Voice of the Valley December 2021

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Chamber celebrates 100 years with swinging gala T By Jaxon White, The Daily Item

he Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce celebrated 100 years of prosperity in the Valley with a “Second Century Soiree” in Milton on Saturday, November 6th.

Art Thomas, chairman of the Board of Directors for the Chamber, said that he hopes the event gives community members the opportunity to meet new people, something that hasn’t happened much since the pandemic. “I hope that everybody has a great time so that maybe we’ll do something like this again in the future and continue to stimulate excitement about being members of the chamber,” he said. Thomas was appreciative of AEREA Premium Spaces for hosting the event free of charge.

Greg Carl, owner of AEREA, said that it was an excellent opportunity to get more exposure for the venue, while supporting a worthwhile organization. “I believe the Chamber of Commerce is a great thing and celebrating the second hundred years is a wonderful occasion to have something here,” said Carl.

With the support of AEREA, and the $100 price tag per ticket, Thomas was hopeful that the 185 people they were expecting would cover the cost of the event and lead to future events. People wearing colorful dresses and suits, mimicking flappers and gentlemen from the 1920s, filled the venue as soon as the doors opened at 5 p.m. The event opened with a cocktail hour, leading into the main dinner of the evening. Dinner was curated

The GSVCC Events Committee celebrating their Soirée Success captured by the one and only John Gardner of Lewisburg Studio. (From Left to Right) Stacey Napoli, Co-owner of Isabella’s; Amanda Craig, Board President of T.I.M.E. – The Improved Milton Experience; The Hon. Kendy Alvarez, Lewisburg Mayor-Elect and Mortgage Lender at Keystone Alliance Mortgage; Joe Moralez, Milton Borough Councilman and GSVCC Events Committee Co-chair; John Gardner, Founder of Lewisburg Studio; Sabra Karr, Associate Broker at Villager Realty and GSVCC Events Committee Co-chair; Vanessa Venios, Director of Communications at GSVCC; Lura Good of Hanna 92.3, 97.5 & 106.1 Morning Radio Show. (Photo Credit: Lewisburg Studio)

2019 Heritage Award Recipient Judi Karr of Nottingham Village (Photo Credit: Decland McQueen)


Kurt Schertle, chief operating officer at Weis Markets and member of the Chamber, attended the event with his wife, Gina. They enjoyed the theme and thought the photo booth was a fun addition to the festivities. Susan Colon, of Lewisburg, attended the soiree with her two sons to support the Chamber. “I love the theme of the Roaring 20s,” said Colon. “I already had everything ready so that shows you I love that era.”

Annette Metzger, of CVC Mechanical Contractors, shared similar sentiment for the theme. She said it was a fantastic opportunity to get community members out for a unique evening.

GSVCC President & CEO Bob Garrett celebrating 100 years of prosperity with friends and family at the Second Century Soirée. (From Left to Right) Mario Colon, SU Class of 2024; Marcos Colon, SU Class of 2022; Gabbie Norman, SU Class of 2024; Bob Garrett, President & CEO, GSVCC; Susan Colon, Adjunct Professor, LCCC; The Hon. Lori Hackenberg, Judge of Common Pleas-elect; Alice Anne Schwab, Director, Susquehanna Art Museum

The Silhouettes, Bucknell University's all-female a cappella group, surprised guests during dinner with a live performance. The Bucknell Silhouettes’ passion for performing and arranging music has entertained audiences for over 30 years. Their current repertoire focuses primarily on contemporary music, with some oldies thrown in. They love performing, especially for the Bucknell community at events such as Christy's A Cappella Concert on Family Weekend, our spring concert, and Night Before Finals/Classes. Peruse their website to learn more about them at bucknellsilhouettes.weebly.com.

Derek Scott, Musician and Director at RiverStage Community Theatre, and pianist Greg Burgess performed live music during dinner.

Annette Metzger, Co-owner of CVC Mechanical & Leslie Temple, SVP Market Leader, Fulton Bank (Photo Credit: Lewisburg Studio)


Stacey and Domenico Napoli, Owners of Isabella’s Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge in Selinsgrove, with their friend Alfredo Logozzo and Domenico’s parents Rocco & Lina Napoli. (Photo Credit: Lewisburg Studio)

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by Chef Domenico Napoli from Isabella’s Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge.

Just A Word by Bob Garrett Leadership Susquehanna Valley chamber Committees Women leaders in the valley Financial health & wellness Member news Member news

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President’s Message | Welcome New Members

Just A Word...


fter tumultuous year that was 2020, we all likely stepped onto the escalator that became 2021 with thoughts of a return to normal foremost in our thoughts. If you’re like 91% of the people who make New Years resolutions (I guess I should say ‘just about everyone?’), your resolution centered on your personal health and getting more exercise. With this mind, I propose that you consider these three ‘healthy holidays’ tips to serve as your New Month Resolutions. Think of these as a warm up for the big resolution(s) that you may of may not make before we flip our calendars to 2022.

Eat local It’s no secret that holiday living doesn’t always go together with healthy living. The indulgent, decadent recipes that adorn Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas tables may not follow the diets we stick to the rest of the year. A sure-fire solution is to eat what grows locally. With all of its other challenges, this past year turned out to be a nearly perfect growing season. Vegetables that are just now coming out of the ground or were recently harvested are the products of this goodly weather. They’re packed with life-sustaining nutrients, and they are particularly tasty. Tip: go heavy on local vegetables and produce to insure your fill of the very best of the Greater Susquehanna Valley.

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By: Bob Garrett President & CEO, The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce

Get out Your big holiday meal has just wrapped up, the dishes are cleared, and washed—now it’s time for a nap. Right? No, wrong. Now is the time to move around a bit. Nothing strenuous. It’s a fact, walking after a meal can give you several distinct benefits. First, your internals will operate much better in their natural alignment. Think along the of good digestion. Second, A short walk is good medicine, both physical and mental. It’s very likely that you be contemplating something that was said around the table during your meal. Tip: Gather your thoughts, evaluate your options, consider your alternatives, and return from your stroll refreshed and renewed. Then, go ahead, take that nap—you’ve earned it.

Take time for you Holidays and year-end celebrations always seem to be about how much you can get done, and how many friends and family members can you see. Time spent full of family and friends, is a wonderful thing, but it can be draining and stressful. This time of year, possibly more so than any other, it’s critical to spend time with yourself. For me, I enjoy pondering the notion of Jesus’ nativity, or the 8-lamped lantern that burned for a week and a day that centers Jewish celebrations. Heck, even the bare festivus pole, of Seinfeld fame, rises to the status of wonderment when I’m aloe in my thoughts. Tip: This holiday season give yourself the gift of some peace and quiet. Be well!

Chair Art Thomas, Meck-Tech Inc. & Diversified Construction

vice chair

Aimee Buehner, Bowen Agency

PAST chair

Sue Greene, Union County

treasurer/DIRECTOR Greg Zeh, Weis Markets


Bob Garrett, GSVCC

Region Vice Presidents Fred Scheller, The Daily Item Jeff Reber, Union County Commissioner Brion Lieberman, Geisinger

Phil DeRose, UPMC Susquehanna Leslie Temple, Fulton Bank Gene Welsh III, GDK Development


President/CEO Bob Garrett rgarrett@gsvcc.org

Executive Director of Operations & Workforce Jenny Wentz jwentz@gsvcc.org

Executive Director of Membership & LSV Chris Berleth cberleth@gsvcc.org

Director of Communications Vanessa Venios vvenios@gsvcc.org

John Kurelja, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit Jessica Brazier, M&T Bank Sam Haulman, Service Electric Cablevision Malcolm Derk, Susquehanna University Kendy Alvarez, Fidelis Mortgage Steve Stumbris, Bucknell SBDC Chad Evans, Stone State Entertainment Rachel Smith, Evangelical Community Hospital Beau Hoffman, Axe, Runkle, PC

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Sunbury YMCA Receives Grant Of Nearly $9,000 From Community Giving Foundation To Enhance Children’s Programming


unbury, PA – The Sunbury YMCA is thrilled to announce they are the recipient of nearly $9,000 from the Community Giving Foundation. With the hopes of raising their Keystone Stars childcare center rating from a 2 to a 3, Sunbury YMCA applied for the grant with specific needs in mind. In order reach their goal and become a Star 3, the facility would need small upgrades in the childcare rooms, as well as educational play structures and educational toys in every room.

Now, because of the generosity of the Community Giving Foundation, these hopes and dreams for the Sunbury YMCA facility will become reality. In addition to the room upgrades, educational play structures and toys that will be added to every room, the YMCA will also be adding wireless interconnected smoke detectors making the childcare facility safer for everyone. Katrina Mouery, CoExecutive Director of the Sunbury YMCA, said, “I am incredibly grateful for

the opportunity to better our childcare area, as we continue to nurture the potential of every child in our care, while also rising in the Keystone Star Program. It’s true - we are all always better and stronger when we work together, and this is all possible because the Community Giving Foundation saw the importance of investing in the YMCA.” About the Y The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities

through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.

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Starting in 2022 The Voice of the Valley will transition into a quarterly publication with the 1st issue being released in March 2022. 2021 Chair’s Circle Members Aloysius Butler & Clark BB&T now Truist BJE Poultry Bowen Agency Realtors Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate Contrast Evangelical Community Hospital First National Bank Fulton Bank GDK Development Geisinger Hummel Station i3 Verticals Jersey Shore State Bank Kreamer Feed M&T Bank Member Choice Financial Credit Union Mifflinburg Bank & Trust Company National Beef North Shore Railroad Company Nottingham Village Senior Living Community Penn State World Campus PPL Electric Utilities Purdy Insurance Agency Service 1st Federal Credit Union Service Electric Cablevision, Inc. Stahl Sheaffer Engineering SUN Area Technical Institute Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation Susquehanna University The Daily Item The Northumberland National Bank UGI Utilities, Inc. UPMC Weis Markets

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Chamber partnerships | Leadership Susquehanna Valley

Strengthening the Susquehanna Valley by Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders

Join Your Chamber, LSV in Building a Career Pipeline


By Chris Berleth, Executive Director - Leadership Susquehanna Valley

’ve had the pleasure in recent weeks to sit down with a number of business owners and to reflect on their top concerns. Unsurprisingly, concern “A number one” remains, as it has for sometime, workforce. Here’s a sampling of quotes from these meetings: “Chris, it feels like we’re exporting our biggest assets.” “Chris, vocational school educations are still highly stigmatized.” “Chris, diversity is so important and as a business community, there is no welcome wagon.” “Chris, these kids aren’t coming to jobs prepared or equipped to work.” You might be wondering how this all connects back to Leadership Susquehanna Valley - and the answer is that we believe we must be an institution that reveals how to battle these realities with education. Workforce is inextricably linked to leadership because leaders make connections, build welcoming cultures, and hone the skills of those in their care. To build and strengthen our workforce, to make the Greater Susquehanna Valley more attractive, we must build the least controversial pipeline in Pennsylvania - the school to career pipeline - and a path to careers. At our November Education Day, the LSV class of 2022 had

the blindfold removed on the state of our workforce and its educational tie-ins, discovering the amazing programs of the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, such as the ‘WATCH Project’, ‘Yes to the Future’, and the cooperative purchasing program that funds IU projects such that the CSIU does not take a penny from local school tax money. Our leadership class heard about these programs and then connected with leadership development training of their own, learning how to communicate better with others and to understand that they’re not as culturally aware as they may have thought. Traveling to SUN Area Technical Institute, class members beheld the stigma-ending reality of tech school life by way of a student-led tour. The reality is of course, that tech school kids are saving thousands through dual-enrollment credits, learning valuable trades, gaining hands-on training in soft skills while still beating test scores, and in some cases, graduating with six figure salaries right here in the Valley. It is time that our community connect the dots - that the question “what do you want to be when you grow up” is one that we can more easily answer now than ever before, when we utilize the resources before us. Students today may get a jump start as we rally around the importance of early-learning; they’ll build career portfolios in school through a future readiness index and a career experience requirement in K-12; they’ll have opportunities to earn credits through dual enrollment, online learning, and traditional college opportunities. They can find new help after life takes them in a

different direction than they’d hoped (like the WATCH Program, Yes to the Future, or adult classes at any number of our local institutions). We can place workers with special needs into meaningful careers with dignity and respect through SUNCOM, Shared Support, the ARC, Community Services Group and more. We can find a settled career path for veterans in a peaceful Valley, and make our community more welcoming to diverse populations by growing in self-awareness and cultural differences. We can destigmatize the roles of community libraries, CareerLink, Veterans Affairs, and more. I’m leaving out more resources than I’d like, and invite you to help your Chamber and LSV to connect with so overwhelming a list that you cannot help but see the possibilities yourself for us to streamline workers to the resources they need. We’re inviting businesses, parents, students, and community members (but especially businesses) to connect on December 9 at Selinsgrove School District for a rejuvenated Pathways to Careers Partnership meeting. To upend those earlier quotes, we think you’ll want to join us and see for yourselves what we can do by working together. Check out the Chamber’s website at gsvcc.org to learn more and to participate. Special thanks to the CSIU and SUN Area Technical Institute for showing us the possibilities!

The "L" Factor – What matters most? By: Caz Russell, Leadership Development Facilitator


s my grandmother would tell me “You get a lot more honey than you do with vinegar!” For me, likeability is more skill than talent. Oh sure, there are Michael J. Foxs’ in the world who are just born naturally likeable. All of us can become more likeable, if we choose to be.

Why should I become more likeable in life and leadership? I believe each one of us need to find the answer to this question. There is no silver bullet or not just one answer. Success is what each of us achieve in our per-sonal lives. Significance, my friends, is when we help others attain what they wish to.

One of the determining points of our future is our L-quotient. How like-able we are! Abraham Lincoln declared “You’ll be as happy as you make up your mind to be!” Honestly, our like ability does tend to set the tone of our happiness.

It has been said that as the final plane went down on 09/11, people weren’t focusing on their bank accounts or if their stocks went down. They were wanting to get word to their loved ones. Phrases like “Tell mom I love her” and “tell the kids I love them” were recorded. Let’s not let a day go by without focusing on “What matters Most?”

Let’s use Simon Sinek’s example in his book “First Ask Why!” He shares with us three golden circles. The out-side larger circle is What, the inside circle is How and the very center circle is Why?

At this time of the year, Christmas, my wife and I are wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. A Christmas filled with family, friends and laughter. Most importantly, a celebration of the birth of God’s son.

What is likeability? Tim Sanders in his book “The Likeability Factor” explains likeability as: an ability to create positive attitudes in other people through the delivery of emotional and physical benefits. People are willing to go the extra mile for those they like. People interviewing for a job position has a stronger chance of getting chosen.

What does someone look like that is likeable? My mind pictures someone who is friendly, shows an interest in others, is a good listener and understands the feelings of others. Likeable people value people for who they are, not who they want them to be. When someone is likeable it come from the inside. What’s on the inside can’t help but showing up on the outside.

How does likeability improve everything? First, likeable people tend to be recognized and outperform others. Second, likeability helps us bring out the best in others. Third, likeable people have lifelines of people who will help them get through tough times.

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How do become more likeable? Within 30 seconds of meeting anyone, show them you are interested in their needs. Learn the Platinum Rule – Do unto others as they wish to be treated. Third, value others from the heart.

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Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of commerce | GSVCC Committees



One of the many benefits of joining the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce is the great volunteer opportunities that are provided. Committee work offers an opportunity to make an impact for the business and communities the Chamber serves, while forging friendships with other like-minded Chamber members. Please visit GSVCC.ORG to access the Chamber’s Calendar which highlights committee meeting dates. Agriculture Committee The Agriculture Committee works to ensure that the agricultural base of the Valley is maintained and helps promote a better understanding of its importance to the Valley’s economy. This Committee also works to see that the community better understands the role of agriculture and agribusiness in the Valley. Ambassador Committee Welcomes new businesses to the Chamber and promotes Chamber membership to all businesses and nonprofit organizations in the community. Chamber Ambassadors work as goodwill representatives at Chamber events, assisting members in making the best connections for their business. ATHENA® Committee The ATHENA® Committee seeks to develop, plan and execute the ATHENA® Award Program for the Greater Susquehanna Valley. This award recognizes individuals who actively assist women to realize their full potential, achieve professional excellence in their business, and improve the quality of life for others in the community.

with area public school districts, career & technology centers, private schools, trade schools, career schools and universities to ensure that the workforce training needs of the Valley's employers are being met, and to provide opportunities for students to interact with business people both in and out of the classroom. Communications & Technology Committee Provides enhanced, concentric messaging to deliver the Chamber’s value proposition to our members and the communities in our region. Serving as the platform to address emerging issues, provide and host needed training, and identify opportunities for technology improvements in our region. Community Prosperity Alliance The purpose of the Community Prosperity Alliance (formerly known as the Downtown Affiliates Committee) is to encourage collaboration and cooperation among nonprofit organizations committed to advance the economic development of the communities in our region. Events Committee Plans, organizes, and conducts activities and events for Chamber members to help promote education, fellowship and networking opportunities. Governmental Affairs Committee The Governmental Affairs Committee connects members with local, state, and federal officials and advocates for the advancement of business in the Greater Susquehanna Valley through an annually developed, member-driven legislative agenda.

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The purpose of the Business & Education Committee is to work

The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce serves

as host and supporter to the GSV Young Professionals (GSVYP). Their mission is to strive to connect like-minded individuals with networking, professional development & volunteer opportunities in social settings, making the Valley a better place to live, work and play. Find GSVYP events on our events calendar, or on Facebook and Instagram. Transportation Committee This Committee encourages public sector support for improved roads, streets, highways, bridges, airports and traffic flow to enhance the Greater Susquehanna Valley as a place to operate a business. Women's Leadership Committee The Women’s Leadership Committee designs initiatives that successfully empower, develop, and influence women in the Greater Susquehanna Valley. This committee also hosts the Chamber’s Annual Women’s Leadership Symposium which invites women from throughout the valley to spend a day with highly experienced professionals. The conference gives attendees dozens of new ideas and action plans to boost their career, their attitude, and their life. It is specially designed to give powerful information and profound insights that will make a lasting, positive impact on attendees’ lives. Young Americans Committee The Chamber is a leading advocate in the Valley for recognizing and promoting its future leaders. In cooperation with local school districts, media organizations and volunteers, the Chamber recognizes the scholastic, extracurricular and civic leadership qualities of more than ninety students from eleven school districts throughout the Greater Susquehanna Valley. In May, the Chamber invites the Young American award recipients, their parents and relatives to attend the Annual Young Americans Awards Banquet, featuring a guest speaker and a recognition ceremony.

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Healthy Holidays with Taryn Wilk, ACE certified Health Coach

here is a lot to love about the holiday season. Spending time with loved ones, honoring traditions, preparing delicious meals, and celebrating with friends are just a few of the festivities that make the holidays great. Of course, the same things that make the season enjoyable can also wreak havoc on your physical and mental health. So how can you stay healthy during the holidays? Creating a holiday game plan makes it easier to enjoy yourself without letting your wellness journey go off course. With a little effort and planning, you can stand up to the usual suspects – stress, inactivity, and unhealthy meals. Here are some survival skills so you can have the healthiest and happiest holiday season possible. Celebrate More, Stress Less Stress and anxiety are often the biggest obstacles when it comes to enjoying the holidays. While hosting gatherings, entertaining out of town guests, and spending time with family can be exciting and positive experiences, stress can crash the party and have a negative impact on your mental health. Here are a few ways to handle whatever the holidays throw at you. Do something you enjoy. You may feel that you're too busy to take time for yourself during the holiday season. Making time to do something you enjoy can help you relax and refocus your priorities. Make a list of 5 things that bring you joy and try to do one of them every day. Just say no. Setting boundaries is hard any time of year, but especially during the holidays. If there is something that is causing you more stress than joy, you may need to take a closer look and determine if it is something you really need in your life. Give yourself permission to say no to anything that doesn’t serve you. Bust a move. Turn on your favorite music and dance around the kitchen or perform car-karaoke! Music has been shown to lower depression, anxiety, and even pain. If you’re not much of a dancer, try laughing instead. Watch a comedy, spend time with a friend, or watch a cute dog video on YouTube. Both dancing and laughing release endorphins (happy hormones) into your body. Create joy. The holidays are not a happy time of year for everyone. Do your best to be empathetic and understanding. Create joy by being kind, having patience, and giving back to your community. While there are tons of local opportunities to donate and volunteer, you can also seek out informal ways to help your community. Pay for someone’s groceries, put a few extra quarters in the parking meter, or visit with a lonely neighbor. Unplug. Take a break from checking your phone or email. Stop the endless social media scrolling by using the downtime and app limits features found on most smartphones. Instead, enjoy a long bath, read a book, or go for a nature walk! Unplugging can help you stay relaxed and present in the moment. Less screen time may even help you sleep better. Try it! Controlled breathing is an easy to learn stress relief technique that's fast and free. Here’s how it works: Sit in a relaxed position. Slowly inhale through your nose as if you were breathing in the smell of fresh flowers. Fill up your lungs with air and let your stomach expand outward, rather than raising your shoulders. Exhale slowly through your mouth, as if you were blowing out a candle, making your exhale last as long as possible. Repeat this exercise until you feel calm, cool, and collected. Add a dash of healthy to every holiday helping It’s that time of the year when you and your family are inspired to cook your favorite comfort foods and sweet treats. While you should always honor and enjoy your family traditions, it may be helpful to give some of your homemade dishes a makeover. Here are a few ways you can add a dash of healthy to every holiday helping. Make a swap: One of my favorite substitutions is nonfat Greek yogurt. It’s very versatile and can be used in place of sour cream, cream cheese or mayonnaise in dips, appetizers, casseroles, and desserts! Although you can substitute Greek yogurt for the exact amount the recipe calls for, I like to use a 50:50 split to maintain the flavor you know and love. This means if a recipe calls for 1 cup of sour cream, I will use ½ cup sour cream and ½ cup nonfat Greek yogurt. This small swap helps to cut back on the calories and fat and increases the amount of protein. Don’t arrive hungry. If you’re heading to a holiday gathering, try to eat a protein-packed snack before you go out. That way, you won’t be starving when you get there. If you know of traditional foods that are going to be served at the party, write down in advance what you plan on eating, and what you are going to avoid. Don’t be afraid to be picky. If you don’t love what’s being served, don’t eat it. Pick and choose. Fill up your party plate carefully. Reach for healthy, high fiber foods, like fresh fruit, sliced veggies, and whole grains first. Then choose a few other things you’d like to try such as meats, dairy, and desserts. Still hungry? It takes about 20 minutes for your stomach to signal your brain that you’re full. Adults tend to eat most of what is on their plate, so start small, and if you still want more you can always go back for seconds!

Rethink your drink. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but beverages can pack on more calories and sugar than your meal. Go in with a game plan and limit the number sugary drinks and sodas you enjoy. Water and sparkling water are always your best bet.

Bring backup. Bring a healthy holiday dish to the party. If you don’t a lot of healthy options, at least you’ve got your dish to help you stay on track. Instead of making another heavy starch or casserole, try out a fresh vegetable or fruit-based option.

Try it! Fruits and vegetables play a critical role in optimal health. They’re even more important during the holiday season because most holiday parties offer a multitude of desserts, calorie heavy appetizers, and nutrient deficient snacks. Try making “Holiday Apple Nachos” – a healthier dessert that is easy to make for any size crowd and tastes delicious. It packs in vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber – which can help make you feel full.

Holiday Apple Nachos Serves 6 - 8 4 green apples ½ cup granola ¼ cup organic cacao nibs ½ c dried cranberries Nut butter such as peanut butter or almond butter Local honey Slice apples and arrange in a Christmas tree or wreath shape on a platter. Sprinkle granola, cacao nibs, and cranberries over apples. Drizzle nut butter and honey on top. If you prefer, you can layer ingredients in individual cups for serving, or add Greek yogurt for a parfait style dessert. Simple ways to sneak in fitness This is one of the busiest times of the year. Between shopping, travelling, baking and parties, there isn’t much time left for exercise. Don’t be afraid to dedicate a few minutes to your well-being. Intentional movement can help you beat stress, boost energy, and combat all those homemade cookies. Here are a few smart ways to fit in fitness. Consider the benefits. Exercise has so many benefits beyond improved physical health. It has been shown to improve mood and decrease feelings of depression, anxiety, and stress. In addition, many health insurance companies have begun offering incentives for exercising via reduction on your insurance cost or reimbursement for services. You can also check out phone apps such as Healthy Wage, DietBet, and Achievement, which pay out money to users that reach their fitness or healthy eating goals.

connecting with the people you care about. When you focus more on the fun, it’s easier to focus less on the food and stress. With some awareness and planning, this can be your healthiest and happiest holiday season ever!

Make it social. Start a walking group with your friends. Keep your dog happy with a quick run. Catch up with a family member while you boost the health of your heart. Try a group fitness class. Being around other people makes movement feel festive and fun! Break it up. It you don’t have time to exercise for 30 minutes, split it up into two 15-minute workouts. You’ll still get the same health benefits whether you do it all at once or split into smaller amounts. For improvements in health status, some activity is better than none, and more activity is better than some. If the day is getting away from you and you only have 5 minutes to move, do it and be proud of yourself for fitting it in. Plan for travel. Try to keep a consistent fitness routine, even while traveling. Visit your hotel pool, do an extra lap around the mall, or take a walk to check out the Christmas lights in the neighborhood. There are also tons of options for virtual fitness classes so you can keep going even when you are away from home. Give yourself grace. The holidays are meant to be a time for joy and gratitude, not a time to shame ourselves for not having a perfect exercise or diet routine. This season, instead of focusing on the workouts you can’t do, focus on the things you can do. Try it: Prolonged sitting can have a variety of negative effects on your health. Consider the amount of time you spend sitting. If you work in an office or drive for a living, you probably spend eight or more hours a day seated, both at work and on your commute. Then there’s the time you sit at home, in front of a computer, eating, or watching TV. Add it all up and see how much time you spend sitting in one day. We could all benefit from sitting less and moving more. Here are a few things to try: • Stand up. Stretch your arms above your head. Take a deep breath in and out. Don’t you feel better already? • Use a stand-up desk at work for reading, writing, and working. • Visit the water cooler or fridge for a drink of water every hour. • Clean up your home during TV commercials. • Instead of rolling down your window to collect your mail, walk to the mailbox. • Carry your groceries instead of using a cart. • Go inside instead of using the drive thru. • Stand while waiting for a ride, interview, or appointment. • When you’re shopping, try your items as fast as possible, walking briskly. • Stand up or walk around when you’re thinking or talking on the phone. • Walk over to a family member or coworker instead of shouting across the room. • Park far away or take an extra lap around the store.

Taryn Wilk Taryn is an ACE certified Health Coach, Personal Fitness Specialist, and a Pennsylvania licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. She works as a Community Health and Wellness Educator, personal trainer, and teaches fitness classes in person and online. Taryn specializes in group fitness, wellness education and the active aging population. Her goal is to help others blaze new trails in their journey to improved physical and mental wellness.

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Create your healthy holiday game plan. Now that you have some survival skills to help get you through the holiday season, it is time to create a game plan. Consider these questions: 1. What brings me joy this time of year? Are there any traditions or tasks that I want to make sure I accomplish? 2. What stresses me out? How can I deal with these stressors? 3. What are my holiday plans? How will I find ways to fit in fitness and other good habits? 4. What is my goal for the next few weeks? What steps do I need to take to get there? Next, look at your goal and break it down into smaller weekly goals. Circle or write down any of the holiday survival skills that may help you out. Most of all, remember what the season is about— whether it is a celebrating a religious holiday or

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Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of commerce | Financial Health & Wellness

Financial Health & Wellness Financial Health and Wellness Tips from Fulton Bank While it may be easier to put off your financial planning until next year when you make your New Year’s Resolutions, here are 5 simple steps you can take now to lay a solid financial foundation for your financial health in the new year and beyond. 1. Check your credit reports – Think of this as a scorecard for how you manage credit. Your score can affect everything from the amount you borrow to the interest rate you’ll pay. It’s important to check your report for errors. You have the right to review your reports for free once every 12 months. To get your free reports, visit https://www.annualcreditreport.com/index. action 2. Check (or create) your emergency fund – this is crucial if something unexpected happens – from car repairs to job loss. Experts say you should have 3 months of living expenses in your emergency fund. If this feels overwhelming, start saving with small steps and set up an automatic deposit into your savings account. 3. Check your budget and spending – One of the best gifts you can give yourself is more control over your finances. What items you can increase (savings) or decrease (entertainment). If you haven’t created a budget, it’s the perfect time

Almond Tree Opens New Day Center in Selinsgrove

to start. For assistance, check out this article: https://www.fultonbank.com/Education-Center/ Saving-and-Budgeting/How-to-create-and-stickto-a-budget 4. Check your investments portfolio – revisit the allocation you decided on when you set up the portfolio and talk to your advisor. 5. Rev up your life insurance – have there been any changes this year? Did you have a child? Did you get married? Lose a loved one? Any time a major change occurs, you should reevaluate your life insurance and make sure it’s keeping up with your life. You might need to increase the amount of your coverage, change beneficiaries, or even drop your coverage. Congratulations! You’ve taken the first steps to gaining better control over your financial wellness! For more financial education articles, visit our website at https://www.fultonbank.com/ Education-Center

Oliver’s Cigar Lounge Ribbon Cutting

Congratulations to Edward and Wendy Manning on their grand opening of Oliver’s Cigar Lounge in Shamokin! Oliver’s Cigar Lounge located at 144 E Independence St, Shamokin, PA is the city’s first ever upscale cigar lounge and bar where you can take a step back in time to the Speakeasy/Prohibitionera world where good cigars, top shelf spirits, and top-notch service is just the beginning! This is one more step forward towards the revitalization movement happening in the Shamokin area.

From L to R: Front Row: Elizabeth Canfield (Representative David Rowe), Terri Campbell (Senator John Gordner), Stephanie Goodling, Kristen Norton, Wendy Cecco, Katie Kreider. Middle Row: Lori Snook, Jeff Cole (Representative Lynda Culver, Elizabeth Brubaker, Angela Price. Back Row: Bob Garrett (Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber President/CEO), John Cecco Colby Kreider, Kristine Yetter.


elinsgrove, PA – Almond Tree Senior Solutions, a prominent home care agency located at 195 Airport Road, Selinsgrove, joined with the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce to cut the ribbon on their new Adult Day Center. The Center occupies 3800 square feet and is located in the same building which houses the offices of the home care agency. The day program will serve up to 32 Seniors and will be open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am until 5:30 pm. Representatives from Senator John Gordner’s Office, Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver’s Office, and Representative David Rowe’s Office were on hand to celebrate with Almond Tree Senior Solutions owners Wendy and John Cecco, alongside community members, neighbors, and friends.

medication administration, and transportation. Each day, participants will enjoy exercises, games, crafts, and great times of socialization with others of their age group. This is a great addition to the services already offered by Almond Tree Senior Solutions, allowing those who may not need to be home bound to enjoy the benefits of coming to a place where they receive nutritious meals and the many benefits of the activities and therapies offered. The Center also provides a muchneeded service of providing respite for those caregivers who need a break from the 24-hour care that many Seniors need. This service offers those caregivers a place where their loved one is safe, well fed and experiencing positive and fun social activities. For more information or to schedule a private tour for your loved one, call 570-7654265. New applicants are now being received.

The Day Center’s services to seniors will include breakfast, lunch and snacks prepared on-site, therapy services, bathing services, activities, socialization, cosmetology services,

An open house is planned for the public for Thursday, December 9, 2021 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm.

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Stahl Sheaffer Welcomes David Corder, EIT as a Designer November 2021 | Morgantown, WV - For Immediate Release Stahl Sheaffer Engineering (Stahl Sheaffer) is pleased to welcome David Corder, EIT as a Designer for the Site / Energy / Environmental department in the firm’s Morgantown, WV office.

David Corder, EIT

Stahl Sheaffer Engineering 250 Lakewood Center Morgantown, WV 26508 304.381.4281 dcorder@stahlsheaffer.com

As a Designer for Stahl Sheaffer, Mr. Corder will leverage his previous experience in site and energy projects to support design efforts for various public and private clients. He also brings over three years of experience in the engineering consulting industry, including prior experience as a Project Engineer in the energy sector. Mr. Corder is a graduate of West Virginia University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and Mining Engineering.

Founded in 2006, Stahl Sheaffer provides multi-disciplinary civil and structural services to public and private clients and was recently ranked as a top design firm in the ENR Mid-Atlantic Top Design Firms list for the fourth consecutive year. Stahl Sheaffer has approximately 100 employees and 8 locations in multiple states, including a Geotech lab in southwestern PA.

Press Contact Information

Cristina Barnes, CPSM, Marketing Manager 814.880.5732 | cbarnes@stahlsheaffer.com


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Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of commerce | Member News

Member News Are You Sure You’re Ready? 5 Tips To Make Sure You Can Protect Yourself Against Workplace Violence

Cornerstone Kitchen Celebrates New Partnership with Kitch It To The Curb at The Lewisburg YMCA at The Miller Center

by Jeffrey M. Miller SPS, DTI

In spite of OSHA statistics showing an average of 13 to 20 people die, and another 38,500 are otherwise attacked on the job… every WEEK, 70% of businesses have absolutely nothing in place to protect themselves against workplace violence. And less than 3 percent have anything more than a templated ‘Zero Tolerance’ policy in place to protect themselves against the loss, damage, and fear that follow in the wake of an unthinkable act. Workplace violence effects businesses before, during, and after an actual attack takes place. The losses, which OSHA reports to be in the millions, come from more than just payouts in lawsuits; but also include lost time incidents, loss and replacement of good talent, stressrelated performance issues, and even negative PR for both the brand and whatever decisionmakers failed to make the right decisions. Isn’t it worth making sure you’re as ready as you think you are? Here are 5 tips to make sure you’re starting off on the right foot when designing or reviewing your current policy. 1. Don’t assume it won’t happen to you. The number one thing that nearly all victims of violence have in common up until the moment before they were attacked, was the belief that it wouldn’t happen to them! 2. Don’t rely on your ‘Zero Tolerance’ statement. It may sound logical, but it doesn’t work on either enraged, irrational individuals, or those specifically targeting you. 3. Know your primary threats and base everything around them. Workplace violence isn’t just about disgruntled employees ‘going postal’ - only 1 of the 6 attacker types. 4. Go beyond “Run, Hide, Fight,” and avoid “band-aid” training programs that no one will remember after it’s over. Your people should be trained as part of the plan, not merely graduates of “Thursdays 3pm training meeting.” 5. Get help from an experienced professional. You wouldn’t take marriage

Jeffrey M. Miller SPS, DTI advice from someone who’s never been married, why would you place everyone’s safety in the hands of someone who’s never dealt with actual violence? Jeffrey M. Miller SPS, DTI is an internationally-recognized and award-winning author, speaker, and consultant. He is a former counter-terrorist specialist with the U. S. Army, and a co-author of the books, “Workplace Violence in Mental and General Healthcare Settings,” and “GIS in Hospital and Healthcare Emergency Management,” as-well-as the author of his own upcoming book, “Attack-Proof: Why Zero-Tolerance Doesn't Work and How To Really Protect Yourself Against Workplace Violence.” Jeff has helped hospitals, universities, small firms, and manufacturing plants across the country to create and implement custom tailored, integrated threat management systems designed to provide the greatest degree of protection and proactive response possible for his clients. He can be reached through his office at (570) 884-1119, or via email at: jmmiller@jmillerconsultancy.com.

Mifflinburg Bank & Trust makes Donation to Donald Heiter Community Center

Mifflinburg Bank & Trust made an EITC donation to the Donald Heiter Community Center, which will be used to support the After School Ready-To-Read Program. In this program students have one-on-one reading time to help boost their reading and comprehension skills. The executive director for the Donald Heiter Community Center, Andrea Tufo (left), accepted the check from Torey Goff, Lewisburg office manager for Mifflinburg Bank & Trust.

From Left to Right: Ryan McNally, Director, Miller Center Joint Venture ; Maureen Hauck, Bucknell SBDC; Stacy Richards, Union County Commissioner; Jordan Russell, Owner, Kitch It To The Curb; Marty & Ann Russell, Kitch It To The Curb; Steven Wheeler, Kitch It To The Curb; Steve Stumbris, Bucknell SBDC.

The Cornerstone Kitchen is an integral part of our vision of wellness at The Lewisburg YMCA at The Miller Center. Our mission can best be thought of as a three-pronged approach: Food Accessibility, Nutritional Education, and Delicious, Healthy Café Food. We seek to build healthier communities by connecting people to real food that is convenient and accessible to all. At the Cornerstone Kitchen, we believe in the power of a shared table – a place where friendships are made and ideas are born. The Union County Food Hub operates out of the Cornerstone Kitchen’s “back of house” and aims to improve Food Accessibility in our region by supplying over two dozen local food access programs with fresh produce and dry goods that were donated by local farms and other supporters. The Food Hub is always on the lookout for donations and support. If you have a desire to help them in their mission to battle local food insecurity, please contact Nicole Peterson, Food Security Coordinator, at npeterson@union-snydercaa.org. Several different Nutritional Education events have already taken place in the Cornerstone Kitchen with more planned for the future. Evangelical Community Hospital Registered Dietitian Kimberly Criswell has hosted several virtual cooking demonstrations with the hope that in-person events, complete with sampling, can happen soon. A series of

Cancer Survivorship Dinners were held where breast cancer survivors from the Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health were treated to dinner and information on healthy recipes for those battling cancer. In addition, the Union-Snyder Community Action Agency (CAA), parent organization of the Union County Food Hub, has hosted several Penn State Extension classes including their Nutrition Links series and a Preservation class. In November 2021, we were pleased to announce our newest partnership in our Cornerstone Kitchen with Kitch It To The Curb who will oversee café operations at The Miller Center. Kitch It To The Curb, based in Mifflinburg, began as a food business that found its largest growth during the COVID-19 pandemic. With many restaurants being forced to shift to carryout service only, chef & owner Jordan Russell saw an opportunity to take delicious, locally-sourced, restaurant-style food to the people using a food trailer. You can now find your favorite Kitch It To The Curb creations at the Cornerstone Kitchen at the Miller Center on a regular basis, with special hours for tournaments and events. Hours Tuesday – Friday 9 am-5 pm Saturday – 9 am-3 pm

Mifflinburg Bank & Trust makes Donation to Penns Valley Education Foundation

Mifflinburg Bank & Trust’s Millheim office manager, Casey Aukerman, presented the bank’s EITC donation to the Penns Valley Education Foundation (PVEF). The mission of the PVEF is to enhance educational opportunities for the students in the Penns Valley Area School District beyond what local, state and federal tax monies can support. John Zerby, the foundation’s vice chair, accepted the donation, which will be put towards science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) projects.

Mifflinburg Bank & Trust donates 34 Jared boxes to Evan Hospital

Mifflinburg Bank & Trust employees donated toys, books, stuffed animals, coloring books, crayons and other small gifts to create a total of 34 Jared Boxes that were donated to Evangelical Community Hospital. The Jared Box Project was established to help put smiles on the faces of children in the hospital. Jared Boxes are plastic boxes filled with items such as small gifts, toys, crayons and coloring books to provide some entertainment for kids during their hospital stay. Mifflinburg Bank & Trust employees pictured in the photo from left to right: Jorden Bailey, marketing coordinator, Mandi Ruhl, vice president of retail banking, Shelby Hackenberg, Mifflinburg office manager, Amber Gabrielson, commercial loan officer, and Leslie Lenig, customer service representative.

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Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of commerce | Member News

Evangelical Community Hospital Evangelical Community Hospital Introduces New Directors Welcomes New Physicians


Dr. Greg Enders

Dr. Aaron Feaster

EWISBURG— Evangelical Community Hospital is pleased to welcome Greg Enders, MD, Gastroenterologist; Aaron Feaster, DO, General Surgeon; and Anthony Lebario, MD, Interventional Pain Medicine Physician to its staff.

Medicine and Gastroenterology by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

As a Gastroenterologist, Dr. Enders specializes in diseases and treatment of the stomach, esophagus, intestines, and liver. He began at Gastroenterology of Evangelical in early November. Dr. Enders received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology from Harvard College, Cambridge, Mass. He went on to earn his Philosophy Degree in Genetics from the University of California at San Francisco and his Doctor of Medicine from the same institution. Dr. Enders completed National Institutes of Health Medical Scientist Training Program. He completed his Residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Mass., his Clinical Fellowship in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass., and his Fellowship in Gastroenterology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. Dr. Enders is Board Certified in Internal

Dr. Enders comes to Evangelical from Commonwealth Health System and the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education, Scranton, Pa., where he served as the Gastrointestinal Fellowship Program Director. Dr. Feaster is a trained, boardcertified surgeon who provides emergency surgical care within the Hospital setting. He began serving Evangelical Community Hospital as a General Surgeon in early November. Dr. Feaster received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his General Surgery Residency at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. As an undergraduate, Dr. Feaster received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience from Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Feaster comes to Evangelical from WellStar Health System-Spalding Regional Medical Center,

Dr. Anthony Lebario Georgia, where he served as a General Surgeon. As an Interventional Pain Medicine physician, Dr. Lebario specializes in the causes and treatment of chronic pain. He began at Pain Medicine of Evangelical in early November. Dr. Lebario received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Ottawa University, Kan. He earned his Doctor of Medicine Degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Lebario completed his Residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation from the State University of New York, Syracuse, and a Fellowship in Interventional PainMedicine-Management in the department of Anesthesia from the same institution. He is Board Certified in Pain Medicine by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Lebario comes to Evangelical from Illinois, where he served as an Interventional Pain Medicine Physician at the Crest Hill Clinic and as Medical Director of Clinical Operations at AIM Specialty Health.



ovember 18, 2021 (Northumberland, PA) – Few companies make it to the 4th generation of family leadership. Even less are around for 100 years. When you accomplish both with no end in sight, that’s a reason to celebrate. Furmano Foods, a leading producer of tomatoes, beans, ancient grains and vegetables, is doing just that. 2021 marks their 100th year of harvesting nature’s goodness in the heart of Central Pennsylvania’s farmland. It’s a momentous milestone for the family-owned business – one they’re using as a springboard into the future. “This is a big moment for the whole Furmano’s family and all the team members, partners and customers who helped us get here,” said Chad Geise, President, CEO and 4th generation family member. “We want to reflect on the past and build upon what we’ve done to inspire our next 100 years.” The company attributes this accomplishment to a strong foundation of Christian values, finding ways to continuously progress, and a commitment to superior customer service and quality – principles they plan to continue building on moving forward. Family has always been at the heart of Furmano Foods. "While we feel blessed to have made it to the 4th generation," – an accomplishment less than 3% of businesses achieve, according to a study by the University of North Carolina – "we recognize that we are a family of families working together and couldn't have made it to where we are without the support of our team and their families," said Geise. Its start was also based on finding ways to serve families – neighbors loved J.W. Furman’s tomatoes and wanted them year-round, so he started canning. One hundred years later, the company sources the majority of its tomatoes fresh from family farms in PA and NJ. That spirit of serving families and customers continues today. The company continually innovates to meet the changing needs of the market. By infusing trends and best practices into new product offerings, Furmano’s has positioned itself as a trusted partner to families, retail grocery stores and foodservice operations throughout the nation. “Innovating to meet the changing needs of our customers has been pivotal to Furmano’s

reaching this milestone,” said Jen Esposito, VP of Sales & Marketing for Furmano Foods. “It’s really the core of the company. We’re not afraid to invest in products or packaging to be a better partner to our customers.” The company’s history is filled with examples of this adaptability. The creation of the Ancient Grains line and the success of their Bean products show how Furmano’s has pivoted to effectively meet the increased demand for plantbased foods. They’ve invested in versatile packaging options to better meet their customer’s needs. Options such as cans, pouches, and now single serve microwavable cups offer ready-to-serve convenience for a variety of customer uses. Through all these changes, Furmano’s has never lost sight of maintaining the quality that has become the hallmark of the company. “Great Taste Is A Family Tradition” is proudly displayed on their labels, and they live up to it with their practices. The company sources their ingredients from only the best growing regions – choosing the varieties that meet their highquality standards. Furmano’s also remains committed to the responsible stewardship principles it was founded on. They employ many throughout their surrounding communities, support faith-based charitable organizations and use environmentally friendly techniques to be mindful of the land. Looking back, Furmano’s is humbled by their growth and what they’ve been able to accomplish over the last 100 years – from stovetop operation to nationwide distribution. They hope this anniversary helps them sow the seeds for a fruitful next century. “We’re grateful to reach this milestone,” said Chad Geise. “Holding true to our heritage, we continue to thank God for the blessings we’ve enjoyed over the years. We look forward to the future as we continue to evolve to meet the needs of our customers and give back to our local community.” About Furmano’s Furmano Foods is a leading producer of shelf stable tomatoes, beans, vegetables and ancient grains for the foodservice and retail industries. Family owned and operated for 100 years, the company is still guided by the original values that made the Furmano’s name synonymous with quality and excellence.


Shawna Heckman, BSN, RN

ewisburg Evangelical Community Hospital recently introduced new and newly promoted directors to oversee operations within its Hospital and Primary Care practices. Shawna Heckman, BSN, RN, has been named the Director of Surgical Services. In this role, Heckman is responsible in the oversight of the day-to-day operational and clinical needs of the Hospital’s Operating Rooms, Endoscopy Suite, and Central Sterile Reprocessing departments. Heckman has been a member of the Evangelical family of employees since 2018. She first served as the Practice Manager of SUN Orthopaedics of Evangelical moving into the Nursing Surgical Services Manager position of the Evangelical Ambulatory Surgical Center in 2020. Heckman received her Associate Degree in Registered Nursing and went on to earn her Bachelor’s in Science and Nursing from the Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Business Administration at Grand Canyon University, Arizona. She is a certified orthopaedic nurse and holds memberships in The American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN), The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), and The Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (SGNA). Brendon Nolt, MD, has been named Physician Advisor to Revenue Cycle. He is fulfilling this new position while maintaining an active role with the Evangelical’s Hospitalist Group. He has been employed as a Hospitalist since 2010.

Brendon Nolt, MD

Kelli Zimmerman, BS, LPN

As Physician Advisor, Dr. Nolt serves as a liaison between Hospital administration, clinical staff, and support personnel to ensure compliance with regulatory issues, provide education, advise physicians, participate in audits and interpretation of data. This role assists Revenue Cycle leadership in reaching overall organizational goals related to the efficient utilization, documentation, and billing of health care services. In this position, Dr. Nolt also serves as a resource for staff regarding federal and state utilization and quality and documentation regulations and provides clinical insights to the Revenue Cycle team. In addition, he will serve as chair of the Utilization Review/ Clinical Documentation Improvement Committee and the Performance Enhancement Committee.

as Urgent Care of Evangelical. Her main areas of focus include strategic planning, budgeting, and coordinating and evaluating all aspects of operations of those locations.

Dr. Nolt received his Doctor of Medicine from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, where he was a Chief Resident in the final year of his residency. As an undergraduate, Dr. Nolt obtained his Bachelor of Science in Biology at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a member of the American College of Physician Advisors and The Society of Hospital Medicine. Kelli Zimmerman BS, LPN, has been named the Director of Operations – Primary Care Service Line with Evangelical Medical Services Organization. In this role, Zimmerman provides oversight of Evangelical’s nine primary care service line locations as well

Zimmerman began her healthcare career as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) earning her LPN and Associates Degree from PA College of Technology. She then completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Healthcare Management at Western Governors University, Utah, and is currently pursuing a Master of Health Leadership Degree from the same institution. Zimmerman brings to Evangelical more than 13 years of healthcare management experience. She comes to Evangelical from her most recent position as a Regional Manager of Health and Wellness with Geisinger Healthcare System. About Evangelical Community Hospital Evangelical Community Hospital is the only CMS 5-star rated hospital in the Central Susquehanna Valley Region. Only 22 hospitals in Pennsylvania can claim this overall quality distinction. Evangelical is a non-profit organization that employs 1,900 individuals and has more than 170 employed and non-employed physicians on staff. The facility is licensed to accommodate 131 overnight patients. The Hospital provides a comprehensive array of services in both inpatient and outpatient settings and serves residents throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley, including those living in Snyder, Union, Northumberland, and Lycoming counties. More information can be found at www.evanhospital.com.

Introducing the Honorable Kendy Alvarez


irst off: Congratulations Mayor-elect Kendy Alvarez! Well done.

By: Bob Garrett, GSVCC President & CEO

In the early 1990s, when Guy Temple, Gary Baylor, Rod Keller, Ron Wenning, and I would regularly huddle up to discuss the need for an emerging leader’s training program in our valley, our intent was single focused. In our collective mind, we envisioned a ‘farm team’ or ‘loaded bench’ of younger people who might be available to serve on non-profit boards, municipal organizations, or commissions, and even to run for public office. Of course, increasing the awareness of our valley as a great place to live, work, shop, and play were also part of our mission. Each of us came from some level of corporate/public sector background, so we knew it was key to pay dividends back to our program sponsors in terms of a cadre of well-qualified and prepared emergent leaders within their organizations. Out of all of this came Leadership Susquehanna Valley. A quarter century and 600+ graduates later, I’m thrilled to introduce to you the Honorable Kendy Alvarez, Lewisburg’s next Mayor. A 2020 LSV graduate, Bucknell alum, product of our valley’s schools and native of Trinidad, Kendy is exactly the type of leader who can and will invent the ‘Roaring 2020s’ in our valley. With Kendy, and so many more of her fellow ‘younger’ new leaders, Our Best Days Lie Just Ahead. To Kendy: Thank you for taking up the mantle of leadership. Please know that your Chamber, with its 700 members representing 53,000 employees ‘have your back,’ and simply want the best for you and for Lewisburg.

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