Alliance Wealth Advisors
The financial company announced the addition of two wealth advisers to its team.
Jude R. McDonough is a senior vice president who has worked in the financial services industry since 2004 after graduating from the University of Scranton. McDonough is a certified financial planner and accredited investment fiduciary with specialties in retirement planning, investment management and corporate retirement plan consulting. He is very active in the Northeast Pennsylvania community, serving on the boards of the United Way of Wyoming County, the United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania, the St. Patrick’s Parade Association of Lackawanna County and the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Lackawanna County.
Michael J. Cordaro is a vice president who has worked in the financial service industry since 2011. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science with a certificate in management studies (finance/accounting) from the University of Rochester and his MBA from the Villanova University School of Business. Cordaro focuses his practice on financial planning and investment management for individuals, families and business owners. He previously resided in New York City and Philadelphia but maintained strong ties to home, and currently serves on the board of directors for the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties and the Dunmore Educational Foundation.
Allied Services Integrated Health System
Kelly Langan, RN, BSN, CHPN, was announced as director of inpatient hospice services. Langan is responsible for the coordination of admissions and patient care at the hospice center in Scranton, and beginning this month, the newly opened hospice center in Wilkes-Barre on the grounds of Allied Services Meade Street Senior Living Community in Wilkes-Barre.
Langan will manage staff at both centers and work to ensure the highest quality care for patients and their families. She is part of the nonprofit health care system’s Quality Performance team. Langan joined the hospice in 2017. She is a graduate of Misericordia University.
Kristi Green, RN, CHPN, was announced as clinical director of in-home hospice care. Green will coordinate care for patients receiving home-based hospice services. The health system provides palliative and hospice care to more than 250 people each day throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Green has been with the hospice for more than four years and has over a decade of hospice experience, as well as previous clinical director experience. She graduated from Luzerne County Community College and holds an Associate in Applied Science in nursing.
Barry Isett & Associates Inc.
Hung Nguyen of Berwick joined the Code department as a code specialist and is based out of the Hazleton office. With more than five years of experience in the field, Nguyen most recently served Code Compliance Services Inc., where he focused on internal quality control and performing plan reviews. Nguyen is a former member of the United States Navy, where he acted as a hospital corpsman, laboratory supervisor and leading petty officer. He holds an Associate of Science degree as an advanced medical laboratory technician.
Anthony Disante of Wind Gap joined the Code department as a property maintenance and zoning inspector and is based in the Pocono region office. With experience in project management and customer interactions, Disante previously functioned as a field energy consultant for Tesla, focusing on residential sales and managing projects. He holds an associate degree in marketing and business management through McCann School of Business. In the company, Disante currently focuses on fulfilling zoning officer hours and assisting local residents.
John DeCusatis, BCO, SEO, of Stroudsburg has been promoted to municipal code services manager. Since joining the company five years ago, DeCusatis has played an instrumental role in developing the client base in the Pocono region. His new position will enable him to better manage client relations and drive business development. While performing these duties, DeCusatis will continue his responsibilities as a property maintenance and zoning inspector.
Tim Dow, BCO, of Mountain Top was promoted to acting operations manager of the company’s Code Department in the Hazleton region. A member of the team since 2013, his recent responsibilities have included zoning and code enforcement, issuing permits and conducting inspections for local communities. He will continue to perform these duties as he oversees Code operations and drives business development in his region.
Barton & Loguidice
The Northeast regional engineering, planning, environmental and landscape architecture firm announces that Andrew J. Reese of the firm’s Camp Hill office has received a promotion in 2021. Reese has been promoted to senior staff environmental scientist. A resident of Mechanicsburg, he received his B.S. degree in biology from Juniata College. Reese is a member of the firm’s Environmental Practice Area.
Director of administration Nancy Stasko will retire on March 31 after nearly 26 years of service with the economic development organization.
Stasko, who is the second-longest tenured employee in the organization’s history, was hired on April 3, 1995.
Most recently, Stasko played a vital role assisting with communications between the industries in CAN DO’s parks and COVID-19 Task Force in Greater Hazleton.
She has served as assistant secretary for the board of directors since 1995 and has worked under nine different chairmen during that time.
Toni Murphy has been named senior vice president of the company’s Keystone Region, overseeing the organization’s operational, strategic and financial performance across areas serving western, central and northeastern Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, northern West Virginia and the Maryland panhandle.
Murphy joined the company in 2008 and was named the Keystone Region’s vice president of project management in 2015. In 2017, she was named vice president of business for Keystone and has served as the region’s vice president of sales and marketing since 2019.
Murphy is also an executive sponsor of Comcast’s Diversity and Inclusion Council.
Daniel E. Cummins of the Clarks Summit law firm received an invitation from the Attorney and Practice Magazine to accept a selection as one of Pennsylvania’s top 10 attorneys and to appear in that magazine as such. Less than 1% of attorneys across the entire nation receive this invitation.
Attorney and Practice Magazine is a quarterly online magazine and monthly blog that covers law firm management, attorney well-being issues, work/life balance topics and technology updates for law practices.
Cummins has 25 years of civil litigation/personal injury practice experience. He also writes the award-winning blog Tort Talk (www.TortTalk.com).
In honor of American Pharmacists Month in October, SingleCare, the prescription savings service that helps consumers save millions of dollars on medications, announced the winners of its second annual Best of the Best Pharmacy Awards.
Local Exeter resident and Wilkes University graduate Meredith Mead was awarded Best Pharmacy Mentor.
She is well respected as a mentor for 10 pharmacy interns throughout her career, and by the community for her dedication to help people access their medications affordably.
Joseph Anistranski, M.D., a longtime Wilkes-Barre family medicine physician, is joining the Geisinger 65 Forward Health Center team in downtown Wilkes-Barre. Geisinger 65 Forward is a health care program designed exclusively for people age 65 and over where patients get longer appointments, more on-site health services and social, educational and wellness activities.
Anistranski has been practicing family medicine in Luzerne County for more than 30 years.
Anistranski is board certified in family medicine by the American Board of Family Practice and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Greater Honesdale Partnership
After decades of faithful service, Jeff Hiller has announced his retirement from the board of directors. Much of his time has been as the board president.
During his tenure, he managed to help bring exciting events to Honesdale, boosting the economy and community spirit. He positively impacted Honesdale with initiatives like new crosswalks, adding QR codes to buildings for visitor tours, hanging banners and holiday decorations, providing guided tours, planning downtown events and warmly welcoming visitors. He is an example of community spirit and kindness.
John Petrov, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, has joined as senior vice president, chief human resources officer.
He joins with more than 17 years of human resources experience. He formerly served CHI St. Joseph Health in Lexington, Kentucky, as senior vice president, chief human resources officer and vice president, human resources, for its parent entity, CommonSpirit Health. Petrov received his master’s degree in human resource management from Briar Cliff University.
This announcement comes after former chief human resources officer, Frank Pinkosky, retired after 16 years of service.
Keller Williams Real Estate
The Pennsylvania Association of Realtors recently installed area real estate agent Sherrie Miller as the district vice president for District 5 during a virtual ceremony this week. District 5 encompasses Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties.
A broker with the firm in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Miller has been in real estate since 1986.
Miller is a past president of the Greater Scranton Board of Realtors and she has also served on several local and statewide committees.
A graduate of Dale Carnegie, she resides in Lake Ariel with her husband and daughter. She enjoys gardening, cooking and spending time with family and friends.
The college announced that athletic department administrators will transition into new roles. Current Director of Athletics Joya Whittington will transition to her new role as the director of student financial services. She will continue to serve as the college’s head women’s basketball coach. Current Assistant Athletics Director Erik Larson will move into the director of athletics role.
Whittington first joined the college as the head women’s basketball coach in 2013. In 2015, her early success as head coach led her to Lamar University, where she served as an assistant coach for the 2015-16 season. Whittington then returned to Lackawanna to her previous role and led the Lady Falcons in a successful 2016-17 season. In her role, Whittington oversaw 11 sports and five employees. In addition, she managed recruiting and the day-to-day sports program functions. She also supervised the athletic department’s marketing and social media management in collaboration with the college’s marketing and communications department.
Larson has served as the college’s assistant athletics director since 2019. During his tenure, he managed the athletic department’s website, social media accounts and implemented technology to improve the fan experience. He founded and produced the Falcons Corner, a YouTube and podcast series providing weekly recaps of athletic events and previews. This initiative increased the athletic department’s YouTube viewership by 122%. Prior to his position at Lackawanna College, Larson was employed as the athletic director and trainer at Carbondale Area High School.
Lewith & Freeman Real Estate
Diane and Ed McCabe of Four Star McCabe Realty joined the real estate team. The McCabes will be working as associate brokers in the Back Mountain office.
The McCabes’ reputation for excellence is known throughout the region and the firm is equally committed to providing outstanding customer service in real estate throughout the community.
Diane Altieri has joined the commercial lending team in the role of a commercial loan processor. Altieri is currently a resident of West Pittston. She received her bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of the Philippines. Before joining the bank, Altieri’s banking experience comes from several positions held at Bank of America.
Tom Chirkot has been promoted to the position of credit analyst I. He is responsible for analyzing financial data to determine the creditworthiness of businesses. As a resident of Forty Fort, he is a graduate of the University of Scranton with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and an MBA in finance. Before joining the bank, Chirkot had worked as a contractor at Genpact.
Nathan White has recently joined the bank team as a credit analyst. He is responsible for evaluating loan requests. As a resident of Kingston, he is currently attending Wilkes University while pursuing his master’s degree in business administration. Before working for the bank, White worked for Mohegan Sun Pocono.
Mid America Group – Northeast Inc.
Daniel Hamilton recently joined as a registered investment adviser representative. The firm has an office in downtown Wilkes-Barre and has served the financial and insurance needs of small businesses, institutions and individual investors throughout Northeast Pennsylvania and southern New York since 1978.
Hamilton will be responsible for onboarding new clients, generating investment performance reports and general management for the investment accounts of individuals as well as the retirement plans of more than 30 small businesses and institutions.
He was formerly a multimedia specialist in the marketing division of AngioDynamics Inc.
P.A. Hutchison Co.
Erin Jones was promoted to executive vice president. She will continue to work in sales and administration.
Jones joined the company 13 years ago as the human resource manager. She demonstrated a strong connection with the workforce. During her tenure as the director of customer relations and administration, she continued to excel in her ability to foster business connections, while managing the sales staff. She has been committed to creating tremendous relationships with many customers and will continue to do so in her new role.
Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts
The organization has approved its newest board member, the Honorable Thomas I. Vanaskie, a former judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, former chief judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and currently of counsel with Stevens & Lee.
He is an experienced interpreter of the law, having served as a federal judge for 24 years at both the appellate and trial level. Within his current position at Stevens & Lee, Vanaskie works in the firm’s Litigation Department and chairs the firm’s Appellate and Mediation, Neutral Services and Alternative Dispute Resolution practice groups.
He has more than four decades of service in the legal profession.
Pike County Chamber of Commerce
During a virtual installation ceremony, seven members of the board of directors and an honorary director were sworn in to new two-year terms. In addition, the 2021 slate of officers began their terms dedicated to continuing the mission to help the business community in this time of great need.
Cheryl Duquette, president of the board of directors, is joined on the Executive Committee by the following board members: Jennifer Passenti, first vice president; Katrina Mancini, second vice president; Cindy DeFebo, secretary; Amy Burke, treasurer; Paul Brislin, assistant treasurer; Jessica Black, past president; Amanda Cykosky, Laura Quintiliani and James Hamill, non-officer directors. Davis Chant was also renewed as honorary director for 2021 and Pike County Commissioner Matt Osterberg was elected to another two-year term on the board.
The chamber is headquartered at the Milford Community House in downtown Milford.
Realty Network Group
Alice Manley is the newest agent to join forces with the realty firm. She infuses 30 years of sales expertise with an interest and passion for matching up buyers and sellers. Connecting both parties in a real estate transaction is more than a science. There’s an art to marketing homes or leading buyers in pursuit of theirs. Manley’s vast experience in media and hospitality are added advantages for her and her clients.
Manley has lived her entire life in Northeastern Pennsylvania. She loves all the area has to offer, including its seasons, natural landscapes and close-knit communities.
Scartelli Olszewski P.C.
The law firm announced attorney Rachel D. Olszewski has joined as an associate attorney.
Olszewski’s primary areas of practice will include criminal defense, personal injury and medical malpractice.
She is a 2017 graduate from Pennsylvania State University, University Park, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in labor and employment relations and minors in history and women’s studies. Olszewski graduated from Syracuse University College of Law in 2020.
She is following in the footsteps of her grandfather, the late Honorable Peter Paul Olszewski Sr., and her father, the Honorable Peter Paul Olszewski Jr. (retired).
Sordoni Construction Services
The company, founded by Andrew J. Sordoni in 1910, has since built a strong presence in Pennsylvania and the mid-Atlantic region as a construction manager, design-builder and general contractor.
After serving the organization for more than five decades, Andrew J. Sordoni III has retired as chairman of the board. He has been succeeded by current CEO William E. Sordoni.
The company also announces the addition of two key executives to drive operational excellence and overall client experience. Charles O. Burlew Jr., an industry veteran with more than three decades of national and international experience, has joined the firm as president.
Additionally, Kevin Morgan has been named chief operating officer. Morgan has 20 years of experience in national and international construction markets and will oversee day-to-day project operations.
The company also welcomes additional new key members to the team. These include: Cosmo Lovecchio, project and design manager; Joshua Liples, project manager; Jennifer Brody, assistant project manager; Robert Kerestes, Subhan Mahmood and Laurie Derk, project engineers; James Roccograndi and Mike Giovagnoli, project superintendents; Jonathan Culp and Andre Camayd, estimators; Nicole Hutchinson, project accountant; and Alison DeWitt, junior project accountant. The expanded roster reflects the company’s commitment to build and maintain a strong team as the company embarks on its 111th year.
United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania
The organization welcomed four new members to its board of directors.
Joseph J. Calabro, DO, FACOEP-Dist., FACEP, is the founder, president and CEO of Physicians’ Practice Enhancement LLC (PPE), co-founder and CEO of Pathlink LLC and Pathlink Solutions LLC, and chief physician executive of Integrity Health. Calabro is professor and past chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Seton Hall University and has extensive experience in academic medicine, research and health care management. Calabro is also the president of his family’s business, the Circle Drive-in in Dickson City, and he serves on numerous corporate and philanthropic boards, including the Greater Carbondale YMCA.
Brittani Hamer is a medical biller at Hematology and Oncology Associates of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Prior to her work in medical billing, Hamer spent more than a decade working in the legal field. Hamer is also a parent volunteer for her daughter’s Girl Scout troop in Scranton.
Nicholas F. Kravitz is a partner at Myers, Brier & Kelly LLP, where he represents individual and corporate clients in matters involving professional liability, commercial and contractual disputes, catastrophic personal injury, medical malpractice and litigation related to the Marcellus natural gas. Kravitz has been selected to the list of Pennsylvania Rising Stars since 2012, an honor limited to 2.5 percent of attorneys in Pennsylvania.
Meegan Possemato is the co-owner of On&On, a retail marketplace for repurposed, handmade and vintage products in Scranton. Prior to opening On&On in 2015, Possemato was the manager of business development at One Point Inc. in Scranton. Possemato is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Lackawanna and served as the organization’s vice chair. She has also been part of the planning committee of the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute’s C.A.S.U.A.L. Day for many years and is part of the Lackawanna Arts & Education Council, where she serves as a member of the event planning committee. Possemato was chosen as one of the top 20 under 40 for the NEPA Business Journal.
United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties
The organization welcomed three new staff members to the front office as it winds down its Centennial Celebratory Year.
Diane Brown, Scranton, joined in February 2020 as the APPRISE coordinator. Effective July 1, she is now the director of the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program for Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wyoming counties. Brown was previously employed at Voluntary Action Center for 14 years. While at Voluntary Action Center she worked with the APPRISE program and also served as the director of the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program.
Ricky Kokas, Scott Twp., joins as the manager of education after transitioning from teaching accounting courses in higher education. He earned his MBA from the University of Scranton. Kokas shortly earned his CPA license, which opened the door to working with the organization.
Kokas has spent the last seven years working with the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program during tax season, starting as a student intern, and then staying on to serve as “tax guru” in the following years. After volunteering for different education programs and being an Income Funds Distribution committee member, Kokas jumped at the opportunity to join the team full-time.
Stephanie Miller, Pittston, joins as the senior program manager. Miller formerly worked at a local nonprofit agency for 15 years and served as an advocate for people who struggled with housing issues and food insecurity. In addition, she recently served as a board member of the Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency and sat on numerous housing coalitions and committees.
University of Scranton
Mary Kay Aston has been named associate vice president for financial aid and enrollment. The position was created as part of a restructuring in the University’s Division of Enrollment Management and External Affairs and the retirement of William R. Burke, the long-serving director of financial aid at Scranton. In her new role, Aston will lead the Financial Aid Office and work with staff members to help make a Scranton education possible for students and families.
Most recently, Aston served as the assistant vice president for admissions and enrollment. She joined the university in 1993.
Rebekah Bernard has been named associate director of admissions and enrollment management information systems. In her new role, she will manage technology systems and data processes for admissions, including the development of statistical reports for data analysis. She will also supervise staff in Admissions Office operations and support the development and automation of communication plans, among other duties.
Bernard joined the staff of the Admissions Office in 2001, working as an admissions counselor, a communications specialist and, since 2012, an information and technology specialist. She has also served as an adjunct professor for the Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship.
Robert B. Farrell, J.D., Ed.D., general counsel at the university, received the 2020 Donald A. Gatske Award for Outstanding Dissertation on Higher Education from the American Association of University Administrators. The award was presented recently in a virtual format because of health and safety recommendations caused by the pandemic. His dissertation, which he presented in 2019 for an education doctorate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, was titled “Leadership Response to Campus Free Speech Incidents.” His dissertation also earned distinction from Penn.
Farrell has presented at the national convention of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, of which he is also a member.
University of Scranton Small Business Development Center
The center announced that Elizabeth Geeza, Dalton, has joined its staff as a program coordinator. In this role, she will coordinate logistics for training programs, including programming geared toward small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which is supported by SBA CARES Act funding.
In addition to her role with the SBDC, Geeza will continue to work as a conference and events coordinator in the University Advancement Division, a position she has held since 2013.
At the university, Geeza was elected to the Staff Senate in 2018 and served on its Staff Development Committee and as the co-chair of its Communications Committee.
Carla Williams was promoted to assistant community office manager of the bank’s Clarks Summit location.
Williams has been with the bank since 2012 and formerly served as branch specialist. She has more than 40 years of banking experience.
Wayne Memorial Hospital
Hospice nurse Charlene Whitmore, RN, said she was “honored” to be chosen Employee of the Year 2020. Whitmore, who was the November Employee of the Month, was nominated by the entire Home Health team, including a fellow Employee of the Month, Melissa Stephens.
Last year will be remembered for many things, but of course the pandemic stands out. Home Health & Hospice has had its share of COVID-19 patients.
Whitmore was elected by Employees of the Month of the year before. Her fellow contestants were Patty Carcione, RT/imaging; Melissa Riggs, business office; Annette Ciarrocchi, switchboard; Marjie Dolph, environmental services; Linda Hardman, CNA; Jamie Mills, business office; Joyce Malicky, volunteer services; Aubrie Bullmore, RN; Melissa Stephens, home health; Anne Marie Carachilo, NA; and Sheila Fuller, laboratory services.
Three integral employees of the Wright Center for Community Health recently were appointed board directors for the Wright Center for Patient and Community Engagement. Each brings unique backgrounds in patient care or health information technology to the governance table.
The Wright Center for Patient and Community Engagement enhances the Wright Center for Community Health’s ability to determine outreach priorities as it continues to meet the healthcare needs of the most vulnerable in the community.
Kari Machelli, R.N., serves as director of care and case management services for the Wright Center for Community Health. In this leadership role, she oversees the Opioid Use Disorder Center of Excellence case managers, certified recovery specialists and community health workers. Machelli has been with the center for more than 20 years, starting as an RN care manager. She earned her nursing degree from the Pennsylvania State University.
Danielle Hennessey is electronic medical records and health informatics manager for the Wright Center. She joined the organization in 2019 as an EMR application support and trainer for the Mid Valley practice and Ryan White HIV Clinic, and was integral in building the interface that allowed for the exchange of data between two separate electronic health records systems. Hennessey graduated from Valley View High School and attended Lackawanna College and Marywood University. She has a background in information technology, having worked for TMG Health for four years prior to joining the center.
Cheri Lewis-Aulisio is a licensed medical social worker for the Wright Center for Community Health. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from Marywood University. Lewis-Aulisio has a background working with diverse patient populations and has practiced in various clinical settings, including nursing homes, in-patient physician rehabilitation facilities and acute hospital-based settings. She has experience in behavioral health services and has worked with homeless women and children and Children & Youth Services.
Tom Glaser, a Northeast Pennsylvania native with extensive experience in public health administration, has been named associate vice president of grants operations at the Wright Center for Community Health and the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education.
Prior to joining the center in August as the post-awards grants manager, Glaser served as the department administrator at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center-Mailman School of Public Health, New York, for 18 years. He also worked with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as deputy director of operations.
Saroj Shrestha, a certified trauma therapist and veteran of the mental health services field in Northeast Pennsylvania, has been named behavioral health manager for the Wright Center for Community Health.
Prior to joining the center, Shrestha served as clinical director of social services for Commonwealth Health Systems. A licensed social worker, he has extensive experience providing trauma-informed care, and has served as a therapist and supervisor in a variety of clinical settings, including psychiatric facilities, inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics and as a mobile provider bringing services to families in their natural settings.
The Wright Center for Community Health recently welcomed Jason Kavulich, director of the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging, to its board of directors. Kavulich brings 21 years of experience within the human service field to the center’s governance table.
Kavulich previously was employed by the Lackawanna County Office of Youth and Family Services, where he progressed from a caseworker to a supervisor followed by an administrator position. In his current leadership role with the county Area Agency on Aging, he promotes the innovation and expansion of services for older adults and strongly advocates to guarantee their rights and independence.
The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education recently welcomed Kevin Sullivan, a career communications expert who has had experience in the White House, corporate and sports media relations at the most senior levels, to its board of directors.
Sullivan served as White House communications director under President George W. Bush and, since 2009, he has led Kevin Sullivan Communications Inc., a national consulting firm specializing in communications strategy and messaging, media training and presentation skills coaching.
Wright Center for Community Health promoted two longtime clinical employees to the leadership roles of practice managers.
Kimeth Robinson will lead the Kingston practice at 2 Sharpe St. A graduate of McCann School of Business, Robinson joined the center in 2016 as a medical assistant. She most recently served as medical scribe for Dr. Linda Thomas-Hemak, president/CEO of the center, and as co-manager of Medical Assistants, responsible for monitoring patient care quality and coordination as well as daily oversight of all medical assistants on staff. Robinson resides in Peckville.
Mary Georgetti will lead the Wilkes-Barre practice located inside the Children’s Service Center building at 335 S. Franklin St. A Wyoming Valley West High School graduate, Georgetti joined the center in 2011 as an administrative assistant. She most recently served as a practice coordinator for the center’s Luzerne County offices, maintaining physician schedules, electronic health records and community outreach. Georgetti resides in Plains Twp.
As practice managers, both Robinson and Georgetti will be responsible for the daily operations of their respective locations, including oversight of patient flow, staff and services.