner.

Oliver first started with the group as a manager at the Bloomsburg Applebee’s. She was promoted to hospitality manager and moved to the Scranton location in 2015. In 2017 she was promoted to general manager. During the last eight years she has shown remarkable leadership skills in her store and the district, building sales and developing her staff.

Oliver currently resides in West Scranton.

Ski Shack

Owner Melissa Roberts will receive a 2023 Blizzard Tecnica W2W Hilaree Nelson Education Scholarship to further her training in the outdoor recreation industry. The business is one of few woman-owned ski shops in America. Roberts, a Back Mountain resident, is one of just 37 scholarship recipients chosen from more than 300 applications.

Ski manufacturer Blizzard-Tecnica created the award to acknowledge and empower women in the snowsports community. The scholarship was renamed this year to honor the legendary ski mountaineer and women’s advocate Hilaree Nelson, whose accomplishments included numerous first ski descents in Nepal and India. She died skiing on Manaslu, the eighth highest peak in the world, in September 2022.

Step By Step Inc.



Attorney Joseph Sileo, who most recently served as senior vice president and general counsel for the Wright Center, has joined the organization as chief administrative and legal affairs officer effective Feb. 13.

Sileo was formerly in private practice for more than 25 years, initially as an associate attorney and eventual partner with what would ultimately become Ufberg Sileo Law in Scranton, followed by his tenure as of-counsel in charge of the McNees Wallace & Nurick Scranton law office. Sileo has 30 years of experience representing both private and public employers across a broad range of industries.

Sileo has a bachelor’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University and is a summa cum laude graduate of Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He lives in Clarks Summit.

The Wright Center




The fellows of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography & Interventions (SCAI) has named Dr. Samir B. Pancholy, program director of the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship, a Master of the Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (MSCAI) — a designation held by fewer than 100 interventional cardiologists worldwide.

Pancholy is board-certified in internal medicine, with additional certifications in cardiovascular diseases, interventional cardiology, advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology.

University of Scranton







An article written by Doctor of Business graduates Amanda S. Marcy, ’10, G’11, DBA ’21, assistant professor of accounting at the university, and Ronald Douglas Parker, DBA ’21, assistant professor of accounting at Western Carolina University, received the 2023 Curt Verschoor Ethics Feature of the Year Award from the Institute of Management Accountants’ Committee on Ethics and Strategic Finance.

This is the second time Marcy received the award; the first was in 2020 for an article co-written with Douglas M. Boyle, DBA, chair of the university’s Accounting Department; James F. Boyle, DBA, assistant professor of accounting; and Daniel P. Mahoney, Ph.D., professor of accounting.

Marcy and Parker received the 2023 award for “The Value of Civility,” which examined the impact incivility has on the finance and accounting profession, as well as strategies organizations can use to combat incivility in the workplace.

A certified public accountant, Marcy was named assistant professor of accounting at Scranton in 2018 and previously served as a faculty specialist in the department. Previously, she worked as an accountant for Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP.

As a DBA student at Scranton, Parker and two of his accounting professors won a prestigious 2021 Institute of Management Accountants’ Lybrand Silver Medal for an article they co-authored. A resident of Franklin, North Carolina, Parker earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Western Carolina University.

Margarete L. Zalon, Ph.D., professor emeritus in the Department of Nursing, received a 2022 American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Book of the Year Award for the third edition of her book “Nurses Making Policy: From Bedside to Boardroom.” The book placed second in the program’s Nursing Management and Leadership category. Zalon also received a 2019 AJN Book of the Year Award for the second edition of this book in 2019.

Zalon, who retired in 2022, has been a member of Scranton’s faculty since 1988. She was inducted as an American Academy of Nursing Fellow in 2010 in part for her positive influence on health care policy and delivery.

Wayne Bank

William S. Lance, executive vice president and chief financial officer; and Nancy Hart, senior vice president and controller, were recently recognized by the Pennsylvania Bankers Association (“PBA”) for their 40 years of service to the banking industry.

New inductees to the 40-Year Club, Lance and Hart were honored at the PBA Group 3 meeting that was held in March.

A graduate of the University of Scranton, Lance has served the banking industry for over 40 years, including the last 13 years at the bank. In his current position, he is responsible for managing the finance division of the bank. His duties include finance and accounting activities, interest rate risk management and compliance with regulatory requirements. Lance has a history of involvement with the Pennsylvania Bankers Association and has served the organization in various capacities, including secretary of Group 3 since 2011.

Hart joined the Bank in 1979 as a member of the bookkeeping department. Over the course of her career with the bank, she has held positions in the loan department, as a branch manager, and as a finance manager in the accounting department. In 1997, Hart was promoted to controller and assistant secretary. In 2015, she was promoted to her current title of senior vice president. She holds an associate degree with honors in banking and finance through the American Institute of Banking.

Weichert Realtors — Hibble & Associates

The real estate firm, which is located in Clarks Summit, announced that Jessica Curley successfully completed the Weichert Real Estate Affiliates Inc. Fast Track training program. The training helps quickly bring new and existing 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 legendary 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 who complete the training also gain the confidence and competitive edge to succeed in real estate.

The real estate firm announced that Debra Harris was honored by the national franchise organization, Weichert Real Estate Affiliates Inc., for outstanding real estate performance in 2022.

Harris received the Ambassador Club level honor, which is given to those who achieved specified production requirements in gross commission income or units closed in 2022.

The firm is an independently owned and operated Weichert affiliate.










CFRE International has named Sarah Marie Thomas and Alecia Panuski as Certified Fund Raising Executives. Thomas, director of membership, and Panuski, major gifts officer, join over 7,700 professionals around the world who hold the CFRE designation.

Individuals granted the CFRE credential have met a series of standards set by CFRE International, which include tenure in the profession, education and demonstrated fundraising achievement. They have also passed a rigorous exam testing the knowledge, skills and abilities required of a fundraising executive, and have agreed to uphold Accountability Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights.

CFRE recipients are awarded certification for a three-year period. To maintain certification status, certificants must demonstrate ongoing fundraising employment and fundraising results and continue with their professional education. Employers and donors who work with CFREs know they are getting a professional who is committed to the best outcomes for their organization and has the requisite knowledge and skills.

Vicki Austin, senior director of grants and education, has been accepted into the Northeastern Pennsylvania Workforce Leadership Academy.

The academy will bring leaders from across NEPA together for a yearlong series of retreats, workshops and action learning projects relating to workforce development.

Through this acceptance, Austin will become part of the Aspen Institute’s Economic Opportunity Fellows Network, joining fellows from 14 previous academies in 11 cities in the United States and Canada.

The academy provides a forum for local leaders to work collaboratively to identify local and regional systems-based challenges and create shared solutions for economic opportunity for all.

WVIA Radio




Following a long career of public service and broadcasting, host and programming director Larry Vojtko has announced his retirement, effective Friday, June 3.

Vojtko, who started with WVIA in 1982, served as programming director and afternoon classical music host in addition to being the host for additional radio programs including the Simply Grand music series.

Vojtko will continue to serve as moderator for WVIA television’s Keystone Edition Reports.

Beginning June 5, the station will expand its offerings from NPR and WVIA’s digital radio channel HD2 will be rebranded as WVIA Arts Radio.

Wyoming County

District Attorney Joe Peters was selected to speak at a statewide conference attended recently by hundreds of professionals, including prosecutors, judges, probation officers, law enforcement officers, drug and alcohol and mental health treatment practitioners, prevention specialists, drug court professionals and others. The statewide Criminal Justice Advisory Board (CJAB) conference was held in State College on March 21-22.

During his panel discussion, Peters focused on the county’s Law Enforcement Treatment Initiative, which he initiated in 2022, in partnership with the state Office of Attorney General.

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