American Dairy

Association North East

JOHN CHRISMAN

JOHN CHRISMAN

The organization, representing 9,000 northeast dairy farmers, announced John Chrisman as chief executive officer. As CEO, Chrisman will lead the organization to fulfill its mission to promote dairy and serve as the association’s key liaison with industry and government leaders.

Prior to being named CEO, Chrisman held senior leadership positions in retail marketing, producer relations, school marketing, processor relations and hunger relief. His passion for the dairy industry extends beyond the job. He believes the relationships he developed within agriculture and associated industries over the past 21 years shaped him into the person he is today.

Chrisman holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh.

Commonwealth Health Physician Network

AKHILA YARRAMNENI

AKHILA YARRAMNENI

Board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon Akhila Yarramneni, M.D., recently joined the network. Yarramneni brings more than two decades of experience to Commonwealth Health’s Heart & Vascular Institute at Regional Hospital of Scranton and has practiced at health care systems located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Indiana and Michigan. She is certified in thoracic surgery by American Board of Thoracic Surgery and is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

Her areas of expertise include all aspects of cardiac surgery, structural heart procedures, thoracic aneurysm repair, valve repair and replacement, coronary artery bypass grafting and the maze procedure to treat atrial fibrillation.

Dougherty, Leventhal and Price

Sean P. McDonough, a partner in the Moosic law firm, began a three-year term on the Pennsylvania Bar Association Board of Governors at the conclusion of the association’s Annual Meeting, May 13, in Hershey.

One of 12 zone governors who serve on the PBA board, McDonough will represent Bradford, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming county lawyers.

Since 2014, McDonough has been a voting member of the PBA House of Delegates, the association’s policymaking body. He also is a member of the PBA Federal Practice Committee and the PBA Civility in the Profession Committee.

FNCB Bank

MICHAEL CUMMINGS

MICHAEL CUMMINGS

JEFFREY MOKYCHIC

JEFFREY MOKYCHIC

DAISY GEISINGER

DAISY GEISINGER

JOYCE GROZA

JOYCE GROZA

CLAIRE GUARNERI

CLAIRE GUARNERI

REBECCA RICHARDSON

REBECCA RICHARDSON

JOHN ZIELINSKI

JOHN ZIELINSKI

RANDY SNEDEKER

RANDY SNEDEKER

TED KOWALICK

TED KOWALICK

The locally based bank since 1910 recently announced several staff promotions.

Michael Cummings, CFMP, has been promoted to senior vice president, marketing manager where he is responsible for managing all aspects of the marketing function for the bank, including strategic planning, digital marketing, advertising, public relations and social media.

Cummings has held numerous marketing roles since joining the bank in 2011. Most recently, he was vice president, marketing manager. Prior to joining the bank, he spent 20 years in professional baseball as the director of public relations for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons and Yankees.

A resident of Scranton, he was awarded the Certified Financial Marketing Professional (CFMP) certification from the American Bankers Association in 2018.

Jeffrey Mokychic has been promoted to vice president, treasury manager where he is responsible for managing daily liquidity and forecast longer-term liquidity position, developing and implementing wholesale funding strategies, and assisting with the management of the Bank’s investment portfolio.

Mokychic joined the bank in 2016 and most recently was assistant vice president, treasury manager. Prior to joining the bank, he spent 15 years with the Bridgeton Group.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in actuarial science from Pennsylvania State University. He currently serves as the education superintendent at Orange United Methodist Church in Dallas, where he resides.

Daisy Geisinger has been promoted to assistant vice president, application services analyst where she is responsible for providing support and management for a wide variety of bank-wide applications.

Prior to joining the applications services team in 2014, Geisinger had extensive experience in bank operations and applications with ESSA Bank and Franklin Security Bank.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Pennsylvania State University. She is also a graduate of Leadership Northeast, class of 2022. She resides in Harveys Lake.

Joyce Groza has been promoted to assistant vice president, accounting manager where she will be responsible for management of the Finance division, FDIC and SEC reporting.

Before joining the bank in 2019, she was an assistant vice president at Ridgewood Savings Bank in Ridgewood, N.Y.

She earned bachelor’s degrees in accounting and economics from Queens College (New York). She also attended the Executive Leadership program at the Michigan University Ross Business School. She resides in Mountain Top.

Claire Guarneri has been promoted to banking officer, BSA supervisor where she is responsible for overseeing the daily operational and administrative activities of BSA.

While working for the bank, Guarneri has been a lead teller, junior customer service officer, community office manager and most recently the retail operations supervisor. Prior to joining the bank, she was a branch manager at Luzerne Bank.

She attended Luzerne County Community College and resides in Moosic.

Rebecca Richardson has been promoted to banking officer, electronic banking supervisor where she is responsible for providing application support and training for online banking, mobile app, debit cards, as well as business online banking products.

Richardson has been with the bank since 2014 previously serving as a loan operations associate and electronic banking coordinator. Prior to joining the bank, she had a 15-year tenure with Bank of America.

She is a graduate of the University of Scranton with a certificate in accounting and resides in Olyphant.

John Zielinski has been promoted to banking officer, technology services analyst where he is responsible for managing servers and workstations, resolving technology-related issues and helping to implement new technology.

Zielinski has held numerous roles at the bank since joining in 2011, including retail banking assistant, electronic banking analyst and application services analyst.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Pennsylvania State University and resides in Mountain Top.

Randy Snedeker has been promoted to banking officer, merchant sales and services manager where he is responsible for growing the bank’s merchant services portfolio, including sales, service and training to a wide variety of area businesses.

Prior to joining the bank in 2018 as a merchant service associate, he held various sales positions for companies in Northeast Pennsylvania.

Snedeker earned an associate degree in American studies and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Pennsylvania State University. Additionally, he is a member of the TSYS/Global Payments Advisory Board Service Committee. He resides in Simpson.

Ted Kowalick has been promoted to banking officer, mortgage loan originator where he is responsible for guiding prospective homeowners through the mortgage application process from initial loan application through closing.

Kowalick has been helping make the dream of home ownership come true for hundreds of clients since joining the bank in 2006.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Pennsylvania State University and resides in Clarks Green.

Geisinger

Geisinger Health board of directors Chair John C. Bravman, Ph.D., is among this year’s class of Modern Healthcare’s Excellence in Governance award honorees. Excellence in Governance recognizes influential individuals who serve on a board of directors for a health care organization and foster advancement in culture, mission and performance.

Bravman, president of Bucknell University since 2010, was appointed to the board of directors in September 2012 and became chairman in December 2016. He also chairs the Emergency Action Committee; serves as a member of the Geisinger Family, Audit and Compliance, Finance, Governance and Quality committees; and serves on the board of the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.

Two fellows from the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s Cytopathology Fellowship Program recently won awards at the U.S. & Canadian Academy of Pathology’s 111th annual meeting. The meeting was held March 19–24 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles. The awards are intended to honor “superior performance in teaching, research, publications and service by recognizing vision, imagination and intuitive leadership.”

Terrance Lynn, M.D., won the prestigious Stowell-Orbison Award for his abstract, poster and presentation of his work titled “TRPS1 is a Highly Sensitive and Specific Marker for Diagnosing Triple-negative Breast Carcinomas on Cytologic Samples.” This award is for trainees who are residents or fellows in pathology. Syed Abbas, M.D., won the PSC (Papanicolaou Society of Cytopathology)’s first prize abstract award for his abstract and poster titled “Telecytology at Remote Sites with a Portable Digital Microscope & Slide Scanner: Comparison of Different Scanning Modalities.” Abbas was also awarded the PAPS (Pakistani-American Pathologists Society) Trainee of the Year Award.

The Cytopathology Fellowship is a one-year program approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. It provides in-depth training in diagnostic cytopathology while offering a unique multidisciplinary, subspecialty clinic environment that values and strongly supports the practice of cytopathology. The cytology laboratory is state of the art, with automated technology for specimen processing and review.

In addition, Sara Monaco, M.D., system director of cytopathology and program director for the Cytopathology Fellowship, was recently awarded the 2021 President’s Award from the American Society of Cytopathology. The award was established in 1992 and is presented annually to a pathologist and/or cytotechnologist in recognition of extraordinary contributions to the society.

Denise Torres, M.D., has accepted the position of chair of the health system’s Surgery Institute after an extensive national search led by Alfred Casale, M.D., system chief medical officer for surgical services and chair of the Geisinger Heart and Vascular Institute. Torres will oversee general surgery, trauma, plastics, oral medicine, ophthalmology, transplant and urology throughout the organization.

Torres joined the health system 12 years ago and has distinguished herself as a trauma surgeon, a critical care physician and an effective leader. For the past 10 months, Torres has served as the interim chair of the Surgery Institute and she’s been division chief of acute care surgery for the Department of General Surgery the past four years.

Law Offices of Jennifer J. Riley

GREGORY GILSTON

GREGORY GILSTON

Attorney Gregory Gilston has joined the growing firm as an associate attorney. His family law practice focuses on divorce, custody, equitable distribution, child support, alimony, spousal support, enforcement/modification of property settlement agreements, and prenuptial agreements. Gilston hopes to revolutionize the field of family law by facilitating healthy communication among family members in legal conflicts.

Before practicing family law, Gilston was a mental health counselor, facilitator and consultant at several notable public service organizations in Philadelphia.

Marshall, Parker & Weber LLC

JEFFREY MARSHALL

JEFFREY MARSHALL

MATTHEW PARKER

MATTHEW PARKER

TAMMY WEBER

TAMMY WEBER

The local elder law and estate planning firm announced that Jeffrey A. Marshall and certified elder law attorneys Matthew J. Parker and Tammy A. Weber were named to the 2022 Super Lawyers list by the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers organization. Marshall has been named to the Super Lawyers list each year since the list was founded in 2004. This is the 14th year that Parker has been named to the list and the fourth year for Weber.

The Super Lawyers designation, conferred upon the most respected legal practitioners in the state, is based upon peer recognition and professional achievement. No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in each state are selected by the research team to receive this honor.

Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a multiphase selection process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with independent research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. The objective is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel.

Metz Culinary Management and Environmental Services

CHRIS_LINDBERG

CHRIS LINDBERG

Chris Lindberg has joined the team as chief growth officer.

In this new senior leadership position, Lindberg will be responsible for leading the company’s sales team, in accelerating growth opportunities, sales enablement functions, ensuring client/partner retention, developing new revenue channels and enhancing the overall sales strategy for the company.

Lindberg brings close to 30 years of experience in enterprise growth, operating leadership and strategic partnerships to the team. He is also a co-founder of Ennea International North America LLC, a leadership consulting and team performance company.

Munley Law

DANIEL MUNLEY

DANIEL MUNLEY

MARION MUNLEY

MARION MUNLEY

Partners Daniel Munley and Marion Munley have each been named a 2022 Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyer.

The Lawdragon list is an elite group of plaintiffs’ attorneys from all over the United States. The Munleys were the only two attorneys in Northeast Pennsylvania to be named to this year’s list (Daniel Munley was named to it in 2020 and 2021).

A champion of plaintiffs’ rights, Daniel Munley has won many multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts for injury clients throughout the United States, including one of the largest truck accident settlements in history. A seasoned truck accident lawyer, he is triple board certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in Truck Accident Law, Civil Trial Law and Civil Practice Advocacy.

Marion Munley has been named to the list every year since 2019. In 2007 and 2019, she was also named to the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America guide.

She is widely recognized as one of the most prominent and widely respected lawyers in Pennsylvania. She has won many multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts for injury clients throughout the United States, including one of the largest truck accident settlements in history. She is triple board certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in Civil Trial Law, Civil Practice Advocacy and Truck Accident Law. She is the second woman in Pennsylvania to become board certified as a civil trial advocate.

Norwood Financial Corp.

LEWIS CRITELLI

LEWIS CRITELLI

The board of directors of the company and its subsidiary, Wayne Bank, announced the appointment of Lewis J. Critelli as chairman of the board.

Critelli retired as president and chief executive officer of Norwood Financial Corp. and Wayne Bank on May 9 after enjoying a long and distinguished banking career of more than 40 years. He joined the bank in 1995 as chief financial officer and has served as president and CEO for both the company and the bank since 2010. Under his leadership, the company had three successful acquisitions and expanded into new markets in Pennsylvania and Upstate New York. The company’s total assets increased from $529 million to over $2.1 billion as of March 31.

Prior to joining the bank, Critelli held various leadership roles for 10 years in the Lehigh Valley banking industry.

O’Donnell Law Offices

MICHAEL_O'DONNELL

MICHAEL O’DONNELL

GERARD GAUGHAN

GERARD GAUGHAN

CATHERINE O'DONNELL

CATHERINE O’DONNELL

NEIL O'DONNELL

NEIL O’DONNELL

Super Lawyers included attorney Michael A. O’Donnell on the Pennsylvania Rising Stars lawyers list for 2022. This is the sixth year O’Donnell has been recognized with this prestigious designation.

Attorney Gerard W. Gaughan was named on the Pennsylvania Rising Stars lawyers list for 2022. This is Gaughan’s first year to be recognized with this prestigious designation.

The annual selection process includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice areas.

Attorneys for the Rising Stars list must be no older than 40 or in practice for 10 years or less. No more than 2.5% of Pennsylvania attorneys are selected as Rising Stars lawyers.

Attorney Catherine R. O’Donnell was named as one of the top 50 female attorneys in Pennsylvania for the third year in a row. O’Donnell was named to the Top 50: 2020 Women Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list for 2022.

This is O’Donnell’s 15th year to be honored by the attorney peer rating service. Each year, no more than 5% of the Pennsylvania Bar receives this distinguished honor.

Attorney Neil T. O’Donnell, owner and founder at O’Donnell Law Offices, was included in the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Top 10 list for 2022 for the fifth year. This is the 19th year O’Donnell has appeared on the prestigious Super Lawyers list and the fourth consecutive year he’s appeared on the top 10 list.

A frequent contributor to legal education programs, O’Donnell has held leadership positions in both regional and state trial lawyer associations, including the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. O’Donnell was previously recognized as a Top 10 Super Lawyers honoree in 2008, 2019, 2020 and 2021. He was a Top 100 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers honoree from 2007 through 2021.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters Corp. business, rates outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have earned a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice areas.

O’Malley & Langan Law Offices

JOSEPH GRADY

JOSEPH GRADY

Scranton native attorney Joseph Grady has joined the law firm.

Licensed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Grady served as a workers’ compensation judge with the Pa. Department of Labor and Industry in the Scranton office from 1992 through 2022. Over the years, he was at the forefront of implementing innovative practices and procedures that resulted in more efficient and timely litigation of matters within the workers’ compensation adjudicatory system. He was also instrumental in establishing one of the first mediation programs in the state for workers’ compensation litigants.

Grady is currently a member of the Pennsylvania and Lackawanna bar associations. He has served as president of the Lackawanna County Bar Association and its Young Lawyers Division. He was also a member of the Bar Association Board of Directors and served on various committees, including chairman of the Mediation Committee.

Pennsylvania Bar Association

The state bar association has presented awards that recognize outstanding leadership in the legal profession and extraordinary service and longstanding membership in the association.

PBA Special Achievement Awards recognize those lawyers and individuals who have provided time and resources to improve the association and the legal profession. The President’s Awards, presented by 2021-22 PBA President Kathleen D. Wilkinson, recognize extraordinary commitment to the association. PBA Fifty-Year Member Awards recognize lawyers who have been association members for five decades.

The awards were presented during a ceremony at the PBA Annual Meeting, May 11-13, in Hershey.

Local recipients include Charles F. Wilson, Clarks Summit: 50-year member award; Frank Bognet, Frank Bognet Law Office, Hazleton: 50-year member award; Patrick E. Dougherty, Dougherty Leventhal & Price LLP, Kingston: 50-year member award; Joseph P. Giovannini Jr., Kingston: 50-year member award; Theodore R. Laputka Jr., Law Office of Edward McNelis, Hazleton: 50-year member award; John P. Moses, Cozen O’Connor, Wilkes-Barre: 50-year member award; Bruce C. Rosenthal, Rosenn Jenkins & Greenwald LLP, Wilkes-Barre: 50-year member award; Daniel M. Corveleyn, Newman Williams Mishkin Corveleyn Wolfe & Fareri P.C., Stroudsburg: 50-year member award; William B. Cramer, Cramer Swetz McManus & Jordan P.C., Stroudsburg: 50-year member award; Ronald J. Mishkin, Wolfe, Newman Williams Mishkin Corveleyn Wolfe & Fareri P.C., Stroudsburg: 50-year member award; and John F. Spall, Hawley: 50-year member award.

Rosenn Jenkins & Greenwald LLP

LEE PIATT

LEE PIATT

PAUL RUSHTON

PAUL RUSHTON

Attorney Lee S. Piatt and attorney Paul T. Rushton were reappointed as members of the Business Law Section Council of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

The 2022 term for council members began earlier this month following the bar’s annual meeting.

Piatt and Rushton previously served as council members, and they are active in the section’s closely held business committee, of which Rushton serves as chair. Piatt and Rushton are also members of the section’s Title 15 committee and contribute to the section newsletter.

Rushton, who previously served on the section’s executive committee as treasurer, will serve as secretary. Piatt previously served on the executive committee as section chair.

The council governs the bar’s Business Law Section, which is interested in the development and practical applications of state and national laws concerning finance, corporations and partnerships. The section also works on laws surrounding transactions, bankruptcy, insolvency, receiverships and business regulation.

Scranton Counseling Center

MAUREEN CARDAMONE

MAUREEN CARDAMONE

LEONARD COLANGELO

LEONARD COLANGELO

MIKE CONNORS

MIKE CONNORS

MELANIE GALLI

MELANIE GALLI

MAURA PINTO

MAURA PINTO

The community-based private nonprofit behavioral health provider serving Lackawanna, Susquehanna and surrounding counties, recently promoted five employees within the organization.

Maureen Cardamone has been promoted to clerical coordinator. She came to the counseling center with more than 25 years of customer service and employee training experience. She has been with SCC for the last 16 years helping new consumers begin their recovery journey. Cardamone holds associate degrees in criminal justice and business management from Luzerne County Community College.

Leonard Colangelo Jr. has been promoted to liability specialist. With his extensive background in the insurance industry, he is now responsible for helping consumers apply for medical assistance and other insurance related functions at SCC. Colangelo previously worked in the child department and then the fiscal area at the counseling center.

Mike Connors has been promoted to director of information technology. He has been with SCC for four years and has more than nine years of experience in IT. Connors holds bachelor’s degrees in history and information technology from Penn State University and Keystone College, respectively.

Melanie Galli has been promoted to coordinator of intake and emergency services. She has been employed at the counseling center since 2014. Prior to her position, Galli worked as a case manager and was part of Lackawanna County’s Mental Health Court Program. Additionally, she served as a crisis worker with the focus of helping those in urgent need throughout the area.

Maura Pinto has been promoted to clinical supervisor of community and school-based behavioral health. Pinto is a state-licensed behavior specialist who has worked in the mental health field for more than 30 years. She has clinical and administrative experience working within children and youth, foster care, vocational rehabilitation, IBHS/mobile therapy, autism, functional behavioral assessments, data analysis and SBBH. While working within these programs, Pinto provided quality clinical care to adults, children and their communities. She has worked for the counseling center for more than 21 years. She was educated at the University of Scranton, receiving a master’s degree in counseling.

Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support

ZOE SPAIDE

ZOE SPAIDE

SEEDS announced the addition of Zoe Spaide to staff as the Summer TEAAM (The Energy Awareness Action Movement) coordinator executive director assistant.

The organization’s TEAAM initiative encourages local homeowners to save energy through energy assessments done by SEEDS volunteers, and students who will be trained by SEEDS and a certified instructor.

Spaide is a third-year student at the University of Pittsburgh pursuing a degree in environmental studies and a certificate in sustainability. A native of Wayne County, Spaide has always had a love of nature and the environment.

Swift Kennedy & Associates

JERRY CALISTRI

JERRY CALISTRI

CHRIS_KELLY

CHRIS KELLY

Jerry Calistri, president and chief executive officer, has been designated as a certified self-funding specialist by the Health Care Administrators Association.

To earn this certification, Calistri completed comprehensive courses about alternative funding and third-party administration, which highlighted the advantages of using self-funded employee benefit plans, such as level-funded policies.

Calistri is a senatorial member and PAC Board member of Health Agents for America, a member of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and a member the National Association of Health Underwriters. In addition, he is a certified health care reform specialist.

Chris Kelly has been hired as an employee benefits adviser at the Scranton branch of the insurance brokerage firm, specializing in group employee benefits and senior insurance plans. In this position, he will provide clients with benefit plans that are tailored to fit their needs and solutions to complex insurance issues.

Kelly was formerly a financial professional at 1847Financial and a benefits specialist at American Income Life, where he provided clients in Northeast Pennsylvania with life, accident and disability coverage. He has also worked as an ISA certified arborist in the tree and plant care field. In addition, he has served as a youth pastor at his local church and as a trustee of a nonprofit organization that helps inner city teenagers.

Kelly graduated from Clarks Summit University in 2002 and has been a resident of Northeast Pennsylvania for more than 20 years.

The Wright Center

ALEXIES_SAMONTE

ALEXIES SAMONTE

TANUREET KOCHAR

TANUREET KOCHAR

The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education has named Dr. Alexies Samonte as its vice president of Sponsoring Institution Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Faculty and Curriculum Development, and Graduate Medical Education Funding Stewardship.

In this newly created role, Samonte will work with executives and others to ensure ongoing and innovative faculty development, substantial accreditation compliance, community benefit tracking and continuous resident wellness and resiliency, among other objectives. One major focus will be to create a robust strategy for diversity, equity and inclusion.

Samonte’s diversity and inclusion efforts will span all three nonprofit entities: The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education, the Wright Center for Community Health and the Wright Center for Patient & Community Engagement.

Board-certified internal medicine and geriatric medicine physician Tanureet Kochar, M.D., has joined the Wright Center for Community Health, where she is accepting adult patients at the Mid Valley Practice, 5 S. Washington Ave., Jermyn.

In addition to her clinical duties, Kochar will serve as internal medicine and geriatric physician faculty member for The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education, helping to train the next generation of primary care physicians.

She completed her internal medicine residency at Charlestown Area Medical Center, Charleston, West Virginia, and geriatric and sleep medicine fellowships at Wayne State University and the Detroit Medical Center.

Tobyhanna Army Depot

BRIAN KOHN

BRIAN KOHN

ADAM ZUROSKI

ADAM ZUROSKI

Depot employees Brian Kohn of Gouldsboro and Adam Zuroski of Archbald have received certified electronics technician distinction. They will be honored with their name and photo on a plaque displayed near the C4ISR directorate office.

John Stochla of Larksville and Jeffrey O’Neill of Scranton are supervisors in their organizations.

University of Scranton

CARL_HURST

Carl-Hurst

MARK HIGGINS

MARK HIGGINS

VICTORIA CASTELLANOS

VICTORIA CASTELLANOS

Carl Hurst will serve as associate vice president for information technology and chief information officer, effective immediately.

Hurst joined the staff at the university in 2017 as the associate chief information officer. During his time at Scranton, he has played a leading role in the development and coordination of comprehensive technical and IT operational plans. He assisted the CIO with facilitating an IT governance strategy, researched emerging technologies and helped to evaluate and assess the university’s current technology and operations to guide future decisions. He also managed IT security, IT security audits and performed vendor security assessments, among other duties.

Prior to joining the university, Hurst was the director of technical infrastructure at TMG Health.

Mark Higgins, Ph.D., will serve as the Dean of the Kania School of Management beginning July 1. Higgins currently serves as a professor of accounting at St. Louis University (SLU), a sister Jesuit university in Missouri.

From 2015 to 2019, Higgins served as the Edward Jones dean and professor of accounting at SLU’s Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business. During his tenure at SLU, he has worked with deans and faculty to repurpose facilities into a multipurpose data analytics lab for finance and a behavioral lab space for marketing; and has worked with faculty to revise SLU’s one-year, full-time MBA program to focus on data analytics and ethical leadership.

Higgins earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of South Carolina and his Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Tennessee.

Victoria Castellanos, Ph.D., is serving as dean of the Panuska College of Professional Studies (PCPS), effective immediately. Castellanos has served as the interim dean of PCPS since January. She served as the associate dean of PCPS since 2012, when she joined the university community.

At Scranton, Castellanos oversaw the PCPS undergraduate and graduate curriculum review process, the T.A.P.E.S.T.R.Y. professional development program and other PCPS projects and programs. She was also the college shepherd for the construction of Edward R. Leahy Jr. Hall. She has served on numerous committees at the university, including the Provost’s Committee on Academic Policy Compliance, the Strategic Enrollment Committee and the Faculty Handbook Committee, among many others.

Billie R. Tadros, Ph.D., assistant professor in English and theater, was named Teacher of the Year by the university’s class of 2022. The award was presented at the Class Night event on May 20.

The award honors a faculty member who maintains high standards of academic excellence and fairness, and through enthusiasm and dedication, inspires the interest of students in a field of education.

Tadros joined the faculty at Scranton in 2018. She serves as the faculty moderator for Scranton’s Mu Omicron chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society. She is also an associate faculty member in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. She directs the Health Humanities Concentration.

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