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Geisinger Wy­oming Val­ley Med­i­cal Cen­ter

Pul­mo­nolo­gist and crit­i­cal care physi­cian Navitha Ramesh, M.D., joined the med­i­cal cen­ter.

As a crit­i­cal care spe­cial­ist, Ramesh treats pa­tients in the hos­pi­tal’s in­ten­sive care unit. She also treats pa­tients with pul­monary is­sues in­clud­ing var­i­ous forms of lung dis­ease, asthma, chronic ob­struc­tive pul­monary dis­ease, pul­monary em­bolisms and lung can­cer. She will also per­form di­ag­nos­tic and ther­a­peu­tic lung pro­ce­dures.

Board cer­ti­fied in in­ter­nal medicine and pul­monary medicine, Ramesh earned her med­i­cal de­gree from the Tamil­nadu MGR Med­i­cal Univer­sity, In­dia. She then com­pleted a res­i­dency in in­ter­nal medicine at Rochester Re­gional Health Sys­tem, New York, and a fel­low­ship in pul­monary and crit­i­cal care medicine at Mount Si­nai Beth Is­rael Ic­ahn School of Medicine, New York.

Ramesh is a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Physi­cians, Amer­i­can Col­lege of Chest Physi­cians, So­ci­ety of Hos­pi­tal Medicine and So­ci­ety of Gen­eral In­ter­nal Medicine.

Emer­gency medicine physi­cians John P. Ber­nett, M.D.,

Mor­ganne Phillips, M.D., and Afghani Roshan, M.D., have joined the med­i­cal staff at the hos­pi­tal’s emer­gency depart­ment.

Ber­nett re­ceived his med­i­cal de­gree from Ge­orge Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C. He then com­pleted an emer­gency medicine res­i­dency at Geisinger Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Danville. He is also a cer­ti­fied Life Flight physi­cian.

Phillips earned her med­i­cal de­gree from the Med­i­cal Univer­sity of South Carolina. She then com­pleted an emer­gency medicine res­i­dency at Chris­tiana Care Health Sys­tem, Delaware, where she served as chief res­i­dent.

Roshan earned her med­i­cal de­gree from Geisinger Com­mon­wealth School of Medicine, Scran­ton, and com­pleted an emer­gency medicine res­i­dency at Geisinger Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Danville.

Key­stone Col­lege

Gail Dick­stein, Natalie Gelb, Alan Glass­man, at­tor­ney Daniel Hag­gerty, Kirby Hickey,

Robert Ka­gler and David Noyle have been elected as the newest mem­bers of the Key­stone Col­lege board of trustees.

Dick­stein, of Clarks Sum­mit, has been in­volved in the field of ed­u­ca­tion for the ma­jor­ity of her adult life. She taught ele­men­tary school in the Scran­ton School District for 20 years. Dick­stein joined the fac­ulty at Mis­eri­cor­dia Univer­sity, where she taught class­room man­age­ment skills and su­per­vised the stu­dent-teacher pro­gram. She later joined Key­stone Col­lege where she taught in the Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment and su­per­vised stu­dent teach­ers. She has a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in ele­men­tary ed­u­ca­tion from Ar­ca­dia Col­lege and com­pleted grad­u­ate work at Mary­wood Univer­sity and Col­lege Mis­eri­cor­dia.

Gelb, of Clarks Sum­mit, re­cently re­tired as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Lack­awanna Her­itage Val­ley Author­ity, a po­si­tion she held since 2004. Dur­ing her ten­ure, Gelb is widely rec­og­nized for mak­ing the Lack­awanna River Her­itage Trail one of the most beau­ti­ful and pop­u­lar na­ture trails in Penn­syl­va­nia. She

pre­vi­ously served as pres­i­dent of Har­bor Group Inc., vice pres­i­dent of First Se­cu­ri­ties In­vest­ments, north­east di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing for Con­sult­ing Group Inc., mar­ket­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tive with Omni Health Plan, and agent for Mu­tual of New York, where she earned des­ig­na­tions as a cer­ti­fied life un­der­writer and long term care pro­fes­sional. Gelb ob­tained a Bach­e­lor of Science de­gree in English and his­tory from the Univer­sity of Mary­land and pur­sued grad­u­ate stud­ies in ac­count­ing and health care eco­nom­ics.

Glass­man, of Clarks Sum­mit, is vice pres­i­dent at Riggs As­set Man­age­ment Co. Inc., where he pro­vides in­vest­ment and busi­ness ad­vice to en­trepreneurs, fam­ily busi­nesses and fam­ily groups through­out the north­east­ern United States. He grad­u­ated from New York Univer­sity in 1977 with bach­e­lor of science de­grees in eco­nom­ics, fi­nance, busi­ness man­age­ment and mar­ket­ing.

He re­turned to Scran­ton for a man­age­ment po­si­tion with G&G Sewing Ma­chine Co. Inc. and MUVA Nee­dle Co. In 1978, he be­came vice pres­i­dent of G&G Sewing Ma­chine Co. and in 1981 he as­sumed the po­si­tion of pres­i­dent. In or­der to as­sure the con­tin­ued growth of the cor­po­ra­tion, a mul­ti­year ac­qui­si­tion strat­egy was de­vel­oped. To that end, At­las Rapid Racks Inc., Au­to­mated Com­po­nents In­ter­na­tional, Silverman Ma­chines In­ter­na­tional, Schreiber and Gold­berg Lim­ited, and SALBEE Lim­ited were ac­quired over a pe­riod of years. Mr. Glass­man sold his busi­ness in­ter­ests in 1997 and joined Riggs As­set Man­age­ment Co. Inc.

Hag­gerty, of Scran­ton, is owner and pres­i­dent of PMJ Group LLC, a busi­ness bro­ker­age firm in Clarks Sum­mit. He pre­vi­ously worked for fam­ily-owned Times-Sham­rock Com­mu­ni­ca­tions as pub­lisher of The Cit­i­zens’ Voice, Wilkes-Barre, and the Stan­dard-Speaker, Ha­zle­ton. He joined PMJ as vice pres­i­dent in 2011. He is a grad­u­ate of Col­lege of the Holy Cross in Worces­ter, Mass., and re­ceived his law de­gree and MBA from Vil­lanova Univer­sity.

Af­ter law school, he served as law clerk for the Hon. Thomas I. Vanaskie, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Mid­dle District of Penn­syl­va­nia and cur­rent judge for the U.S. Court of Ap­peals for the Third Cir­cuit. Hag­gerty serves as board chair of the Wilkes Univer­sity Fam­ily Busi­ness Al­liance and vice pres­i­dent of the Penn­syl­va­nia Busi­ness Bro­kers As­so­ci­a­tion. He is a mem­ber of

the Lack­awanna County Bar As­so­ci­a­tion. Hag­gerty serves on the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee of the Friendly Sons of St. Pa­trick of Lack­awanna County.

Hickey, of York, is trea­surer and chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer of the World Methodist Coun­cil. He grad­u­ated from Key­stone Col­lege in 1965 with an as­so­ciate de­gree in busi­ness administration, then earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in eco­nom­ics at Mo­ra­vian Col­lege in 1967. He joined a fam­ily busi­ness founded by his fa­ther, the late Ge­orge Hickey, and even­tu­ally be­came pres­i­dent and CEO of Hickey Toy­ota. He also was owner, pres­i­dent and CEO of United Sales, a York com­pany that sold of­fice fur­ni­ture and pro­vided in­te­rior de­sign ser­vices. Hickey is pres­i­dent of the Stew­ard­ship Foun­da­tion of the Susque­hanna Con­fer­ence of the United Methodist Church.

Be­fore re­tire­ment, Ka­gler, Hud­son, Ohio, was a se­nior re­gional di­rec­tor at Merck & Co. A for­mer Key­stone trustee, he has been rec­og­nized with var­i­ous awards, in­clud­ing the Keysto­nian of the Year in 2004, the col­lege’s Pres­i­den­tial Medal­lion in 2000, and was in­ducted into the Key­stone Ath­letic Hall of Fame in 2008. Ka­gler also pro­vided the key­note ad­dress at com­mence­ment in 1996 and at the 2004 Key­stone Schol­ar­ship Lun­cheon. He has been an ad­viser for Hud­son Job Search Inc., a board mem­ber of the Hud­son Pub­lic Schools En­dow­ment Fund, and served on the Hud­son Plan­ning Com­mis­sion. Ka­gler has been a part-time fac­ulty mem­ber at the Univer­sity of Akron Grad­u­ate School of Busi­ness and a guest lec­turer at the Col­lege of Charleston. A na­tive of Scran­ton and an Army vet­eran, Ka­gler re­ceived an as­so­ciate de­gree from Key­stone Col­lege and a Bach­e­lor of Science de­gree from Spring­field Col­lege. He also pur­sued stud­ies at Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Technology, Har­vard Univer­sity Grad­u­ate School of Busi­ness, Univer­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia School of Phar­macy and Duquesne Univer­sity.

Noyle, of East Nor­ri­ton, serves as se­nior di­rec­tor, tele­sales, for Colo­nial Penn Life In­sur­ance Co., Philadel­phia. Prior to join­ing Colo­nial Penn in 2007, Noyle was an ac­count man­ager for Ver­i­zon in Ex­ton. He has also served as se­nior ac­count man­ager and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of client ser­vices with Te­le­spec­trum in King of Prus­sia and Ber­wyn. Noyle has also been di­rec­tor of ac­count man­age­ment and served in other man­age­ment po­si­tions at RMH in sev­eral Penn­syl­va­nia cities, in­clud­ing Scran­ton and Wilkes-Barre.

He has been an ad­junct pro­fes­sor of busi­ness administration at Key­stone Col­lege.

Noyle grad­u­ated from Key­stone Col­lege with an as­so­ciate de­gree in busi­ness administration and ob­tained a Bach­e­lor of Science in busi­ness administration and an MBA from Wilkes Univer­sity. He serves as a mem­ber of the board of the Key­stone’s Na­tional Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion and is a mem­ber of the schol­ar­ship, awards and board nom­i­na­tion com­mit­tees.

King’s Col­lege

Allison Sa­manas of Dal­las has been ap­pointed man­ager of fi­nan­cial plan­ning and anal­y­sis. She will be pri­mar­ily re­spon­si­ble for de­vel­op­ing and im­ple­ment­ing the long-range plan­ning and fore­cast­ing pro­cesses, in­clud­ing bud­get­ing and fi­nan­cial man­age­ment of oper­a­tions, cur­rent and emerg­ing pro­grams, and strate­gic goals. In ad­di­tion, she will be tak­ing on re­spon­si­bil­ity for bank re­la­tions and com­mu­ni­ca­tions along with sev­eral process im­prove­ment projects at the col­lege.

She was for­merly a se­nior fi­nan­cial an­a­lyst for In­terMetro In­dus­tries Corp. in WilkesBarre.

Sa­manas earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in ac­count­ing from the Penn­syl­va­nia State Univer­sity. She is cur­rently pur­su­ing a Mas­ter of Busi­ness Administration de­gree at the Univer­sity of Scran­ton.

Lawrence A.J. Spe­gar

At­tor­ney Lawrence A.J.

Spe­gar was se­lected as one of the “10 Best At­tor­neys” in Penn­syl­va­nia by the Amer­i­can In­sti­tute of Le­gal Coun­sel, an im­par­tial third party at­tor­ney rat­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion that rec­og­nizes ex­cel­lence of at­tor­neys. The rat­ing sys­tem helps clients through­out the United States make ed­u­cated de­ci­sions when it comes to choos­ing their at­tor­ney. Se­lec­tion of at­tor­neys to the AIOLC al­lows po­ten­tial clients to save time, en­ergy and ef­fort in choos­ing the most qual­i­fied at­tor­ney in their area. At­tor­neys se­lected by the Amer­i­can In­sti­tute have reached the top of their pro­fes­sion while do­ing so with client sat­is­fac­tion be­ing of para­mount im­por­tance. Spe­gar has a com­pre­hen­sive trial at­tor­ney prac­tice cov­er­ing many ar­eas of the law in mul­ti­ple coun­ties through­out North­east Penn­syl­va­nia, with lo­ca­tions in Jes­sup and Po­cono Sum­mit.

Light­speed Tech­nolo­gies

Christo­pher Payne III was named an out­side sales­man. Payne’s technology sales ex­pe­ri­ence spans mul­ti­ple in­dus­tries, in­clud­ing the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, health care and For­tune 1000 com­pa­nies. In pre­vi­ous po­si­tions, he has held sales lead­er­ship roles and has strong Cisco prod­uct knowl­edge.

An Ole Miss grad­u­ate, Payne has re­ceived nu­mer­ous in­dus­try awards and holds sev­eral Cisco Cer­ti­fi­ca­tions. He is cur­rently pur­su­ing an ad­di­tional de­gree in com­puter sys­tems and se­cu­rity technology at Luzerne County Com­mu­nity Col­lege. Payne is a mem­ber of the Moun­tain­top Small Busi­ness Part­ners and is the in­com­ing pres­i­dent of the Ki­wa­nis Club of Moun­tain­top.

Mis­eri­cor­dia Univer­sity

Paula Pate-Schloder, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor, was named the chair of the Depart­ment of Med­i­cal Imag­ing.

Pate-Schloder has more than 26 years of teach­ing ex­pe­ri­enc­ing in the aca­demic pro­gram at the univer­sity. Dur­ing that time, she has taught hun­dreds of med­i­cal imag­ing stu­dents. Be­fore em­bark­ing on a ca­reer in higher ed­u­ca­tion, she ac­quired ex­ten­sive clin­i­cal and ad­min­is­tra­tive ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

She holds a Mas­ter of Science in ed­u­ca­tion from Mis­eri­cor­dia Univer­sity and a Bach­e­lor of Science in med­i­cal ra­di­og­ra­phy from North­ern Ari­zona Univer­sity, Flagstaff, Ari­zona. Pate-Schloder also earned an as­so­ciate in risk man­age­ment des­ig­na­tion from the In­sur­ance So­ci­ety of Amer­ica. In 2015, she earned a cer­tifi­cate as a med­i­cal ra­di­a­tion safety of­fi­cer.

Cer­ti­fied by the Amer­i­can Registry of Ra­di­o­logic Tech­nol­o­gists in ra­di­og­ra­phy, car­dio­vas­cu­lar in­ter­ven­tional technology, com­puted to­mog­ra­phy and vas­cu­lar in­ter­ven­tional technology, Pate-Schloder reg­u­larly makes schol­arly pre­sen­ta­tions at na­tional, state and lo­cal con­fer­ences on ra­di­og­ra­phy and med­i­cal imag­ing top­ics. Her pre­sen­ta­tions of­ten cen­ter on risk man­age­ment and pa­tient safety, which serve as points of em­pha­sis in her ca­reer.

A Lake Wi­nola res­i­dent, she is the past pres­i­dent and chair of the board for the As­so­ci­a­tion of Ed­u­ca­tors in Imag­ing and Ra­di­o­logic Sciences. In 2015, AEIRS el­e­vated her to fel­low.

Neigh­borWorks North­east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia

Pres­i­dent and CEO Jesse

Er­gott was re­cently elected pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Neigh­borWorks As­so­ci­a­tion’s board of di­rec­tors. With more than 200 mem­ber or­ga­ni­za­tions and nu­mer­ous ad­di­tional part­ners na­tion­wide, the Na­tional Neigh­borWorks As­so­ci­a­tion unites hous­ing and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment prac­ti­tion­ers to ad­vance hous­ing and eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies, com­mu­ni­ties and neigh­bor­hoods across the coun­try.

In this role, Er­gott helps to lead the Washington, D.C.based or­ga­ni­za­tion in its mis­sion to ad­vo­cate for af­ford­able hous­ing and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment pro­grams that re­vi­tal­ize the na­tion’s dis­tressed com­mu­ni­ties and work­ing to en­sure that fed­eral leg­is­la­tors and de­ci­sion mak­ers rec­og­nize the needs of the na­tion’s neigh­bor­hoods. NNA is also com­mit­ted to mak­ing sure that fed­eral leg­is­la­tion and poli­cies pro­mote hous­ing and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment pro­grams that are un­der­taken by lo­cal, non­profit com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions.

PNC Bank

Robert Makos was ap­pointed se­nior vice pres­i­dent and mar­ket man­ag­ing di­rec­tor for PNC Wealth Man­age­ment. In his new role, Makos is re­spon­si­ble for over­see­ing the wealth man­age­ment busi­ness in Cen­tral and North­east Penn­syl­va­nia. This in­cludes pri­vate bank­ing, in­vest­ment man­age­ment, trust and es­tate administration, and wealth plan­ning in the Cen­tral and North­east mar­kets. He will over­see more than 85 em­ploy­ees in a ter­ri­tory that en­com­passes 37 coun­ties in Penn­syl­va­nia.

Makos joined PNC Wealth Man­age­ment in July 2006 as team di­rec­tor for Le­high Val­ley. In 2017, he ac­cepted the role of mar­ket di­rec­tor for Cen­tral and North­east Pa.

Makos earned a Bach­e­lor of Science de­gree in man­age­ment and an MBA from Le­high Univer­sity.

Scran­ton Area Foun­da­tion

Donna Pretko has been ap­pointed se­nior di­rec­tor of oper­a­tions and fi­nance. Pretko earned a Bach­e­lor of Science in ac­count­ing and a Mas­ter of Busi­ness Administration from Wilkes Univer­sity. She has 19 years of fi­nance ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing in both man­u­fac­tur­ing and non­profit en­vi­ron­ments.

She will over­see all fi­nan­cial ac­tiv­i­ties and re­port­ing for the foun­da­tion, in­clud­ing ef­fec­tive ac­count­ing poli­cies and con­trols. She will serve as li­ai­son to the foun­da­tion’s au­di­tors, CIO and in­vest­ment man­agers, and mon­i­tor the foun­da­tion’s as­sets and ex­ter­nal foun­da­tions man­aged by SAF, in ad­di­tion to over­see­ing other key project ar­eas. She will also work with Scran­ton Area Foun­da­tion Medal­lion Part­ners in en­hanc­ing the de­liv­ery of planned giv­ing ser­vices used for char­i­ta­ble gift plan­ning.

Pretko will also be over­see­ing the Scran­ton Area Foun­da­tion’s Women in Phi­lan­thropy mi­cro-loan ini­tia­tive, which en­ables low- to mod­er­ate-in­come women and women in tran­si­tion the op­por­tu­nity to start and build a busi­ness. She is a mem­ber of Women in Phi­lan­thropy.

Wayne Me­mo­rial Health Sys­tem

John “Jack” Den­nis has been pro­moted to the po­si­tion of ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Wayne Me­mo­rial Health Foun­da­tion. Den­nis re­placed G. Richard Gar­man, who an­nounced his re­tire­ment ear­lier this year. The foun­da­tion serves as the fundrais­ing arm and re­cip­i­ent of all char­i­ta­ble con­tri­bu­tions ben­e­fit­ing the en­ti­ties that com­prise the health sys­tem. Ad­di­tion­ally, WMHF over­sees the for-profit sub­sidiary, Wayne Health Ser­vices.

Among nu­mer­ous pro­fes­sional achieve­ments, Den­nis is cred­ited with se­cur­ing over $14 mil­lion in grant funds for ex­pan­sion and sus­tain­abil­ity of health care ser­vices of­fered by WMH and WMCHC. These in­clude ac­quir­ing the des­ig­na­tion for a fed­er­ally qual­i­fied health cen­ter, ex­pan­sion of WMH’s emer­gency depart­ment, ra­di­ol­ogy PACS sys­tem up­grades and the de­vel­op­ment of the Ru­ral Tele­health Net­work of NEPA.

Den­nis re­ceived a Mas­ter of Science de­gree in or­ga­ni­za­tional man­age­ment from Mis­eri­cor­dia Univer­sity. He re­ceived his Bach­e­lor of Science de­gree in en­gi­neer­ing man­age­ment from Fair­leigh-Dick­in­son Univer­sity’s Col­lege of En­gi­neer­ing, Tea­neck, New Jersey. He also com­pleted a fel­low­ship in PA RULE – Penn­syl­va­nia Ru­ral Lead­er­ship Pro­gram at Penn State Univer­sity, Univer­sity Park. Den­nis is a vet­eran of the Air Force. He re­sides in Mil­ford. He is mar­ried, the fa­ther of four chil­dren and grand­fa­ther to three.

RAMESH

Geisinger Wy­oming Val­ley

PATESCHLODER

Mis­eri­cor­dia

SPE­GAR

Lawrence A.J. Spe­gar

DEN­NIS

Wayne Me­mo­rial

PRETKO

Scran­ton Area Foun­da­tion

MAKOS

PNC Bank

KA­GLER

Key­stone Col­lege

HICKEY

Key­stone Col­lege

HAG­GERTY

Key­stone Col­lege

GLASS­MAN

Key­stone Col­lege

GELB

Key­stone Col­lege

DICK­STEIN

Key­stone Col­lege

ROSHAN

Geisinger Wy­oming Val­ley

PHILLIPS

Geisinger Wy­oming Val­ley

BER­NETT

Geisinger Wy­oming Val­ley

NOYLE

Key­stone Col­lege

SA­MANAS

King’s Col­lege

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