Allied Services Integrated Health System

Jennifer Ambrosino, MS, OTR/L, was announced as director of rehabilitation at Allied Services Rehab Hospital in Scranton. Ambrosino joined the health system as an occupational therapist after graduating from Tufts University in 1997 and has served in a variety of positions at the inpatient facility, including supervisor and assistant director.

Along with helping patients regain their independence following an injury or illness, Ambrosino’s new role includes supervising and managing inpatient rehab services provided by occupational, physical and speech therapy, along with the counseling department.

The health system welcomed Chris Fazzini, MHA, NHA, as administrator of the Transitional Care Unit in Scranton. Fazzini earned his Bachelor of Science in business administration degrees in management and human resources management from King’s College in 2018, followed by his Master of Science in health care administration in 2019.

Before joining the health system, Fazzini was the administrator of a long-term care facility in the Lancaster area.

The health system welcomed Andrea Sokolowski, MS, CCC/SLP, as a new member of the therapy team at its Scranton-based outpatient rehab center. Sokolowski earned both her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in speech-language pathology from East Stroudsburg University.

Prior to joining the health system, Sokolowski was a school-based speech therapist in Bethlehem, working with students in a variety of classrooms, including autistic support, hearing support, life skills, emotional support and partial hospitalization.

The health system announced Kimberly Yablonski, R.N., as the new director of nursing at the health system’s Meade Street Skilled Nursing Center in Wilkes-Barre. Starting her nursing career as a licensed practical nurse, Yablonski went on to become a registered nurse, graduating from Luzerne County Community College with an Associate in Applied Science degree, and brings more than 25 years of nursing experience to her new role.

Prior to accepting the position in Wilkes-Barre, Yablonski served as the assistant director of nursing, unit manager and Alzheimer’s specialist at Allied Services Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center in Scranton.

Community Bank N.A.

Christopher Gazdick has been hired as branch manager of the Wilkes-Barre location, located at 64 N. Franklin St.

In his new role, he will be responsible for managing day-to-day branch activity while providing excellent customer service. Gazdick will manage a team responsible for mortgages, home equity and small business loans, opening accounts, referrals and financial planning.

Gazdick has extensive banking and customer service experience and most recently served as branch manager of First National Bank in Wilkes-Barre for four years. He is also the owner of Island Discus in Wilkes-Barre.

Family Service Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania

Paul Krzywicki of Mountain Top was named as the nonprofit organization’s grant writer and community outreach specialist.

Krzywicki is a public relations, media and marketing and communications professional with management experience in fundraising, crisis communications, media literacy, social media content and editorial content development. His work has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists and the College & University Public Relations and Association Professionals.

He will be responsible for researching, writing and applying for grants to fund designated health and human services programs and initiatives.

First Keystone Corp.

The parent company of First Keystone Community Bank recently held its 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting of Shareholders. It was announced that Michael L. Jezewski, William E. Rinehart and David R. Saracino were reelected as Class A directors to serve for a three-year term and until their successors are properly elected and qualified. They will serve on the board of directors for the corporation and its subsidiary, First Keystone Community Bank.

The bank announced the following employee promotions: Jonathan Littlewood, chief lending officer, and Christopher Zlobik, deposit operations manager, were promoted to senior vice president. Jillian Guenther, BSA officer/fraud manager; Thomas McGrath, commercial services officer II, and Natalie Stackhouse, accounting manager, were promoted to vice president. Martin Leandri, financial consultant/trust officer, and Cindy Thorne, trust officer, were promoted to assistant vice president. Lydia Fatula, credit intake/document preparation specialist; Laurel Fidrick, network analyst; Karen Henrickson, electronic/deposit processing officer; Justine Kishbaugh, loan operation specialist; Kathryn McNeal, mortgage underwriter; Susan Patterson, loan operations specialist; Jessica Thorne, accountant I, and Kayla Whitmire, fraud analyst, were promoted to officer positions.

FNCB Bank

The bank announced the appointment of five new staff members to their community office and commercial lending teams.

Danithza Farrell, assistant vice president, community office manager, will be responsible for the administration and efficient daily operation of the Dickson City community office.

She has more than 20 years of experience in banking. Most recently, she was an assistant vice president/branch manager for Landmark Community Bank. She obtained her American Bankers Association Branch Manager Certificate and participated in the ABA’s BSA/Compliance and Marketing & Communication training courses. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Scranton and resides in Clarks Summit.

Michael Darter, community office manager, will be responsible for the administration and efficient daily operation of the Hazleton community office.

He has more than 25 years of experience in banking and sales training. Most recently, he was a branch manager for Santander Bank in the Boston area. He resides in Drums.

Christopher Moshinskie, assistant community office manager, will be responsible for coordinating the daily operation of the downtown Scranton Community Office.

He has been in banking since 2017 and most recently served as a licensed relationship banker for Citizens Bank. He is a graduate of Bay Shore High School (N.Y.) and the University of Phoenix, Philadelphia, with a B.S. in accounting. He resides in Jessup.

Heather Nunemacher, assistant vice president, commercial officer/small business lender, will be responsible for the growth and development of new business relationships.

She has 24 years of experience in the banking industry. Most recently she was a business banker with Truist Bank in Hazleton. She resides in Tamaqua.

Daniel Boote, assistant vice president, commercial officer/small business lender, will be responsible for the growth and development of new business relationships.

He has more than 10 years of experience in banking and most recently held the position of assistant vice president, branch manager with Community Bank NA. Active in the community, he is a member of the board of directors for the Freeland YMCA, Northeast Counseling Services, White Haven Chamber of Commerce and Shots for Tots Foundation. He is also a member of the CANDO Economic Development Committee. He earned a BA in political science from Bloomsburg University. He resides in Wilkes-Barre.

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Jennifer M. Boardman, Ph.D. has been named associate dean for graduate academic affairs.

The associate dean for graduate academic affairs is a senior administrative role that assists the vice dean with graduate curriculum and faculty oversight, student success, academic advising and coaching services, issues related to performance and professional conduct, maintenance of accreditation and compliance.

Until her promotion, Boardman served as the assistant dean for graduate academic affairs. She is also a founding faculty member and associate professor of microbiology and immunology.

A current faculty member and a retired colleague will be presenting a workshop at “Global Perspectives on Health Science Education,” the 25th annual meeting of the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE). The meeting will be held virtually from June 12 to June 17.

At the conference, John L. Szarek, BSPharm, Ph.D., CHSE, professor and director for clinical pharmacology in the Department of Medical Education, will present Designing Simulation-Enhanced Interprofessional Education: Application of a 6-step Model. Among his co-presenters is Diana Callender, MBBS, who recently retired from the medical school as associate dean for undergraduate medical education simulation and simulation-based assessment and director of the Clinical Skills & Simulation Center.

Golden Technologies Inc.

The company announced that Alyssa Golden has been named content coordinator in the marketing department. Alyssa previously served as marketing assistant on the team since last fall. She will continue to support all divisions in her activities. She is the first third-generation Golden to work at the family-owned business.

In her new role, Alyssa is responsible for leading the ongoing strategy to develop written and video content for use on social media and other digital marketing platforms.

Alyssa formerly served as a marketing intern at Universal Music Group in Philadelphia.

Honesdale National Bank

Brian Wilken has been promoted to vice president, business development officer.

In his current role, Wilken provides the bank with business development opportunities and growth strategies involving our products, services and business relations.

Wilken has 12 years of experience in the financial industry and a whole career in business development to the bank.

Wilken is a Honesdale native, graduating from Honesdale High School and receiving an associate degree from SUNY Cobleskill.

Lisa Dowse has been promoted to vice president, human resource officer.

In her current role, Dowse provides support and service for employees regarding recruitment, payroll, benefits, along with many other functions in the human resources department. Throughout her career, she has attended the PA Bankers School of Banking and attended many webinars and seminars to advance her knowledge in the financial industry.

She is a past board member of the Chamber of the Northern Poconos and also served as a co-chair on the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties funds distribution committee.

Emily Barton has been promoted to deposit operations officer.

In her current role, Barton provides assistance with wire requests, new account information, organizing documentation and many other processes in the deposit operations department.

Barton has a variety of experience at the bank working as a CSR/teller, loan operations representative, loan operations team leader and deposit operations supervisor, and she will continue to provide her knowledge in the industry to the bank as deposit operations officer.

She received her bachelor’s degree in business from Keystone College in 2018 and obtained the ABA’s Principles of Banking Certificate.

Horizon Dental Care

Dr. John Evanish III, president and CEO, recently announced the Thomas Simrell Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, 514 N. Blakely St., Dunmore, is joining the practice. Thomas Simrell, DMD, MAGD will see his patients at the Scranton location at the Guild Building, 400 Wyoming Ave., Scranton.

The office’s services include routine cleanings, family, cosmetic and sedation dentistry as well as full mouth reconstruction. They also offer emergency services and specialize in senior dental care with an in-house, full-service denture lab. There is free parking on site, greater access to available appointments and dental treatments and they work with all insurances.

Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn PC

Attorney Nicole M. Santo, a partner in the Kingston firm, remotely co-presented with attorney P. Timothy Kelly, Needle Law, “Pursuing Liability Claims Against Property Owners,” to the Northeastern PA Trial Lawyers Association (NEPATLA) on April 22.

Santo, a member of the personal injury team, joined the firm in 2010. Her practice is focused on litigating all types of personal injury claims, including medical malpractice claims, motor vehicle accidents, underinsured/uninsured motorist claims, insurance bad faith, trucking accidents, products liability and crashworthiness claims. She has been named to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for the past four years and has been named to the Best Lawyers in America list for the last three years. She was also recognized as a Top 10 Under 40 Attorney in Pennsylvania by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

She resides in Shavertown.

Jacobi Capital Management LLC

The registered investment adviser announced the addition of two advisors, Karen Darby and Amy Lynott.

Darby joined the company in the first quarter of this year as a wealth advisor and will focus on working with clients and prospects across their financial planning and investment management needs. She brings with her eight years of experience in the financial services industry after starting her career at MassMutual Eastern Pennsylvania working with families, individuals and business owners. Darby resides in Shavertown and will be located in the firm’s Wilkes-Barre headquarters.

Lynott joined the company in March 2018 as a licensed associate. As of 2021, Lynott has been promoted to a wealth advisor. She will continue to service the firm’s clients in addition to originating new relationships for the firm. She has 11 years of experience in the financial industry working with clients. Lynott resides in Clarks Summit, and will continue to be located in the firm’s Wilkes-Barre headquarters.

Keystone College

David Arnold, Ph.D. has been named interim provost/vice president for academic affairs.

Arnold will fulfill duties in the cabinet-level position as the college conducts a nationwide search to fill the position on a permanent basis. Karen Yarrish, Ph.D., who previously held the position, will return as a full-time faculty member in the college’s business department at her request.

Arnold has a long and distinguished background in higher education. He is currently a consultant with John N. Gardner Institute, Brevard, N.C., a non-profit organization dedicated to partnering with colleges, universities, philanthropic organizations and other similar entities.

Lackawanna Bar Association

Lackawanna Bar Association inducted officers and newly elected members of their board of directors at the Annual Virtual Membership Meeting of the association held recently. Attorney Thomas P. Cummings was installed as the 71st president of the association, which was founded in 1890 and has been serving the community for more than 130 years. Attorney Michael F. Cosgrove is president-elect and attorney John C. Mascelli was elected vice president. Other newly elected officers include attorney David I. Fallk and attorney Judith G. Price. Also appointed to the board for 2021 is attorney Patricia Lafferty. Lee Ann Munley is the executive director of the association.

Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin

Michael A. Sebastian has joined the Scranton regional office as a shareholder in the workers’ compensation department. Sebastian concentrates the entirety of his practice on workers’ compensation defense and represents employers, insurance carriers and third-party administrators.

With more than 20 years of experience, Sebastian has appeared on behalf of his clients before many local judges, the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board, the Commonwealth Court and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. In addition to litigating claims, he counsels clients on implementing risk management strategies that focus on lowering workers’ compensation costs and avoiding liability exposure.

NBT Bank

The bank announced the promotion of regional commercial banking manager Matt Colgan to senior vice president, and retail learning and development manager Erica Burger and junior credit officer Gwen Grier to assistant vice president. All three employees are based at the bank’s Scranton Financial Center.

Colgan joined the bank in 2008 as part of the commercial management development program, then advanced to commercial relationship manager. In 2018, he was promoted to regional commercial banking manger where he is responsible for oversight of commercial banking services in Pennsylvania. Colgan earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from King’s College in Wilkes Barre. He also participated in the American Bankers Association School of Commercial Lending. Colgan is active in his community, serving as a board member for Metro Action, and loan committee member for Pursuit (formerly NYBDC) and NEPA Alliance.

Burger joined the bank in 2007 and works to create and implement content that elevates and enhances employee engagement through innovative training programs and resources. Burger earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern New Hampshire University and is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Bankers School of Banking. She is also active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors for Leadership Lackawanna and campaign co-chair for NBT’s United Way campaign.

Grier joined the bank in 1998 and has advanced through several roles within the company, including mortgage underwriter, senior credit analyst and credit support team leader. With nearly 30 years of financial industry experience, she now underwrites larger complex commercial loan requests and provides internal customers with guidance on loan structures in accordance with loan policy guidelines. Grier also is an active member of the community, serving in several roles for the Boy Scouts of America, including council program and training committee member, district committee member, venturing associate advisor and assistant scoutmaster.

Niki Jones Agency

Veronica Nelson has joined the agency’s team.

With experience as both a graphic designer and a content developer, Nelson’s multi-faceted approach to marketing ensures coordination between visual and written materials from the outset. She formerly worked as a social media and email marketing specialist for corporate marketing firms. She has a deep understanding of the analytics that drive engagements and conversions. She applied this knowledge to every design and brand narrative she creates, resulting in sophisticated graphics and stories that resonate across audiences.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in creative writing from the University of Arkansas in 2015.

Northeast Regional Cancer Institute

The institute’s board of directors elected new officers. Attorney William Conaboy was elected as chair of the board of directors, Susan Shoemaker, secretary, and Holly Roever Carron, treasurer. In addition to the new officers, the board of directors appointed Michael L. Brown, Dale Johns, Cynthia Mailloux, Ph.D., RN, CNE and John A. Ruddy, M.B.A., D.P.S. to the board.

Brown is a member of the Commonwealth Health leadership team where he serves as CEO for Regional Hospital of Scranton and Moses Taylor Hospital. Prior to joining CHS, he served with Amita Health, the largest hospital system in Illinois, where he held hospital executive positions including COO, CNO, CEO and president since 2005. Most recently, he served as regional president and CEO of the Amita Health Fox River Valley Region, overseeing two hospitals, two joint venture cancer centers and an ambulatory surgery center.

Johns is the chief executive officer of Commonwealth Health Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Johns is an experienced health care leader with a focus on exceptional patient care, quality and operational objectives. He joined Wilkes-Barre General Hospital in September of 2020 from Salt Lake Regional Medical Center, part of Steward Health Care, where he held the CEO position since 2013. During his tenure in Wilkes-Barre, the hospital has been recognized for safety and quality with a 3 Star CMS Quality Rating and a Health System of Pennsylvania Patient Safety Excellence Award.

Mailloux is professor and chair of the Department of Nursing at King’s College. She was the chair of the Department of Nursing at Misericordia University for 12 years prior to going to King’s College. Mailloux earned her doctorate in nursing with a concentration in education from Penn State University, her master’s degree in nursing from Misericordia University and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Wilkes University. She is a member of the Pennsylvania State Nurse Association, American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the National League for Nursing.

Ruddy is an assistant professor of finance in the Economics and Finance Department of the Arthur J. Kania School of Management, University of Scranton. He teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in accounting and finance. He has a master of business administration in finance and investments from the George Washington University, Washington, D.C., and a doctorate in professional studies, with a focus in Finance from Pace University, New York City.

Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance

The alliance announced the promotion of Donovan Klem and the hiring of James Urso and Joseph Ward.

Klem will be responsible for working closely with the SBA 504 program, evaluating business loan applications and advising clients of the proper course toward loan approval. Klem will also be working on financial statement analysis, credit analysis, data entry/reporting and loan servicing. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Misericordia University. Klem resides in Avoca.

Urso and Ward have recently been hired as business finance specialists. They will be responsible for counseling businesses, developing loan packages, utilizing NEPA’s SBA-504 program and other public funds, processing loan applications, reviewing financial data and performing activities reports.

Urso earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and a bachelor’s degree in finance from West Chester University. He resides in Dickson City.

Ward earned a master’s degree in business administration from Marywood University and bachelor’s degree in business management and marketing from Penn State University. He resides in Lake Ariel.

Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center

Marla Hager has been promoted to the position of senior business adviser. Hager joined the organization in December 2016 and, since that time, has introduced small- and mid-sized manufacturers throughout Luzerne and Columbia counties to consultative services, training programs and other resources that allowed them to create and retain 2,200 full-time manufacturing jobs while strategically investing more than $29.7 million in regional expansion and modernization.

In her elevated role, Hager will remain responsible for cultivating and maintaining positive relationships with new and existing clients across Luzerne and Columbia counties.

Drew Mackie, CPA was promoted to the position of executive vice president and chief financial officer. Mackie joined the center in 2013 as the company’s chief financial officer.

In his elevated role, Mackie will continue to manage the organization’s accounting, information technology and facility management functions while taking on additional responsibilities to ensure NEPIRC’s attainment of key performance metrics relating to organizational growth, client service, regional economic impact and new service development.

He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

PennFuture

President and CEO Jacquelyn Bonomo has been appointed by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to a three-year term on the Department of Environmental Protection’s Citizens Advisory Council.

In this role, Bonomo will join 17 other citizen volunteers from across Pennsylvania, as well as DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell, in reviewing all environmental laws in the commonwealth and offering suggestions on revisions or modifications to those laws.

Bonomo’s three-year term will expire on Jan. 19, 2024. She lives in Luzerne County.

The Citizens Advisory Council meets monthly, except for August and December, or at the call of the chair.

Perry Law Firm

Mark Perry has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for the 17th consecutive year. Perry was first recognized as a Super Lawyer in 2005, and has been selected for Super Lawyer designation every year since.

Each year, no more than 5% of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Perry was selected under the practice area of medical malpractice defense. A substantial portion of his practice is dedicated to the litigation of complex professional liability claims. He has represented physicians and hospitals in central and Northeast Pennsylvania in hundreds of cases in both state and federal court.

PPL Corp.

Gregory N. Dudkin, PPL Electric Utilities president since 2012, has been elected executive vice president and chief operating officer of the corporation. Stephanie R. Raymond, vice president of distribution operations, will succeed him as president of PPL Electric Utilities, the corporation’s Pennsylvania electric utility subsidiary. The changes went into effect April 12.

Under Dudkin’s leadership over the past decade, the subsidiary has developed one of the nation’s most advanced electricity networks, consistently delivered award-winning customer satisfaction, and firmly established itself among the industry’s leaders in reliability. He brings four decades of experience in energy and telecommunications operations to his new role as COO.

Dudkin, who joined the subsidiary in 2009 as senior vice president of operations, was named president of the company in 2012.

Raymond, a key member of the subsidiary’s leadership team, has also played a central role in spearheading the Pennsylvania electricity delivery company’s operational excellence over the past decade. In her current role as vice president of distribution operations, she has overseen expansive smart grid improvements that have strengthened grid resilience and avoided more than 1 million customer power outages since 2015.

Raymond, who joined the subsidiary in 2011 as director of project and contract management, has served as vice president of distribution operations since 2018. Prior to that, she was vice president of transmission and substations for four years.

Realty Network Group

Michael Turlip, a resident of Eynon, recently joined the realty group. He graduated from the University of Scranton in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He then served in the United States Army for four years as a military policeman. Turlip was also deployed to Afghanistan following the events that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001, and then completed an overseas tour in Europe, serving as a member of NATO at the Supreme Allied Headquarters in Belgium. In 2005, he was accepted to the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey. For the past 16 years, Turlip has continued to serve the public as a Pennsylvania State Trooper.

Rosenn Jenkins & Greenwald LLP

Attorney Kieran M. Casey, a partner with the firm’s labor and employment practice group, recently presented during a continuing legal education seminar titled “The Paycheck Protection Program in 2021.”

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute sponsored the seminar, which focused on recent developments to the Paycheck Protection Program, permissible uses of loan funds and loan forgiveness.

Business leaders who are still interested in pursuing a PPP loan or have concerns about how to spend loan funds properly may contact Casey at kcasey@rjglaw.com or call 570-826-5667.

Service First Federal Credit Union

Two credit union employees recently completed the Enhanced Financial Counseling Certification Program (FiCEP) through the CrossState Credit Union Foundation. Missy Thomas, assistant market manager, Bloomsburg office; and Tina Cupp, assistant market manager, Loyalsock office, earned their Certified Credit Union Financial Counselor (CCUFC) designation by completing the program. The FiCEP program provides credit union professionals with the skills they need to help members achieve their financial goals.

This was the fourth group of credit union professionals to attend this program. To date, 21 team members have earned their CCUFC designation.

Step By Step Inc.

Jacqueline (Jackie) Sharifi has been appointed as the new vice president of human resources.

She succeeds Edie Hennebaul, who retired after 43 years.

Sharifi most recently served as the director of human resources and as a human resource manager at CareLink Community Support Services, a human service agency located in Southeast Pennsylvania.

She holds a master’s degree in leadership development from Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Marywood University. Sharifi is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.

TEGNA Inc.

Julie Eisenman has been named president and general manager of WNEP, the ABC affiliate in Pennsylvania’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton market, effective June 14. Eisenman will be responsible for overseeing the station’s content, sales, brand and operations across all platforms, as well as defining and executing the station’s vision and strategy. Eisenman replaces Chuck Morgan, who retired in April.

Eisenman first joined TEGNA in 2015 as assistant news director at WXIA, TEGNA’s NBC affiliate in Atlanta. In 2017, she was promoted to news director at WLTX, TEGNA’s CBS affiliate in Columbia, South Carolina.

In August 2020, Eisenman was promoted to director of content at WLTX and took on additional responsibility as a mentor for new news leaders within the TEGNA organization.

University of Scranton

A book written by English and theater professor Joe Kraus, Ph.D., was a finalist for the inaugural Union League Club of Chicago’s Outstanding Book on the History of Chicago Award 2021, which was presented in a virtual format on April 7. His book, “The Kosher Capones: A History of Chicago’s Jewish Gangsters,” was one of 10 finalists. The 2021 award was presented to “Occupied Territory” by Simon Balto.

In 2019, Kraus’s book, “The Kosher Capones,” won the 2019 bronze Indie Award in the category of history (adult non-fiction).

Kraus is chair of the Department of English and Theatre at Scranton. He joined the faculty at the university in 2004.

A book by Stacy Smulowitz, Ph.D., associate professor of communication and media, was published recently by Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. The book, “The Communication Solution: Leading Successful Change in Higher Education,” provides a practical and theoretical guide based on preexisting and original research data to issues surrounding planned organizational change strategies, core competencies and other aspects of the change process needed for effective leadership in higher education.

At the university, Smulowitz teaches courses in advertising, leadership and organizational communication.

Smulowitz is a resident of Shavertown.

Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers

Janet Erickson, M.D., an internal medicine physician with more than 20 years of clinical experience treating patients for a vast spectrum of medical conditions, has been appointed as the primary care physician at the Honesdale VA Outpatient Clinic.

Erickson was most recently employed by Physician’s Health Alliance, Scranton, where she practiced internal medicine for 11 years. She is an assistant professor at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and the medical director of Commonwealth Home Health, both in Scranton. Erickson completed her internal medicine residency at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown.

She earned her medical degree from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey.

Weichert Realtors — Hibble & Associates

The real estate firm announced their 2020 Office Award winners. The following local agents were honored by the national franchise organization, Weichert Real Estate Affiliates Inc., based on achieving specified production requirements in gross commission income or units closed in 2020:

Debra Harris (Sales Associate Achievement Certificate) and Joe Hughes (Sales Associate Achievement Certificate).

The real estate firm is an independently owned and operated Weichert affiliated office.

WVIA

Kate Sickora has been hired as the PBS and NPR affiliate for Northeast and central Pennsylvania organization’s new chief development officer. Sickora will start at the station in July.

Sickora is an award-winning development professional and major gifts officer who has spent her career in public television and radio raising millions of dollars over her 20 years in the industry. She was lastly hired by NPR to work collaboratively with stations to build trusting relationships so further philanthropic opportunities could thrive.