The university welcomed 18 new faculty members for the 2018-2019 academic year. New faculty included new tenure-track faculty, as well as visiting professors and faculty of practice. The new faculty and their areas of specialization are:
Nelson Archila Anaya is returning for a second year as assistant professor in the department of environmental engineering and earth sciences. He was formerly a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Rhode Island.
Jane Blanken Webb joined the doctor of education program in the School of Education as an assistant professor. She was formerly a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-champaign.
Billie Jeanne Burry joined the Passan School of Nursing as a visiting instructor. Before this role, Burry served as an adjunct professor of nursing at the university, as well as a student clinical instructor with the program. She has approximately 15 years of nursing experience.
Kristen Cheslick joined the Passan School of Nursing as faculty of practice. Before this position, Cheslick severed as an adjunct faculty member at the university as a psychiatricmental health nurse practitioner at Le high Valley Hospital Pot ts ville and Sun bury Hospital.
Conor Flynn joined the chemistry department as faculty of practice. Flynn was formerly an adjunct professor of chemistry as well as a visiting assistant professor at Bucknell University.
Amy Hnasko joined the School of Education as an assistant professor in the undergraduate education program. Hnasko previously was the director of training and staff development at Tools of the Mind Curriculum. She also served as the early childhood program coordinator at Rowan University.
Saritha Karnae joined the environmental engineering department as an assistant professor. She was formerly a research engineering associate at Texas A&M University.
Julie Lartz joined the English department as a visiting instructor. Before this appointment, she was an adjunct instructor in English at the university. Lartz has been an educator for 19 years.
Troy Lynn Lewis joined the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy as an assistant professor of pharmacy practice. Lewis was formerly a pharmacy practice resident in the ambulatory care setting at the Carolinas Healthcare System-northeast.
Jap-nanak Makkar joined the English department as an assistant professor. Makkar previously taught at the University of Virginia.
Christine Muller joined as director of the honors program and an assistant professor. Muller was previously employed as residential college dean for Saybrook College at Yale University, where she also was a lecturer in American studies.
Kimmy Nguyen joined the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy as an assistant professor of pharmacy practice. Nguyen was formerly an ambulatory care pharmacy resident at the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System.
Lisa Reynolds joined the department of integrative media, art and design as an assistant professor. Before this appointment, Reynolds was the creative director for the university’s marketing communications department and taught as an adjunct faculty member in digital design and media art.
Stephanie Wasmanski joined the doctor of education program in the School of Education as an assistant professor. Before this position, Wasmanski was an adjunct professor and the director of graduate admissions.
Tanya Pyke joined the finance, accounting and management department as faculty of practice. Before this appointment, Pyke was an adjunct professor of management.
Sam Schmidt joined the Sidhu School of Business and Leadership as an assistant professor. Schmidt formerly taught at the University of Louisville.
Shi Sha joined the electrical engineering department as an assistant professor. Sha was formerly employed by Florida International University in the electrical and computer engineering department.
Richard Williams joined the chemistry department as a faculty of practice. Williams was formerly a lecturer at Morgan State University.
A. Pickett Construction Inc.
Candy Frye of Harding was promoted to director of new business for A. Pickett Construction and Pickett Facilities Maintenance divisions, Kingston. Being a 12-year employee and prior dispatch manager, coupled with her sales experience, customer relations and creative marketing strategies, has led her to the position.
Barry Isett & Associates Inc.
The multidiscipline engineering firm with offices in Hazleton and Wilkes-barre recently elected two new members to its seven-member board of directors during the annual shareholders meeting.
Ross Sotak, P.E., head of the structural engineering department, is a 24-year veteran of the firm.
Timothy Mcnair, CPA, MBA, was elected as an external board member. The chief financial officer of BRD Noise and Vibration Control Inc., a company specializing in HVAC acoustic design and manufacturing, Mcnair previously had a 16-year career with C.F. Martin & Co.
Both Sotak and Mcnair will serve three-year terms.
Century 21 Smith Hourigan Group
Michelle Reilly has rejoined the Mountain Top office. Reilly has more than 15 years of experience in the field and most recently worked with Benchmark Mortgage as a licensed loan originator. Reilly brings back with her a knowledge and understanding on the mortgage side, which will be very useful working with buyers. Reilly has always been a top producer, receiving many Century 21 awards, and is a trained relocation specialist.
Katlyn Prednis, managing optician with the Wilkesbarre business since 2015, is a board-certified optician who has demonstrated the knowledge, skills and expertise necessary for the practice of opticianry by passing the American Board of Opticianry National Competency Examination in 2017. Upon certification, Prednis immediately began preparation for the National Contact Lens Examiners, which she passed on Aug. 4. Certification by an ABO member involves a rigorous process of testing and peer evaluation that is designed and administered by specialists in the field. To demonstrate leadership, ABO certification also requires proof of continuing education and experience in between testing for recertification.
Brian Murtaugh has joined the Scranton branch as a territory manager. He had managed another building materials distributor’s location for the past four years.
Steve Paszek has been selected as a territory manager for the Scranton branch, covering the Wilkes-barre/hazleton territory. He has been with the company since 1997 and has held several positions, including warehouse specialist, delivery specialist, dispatcher and assistant warehouse manager before his move to inside sales in 2002.
Brian Manning has relocated to the Williamsport branch as a territory manager. He joined the company three years ago as a territory manager for the Scranton branch.
Brian Diehl has relocated to the Scranton branch to serve as an inside sales representative. He joined the company in January as an inside sales representative in Binghamton, New York.
Foley Law Firm
All five of the firm’s attorneys, Thomas J. Foley Jr., Kevin P. Foley, Michael J. Foley, Thomas J. Foley III and Terrence R. Nealon Jr., have been recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2019 for their expertise in the area of Personal Injury Litigation — Plaintiffs. Their inclusion in the 25th edition of Best Lawyers marks the first year that all five attorneys have been named together.
Thomas J. Foley Jr., who founded the law firm in 1979, has been recognized by Best Lawyers since 2010.
Kevin P. Foley has achieved awards in excess of $1 million as part of the law firm and has been recognized by Best Lawyers since 2016.
Michael J. Foley has been recognized by Best Lawyers since 2010 and was also recently awarded the highest level of distinction from the American Association For Justice National College of Advocacy’s Achievement Recognition Program.
Thomas J. Foley III has been a member of the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice since 2009, and has served as chair of the Amicus Committee. He opened the firm’s Stroudsburg office in 1991.
Terrence R. Nealon Jr. has been an attorney with the law firm since 2011 after earning his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.
The Foley Law Firm serves personal injury clients throughout Northeast and Central Pennsylvania with offices in Scranton and Stroudsburg.
Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center
The medical center recently welcomed the following emergency medicine physicians to its team:
Lindsey Kay Duguet, M.D., most recently completed an emergency medicine internship and residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.
David Edwards, M.D., most recently completed an emergency medicine residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.
Mary Gallo, M.D., most recently completed an emergency medicine residency at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where she served as chief resident. She previously worked as a research technician at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
Sheel Mehta, D.O., most recently completed an emergency medicine residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.
Stephen H. Mohney, M.D., most recently completed an emergency medicine residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he served as the prehospital physician chair.
Essie Reed-schrader, M.D., most recently completed an emergency medicine residency and emergency medical services fellowship at the University of Buffalo in Buffalo, New York, where she served as chief resident.
Akash Patel, M.D., most recently completed his emergency medicine residency at Vidant Medical Center/east Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. Patel has served as an Advanced Trauma Life Support instructor for the American College of Surgeons and as a Basic Life Support course instructor for the American Heart Association.
Keith D. Willner, M.D., most recently completed an emergency medicine residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Willner previously served as an EMS physician for the city of Pittsburgh, a STAT Medevac air transport flight physician, and an assistant medical director for Fayette County emergency medical services.
FRYE A. Pickett Construction
T. FOLEY JR. Foley Law
PREDNIS Engle Eyewear
SOTAK Barry Isett
MCNAIR Barry Isett
REILLY Century 21
K. FOLEY Foley Law
M. FOLEY Foley Law
T. FOLEY III Foley Law
NEALON Foley Law