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coping with a bonanza of activity. Needs for trained caregivers continue to rise, creating endless employas 2018 unfolds and the effects of the Great reces- ment opportunities as well as growing economic ties sion become hard-learned lessons, an examination of with formalized education. NEPa’s economic sectors presents surprising diversity, Barr added that NEPa can expect to see its vast as well as a few big guns. retail arena suffer as e-commerce increases and the Gene Barr, president and cEO of the Pennsylvania effects of the buying appetites within the millennial chamber of Business and Industry, noted that warehousing generation intensify. and logistics is one area of commerce that has achieved “The millennials prefer to purchase experiences as phenomenal success within NEPa. This is fundamentally opposed to goods, and retail therefore must adapt to tied to the region’s strategic location on the east coast, become a destination experience,” said Barr. “These coupled to the availability of effective highway systems. changes in retail are creating many systemic implicaThe natural gas industry recovering methane from tions, such as within the commercial real estate business the Marcellus Shale has also achieved great success, where demand for big-box retail space has decreased.” despite the threat of increased product taxation. Gas well output has been prolific, while the shale’s supply of Technical diversity “wet gasses” that include propane and ethane represent a technical diversity among businesses that helped another gold mine of opportunity for the heating, rubprotect the region from many of the crippling effects of ber and plastics industry. the Great recession still exists within NEPa, accord“This overall development effort within the Marcel- ing to Ken O’Krepkie, regional manager with the Ben lus region has been inhibited by permitting problems Franklin Technology Partners. The duo of “Eds and and the need to construct a better pipeline infrastrucMeds” are still the region’s kings, and O’Krepkie pointed ture,” said Barr. “But, things are moving in the right to strong employment within these sectors as one of direction, and the economic development associated the region’s greatest achievements. with the gas will only increase.” “IT software development is also strong here, parBarr was firm that President Trump’s campaign ticularly among early-stage companies,” said O’Krepkie. promise to revive the coal industry is unattainable he acknowledged that old non-skilled manufacturbecause of environmental regulations as well as chang- ing has largely vanished, but modern technological ing market pressures. companies that transition to manufacturing has achieved many success stories natural gas from coal for heat and energy production throughout the region. These companies prosper by find themselves with a cheap, clean and instant energy being competitive and efficient and looking forward source, thereby guaranteeing they will never return to instead of trying to recreate a lost past. coal and its practical disabilities such as ash disposal. “Modern manufacturing must be knowledge and technolIn view of the reality that NEPa’s population is ogy based, plus be constantly evolving,” said O’Krepkie. “In relatively aged, the region’s health care industry is See WINNERS & LOSERS on page 4 by Dave Gardner


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Wayne bank helps sanctuary; informaWindoW company adds glass line tion: Joseph Boylan, Continuing the expansion of capabilities at its or visit the website at Northeast Pa. production center, national manufacturer Crystal Window & Door Systems recently equipment firm continues groWth added a new state-of-the-art insulated glass unit Stephenson Equipment has expanded for the fabrication line at its Benton Twp. facility. The new third time in the area since its first location in 2005 equipment has the ability for automated assembly along Route 315 in Pittston. of triple pane insulated glass units. With an investStephenson Equipment is growing to meet the ment of several million dollars, the new equipment needs of its customers in Northeast Pennsylvania. has greatly increased capabilities and overall The new location is just a couple of miles up the window production capacity for the manufacturer. road from the company’s previous location on Armstrong Road and features many new, larger bank donates to sanctuary and taller work bays that allow the service techs to The Dime Bank donated $10,000 to the Dorcomplete customer work faster and more efficiently. flinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary through the Pa. pitch program round opens Department of Community and Economic DevelopWilkes-Barre Connect, powered by the Greater volvo dealer Wins aWard ment’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit program. Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business & Industry, will Ken Pollock Volvo Cars of Pittston has been awardofficially open the next round of its PITCH program pledge gains global support The Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary’s March 1 and remain open until the March 28 deadline. ed a 2018 DealerRater Consumer Satisfaction Award, Dorflinger Glass Museum has two innovative eduMore than 500 students, health care profesan annual recognition given to auto dealerships that cational programs approved by the EITC program. sionals and concerned citizens from more than 20 PITCH is a formalized process to introduce enstates and eight foreign countries signed the pledge trepreneurs, startups and existing businesses to the deliver outstanding customer service as rated by online The first program is a local history of Northeastern to “uphold the values of dignity, equality and justice regional investor network in Northeast Pennsylvania. consumer reviews. DealerRater, the world’s leading car Pa. tour where elementary students learn about dealer review website, created the Consumer SatisfacWhite Mills, canal transportation, glass making and within health care” in the first week it was launched PITCH is sponsored by the Willary Foundation, tion Award program to let online car shoppers instantly life in the 19th century from high school students by the Center for Human Dignity in Bioethics, Medi- and coordinated by the Ben Franklin Technology spot dealers that provide high-quality customer service. who act as guides. About 500 students participate Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania, a Wilkescine and Health at Misericordia University. in this tour each year. Barre Connect partner; applications: www.wilkes-

GWC Warranty, the best-in-class provider of used vehicle service contracts sold through automotive dealers, was recently named one of the 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in the nation by the National Association of Business Resources. The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For competition identifies and honors companies that deliver exceptional human resource practices and an impressive commitment to their employees. Organizations undergo a rigorous application process that assesses each company based on categories such as communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, retention and more.

Wayne Bank supported the Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary with a donation through the Educational Improvement Organization Program in 2018. Program coordinator Henry J. Loftus Jr. and trustees Judith Ann Mortensen and Donna LaBar accepted a check for $10,000. The gift was made possible as a result of the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program offered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, acting through the Department of Community and Economic Development.

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Consumer spending could slow in 2018, inhibiting retail growth and some hiring, but many companies some ways the regional workforce here does show scarcity have invested to make existing employees more prowith the type of trained workers now needed, and this also ductive. With a cheaper American dollar exports have includes the areas of tech support, marketing and sales.” exceeded imports in some sectors, but as the dollar Two other areas of success highlighted by O’Krepkie gets more expensive, the balance is likely to shift back have become possible because of NEPA’s location and to negative, dragging on growth. the development of associated technology to capitalize “Inflation also can be expected to rise slowly, on these realities. This is obvious with the logistics putting the Fed in a difficult position,” said Ingargiola. industry, because 96 million customers reside only one “Therefore, with all factors considered, the 2018 day’s truck travel away from NEPA, and within the Mareconomy should grow between 1.5 percent and 2 percellus shale which flanks the region’s western border. cent, but that may consist of faster growth in the first “The location advantage NEPA has with logistics half and slower growth in the second. Corporate profits has created a situation where we will run out of land should also grow at healthy rates, with inflation around for these big warehousing centers before we run out two percent for the year and the ten-year U.S. Treasury of companies,” said O’Krepkie. “Meanwhile, with gas note yielding around 2.75 percent by year-end.” recovery billions of dollars are being invested, and the construction of the needed pipeline infrastructure is Educational powerhouse creating a nice ripple effect.” The regional powerhouse NEPA’s economic sectors, when examined from the sector of higher education standpoint of employment, demonstrate clear trends that offers a wide number of differillustrate moderate success with great diversity. Accordent instructional educational ing to data issued by Teri Ooms, executive director of opportunities, according to The Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development, Julie Schumacher Cohen, regional growth sectors now include plastics manufacturdirector of community and ing, family services, warehousing and distribution, wholegovernment relations with the salers, out-patient care centers, and fabricated metals. University of Scranton. Cohen Sectors where employment decreases are occur“A wonderful educaring include electric power, utility infrastructure, motor tional ecosystem now exists vehicle parts manufacturing, retail, and employment here, with different opportunities for a wide variety of services. Overall, during 2017, this amounted to a net students,” said Cohen. “It’s very simple why education of 1,000 new regional jobs being created. is booming. The value of education as a lifetime investBaby boomers are also involved in a mass retirement ment is proven and very reliable.” exit from the workforce, in some cases creating job Her school’s current enrollment of 5,000-plus vacancies that are hard to fill because of skills shortages. students is being served by 1,102 faculty and staff “With technical positions the good news is that members. This is creating a huge flow of cash, with apprenticeships and career tech school enrollments are systemic downstream effects as the money circulates both increasing, but our workforce needs in the region throughout the region. are very real and increasing,” said Ooms. According the most recent study of the school’s She added that the health care and social services secfinancial effects, an annual economic impact exceeding tors are rapidly evolving, with workforce quality now an is$310 million is being created by students. Downtown sue. In particular, the behavioral health sector may find itself dining is popular as at least $1.2 million per month is caught in the crosshairs of a mounting caregiver shortage. spent by students off campus, with annual visitor spend“Behavioral health can affect every facet in a person’s ing calculated to be $2 million, university payments life, and we need to understand that as we attempt to for taxes and permits to be $551,000, and an annual train enough people to work within this area,” said Ooms. contribution made to the City of Scranton of $200,000. The school’s growth programs with enrollments also Financial forecast reflect the realities of the modern economy, as well as job A relatively rosy financial sector analysis was issued opportunities after graduation. Programs leading the list by Lou Ingargiola, president of the Ingargiola Wealth of student enrollments include nursing, occupational and Management Group. He expects 2018 to feature a physical therapy, and exercise science. Biology, accountcontinuation of 2017’s good economic news continues, ing, business administration, and finance are also popular. with healthy hiring, effective consumer and business“Despite a lot of national criticism about higher educaes confidence, some labor shortages, and the Federal tion and its costs, the fact remains that college grads earn Reserve (Fed) likely to continue raising interest rates 67 percent more over their lifetime versus high school which would act as an economic headwind. graduates,” said Cohen. “This is a reasonable rate of return on investment.”

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Medical healing Within the regional medical arena, a pattern of steady growth and investment was described by Margo Opsasnick, CEO of Delta Medix. Her organization has expanded to now include 21 physicians, 60 caregivers, and 40 administrative support people, and generates $25 million in annual revenues while caring for 45,000 patients. According to Opsasnick, one fundamental reason for the power of NEPA medicine is the relative age of the population. At Delta, the elderly utilizing Medicare comprise at least 50 percent of the patient base, with behavioral issues, smokingrelated illness, and conditions related to obesity widespread. “People have excuses to avoid medical screenings that detect illness in its early stages, and it seems to be the nature of the NEPA population to do this and then even avoid treatment,” said Opsasnick. She also explained that NEPA’s medical sector is extremely busy because of a lack of preventative care by many patients. “A common example of this is hypertension,” said Opsasnick. “Patients avoid detection and treatment, and the condition slowly destroys their bodies.” She added that providers throughout NEPA will eventually become the recipients of new physicians courtesy of the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. This will help medical practices cope with an onslaught of new patients as NEPA’s population continues to age. Opsasnick is not overly concerned with conservative attempts in Congress to shrink the size of Medicare and Medicaid. Within NEPA Medicaid only serves approximately 10 percent of the Delta medical patients, and private insurance through employment remains very strong. “What I do worry about is staying on the cutting edge with new technologies that we must pay for,” said Opsasnick. “New technology acquisition must be part of a continuing strategy.” Location advantage Logistics and location are vital partners, making NEPA increasingly a supply chain powerhouse on the east coast, according to Alex Stark, senior director of marketing with Kane Is Able. The company now operates 150 truck power units, 600 trailers, and 25 national warehouses, including eight storage facilities within NEPA. During 2017, Kane moved 2.1 billion pounds Stark of material and logged 24 million miles traveled. This became possible through a business plan that capitalized on the fact that location is a key is to get merchandise quickly out of a warehouse to a customer, with facility effectiveness, tax structures, and the work ethic of populace all added in.

“Safety and creating a positive customer experience are the keys to supply chain success,” said Stark. According to OSHA’s 2017 safety metrics, we averaged only a 1.6 percent incident rate, while the national average was 4.6 percent.” Other keys to logistics, according to Stark, include maximum fuel efficiency by the trucks. When tied to new gains in IT and high mechanical truck reliability, this allows carrier profitability to be maximized despite volatile fuel process and the complexity of modern vehicles. “Truck drivers as a pool are also a mature group, creating shortages of younger people the business,” said Stark. “We need new blood entering the driving profession if we are to meet our workforce needs.” Supply chain companies must also invest in new equipment, such as vehicles fueled by compressed natural gas and ever-improving IT systems. This all represents large sums of money, but it is vital. Creating memories NEPA’s entertainment sector is strong, with gaming now a consistent revenue-generating industry. Erica Tessier, vice president of marketing with the expansive Mohegan Sun Pocono complex, explained that her facility now employs apTessier proximately 1,500 people and achieves success with a defined marketing plan that sells an escape for a day. “We create the memories about the thrill of winning, camaraderie with friends, and the reality of enjoying a special occasion,” said Tessier. She explained that creation of the Pocono facility was the first step in the Mohegans thrusting a commercial foot outside of their native Connecticut. The expansion plan has worked, and the tribe now also operates within Washington State via a partnership with the Cowlitz tribe. Central to the Mohegan success is a strategy that emphasized long-term planning. “You can’t just look for just immediate gratification,” said Tessier. “Once you keep your eyes ahead you can better work through challenges The Mohegan management staff has also created a business culture that, above all, welcomes guests and helps them to feel comfortable. This is a key to generating repeat customers as consumer confidence rises and fall, and weather and access problems potentially curtail revenues on particular days. She emphasized that the facility’s workforce must perform every day if positive customer service is to be consistently delivered. Attitudes, work ethic and personality are all considered before hiring, and the applicant must firmly understand that the guest experience is multi-layered. “We are acutely aware we must compete with other forms of entertainment, such as regional hockey, shows and dining,” said Tessier. “Competition is guaranteed, and actually it’s a very healthy thing.”


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holding flu shot clinics to get as many people vaccinated is a good idea. At their Pennsylvania offices in Wyoming “If someone comes in with the flu, we give them County, Southwestern Energy is like many other a mask,” he said. “It’s not only to protect us, but to businesses in our area — dealing with the flu that protect other people in the waiting room.” has hit just about everywhere. He also said they practice good hand hygiene and “This is a particularly severe flu season,” said clean the office frequently to minimize any germs. Mike Narcavage, community relations manager for With nearly 3,000 students on campus at MiseriSouthwestern Energy in Tunkhannock. “We’re taking cordia University, the school has put a number of proprecautions by ramping up cleaning protocols. Fortu- tocols in place to stop the spread of the flu. So far this nately to date, we haven’t seen a significant increase school year, they’ve seen about 20 confirmed cases. in sick days in NEPA.” “The Dean of Students Office works with the students He said those precautions include a free flu shot, who have been diagnosed with an illness and encourages not just to their Pennsylvania employees at the natural them to go home if they are a residential student. Office gas company, but throughout the country. To their 100 personnel also work with the roommates to mitigate the employees in Tunkhannock, they are often reminded spread of the illness through the use of hand sanitizer, during safety meetings about preventing the flu. cleaning and sanitizing the dorm room and more,” said It has been a particularly bad flu season across Paul Krzwyicki, spokesman Misericordia University. the Commonwealth. During the week of February 11, Faculty are also instructed to excuse students the flu killed 28 people, according to the Pennsylvania from classes and are allowing them to make-up work Department of Health. The majority of those who died should they get sick. are 65 years of age and older. The Diocese of Scranton recently instructed “What we’ve been doing is swabbing patients or parishoners to skip the handshake at the sign of getting testing for the flu and if treatments are appeace. In addition, wine is not shared at Masses and plicable in their situation, we treat them antivirals like those giving out Holy Communion are encouraged to Tamiflu,” said Dr. Michael Brown, a family practitioner use good hygiene. with Commonwealth Health in Tunkhannock. “We’ve Regardless of the flu outbreak, Dr. Brown recomseen a lot of cases of the flu this season.” mends a flu shot. In Pennsylvania, the southeast region of the state “Even though the flu shot may not be exact for the continues to be the hardest hit and the state considers flu strains that are going around, studies have shown the flu to be ‘widespread.’ that getting a flu shot may control those symptoms,” Flu season typically runs from October until May, he said. “You still may get the flu, but the severity according to the state health department. would be less than if you hadn’t gotten the flu shot.” Dr. Brown said business owners need to be “The best way to protect yourself from getting the mindful of how quickly the flu spreads and how it flu is to get a flu shot,” said Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylcan rapidly affect everyone in the office. He also said vania’s Acting Health Secretary and Physician General. by Phil Yacuboski

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DAIRY DAYS: A LOOK AT THE MILK INDUSTRY “When you’re working with a highly perishable product like milk, a one-percent decrease is a lot,” The price of milk is causing a bit of a shakeup in Sebright said. Pennsylvania’s dairy industry, causing some PennsylAccording to Pennsylvania Department of Agrivania dairy farmers to rethink their business strategies. culture, Pennsylvania ranks fifth in the nation in milk “Milk, as is any commodity, is in a highly cyclical production and is home to 16 percent of the nation’s market,” said Jayne Sebright, executive director of dairy cows. More than 99 percent of Pennsylvania’s Pennsylvania’s Center for Dairy Excellence. “Dairy is 7,300 dairy farms are family owned and operated, experiencing a significant crunch.” according to the state. Sebright said for many farmers in 2016 and 2017, the Pennsylvania’s farms are also typically smaller price of milk has hovered around the ‘break even’ point. than others around the nation, with about 72 cows per “Going into 2018, we are about two dollars under farm. Nationwide, the average is 129 cows per farm. that price,” she said. The state estimates every cow is responsible for Per 100 pounds of milk, the price is around $3.50, more than $13,000 in revenue. she said. The Center for Dairy Excellence estimates Pennsylva“If a cow averages 75 pounds of milk a day, at nia lost about 120 dairy farms around the state in 2016 $3.50, you’re losing quite a bit every month,” she said. and while Sebright said it’s difficult to say how many The ebb and flow in the price of milk is what is farms are up for sale, many are rethinking their strategies. tricky for many farmers. In 2014, prices were at an “Whether that’s changing their business model, all-time high and many dairy farmers then began taking on another job or diversifying,” Sebright said. increasing production. “There’s a lot of evaluating going on.” However, since then, there’s been an oversupply Christ Taylor, a realtor with Beiler-Campbell Realtors, of milk on the market, Sebright said. who specializes in agricultural real estate said the price

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of milk has always had an impact on the family farm. “Dairy tends to fluctuate way up and then way down,” said Taylor, whose father was a one-time dairy farmer. “It’s volatile.” Taylor, who sells properties in 30 different counties throughout Pennsylvania, said there are dairy farms up for sale. “A lot of it is a timing issue,” he said. “It’s their debt load and where they are at in carrying that debt load when the price of milk drops. I think what you are seeing it’s not that a lot of dairy guys are going to sell, they are looking to get into other businesses to increase their cash flow. Selling is a last resort,” he said. He said he’s been meeting with several dairy farmers who are interesting in selling. “There will be a lot of cows disappearing off the marketplace and going someplace else,” he said. And much like the price of milk ebbs and flows, location is key when it comes to real estate. “You’re going to sell a property for a lot more in Lancaster County than you are in the northern tier of Pennsylvania,” he said. “We produce more milk than we need in the United

States,” said Dr. James Dunn, a retired professor of agricultural economics at Penn State, whose grandfather used to have 10 dairy cows. “The milkman used to come to our house every day because we had all of these kids drinking milk. Family sizes have gone down since then.” He said now, there are lot of other competing products to drink on the market. In addition, instead of just butter, there’s now spreads and other products to choose from. Dr. Dunn said Pennsylvania’s dairy farms are not fading away. He said the Amish and Mennonite communities are well vested in dairy as well as other agriculture for reasons other than economics. “Those people are going to figure out a way to make it happen,” he said. Despite the downward drop in the price of milk, Sebright said things like butter, cheese and yogurt production is growing. “But Pennsylvania, most of our processing capacity is in fluid milk,” she said. “We’re looking to see how we can change that product mix to get more investment in the other products, which would help us create more opportunities for our dairy farmers.”

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system known as IPSY during January of 2017. This e-market allows consumers to gain memberThe dreaded new competitor to traditional retail ship for $10 a month, resulting in a monthly box of success, dubbed e-commerce, is also becoming a varied beauty samples to be received. valued partner for merchants who choose to adapt. “It took a full year for me to seal this contract to be The power of e-commerce as a market included in the IPSY samples, and I had to shoulder disrupter is clearly unstoppable. Five years ago, the financial liability up front, which wasn’t cheap,” national e-commerce sales topped $1 trillion for said Fleming. “But the deal has paid off big-time.” the first time, and online markets are expected to Fleming sent a new achieve growth exceeding 50 percent in the fiveproprietary fragrance year period of 2015 to 2020. Traditional markets know as Pink Peony to are only expected to grow two percent during the 252,000 homes through same time. IPSY, and her e-commerce Market penetration Despite all of the disruption generated by expandsales exploded. The scent Successful penetration of the e-commerce ing e-commerce, this retail system is still only 10 received a five-star rating, arena by a traditional NEPA retailer has been percent to 12 percent of America’s total retail market. achieved by Danielle Fleming, founder and CEO of and the sales boost is still This indicates that enormous opportunities exist for continuing. NOTE Fragrances. Her company, formerly a conDanielle Fleming further e-commerce penetration into new markets. Fleming also has ventional retail operation with limited e-commerce, Rodney Ridley, Ph.D., director of the Allan P. has evolved to a point where one-third of total sales opened another retail store Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneur- are Internet-based. in Clarks Summit, and uses the combo of tradiship at Wilkes University, explained that the top Fleming achieved these gains by marketing her tional retail plus e-commerce for expanded market tier of e-commerce merchants within NEPA is penetration. Her e-sales formula now includes products through social media. Previously, she impressive. These include companies such as partnering with Kris Jones and LSEO to insure her sold electronically with a $10 flat shipping charge Pepperjam and Web.Com, who are exploiting the and free shipping for a $75 order, or free store website is customer-friendly, image-rich, easy to demographics of retail spenders and understand pickup after ordering, but this approach generated navigate and optimized for search engine operation the nation’s youth are not store patrons as much as only some spattered returns. plus Bing, Google and Facebook advertising. the preceding generations. “E-commerce is not in my skill sets, so I have “Initially, web-based sales were a convenience According to Dr. Ripley, the natural bond that for our current customers,” said Fleming. “It was a worked with LSEO because they are true experts,” has developed between Internet software and said Fleming.” back-burner thing.” youth has set the stage for the e-commerce genie She has also used the boost from e-commerce Fleming converted these occasional e-comto never recede. Service from sellers is also not merce sales to a mass merchandise operation and to launch business into new areas. NOTE Fraas important for the millennials as the preceding grances is involved with fragrance development major revenue provider by joining the sampling generation, setting the stage for e-commerce to continue its march forward. “Older people may have a distrust factor with certain types of e-commerce, such as food and clothing, but it’s also true there are always normal buying differences by age,” said Dr. Ripley. Food may become the last hurdle for direct e-commerce sales, but when these obstacles dissolve Dr. Ridley expects supermarkets to suffer just like traditional hard-good retailers are now. Expanding technologies, such as Rodney Ridley home three-dimensional printers than can create goods after electronically purchasing construction patterns are also near. by Dave Gardner

“I can see the slow death of traditional retail,” said Dr. Ripley. “In the future, many of the current store types will no longer be needed.” He added that paper currency implications go hand-in-hand with e-commerce disruption. Perhaps a new speculative currency not based on gold will appear and become the standard for e-transactions. “This is all part of natural ongoing business disruption,’’ said Dr. Ridley. “It’s no different than how Netflix wiped out the old Blockbuster approach in home entertainment.”



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and contract manufacturer for other brands, plus business consultation based on Fleming’s success. Market control Mark Mathews, vice president of research development & industry analysis with the National Retail Federation, frequently reminds retailers that successful e-commerce allows great control over a market sector. Consumers buy for multiple reasons, such as features and price, and e-commerce is another buying option as opposed to some fearful opponent. Mark Matthews “This is a great time to be a consumer,” said Matthews. “Retailers must offer buyers the options and the experience they want as they cater to needs, and e-commerce is a great new vehicle to do this.” Matthews also explained that e-commerce gains are not as impactful as many people believe. The delivery end of this business is crucial with packages being delivered by a huge supply chain infrastructure. “The last 50 feet of delivery is vital, and we’re seeing a lot of innovation here,” said Matthews. “Ship-to-store for customer pickup is also popular.” As e-commerce advances, retailers now have an increasing list of options to capture sales. Examples include how online sales can be tied to conventional store inventories, customers can apply cyber-makeup to an image of their face at home while on the Internet, virtual rooms with furniture can be presented, and cyber-stores complete with entire virtual aisles can be created. “The key for the retailer is to create a seamless transition for the customer with ease of purchase,” said Matthews. “Expectations for returns must also be met, with minimal costs.”


Booze Business is Booming have to buy it and that applies to everybody. Attorney Ted Zeller, an attorney who reprePennsylvania is out with its annual report of sents Brewers of Pennsylvania, said creating liquor sales across the state and finished 2016- a better distribution channel for beer is always 2017 with record sales that total more than $2.5 something that is on the table. billion, a nearly four percent increase over the “One of the things that we have advocated previous report. for is a study on how the new acts have The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board regu- impacted sales, not only at the state stores, lates alcohol at more than 600 wine and spirits but at grocery stores and how that has affected stores statewide and licenses 20,000 alcohol shelf space because now you can sell wine producers, retailers and handlers. at a grocery store,” he said. “Did that really While many argue changes to the state’s displace beer at those grocery stores and has liquor laws have been slow, the state recently it impacted sales?” eliminated the requirements that malt beverages Zeller said there’s a grant proposal in disas well as beer — must be sold in minimum cussion to study those very issues. package sizes such as six-packs and cases. “Pennsylvania has maybe the most compliThanks to Act 39, distributors can sell mixed cated liquor laws in the entire United States,” sizes, single bottles and refillable growlers. said Zeller. “There is not one state in the United Many are still arguing for the privatization States that has the volume of regulations, laws of system. and differing opinions like Pennsylvania.” “One of the biggest issues our members “We’re hoping to continue to make changes struggle with is when a restaurant places an to chip away at the system,” said Bova. order for their beer, the distributor sends a truck The report also outlined some of the state’s to the restaurant and they stock it. When they biggest sellers: Barefoot, Sutter Home, Jacneed wine or spirits, they have to get in their quin’s, Captain Morgan and Smirnoff are the top car, drive to the state store, pick up their order five at state stores. and take it to their car and then back to their business,” said Melissa Bova, vice-president of governmental affairs for the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association. “And they are getting products that are not even priced to be competitive.” Bova said they support getting the state out of the liquor business — both retail and wholesale. “We want to be able to purchase wine and spirits like we do everything else,” she said. “We buy our food from the companies who have the best prices. We have to buy our liquor at a price the LCB dictates and their sales are going up and they are charging us more. There’s nothing we can do about it.” Pennsylvania House Speaker Rep. Mike Turzai, (R-28), last year introduced a series of bills aimed at privatizing the state’s liquor business, but so far it’s gained little traction. Some democrats argue privatization would raise prices and lower selection. Bova said in many cases, those costs are passed on directly to their customers. “The state currently has five markups on the products that we buy from the state store,” she said. “So there’s five other prices before we

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Alternative Energy

by Dave Gardner

In view of the reality that the solar energy absorbed by the Earth in one hour is greater than all of the energy now used globally in one year, it becomes clear that renewable energy systems are here to stay. The most widespread renewable system now in use involves silicon panels which convert sunlight into electricity through a law of nature called the photoelectric effect. Solar panels were actually invented in the 1880s, and have steadily increased in efficiency to a point where 20 percent of the solar energy striking them is converted into electricity. Mike Pitcavage, CEO of Endless Energy, has installed at least 20,000 solar panels in a wide variety of applications. These units are truly rugged and can each produce 290 to 350 watts of energy while averaging 4.18 hours a day of production at NEPA’s distance from the equator. “This allows a system to generate power during the day and then dump it back into the transmission grid to be withdrawn at night,” said Pitcavage. A typical residential system, rated at 10 kilowatts of power output, therefore requires 40 to 44 panels for energy independence with a total one-time cost of about $35,000. Return on investment (ROI) is a big issue, but with a 25-year system warranty the ROI can generally be achieved in about a decade. “Federal tax credits are also available for installation, proving that both sides of the aisle in Washington seem to appreciate the value of solar energy,” said Pitcavage. “Global markets dictate the manufacturing of the cells themselves, but economic activity from installation and service is robust.” Yet, a temporary blow was delivered to the use of solar energy by the Trump administration with their application of graduated tariffs on imported solar cells. This taxation, which will last for four years, starts with a 30 percent tariff on each cell but then decreases in the following years until ceasing. “The federal tariff will actually be a job killer, because the service and technology sectors are the real job producers with solar,” said Pitcavage. “When you inhibit installation, it kills the other jobs solar energy creates.”

tion’s top producer of electricity Pitcavage is among the solar from wind. Iowa and California professionals now watching also have become big states for how Pennsylvania’s State Solar wind exploitation. Renewable Energy Credit system “Manufacturing and the vast (SREC) evolves. Harrisburg had supply chain for all of this hardmandated that by 2020 one-half ware are the real big economic of all electricity in the state must sectors in this business,” said be from solar, and SREC has creCopleman. “Europe is way ahead ated a system of credits that can with equipment pricing, jobs, and assist installation ROI. Paul Copleman manufacturing processes, but “India, China, Europe and there is great opportunity here to Australia are well ahead of us in be exploited.” solar development,” said Pitcavage. “Onshore research is still taking place, but everyOff-shore expansion one believes that ground-breaking advances in solar cells, such as big gains in efficiency As turbine technology improves and from a non-silicon-based panel, will come operators of wind facilities eye the vast from overseas.” wind energy available at costal locations, Avangrid is among the companies pursuWind exploitation ing substantial site investment. Company The other visible source of renewable president and CEO Laura Beane explained power within NEPA involves wind power. These systems, which are very common in Europe, capture air flow through wind turbines to mechanically power electric generators, often on a very large scale and at isolated locations. Wind power does have one problem. Sometimes, when the electricity is needed most such as the hottest days of summer, the wind doesn’t show up for work. However, when rated from the standpoint of total electrical output, wind power is very consistent from year to year. A typical turbine generates usable amounts of power 80 percent to 90 percent of the time. Avangrid Renewables has constructed at least 60 domestic wind locations, utilizing 3,000 turbines to produce vast amounts of electrical power. Regionally, the company operates the Locust Ridge site in Schuylkill County. Paul Copleman, communications manager with Avangrid, explained that turbine construction requires a minimal 25-year investment. Each of the giant turbines costs $1 million to $2 million per megawatt of electricity produced, creating a total price tag of $2 million to $4 million for turbine plus the needed hardware. In a surprise, Copleman confirmed that oil-rich Texas has actually become the na-

that her company is in a positive long-term position with a North Carolina-Virginia offshore lease, plus a more immediate offshore opportunity in Massachusetts. According to Beane, this is helping to move the American offshore wind industry forward. She also claimed that Avangrid is now the only American company well positioned at this moment to grow the domestic offshore sector. “There’s quite a competition underway along the eastern seaboard states to show leadership in the next decade by developing offshore wind and we want to help them all make this a cornerstone economic development tool for their region,” said Beane. “With the changing technology and lessons learned in European offshore development, we think we offer each of those states a much shorter bridge to future offshore economic success.”





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Melissa Bender Simrell

Kathy Casarin

Brenda Colbert

Veronica Dende

Patricia Dickert-Nieves

Mimi Doherty

Amy Everetts

Lisa Garry

Lauren Hazzouri

Vonda Howell

Katie Leonard

Terri Lupini

Cynthia Mailloux

Jill McAlarney

Grace McGregor Kramer

Kerri McKeown

Michele McNamara

Deborah Mozal

LeeAnn Perry

Donna Powell

Nannette Refice

Rebecca Schoonover

Jesicca Skoloda

Marlee Stefanelli

Michaeleen Sultzer

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Lisa Garry’s favorite quote is “A woman who walks with God will always reach her destination.” She is president of Countrywide Enterprises LLC, Stroudsburg. Countrywide Enterprises specializes in quality home improvement and commercial construction and remodeling services throughout Eastern Pennsylvania. “We proudly stand behind all our work with complete satisfaction guaranteed,” she noted. Her goal is to be the leading residential and commercial remodeling company in the northeast. “Thanks to our outstanding quality and services, we are ready to handle all your commercial and residential projects in a timely, professional and courteous manner with the finest craftsmanship in the area,” added Garry. Countrywide Enterprises is a family owned and operated business. Garry and her husband, Arthur, run the business. They began in 1987 in New York with two general contracting companies. They ran both of them for ten years. Her husband decided to take a different route and went into investment banking for ten years, while she was a stay-athome mom with three children. Her husband would travel for weeks and it became too much for both of them and their family to handle. They then decided to go back to the basics and reopen Countrywide Enterprises in 2007 in Pennsylvania. In Garry’s spare time she likes to camp with

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her family. She has three children ages 27, 25 and 14, and has been married to her husband for 31 years. Garry volunteers for with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She is always open to lending a helping hand and putting others before herself. She is a self-made woman. She is a true believer of Jesus Christ and is involved with Pocono Church of Christ. The business woman is the president of Countrywide Enterprises and of Home Solutions Partners and handles all the financial responsibilities for both companies. She works closely with her husband in all aspects of the businesses. She works diligently with her customers to provide 100 percent satisfaction.

Healthcare is very near and dear to the heart of Terri Lupini, chief operating officer at Signallamp Health Inc. “I’ve been in Healthcare for 30 years, so I know my way around a physician setting, I have that edge of knowing how practices think and what issues are most important and understand the constant struggles practices and healthcare systems undergo,” noted the COO. “Our company is extremely unique versus other Chronic Care Management companies out there since we work right within the practice’s EMR electronic medical record. We are able to see real time what’s happening with the patient and have the ability to communicate with providers and staff members complications or issues patients may be having at the time of the phone call.” A Chronic Care Management company that partners with physician practices and healthcare systems throughout the U.S., Signallamp acts as an extension to the practice. “We work with Medicare patients with two or more chronic conditions. Our remotely embedded nurses reach out to patients monthly via phone calls to communicate with patients and relay that information back to the patient’s provider in between office visits to ensure patients are taking proper prescribed medications, following care plan instructions as per their doctors’ recommendations, educating and alerting providers of any acute issues that could lead to ER visits or potential unnecessary hospitalizations,” noted Lupini. “With this added value we are able to keep patients healthier and reduce the risk of additional complications due to their current chronic conditions. Currently we are partnered with 1,000 providers throughout eight states, but hoping to spread nationally within the year.” Her mom, Diane Arnoni who is retired now, was a very well respected practice administrator

for a multispecialty practice in Scranton for 37 years. “My mom was an unbelieveable mentor. She taught by example the meaning of hard work and the satisfaction of a job well done,” she noted. Her admiration for her mom and the success she created made her more passionate for her own success, she admits. She lives by the philosophy of thinking outside the box because you never know when you’ll find that “secret sauce to success.” While healthcare starts with research - one has to read everything you can to begin developing strategies and workflows for what is in store down the road that will fit into your business model. “Heathcare is not easy and constantly changing. Practices face the daunting task of implementing the infrastructure needed to meet the new value-based care objectives while simultaneously juggling business as usual. She is very honored to have been selected as one of the Top 25 Business Women for the NEPA Business Journal, and would like to extend many thanks to her colleagues Drew Kearney, CEO; Andy Goldberg, CFO; and Jen Nicastro, CNO, for nominating her for this prestigious award. Although healthcare is her passion, she also noted that she would not be where she is today without the constant love and support of her husband, Mike, and son, Dominic.

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Credit Union Administration and one of her employees is pursuing her Financial Counseling Certification and attending Penn State University’s accounting certificate program with funding from the grant. The funds will also allow Mozal to attend the Credit Union Development Education program later this year. “This program provides critical lessons in cooperative principles, credit union philosophy and international development issues while incorporating challenges credit unions face today,” she noted. Professionally, she has served on the NEPA Deborah Mozal’s personal mantra is “knowledge is Chapter of Credit Unions as a director and treasurer; power.” Communication in her line of work is crucial, the Legislative Day Task Force with Pennsylvania Credit she notes, and as manager at Community Regional Union Association; the membership committee of the Credit Union, she impresses upon employees that the CFO Council for the Credit Union National Association; industry is constantly changing and there is no room and the Community Outreach Committee of the Global for stagnation. Women’s Leadership Network, an arm of the World Mozal began her career in accounting with the Council of Credit Unions supporting the Weinberg Department of Army at Tobyhanna Army Depot. She Foodbank and their Thanksgiving food campaign and earned an associate of arts in business administraLuzerne County Dress for Success. tion from Keystone Junior College and a bachelor of At the credit union, employees participate in Toys science in economics and finance from the University for Tots, the Salvation Army Giving Tree, Paint Pittston of Scranton. Having found herself employed in the Pink 5K and the American Heart Walk. “This past accounting field, she continued her education to comholiday season, we held an open house with the U.S. plete all of her accounting credits while at the Depot. Marine Corps and Santa Claus. We collected toys and Her mother was the president of the Nesbitt monetary donations for the Marines, while entertainMemorial Hospital Federal Credit Union when the ing community children, complete with Santa’s goody treasurer suddenly passed away and Mozal was asked bag,” noted Mozal. to become the assistant treasurer. Within a few Mozal believes she is extremely blessed to do short months, Mozal had assumed the position of the something she loves for most of her adult life. “Every manager at the credit union and has continued her emday is a new challenge, sometimes frustrating, but ployment with the credit union movement for the past rarely boring,” she admits, “We help people purchase 26 years. “The credit union industry itself is a unique their dream home, their dream car or just take their industry and lends itself to community involvement dream vacation. Sometimes we just help people to which can be very rewarding on a personal level with pay their heating bills or pay for their children’s college the philosophy ‘people helping people.’” textbooks. Everyday, we make just a little bit of differMozal recently secured a leadership grant from the ence in someone’s life, she concluded. Office of Small Credit Union Initiatives with the National

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While much of life is out of our control, Kerri J. McKeown understands that what is within her control is the effort and attitude she puts into her daily life. “I try to give each and every situation 100 percent effort and a positive, unwavering attitude,” explained the director of sales and client management at Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. While she believes that success is not owned, it is leased, and the rent is due every day (J. J. Watt), she works hard to give it her all every day. As a director at Highmark, McKeown oversees a team of sales professionals who serve the small employer market segment in 13 counties of northeastern Pennsylvania and 21 counties in central Pennsylvania. Her department is collectively responsible for selling health insurance to new small businesses and renewing existing customers’ coverage, as well as fostering relationships with brokers, healthcare providers and other industry professionals. She is also responsible for managing Highmark’s small employer insurance quoting and renewal tool that is used by both internal sales teams and external broker teams. While many sales professionals in the health insurance space migrate toward large businesses, this business woman is drawn to the small employer market for a host of reasons. “Small employers frequently do not have HR or finance departments to help manage health insurance coverage decisions like large employers, and the small businesses look to the health insurance carrier to wear some of those HR and financial hats when developing their coverage approach,” she noted. Outside of her role-specific duties, she is actively involved in the community affairs department’s activities which support many causes and events throughout the community such as the American Heart Association, the United Way, United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA and others throughout the year.

McKeown’s career began 13 years ago at Blue Cross as a customer service representative and progressed into Customer Solutions and Product Management/Development. “There, I was responsible for filing the first-ever Qualified Health Plan (QHP) for both the individual and small group market segments. Based on my research and experience in the healthcare reform realm, I then entered sales as a Health Care Reform Program Manager and Broker Liaison,” she explained. She then obtained the Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist designation from the Healthcare Reform Center and Policy Institute where her role was to ensure that the sales teams were educated and prepared for all-things healthcare reform related; developed solutions for sales, brokers and customers to manage new guidelines brought on by healthcare reform; and managed broker education, communication and relationships. As Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania merged with Highmark, she was given an opportunity to interview for a director level position in sales, the position she currently holds. “One of my favorite quotes is, ‘Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I’ve ever known,’ and it’s 100 percent true. Yes, I’ve worked hard, but I have taken most of my knowledge and inspiration from people I have encountered and had the privilege of working with,” she said.

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high-end, though still reasonably priced, products. Even though the store is filled with glamour items, it also includes Design 2 Consign Boutique is an upscale casual, business and office-wear in both junior’s and designer consignment shop for women of all ages women’s sizes, which are always on sale. Design 2 Consign located in the center of Olyphant. When you enter the also offers student discounts if a school ID is shown. shop, it feels like a “destination,” a similar feeling to Anyone looking to sell items at Design 2 Consign the old Globe store in Scranton. It is filled with every- must make an appointment with Marisa. Products thing from fashion to glamour, to vintage and unique must be fairly new, in great condition, and according designer items. There is something for everyone. to trend. If Marisa feels the product would appeal to Owner, Marisa Fabri, spent twenty years living out customers, she will write up a contract. Each month, west and working in retail. She was inspired to become the seller must get in touch with Marisa to see how an entrepreneur because her family always owned its own their products are moving. Sellers will be paid once a business. Shortly after moving back to Pennsylvania, she month based on what has been sold. If items are not opened Design 2 Consign Boutique in 2004. moving, Marisa will either return them to the original Inspired by her family, she wanted to be in business owner, or ask if they would like to donate them. for herself. She was motivated to open a consignment Even though Design 2 Consign Boutique has been store in Olyphant due to their popularity in the west, and successful over the years, a struggle Marisa faces is her familiarity with the business side of consignment. It using social media. Advertising is a huge expense, and was easy for her to start the business because she didn’t she recognizes that times have changed — what worked have to search for inventory; people were bringing it to when she first opened doesn’t work as well today. In toher. Even though Marisa knew how to run a business day’s technology friendly environment, she needs social properly, she did not know how to open one successfully, media to advertise her business. In the future, Marisa so she took advantage of the services offered by The plans to build a website for Design 2 Consign Boutique University of Scranton’s Small Business Development because she wants to reach customers in the tri-state Center. There she learned how to wear “every hat in the area and eventually throughout the country. business.” She already knew that her main goal was to Marisa advises aspiring entrepreneurs to only offer fashion, glamour and trend at great value. share their plans with those who will support them Marisa was excited to share that Design 2 because opening a business is a challenge but Consign Boutique has been in an independent should be an exciting milestone in your life. So surAustrian film called “Lilian” which is based on a real round yourself with positive people. life character. The Austrian producer used the store Marisa encourages people to go to the Small and other Olyphant buildings as the background for a Business Development Center and let them help you scene in the movie. Marisa explained that she never transform your ideas into reality. knows what is going to come through the door, and Design 2 Consign Boutique is located at 213 W. noted that this past year, the shop was supplied with Lackawanna Ave. in Olyphant and can be found on more than 600 pieces from a famous female singer’s Facebook at Design 2 Consign Boutique. past wardrobe, including performance attire. Design 2 Consign has options for everyone who enters Sydney Garofolo and Carolyn Giordano are interns with the store. The front of the shop offers bargain items at University of Scranton Women’s Entrepreneurship Center unbasement prices whereas the back of the store features der the supervision of Donna Simpson, Consultant Manager. By Sydney Garofolo and Carolyn Giordano


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outpatient therapist at Tri-County Human Services Inc. and also as a staff counselor at Marywood University until the birth of her daughter in 2009. She and her husband began their private practice in 2006. While working full time at other jobs, they only saw private clients on weekends or weeknights. “Over time our practice grew and we bought a house that we converted into offices to grow our practices,” Stefanelli explained. By 2009, the private practice had grown enough to leave her full-time job to work a few days a week and then stay home with their daughter the other days. “I had the wonderful opportunity to work part time in my practice from when my kids were not in school, but now they are in school and I’m working to add more hours and again grow our business,” she noted. Her professional mentor is her husband, Matt Stefanelli. “He is an amazing psychotherapist who has taught me so much about therapy, therapeutic relationships and counseling theory. He has had a major impact Marlee Stefanelli loves what she does as a on my professional development and continues to push licensed professional counselor and co-owner of me to be a better clinician,” she said. Her personal menStefanelli Counseling in Blakely. tor has been her mom, Debbie Tomasetti. “She is the As a psychotherapist and dietitian in private practice, she performs individual and group coun- one who has instilled the activist and advocate qualities in me. She always showed my brother, Marcus, and I seling, specializing in the treatment of eating dishow to stand up and fight injustice,” she explained. orders. In her work, she practices psychodynamic As an adjunct professor at the University psychotherapy which relies heavily on identifying of Scranton, Stefanelli teaches and supervises unmet needs in one’s past and developing insight students in the treatment of eating disorders. This into how to fulfill one’s needs in the present. This self-developed course is taught at both the underwork is accomplished within the confines of a caring, supportive therapeutic relationship, which is graduate and graduate levels of education. While Stefanelli believes “Hardships often prethe foundation of the clinical work. She became involved with healthcare advocacy pare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny” in 2016 when the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid (C.L.Lewis) and that “while we try to teach our were under attack at both the federal and state lev- children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about,” (Angela Scwindt). She is very els. “As business owners, my husband and I purchase our family’s insurance from the marketplace, grateful for her supportive family, and the passion and dedication she has to her field of study that has and my 5-year-old son, who has type 1 diabetes, enabled her to enjoy success. receives Medicaid benefits. My family’s needs The couple have two children, Isabella, 8, and inspired me to get involved to advocate for all those Matthew, 5. in need,” she noted. The young mother met many She is president of Action Together NEPA families and children like hers and continues to keep fighting to protect them all. “Also as a mental committed to community action, political advohealth professional I see how important healthcare cacy, and real progressive change in NEPA, and serves as mental health and nutrition representais to my clients so they can access treatment, so I tives on Congressman Cartwright’s healthcare also advocate for them,” she admitted. roundtable. “We are working on specific legislaStefanelli earned her bachelor’s degree in tive suggestions to improve the Affordable Care nutrition and worked as a dietitian at St. Mary’s Act as well as the American healthcare system in Medical Center and then Moses Taylor Hospital. She later returned to graduate school and received general,” she added. She received the “2017 Grassroots Activist of a master’s degree in community counseling from the Year” from PA Health Access Network. the University of Scranton. She worked as an

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Dr. Lauren Hazzouri believes that each person has a purpose. “To tap into all that we are, it is our duty to shed the impact of society, so that we can bring all that we are into - all that we do. The only goal for any of us is to be our authentic selves because that is how we make our lives matter,” explained the licensed psychologist. Hazzouri is the founder of The Practice, a community of women getting radical with their own being in relentless pursuit of self. The Practice was born from Dr. Hazzouri’s desire to de-stigmatize and normalize caring for mental health through a radical new approach: interactive, community-building experiences both on and offline. The doctor is also the founder of Hazzouri Psychology, where she’s carved out a successful niche treating girls and women who are trying hard and yet not getting satisfaction. Through her life experience and training, she has developed a curriculum that allows women to live meaningful lives and feel fulfilled doing so. Hazzouri graduated from Scranton Prep and Phi Beta Kappa from Penn Sate University, then earned both her master’s degree and doctoral degree from Marywood University. “After years of working in my private practice, I wanted to bring my message and expertise to a larger demographic. My goal was to bring evidence-based psychology to the masses especially, to girls and women,” she noted. She began contributing to a variety of online publications, networking in New York City, working with some of the top thought leaders in the country, when The Practice was born. Being a psychologist is a tremendous responsibility with many tasks that vary depending on the day and whether she is working at Hazzouri Psychology, engaged in one-on-one psychotherapy, or working at The Practice, which often requires travel across the

country and internationally, hosting events, talking to women’s organizations, and conducting The Practice Pop-ups including The Practice Ceremony performed at the Scranton Cultural Center every six weeks. It is a 90-minute communal ritual designed to help people to individually and collectively heal, grow and BE who they truly are, forming a deeper awareness and appreciation for ourselves and others. “It feels like a workout for your spirit, combining the sacred arts of music and movement with evidence-based insights and practices of western psychology and eastern philosophy,” she explained. Hazzouri partners with Gurls Talk, a safe space for girls and women to talk mental health. She chats it up each week on Self Service, a top-rated wellness podcast on The Girlboss Network. She serves as contributor and advisor to Levo Institute and was recently featured in both British Vogue and German Glamour for her work inspiring girls and women internationally. Hazzouri was named Evan Pugh Scholar at Penn State, earned the psychology/statistics award at Penn State, the Psychology Media award from the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, the Shining Star from The Junior League of Scranton and was named Northeast Woman by The Scranton Times. She is a member of the Dreamers/Doers, The Wing, the Pennsylvania Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association.

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Kathy Casarin envisions herself standing on a sheet of glass. Why? “To me it symbolizes the glass ceiling. I didn’t break it. We should not break anything or anyone on our journey to rise up through the ranks. Our peers and colleagues may need that ceiling to protect them for the time being. They can look up and see that they too can rise up and stand ON TOP of that glass ceiling, rather than breaking it,” explained the mortgage loan officer at Fidelity Bank in Scranton. “If you find yourself on top of that glass ceiling, reach and help someone up along the way – pat them on the back, recognize, congratulate, applaud, support, encourage, EMPOWER those around you. It’s good for the soul and great for them.” As a mortgage loan officer, the businesswoman originates residential mortgages for customers who are buying, building or refinancing their home. She works with clients to fully understand their financial needs to best fit them with the best residential mortgage program. “It’s not about doing one mortgage with a client, it is about learning about them, their family, their needs, this develops a relationship, and thus enables me to help them in the most effective way possible. Clients for life,” she added. Casarin is also active with volunteer work for Penn State including events like breakfast with the Lion, turkey and porketta take-out dinners and an annual golf tournament for which she is a chairperson. She has also supported/volunteered with Marley’s Mission, Kathleen’s Crusade, Women’s Resource Center, St. Francis Of Assisi Kitchen, United Way, Ronald McDonald House and Dr. Lauren Hazzouri’s the Ceremony on Women Empowerment. The businesswoman says her success is due to a great work ethic instilled in her by her parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, but also the connections and networking of friends, colleagues and leaders she has met along the way. “They believe in me and yes it is what you know, but networking and building professional relationships builds your reputation,” acknowledged Casarin.

She has had several key mentors over the years, too numerous to name all of them, “you may not realize your key attributes or talents. A mentor, leader, guidance counselor or manager will most likely recognize these and point them out to you and guide you to enhance these talents. I didn’t listen at first. I questioned my mentor why do they always come to me for direction, for answers, to get the ball rolling?” They told her to be the leader they see her as, accept it and use it. One mentor, who holds a special place in her heart, Nora, who has since passed, has always been such a positive force for her, and saw things in her she may not have seen herself. “People like Nora, you want in your circle. Believe people come into your life for a reason. People that build you, teach you, people that help you grow, keep those close. Cut out toxic people you can’t change them,” she added. As a mother of three, she is always trying to get her children involved in volunteering and giving back. “I have two daughters so we get involved in whatever we can to help empower them as women and give them self-confidence,” she noted. Her first year in real estate she received a national level award as one of the Top 50 Realtors on the Rise by RISMedia; she is a two term president and lifetime member of the Penn State Worthington Scranton Alumni Society and is a lifetime member of the Penn State Alumni Association, and is on the Current Campus Fundraising Campaign Committee Member (PSU) and was a past advisory board and Leadership Council member (PSU).

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For Vonda Howell her circle is small, but she is loyal to the end. Beginning as a receptionist 20 years ago at Trion Industries, Inc., Wilkes-Barre, she climbed her way up the ladder to chiefof-staff, coordinating eight corporate director positions as well as the office of both the founder and Chief Executive Officer. She leveraged her organizational skills to mesh with the technical aspects of a $50 million a year fixture manufacturer and the retail industry to now hold the position of vice-president of operations. She oversees all aspects of Trion Industries, whose total employment reaches as high as 600 persons during busy times. “In the course of this growth and success, I was a single mother, raised and educated two daughters, bought my own house, cared for an aged, sick mother and did all the many other things required of life,” she explained. Her journey to where she is today has been inlaid by many roads. “With each job I held, I gained valuable knowledge and skill required to become an effective leader and a role model to other women at work as well as at home,” she noted. Growing up as an Iowa farm girl, her parents instilled in her Midwestern values including a diligent work ethic, which often began at the crack of dawn before school had even started. Then she added other ingredients such as commitment, passion and pride in Trion

as a business, and respecting and listening to the all employees, to achieve the great success she has today. She is the recipient of the Women of Distinction Award, Member of Shop! Retail Environments, and the won an award for Women of Influence in the Food Industry. She advises those wishing to achieve success and personal fulfillment in the business world to care about the job you are undertaking and the people with whom you are working. “Do the right thing even if it is difficult and perform the tasks to the best of your ability, which in turn builds integrity and ultimately provides influence,” said Howell. One of her favorite quotes is “The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.” There have been many mentors in Howell’s life. “I try to incorporate the best from each into my life,” she admitted. Her first manager, who reminded her of the Grinch, before his heart grew, offered her advice that she still firmly believes and incorporates into her daily life, both personally and professionally; and that is: “When you make a mistake, own it, make no excuses, and offer a solution.” At Trion Industries, the owner gives sound business advice, “listen to your employees, know their strengths and use the knowledge for the good of the company. During the day-to-day routine, make time to laugh and have fun creating the best factory and product” she added. Howell, in her spare time, enjoys hiking trails located in the Pocono Mountains and touring other family-owned businesses in the area, such as Yuengling Brewery; reading historical literature; watching the History Channel, especially the Viking series playing to her Nordic background; and cooking and baking for her family.


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active in the community they love so much, the partners and their staff can be found volunteering regularly at the Walk to End Alzheimers, St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, making Friends of the Poor Thanksgiving and Easter baskets, and at the CEO Food Bank. Colbert and Grebas also provide free community education events, and Brenda is a frequent speaker for the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Lackawanna County Bar Association, Wilkes-Barre Law Library and Wilkes University. She is the chair of Brenda Colbert’s philosophy by which she the Wilkes-Barre Law Library Elder lives is simple — “I believe that it is important to Law committee, is on the Board of Directors of the go out into the world and do well, but even more Dunmore Senior Center, and an active member and importantly, to do good.” (Major Meyers) past president of the Northeast PA Aging Network Brenda and her law partner, Kevin Grebas, beAlliance (NANA). gan their firm in 2012 based on three philosophies, Brenda began her career as a Social Worker as follows: after earning her BSW from Mansfield University. First, they wanted to bring a high level of She worked with elderly nursing home residents as experienced elder law services to NEPA. “Since a social worker, patient advocate, and eventually as we are both Certified Elder Law Attorneys by the Director of Social Work and Admissions. She deNational Elder Law Foundation, we possess that cided to pursue her law degree at age 29, attending level of experience,” she noted. Secondly, they Touro Law Center and earned her Juris Doctorate. wanted to truly be a local firm. That meant focusing She then earned a master of laws in estate planning their practice in NEPA and, not only participating in from the University of Miami, School of Law which community events, but encouraging and enabling she attended on a fellowship. “I was blessed to be their staff to do so as well. Finally, they wanted to able to return to my roots in NEPA once finishing provide peace of mind to their clients and their my education and to be able to practice in the field families, as well as to the community at large. of Elder Law where my passion lay,” noted Colbert. “We have witnessed the fear that people experi“I am very honored to be counted as one of the ence when a loved one needs nursing home care, Top 25 Business Women in NEPA. I love NEPA, particularly because of all of the misconceptions in it is my home. I love the people of NEPA and feel the community, and we wanted to alleviate those blessed that I have been able to do a job that I fears,” she explained. love while helping the people in my community,” As a local firm, and deeply believing in being concluded the lawyer.

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“Good, better, best, never let it rest until your good is better and your better, best” is the philosophy by which Michaeleen T. Sultzer lives her life. As the owner of Sultzer Monument, in Chinchilla, she devotes her life to family and her work always remembering the verse her late husband once told her. Her responsibilities in her job include the entire operations of Sultzer Monument. This includes sales, purchasing monuments, markers and mausoleums and any work to be done in cemeteries. She also insures the cleaning of monuments, lettering and repairs that need to be done. The replacement of monuments is also very important and she guides the workmen who do this job in local cemeteries. Sultzer’s deceased husband, Thomas, began the family business in 1950. “We have been in the same location since he purchased the property in 1959. He taught me every phase of the business so that I was able to continue myself after his passing in January 1987,” she noted. Meticulous in her work, she follows every order she receives from the time of sale to completion of

each order and each customer is given her full attention. “Because I sell a product that is everlasting and meant to be in cemeteries forever, I do not approach families to make a purchase too soon after their loved one’s demise. I know their sorrow generally makes clear thinking difficult and it is a most vulnerable time in their lives. A suitable everlasting memorial should be done thoughtfully and carefully because it will suitably represent their loved one’s life for eternity,” she explained. Both her husband, a fourth generation funeral director, and her father, were involved in the deathcare industry most of their lives. “I was taught at a very young age to be thoughtful and caring of the sorrow of the bereaved family of the demise of a loved one endures.” “In my mind there is always the thought that a suitable memorial should represent a person’s life while here on earth and it is important to get a selected place of one’s choosing,” she added. Over the years in business, the couple has donated war memorials and many cornerstones for churches and community buildings.

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PPL Electric Utilities: Mission Puerto Rico

LOCAL Fidelity Bank Announces 2018 Banker of the Year

Local employees involved in humanitarian, power restoration operation

For three northeast Pennsylvania men, it is a job like no other on an island 1,600 miles from home. For the past several weeks, Jeff Katra of Tunkhannock, Jason Roberts of Scott Township and Randy Pevec of Forest City, have been working with fellow PPL Electric Utilities workers to restore power in Puerto Rico, ravaged by Hurricane Maria in late September. PPL crews are working in the Caguas region of Puerto Rico, south of San Juan in the Central Mountain Region of the island. They’re restoring power to residents who have not had electricity since the hurricane. One day, they were able to restore electricity to a church’s day care center. On another day, a nursing home got its power back. Working from sunrise to sunset every day, PPL crews say their work is sincerely appreciated by local residents. “This has been a great experience,” said Katra. “I’m humbled to see people like this during such a difficult time find a way to smile. They are all so kind to us when we arrive at the job site every day.” “The people here are so generous. They just want to help as much as they can,” added Pevec. “The hardest part is that we’re going to have to leave soon.” Roberts said appreciative hugs and

kisses from residents whose power gets restored overcome any language barrier. One resident was so happy, he broke a bottle of champagne on a power pole after the electric service was restored. He recalled one instance where a family rejoiced on getting power restored. “There were ten of us and not one had a dry eye,” he said. “We’ve connected with the people here on a highly emotional level.” Most of the current PPL contingent of nearly 40 workers and support personnel arrived in Puerto Rico on Jan. 25 and is about to be replaced by a new group of PPL workers. PPL was one of 18 investor-owned utilities in the mainland U.S. who recently traveled to Puerto Rico in a restoration effort coordinated through the Edison Electric Institute, a trade group. Unlike mutual assistance situations here in the continental U.S., crews could not drive their equipment to where it was needed. PPL’s bucket trucks and other vehicles went to Puerto Rico on barges that departed from Norfolk, VA and Lake Charles, LA. PPL workers in Puerto Rico assisted the Salvation Army on Valentine’s Day, helping to distribute supplies to local residents. PPL employees here in Pennsylvania donated more than $10,000 for the Salvation Army’s work in Caguas.

Fidelity Bank President & CEO, Daniel J. Santaniello presented Logan Hansman with the award for “2018 Fidelity Banker of the Year” at the Fidelity Bank Honors Gala held on February 3 at the Scranton Cultural Center. According to Santaniello, “Logan was chosen by her peers within the Bank for this prestigious award because she exemplifies the bank’s core values: Relationships, Integrity, Commitment, Passion, Innovation and Success. These values represent our foundation for success and represent the standards we have set for how the bank gives back to its employees, customers, shareholders and the community.” Hansman has been with Fidelity Bank since 2011 and currently serves as the Retail Services Officer. She is responsible for providing support and guidance to the Fidelity Bank’s retail branch staff and support partners by overseeing policy, procedure and bank operational systems. Two additional Fidelity Bankers were honored for their excellence and outstanding performance. Bryan Loftus, Assistant Manager, Fidelity Bank Customer Care Center received the “2018 Excellence in Customer Service” Award. Customer Experience

Fidelity Bank President & CEO, Daniel J. Santaniello (second from left) presents Logan Hansman, Retail Services Officer (second from right) with the award for “2018 Fidelity Banker of the Year” at the Fidelity Bank Honors Gala held on February 3 at the Scranton Cultural Center. Bryan Loftus, Assistant Manager, Fidelity Bank Customer Care Center (far left) and the recipient of the “2018 Excellence in Customer Service” Award along with Judy Knowles Comerford, Customer Experience Manager (far right) who is honored with the “2018 Outstanding Customer Service Partner” Award. Manager, Judy Knowles Comerford was honored with the “2018 Outstanding Customer Service Partner” Award.


Top 25 Women in Business Awards Ceremony

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Her career path has been certainly unique as she began with a degree in elementary education from the University of Scranton. Her husband and she started their family at a young age, and before she had even finished college, she was already beginning to think of different career paths. “Having grown up observing my Dad and how he helps people in his daily life, I was intrigued by the finance world and opted to follow in his footsteps,” she explained, and took a course through the Boston University Institute of Finance to earn her Certified Financial Planner designation, and has since become a Chartered Retirement Plan Counselor and Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor. Although her professional mentor has been her father, Bill Bender, who has taught her a wealth of knowledge about the business, it is her mother, Maureen Bender, who she recognizes as her lifelong mentor. She has taught her more about how to manage the big picture than anyone else, and as the most thoughtful, hard-working and selfless person in the world, she is the epitome of a role model. The mother of five children and a registered Melissa Bender Simrell believes that anynurse, her mother worked long hours to help supthing that is worth saying is worth saying with port the family in their early years and could always respect and kindness. “I like to treat others come home and make the smooth switch from as I want to be treated. I believe this carries work life to home life, acknowledged Simrell through all aspects of my life, I try to put mySimrell’s six children - Taylor, Alana, Jenny, self in their shoes,” stated the vice-president Nora, Price and Clara are the driving force behind and wealth management advisor at Bender everything she does and her greatest cheerleadWealth Management Group. ers. “They are the reason I work so hard every As part of a family wealth management day of my life, and wanting to set a positive team within Merrill Lynch, Simrell has the example for them is probably what has led to privilege of coming to work every day with most of my success,” she noted. her father and three brothers. “We work Her husband Chris has been the most incredtogether to help individuals and institutions ible support system throughout her career. “We with their financial needs,” she explained. have an extremely busy, crazy life and I am not As a Certified Financial Planner, she aids sure there is another person out there who could her clients with all aspects of their financial survive it with me, but together we not only make life, from retirement planning, to insurance, it work, but we truly enjoy it. Our goals have education and estate planning and lending. always been aligned, as we both want to see one Her main focus is addressing her clients’ another succeed, so that makes it easy to support goals, and then coming up with a strategy to one another,” admitted Simrell. achieve those goals. She laughs, “as the lucky mother of six beauti“I truly enjoy getting to know people from ful children my community involvement at this all different walks of life, and it is a humbling stage of my life comes from the three different experience forming a relationship with them and schools they attend, as well as their various extraearning their trust. There is nothing more reward- curricular booster clubs and athletic clubs.” She ing to me than sitting with a client on the day that has also assisted her parents with many of their a lifelong goal, such as retiring, actually comes to fundraising endeavors by serving on committees fruition and seeing the payoff of years of working for organizations such as Marley’s Mission, the together toward that goal,” she added. American Red Cross and Family to Family.

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lens. A few years of working in a different industry outside of the area reaffirmed for her, her want and decision to move back and work in NEPA. “I believe it is the responsibility of business owners to generate meaningful jobs, and I am proud that as a manufacturer headquartered in NEPA, we are able to do that. I am deeply committed to both the success of our business and our area. Scranton is an incredible place to work, live and raise a family,” she acknowledged. As the oldest child of six siblings, Grace McGregor Kramer says she is incredibly lucky to work alongKramer knows the importance of family and how suc- side her father, Bob McGregor, everyday. “He has cessful one can be because of the family unit. “Having been an incredible teacher and mentor not just during parents that always pushed me to be the best that I my five years at McGregor Industries, but throughout can be, and a husband who is 100 percent supportive my entire life. He also is an incredibly supportive boss, of everything that I do, I would not be where I am especially as I try to balance life as a working mom,” without them. Juggling work, community involvement she noted. Additionally, to say her mother, Virginia and two babies isn’t the easiest, but we have fun doMcGregor, is only a mentor would be an understateing it,” explained the Director of Strategic Operations ment. “She believes in me more than anyone else and at McGregor Industries, Inc. always pushes me to be the best I can be,” she added. As with most who work in family and small She is the wife of Michael Kramer, her soulmate, business, Kramer wears a lot of hats, but the core and mother to two children, Teddy, 2, and Virginia, 6 of her job is to get work, and to make sure that it is months – and they are her everything and also keep profitable, producing a dual sales and operations role her pretty busy. She is very passionate about the area, for the businesswoman. McGregor Industries was and does what she can do to contribute to it. She founded in 1919 by her great-grandfather, and the serves on the board of Heritage Valley Partners; is company is a proud union manufacturer and installer current vice-president and incoming president of the of miscellaneous steel components, like high rise steel Scranton Preparatory School Alumni Board of Goverstairs and decorative railings. Most of the customers nors, and was recently appointed to the Pennsylvania are outside of the area, but fabrication of all of the Commission for Women by Governor Tom Wolf. In products is completed in Dunmore. 2016, she was elected to represent her congressional Kramer graduated from the Wharton School at district at the Democratic National Convention as the University of Pennsylvania with dual concentraa delegate for Hillary Clinton. She also served as a tions in finance and operations. Unlike many of her Delegate Whip Captain during the convention to coclassmates, she chose to attend Wharton primarily ordinate voting and communication of the convention because she knew that someday she wanted to come floor. Additionally, she volunteers and fundraises for back and work in her family business, so everything causes that she cares about. she studied and did during that time was through that

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Veronica Dende’s philosophy is holistic. “I reject the one size fits all approach to financial planning,” said the financial advisor for Dende & Associates, Clarks Green. Since 1992, the executive has been trying to help people plan for the security of their financial future while finding joy in learning to manage their

money. “It brings satisfaction to see clients meet their needs and reach their goals and dreams. I believe that planning your finances should be fun and informative. There is lots of learning and laughter in our office and finding solutions together makes my work very satisfying,” she explains. The financial services company plans for retirement, sets up plans for college funding, helps with life transitions including divorce and death of a loved one, assists with Social Security and Medicare questions and helps save for life goals. “If we see that our clients need an estate planning attorney or CPA, we refer them to other professionals who have expertise with tax and legal matters,” she added. Dende believes the success of her business is due to a supportive family, the desire to keep learning each day and a genuine desire to help people feel less stressed around money. Growing up, she lived all over the country as part of a military family so she learned to make friends easily and adjust to change. Her sister Terrie has been her greatest mentor. “She was a woman with great integrity, an unstoppable work ethic and the kindest heart I have ever known. She always encouraged me to take risks, especially when I first started my business and has been my biggest fan as it continued to grow,” she acknowledged. Her personal philosophy is to improve in all areas of her life every. “You cannot let a bad day, or year, or decision stop you from trying to do it better,” she continued. Her husband, Chris, and she are proud parents of four children. Dende is involved in the Abington Rotary Club, Ignatian Volunteer Corp. and a member of St. Gregory’s Parish.

Congrats Grace McGregor Kramer


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Barnes and Noble and iTunes. A story written in memory of her sister, Lisa, who was killed in the 1981 Mid Valley 8 accident, and her mother. “My goal with writing that book was to inspire others to consider their own lives and what they’re going to do with the time they have been given. I see that so many of us live day to day aimlessly, making poor choices in life, and missing out on true fulfillment because we don’t know how to discover what our purpose is,” she noted. Jill McAlarney lives each day with purpose. “Each As the co-owner of Scott Greens Golf Club with one of us was created with specific gifts and talents. I her husband and WGTF top 100 golf instructor, Scotty continue to explore what my gifts and talents are and McAlarney, the couple decided to embark upon the what good I can do with them,” said the co-owner of business adventure and discovered it was a win-win Scott Greens Golf Club in Scott Township, and a pharfor them both. While her husband holds a business macist at Weis Markets in Honesdale. degree and has a knack for creating trends instead of As a student in pharmacy school she was told by following them, his wife discovered she was capable of one of her professors that pharmacy students had to doing great things in business. She performs administake other courses besides pharmacy-related classes trative assistant duties such as completing documents, so that when they graduated they would be well-roundand she also created the course’s first website for now ed individuals. “Well, I guess you can say that I’m a of which there are three. well-rounded person in my career life because I do She serves on the Valley Community Library not just have one,” she laughs. As a pharmacist with board because she believes books and the information Weis Markets in Honesdale, the young woman aided contained between the library walls are so important in opening the pharmacy in July 2016 as the pharmacy to helping people, adults and children, to become who manager. “That store is growing beyond expectation they want to be. and I believe it is because of the service my pharmacy At Scott Greens Golf Club, three annual scholarpartner and I provide for our patients,” she explained. ships are awarded each year -one in memory of her Prior to that she was employed at Kmart Pharmacy in husband’s father John “Scotty” McAlarney; one in Honesdale and was a member of the Pharmacy Advimemory of her mother, Gilda Mecca, and one in the sory Board. While there she co-authored a pharmacy name of the golf course. “The scholarships are given manual and received the Advisory Board Pharmacist of to students of our “A Swing for Life” Golf Academy the Year award in 2010. who have excelled in both the game of golf as well as McAlarney is also a published author, and her first in their academics and their involvement in the combook, “Legacy of the Purpose Stone” was released munity,” she added. in September 2017 and is available at,


with family and friends who support her and will always be there for her. “They are beyond proud of me, but I am toughest on myself. I want to be the best. I want to fix problems and I listen to what my patients need help with,” she added. Dr. Schoonover is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Optometric Society, the American Academy of Optometry, the Pennsylvania Optometric Association, Beta Sigma Kappa Optometry Honor Society, the Junior League of Scranton and Friends of the Blind for the Lackawanna Blind Association and is a licensed optometrist in Pennsylvania and Florida. ‘‘I am happy to invest in our local community by creating new jobs and keeping business in the valley. I purchased and renovated our new building at 240 Main Street and am transforming it into a modern optical showroom and eye care clinic. This will help us give extraordinary service to our patients and enable us to continue to grow. I am looking forward to our move which is scheduled for this spring. . . My mission is to keep giving back, keep staying active, keep listening to our patients and keep up the good work,” she concluded.


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Dr. Rebecca Schoonover works well under pressure and the status quo is never good enough for her because she believes you get what you work for. “I like to focus my attention toward fixing issues and helping people. That makes me happy,” she explained. As the optometrist, not only is she the doctor and owner of Schoonover Eye Care on Main Street in Peckville, she also diagnoses and treats diseases of the eye like glaucoma and macular degeneration. “We specialize in treating complex contact lens issues, ocular diseases and we see patients with a variety of eye emergencies. My practice is more than just glasses and contacts,” explained the doctor. Dr. Schoonover is in charge of all office operations from electronic health record implementation, continuing education staff trainings and patient scheduling, as well as overseeing billing and coding in her many roles as owner, CEO and CFO. While the business is growing and moving into a space four times as large as its present location, the Optometrist is learning to delegate office responsibilities to her staff so she can focus on her role as the doctor. “One thing I do on a daily basis that I love is help my patients choose new glasses. It is the best part of my day when I help a patient select the perfect frame,” she explained. “In our practice we treat patients like family and friends. We are compassionate, friendly and caring. I love helping and getting involved. I enjoy being busy and tackling issues and getting my hands dirty. I am a worker bee. I do this because I have the ability to juggle many tasks at once and see things through to completion,” she noted. Besides a deep passion and desire to always learn and strive for perfection, she surrounds herself with honest, kind and hard working people. She is blessed



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Donna Powell likes the NIKE campaign slogan “Just Do It” as her philosophy in life, however, to that she also adds, do the right thing. “Figure it out and just do it. Spend the time evaluating and planning the decision, and then just get started,” said the CEO of Commonwealth Health Physician Network. When she was 12 and her brother 10, the two wanted to re-wallpaper their grandmother’s bedroom and her grandmother agreed. “It wasn’t perfect, but we got it done and it was still up when she sold the house 20 years later. You learn from your mistakes. Life is not a dress rehearsal. Live it now and enjoy the process of getting there,” she added. The businesswoman manages more than 200 physician practices, which encompass more than 750 employees throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania in Lackawanna, Luzerne, Wyoming, Susquehanna and Columbia counties. Professionally, Powell has had the privilege to learn from physicians, CEOs and CFOs of the respected health systems for many years. “I continue to learn professionally from the people

I work at Commonwealth Health,” she added. Powell feels that success comes from working well with a strong, well-respected team and has been very lucky to have an energetic, competent group of directors, managers and staff. “Health Care is a demanding business. It is highly regulated and undergoing a dramatic change as consumers and payers move toward valued based purchasing. Honest and open communication with the providers is key,” she adds. Knowing that a strong support system is critical, Powell says her husband has always supported her desire to work because he knew it was important to her to have both a career and be a good mother. She was only working part time while her children were little when she made the commitment to return to full time and to more demanding roles, her husband and four children stepped up to help out. “Without their support, I could not balance both work and family,” she admitted. Powell explains that her greatest reward is to see her children succeed — her son, Patrick, a College of the Holy Cross graduate working in Boston; her daughter, Maura, will graduate from Bucknell this year with a biology major; her son, Ryan, began his first year at Holy Cross; and her youngest daughter, Maggie, is a junior at Scranton Prep contemplating where she will attend college. As Commonwealth Health strongly supports community events, these have included American Heart Association, Coaches vs. Cancer, Blind Association of Luzerne County; and establishing and implementing community outreach programs aimed at Breast Cancer Screening Mammography and diagnostic procedures for Colon Cancer. Powell has also been active with her children’s sporting and school activities which were often numerous.

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For Patricia Dickert-Nieves, gratitude always leads her in the right direction. “When I am feeling overwhelmed by fear or doubt, I ask myself, what am I grateful for? That leads me to feel loved and supported. In times of discomfort it is hard to overcome anxiety,” explained the director of operations at Terra Preta Prime, Scranton. While it was a hard lesson to learn recognizing that self-care is not selfish, it may have just saved her life. “So be quick to forgive yourself and let go of shame and guilt that you carry based on your past. Forgive yourself, and the love that was shrouded in shame will find its way to the surface and you will begin to heal emotionally and then heal physically. That’s when your world will change,” added the young woman. Dickert-Nieves is responsible for the everyday operations of a restaurant, which has a lot of moving parts. Her main responsibility is her employees, to make them feel safe, motivated and have all the tools they need to do their job properly. “I am always checking in with my employees, asking them what they need, what we could do to change the work environment, how can we work more efficiently or more impactfully,” she explained. Born and raised in Farmingdale Long Island, N.Y., she moved to Lake Ariel at the young age of 16. She graduated from Marywood University with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and a minor in philosophy. That same year in 2005, she fell ill and was eventually diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, an auto immune disease that has no cure. At the time she was working as a paralegal and had aspirations to attend law school post-graduation. Dickert-Nieves is a fifth generation restaurateur related to Peter Luger, and the restaurant business is in her blood. Her mentors, her father, was an executive chef by trade and her mother, a natural hostess and event planner. “Together they make a dynamic team

and from a young age I learned about hospitality,” she added. Her father later opened a steakhouse in downtown Scranton and when he had interest in opening another restaurant locally, Dickert-Nieves and her husband brought the idea of a farm to table restaurant to him and in 2014 Terra Preta Restaurant was born. “I celebrate little successes throughout the day. As someone who lives with Multiple Scleroisis, I am very much aware that every day is new and it comes with new challenges and adventures. I love to celebrate, and I try to do that as often as possible. My success in life, love, work and health stems from acknowledging little success throughout that day,” she noted. She is grateful to her parents and three supportive sisters who have encouraged her to follow her dreams and ambitions, and to her husband who is the reason why she is so full of life and has the energy to chase her dreams. Her business supports the local arts and music through collaborations with the Scranton Fringe Festival, First Friday Scranton and the Everhart Museum, the Women’s Resource Center, the Rainbow Alliance of NEPA and refugees that have resettled in the community through a collaborative program with the University of Scranton and Catholic Social Services called Global Tastes of Scranton.

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“Dilly Dilly!” may be super silly, but don’t expect Bud Light to dilly dally. thing that’s fun, humorous and has some cultural value.” Every once in a while, a brand capGoeler sounds a bit like a benevolent tures lightning in a bottle. The mostking when he says it will be “up to the talked-about TV commercials of the last people to decide” on the campaign’s lonfew months have been the so-called gevity. Of course, he knows the customer “Dilly Dilly!” spots by Bud Light, featuris in charge and he is forthright that the ing a kingdom in which the preferred brand fears overstaying the welcome to currency seems to be Bud Light and this concept. group toasts are led not by “Skoal!,” “Dilly Dilly!” may or may not have the “Cheers!,” or even, “L’chaim!,” but by legs to sustain a run as long as Wasthe phrase “Dilly Dilly!” sup! or the Budweiser frogs. But leading The spots are funny and engaging, and brands like Bud Light have an insurance designed to underline the popularity of Bud policy that smaller brands riding a hit Light, especially in group settings. (Bud often don’t. Light is the number-one-selling Money. beer in the U.S.) The spots end Bud Light can afford to develwith the same copy line, “Here’s op multiple ad campaigns at once to the friends you can always and then ride a winner. Geico has count on. Bud Light, brewed to been doing this for years, often be America’s favorite light lager.” running as many three or four This closing line is not new to themes at once. A copywriter for Bud Light commercials; the Budweiser’s longtime agency, brand has been using it through D’Arcy-MacManus & Masius TAYLOR a variety of spots in the last year. in St Louis, once told me that With “Dilly Dilly,” as a over a two-year period he wrote catch phrase, Bud Light appears to have more than 100 TV commercials that were conjured the same viral magic that sibling submitted to the client for review. Of those, brand Budweiser discovered with “Wasthey produced only five or six. He said that ssup!” in 2000 and the Budweiser frogs was considered par for the course. Only (“Bud,” “Weis,” “Er”) in 1995. Both camthe very best ideas made it to the screen. paigns ended up running for multiple years And he was one of several writers working and dozens of iterations. on the account exclusively. The challenge of how long to run a popSo do expect the “Dilly Dilly!” concept ular campaign that catches fire is often a to go for a big laugh in the Super Bowl tough one. Big brands like Bud Light keep this year with new material, but don’t a close eye on how well the concept is expect Bud Light to dilly us to death with sustaining engagement with their audience. their latest hit. They’ll get the most out They know that allowing an idea to wear of it and they’ll resume the search for the out can be self-defeating. Andy Goeler, next big idea. with the refreshingly simple title of VP of Bud Light, told the website Thrillist, “… Dave Taylor is president of Taylor we’re expanding the ‘Dilly Dilly’ universe, Brand Group, a company that focuses on but this phrase is ultimately up to the developing brand strategy and ongoing people to decide how long it is relevant. brand marketing. Based in Lancaster, TayWe’ve been very lucky and very careful lor Brand Group works with national and about how much we push the phrase, so regional clients. He can be reached at 717we’re going to see how things play out. We 393-7343. Visit taylor brand are just happy that we’ve created someby Dave Taylor



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REGIONAL STRATEGIC THREAT ANALYSIS Competition for jobs increased yearly, and that has not only domestic implications, but international factors. ThereFactors exist that may cause this region to undergo a fore, if the region is to improve economically, there needs regional strategic threat analysis. This would be similar to a to be a special focus on where competition comes from in military threat analysis that is surely being done continuously future years. This leads to more attention on exporting and by the Department of Defense and other top level armed against the negatives and developing more ways to lend forces entities. A threat review means looking at issues that credence to the assets of the region to balance the economy can impact the Pocono-Northeast and help determine what through more exporting of products and services as well as actions are best suited to enhance the economic, environexamining importing steps. There will always be competition, mental, social and physical development regionally. Threats however, this component requires active factors that are come from many sources, both internally and externally. The critical to how economic development takes place. options available to leaders in the region can be few or many, Disasters are obstacles or threats to economic developdepending upon the specifics of a situation. The opportuniment. This was shown with the many recessions that the ties are manifold to seek solutions to obstacles or to go after region has had to overcome, the floods that have occurred new economic jobs such as the more recent announcement such as 1972 and 2011, and the such events. The situation that Penns Northeast, a regional marketing group, wants to that occurred with the 9/11 attack in 2001 that caused the focus attention on attracting an eastern Amazon facility that loss of so many lives affected many other geographic areas could add thousands of jobs. It is remindful of the attempt to such as this region and while such events are hard to predict, attract an automotive manufacturing company to the region regional preparation should be a constant function throughthirty or so years ago by the then Economic Development out the region. There are agencies such as the Emergency Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania (EDCNP) and a group Medical Services of Northeastern Pennsylvania that can be of seven economic and political leaders flew to Detroit to helpful in this regard. make a presentation to GM officials regarding the then new Sudden events are a threat to stability and the economy car manufacturing facility to the region. While that effort of the region and while such situations are unplanned and was not successful, it did not mean that further attempts hard to predict, the various colleges and universities in the should not be made to encourage this approach. The region region can be helpful in overcoming these conditions. For should get behind any activity that can add significant jobs example, the talent that exists inside the region at academic to regional economic life such as the Amazon movement. To institutions is enormous, yet little collaboration exists to bring advance an informational system that examines threats to the together this talent to help achieve appropriate study and regional economy, here are a few ideas. analysis of issues that affect regional life and the regional National policies or actions need to be accounted for economy. More attention should be focused on how to utilize as decisions are reached within the region. Some federal the amazing talent that is available through these resources. decisions or announcements can have dramatic effects on The region has other resources such as Tobyhanna how this region will meet its economic obligations. One such Army Depot, still the largest employer in the region, and the example is the discussions over outsourcing and how that talent and capability of the workers there as well as other trend can be prevented in the future. Business determines defense industries should be brought together to help orgahow it wants to grow and add value to its capability, and nize a response to threat situations. Actions along this line this requires a blending of local private sector policies with occurred in the 1990s when the Depot was threatened with national (and State) pronouncements. Attention should be closure, and such processes should be kept alive by regional placed upon bringing listing of national policies that can leaders. To the extent that the Blue Ribbon Task Force still be examined rationally and utilized as a tool in determining exists, having been formed by EDCNP, and continued by the regional approaches to furthering economic development. NEPA Alliance, this asset can be a means to avoid closure International policies that are increasingly changing such threats in the future. as Brexit, trade agreements and other factors all need to be The need to think strategically and take a course of analyzed within the region as to their positive or negative im- response to threats should become a major focal point in pacts, especially in the near term. At the same time regional coming years throughout the region. The entire regional planning along with statewide and national planning should community of the private, public and nonprofit sector should be considered as tools for decision making by development join together and become a force for action deigned to agencies and political leaders across the Pocono-Northeast. overcome the threats that are identified across the region. A Plans have been created in the past, however, they usually Regional Strategic Threat Analysis can be implemented as a have not been updated, so that more focus needs to be means to help in this regard. developed for the benefit of limiting threats and enhancing positive elements for regional economic development Howard J. Grossman is the former executive director purposes. of EDCNP, now NEPA Alliance. Email him at GrossmanHJ@

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top 25 women in business in nepa Katie Leonard, president and CEO at Johnson College, works hard, has fun, and above all, is nice to everyone she meets. These are great qualities to have as she leads the strategic direction and oversees all operations of Johnson College. Leonard holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from York College of Pennsylvania; a master of arts degree in organizational leadership from Mansfield University, and is currently pursuing her doctorate of education through Capella University. Before Johnson College, she held multiple positions in York, working with government officials and non-profit organizations. Her last position was as executive director of Downtown Inc., York’s Main Street program. The young executive attributes her success to the sound decisions she has made and the people in which she surrounds herself. “None of us get through life without the love and support of a network of people. Believe that it is our willingness to remain open and ask for and accept help when needed that allows us to be successful. In return, I am always willing to help someone in need,” she noted. She began her tenure at Johnson College in January of 2007 as the college’s coordinator of grants and the annual fund. Her continued success in the areas of fundraising and community outreach led her to even-

tually became the director of development, director of institutional advancement, and then the vice-president of institutional advancement, senior vice-president of college advancement and executive vice-president. She is extremely fortunate to have many mentors and is very relationship-driven, this having begun with her grandfather, Cosmo Casalino who was a skilled salesman who always focused on making every person feel special. Her first boss following college, Gary Sonke, taught her that as leaders, it is okay to love what we do but not to take the whole thing too seriously. Attorney Henry Leader, taught her that sometimes we must simply make the best decisions we can with the information we have in front of us. Dr. Ann Pipinski, president emeritus of Johnson College, has been and continues to be a mentor. “She has helped me understand the value of higher education – for our students, and myself, and is the reason I pushed myself to earn my master’s degree and now my doctorate,” she explained. Her husband, Bill, and daughter, Sophie, inspire her to do great work every single day. As a working mother she believes that it is possible to have a challenging and fulfilling career and a family, as long as there is balance. She depends on her husband for sound advice and honest feedback while her parents have always

been supportive her teaching her to be resilient and to help others in life. “My dad says that as human beings, we always bring out the best in each other,” she noted. Her in-laws, Sandy and Stan Pratt, are also very supportive of all she does and of her family. She is an executive committee member of the board of directors of NeighborWorks of Northeastern Pennsylvania; a member of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce’s LIFE Board; a past board member of the Lackawanna Home Builders Association; member Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE); Leadership Lackawanna alum; presenter of “Small But Mighty: How Small Fundraising Shops Can Accomplish Big Goals” at CASE District II conference; Northeast Woman in the Scranton Times, February 2013; recipient, 2010 Northeastern Pennsylvania’s 20 Under 40 Award; 2003 Central Pennsylvania’s 40 Under 40 Award; and chosen as one of the Creative 100 for the Memphis Manifesto, a national summit. ”As the leader of Johnson College, I find it important to mention how encouraging it is to see more women considering STEAM and trade related careers. These are very rewarding fields that often lead to career advancement and family sustaining wages,” concluded Leonard.

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The NEPA Business Journal’s Top 20 Under 40 recipients were recently honored at a reception at Nosh, 280 Main St., Dickson City. Each award winner was presented with a plaque during the ceremony. Photos by Emma Black

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she purchased the former St. Cashmir’s Church, and following major renovations, that center also filled. The academy currently has 175 students with a waiting list of approximately nine months to a year. The business owner also believes in giving back to the community, especially those who have also supported her and her centers, and sponsors local sports teams, t-shirt fundraising for the Dunmore Fire Department, ads for program booklets for school plays and local charities. She is on the committee for the Jude Zayac Foundation to raise funds to support SIDS research. The daycare and preschool was awarded The Scranton Times people’s choice award two years in a row. Perry also oversees the corporate portion of the business and the daily operations of both centers. “The finances take a major portion of the day for me, this includes me managing the payroll, quarterly reports, LeeAnn Perry is driven, she has to be as she paying utilities, taxes and insurances. I also maintain oversees a staff of 30 teachers and spends 10 hours a the paperwork needed for my license and making sure day visiting the 14 classrooms at Perry’s Academy of all staff adhere to all regulations,” she explained. Learning Center in Dunmore where she is the owner Her husband, John, is her greatest supporter and and president of the company. She attributes her sucshe says he respects her career and understands her cess to hard work, motivation, dedication and the ability love for the children and what she does. In addition her of realizing her dream. three children — Marla, 30, Dr. Taylor Perry, 27; and Having enrolled in college later in life, at the age of Johnny, 20, and her mother are also great supporters 34, she continued to work full time and raised three and continuously offer their help. children. She attended classes on the weekends and “My staff of 30 dedicated teachers who have the nights when she could not squeeze any more in during most important role of loving, teaching and caring the day, and earned her degree in early childhood eduunconditionally to all of the children we serve, support cation. She also attained her Pennsylvania Directors everything I do. I could not do this without these credential in the past year. exceptional women,” she noted. The young woman left her job after she earned Perry is also currently launching a new business, her degree and began a daycare in her home in 2008, Bellissimo Children’s Hair Salon and Spa, an exclusive with just three children. The effort quickly outgrew the children’s hair salon that will open in the spring offering space and a renovated garage sufficed for a short time. themed barber and pedicure chairs as well as hair and In 2011, Perry bought her first center, formerly St. skin products for children, monogrammed bath robes Cashmir’s rectory. She then filled the building to capacand a few other fun items. ity in less than six months with 52 children. In 2012,

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There is no better day for Dr. Cynthia Mailloux then when she has “helped someone that she knows can never help her.” Pay it forward. As the founding chairperson of the Department of Nursing at King’s College, Mailloux has a real passion for nursing education. “It is very rewarding to mentor students and see how once they graduate they thrive in the profession. I have always tried to empower students and colleagues to become leaders by creating opportunities for their success,” she admitted. The professor tries to understand the health care needs of the community as well as the college and this has contributed to her success and continues to push her to develop innovative courses and programs by harnessing the power of connections. As the chairperson of the department, she has been given the challenge of developing the new RN to BS in Nursing Program and the Innovative 1-2-1 Dual Degrees in Nursing partnership with Luzerne County Community College (LCCC). “To revise and develop nursing programs which offer strong career paths has been my passion,” she notes. Her responsibilities include recruitment, marketing, curriculum development, coordination with stakeholders, advising, and submission of proposals to all accrediting bodies. She lives by the philosophy “do not blow out anyone else’s candle to make yours shine brighter.”

“I could not have done this without my husband and family who have always supported me and encouraged me to aspire to what I wanted to achieve. My mother has always been very supportive and has encouraged me to reach for the stars,” admitted Mailloux. She is also a site visitor for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) reviewing nursing programs for accreditation, and a member on many national, state and regional committees. She was selected as an American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), Wharton Executive Nurse Leadership Scholar and received the Pauly and Sidney Friedman Excellence in Service Award; Pennsylvania State Nurse Association Research Award; and the Penn State Advisory Board Award for Excellence in Teaching. She is on the American Heart Association Board of Directors, Luzerne County Community College, Erwine’s Home Health and Hospice, and the WilkesBarre Area Career & Technical Center Advisory Boards; member of Circle 200; Executive Leadership Wilkes-Barre, Nursing Volunteer Leadership Council (NVLC) Geisinger System; the Geisinger Research Council; and the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Safety Committee. She has served on the Northeastern Regional Cancer Association (NERCI) Board of Directors, and is a School Director for Crestwood School District.

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amY eVeRetts

Amy Everetts is willing to take chances and believes in herself, and that is why she is enjoying great success in her life as a young businesswoman and director of development and marketing at the Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science and Art. She notes, “my success also is very much connected to the many women I have in my life personally and professionally who have provided me with encouragement, guidance and the confidence to be the best version of myself.” As the director, Everetts is responsible for cultivating and overseeing the implementation of marketing strategies for new and existing programs and events. She plans and solicits sponsorships for all large-scale special events, as well as manages all Everhart facility rentals. A large focus of her current position is also public affairs. “By meeting with community and business leaders both one-on-one and at events, I have cultivated strong regional, business and community relationships,” she noted. She also researches, writes and manages all government, foundation and private grants. Previously, Everetts held the position of development manager for the historic Scranton Cultural Center (SCC) at the Masonic Temple, where her

duties entailed soliciting sponsorships, donor relations, grant writing and community outreach. Prior to this position, she was the educational outreach manager at the SCC responsible for coordinating educational details before, during and after events. Managing her department included writing and designing all educational marketing pieces and contacted large groups for group sales. Additionally, at the SCC, she served as the marketing coordinator where she was responsible for initiating and executing the marketing, social media and promotions for all programs, performances and fundraising events. In 2008, she was producer for the news station WNEP-16, and led the production of the weekly 11 p.m. newscast. “I was given the freedom and privilege to determine the format of my show, write on-air copy, and integrated technical and editorial aspects to run an effective airing. I developed and seeded new relationships with community members from all walks of life; elected officials, business owners, charitable organizations, law enforcement officials and private citizens,” she noted. Prior to that she was a news producer for Blue Ridge Cable TV-13 News Pocono Report. Her mentor has been her late mother, Kathy Dickerson, who dedicated her life to her family and helping others. “Now that I am a working mother of two, I admire how easy she made it look. She always maintained this balance of family, friends, work and even found time to volunteer. She taught me the importance of hard-work, staying positive, supporting others, finding joy and to live moment to moment,”she explained. Everetts would not be where she is today without the love and support and her family and friends, she notes. Her life has new meaning and purpose since her son, William, 3, and daughter, Emery, 1, came into her life. She is also a member of First Presbyterian Church in Wilkes-Barre.

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Marion (Mimi) Doherty believes in taking risks and having the courage to go after her dreams. “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat,” is the quote by Theodore Roosevelt that Doherty often refers to. As global marketing and sales effectiveness director at Sanofi Pasteur, she attributes her success to the lessons instilled upon her and her siblings at an early age. Her parents stressed that there was no substitute for hard work and perseverance; if we wanted to accomplish something, we had to go after it, nobody was going to do it for us. She still remembers her mom saying “if it was supposed to be easy, everyone would do it” and her dad’s infamous “Doherty’s don’t quit,” rings in her ears to date. These weren’t just mottos, Mimi was able to constantly look to her two sisters and three brothers, who have been and continue to be her constant role models. Mimi is also the founder of Future Steps, LLC; which provides young adults with the skills needed to build connections between the classroom and the professional world and, in doing so, develop as confident,

courageous and passionate future leaders. Through customized curriculum and hands-on workshops, young adults learn how make the connection between their capabilities, experiences and interests to potential areas of study, industries and jobs. They learn how to effectively communicate and position themselves to be successful as they prepare for college or job interviews. “It is exciting to work with young people and help them see their potential and believe in themselves, they are future leaders and it’s so important they place no limits on themselves or what they can become.” Doherty received her bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross and her MBA from Johns Hopkins University. She is currently pursuing a two-year certification in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University. Having lived in New York City for the past seven years, Doherty moved back to Scranton a year and half ago. During her time in NYC, she was actively involved with Step Up Women’s Network, Big Brother/Big Sister and the Catholic Charities organization. Since returning to Scranton, she has volunteered at St. Paul’s Parish and looks forward to getting more involved in the community. For Mimi, hanging out with her nine nieces and nephews and going for long runs, is the perfect combination for a great day.

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Michele McNamara believes life is an echo – what you send out comes back, what you sow you reap and what you give you get. In 2007, Michele McNamara joined the MiracleEar family and has been providing care for patients in Northeastern Pennsylvania ever since. Her husband, Shawn, brother-in-law, Shane, and she are proud franchise owners of four Miracle-Ear Centers. “I’ve dedicated the last 10 years of my life to serving the hearing impaired and finding the best team of compassionate, knowledgeable and hard-working professionals to assist me. It is our mission to help people reconnect with their family and friends through better hearing – we truly bring light into lives that have been dimmed by hearing loss and we do it well,” noted McNamara. McNamara is a licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist in the states of Pennsylvania and New York. In addition, she is a member of the International Hearing Society and Pennsylvania Hearing Aid Alliance and a proud graduate of the Pennsylvania State University. She has been through extensive training with Miracle-Ear, received her Miracle-Ear Professional certification, and is trained in Live Speech Mapping and Real Ear Measurement. “It has always been my passion to help people, and now my team and I get to do that every day. Any patient under our care will be in good hands for a long time to come,” she noted.

Her father in-law, Thomas “Skipper” McNamara who purchased his first Miracle-Ear franchise in 1983 and still operates a franchise today, has been her mentor. Skipper took the leap of faith to purchase a Miracle-Ear franchise with his business partner, Dr. Albert Shrive. “They had the fortitude and savvy to grow the franchise. Skipper always worked hard and drove sales. He groomed his sons for success, leading by example. We are now able to pay it forward. Working to groom future generations so they may have the same success,” she added. Much of her success also comes from all the strong women in her life who give her the motivation and drive to constantly improve. Networking and aligning with people she wants to be like has always been a great learning experience for her. The businesswoman attributes her success to hard work, team work and a positive outlook on life. “I am not afraid to roll up my sleeves and work side by side with each one of my employees. If you are going to ask someone to do something you need to be prepared to do it as well. I have tried to build consistent habits that help me achieve my goals. And as a wise older business man once said to me ‘The same things happen to all of us, it is how we react to it that set us apart.’ I know my positive outlook has always carried me far,” she added. McNamara feels she is part of the best team with her husband, Shawn, and brother in law. “Our successful practice truly thrives because all three of us contribute our unique talents. I would not be where I am today without the constant love and support of my parents, Ronald and Bernice Mest,” she noted. And lastly, her daughter gives her strength to never quit, but to go on everyday and lead a successful and fulfilling life. McNamara was 2003 Federated Marketing Representative of the Year; Miracle-Ear Platinum Club winners 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013; and twotime 2013 Holland Award recipient.

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and friends, has had a passion for children since her early childhood. “I believe each child is unique and irreplaceable,” she states. “I care for all children as if they were my own. I have a great love for every child I treat,” she noted. Dr. Refice treats children from birth through seventeen years of age. She specializes in treatment and surgery of childhood eye conditions, including misaligned eyes and eye movement disorders, ptosis and other eyelid conditions, tearing and lacrimal problems, refractive errors and the need for glasses, amblyopia Nannette Zale Refice, M.D., believes in treating and decreased vision, tumors in and around the eye, others as she would like to be treated. infantile and childhood cataracts and eye conditions The doctor is the only fellowship-trained, boardas a result of premature birth at her office in Dunmore certified pediatric ophthalmologist in Northeast and performs surgery in local hospitals. Pennsylvania. She is president of her own practice, The Dunmore location also has an optical shop Nanny’s Eye Care for Kids, P.C., currently seeing with many styles of frames, appropriate for infants to patients in her office in Dunmore. Dr. Refice has practeens. Dr. Refice resides in the Green Ridge section ticed Pediatric Ophthalmology for nearly 20 years. of Scranton with her loving and devoted husband, EdSome of her past endeavors include staff die, and their three wonderful children, Annie, Edward pediatric ophthalmologist at A.I. duPont Hospital and Amelia. “My husband has always been a huge for Children in Wilmington, Delaware and at Wills supporter of their family and has been 100 percent Eye Hospital, Philadelphia and was an instructor at behind me when I decided to open my own practice. Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia. He and our three children are the light of my life,” she Dr. Refice was born and raised in Scranton, noted. daughter of Mrs. Ruth Zale and the late Dr. Anthony Also her dad, Anthony Zale, M.D., has been Zale. She is a graduate of Scranton Preparatory very instrumental in her life. He was one of the first School and attained a bachelor of science degree orthopedic surgeons in this area and had a very in nursing from the University of Scranton before successful solo practice for more than 60 years. attending medical school. She earned her medical He worked well into his 90’s and passed away just degree from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelbefore his 99th birthday. “He was my go to for phia, in 1994. She completed a one-year internship anything medical. We shared cases together and at Chestnut Hill Hospital, Philadelphia, a three-year attended local medical meetings together. Because ophthalmology residency at Henry Ford Hospital, he got a serious eye condition is why I went into my Detroit, Michigan and a one-year fellowship in pedispecialty of ophthalmology. He always supported atric ophthalmology at Temple University Children’s me and was so proud when I graduated from his Medical Center, Philadelphia. alma mater Jefferson Medical College 50 years after Nan, or Nanny, as she is called by her family him. We had a very strong bond,” she explained.



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The 3 Key Concepts I Learned About Provocative Leadership While In Prison by Biagio “Bill” Sciacca

Most of my 15,000 contacts on LinkedIn, or the several hundred thousand individuals that I’ve trained, taught, or held webinars for over the past 35 years don’t know this. I was in a maximum-security prison for four years in Northeastern Pennsylvania. It was sometime in the early to mid-90s; the actual dates escape me. From what I remember there are several levels of maximumsecurity prisons, the most secure is the one with the big wall around. I was in the one that was just below that. It had two very high, barb wire festooned fences separated by about 40 feet of space. To the best of my knowledge if you made it past the first fence and were caught in between the fences, you were given one chance to scurry back, before you were shot. For those of you that know me this may seem rather incredulous. Did the Biagio Sciacca that I know REALLY spend four years in the PA prison system? I assure you I did. What got me in the prison system was the simple signing of a contract. Funny thing, I knew I would end up in prison as soon as I signed that contract, but I did anyway. Well, by now if I don’t have your attention I doubt I ever will. So, let me explain. A local institution of higher learning had a contract with the local prison system to provide college-level courses to the inmates. I was the professor of choice, and so I spent several evenings a week and every other weekend providing courses in labor relations, economics, marketing and management, to the guests of the State of Pennsylvania. (But, I had you going there for a while, didn’t I?) So, what did I learn from these inmates? I’ve learned many things including patience, directness, focus, and clarity; all of which are tremendous leadership tools but three in particular stand out especially in light of my new book “Provocative Leadership.”

while this young man attentively took notes and enthusiastically participated. At break I asked him if there is anything he would like to talk about and he said no he was fine. I said to him that I heard the verbal The First Concept I Learned in Prison altercation and was amazed and quite impressed at The vast majority of correction officers at this prison were excellent people and tremendous human his reaction to it. He looked at me and smiled, he thanked me for beings who truly like their job and did what they could to both comfort and rehabilitate the inmates. I’m sure noticing and this is what he said: They can tell me you find at your place of employment, the vast major- when to get up. They can tell me when to go to bed. They can tell me when to eat. And they can tell me ity of individuals are good hard-working people who have a relative like for their work and their coworkers. when to go outside for cigarette. I deserve that. I did something terrible, and I should be punHowever, as in any organization a small ished for it. But, the one thing they can’t percentage of individuals stand out as tell me to do is how to think. Even though being uniquely egotistical and bullying. I am in here for life because of a very bad Those traits in the position of correction decision that I made a few years ago I still officer are magnified. These individuals have the ability to choose happiness. And view their job in terms of punishment, as I do. I may not be happy about what I did in lowering the self-esteem of the inmates or about being in here, but, I am happy. and degrading them at every opportunity. (Emphasis on “I”) (As I mentioned prior this is a very small SCIACCA number of the corrections officers. The Thus, the first concept of provocative vast majority were wonderful employees.) leadership that I learned while in prison was There was one situation where a corrections ofthis: you own your attitude. No one can change it but ficer belittled and degraded a young man mercilessly. you unless you give another person permission to do so. This occurred in the hallway of the small school in front of the classroom where he was a student in my The Second Concept I Learned in Prison management class. In any given class that I was teaching, I had EngThis young man who was perhaps in his mid-20s, lish, Spanish, Vietnamese and some strange dialect of had murdered somebody at the tender age of 19 and English-French and Creole being spoken at any given was incarcerated for life with no chance of parole. time. I can remember one class in specific because He walked into the classroom after this brutal tongue it was microeconomics. If any of you have taken an lashing with a smile on his face. economics course in general, but a microeconomics (This whole situation alarmed me. As I was locked course in specific, you know how critical specific and in a room with 30 individuals who in all likelihood precise language is to the outcome of the transfer of were in prison for murder, with no chance of parole. that knowledge. So, if there was a situation, I wanted to recognize it I didn’t cover even half of the material that I would and diffuse it immediately.) normally cover in a microeconomics course, but I Class started, and I lectured for about 90 minutes set a goal to make sure that everyone in the course I found that leadership can occur anywhere, even in prison, even with inmates.

understood “precisely” what I was lecturing. The end result of this process was that the students came away with some basic knowledge of economics as both an academic discipline as well as a methodology for social scientific investigation, but also, a real notion that understanding, as well as to be understood is the hallmark of effective interpersonal skills. This required a great deal of class time as well as a great deal of time before and after class. But it was worth it, for both the student and the teacher. As a professor I found myself stretched. And I’m sure as students they found themselves stretched. But isn’t that “stretching” process exactly what education is all about? As I was developing the framework for “Provocative Leadership” I thought about this notion of understanding as well as to be understood and found it to be congruent with conflict resolution. Most conflicts occur because of a gap in communication. And that gap is where fear, worry, doubt, indecision and vague notions of interpretation reside. As all that mental garbage that I just mentioned begins to manifest into action, most likely inappropriate action based upon what the communicator was originally trying to convey, tensions spiral. If the leader takes the responsibility to understand as well as to be understood and takes the time to frame responses to questions in a way that is most conducive to the listener, then good communication must occur. Thus, the second concept of Provocative Leadership that I learned while in prison was this: precise communication is the key to conflict resolution. As a matter fact, precise communication is the key to conflict avoidance. The Third Concept I Learned in Prison Prior to moving to Costa Rica, I knew that things moved much slower here that in the United States. To See LEADERSHIP IN PRISON on page 33

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So, the third concept of “Provocative Leadership” that I learned while in prison was this: vacillation between patience and action is the key to sanity.

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a large degree this notion of understanding the difference of internal social clock speed has assisted me in developing much more patience than what I had when I was a tightly wound business owner residing 75 minutes west of New York City and 90 minutes north of Philadelphia. Even so, I found myself becoming impatient at certain times when I perceived that this relative slowness was costing me money. Some of my students in prison had the same issue. Some were wound very tight and wanted to see action. (Some would have been excellent business people had they not done what they did!) In light of a 300-year-old system of incarceration coupled with a

300-year-old state system of bureaucracy, that monolithic one-two punch created enormous inefficiencies. The result of those inefficiencies was long wait times. Speaking to some of the inmates they said that when the opportunity for action arose they took it. When that opportunity was not there they didn’t stress over. Basically, they did what they could when they could, and when they couldn’t, they wouldn’t! While thinking of this in terms of “Provocative Leadership” it occurred to me that you should do what you can when you can, then do something else. In other words, move an agenda to as close to completion as probable, then when you can’t do anything else with that agenda, move to another one! Then go back to the first agenda when the time is right to strike.

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You own your attitude. Precise communication is the key to conflict resolution. Vacillation between patience and action is the key to sanity. Think about a plan that may work for you to incorporate anyone, or all three of these concepts into your leadership repertoire. They come battle tested from inside prison walls.

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Biagio “Bill” Sciacca, a Pocono Mountain native has been a university professional for over three and half decades. He is the Author of Goals Book: Embracing Personal Responsibility in an Age of Entitlement, and Goals Book2: The Fieldbook: Putting Goal Setting to Work. He has contributed chapters to Success Simplified and other works anchored by Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard. Bill is also CEO of Intelligent Motivation, Inc. and is widely known as a speaker and trainer in leadership, strategic planning and executive education, goal setting, management, and communications. You can reach Bill at bill@intelligentmotivationinc. com or 570.430.9303.



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Jesicca Skoloda stands up for what she believes in and the rights of other people, even if it is not the popular choice. “The goal is not to be successful. The goal is to be valuable. When you add value to success it will attract itself and you cannot go a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you get to decide what kind of difference you want to make,” she noted. The realtor/real estate investor for Classic Properties, Kingston, has worked hard to achieve the success she has today, and with determination, integrity, fairness and compassion for people. “There is not one single attribute that got me to where I am. I truly care for all of those around me and despite the craziness of my schedule I always take the time to ask how people are or reach out when they are going through a tough time whether or not they are close to me,” she explained. As a realtor she wears many hats. She specializes in listing homes and representing buyers with their real estate goals as she helps them move on to new chapters in their life. She also mentors more than nine realtors in the industry. She has a team of four realtors whom she coaches, shares business with and teams up with to ensure clients who contact her are receiving the care and attention they need with every real estate experience. Skoloda was voted Realtor of the Year by the Times Leader Choice Awards 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017; was featured on the cover of Top Agent Magazine in Pennsyl-

vania; is number one in real estate sales for the Classic Properties in Luzerne County; and ranks in the top 1 percent of sold sales in all of Luzerne County, selling $10 million in 2018 alone. So far in her career she has sold more than 30 million in real estate and represented more than 200 families. Once the young woman graduated from high school, and with very little to her name, she traveled by the public bus system to cross counties to get to work in cell phone sales and had done very well for the company. She saved enough for a $450 car and was recruited to a national jewelry store chain. She then began her college education in business management. “It was not long before I moved right up the ranks and had my own store and was a manager of a million-dollar producing jewelry store. I was great at motivating, building my team and helping them, and that store hit record numbers,” she explained. She loved and cared for her staff and therefore they, in turn, took care of her by helping win rewards in the business. She was only 20-years-old, but she had a vision, passion and a determination to build financial stability. In her mid-20s, Skoloda realized that the demand of the corporate world and working 48-60-hour work weeks was not the best fit for a family, so she decided to follow in her mother’s footsteps, as a licensed realtor. After two years getting her feet wet, she entered the world of real estate full time. “In an industry where the average realtor is 55, I was able to bring a new niche to the market by capitalizing on technology and social media to help market myself and provide better service to my clients,” said Skoloda. She belongs to the Junior League and is the founder of the local Young Professional Network of Realtors, where she is chairwoman. Some other community events have included an annual Bowl-a-Thon for a child in need; Habitat for Humanity, Trunk or Treats and hosting a comedy show to raise money for a homeless shelter, among many others.

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Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: 529 Plans Expanded derstand their state’s rules regarding how K-12 funds will be treated for tax purposes. In addition, account In December 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, owners should check with the 529 plan administraa sweeping $1.5 trillion tax-cut package, became tor to determine whether a K-12 withdrawal request law. College students and their parents dodged a should be made payable to the account owner, the major bullet with the legislation, as initial drafts of the beneficiary, or the K-12 institution. It’s likely that 529 bill included the elimination of Coverdell Education plans will further refine their rules to accommodate Savings Accounts, the Lifetime Learning Credit, and the K-12 expansion and communicate these rules to the student loan interest deduction. Also existing account owners. on the table in early drafts of the bill was The expansion of 529 plans to allow the taxation of tuition waivers, which are K-12 expenses will likely impact Coverdell used primarily by graduate students and Education Savings Accounts (ESAs). employees of higher-education instituCoverdell ESAs let families save up to tions. In the end, none of these provisions $2,000 per year tax-free for K-12 and made it into the final legislation. What did college expenses. Up until now, they were make the final cut was the expanded use the only game in town for tax-advantaged of 529 plans. K-12 savings. Now the use of Coverdell SHELP Expansion of 529 plans to allow K-12 ESAs may decline as parents are likely to expenses. prefer the much higher lifetime contribuUnder the new law, the definition of a 529 plan tion limits of 529 plans — generally $350,000 and “qualified education expense” has been expanded up — compared to the relatively paltry $2,000 annual to include K-12 expenses. Starting in 2018, annual contribution limit for Coverdell accounts. withdrawals of up to $10,000 per student can be Coverdell ESAs do have one important advantage made from a 529 college savings plan account for over 529 plans, though — investment flexibility. tuition expenses in connection with enrollment at an Coverdell owners have a lot of flexibility in terms of elementary or secondary public, private, or religious what investments they hold in their account, and they school (excluding home schooling). Such withdraw- may generally change investments as often as they als are now tax-free at the federal level. wish. By contrast, 529 account owners can invest At the state level, roughly 20 states and the only in the investment portfolios offered by the plan, District of Columbia automatically update their state and they can exchange their existing plan investlegislation to align with federal 529 legislation, but the ments for new plan investments only twice per year. remaining states will need to take legislative action A list of 529 plans offered, by state, and a comto include K-12 expenses as a qualified education parison tool are available at expense and, if applicable, extend other state tax benefits to K-12 expenses; for example a deduction READ MORE ONLINE AT BIZ570.COM for K-12 contributions. 529 account owners who are interested in making K-12 contributions or withdrawals should un-

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to become a licensed practical nurse. Today, Locker serves residents at the nursing center, specifically patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Beyond her expertise, professionalism LOCKER and experience in nursing, Locker is known by her residents, patients and co-workers for her empathy, compassion and kindness, whether it is baking for residents and their families in her spare time, helping a grieving family, or teaching a new employee. Locker’s daughter, Desiree Locker, is a teacher at Allied Services dePaul School in Scranton. Judy Korgeski, director of patient accounting at the Dickson City location, is a 30-year employee. She graduated from the University of Scranton with a Bachelor of Science in accounting. Korgeski has worked in the medical equipment center and as a staff accountant. In her role as director of patient accounting, Korgeski regularly KORGESKI guides patients and their families through medical billing issues, always advocating for the patients and their needs. Korgeski is known for her giving nature. She founded a holiday giving tree program supported by Allied Services employees that benefits individuals with disabilities in Allied’s residential developmenAllied serviCes integrAted tal facilities. The program supplies more than heAlth system 100 residents with personalized holiday gifts. The health system recognized five of its Julie robinson, OTR/L, Heinz Rehab Hosemployees at an annual awards ceremony held pital of Hunlock Creek, started her career 26 in the Graf Community Room at the Luger years ago. She currently works as an occupaRehab Center in Scranton. The Charles Luger tional therapist in the Transitional Rehab Unit Memorial Employee Award recognizes an at Heinz Rehab Hospital employee or employees for their outstanding in Wilkes-Barre, and commitment and dedication to the company has previously served and their embodiment of the organization’s as stroke supervisor. ideals and mission. Robinson is certified in helen locker, L.P.N., Skilled Nursing & neuro-developmental Rehab Center of Scranton, began her 29-year treatment and as an career in 1988 as a certified nurse’s aide. She assisted technology continued to work full time while attending professional. For more Lackawanna County Area Vocational TechniROBINSON than a decade, RobinThe National Committee for Quality Assurance has announced that ALUCP’s Service Coordination, a provider of services to people with disabilities and case management, located in Johnstown, has received a three-year accreditation for its Service Coordination program. The mission of NCQA is to improve health care for all Americans, and much of their work deals with the quality of health plans, practices and clinicians. However, because so many other organizations can directly affect quality, NCQA recently expanded the accreditation process to include home- and communitybased organizations that manage patients with complex needs. CEO tammy rhoades welcomed the opportunity to be an early adopter for the new accreditation process and put her agency to the test. The RHOADES Case Management — Long-Term Services and Supports Accreditation was earned for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term, participative relationships. NCQA Case Management — Long-Term Services and Supports Accreditation raises the bar in defining quality case management. The accreditation demonstrates their dedication to quality and commitment to providing highquality, person-centered care to the individuals they serve.

son worked full time to provide an adaptive seating program. She worked one-on-one with patients of all ages and diagnoses to customize wheelchairs and seating. This program and Robinson’s work touched countless lives, helping to ease the transition from hospital to home following an illness or life-changing injury. She continues to offer adaptive seating services alongside her full-time work as an occupational therapist on the Transitional Rehab Unit. Robinson is known for her selflessness and dedication to her work and to her team. Kathleen stella, R.N., C.R.R.N., assistant vice president, admissions and case management, at the Scranton location, started her career as a charge nurse and weekend supervisor at Scranton’s rehab hospital. She left to raise her six children with STELLA her husband, Joseph, and returned to work in Allied’s Admit from Home program in 2007. Since 2009, Stella has worked in the admissions office. In her current role, Stella assists patients and families with accessing the appropriate level of rehabilitative care. Stella attended Community Medical Center School of Nursing. She is a registered nurse and certified rehabilitation registered nurse. Stella is known for her professionalism and commitment to her patients, whether it is helping them find the care they need, advocating for them or visiting patients at home. Paul harrington, S.L.P., pediatrics, at Luger Rehab Center of Scranton, has been a speech language pathologist for more than 35 years. He earned a bachelor’s in communication disorders from Marywood University and a master’s in communication disorders from Penn State University. During his 22-year career, he has touched the lives of countless patients and helped them to overcome their struggles to regain health and normal function in their daily lives. Harrington works to provide speech language services to children and adults. He has dedicated his life to providing quality, compassionate care to the residents of Scranton and the local area. An avid runner, racquetball and pickleball player, Harrington lives in Scranton with his wife, Maribeth, and daughter, Megan.

bArry isett & AssoCiAtes inC.

The multidiscipline engineering firm with offices in Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton has hired new additions to the forensics, codes; mechanical, electric and plumbing; and project management and construction services departments. tomasz “tom” slowik, P.E., of Albrightsville, joined the forensics department as a senior forensics engineer. His professional experience focuses on structural design, building investigations and renovations, having contributed to a range of projects in SLOWIK New York City and New Jersey. A graduate of the Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice, Poland, Slowik has a B.S. in civil engineering, as well as an M.E. through the City College of New York. He holds professional engineer licenses in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, New York, Maryland and New Jersey. brandon Pfaff, of Quakertown, has joined the codes department as an inspector serving the Bucks County region. In addition to serving his community, Brandon accumulated over five years of experience PFAFF in construction and carpentry and has developed a professional background in restoration, remodeling and fire protection. A former student of Upper Bucks Technical School, Pfaff majored in carpentry. stephen “steve” Angstadt, P.E., of Mohnton, joined the MEP department as a senior project manager. A mechanical engineer, he has more than 27 years of experience in building HVACs, plumbANGSTADT ing and fire protection design, with additional experience in new facilities, additions and See PERSONNEL FILE on page 38




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Congratulates these 2018 Distinguished Citizens

Joe Price Attorney DLP

E ve r y ye a r, T h e N o r t h e a s t e r n Pe n n s y l v a n i a C o u n c i l , B oy S c o u t s o f A m e r i c a h o s t s a d i n n e r t o re c og n i ze l e a d i n g i n d i v i d u a l s w h o a c t a s ro l e m o d e l s i n o u r c o m mu n i t y. T h i s Ye a r ’s H o n o re e s we re Jo e & Ju d y P r i c e , S c o t t M e u s e r a n d D a n M e u s e r. The evening’s events also help to heighten awareness of the Scouting Program and raise the necessary funds to provide quality Scouting Programs for our youth. Although you missed the 2018 Dinner, there is still time to make your donation and acknowledge our honorees.

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This Year’s Keynote Speaker was

Earl Granville

Army National Guard Vet Combat Wounded in Afghanistan Purple Heart Recipient A persevering and determined athlete who wants to spread public awareness about mental health.

Questions: Contact Becky Mozeleski, 570-207-1227 ext. 226 Fax: 570-207-1232 Please make a note to attend next year’s dinner. It is a great cause with wonderful speakers that you won’t want to miss.

Scott Meuser Chairman & CEO Pride Mobility

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renovations. Within the span of his career, he has been responsible for the HVAC design of various projects within Pennsylvania, Oklahoma and Puerto Rico. He holds professional engineer licenses in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. Angstadt is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering. Raymond “Ray” Leary, of Swoyersville, joined the PMCS department as a project manager. In addition to his education in architectural and civil engineering through Luzerne County Community College and Penn State University, he has undergone LEARY extensive professional training and holds certifications through several outlets including PennDOT, National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies, Northeast Center of Excellence for Pavement Technology and Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

BedRock TechnoLogy

The company has hired John Amabile as a network administrator and will be responsible for the implementation, support and administration of all network and server-based systems, as well as evaluating and prioritizing incoming client requests. Amabile has 10 years’ experience in information technology. He has extensive experience in compliance, project management and customer support. Amabile is a graduate of Penn State University and earned his Bachelor of Science in information sciences and technology with a minor in security and risk analysis.

BeTTeR homes And gARdens ReAL esTATe WiLkins & AssociATes

dennis A. mooney, senior vice president/ associate broker, was voted Realtor of the Year by the Pocono Mountain Association of Realtors. Mooney’s award was presented at the associa-


tion’s winter gala and officer installation dinner at Ridgecrest at Stroudsmoor on Jan. 20. Mooney recently retired from the Wilkins management team. He will continue to list and sell homes and commercial real estate for the brand.

cAsA of LuzeRne counTy

The nonprofit organization committed to training and supporting volunteers to serve as the voice of abused and neglected children in the Luzerne County court system, has announced the hiring of two new employees. sarah mulé was hired in October to fill the position of program assistant. She previously worked as a professional journalist. She will work with the rest of the staff in handling program and administrative operations, agency development, community involvement, social media and marketing. shannon Joyce was hired in November to serve as second advocate coordinator. She holds a degree in government, law and national security and has previously worked as a forensic interviewer, caseworker and volunteer coordinator. She will work alongside the organization’s other advocate coordinator to recruit, train, supervise and support volunteer advocates to ensure the program effectively reaches the abused and neglected dependent children in Luzerne County.

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James gallagher has been named chief executive officer at First Hospital. Gallagher has more than 35 years of experience in the behavioral health field and, since 1996, has held CEO positions at several psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals in New Jersey. He most recently served as CEO of Oasis Behavioral Health in Chandler, Ariz. He earned a B.A. degree in sociology from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in administration and organizational behavior from George Williams College.

essA BAnk & TRusT

The bank announced ciTy of PiTTsTon Executive Vice President david Allen hines, Kingston, Pittston’s Peter A. gray has been operations coordinator, named chief banking was recently appointed to officer, completing the the Government Finance bank’s transition to a new Officers’ Association organizational and senior national committee on management structure. In Governmental Budgeting addition, June m. Webre, GRAY and Fiscal Policy. a veteran Lehigh Valley Founded in 1906, banking executive, has GFOA is a leading projoined the bank as senior ALLEN HINES fessional organization vice president and Lehigh with more than 19,000 Valley regional president. members in the United States and Canada who Webre has served as work within federal, state, and municipal bud- a Lehigh Valley banking geting and financial management operations. executive for more than The association strives to provide policies 30 years, with a particuWEBRE and recommendations for best practices to lar focus on commercial improve, strengthen and maximize efficiency banking. She received in government finance and budgeting. A her bachelor’s degree from Cedar Crest Collongtime GFOA member, Hines has served in lege in Allentown, graduated with honors the GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation from the University of Pennsylvania’s Stonier/ Award Program, reviewing municipal budgets National Graduate School of Banking, and has


from across the country for alignment to best budgeting practices. In his new committee post, Hines joins 26 other government finance professionals from jurisdictions across the United States and Canada in seeking to develop, promote and advocate for best practices in government budgeting and fiscal policy at a national level. Hines, a graduate of Wilkes University who also holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Marywood University in Scranton, has a record of more than 25 years of experience in municipal government leadership.


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been active in professional and civic organizations and served on numerous boards. Gray, a 30-year banking veteran, joined the bank in April. Under the bank’s new structure he will oversee the three banking regions, corporate marketing, Asset Management & Trust, Investment Services and Advisory Services.

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Bill Bochicchio Jr., Moosic, has been named general manager of the company’s Dunmore branch. In this new role, Bochicchio will oversee all aspects of managing the branch’s performance, including BOCHICCHIO JR increasing market share in equipment sales, rentals, parts and service. Bochicchio is a graduate of Villanova University, where he received his Bachelor of Science in accounting and his Master of Accountancy in professional consulting. elena seidita, Clarks Summit, was recently hired as director of human resources. In this role, Seidita is responsible for the recruitment and retention of employees, as well as consultation to SEIDITA management on staffing plans, compensation, benefits, training and development, budgeting and labor relations. Seidita is a graduate of the University of Scranton, where she received a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice and a Master of Science in human resources. Patricia o’Brien, Duryea, was recently hired as marketing manager. In this role, O’Brien is responsible for developing, implementing and executing strategic internal and external marketing comOBRIEN munications plans for See PERSONNEL FILE on page 39

PERSONNEL FILE transplantation, hematologic malignancies, bone marrow failure disorders, bone marrow the organization in order to grow market share stem cell disorders, myeloproliferative neoby attracting potential customers and retaining plasms, bleeding and clotting disorders, and existing ones. rare blood disorders. O’Brien is a graduate of Mansfield Basu earned his medical degree from RobUniversity, where she received a Bachelor ert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS), of Arts degree in communications with conNew Brunswick, N.J. He then completed an centrations in public relations, journalism internship and internal medicine residency and broadcasting. at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, followed by a three-year hematology/oncology fellowFoley, ComerFord & Cummins ship at the University of Washington’s Fred Attorneys stephen Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle. T. Kopko and daniel Additionally, He holds a bachelor of science e. Cummins, both of degree in biomedical engineering from Johns the Scranton law firm, Hopkins University, Baltimore, and a doctoral recently co-wrote an ardegree in biochemistry and molecular biology ticle that was published from RWJMS. in the Pennsylvania Law He previously served as assistant profesWeekly titled “New Law: sor of medicine, outpatient medical director Mandated Coverages for KOPKO and co-leader of the Leukemia and Myeloid Uber and Lyft Vehicles,” Neoplasia Program at the University of Louwhich analyzed the isville School of Medicine’s James Graham emerging trend and Brown Cancer Center, Kentucky. He is a clinilegal issues surrounding cal investigator for the Registered National accidents involving Uber Cancer Institute, and a member of the Ameriand Lyft vehicles. Kopko can Society for Blood Marrow Transplantaand Cummins focus tion, American Society of Hematology and their practice on the American Society of Clinical Oncology. handling of automobile rajen P. oza, M.D., a and trucking accident hematologist/oncologist, cases, along with premCUMMINS has joined the medical ises liability slip or trip staff of Geisinger Comand fall matters. munity Medical Center’s Cancer Center. GeisinGer Board-certified in soumit Basu, M.D., internal medicine, onPh.D., has recently cology and hematology, joined as northeast OZA Oza is trained to diagregional director of nose and treat various hematology/oncology forms of cancer, as well as blood diseases, and clinical co-director such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. of the Center for Bone Fellowship trained in hematology/oncolMarrow Transplantation BASU ogy, Oza earned his medical degree from at the Danville hospital. Government Medical College, India. He then In his role as regional director, Basu will oversee the cancer programs completed an internship at New Civil Hospital, India, followed by a residency at Civil Hospital, at the Scranton and Wilkes-Barre hospitals. India; a pathology residency at St. Louis Board certified in internal medicine and University; and an internal medicine residency hematology, Basu is trained to diagnose and treat patients with a variety of cancers includ- at Deaconess Hospital, St. Louis. Oza also ing leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and other completed a three-year fellowship in hematolblood cancers, noncancerous blood disorders ogy/oncology at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. and blood stem cell disorders. He holds clinical interests in blood and bone marrow PERSONNEL FILE continued from page 38

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chapter. She is also secretary for the NorthJoseph stachokus, P.E., has joined the firm east Chapter of the Institute of Managerial Accountants. In addition to her involvement in Scranton as an assistant vice president/ in various professional groups, Buckman is assistant civil engineering department head. active in her local community. He is a graduate of Penn State University She resides in Forty Fort. with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Stachokus has more than 24 years of experiKinG’s ColleGe ence in the engineering industry. He has held nancy Bellas of numerous positions with local engineering Kingston has been firms in addition to being the owner/operator named a registered of his own business for 12 years. In his new nurse in the Student role, Stachokus will be providing leadership Health Center. She will to the civil engineering department, along provide walk-in clinical with overseeing projects and participating in business development initiatives. He resides in services for the student population and particiExeter with his wife and two children. pate in health and wellBELLAS ness education for the HosPiCe oF THe saCred HearT college community. Longtime area media Bellas has been a registered nurse for over and advertising execu45 years, serving the majority of her career tive randy Williams has in a hospital setting in the operating room, joined the team as direcemergency room and GI lab. tor of communications. Bellas was past president of the CertificaWilliams received a tion Board for Gastroenterology Nurses, past B.A. in communications member of the Society of Gastroenterology from the University of Nurses and former member of the board of Scranton and spent WILLIAMS directors for St. Nicholas/St. Mary’s School. more than 25 years in She is a registered swim official for the state senior management Interscholastic Athletic Association. She is a positions at WYOU-TV in Scranton and WBREEucharistic minister for the Diocese of ScranTV in Wilkes-Barre. He has also served as an ton and serves on the pastoral council for St. adjunct instructor of media scriptwriting and Ignatius Church. broadcast news writing and production at After graduating from Wilkes-Barre Area Marywood University. Practical Nursing Program, Bellas earned an associate degree in nursing from Luzerne JonesKoHansKi & Co. County Community College. nicole BuckBriana Button of man, CPA, has been Mountain Top has been promoted to senior named community outaccountant. She will reach and social justice focus on accounting programs coordinator. and taxation for clients She is responsible for of the Moosic office. individual and group Buckman joined the volunteer efforts, as well company in 2013 as a BUCKMAN as managing the social staff auditor before beBUTTON justice education proing promoted to staff tax accountant in 2016. She earned a Bachelor of grams, such as Hunger for Justice Week. Science degree in accounting and economics Button was part of a group of volunteers at from King’s College McGowan School of BusiRice Elementary School that provides healthier ness AACSB Institution. meals and snacks to students in need during She is a member of the Pennsylvania Inweekends or school breaks as part of the stitute of Certified Public Accountants, where school’s backpack program. She collected she serves as president elect of the northeast



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donations, hosted monthly fundraisers and distributed meals to students each week. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Bloomsburg University. She is a state-certified teacher and has served as a substitute teacher in the Crestwood School District since 2014. She served as a kindergarten teacher from 2015 to 2017 at Rice Elementary.

Lackawanna coLLege

ashley carnuccio of Paxinos has been announced as enrollment specialist for the college’s Sunbury Center. Carnuccio graduated from Bloomsburg University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Bridget Judge of Scranton has been named part-time human resources coordinator at the college. christine Verdetto of Clarks Summit has been named training institute coordinator for the college’s Continuing Education department. Verdetto graduated from Keystone College with an associate degree in fine arts. Laurel Radzieski of Scranton has been named grant writer for the college. Radzieski graduated from Goddard College with a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and received a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Keystone College.

MiseRicoRdia UniVeRsity





James siberski, M.S., C.M.C., CRmT, assistant professor and coordinator of the geriatric care management program, and Carol Siberski, M.S., CRmT, C.-G.C.M., collaborated on the scholarly article “Addictions

and Neurocognitive Disorders: What Counsel Can Primary Care Providers Offer?” in the November-December issue of Today’s Geriatric Medicine, Vol. 10 No. 6. The authors used five case studies of SIBERSKI senior citizens in which the subjects exhibited neurocognitive disorders and addictive behaviors. For example, a 79-year-old retired collegiate professor developed a frontotemporal neurocognitive disorder and drank alcohol, sometimes excessively, his entire adult life and into postretirement after diagnosis. He had fallen a few times, and his memory was poor to the point that he could not remember the quantity of alcohol he had consumed on any given day. In another case study, a male with frontotemporal dementia spent $4 million on lottery tickets before his family realized what was happening. Another case showed how a female in her 70s with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease had an online shopping addiction. The university and private practice researchers stressed the examples they used for the study are not rare, but are always problematic for families and primary care physicians who have not had extensive training in addictions. In conclusion, the researchers outlined appropriate interventions from assessment through treatment using the case studies as examples. They stressed the importance of health care providers, geriatric care managers, social workers or other specialists educating patients’ family members, including the role prescription medication played in the development of an addiction. Misericordia University recognized former Wall Street executive elisabeth “Lisa” Fontenelli for lifelong support of the Sisters of Mercy and the Mercy educational traditions at its seventh annual winter commencement ceremony Dec. 17. FONTENELLI During the ceremony, the university presented



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Fontenelli with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Fontenelli recently retired after a 30-year career in the global financial industry. Fontenelli joined Goldman Sachs in 1992 in U.S. equity research and was appointed to the global research management team in 2000. She assumed the role of divisional chief administrative officer in 2005 and was named chief operating officer of the division in 2007. She was named managing director in 2003 and partner in 2006. Before her retirement, she served as deputy head of global investment research, overseeing all equity and credit research globally. Fontenelli earned a dual Bachelor of Science degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the School of Management at Syracuse University in 1986. She currently serves on the advisory council of the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. In 2016, she completed 12 years of service as a trustee at Georgian Court University, founded in 1908 by the Sisters of Mercy in Lakewood, New Jersey. Fontenelli’s connection to the Mercy tradition began as a student of the Sisters of Mercy at St. Mary Academy in Lakewood. She is a supporter of Mercy Center and Sister’s Academy in Asbury Park, and has been a sponsor of the Mercy Girls Rising Project for more than 10 years. Lalaine Bangilan Little of Forty Fort was named director of the Pauly Friedman and the MacDonald Art Galleries. Little brings to the position a broad range of experience. She has worked in both museums and art galleries, including the MSC Forsyth Galleries at Texas A&M University, College BANGILAN Station, Texas, where LITTLE she was coordinator of marketing and gallery programs, and the Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science and Art in Scranton, where she was a curatorial assistant. The university welcomes her experience in exhibitions, marketing, education, fundraising and strategic planning to help advance the presence of the art galleries on campus and in the community. Little holds a Master of Arts in teaching in museum education from George Washington

University, Washington, D.C., and a Master of Art in art history from Binghamton University. She was awarded fellowships from the National Committee for the History of Art, the Lilly Library of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, and the Newberry Library in Chicago for her research in Philippine visual culture. She also has taught art history at King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, and Binghamton University. Leamor kahanov, Ed.D., A.T.C., L.A.T., dean of the College of Health Sciences and Education, recently collaborated with a former faculty colleague and student researchers in the occupational therapy program to publish the scholarly article, “Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Fieldwork KAHANOV Educator Practices and Preferences in Clinical Education,’’ in the Open Journal of Occupational Therapy. Student researchers kaitlyn Ryan, Ellington, Connecticut; Melanie Beck, Whitehall; Lee Ungaretta, Dublin; Magdalena Rooney, Phoenixville, and elaina dalomba, Ph.D., O.T.R.-L, M.S.W., assistant professor of occupational therapy, collaborated with Kahanov on the scholarly article. The researchers conducted an investigation into occupational therapy fieldwork educator practices and the preferences in clinical education to understand better the interplay between students and supervisors. Their work identified the transition of information from the classroom to the field is beneficial and perceived as vital for the profession. It also showed that teaching interprofessional practice during fieldwork is an area of challenge still that needs better coordination. Kahanov is a certified athletic trainer with a doctorate in education from the University of San Francisco. She earned a master’s degree in exercise and sports sciences from the University of Arizona, Tucson, and a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science and athletic training from Indiana University, Bloomington.

MaRywood UniVeRsity

Joseph a. Polizzi, Ph.D., associate profesSee PERSONNEL FILE on page 41

PersOnneL fiLe PERSONNEL FILE continued from page 40 sor of education and director of the School Leadership Academy, was recently nominated to the Editorial Board of the American Educational Studies Association Journal, Educational Studies: A Journal of the American Education Studies Association. POLIZZI In his role as an editorial board member, Polizzi is responsible for soliciting, reviewing and editing research articles, as well as advising on the direction of the editorial content of the Journal. Polizzi holds a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in educational leadership. Before earning his Ph.D., he was a New York State Senate Fellow serving on the Senate Education Committee, a Fulbright exchange teacher in Pecs, Hungary, and a high school English teacher for eight years in the New York City school system, where he was a United Federations of Teachers Chapter Leader. His areas of research include authentic leadership, ethics in education leadership, understanding suffering in schools, transformative learning and using films as a medium of instruction. James M. Brown, Dickson City, was recently named director of marketing. Brown is responsible for developing and implementing an integrated marketing and communications plan for the university, coordinating marketing initiatives with all departments to increase enrollment, and developing consistent, mission-focused comBROWN munications between the university and its key constituents. He has more than 20 years of experience as a senior marketing executive, manager and leader with national and global corporations, and he has taught at Pace University as an adjunct professor of marketing. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree in marketing/management from the University of Connecticut, as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing and an associate of applied science degree in accounting from Pace University.

Merrill lynch

The firm has named Josh Mikolowsky as market development manager for Eastern Pennsylvania. In this newly created role, Mikolowsky will work closely with local leadership and financial advisers to execute the firm’s Community Markets growth initiative in Allentown, Bethlehem, Chambersburg, Harrisburg, Reading, MIKOLOWSKY Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Williamsport and surrounding communities. Dr. William V. lewis Jr., of Jenkins Twp., has been elected to the national board of directors of the Academy of Certified Portfolio Managers. The academy, in conjunction with Columbia University, offers the certified portfolio manager professional designation, and provides educational training to financial professionals to achieve and maintain the designation for discretionLEWIS ary portfolio managers. Lewis is vice president, wealth management adviser and portfolio manager with the company in WilkesBarre, where he has worked for more than 30 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree and MBA from Wilkes University; a Master of Financial Services degree from the American College for Financial Services; and a Master of Public Administration and doctorate degrees from Lehigh University. He is a certified financial planner certificant with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards and earned the chartered retirement planning counselor and chartered retirement plan specialist designations from the College of Financial Planning. Lewis also earned the chartered financial consultant, chartered life underwriter and chartered adviser in philanthropy designations from American College. He is a certified portfolio manager through the Academy of Certified Portfolio Managers and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University. Lewis is currently a commissioner of the

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Pennsylvania’s official state history agency, and chairs the commission’s state historical marker selection panel.

MisericorDia UniVersity

loraine D. Zelna, M.S., R.T. (R)(MR), associate professor of medical imaging, was published recently in radiologic technology, the Journal of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. Zelna co-authored the three-page article, “Transitioning From Faculty to a Program Director,’’ with Bette Schans, Ph.D., R.T.(R), F.A.S.R.T., in the November/December issue. ZELNA The authors outline the important role continuity plays in success for educational programs, especially for students. One of the most effective ways to ensure a smooth transition is to have program directors create succession plans while in office. With that in place, it allows adequate time for mentoring their replacement. The authors say this approach also allows the successor to shadow the incumbent program director at meetings, and during budget and schedule planning. Zelna, a resident of Falls Twp., earned her Master of Science degree in educational technology from Misericordia University in 1995. She received her undergraduate degree in radiography education at Bloomsburg University and successfully completed her radiography training at Polyclinic Medical Center, Harrisburg. Zelna has a diverse background in medical imaging, including radiography, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. She is a member of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiological Technology board of directors. In 2013 and 2017, the university presented her with the Judge Max and Tillie Rosenn Excellence in Teaching Award for her outstanding contributions to student learning and development.

natasha coy, Psy.D., clinical Psychologist

natasha coy, Psy.D., at 203 Greenwood Ave., Clarks Summit, recently completed 40

hours of EMDR training. She is employed as a psychologist in the public sector and has recently opened a private practice in Clarks Summit. This latest training allows Coy to further her practice in the treatment of trauma and PTSD.


nBt Bank

thomas sunick has been promoted to assistant vice president. Sunick has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. Sunick joined the bank in 2012 as a branch manager. Today, he serves as a business development officer. A resident of Olyphant, Sunick earned a degree in marketing from Misericordia UniSUNICK versity and Lackawanna College. He has completed other coursework with the American Bankers Association and holds a certificate in Business and Commercial Banking. Jeffrey Witts has been promoted to vice president. Witts has achieved more than 20 years of experience in the banking industry. He has had much experience working in retail bankWITTS ing, including working as a branch manager. Witts has been an integral part of mergers and acquisitions for the bank over the years. During those acquisitions, he provided training and support to the newly acquired branches. Today, he serves as the retail training manager for the bank’s branch network with more than 150 locations in six states. Witts received a bachelor’s degree in education from Bloomsburg University. He serves as chairman of the Income Committee for the Community Impact Process with the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties and volunteers for the Greater Carbondale YMCA.



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Marie Beggin has been hired as vice president of commercial lending. She has more than 25 years of commercial loan experience. She is a graduate of the Central Atlantic Commercial Lending School, where BEGGIN she graduated with honors. With proven expertise in the financial industry, her job responsibilities include managing and growing the credit union’s commercial loan portfolio. She resides in Archbald with her husband and two children.

Penn state Wilkes-Barre

The campus announced the addition of new staff members for the 2017-2018 academic year. The admissions department has welcomed diana Coslett as the student aid coordinator. She brings more than 26 years of financial aid experience with extensive knowledge of state and federal financial aid policies, certifying veteran benefits, and working with a diverse student population including first-generation students. She is a member of the Pa. Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and most recently spent 13 years at Fortis Institute. sue Cunningham has joined the student affairs team as the department’s administrative assistant. She brings a strong background in customer service, office management and marketing that will benefit the campus as it continues to service the academic and co-curricular needs of the students. Continuing education is welcoming Pamela langdon as a part-time education program associate. In this role, she will be responsible for developing, selling and administering a wide variety of education and training programs to include credit, professional development and customized training primarily for the working adult audience. Langdon has her M.S. from Misericordia University in organizational management. She has more than 25 years’ experience in the health care field. Pamela is also an adjunct instructor at Misericordia University where she teaches health care marketing.

sPojnia Credit Union

sandy reed, Scranton, recently joined the credit union as a member service representative. The credit union has serviced the REED TURSHON financial needs of the Polish National Union of America for more than 43 years. Reed lives in Scranton with her husband, Paul, and is the UrBan engineers mother of Paul Jr. and Rose Marie. She has joseph F. Musil more than 26 years of credit union experience. jr., PE, PP, LEED AP BD+C, has been elected tiMes-shaMroCk president of the PennCoMMUniCations sylvania Association of kelly FinkernaEnvironmental Profesgel was appointed sionals. The organization MUSIL marketing and events is a multidisciplinary coordinator for The group dedicated to the Citizens’ Voice, a Timesadvancement of environmental professions, Shamrock newspaper, as well as a forum for information on environFINKERNAGEL said Don Farley, chief mental planning, research and management. operating officer, print Musil is an environmental engineer who and digital, Times-Shamrock Communications. has spent more than 25 years with the engiIn her new position, she will be involved with neering company. and assist in all the marketing, events and promotional efforts at The Citizens’ Voice. Aside Wayne Bank from assisting with both internal and external Briana scholl was programs, she will provide support for many promoted to credit analyst of newspaper’s regional and corporate initiamanager. tives. Her new position plays a critical role in Scholl joined the bank Times-Shamrock’s event coordination, includ- in June 2008 and has held ing PA Oktoberfest, the PA Wineland Festival several titles, including SCHOLL and other large-scale regional endeavors. She consumer lending specialis a graduate of West Chester University and ist. She currently serves resides in Dunmore with her husband, Chris. as a credit analyst for the commercial credit

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Clarks Summit resident daniel turshon is now chief of the C3T cyber support branch, production engineering directorate. As chief he supervises daily operations while ensuring timely completion and delivery of systems software that C3T personnel maintain. C3T stands for Command, Control, Communications-Tactical. Before his current position, Turshon was chief of the information management division, 5th Signal Command, Wiesbaden, Germany. He began his depot career in October. Turshon graduated from high school in Maple Heights, Ohio. In 2006, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in computer infor-


mation technology with an undergraduate certificate in German studies. In 2014, he received a master’s in information technology, information assurance. He served on active duty in the Army for eight years as a mechanized infantry soldier.


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department. Scholl holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Misericordia University and resides in Honesdale with her husband, Ray, and sons, Nate and Jace.

Wayne MeMorial CoMMUnity health Centers

Board-certified registered nurse practitioner Candace Plociniak, MSN, FNP-BC, has joined as an adult primary care provider. She joins Drs. Michael Peterson and Charles Aronica at the Pinnacle


Family Health Center located in Tafton. Plociniak earned both her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in nursing from Misericordia University, Dallas. She also received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Temple University, Philadelphia. She has had a five-year career as a registered nurse.

the Wright Center

Meaghan ruddy, MA, PhD, BCC, ACC was recently named director of medical education at the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education. Ruddy will continue her work with national partners to support the RUDDY Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education’s National Family Medicine Residency. As a board-certified coach through the Center for Credentialing and Education and an associate certified coach through the International Coach Federation, she aims to implement leadership development options for all members of the Wright Center, including social, emotional and conversational intelligence coaching for personal development and team effectiveness. Ruddy joined the center in 2014. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from King’s College with a focus on bioethics. She received her Master of Arts in theology from the University of Scranton with a focus in rhetorical criticism and her Doctor of Philosophy in human development with a focus in instructional leadership from Marywood University.

WVia PUBliC Media

jennifer neuhard rempe was hired to work in the Susquehanna Valley as a corporate development representative. She primarily will handle all WVIA underwriting and corporate sponsorships to come out of Lycoming, Columbia, Northumberland, Union, Montour and Snyder counties. Rempe has more than 20 years of experience in fundraising, marketing and higher education. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Cedar Crest College in Allentown and an MBA from the Florida Institute of Technology, in Melbourne, Florida. She resides in Watsontown with her husband, three children and more than a few animals.


Big Joe Realty LLC. Property Location: Bloomsburg. Seller: Michael M. Morucci. Amount: $710,000. Michael M. Morucci. Property Location: Bloomsburg. Seller: Earle J. Moore. Amount: $435,938. Gregory Eugene Gallerizzo. Property Location: Mt. Pleasant Twp. Seller: Eric Shellenynberger. Amount: $345,000. Thomas C. Copus. Property Location: Hemlock Twp. Seller: Darren L. Payton. Amount: $310,000. Clear General LLC. Property Location: Greenwood Twp. Seller: Chastian Sample Group 2006 LLC. Amount: $480,000.


Crown CFM Holdings LLC. Property Location: Carbondale City. Seller: CFM Realty Assoc. Amount: $599,823. David Lawrence Ward. Property Location: Clifton Twp. Seller: Brice R. Wachterhauser. Amount: $377,000. Lawrence Selenski. Property Location: Dalton Boro. Seller: Barbara D. Scanlon. Amount: $250,000. Crown DFM Holdings LLD. Property Location: Dickson City. Seller: Andrew G. Zubert. Amount: $338,879. SCF RC Funding IV LLC. Property Location: Dickson City. Seller: Ruby Tuesday Inc. Amount: $1,333,000. Electric City Real Estate LLC. Property Location: Dickson City. Seller: Noto Brothers Family Partnership. Amount: $2,800,000. FNCB Bank. Property Location: Dunmore Boro. Seller: Botscheller Associates T/A. Amount: $2,150,000. John J. Mandarano. Property Location: Dunmore Boro. Seller: Katharine E. Dempsey. Amount: $320,000. Noble Grove Holdings LLC. Property Location: Dunmore Boro. Seller: Grove Textiles Inc. Amount: $593,700. Robert J. Altonen. Property Location: Jefferson Twp. Seller: James B. Sabia. Amount: $585,000. Crown CFM Holdings LLC. Property Location: Jermyn Boro. Seller: CF Realty. Amount: $580,474. Joseph P. Incelli. Property Location: Jermyn Boro. Seller: John L. Kennedy. Amount: $300,000. Dennis J. McComsey. Property Location: Madison Twp. Seller: Manuel Rego. Amount: $285,000. Crown CFM Holdings LLC. Property Location: Moosic Boro. Seller: Andrew G. Zubert. Amount: $1,451,186.

Robert A. Lambert. Property Location: Moosic Boro. Seller: Kenneth Powell. Amount: $360,485. Michael Boyle. Property Location: Moosic Boro. Seller: Frank Belak. Amount: $360,000. Kim Hansen. Property Location: Moscow Boro. Seller: Gerald S. Fowler. Amount: $360,000. Sherrilynn Tarapchak. Property Location: No. Abington Twp. Seller: Jerry Warsky Kaufman. Amount: $500,000. Thomas Schilling. Property Location: Roaring Brook Twp. Seller: Ralph Pane. Amount: $252,000. Scranton City. Property Location: Scranton City. Seller: RSM Properties LLC. Amount: $375,000. David Ramirez. Property Location: Scranton City. Seller: Diane M. Fletcher. Amount: $258,000. HP102LLC. Property Location: Scranton City. Seller: Prescott Partners. Amount: $360,000, Posh Holdings. Property Location: Scranton City. Seller: 402 North Washington LLC. Amount: $1,050,000. Slocum Hollow Properties LLC. Property Location: Scranton City. Seller: Esther M. Marchington. Amount: $270,000. Jeffrey Nothiger. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Seller: Michael Graves. Amount: $371,000. Robert J. Moher. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Seller: Boston Land Company Inc. Amount: $327,000. Daniel John Marx. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Seller: Robert J. Bruno. Amount: $300,000. Yibai Li. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Seller: Gail W. O’Donnell. Amount: $389,000. Jonathan L. Zohner. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Seller: Vincent Piazza Jr. Amount: $290,250. Todd Hoynitski. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Seller: Anne J. Byer. Amount: $300,000. Kevin Spangenberg. Property Location: Springbrook Twp. Seller: Bernard J. Knocko III. Amount: $344,330. Gotham Capital Ventures LLC. Property Location: Unknown. Seller: WTRO Properties Inc. Amount: $260,000. Richard Brown. Property Location: Unknown. Seller: Cloverleaf Developers LLC. Amount: $263783. Diane Horsley. Property Location: Unknown. Seller: Harmar D. Brereton. Amount: $425,000.


Matthew Crowl. Property Location: Kingston Twp. Seller: Barbara A. Steever. Amount: $350,000. MSY LLC. Property Location: Fairview Twp. Seller: NJY LLC. Amount: $310,000.

Mark C. Shade. Property Location: Butler Twp. Seller: Thomas Brielmeier. Amount: $340,000. Scott T. Millington. Property Location: Fairview Twp. Seller: Walden Estates Inc. Amount: $448,248. Paula Ozark. Property Location: Jenkins Twp. Seller: Luchi Real Estate LLC. Amount: $271,242. Max A. Yeslavage. Property Location: Bear Creek Twp. Seller: Louis J. Scarano. Amount: $405,000. Kelly Dolon. Property Location: Hazleton City. Seller: Antoinette Heller. Amount: $336,650. Thomas C. Neal. Property Location: Rice Twp. Seller: Presidential Land Co. LTD. Amount: $459,900. Jared Petrick. Property Location: Wright Twp. Seller: Neil T. Hunsinger. Amount: $265,000. Timothy J. Marinos. Property Location: Pittston Twp. Seller: Edward W. Stanks Jr. Amount: $725,000. Christopher J. Johnson. Property Location: Sugarloaf Twp. Seller: Gabriel J. Horvath Jr. Amount: $290,000. Francis Pikul. Property Location: Hanover Twp. Seller: Joseph J. Dubinski. Amount: $250,000. Samuel J. Ferrara. Property Location: Dallas Twp. Seller: Bruce Fine. Amount: $420,000. Crown CFM Holdings LLC. Property Location: Kingston Boro. Seller: Andrew G. Zubert. Amount: $474,053. Crown CFM Holdings LLC. Property Location: Freeland Boro. Seller: Andrew G. Zubert. Amount: $328,935. Crown CFM Holdings LLC. Property Location: Pittston City. Seller: Andrew G. Zubert. Amount: $396,657. Crown CFM Holdings LLC. Property Location: Kingston Boro. Seller: Andrew G. Zubert. Amount: $580,474. Jason Michael Lane. Property Location: Hughestown Boro. Seller: Karin E. Getz. Amount: $263,000. Sorber Development LLC. Property Location: Salem Twp. Two Parcels. Seller: Gilbert C. Morgan Amount: $285,900. Christopher L. Lupini. Property Location: Nescopeck Boro. Seller: Joy Cameron Hicks. Amount: $405,000. Hwanyong Kim. Property Location: Butler Twp. Seller: Sand Springs Development Corporation. Amount: $274,900. Scott E. Henry. Property Location: Dallas Twp. Seller: Charles Bennett Calkins. Amount: $318,000. Byron Read. Property Location: West Pittston Boro. Five Parcels. Seller: Dolores M. Lanunziata. Amount: $400,000. Trisha Deyo. Property Location: Union Twp. Seller: David Ferrey. Amount: $265,000.

Larry Elliott. Property Location: Hazle Twp. Seller: Mark J. Dunlap. Amount: $276,000. Rodrigo Freitas Da Silva. Property Location: Dallas Boro. Seller: Douglas J. Carroll Jr. Amount: $320,000. Alex J. Domnski. Property Location: Wright Twp. Seller: Ronald Mead Jr. Amount: $280,000. Gregory A. Strevig. Property Location: Fairmount Twp. Seller: Walter L. Walker. Amount: $370,000. Ajay Arora. Property Location: Kingston Twp. Seller: Fannie Mae Federal National Mortgage Association. Amount: $279,000. Karen Lurito. Property Location: Rice Twp. Seller: Nanci Romanyshyn. Amount: $810,000. Jay A. Gross. Property Location: Butler Twp. Seller: Sand Springs Development Corporation. Amount: $301,310. Gregory R. Stauffer. Property Location: Jackson Twp. Seller: Cedar Tree Ridge LLC. Amount: $282,000. Pacifica Hazleton LLC. Property Location: Sugarloaf Twp. Three Parcels. Seller: Huntsville Limited Partnership. Amount: $875,000. NILI Birchwood LLC. Property Location: Exeter Boro. Two Parcels. Seller: Happy Homes Wyoming LLC. Amount: $1,561,316.


Arad PA Commercial 1 LLC. Property Location: Stroud Twp. Seller: JAR Ventures LLC. Amount: $255,000. Mariana Sanchez. Property Location: Pocono Twp. Seller: DE&S Properties Inc. Amount: $297,000. Norman Fayne. Property Location: Stroudsburg. Seller: Marianne Westervelt Jr. Amount: $1,000,000. Emir Hot. Property Location: Pocono Twp. Seller: Scott Sherr. Amount: $320,000. James Ferraro. Property Location: Hamilton Twp. Seller: William Quinones. Amount: $450,000. Victor Trevino. Property Location: Pocono Twp. Seller: Loleen Schuon. Amount: $355,000. Gerald Loyek. Property Location: Pocono Twp. Seller: Michael McGuinness. Amount: $450,000. Galvin Dudley. Property Location; Pocono Twp. Seller: Classic Quality Homes. Amount: $303,500. Guiffre Holdings LLC. Property Location: East Stroudsburg. Seller: Boccavento Inc. Amount: $740,000. Brian Brady. Property Location: Middle Smithfield Twp. Seller: Gail Mahoney. Amount: $454,888. Richard Mittereder. Property Location: Barrett Twp. Seller: Lawrence Snyder. Amount: $350,000. Jody Borger. Property Location: Eldred Twp. Seller Moises Levy. Amount: $360,000. Dansbury Mission Holdings LLC. Property Location: Stroudsburg. Seller: Rudolphus Wesselius. Amount: $300,000.




Simon Shagalov. Property Location: Blooming Grove Twp. Seller: Carol Bagnini. Amount: $620,000. Callum Alexander Runcie. Property Location: Delaware Twp. Seller: James F. Delaney. Amount: $260,000. Lisa A. Luciano. Property Location: Delaware Twp. Seller: Kathleen Luciano. Amount: $275,000. Henry M. Boheim. Property Location: Delaware Twp. Seller: Habib Younes. Amount: $265,000. Matthew Light. Property Location: Delaware Twp. Seller: Greg Keller. Amount: $315,000. Douglas N. Fulton. Property Location: Dingman Twp. Seller: Kathy Talka. Amount: $450,000. Augustine Borrico. Property Location: Dingman Twp. Seller: Joseph Crapanzano. Amount: $262,000. Stone Financing LLC. Property Location: Dingman Twp. Seller: Daniel S. Kulick. Amount: $290,000. Muhammed Nabi. Property Location: Dingman Twp. Seller: John E. Errico. Amount: $275,000. Donald Ringhauser. Property Location: Dingman Twp. Seller: Victor Selepouchin. Amount: $300,000. Eric J. Jakubowski. Property Location: Dingman Twp. Seller: Damian Santiago. Amount: $265,000. Richard O’Brien. Property Location: Greene Twp. Seller: Gail Haselnus. Amount: $305,000. Craig Scott Williamson. Property Location: Greene Twp. Seller: Ann Kahwaty. Amount: $290,000. Federal National Mortgage Association. Property Location: Lackawaxen Twp. Seller: Martin R. Karsh. Amount: $332,265. Robert Joyce. Property Location: Lackawaxen Twp. Seller: Joseph Burruano. Amount: $370,000. Perceptive Properties LLC. Property Location: Milford Twp. Seller: 611 Broad Street LLC. Amount: $710,000. Mario D. Robinson Jr. Property Location: Milford Twp. Seller: Margaret A. Contreras. Amount: $256,500. John St. John. Property Location: Milford Twp. Seller: Sean M. McKean. Amount: $282,000. Mark J. Volpe. Property Location: Milford Twp. Seller: Brian McKenna. Amount: $325,000. Robert Pascale. Property Location: Palmyra Twp. Seller: Owen V. Blake. Amount: $380,000. Patricia Ann Denton. Property Location: Palmyra Twp. Seller: Paul A. Colella. Amount: $405,000. Kopp Enterprises LLC. Property Location: PIKE COUNTY Palmyra Twp. Seller: Marine Investments LLC. Kenneth Van Tassel. Property Location: Blooming Amount: $250. Grove Twp. Seller: Gary Weksler. Amount: $252,000. Steamboat Springs LLC. Property Location: PalMary Evelyn Malloy. Property Location: Blooming myra Twp. Seller: Gary A. Meyers. Amount: $267,000. Grove Twp. Seller: Robert A. Reidnauer. Amount: Scott Rhea. Property Location: Palmyra Twp. $265,000. Seller: Daniel J. Silvestri. Amount: $259,000. Scott P. Hall. Property Location: Blooming Grove Mark H. Gitlen. Property Location: Shohola Twp. Twp. Seller: Edward L. Hartmann. Amount: $485,000. Seller: Lloyd J. Johnson. Amount: $625,000.

KSRPT LLC. Property Location: Stroud Twp. Seller: Bonnie Miller. Amount: $530,000. Iryna Bakalets. Property Location: Hamilton Twp. Seller: W. Hall. Amount: $350,000. G. Davis Properties. Property Location: Coolbaugh Twp. Seller: Dein Properties LP. Amount: $900,000. Siloam World Gospel Mission Church. Property Location: Tunkhannock Twp. Seller: Han Sung Church Reformed Church in America. Amount: $250,000. DeFino Properties LLC. Property Location: Barrett Twp. Seller: Skytop Lodge Corp. Amount: $300,000. Abigail Robertson. Property Location: Smithfield Twp. Seller: Steven Russin. Amount: $299,000. Ronald Hahn. Property Location: Tunkhannock Twp. Seller: David Dungan. Amount: $326,900. Suburban Realty LP. Property Location: Stroud Twp. Seller: AKA-PRA LP, Pannda Inc. Amount: $3,400,000. Suburban Realty LP. Property Location: Stroud Twp. Seller: Paul Edinger. Amount: $900,000. Vita Capital LLC. Property Location: Chestnuthill Twp. Seller: Carole Grant. Amount: $370,000. Ambama LLC. Property Location: Stroud Twp. Seller: Michael Riedinger. Amount: $675,000. Gable Partnership LLC. Property Location: Pocono Twp. Seller: RGRG Realty LLC. Amount: $600,000. Jade Ramos. Property Location: Pocono Twp. Seller: Classic Quality Homes. Amount: $300,000. Ross Hurwitz. Property Location: Tobyhanna Twp. Seller: Patricia Rinehimer. Amount: $396,500. Troy Tweedy. Property Location: Stroud Twp. Seller: Lot Holding Co. LLC. Amount: $400,000. John McInerney. Property Location: Stroud Twp. Seller: Santana Saenz. Amount: $460,000. NRD RT 39 LLC. Property Location: Stroud Twp. Seller: Ruby Tuesday Inc. Amount: $500,000. Brodheadsville Storage LP. Property Location: Pocono Twp. Seller: Donald Simpson. Amount: $1,850,000. Peter Chang. Property Location: Chestnuthill Twp. Seller: Donald Kishbaugh. Amount: $317,000.



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Clear General LLC. Property Location: GreenKenneth J. Adler. Property Location: Westfall Twp. wood Twp. Lender: Tompkins Trust Company. Seller: Georgianna Dodd. Amount: $285,000. Amount: $388,000.


Larry E. Kacyon Jr. Property Location: Clinton Twp. Seller: Timothy S. Harris. Amount: $329,000. Mark C. McGoldrick. Property Location: Overfield Twp. Seller: Terry J. Gallagher. Amount: $450,000. Josephine Massimini Trustee. Property Location: Monroe Twp. Seller: Noxen DG LLC. Amount: $1,583,942. James N. Blachek. Property Location: Clinton Twp. Seller: Peggy Clark Excx. Amount: $335,000. Mark B. Sxymanski. Property Location: Overfield Twp. Seller: Jonathan B Hodgson. Amount: $547,000. Christopher R. Somers. Property Location: Overfield Twp. Seller: Virginia M. Clarke Amount: $260,000. Ryan C. Jones. Property Location: Exeter Twp. Seller: 404-422 Coolbaugh Mountain LP. Amount: $274,950. Corine Ross. Property Location: Lemon Twp. Seller: Chad D. Gorman. Amount: $265,000.


Aaron B. Stagliano. Property Location: No. Centre Twp. Lender: First Columbia Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $333,350. Ronnie C. Morris. Property Location: So. Centre Twp. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. Amount: $315,000. Empire Columbia LP. Property Location: Hemlock Twp. Lender: American Bank. Amount: $1,000,785. Natalie M. Stanton. Property Location: Hemlock Twp. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. Amount: $306,850. Big Joe Realty LLC. Property Location: Bloomsburg. Lender: First Columbia Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $710,000. Gregor Eugene Gallerizzo. Property Location: Mt. Pleasant Twp. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. Amount: $324,800. Carl R. Slater Jr. Property Location: Madison Twp. Lender: AgChoice Farm Credit. Amount: $2,800,000. Thomas C. Copus. Property Location: Hemlock Twp. Lender: Wells Fargo Bank. Amount: $320,200. Benton Sr. 118 DG LLC. Property Location: Sugarloaf Twp. Lender: Servisfirst Bank. Amount: $1,200,000. Steven H. Shannon. Property Location: Bloomsburg. Lender: M&T Bank. Amount: $2,200,000.


ETK Ventures LP. Property Location: Carbondale City. Lender: Community Bank. Amount: $605,000. Crown CFM Holdings LLC. Property Location: Carbondale City. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust. Co. Amount: $6,500,000. Crown CFM Holdings LLC. Property Location: Carbondale City. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $3,000,000. Robert W. Farber. Property Location: Carbondale City. Lender: NBT Bank. Amount: $250,000. David Lawrence Ward. Property Location: Clifton Twp. Lender: New Penn Financial LLC. Amount: $301,600. Crown CFM Holdings LLC. Property Location: Dickson City. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $6,500,000. Crown CFM Holdings LLC. Property Location: Dickson City. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $3,000,000. Electric City Real Estate LLC. Property Location: Dickson City. Lender: Bryn Mawr Trust Co. Amount: $3,000,000. Richard Barth. Property Location: Dunmore Boro. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: $300,000. Noble Grove Holdings LLC. Property Location: Dunmore Boro. Lender: Provident Bank. Amount: $416,500. ALJ Realty LLC. Property Location: Glenburn Twp. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: $300,000. CJS Realty LLC. Property Location: Glenburn Twp. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $560,000. Jeffrey M. Gillette. Property Location: Glenburn Twp. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: $453,000. Jeffrey M. Gillette. Property Location: Glenburn Twp. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: $378,250. Deborah S. Mican. Property Location: Greenfield Twp. Lender: Third Federal Savings & Loan Assoc. of Cleveland. Amount: $298,000. William J. Olker. Property Location: Jefferson Twp. Lender: Fidelity Bank & Disc Bk. Amount: $279,314. Paul T. Blackledge. Property Location: Jefferson Twp. Lender: Essa Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $2,144,200. Crown CFM Holdings LLC. Property Location: Jermyn Boro. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $6,500,000. See FOR THE RECORD on page 45

FOR THE RECORD Melanie L. Heard. Property Location: Roaring Brook Twp. Lender: NBT Bank. Amount: Crown CFM Holdings LLC. Property Location: $276,400. Jermyn Boro. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Charles Joseph Foster IV. Property Location: Ci, $3,000,000. Roaring Brook Twp. Lender: Service 1st Federal Credit Joseph P. Incelli. Property Location: Jermyn Union. Amount: $268,000 Boro. Lender: Honesdale National Bank. Amount: Thomas Schilling. Property Location: Scott Twp. $250,400. Lender: Wells Fargo Bank. Amount: $252,000. 1 Alberigi LLC. Property Location: Jessup Boro. David Ramirez. Property Location. Scranton Lender: Voya Retirement Insurance & Annuity ComCity. Lender: Navy Federal Credit Union. Amount: pany. Amount: $76,000,000. $258,000. SLPS Realty LLP. Property Location: Moosic Nantucket Holding Co. LLC. Property Location: Boro. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: Scranton City. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust $440,000. Co. Amount: $650,000. Crown CPM Holdings LLC. Property Location: Westminster Place Partnership. Property Moosic Boro. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Location: Scranton City. Lender: PNC Bank. Amount: Co. Amount: $6,500,000. $2,995,141. Crown CPM Holdings LLC. Property Location: Crown CFM Holdings LLC. Property Location: Moosic Boro. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Scranton City. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $3,000,000. Co. Amount: $6,500,000. Rakesh Patel. Property Location: Moosic Boro. Crown CFM Holdings LLC. Property Location: Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: $ 424,100. Scranton City. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Glenmaura Senior Living LLC. Property Location: Co. Amount: $3,000,000. Moosic Boro. Lender: Community Bank. Amount: Posh Holdings LLC. Property Location: Scranton $18,000,000. City. Lender: Essa Bank & Trust. Amount: $2,144,200. Stepp4 Properties LLC. Property Location: Evans Holdings LLC. Property Location: Scranton Moosic Boro. Lender: Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. City. Lender: Penn East Federal Credit Union. Amount: Amount: $348,000. $650,000. Michael Boyle. Property Location: Moosic Boro. JCJ Realty Holdings LLC. Property Location: Lender: Ark La Tex Financial Services LLC. Amount: Scranton City. Lender: Peoples Security Bank. $288,000. Amount: $500,000. Dale R. Gilmore. Property Location: MosJoyce Outdoor Advertising LLC. Property Locacow Boro. Lender: RMK Financial Corp. Amount: tion: Scranton City. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & $267,000. Trust Bank. Amount: $270,000. Ross J. Macciocco. Property Location: Newton JAG Morgison Enterprises Inc. Property Location: Twp. Lender: LoanDepot Com LLC. Amount: Scranton City. Lender: First National Bank of PA. $312,700. Amount: $975,000. MSA Inc. Property Location: Newton Twp. Lender: ATR Properties LLC. Property Location: Scranton PS Bank. Amount: $450,000. City. Lender: First National Bank of PA. Amount: Sherrilyn Tarapchak. Property Location: No. $864,000. Abington Twp. Lender: FNCB Bank. Amount: $400,000. C&W 415 Wyoming LP. Property Location: ScranMichael F. Martinelli IV. Property Location: No. ton City. Lender: First National Bank of PA. Amount: Abington Twp. Lender: PS Bank. Amount: $312,500. $756,000. Byron Read. Property Location: No. Abington Jeffery Nothiger. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Co. Twp. Lender: Quicken Loans Inc. Amount: $383,243. Amount: $440,000 Daniel John Marx. Property Location: So. AbingBryon Read. Property Location: No. Abington ton Twp. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: Twp. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Co. $311,200. Amount: $400,000. Yibai Li. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. MJ Development LLC. Property Location: No. Lender: JPMorgan Chase Bank. Amount: $290,250. Abington Twp. Lender: First National Bank of PA. Brittney Hiller. Property Location: So. AbingAmount: $416,500. ton Twp. Lender: LoanDepot Com LLC. Amount: Louis M, Lifrieri. Property Location: Roaring $375,000. Brook Twp. Lender: Pentagon Federal Credit Union. Martini-Spangenberg T/A. Property Location: Amount: $1,040,000. FOR THE RECORD continued from page 44

Springbrook Twp. Lender: Gold Credit Union. Amount: $327,100. Gotham Capital Ventures LLC. Property Location: Unknown. Lender: TD Bank. Amount: $249,000. JCJ Realty Holdings LLC. Property Location: Unknown. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $500,000. Francis M. Goskowski. Property Location: Unknown. Lender: Synergy One Lending Inc., Amount: $409,500. Francis M. Goskowski. Property Location: Unknown. Lender: Federal Housing Commissioner. Amount: $409,500. Andrea Rose Pastore. Property Location: Unknown. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Reg Sys Inc. Amount: $384.000. Anthony W. Ancherani. Property Location: Unknown. Lender: Citizens Savings Bank. Amount: $384,000. Mark Szymakski. Property Location: Unknown. Lender: PNC Bank. Amount: $251,200. Timothy J. Tyler. Property Location: Unknown. Lender: Quicken Loans Inc. Amount: $272,000. Scott E. Schermerhorn. Property Location: Unknown. Lender: First National Bank of PA. Amount: $975,000. Sarah L. Gombar. Property Location: Unknown. Lender: Community Bank. Amount: $317,000.

Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. Quicken Loans Inc. Amount: $275,700. Kelly Dolon. Property Location: Jenkins Twp. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. Stearns Lending LLC. Amount: $319,817. 525 E. Main LLC. Property Location: Plains Twp. Lender: Mercantile Bank of Michigan. Amount: $1,040,000. Hazleton House LLC. Property Location: Hazleton City. Lender: Branch Banking & Trust Company. Amount: $274,405. Kevin P. Yurko. Property Location: Harvey’s Lake Boro. Two Parcels. Lender: ESSA Bank & Trust. Amount: $682,550. Thomas C. Neal. Property Location: Rice Twp. Lender: Wells Fargo Bank. Amount: $359,900. Mady Real Estate Company. Property Location: Hazle Twp. Lender: Riverview Bank. Amount: $816,000. Michael Cramton. Property Location: Kingston Boro. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. M&T Bank. Amount: $300,000. MSM Realty LP. Property Location: Kingston Boro. Lender: FNCB Bank. Amount: $480,000. Timothy J. Marinos. Property Location: Pittston Twp. Lender: Jim Thorpe National Bank. Amount: $580,000. Christopher J. Johnson. Property Location: Sugarloaf Twp. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration LUZERNE COUNTY Systems Inc. Quicken Loans Inc. Amount: $280,000. Heidi Amend. Property Location: Wright Twp. JCJ Realty Holdings LLC. Property Location: Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. Avoca Boro. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Ailani’s Development Company. Property Co. Amount: $500,000. Location: Newport Twp. Lender: Nancy Jean Yalch. CK-HP Wilkeswood Owner LP. Property Location: Amount: $414,000. Wilkes Barre Twp. Two Parcels; Plains Twp. Two MSY LLC. Property Location: Fairview Twp. Parcels. Lender: Walker & Dunlop LLC. Amount: Lender: Nancy Jean Yalch. Amount: $310,000. $26,900,000. Matthew J. Crowl. Property Location: KingsMatthew J. Slacktish. Property Location; Dallas ton Twp. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Twp. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration SysSystems Inc. Pacific Union Financial LLC. Amount: tems Inc. Residential Mortgage Services Inc. Amount: $280,000. $365,300. Mark C. Shade. Property Location: Butler Twp. Gerald Malishchak. Property Location: Newport Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. Twp. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration USA Federal Savings Bank. Amount: $347,310. Systems Inc. First National Bank of Pennsylvania. Highland Park Senior Living LP. Property LocaAmount: $400,000. tion: Wilkes Barre Twp. Lender: Community Bank. KDA Petroleum Properties LP. Property Location: Amount: $18,000,000. Nescopeck Boro. Lender: Iberia Bank. Amount: $900,000. Richard C. Angelicola. Property Location: Dallas Stacy Lynn Cella. Property Location: Franklin Twp. Twp. Lender: Community Bank. Amount: $1,800,000. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. Max Yesalavage. Property Location: Bear Creek Quicken Loans Inc. Amount: $308,800. Twp. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration SysChristopher L. Lupini. Property Location: Newtems Inc. JG Wentworth Home Lending LLC. Amount: copeck Twp. Lender: First Citizens Community Bank. $324,000. Amount: $417,750. Sandra Phillips. Property Location: Dallas Twp. Christopher L. Lupini. Property Location. Salem




Twp. Two Parcels; Nescopeck Boro. One Parcel. Lender: Citizens Community Bank. Amount: $417,750. Hwanyong Kim. Property Location: Butler Twp. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. Countrywide Home Loans Inc. Amount: $250,601. Byron Read. Property Location: West Pittston Boro. Five Parcels. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Company. Luzerne Ironworks Inc. Property Location: Swoyersville Boro. Lender: Endurance American Insurance Co. Amount: $500,000. Mark Slater. Property Location: Sugarloaf Twp. Lender: West Milton State Bank. Amount: $364,000. Marlboro Place LLC. Property Location: Wilkes Barre City. Lender: Santander Bank. Amount: $1,000,000. Lucinda S. Mirra. Property Location: Dallas Twp. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. Benchmark Mortgage. Amount: $360,000. Larry Elliott. Property Location: Hazle Twp. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. 1st Alliance Lending LLC. Amount: $271,000. Vivek Choudhury. Property Location: Dallas Boro. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. Residential Mortgage Services Inc. Amount: $386,000.

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Feky Abdelhady. Property Location: Middle Smithfield Twp. Lender: Dime Bank. Amount: $700,000. Richard Chung. Property Location: Coolbaugh Twp. Lender: Quicken Loans Inc. Amount: $351,450. Green Main Ventures LLC. Property Location: Stroudsburg. Lender: Vipul Shah. Amount: $500,000. Norman Fayne. Property Location: Stroudsburg. Lender: Marianne Westervelt. Amount: $350,000. Douglas Belanger. Property Location: Pocono Twp. Lender: Ricky Farmer. Amount: $300,000. Douglas Belanger. Property Location: Pocono Twp. Lender: NBT Bank NA. Amount: $307,727. James Halterman. Property Location: Hamilton Twp. Lender: Wayne Bank. Amount: $500,000. Debra Sandiford. Property Location: Middle Smithfield Twp. Lender: Quicken Loans Inc. Amount: $396,000. Gerald Loyek. Property Loction: Pocono Twp. Lender: M22 Holdings Ltd. Amount: $400,000. Galvin Dudley. Property Location: Pocono Twp. Lender; Acre Mortgage & Financial Inc. Amount: $298,002. Guiffre Holdings LLC. Property Location: East Stroudsburg. Lender: Evolve Bank & Trust. Amount: $705,000. KSRPT LLC. Property Location: Stroud Twp. Lender: Bonnie Miller. Amount: $480,000. Andriy Bakalets. Property Location: Hamilton Twp. Lender: United Wholesale Mortgage. Amount: $332,500. Good as New Ventures LLC. Property Location: Stroud Twp. Lender: American Bank. Amount: $1,000,000. Emily Ahnet. Property Location: Hamilton Twp. Lender: Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. Amount: $300,000. G. Davis Properties LLC. Property Location: Coolbaugh Twp. Lender: First Keystone Community Bank. Amount: $615,000. Abigail Robertson. Property Location: Smithfield Twp. Lender: Veterans Unite Home Loans. Amount: $299,000. MONROE COUNTY Ammre Holdings LLC. Property Location: Andrew Salmon III. Property Location: Chestnut- Paradise Twp. Lender: Wayne Bank. Amount: hill Twp. Lender: Quaint Oak Mortgage LLC. Amount: $1,500,000. $1,157,003. Steven Heeter. Property Location: Stroud Twp. Franconia Mennonite Camp Assn. Inc. Property Lender: NE PA Community Federal Credit Union, Location: Barrett Twp. Lender: Univest Bank & Trust Amount: $347,000. Co. Amount: $1,000,000. Suburban Realty LP. Property Location: Stroud Linden Court Inc. Property Location: Pocono Twp. Twp. Lender: ESSA Bank & Trust. Amount: $4,480,000 Lender: Dime Bank. Amount: $700,000. and $1,120,000.

Gregory A. Strevig. Property Location: Fairmount Twp. Lender: First Columbia Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $296,000. Sarah Ann Shaffer. Property Location: Union Twp. Lender: First Columbia Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $250,000. RJH Realty Enterprises Inc. Property Location: Luzerne Boro. Lender: First National Bank of Pennsylvania. Amount: $260,000. ME 5 Cents LLC. Property Location: Hanover Twp. Lender: NEPA Alliance Business Finance Corporation. Amount: $340,000. Karen Lurito. Property Location: Rice Twp. Lender: Citizens Bank. Amount: $632,000. Gregory R. Stauffer. Property Location: Jackson Twp. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. Allied Mortgage Group Inc. Amount: $267,000. Bear Creek Common LP. Property Location: Wilkes Barre Twp. Five Parcels. Lender: First Northern Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $250,000. Gary R. Decker. Property Location: Kingston Boro. Lender: NBT Bank. Amount: $250,000. Keystone Anthracite Co. Inc. Property Location: Hazleton City. Three Parcels. Amount: $5,164,548. Philip W. Straub. Property Location: Kingston Twp. Lender: Branch Banking & Trust Co. Amount: $264,000. Moosic Land Investments LLC. Property Location: Wilkes Barre City. Two Parcels. Lender: PS Bank. Amount: $1,960,000. Lee W. Eckert Jr. Property Location: Dallas Boro. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. Benchmark Mortgage. Amount: $310,000. James A. Fiore. Property Location: Hanover Twp. Three Parcels. Lender: First Business Bank. Amount: $2,134,200. James A. Fiore. Property Location: Kingston Boro. Three Parcels. Dallas Twp. One Parcel. Lender: First Business Bank. Amount: $2,134,200. Janat Enterprises LLC. Property Location: Kingston Boro. Three Parcels. Lender: First Business Bank. Amount: $2,134,200.



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Ambama LLC. Property Location: Stroud Twp. Lender: Huntington National Bank. Amount: $1,127,000. Christina Warriner. Property Location; Tunkhannock Twp. Lender: First Northern Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $300,000. Pamela Schrenko. Property Location: Stroud Twp. Lender: Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. Amount: $300,000. Gable Partnership LLC. Property Location: Pocono Twp. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $400,000. Troy Tweedy. Property Location: Stroud Twp. Lender: ESSA Bank & Trust. Amount: $380,000. John McInerney. Property Location: Stroud Twp. Lender: Navy Federal Credit Union. Amount: $468,050. Brodheadsville Storage LP. Property Location: Pocono Twp. Lender: Merchants Bank of Bangor. Amount: $1,387,000. Great Bend Holdings Inc. Property Location: Tobyhanna Twp. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $3,400,000. Timothy Coover. Property Location: Pocono Twp. Lender: Judi Coover. Amount: $400,000.


Mario D. Robinson. Property Location: Milford Twp. Lender: MERS. Amount: $251,853. Mark H. Gitlen. Property Location: Shohola Twp. Lender: MERS. Amount: $375,000. Craig L. Carvin. Property Location: Porter Twp. Lender: MERS. Amount: $280,000. Gaetano Cuccio. Property Location: Delaware Twp. Lender: MERS. Amount: $260,000. Robert Markardt. Property Location: Lackawaxen Twp. Lender: MERS. Amount: $385,000. Diamond Towers 2 LLC. Property Location: Delaware Twp. Lender: Wilmington Trust NA TR. Amount: $160,000,000. Simon Shagalov. Property Location: Blooming Grove Twp. Lender: US Bank NA. Amount: $403,000. Robert Joyce. Property Location: Lackawaxen Twp. Lender: Dime Bank. Amount: $290,000. Timothy A. Chaykosky. Property Location: Palmyra Twp. Lender: Dime Bank. Amount: $424,000. Frank Pedersen. Property Location: Lackawaxen Twp. Lender: Wayne Bank. Amount: $399,300. Pine Forest Camps Inc. Property Location: Lackawaxen Twp. Lender: Wayne Bank. Amount: $500,000. Smith Realty Group. Property Location: Blooming Grove Twp. Lender: Smith Family Trust. Amount: $390,000. Frank A. Vigilante. Property Location: Dingman Twp. Lender: Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. Amount: $362,500. See FOR THE RECORD on page 47

FOR THE RECORD FOR THE RECORD continued from page 46 Matthew Light. Property Location: Delaware Twp. Lender: MERS. Amount: $315,000.

Over the last six months, insiders of AmeriGas Partners acquired 11,750 shares and disposed of 3,463 shares.

(BBT – 51.07) BB&T CORPORATION Nido Qubein, director of BB&T Corporation, CFT Enterprises LP. Property Location: exercised options for 21,025 shares on February 5 Minersville. Lender: Branch Banking & Trust Co. at $25.56 per share (5,797 shares exercised 21 days Amount: $325,000. before expiration date; 7,722 shares exercised 1.1 Terry Shaner. Property Location: Schuylkill. years before expiration date; 4,285 shares exercised Lender: Mid Penn Bank. Amount: $257,000. 2 years before expiration date and 3,221 shares exercised 3 years before expiration date) for a total cost WYOMING COUNTY of $537,355 and on the same date sold those shares Larry E. Kacyon Jr. Property Location: Clinton at $54.50 per share for total proceeds of $1,145,947. Twp. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration SysQubein controls 51,792 shares directly and 11,794 tems Inc. Amount: $273,200. Mark C. McGoldrick. Property Location: Overfield shares indirectly. Christopher Henson, president of BB&T CorTwp. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registrations poration, exercised options for 21,102 shares on Systems Inc. Amount: $360,000. Mark B. Szymanski. Property Location: Overfield January 25 at $32.10 per share (shares exercised 8.1 years before expiration date) for a total cost Twp. Lender: PNC Mortgage. Amount: $424,100. of $677,374 and on the same date sold 48,524 Silver Springs Ranch LLC. Property Location: shares at $54.75 per share for total proceeds of Monroe Twp. Lender: Landmark Community Bank. $2,656,835. Henson controls 130,146 shares Amount: $250,000. directly and 50,261 shares indirectly. Ryan C. Jones. Property Location: Exeter Twp. Over the last six months, insiders of BB&T Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. Corporation acquired 251,244 shares and disposed of Amount: $274,950. 312,001 shares. Corrine Ross. Property Location: Lemon Twp. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. (CZNC – 22.29) CITIZENS & NORTHERN CORAmount: $260,200. PORATION Frank Pellegrino, director of Citizens & Northern STOCkS OF lOCal inTEREST Corporation, purchased 459 shares between January This report on insider trading activity has 24-February 2 at $24.93 per share for a total cost of been prepared for informational purposes $11,444. Pellegrino controls 6,352 shares directly. only by James Blazejewski, CFP, Senior Vice Mark Hughes, chief financial officer of Citizens President-Investment Officer, Wells Fargo Advi- & Northern Corporation, exercised options for 3,725 sors, 672 North River Street, Suite 300, Plains, shares on January 24 at $19.88 per share (shares exPA 18705. It is based on information generally ercised 11.4 months before expiration date) for a total available to the public from sources believed cost of $74,053 and on the same date surrendered to be reliable. No representation is made that 2,969 shares back to Citizens & Northern Corporation the information is accurate or complete and it at $24.94 per share for total proceeds of $74,047. does not constitute a recommendation to buy Hughes controls 29,165 shares directly and 9,835 or sell any particular security. Current informashares indirectly. tion contained in this report is not indicative of Over the last six months, insiders of Citizens & future activity. Wells Fargo Advisors, is a trade Northern Corporation acquired 34,725 shares and name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, disposed of 49,173 shares. LLC. Member FINRA/SIPC. Source of data: Thomson Financial (CZFS – 62.10) CITIZENS FINANCIAL


(APU – 45.25) AMERIGAS PARTNERS Jerry Sheridan, chief executive officer of AmeriGas Partners, sold 4,910 shares on February 7 at $46.48 per share for total proceeds of $228,206. Sheridan controls 53,433 shares directly.

SERVICES INC. Dwight Rohrer, vice president of Citizens Financial Services, Inc., purchased 100 shares on February 8 at $62.75 per share for a total cost of $6,275. Rohrer controls 1,308 shares directly and 1,010 shares indirectly.

(FDBC – 49.50) FIDELITY D&D BANCORP INC. John Cognetti, director of Fidelity D&D Bancorp, Inc., purchased 1,050 shares on February 6 at $49.50 per share for a total cost of $51,975. Cognetti controls 9,328 shares directly and 4,726 shares indirectly. David Tressler, director of Fidelity D&D Bancorp, Inc., purchased 1,050 shares on February 6 at $49.50 per share for a total cost of $51,975. Tressler controls 22,283 shares directly. Over the last six months, insiders of Fidelity D&D Bancorp, Inc. acquired 23,173 shares and disposed of 5,125 shares. (FNB – 13.60) FNB CORPORATION Pamela Bena, director of FNB Corporation, purchased 2,750 shares on February 5 at $14.15 per share for a total cost of $38,917. Bena controls 3,850 shares directly. William Campbell, director of FNB Corporation, sold 3,300 shares on February 2 at $14.48 per share for total proceeds of $47,784. Campbell controls 78,070 shares directly. Over the last six months, insiders of FNB Corporation acquired 19,556 shares and disposed of 10,300 shares

Over the last six months, insiders of NBT Bancorp, Inc. acquired 1,925 shares and disposed of 62,445 shares. (PPL – 29.52) PPL CORPORATION Gregory Dudkin, officer of a subsidiary of PPL Corporation, sold 9,320 shares, in accordance to a prearranged trading plan (10b5-1), on February 1 at $31.67 per share for total proceeds of $295,164. Dudkin controls 25,940 shares directly and 77 shares indirectly. Vincent Sorgi, chief financial officer of PPL Corporation, sold 10,274 shares, in accordance to a prearranged trading plan (10b5-1), on January 30 at $31.54 per share for total proceeds of $324,042. Sorgi controls 3,406 shares directly and 124 shares indirectly. Over the last six months, insiders of PPL Corporation acquired 281,675 shares and disposed of 179,461 shares.

(SLM – 10.70) SLM CORPORATION Laurent Lutz, vice president of SLM Corporation, sold 40,000 shares between February 2-6 at $11.31 per share for total proceeds of $452,352. Lutz controls 380,806 shares directly. (MTB – 178.35) M&T BANK CORPORATION Over the last six months, insiders of SLM Darren King, chief financial officer of M&T Bank Corporation acquired 515,970 shares and disposed of Corporation, exercised options for 11,414 shares 1,152,230 shares. on January 29-30 at $24.14 per share (shares exercised 1 year before expiration date) for a total cost of $275,561 and on the same dates surren(UGI – 42.53) UGI CORPORATION dered 1,782 shares back to M&T Bank CorporaRoger Perreault, officer of a subsidiary of UGI tion at $190.23 per share for total proceeds of Corporation, purchased 2,270 shares on February 7 at $338,994 and on January 29 sold 3,834 shares at $43.97 per share for a total cost of $99,815. Perreault $191.04 per share for total proceeds of $732,461. controls 21,049 shares directly. King controls 43,108 shares directly and 3,357 Shawn Bort, director of UGI Corporation, exercised shares indirectly. options for 12,750 shares on February 5 at $17.32 Michele Trolli, vice president of M&T Bank Corpo- per share (shares exercised 11.9 months before the ration, sold 6,000 shares on January 23 at $187.35 expiration date) for a total cost of $220,830 and on per share for total proceeds of $1,124,100. Trolli the same date surrendered 4,930 shares back to UGI controls 8,978 shares directly. Corporation at $44.79 per share for total proceeds of Over the last six months, insiders of M&T Bank $220,815. Bort controls 14,345 shares directly and Corporation acquired 97,191 shares and disposed of 41,128 shares indirectly. 146,054 shares. Marvin Schlanger, director of UGI Corporation, exercised options for 12,750 shares on January 24 (NBTB – 35.00) NBT BANCORP INC. at $16.25 per share (shares exercised 11.4 months Robert Wadsworth, director of NBT Bancorp, Inc. before the expiration date) for a total cost of $207,188. exercised options for 1,625 shares on January 25 at Schlanger controls 88,086 shares directly and $22.55 per share (shares exercised 3.2 months before 129,982 shares indirectly. expiration date) for a total cost of $36,645 and on Over the last six months, insiders of UGI the same date sold those shares at $37.20 per share Corporation acquired 72,137 shares and sold for total proceeds of $60,452. Wadsworth controls 18,866 shares. 14,569 shares directly. Prices as of Close of Business February 8, 2018





















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