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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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