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Michele J. Baehr is the new executive director for the Pocono and Wayne Pike Chapters. Ms. Baehr replaced Jim Rienhardt, who retired at the end of 2013. Before accepting her role with the organization, Ms. Baehr served as regional sales manager for LensCrafters, and had sales managerial and director positions with Ann Taylor Factory Stores, Polo Ralph Lauren and the Limited Inc. Ms. Baehr stays involved in the community and advocates for national organizations, including St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and LensCrafters OneSight missions. Ms. Baehr is a member of Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Realtors and Capital Campaign Steering Committee for Bushkill Reformed Church and served as president of Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs from 2010 11. Ms. Baehr has lived in the Pocono area since 1987.
Jamie J. Anzalone earned the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys’ Top 10 Attorney Under the Age of 40 honors. The academy chose Mr. Anzalone because of his hard work and dedication in the field of personal injury law.
Robert J. Sands joined the firm as senior consultant for retail and wholesale services. Mr. Sands will lead the firm’s grocery sector consulting program. Before joining Business Solutions 360, Mr. Sands served in a variety of grocery sector senior leadership positions. Mr. Sands studied merchandising at King’s College and merchandising and food safety at Cornell University. He lives in Dallas.
Mia Bartoletti earned an appointment as president, while Tracy Cadden will serves as vice president, effective this month.
Ms. Bartoletti joined the company in 2008, serving as vice president. Ms. Bartoletti earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Miami and her Master of Business Administration from the University of Scranton. Ms. Bartoletti is a member of the Pennsylvania Homecare Association’s Public Policy Committee and the Quality Council of the Office of Long Term Living for Pennsylvania, among a number of other appointments.
Ms. Cadden joined the company in 2009, serving as vice president of clinical operations. Ms. Cadden earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing and Master of Science in nursing from Marywood University, and has 17 years of experience in the health care industry.
Eileen Diskin earned the Advertising Women of New York Working Mothers Award at a ceremony in Manhattan on Feb. 24. Ms. Diskin also earned a promotion to senior vice president of marketing communications and strategy at Comcast. Since 2008, Ms. Diskin’s responsibilities included the national advertising development and strategy for Comcast’s cable service offerings. Ms. Diskin formerly served as vice president of marketing at PBS KIDS Sprout from 2006 08. Ms. Diskin has a Bachelor of Arts in communication from the University of Delaware and graduated from the Cable Executive Management program at Harvard Business School, the Wharton Executive Program for Comcast Leaders and Comcast’s Executive Leadership Program. Ms. Diskin and her husband live in the suburbs of Philadelphia with their daughters, Grace and Eliza. She is the daughter of Fran McCabe Galson, formerly of Dunmore, and John Diskin, formerly of Scranton.
Lisa Fabbri joined the full service hair and nail salon on West Market Street, Scranton, as a stylist. Ms. Fabbri has more than 16 years of experience in the salon industry. Before working for Fusion Hair Design, Ms. Fabbri worked at Cheryl’s Studio II and Beauty Bar, and serves as an instructor at Empire Beauty School. Ms. Fabbri lives in Scranton.
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Michael C. Before joining GCMC, Dr. Sleet worked as a general surgeon and the trauma medical director at Meadville Medical Center. Dr. Sleet completed a general surgery residency at SUNY Stony Brook University Medical Center, in 2009, and fellowships in surgical critical care, thoracic surgery and burn surgery. Dr. Sleet is board certified in surgery and surgical critical care, and graduated from Harvard University in 1997. Dr. Sleet also earned a Master of Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001, and graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine in 2004. The presentation supported the development of education and leadership skills for administrative professionals. Ms. Pete Beach, Fla. Dr. Howell collaborated with Mr. Barton and Ms. Pollack to present “Building Algebraic Competency in Undergraduate Statistics Courses with ‘Expanded Formula’ Sample Spreadsheets That Allow Interactive Changes.” Dr. Howell also worked with Ms. Browne on “First Contact: An Interactive Classroom Exercise to Stimulate a First Encounter with Speakers of an Unknown Language.” Dr. Chase collaborated with Ms. Nguyen to discuss “YouTube and the Bashful, Aspiring Mental Health Practitioner” and presented “Setting the Stage: Where ‘Disturbed Students’ Can Be a Good Thing.” Dr. Gallagher presented “How Lilo and Stitch Saved Introductory Psychology Students Or the Use of Retrieval Cues on Exams to Increase Memory for Class Material.”
Brandi L. George joined the college, Brian Costanzo earned a promotion and Christine Kiehart received tenure at the college.
Ms. George, Wilkes Barre, joined the college as the community concerts box office manager and administrative assistant for advancement. Ms. George manages all aspects of the college’s community concert season, including ticket sales, hospitality, booking and marketing. Ms. George also coordinates advancement department events, finances and clerical duties. Ms. George graduated from King’s College with bachelor’s degrees in theater and mass communications.
Mr. Costanzo, Dunmore, earned a promotion to associate vice president of enrollment at the college. Mr. Costanzo, who has worked at the college for 12 years, served as the dean of enrollment management. In his new role, Mr. Costanzo will oversee enrollment and retention functions of the college related to admissions and financial aid. Mr. Costanzo is a Lackawanna alumnus, and earned an associate degree in education from the college. Mr. Costanzo also has a bachelor’s degree in counseling from Penn State University and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Marywood University. Mr. Costanzo and his wife, Amy, have two children, Emma and Jacob.
Mrs. Kiehart, Mayfield, earned tenure at the college, and serves as an assistant professor and chairwoman of academic development. Mrs. Kiehart joined the college 10 years ago, previously serving as an adjunct professor and developmental education specialist. Mrs. Kiehart works with developmental students, including English as a Second Language students, and serves as a mentoring coordinator for students transitioning from high school to college. Mrs. Kiehart and her husband, Roger, have two sons, Ryan and Kyle.
Scott L. Dr. Massey presented “From Theory to Practice: Guidelines for Implementing Cooperative Learning into Your Curriculum” at the college, and discussed the basic theoretical foundations of cooperative learning, outlined how to implement basic cooperative learning techniques into the classroom and explained proven methods of student engagement, among other topics. Dr. in leadership from the Andrews University Leadership Program, Berrien Springs, Mich. Dr. Massey also completed the management development program at the Harvard University School of Education.
Vincent O’Bell earned an appointment as chairman of the organization’s loan oversight committee, which provides input and guidance for all lending and loan servicing activities. Mr. O’Bell is a vice president for Fidelity Deposit Discount Bank. Mr. O’Bell graduated from Lackawanna Junior College and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. Mr. O’Bell has 32 years of banking experience with five other local financial institutions. Mr. O’Bell also serves as a member of the Sacred Heart of Mary Finance Council, an advisory board member of the Lackawanna Historical Society, a member of the Scranton Industrial Development Co., a board member for the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce and treasurer for the Scranton Rotary Club. Mr. O’Bell also earned the Paul Harris Fellowship from the Scranton Rotary Club.
Jessica Nataupsky Kang, violinist, will join the faculty of the music school in Plains Twp. Ms. Kang moved back to Northeast Pennsylvania after having lived in Ann Arbor, Mich., and Philadelphia for the past six years. While in Philadelphia, Ms. Kang served as an adjunct faculty member who specialized in Suzuki violin, at Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music, Preparatory Division, a member of the string faculty at the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and Suzuki violin faculty at Moorestown School of Music. Ms. Kang earned her master’s degree from Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music. Ms. Kang also serves as an active freelance musician, and plays professionally with numerous regional orchestras in and around Northeast Pennsylvania. Ms. Kang is now accepting students at the music school.
Kathryn Serniak joined the bank as the mortgage originator in Lackawanna County. Mrs. Serniak will work out of the Central Scranton office at 216 Adams Ave., and will work with mortgage customers in the Abington Branch on Northern Boulevard in Clarks Summit and in the West Scranton office on South Main Avenue. Mrs. Serniak has more than 13 years of experience with local financial institutions as a mortgage loan officer, and is licensed by the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System. Mrs. Serniak and her husband, Steve, live in Mayfield, and are the parents of two adult children, Nicole Hocking and Richard Vail.
Edward Bednarz, a mechanical engineering visiting professor in the College of Science and Engineering, earned a patent for his design of a radar antenna safety brace he created while working at the Tobyhanna Army Depot. Mr. Bednarz designed the project after the accidental death of an Army soldier, who died while repairing a radar antenna overseas in 2010. The antenna searches for enemy missiles, and the brace Mr. Bednarz designed allows mechanics and soldiers to safely perform maintenance underneath the antenna without risk of injury. Mr. Bednarz became a visiting assistant professor at Wilkes in September, and teaches four undergraduate mechanical engineering courses in addition to serving as a master’s thesis adviser. Mr. Bednarz earned his Master of Science and Doctorate of Philosophy in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland, and received his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Wilkes University.