Barry Isett & Associates Inc.
Jeramie Glynn, a resident of Waverly Twp., joined the multidiscipline engineering firm as an environmental staff scientist serving the company’s northeast region. He earned a Bachelor of Science in environmental science and policy from Marist College. Glynn began building work experience through various internships. As an intern with Norrie Pointe Environmental Center in Staatsburg, New York, he monitored local freshwater eel populations. Later, he interned with the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve’s Division of Marine Resources where he was responsible for compiling data and collecting samples.
Dr. Steven Hippeli of Kingston has been named one of the 2020 “40 Under 40” by Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine. For a 10th consecutive year, Incisal Edge celebrates brilliant achievers in dentistry, ages 40 and under, with its signature award. Among this year’s Incisal Edge “40 Under 40” honorees are 40 women and 42 men from 27 states, including Hippeli. The magazine has been published by the dental company since 1997. Fewer than 500 of America’s best young dentists have earned the prestigious designation, including the 2020 inductees.
The final “40 Under 40” list includes innovative and passionate young professionals in dentistry across the United States.
Biscontini Law Firm
Attorney Peter J. Biscontini has been selected as a Pennsylvania Top 40 Under 40 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers.
Membership in this organization is by invitation only and is limited to the top 40 attorneys under the age of 40 in each state or region who have demonstrated excellence and have achieved outstanding results in their careers in either civil plaintiff or criminal defense law.
Biscontini is an owner and principal of the Kingston law firm, which handles personal injury, medical malpractice and workers compensation matters.
Daniel E. Cummins of the Clarks Summit law firm was selected for the fifth year in a row to appear in the national Best Lawyers in America directory under a category devoted to personal injury matters. The honor is limited to only 5% of all of the attorneys across the nation and is based upon findings of excellence in the practice of law through a peer review process.
Cummins also recently published an article in the Pennsylvania Law Weekly titled “Can the Regular Use Exclusion Withstand an Attack from the Plaintiffs Bar?”
The firm handles cases on motor vehicle and trucking accident matters, slip or trip and fall cases, products liability claims and medical malpractice claims.
Raynell K. Lenz was appointed to the position of assistant vice president commercial lending administrative representative.
She holds an associate degree in business management from Alfred State College. Additionally, she has a certificate in entrepreneurship from Alfred State College and is a graduate of Pa. Bankers Association Commercial Lending School. Lenz joined the bank in June 2014. Her current primary duty is being the bank liaison to the bank’s commercial customers, assisting them with all of their banking needs.
Michelle Schmude, Ed.D., Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s associate dean for admissions, enrollment management and financial aid and an associate professor, participated in a roundtable discussion on the effects of the coronavirus on college/university campuses. The discussion was a featured session during Drexel University’s seventh annual Conference on Teaching and Learning Assessment, held virtually on Sept. 9.
The presenters discussed the experience on their campuses and initiatives that arose from the challenges posed by the pandemic. The panelists also shared their stories and took part in a question-and-answer session.
Shane Young, M.D., a family medicine physician, has joined the 65 Forward Health Center team in Luzerne County as the first clinician at the Hazleton location.
Young earned his physician degree as a surgeon from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara after completing undergraduate studies in biology and chemistry at William Penn University. He completed his family medicine residency at Williamsport Hospital in Lycoming County.
Young joins the team following his time practicing family medicine across the country, most recently in Utah, and serving as a family medicine physician and field surgeon for the United States Army.
Karena Weikel has been named chief actuary for Geisinger Health Plan.
Weikel has been vice president of risk and revenue management and actuarial services at GHP since 2015 and interim chief actuary since Kurt Wrobel left the role in May when he was named president of the health plan.
As chief actuary, she is responsible for managing Geisinger’s overall cost of care, trend mitigation, vendor relations, underwriting, provider and medical economics, risk adjustment, operational and regulatory reporting, pricing, rate filing, trend analysis, reserving and organization-wide financial analytics for all lines of business.
The health system has appointed Virginia McGregor to the chair of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine Board and Jeff Jacobson to the chair of the Geisinger Affiliate Boards.
McGregor was appointed to Geisinger’s board of directors in February 2012. She is chair of the Geisinger Family Committee and serves on the board’s Patient Experience, Academic Affairs and Quality Committees. Before her latest appointment, McGregor served as the vice chair on the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine board of directors. She graduated from Holy Cross College with a Bachelor of Arts in history and also attended the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Executive Education Program. She currently serves on the board of McGregor Industries, a family-owned business that is a manufacturer of miscellaneous and structural steel products for the construction industry.
In addition to his new appointment as the chair of the Geisinger Affiliates board of directors, Jacobson, who was also appointed to Geisinger’s board of directors in February 2012, serves on the board’s Geisinger Family and Audit and Compliance committees. Jacobson graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Lehigh University and received his MBA in finance from the University of Chicago. He is the owner and president of Jacobson Hat Co. Inc. in Scranton; Benay Hat Co. in Newport News, Virginia; and Colombino Headwear in Passaic, New Jersey.
Hoegen & Associates P.C.
John K. Lisman has joined the commercial law firm located in Wilkes-Barre as an associate. Lisman will concentrate on real estate, business law and related litigation.
He formerly worked as an associate with DLA Piper LLP (US) in Philadelphia. While there, he focused his practice in commercial litigation, compliance and government investigations. Lisman earned his Juris Doctor from Villanova University School of Law, where he graduated in the top 4% of his class. While at Villanova University School of Law, he served as a teaching assistant in Civil Procedure and Property and a staff writer and managing editor of the Villanova Law Review.
Honesdale National Bank
Ron Sebastianelli, a resident of Archbald, was recently promoted to senior vice president, chief lending officer.
After gaining experience at other financial institutions in the area, Ron began his career at the bank in January of 2003 vice president, commercial loan officer. In December 2015, he was promoted to vice president, chief lending officer.
In this new role, Sebastianelli is available to lead and direct the bank’s loan portfolio growth, and launch corporate strategies and measures regarding lending opportunities.
He earned his MBA with a focus in finance and investments from Marywood University in 1995.
Horizon Dental Care
Dr. Robin Windl and Dr. Kayla Carlucci have recently joined the growing team of doctors and specialists.
Windl is a prosthodontist, specializing in the aesthetic (cosmetic) restoration and replacement of teeth to restore optimal appearance and function. He has more than 46 years of combined experience as a dental technician and prosthodontist. He is seeing patients in the Hawley office.
Windl graduated from the Dental Technology Institute of California and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from West Virginia University School of Dentistry. He completed his post-graduate training in prosthodontics and implant dentistry at the Eastman Dental Center of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Carlucci specializes in general dentistry. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology at University of the Sciences and earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Temple University’s Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry. She will be caring for patients in the Scranton office. An area native and a resident of Dunmore, Carlucci will be a friendly face to many patients. She is a member of the American Dental Association.
Dr. Dan LaMagna, associate vice president for student engagement, has recently been named a member of the President’s Cabinet at the college. In his role, LaMagna provides guidance to create and maintain services, programs, policies and procedures to advance the college’s commitment to creating an inclusive and compassionate atmosphere for students.
LaMagna joined the college in 2008, where he previously served as the dean of students, assistant dean of students and as a diversity management coordinator. He holds a doctorate from Capella University, a Master of Science and a bachelor’s degree from East Stroudsburg University.
Lenahan & Dempsey P.C.
Several lawyers at the firm were recently named to Best Lawyers in America. John R. Lenahan Jr., Timothy Lenahan, Brian Lenahan, Matthew Dempsey, Terrence Dempsey, Christine Mayernick-Lezinski and Michael Dempsey were all honored by Best Lawyers in America for their work on behalf of clients in the area of personal injury law. Timothy Lenahan was further honored in the category of insurance law (plaintiffs work) and Christine Lezinski gained a second honor in the field of defective products (plaintiffs work).
Best Lawyers in America is recognized in the legal field as the definitive peer review publication honoring legal excellence. Best Lawyer candidates are nominated by judges and peers and then subject to a rigorous review process by editors at the publication.
The firm has also recently been named to Best Law Firms in America by U.S. News & World Report for their work on helping the seriously injured. The firm practices throughout all of Northeastern/Central Pennsylvania and the Poconos.
Emily Zocchi, Sugarloaf, was recently named the executive assistant to the provost at the university. In her role, Zocchi provides direct support to the provost and assistant provost, including facilitating faculty searches, coordinating the Graduate Assistantship Program, and record-keeping for Academic Affairs.
Zocchi formerly worked for more than 12 years at the Masters School, a private, co-educational boarding school and day college preparatory school located in Dobbs Ferry, New York. At the Masters School, She taught Latin and Ancient Greek courses, and then served as the academic coordinator and registrar.
Attorneys Marion Munley and Daniel W. Munley recently received the First Annual Robert W. Munley Award from the American Association of Justice. Formerly the “Chairman’s Award,” the award was renamed this year in honor of the late Robert W. Munley (1930-2019).
The award is presented annually by the chair of AAJ’s Trucking Litigation Group to an attorney who has done extraordinary work to further the group’s objectives: educating other lawyers on trucking law matters and contributing to the improvement of highway safety through legal work and advocacy.
Marion Munley is a champion of victims’ rights and the civil justice system. She is known for her compassionate approach to representing the catastrophically injured and her tireless devotion to her clients and their families. Triple Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in civil trial, civil practice and truck law, Marion Munley has earned an AV-Preeminent designation from Martindale-Hubbell, the industry’s highest ethical and client satisfaction rating.
She is an active member of the American Association for Justice and currently serves on the AAJ Board of Governors, its Executive Committee and the board of trustees for the National College of Advocacy.
She was the first woman to become chair of the AAJ Trucking Litigation Group in 2018.
Daniel Munley is a seasoned truck accident lawyer and a champion of plaintiffs’ rights. A board-certified civil trial advocate, Daniel has earned a national reputation for his trial victories. He has more than 20 years of experience representing individuals in complex personal injury matters, with a special focus on traumatic brain injuries and tractor-trailer accident litigation. Daniel Munley served as chairman of the AAJ’s Trucking Litigation Group from 2011-2012, and currently serves on the executive board for that group. He has been certified by the Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America, and board-certified in Truck Accident Law and Civil Trial Practice by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
Michael J. O’Connor, founder of the firm, has been named a Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Super Lawyer for the 17th consecutive year. Valeen D. Hykes and James M. O’Connor have been named to the Pennsylvania 2020 Rising Stars List. Hykes is a three-time honoree, while this is James O’Connor’s first appearance on the Rising Stars List.
Michael J. O’Connor is a 1980 and 1983 graduate of Villanova University, earning a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in political science. He is also a graduate of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, earning a juris doctor in 1986. He has been an attorney for 33 years, during which he has accrued a large variety of awards and other prestigious distinctions.
Hykes graduated from King’s College in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She then graduated in 2007 from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School with a juris doctor. Hykes has been practicing law since she joined the firm in 2009. Along with being named to the Rising Stars List, she is also a member of the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40.
Hykes concentrates her practice in personal injury, where she fights vigorously for those seriously injured.
James M. O’Connor is a 2014 Villanova University graduate, earning a bachelor’s degree in political science. He is also a 2017 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, earning a juris doctor. James was also nominated for The Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40.
Super Lawyers are selected by their peers based on their merits and reputation in the legal field.
Rising Stars must endure the same process, but additionally, must be under 40 and have practiced law for less than 10 years.
Northwestern Mutual — Eastern Pennsylvania
Courtney Hopper has joined the leading financial security company as a marketing coordinator.
In her new role, Hopper will help manage the day-to-day initiatives and marketing output for some of the top advisors and their teams within the Eastern Pennsylvania network office. Hopper will focus on supporting advisors design and deliver the ultimate client experience.
Hopper was formerly the graduator coordinator of Marketing & Communications in the Chamberlain Student Center & Campus Activities at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey.
Hopper, a native of Manahawkin, New Jersey, received her MBA from Rowan University this past May.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
The commission has selected Christopher Highley as the new senior resident inspector at the Susquehanna nuclear power plant in Salem Twp., Luzerne County.
Highley joined the commission in late 2014 as a reactor engineer in the Division of Reactor Projects in the agency’s Region I Office in King of Prussia. Since November 2015, he has served as the resident inspector at the Millstone nuclear power plant in Connecticut.
He previously served for more than 25 years in the United States Navy, including 11 years as an enlisted nuclear operator.
Outreach — Center for Community Resources
Liz Ratchford has joined as the community outreach and resource development director. Ratchford has more than 20 years of grant success through her ability to collaborate and develop program proposals aligned with strategic organizational priorities. Ratchford will be part of the team that serves more than 5,000 individuals and families each year, providing programs and services that promote family stability and economic self-sufficiency.
Ratchford formerly served as the executive director of sponsored programs and grants at Keystone College.
Her background includes funding acquisition for community programs, academic research, social services and large-scale capital infrastructure projects.
Pa. Advocates Inc.
Forensic vocational expert Dana Marmo has been awarded licensure by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Marmo is a certified vocational expert specializing in civil litigation, workers’ compensation, family law and Social Security disability expert testimony.
She earned a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling in 2017 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2014, both from the University of Scranton.
Penn State Wilkes-Barre
Rachel Wiernusz and Jason Harlen are new members of the 2020-2021 campus Advisory Board. Each will serve a three-year term.
Wiernusz is a mortgage loan consultant at Community Bank NA. She graduated from Penn State in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in advertising and public relations and is a graduate of the Leadership Wilkes-Barre 2018 Core Class. Wiernusz also serves on the Leadership Wilkes-Barre board and is the fund development coordinator co-chair for the Greater Wilkes-Barre Junior League. She is a Tunkhannock native and currently lives in Forty Fort.
Harlen is the chief executive officer for Wyoming Valley Alcohol & Drug Services Inc. He received his bachelor’s degree in administration of justice from Penn State Wilkes-Barre in 2001 and a master’s degree in organizational management from Ashford University in 2010. Harlen is a graduate of the Leadership Wilkes-Barre 2012 Core Class. He serves as president of the Luzerne Wyoming Counties Provider Association and is a member of the Luzerne-Wyoming Counties System of Care. He lives in the Back Mountain.
In addition to its newest members, the Advisory Board comprises the following: Jill Schwartz, chair; David Reese, first vice chair; David Payne, second vice chair; Michael Hudacek Jr., secretary; James Regan, treasurer; Zachary Aciukewicz, Bernard Banks Jr., Rebecca Bartuska, Will Beekman, Brent Berger, James Brozena, Nancy Eckert, Samuel Elias, Paul Falzone, Amy Feldman, John Glushefski, David Hoffman, Jeffrey Homza, Robert Katulka, Michael Kostrobala, Megan Millo, Geraldine Nesbitt, Frank Nocito, Kenneth Pollock II, James Reino, Kady Schwartz, Joseph Simkulak, Mark Sobeck, Richard Struthers, Robert Tamburro, Richard Williams, Amanda Yakus and Jeffrey Yelen. Ex Officio: Lawrence Corridoni, Student Government Association president; Florence Dougherty, Wyoming Valley Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association; Albert Lozano, Penn State Wilkes-Barre Faculty Senate chair; Tim McGinley, Luzerne County Council chair; Robert Rohner, Lehman Twp. supervisor; and Jonathan Sinclair, Penn State Wilkes-Barre Alumni Society president. Emeritus: Christopher Borton, Jonathan Dougherty, Michael Hudacek Sr., William Leandri, Joseph Perugino, Robert Reynolds, Joseph Rymar and Carol Sabatini.
Rosenn Jenkins & Greenwald
Partner Richard A. Russo was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in the 27th Edition of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs.
Russo is the chairman of the firm’s personal injury practice, where he represents people injured in a wide variety of matters, including tractor-trailer, bus, automobile or motorcycle crashes, accidents caused by drunken drivers, and injuries caused by landowner negligence. Russo also represents people who are involved in disputes with insurance companies or who are victims of insurance company bad faith conduct.
Sennett & Associates Wealth Group of Raymond James
Nicole Sennett, CRPC, branch manager and senior financial adviser, was nominated to the “Working Mother and Shook Research’s Top Women Wealth Adviser Moms” list. The fourth annual list features 500 of the most successful mothers working nationally in financial advising today. Women Wealth Adviser Mothers and SHOOK Research considered wealth advisers who are mothers with children living at home and under the age of 21. Ranking algorithm is based on qualitative measures derived from telephone and in-person interviews and surveys.
Investment performance is not a criterion because client objectives and risk tolerances vary, and advisers rarely have audited performance reports.
UGI Utilities Inc.
The corporation has named Pamela A. Jocsak as vice president, engineering and operations support.
In her new position, Jocsak will lead functions including engineering design, technical support, system planning and asset management. As a member of the executive team, she will support the strategic planning for UGI’s ongoing enterprise asset management system project.
Jocsak has more than 25 years of service with the corporation. She held a variety of positions in functions including customer service, engineering, operations, technical services and new business.
University of Scranton