Allied Services Integrated Health System
Brianna Hoban, NHA, PCHA, was announced as administrator of Allied Services Skilled Nursing Center in Scranton. Over the course of the last three years, Hoban has served as the assistant administrator for the 369-bed skilled nursing and has played an integral role in the development and implementation of regulatory policy and corrective audits and has confidently assisted with directing operations throughout the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Hoban will also continue in her role as assistant vice president of skilled nursing administration. In this role, Hoban assists in providing operational and administrative support to the leaders of the Wilkes-Barre-based skilled nursing divisions.
Tracey Kopetz, CDM, was announced as assistant vice president of Allied Services Food and Hospitality Services. Kopetz joined the dietary department more than 15 years ago and has served in several roles during her tenure. Most recently, she was assistant vice president and director of dietary operations at the health systems skilled nursing facility in Scranton.
Kopetz will continue to provide support to the health systems skilled nursing centers in both Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. In her newly expanded role, she will also coordinate with the managers of the dietary departments at both Allied Services Scranton and Wilkes-Barre Rehab hospitals.
Luke Bauman, RN was announced as administrator of Allied Services Center City Skilled Nursing, where he will oversee operations at the 50-bed skilled nursing facility, as well as the 31-unit senior living apartment complex in Wilkes-Barre. Additionally, Bauman served as the executive director of nursing services for the Meade Street and Center City campuses for the past year.
Bauman will continue to serve as executive director of nursing services. In his new role as administrator, he will be responsible for the daily oversight of all departmental operations and assurance of regulatory compliance at the Center City Skilled Nursing location.
Katlyn Kirkpatrick, CDM, was announced as director of dietary services for Allied Services Skilled Nursing Center in Scranton. Bringing 16 years of long-term care experience with her, she joined the team two years ago as the assistant director of food services. Kirkpatrick is a certified dietary manager who has assisted with the transformation of the food delivery service at the skilled nursing facility.
Kirkpatrick will be responsible for the day-to-day dietary operations at the Scranton-based skilled nursing center, including resident meal delivery systems, personnel management, inventory control and regulatory compliance.
Nicole Clark was announced as patient finance coordinator of Allied Services Skilled Nursing Center in Scranton. Clark joined the organization in 2017 and transitioned to the skilled nursing team in 2019. Clark has worked to transform several areas of the patient finance department, such as building effective relationships with state and local government agencies, strengthening the collaboration with interdisciplinary leaders, and prioritizing routine communication with residents and their families.
In her role, Clark will serve as the liaison for residents and their representatives guiding them through the financial transition of short-term to long-term care.
Brian T. Kelly, CPA and Associates LLC
After a brief retirement, Lynette L. Danzig, CPA, of Clarks Green, has joined the public accounting firm with offices located in Carbondale, Honesdale and Old Forge. Danzig has over 30 years of public accounting experience, specializing in corporate and individual taxes. She also is well versed handling all aspects of the small business, including bookkeeping, budgeting, tax planning and payroll. She will be working out of the firm’s Carbondale office.
Kate Walker Rogan, CPA, of Dunmore, has joined the public accounting firm with offices located in Carbondale, Honesdale and Old Forge. Rogan has more than six years of public accounting experience with auditing, bookkeeping, corporate and individual taxes. She will be working out of the firm’s Carbondale office.
Citizens Savings Bank
Lori Keller recently joined the bank in the position of vice president, mortgage lending manager and underwriter.
Keller brings a wealth of residential mortgage loan underwriting and processing experience from her many years in the mortgage industry. Before joining the bank, she was employed as a mortgage underwriter at a local financial institution.
Keller has completed extensive training in the underwriting and processing of qualified residential mortgages for secondary market loans to include FNMA, FHA, VA and USDA/RHS in addition to mortgage insurance requirements (PMI).
Michelle Im, D.O., has joined the physician network’s Shavertown office. Im practices family medicine and is currently accepting new patients.
Im provides preventive care for the entire family, including routine checkups, health-risk assessments, immunizations and screening tests. She received her medical degree in 2017 from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed residency in family medicine at Meadville Medical Center, Meadville, Pa.
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Lee Dillon, former manager of Mount Pisgah State Park, Bradford County, was appointed to manage the Tobyhanna State Park Complex, based in Monroe and Wayne counties.
Stationed in Tobyhanna at Tobyhanna State Park, Dillon will manage its 5,440 acres, as well as the 170-acre Tobyhanna Lake. He will also oversee 2,800 acres and the 250-acre Gouldsboro Lake in Gouldsboro State Park, also in Monroe and Wayne counties.
The complex includes Big Pocono State Park, Monroe County. That park consists of 1,306 acres of rugged terrain on the summit and tops of the downhill ski slopes of Camelback Mountain, where Camelback Mountain Resort maintains the facilities.
Brian C. Urbas has been hired as a new vice president, commercial lending officer.
Urbas has 20 years of progressive banking and lending experience working at Northeast Pennsylvania financial institutions serving Wayne, Susquehanna and Lackawanna counties. Urbas’ enthusiastic and driven leadership skills coupled with his extensive experience yielded long-lasting customer relationships and strong business partnerships.
Urbas’ responsibilities will be garnering new commercial customer relationships in the area as well as maintaining existing commercial relationships.
He resides in the Forest City area.
The Board of Trustees has announced Kathy Johnson Bowles has been selected as the new executive director. Johnson Bowles brings with her 32 years of experience in museum management and higher education, specializing in fundraising, strategic planning, community engagement, diversity and inclusion, and sustainability.
She has worked extensively with educational and not-for-profit institutions creating philanthropic and revenue-generating solutions as the CEO of Gordian Knot Consulting, as a senior executive in higher education, and as a museum director.
Johnson Bowles has provided service to national, state and regional boards.
James F. Burke has been appointed executive vice president, chief banking officer.
Burke will be responsible for the oversight of the commercial lending, retail lending and retail banking units.
He joins the bank with more than 27 years of managerial and sales experience in banking. Most recently he served as the executive vice president, chief lending officer at Wayne Bank, where he was responsible for the overall sales, service and operations of the commercial banking division in Pennsylvania and New York.
He currently serves as vice chair of the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership Executive Advisory Board at Wilkes University.
Honesdale National Bank
Greg Gula has been promoted to vice president, chief credit officer.
Before the promotion, Gula served as vice president, credit administration manager, managing credit-related services to facilitate needs of bank employees and customers.
Gula began his career with the bank in 2010, and he will continue to mitigate the distribution of bank loans along with other tasks surrounding loan portfolio management in the department.
Gula is a graduate of West Scranton High School and attended Penn State University.
Lehigh Valley Health Network
Walter Jean, M.D., has joined the health network and will serve as chief of neurosurgery.
Jean is a board-certified neurosurgeon with expertise in complex intracranial surgery. He is known worldwide for his expertise in complex brain surgery. With nearly 20 years’ experience in both open and endoscopic skull base surgery, Jean has several clinical interests including acoustic neuromas, pituitary adenomas, skull base meningioma, intraventricular tumors and trigeminal neuralgia. His acclaimed textbook, “Skull Base Surgery: Strategies,” is used by neurosurgeons across the globe to learn about open and endoscopic skull base surgery.
Jean formerly served as professor of neurological surgery at George Washington University Hospital.
Lenahan & Dempsey PC
Attorney Alan P. Schoen of the law firm has been notified by the National Trial Lawyers Association that he has been named one of the Top 25 Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers in Pennsylvania. Schoen is also listed as a Top 100 Personal Injury Trial Lawyer by the NTLA. Schoen is a past president of the Northeast Pa. Trial Lawyers Association. He focuses his practice on assisting the injured and their families. His areas of professional interest include motor vehicle and truck collision cases, slip and fall, workers’ compensation and Social Security disability, among others.
Lewis, Litwinsky & Associates
William V. Lewis Jr., senior financial adviser, and Marisa Litwinsky, senior financial adviser, owner-operators; along with Caroline Jones, financial adviser, established the office of the Princeton Group, Wells Fargo Financial Advisors Network. Their office is located at 613 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre.
Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP
The law firm announced that Erin K. Clarke was among those elected to the firm’s partnership.
Clarke is a member of the firm’s labor and employment department. She focuses her practice on representing and counseling employers in all areas of labor and employment law. She routinely assists employers across a variety of industries in navigating and ensuring compliance with all applicable employment laws. She also counsels clients concerning workplace issues, including hiring and firing, discrimination/harassment complaints, discipline, leave, accommodations, and employment agreements.
Riggs Asset Management
Robert “Bobby” Graham, marketing coordinator and advisor with the Wilkes-Barre firm, broke down how a personal savings plan could generate $1 million or more over time, during his presentation to the Young Professionals Conference earlier this month.
Graham, a third-generation wealth advisor and millennial himself, discussed the basics of compounding interest, and why relatively small, consistent contributions to investment accounts offer the greatest chances for success.
The Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Wyoming Valley hosted the virtual conference for young professionals on March 3.
Rosenn Jenkins & Greenwald LLP
Jim Valentine and Kieran Casey, attorneys with the law firm’s labor and employment department, presented a virtual seminar titled “Discipline During the COVID-19 Pandemic” for NEPA Society for Human Resource Management on Feb. 16.
They addressed the impact that the pandemic continues to have on workplaces, both on-site and remote, and the issues confronting employers in disciplining employees during the pandemic.
They also discussed managing other conduct that may be linked to COVID-19, such as the necessity for employees to meet employer safety protocols.
Valentine and Casey made recommendations for handling pandemic-related discipline and described policies that employers should establish.
Scranton Counseling Center
For more than two decades as president and CEO, Edward F. Heffron, Ed.D. has overseen the operations of the center, the largest, fully integrated, comprehensive behavioral healthcare center in Northeast Pennsylvania.
Heffron has announced his retirement effective March 31.
In addition to managing the center since 1999, Heffron has managed a specialized 54-bed personal care home and a large, freestanding outpatient psychiatric private practice, both under the umbrella of the Counseling Center. Those responsibilities encompass a workforce of more than 250 employees and generate almost $18 million in annual revenue.
Scranton-Lackawanna Human Development Agency Inc.
Dorothy J. Grill, Ph.D., job resource training officer for SLHDA’s Workforce Initiative Program, was accepted to present at the 2021 National Adult Education Conference on workforce development training partnerships with adult education, which is taking place March 21-24.
Grill’s presentation is called Creating the Workforce of Tomorrow: Partnering with Workforce Programs to Bridge the Opportunity Gap.
Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center
The center hired two new instructors for its Health Care Technology program for the 2020/2021 school year. Both instructors were actively practicing in the medical field before starting in the classroom. They have utilized their many and varied experiences in the workforce to enhance the Health Care program.
Ashlynn Bush graduated from Mansfield University with a Bachelor in Nursing Science and is a registered nurse in both New York and Pennsylvania. She has experience as a classroom and clinical instructor for both practical nursing and certified nurse aide programs. Bush also has clinical experience in hospital settings as a perioperative and obstetric nurse as well as serving as a school nurse.
Jane Osborn graduated from Penn State with both her associate’s and bachelor’s in nursing science. Osborn then attended Mansfield University to obtain her Master of Science in Nursing. She also has experience as an emergency room technician and nurse, public health nurse and early in her career she was an EMT and a hospital admissions clerk.
Kristen E. Lancia has been promoted to assistant vice president.
Lancia began her career with the bank in 2012 and currently serves as the bank’s marketing officer. She earned a BS in design and merchandising with a writing concentration from Drexel University and is currently working toward her certified financial marketing professional designation.
She resides in Scranton.
Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers
Board-certified family medicine physician, Traceyan Mendez, M.D., has joined the Highland Physicians Family Health Center located at 1839 Fair Ave., Honesdale. Mendez treats patients age one through adult for the management of acute and chronic conditions.
Throughout her 15 years as a family physician, Mendez served in roles from staff physician to practice lead physician to chief medical director.
She was most recently employed at Lehigh Valley Physician Group headquartered in East Stroudsburg.
Mendez earned her medical degree from the New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y.
Weichert, Realtors — Hibble & Associates
The realty firm announced that Susan Shea-Gravine has joined its Clarks Summit office. Shea-Gravine joins a dedicated team of knowledgeable agents in the company who bring many years of combined real estate expertise to their clients.
Nicole Lipinski, a registered nurse with 25 years of experience working with elderly patients and caregivers, has been named the new director of the Wright Center for Community Health’s geriatric services program.
Lipinski joined the center in July as the geriatric care manager, bringing decades of experience caring for patients with dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases to the role. She earned her nursing degree from Luzerne County Community College and her bachelor’s degree in business and master’s degree in health care informatics from Misericordia University. She resides in Throop.
Michelle Ostroski, a licensed social worker with a background in nonprofit health care and educational settings, has been named interim associate designated institutional official (ADIO) for the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education.
In this leadership role, Ostroski is responsible for supporting and sustaining an environment that promotes academic excellence.
Ostroski joined the center in June as the director of graduate medical education workforce operations, promoting innovative learning opportunities and best practices in education, and will continue to maintain that role in addition to her new responsibilities.
She resides in Forty Fort.
The Wright Center for Community Health recently promoted longtime clinical employee Lida Kiefer to the leadership role of practice manager.
Kiefer will lead the center’s Hawley practice, where she will be responsible for daily operations, including oversight of patient flow, staff and services.
Kiefer joined the center in 2012 as an administrative assistant and worked her way up to the role of certified medical assistant II. She most recently served as co-manager of medical assistants, responsible for monitoring patient care quality and coordination, as well as daily oversight of all medical assistants on staff.
Kiefer resides in Honesdale.