Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP￼
Kristyn Howell, CPA, MBA has been promoted to partner in the advisory, tax and assurance firm’s commercial practice, effective June 1.
Howell, who has been with the firm since 2008, specializes in providing accounting, consulting and financial statement assurance services to family-owned companies and closely held businesses in the middle market. She has an extensive background in tax and her experience is related to individual, partnership and corporation income tax compliance.
She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Barry Isett & Associates Inc.￼
Christopher Williams, P.E., LEED AP was elected to the seven-member board of directors during its annual shareholders meeting on June 10. His term of office will be three years.
A senior project manager in the Civil Engineering Department, Williams holds a Bachelor of Science in engineering from West Virginia University and is a 2018 graduate of the Leadership Lehigh Valley program. A member of the company’s Employee Stock Ownership committee since 2015, he is the secretary of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers.
Business Builders Media LLC
￼Jordan Fritz was appointed client experience manager. The company gives entrepreneurs and business owners the tools they need to have their voices heard. Fritz will assist clients with the onboarding process and organizing podcast production. She graduated summa cum laude from Luzerne County Community College with her associate’s in general studies and magna cum laude from Wilkes University with her bachelor’s in communication studies with concentrations in public relations and journalism. She also participated in the Disney College Program in Orlando, Fla.
Dan Kimbrough has been appointed senior Producer for the company. The podcast production company gives entrepreneurs and business owners the tools they need to have their voices heard. He has a lengthy media production career spanning radio, television, broadcast news, documentary film, sports broadcasting, podcasting, photography and content marketing. Kimbrough has worked all over the U.S. with ESPN. He also served as the president of the Documentary Studies and Multicultural divisions for the Broadcast Education Association. He holds a master’s degree in electronic broadcast management from Central Michigan University.
Distasio & Kowalski LLC
Attorneys Daniel J. Distasio and Michael J. Kowalski, partners in the personal injury firm, have been named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers for the 12th consecutive year. Both have been top rated in the category of Personal Injury Attorney.
Super Lawyers rates lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high level of peer recognition and professional achievement. Each year, no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state receive this honor bestowed by Super Lawyers magazine.
The law firm, located in Wilkes-Barre, specializes in auto and truck accidents, medical malpractice, birth injury, personal injury and wrongful death.
At a recent meeting of the Board of Directors, the board, based upon management’s recommendation, promoted the following Fidelity Bankers to new corporate officer positions:
Angelo DeCesaris has been named a senior vice president. DeCesaris will also be taking on the new role of regional commercial group leader, responsible for business relationship managers and the business banking team in the Northeast region. An employee of the bank for the past three years, he serves commercial clients from the Kingston office with a focus on Luzerne County.
Joseph Tomko has been appointed a senior vice president. Tomko is a business relationship manager focused on the Lackawanna County market. Employed with the bank for the past three-and-a-half years, he is highly regarded by his peers and has a loyal client base because of his solid guidance and attention to their needs.
Carlo Ramelah has been appointed vice president. Ramelah joined the bank in 2019 and leads the bank’s IT group as the information technology manager. His leadership is witnessed regularly and most recently, he quickly coordinated and implemented the transformation of our bankers into remote workers due to the COVID-19 crisis, ensuring the continued operation of the bank.
David Saxton has been appointed assistant vice president. Saxton’s talents in graphic design and his strategic focus on aligning the Fidelity Model Experience has created a strong brand presence in his role as technology and digital client experience officer. A seven-year employee of the bank, he has grown in skill, responsibility and scope, continuously enhancing the delivery of the bank’s brand.
Lori Barrett has been appointed assistant vice president. Barrett joined the Wealth Management Division as a trust officer in 2018, and with a background in law, brings a depth of knowledge to the team that is demonstrated during her conversations with her co-workers, clients and prospects.
Kathleen Solsman is appointed to officer status. Solsman is the bank’s business relationship administrative manager, handling all administrative support and overseeing sales efficiencies. Her extensive reporting skills, ability to develop new processes, and her focus on internal relationships has made her the go-to person, relied upon and respected by many.
Matthew Stroney is appointed to officer status. Matthew joined the bank in 2017 and quickly rose to the position of credit administrator. He has a strong understanding of the bank’s reporting infrastructure, developed an expertise in software programs and focuses on continuous improvements to master the credit administration reporting.
First Keystone Community Bank￼
Elaine A. Woodland, president and chief executive officer, was honored with the Patricia A. Husic Woman of Influence Award at the Pennsylvania Bankers Association’s (Pa. Bankers’) annual Women in Banking Conference for 2020.
Named in honor of the founder of Pa. Bankers’ Women in Banking initiative, Patricia A. Husic, president and CEO of Centric Bank in Harrisburg, the award celebrates a woman who has achieved success within a leadership role and who displays qualities of courage, values and ethics.
Woodland has served the banking industry for 38 years, starting with First National Bank of Berwick.
The Board of Directors recently appointed D. Matthew Bower as a director of the corporation and the bank.
Bower is the president of Don E. Bower Inc., Cedar Rock Materials Corp., Briar Meadows Development Corp. and DMB Land Co.
He is a member of the Knapp Lodge 462, Scottish Rite Valley of Bloomsburg Caldwell Consistory and on the Board of Directors for NUCA Pa. (Pa. Utility Contractors Association).
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Penn State University.
President and CEO Jaewon Ryu, M.D., has been named to Modern Healthcare’s list of the 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives for the second straight year.
The listing honors physician and nurse leaders working in the health care industry who are deemed by their peers and an expert panel to be the most influential.
As part of his selection to the prestigious list, Ryu was recognized for his efforts in in expanding community care programs and a patient-first approach to care. He was named interim president and CEO in November 2018 before being formalized as the leader of the organization in June 2019.
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
￼Mark Olaf, DO, FACEP has been named regional associate dean of the medical school’s Central Campus in Danville.
Olaf is an emergency medicine physician, certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine, with Geisinger. Since the creation of the campus in 2017 he has served as both assistant regional dean and emergency medicine medical student clerkship director. In addition, he serves as core faculty and journal club director for the GCSOM Emergency Medicine Residency Program.
As regional associate dean, Olaf will provide leadership and oversight of all activities that occur on the central region campus.
Greater Honesdale Partnership￼
Alfred D. Beck, board treasurer, has announced his retirement from the Board. A certified public accountant in Pennsylvania since 1988, he brings with him years of experience in various aspects of both public and corporate accounting functions. Beck has worked more than 15 years in public accounting and had been employed for 13 years in various financial management positions with Nabisco Inc. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Pennsylvania Society of Public Accountants.
He has been organization’s treasurer for nine years.
￼Diane DellaValle, Ph. D., RDN, LDN, has been appointed as an associate professor of nutrition science. The College recently announced an on-line master’s degree in nutrition science will begin in August.
DellaValle received her doctorate in human nutrition with minors in human epidemiology and community nutrition from Cornell University. She also earned a master’s degree in nutritional sciences from Penn State University. Since earning her doctorate, she has served in multiple research and faculty positions in the U.S. government and academia, most recently at Marywood University, where she taught on both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
￼Jeffrey Johnson, D.M.A., has been named as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He will begin his tenure on July 1. Before his appointment at Marywood, Johnson was the associate dean, College of Arts and Sciences, and professor of music at the University of Bridgeport (Bridgeport, Conn.)
Acclaimed by students for his high-energy teaching, Johnson was named Distinguished Teacher of the Year in 2002. He earned his teaching stripes at the Boys Choir of Harlem, where he served as associate director of Artistic Education (1994-1998).￼
Johnson earned his D.M.A. in composition from Boston University.
Maria MacDonald, director of undergraduate interior architecture studies, was recently named executive director of the national nonprofit, Center for the Living City, which was founded 15 years ago by friends of urban writer and activist Jane Jacobs.
Jane Butzner Jacobs grew up in Scranton before her career as an author and activist in New York City and Toronto.￼
MacDonald is also a founding faculty member of the School of Architecture, where she continues to work. Additionally, she is a practicing interior architect, and she specializes in adaptive reuse, preservation and restoration projects.
Sunny Sinha, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Social Work, recently co-authored an original paper titled, “Diversity in Sex Work in India: Challenging Stereotypes Regarding Sex Workers.”
In the paper, Sinha and her co-authors examine how sex work is often characterized by images of coercion, poverty, destitution and lack of agency, but how research indicates that sex work in India is more diverse than these popular representations.
The research highlights that within the diverse umbrella of sex work in India, there are unique subgroups of sex workers whose particular issues often become lost in a monolithic and reductionist narrative of sex work.
￼Two of the firm’s partners, Marion Munley and Daniel Munley, have been named to the 2020 Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiffs Consumer Lawyers list.
Lawdragon is a legal media company that provides industry news, editorials and resources including annual guides of the top lawyers in various areas of practice.￼
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, and truck law. She has earned an AV-Preeminent designation from Martindale-Hubbell, the industry’s highest ethical and client satisfaction rating.
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 law. He has earned an AV-Preeminent designation and a Platinum Level Client Champion rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Northeastern Rehabilitation Associates P.C.
Jennifer Murray Aebli, PA-C has joined the practice and will be treating patients in the Scranton location. She is a graduate of the University of Scranton and received her physician assistant graduate degree at King’s College. Aebli has been a practicing physician assistant in NEPA for more than 26 years with extensive experience in Orthopedics and Rehabilitation. Her practice includes both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation.
Bank & Trust Company
Thomas P. Tulaney was appointed president and chief operating officer. He was also appointed to the bank’s Board of Directors.
Tulaney most recently served as senior executive vice president and chief operating officer. With more than 39 years of banking experience, Tulaney’s personal accomplishments along with his past and present banking associations demonstrate his integrity and strength to ensure our bank continues to meet the expectations of our shareholders, employees, customers and the needs of our local communities.
Tulaney joined the bank’s Commercial Banking Division as executive vice president, chief lending officer in 2011.
Senior Day Services
￼Janet Jeffers, I.H.M., was recently named director of the senior companion program. In this role, Jeffers will oversee the team of dedicated volunteers who visit elderly clients each week to provide company and assistance with everyday tasks. She also plans to spearhead initiatives that connect new volunteers with local veterans seeking companionship and support.
Prior to her current position, she served with the Sisters of St. Cyril and Methodius in Danville as assistant to the chief financial officer.
Jeffers received her master’s in hospital and health care administration from Xavier University and has earned a fellowship in the American College of Health Care Executives.
Spojnia Credit Union
￼Lynne Mellen joined as the new assistant manager in February. She is a graduate of the University of Scranton and has worked in a variety of fields, including banking, telecom and retail. She owned Silver on Spruce in downtown Scranton for many years.
The Wright Center
Jeffrey Marquardt, former president and CEO of Telespond Senior Day Services, has been named director of the center’s new geriatric program.
Set to debut July 1, the program has already been recognized by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement as an Age-Friendly Health System Partner for providing a full spectrum of comprehensive, safety-net primary health and support services for seniors.
Marquardt, an executive with 30 years of experience in business, logistics, sales and facility and systems management, earned his bachelor’s in international business from George Washington University.
The Wright Center for Community Health
￼A native of Dickson City, Colleen Brown, Psy.D., recently returned to the area to join the organization as its first licensed psychologist. Brown specializes in working with children, adolescents and adults with a variety of mental health issues, but has specialized training with children with severe mental illness as well as those who have experienced abuse or violence. At the center, she will complete both therapy services and psychological assessments for patients of all ages.
She earned a master’s degree in general psychology from New York University, and graduated from La Salle University, Philadelphia, with master’s and doctorate degrees, both in clinical psychology.
The Wright Center for Community Health and Graduate Medical Education
￼Lisa Baumann, a program development and grant-writing strategist with 25 years of experience, has been named vice president of strategic initiatives.
Baumann was previously president and owner of Community Health Consulting, and served as director of competitive grants and foundation relations as well as community benefit and partnerships for Geisinger Health Foundation and Geisinger Health Plan, Danville.
In her new position, Baumann will lead the center’s grants and development teams as they identify, secure and steward funds from federal, state and private programs and foundations via strategic relation-building with community partners and stakeholders.
Ronald P. Daniels, an operations leader and certified public accountant with more than 35 years of banking and revenue growth experience, has been named enterprise chief financial officer.
Daniels was previously president and owner of C Level Alternatives LLC, and served as CFO at Astro Apparel Inc., a multi-million dollar international importing and wholesale distributor in Scranton.
In his new position, Daniels will lead the center’s extensive billing and finance departments as they strategically plan, budget, analyze and steward funds from federal, state and private programs and foundations.
Tobyhanna Army Depot
￼Patrick Esposito was named the depot’s, then the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) Supervisor of the Quarter for the second quarter. He is the director of the Production Management (PM) Directorate. His responsibilities include planning, monitoring and controlling work performed at the depot.
The supervisor of the quarter award identifies and rewards senior-level employees and leaders, who in the performance of their assigned duties, have established a pattern of excellence for the period during which the nominations are being solicited.
VIA Public Media
The Board of Directors of the media organization, which operates WVIA, the PBS and NPR affiliate for Northeastern and North Central Pennsylvania, has announced that Carla McCabe is the organization’s new president and CEO. McCabe, who currently serves as chief operating officer of KCPT in Kansas City, Missouri, will take over leadership on July 13.
McCabe has extensive experience in public media and television production. As chief operating officer at KCPT, or Kansas City PBS, she oversaw the media company’s three brands — KCPT, 90.9 The Bridge and Flatland, KCPT’s digital magazine.
The university has announced faculty who have earned promotion and been awarded tenure.
Donald Mencer was promoted to professor of chemistry. Mencer joined the university in 2001 and was tenured in 2005. During his time at the university, he has served as chair and co-chair of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department and is the current chair of the Faculty Affairs Council. He has been the recipient of numerous grants for instrumentation and research, receiving funding from external agencies such as National Science Foundation, Keystone Innovation Programs (KIP), and Merck-AAAS. He serves as a journal referee responsible for evaluating papers submitted to nearly a dozen peer-reviewed journals. He also serves as a textbook reviewer and evaluator.
Lori Cooper was promoted to associate professor in the doctoral program in the School of Education and was granted tenure. Cooper joined the university in 2014. She holds a Master of Education degree in early childhood education from Cameron University, and a Doctor of Education degree in curriculum and instruction from Liberty University. Her education background is in early childhood education and primary grades as well as teacher and leader preparation. She has taught on both the undergraduate and graduate levels and helped spearhead the Early Childhood Online Pathway and the school safety initiative in Wilkes University’s School of Education.
Thomas Franko was promoted to associate professor, pharmacy practice in the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy and was granted tenure. He joined the university in 2013. Franko’s scholarship focuses on the topics of chronic pain, opioids, substance use and the administration of naloxone. He is emerging as a regional and national expert on pain management and substance use disorders. He maintains an ambulatory care practice site with Northeast Rehabilitation in Wilkes-Barre and the Wright Center for Community Health in Kingston. Franko trains pharmacy and medical residents from Moses Taylor Hospital and the Wright Center.
Jonathan Kuiken was promoted to associate professor of history and was granted tenure. He has taught courses in European and global history, focusing on themes of geopolitics, economics, energy, and the trade of commodities and ideas. He has developed topic courses focusing on energy history that were cross-listed with energy studies. In 2019, Kuiken received the university’s Teacher Recognition and Effectiveness Committee’s (TREC) award for alumni mentoring. He is the author of journal articles and two book chapters. His book manuscript, Empires of Energy: Britain, British Petroleum, Shell and the remaking of the international oil industry, 1957-1986, is in review for publication.
Jon Liebetrau was promoted to associate professor, performing arts and was granted tenure. He has been a professional theatre artist for more than 35 years and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA. He formerly Prior to joining the faculty in 2014, Liebetrau taught theatre at Dickinson College, Randolph College, Hollins University, Virginia Tech, Gettysburg College, Shippensburg University, Brandeis University and Messiah College. He received the Master of Fine Arts degree in acting from Brandeis University and bachelor’s degrees from Wayne State University and Gettysburg College.
Blake Mackesy was promoted to associate professor in the doctoral program in the School of Education and was granted tenure. Mackesy joined the university in 2003 and served various roles including learning specialist, coordinator of academic services and assistant director and director. In 2014, she was hired as an assistant professor in the doctor of education program. She has authored articles for peer-reviewed journals and presented at regional, national and international conferences. She received her Doctor of Education degree in educational leadership from Wilkes. In 2015, Mackesy was a fellow with the Pennsylvania Education Policy and Leadership Center.
Patricia Sweeney was promoted to associate professor in the Passan School of Nursing and was granted tenure. Since joining the university in 2014, she has been an assistant professor in the graduate nursing program and serves as the clinical concentration coordinator of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program. She also maintains a clinical practice as a family nurse practitioner at a local urgent care center. Sweeney teaches in the Master of Science in Nursing, Post-Graduate Certificate APRN and the Master of Science to Doctorate Nurse Practitioner (DNP) programs. She was instrumental in the development of the Primary Care/Family Nurse Practitioner program in the Passan School in 2017.
Joyce Victor was promoted to associate professor in the Passan School of Nursing and was granted tenure. She first joined the university in 2004 as the director of the Nursing Learning Resource Center. Victor created and designed the School of Nursing’s simulation center and simulation curriculum. She became a member of the faculty in 2014 as an assistant professor in the undergraduate nursing department. In 2019, she received the student-nominated Outstanding Advisor Award given by the Teacher Recognition and Effectiveness Committee (TREC) at Wilkes. She has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at local, regional, national and international nursing conference.
Shaokang (Ken) Wang was promoted to associate professor, finance in the Sidhu School of Business and Leadership and was granted tenure. Wang’s research interests are in law and finance, initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. He has contributed articles to peer-reviewed journals and been a presenter at regional and national conferences. Wang has received the Wilkes Outstanding Academic Advisor Award in 2020 and 2017) and the Wilkes Executive Diversity Award in 2017. He was also nominated for the Outstanding New Faculty Award at Wilkes in 2016 and the ACBSP Teaching Excellence award in 2019.