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Liberty Environmental, Pocono Mountains Association of Realtors and more name new hires

Jonathan Wickstrom, Heather Schierloh, Lisa A. Shearman, Melanie A. Strange, Marc Singer and Raymon Williams. PHOTOS/PROVIDED
Jonathan Wickstrom, Heather Schierloh, Lisa A. Shearman, Melanie A. Strange, Marc Singer and Raymon Williams. PHOTOS/PROVIDED

 

Architecture and engineering

Reading, Berks County-based Liberty Environmental Inc. named Jonathan Wickstrom a principal. Wickstrom is a senior project manager and a regulatory compliance specialist, with primary subject matter expertise in air quality permitting and general industrial regulatory compliance.

Associations

Stroud Township, Monroe County-based Pocono Mountains Association of Realtors named Heather Schierloh a member of its short term rental committee and its diversity, equity, and inclusion committee. Schierloh is a realtor and sales associate with Tredyffrin Township, Chester County-based Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, Realtors and specializes in negotiation.

Montgomery Bar Association named Lisa A. Shearman president-elect. Shearman is a principal and a trust and estates and business lawyer with Upper Gwynedd Township, Montgomery County-based Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin. Shearman has more than 30 years of experience.

Banking and finance

Allentown, Lehigh County-based Morton Brown Family Wealth named Melanie A. Strange a client service associate. She will manage client account requests, process paperwork and provide operational support to the advisory team.

Education

Northampton Community College named Marc Singer provost and vice president of academic and student affairs, effective May 1. Singer will be the chief academic officer, leading the college’s four schools as well student life and student affairs.

Law

Allentown, Lehigh County-based Gross McGinley LLP named attorney Zachary R. Fowler a partner. He will practice with the litigation and medical malpractice defense teams.

Perkasie, Bucks County-based Grim, Biehn & Thatcher named Daniel P. Martin a full-time associate in the municipal law department.

Marketing

Emmaus, Lehigh County-based Altitude Marketing named Beth Balch and Alex Hernandez directors of client operations. They will plan and manage integrated marketing strategies for all client accounts, help refine production team operations and help manage and develop the firm’s client engagement management team.

Nonprofits

North Whitehall Township, Lehigh County-based KidsPeace Foundation named Robert A. Oster a trustee. Oster is a certified public accountant and retired as CEO of Concannon, Miller & Co. P.C.

Bethlehem, Northampton County-based Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley named Meghan Baumer director of strategic initiatives. She will continue to be at the center of the organization’s programs, initiatives and events and help with its strategic planning and direction.

Communities In Schools of Eastern Pennsylvania named Michelle Schmidt chair, Karianne Gelinas vice chair, Raymon Williams secretary, Michael Zile treasurer and Tyler Papaz immediate past chair. Schmidt is a psychology professor with Moravian University and director of its academic leadership programs. Gelinas is vice president of strategic initiatives and research at Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. Williams is deputy director of green hydrogen projects at Air Products. Zile is a commercial senior relationship manager and senior vice president with M&T Bank. Papaz is a senior consultant at Cornerstone Advisors Asset Management LLC.

Compiled by Amy DiNunzio

 

Lehigh Valley businesses name a series of new hires

Jeff Gormley, Kelly Kern, Karl S. Myers and Ray Roundtree
Jeff Gormley, Kelly Kern, Karl S. Myers and Ray Roundtree. PHOTOS/PROVIDED

Associations

Third Circuit Bar Association named Karl S. Myers a member of its board of governors. Myers will work with the judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, to improve standards and rules of federal appellate practice, promote events and educational programs and facilitate bench and bar relations. Myers is an attorney with Reading, Berks County-based Stevens & Lee and co-chair of the appellate litigation group.

Banking and finance

Allentown, Lehigh County-based People First Federal Credit Union named Kelly Kern chief employee experience officer. Kern will oversee human resources.

Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh County-based GOLD Credit Union named Julie Huber community growth director. Emanuel Pagan was named a systems operations associate. Savannah Delgado was named an eservices specialist.

Boston-based Santander Bank N.A. named Mark Schrieber head of Mid-Atlantic middle market banking. Schrieber will lead business development, market growth and relationship management for commercial banking’s middle market segment in the Mid-Atlantic region, working from the Conshohocken, Bern Township, Montgomery County, office.

Health care

Berks County-based Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center named Alexandria Cirko vice president of mission and ministry. Cirko will oversee pastoral care and chaplaincy and lead the hospital’s ethics, parish outreach and mission and ministry initiatives

Media

Comcast named Ray Roundtree senior vice president of its Pittsburgh-based Keystone Region, which includes Northeastern Pennsylvania. Roundtree will oversee operations, strategic and financial performance.

Real estate

South Whitehall Township, Lehigh County-based Howard Hanna The Frederick Group named Jeff Gormley a Realtor.

Compiled by Amy DiNunzio

Lehigh Valley businesses make a series of new hires

Jack Kolmansberger, Amy Klatt, Benjamin Leisawitz, Todd Lineburger, Molly MacDonald and Kristen Walsh. PHOTO/PROVIDED
Jack Kolmansberger, Amy Klatt, Benjamin Leisawitz, Todd Lineburger, Molly MacDonald and Kristen Walsh. PHOTO/PROVIDED

Accounting

Spring Township, Berks County-based Herbein + Co. Inc. named Jack Kolmansberger chief growth officer. Kolmansberger will lead the firm’s sales and business development efforts. Amy Klatt was named chief marketing officer. Klatt will be responsible for brand management, integrated and content marketing, digital marketing and advertising and sponsorships.

Stephanie Atkins, Ashley Blessing, Nick Bieber and Corey Robinson were named senior managers.

Rick Bastida and Nicole Yuengel were named managers. Melanie Serrano was named a supervisor. Lauren Anastasi, Alex Papoutsis, Shaun Rostek, Emily Seaman-Brennan and T. Paige Famous were named seniors. Jonathan Schnitzer, Vince Sciortino and Sean McGuire were named advanced staff.

Patrick Brady was named information technology support supervisor, Jennifer Werner was named support supervisor, Jason Kline was named consulting manager and Julia Nelson was named executive assistant. Savorn Ung and Jennifer Betz were named managers and Ryan Raudenbush was named senior, all in the Spring House, Montgomery County, office. Stephen Collins was named manager, Dalton Weller and Yazaira Colon-Sostre were named supervisors, Sebastian Buckley was named advanced staff, Victoria Zak was named senior consultant and Natalie Reifsneider was named consulting manager, all in the Allentown, Lehigh County, office.

Associations

Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce and Industry named Sara Kuzma-Stump chairwoman of the board. Laura Haffner was named vice chairwoman, Jack Gombach was named treasurer, and Michele Richards was named immediate past chair. Kuzma-Stump is director of sales and marketing with Suburban Testing Labs Inc. Haffner is regional bank president at Wells Fargo. Gombach, is a government affairs consultant with McNees Strategic Solutions Group. Richards is director of treasury sales at Fulton Bank. Alba Fernandez, Benjamin A. Leisawitz, Mike Riley and Stephen Bonner were named board members. Fernandez is vice president and community lender at Community First Fund. Leisawitz is a partner with Barley Snyder. Riley is an account executive at EthoSource. Bonner is vice president of operations at DoubleTree by Hilton Reading.

Banking and finance

Scranton, Lackawanna County-based Peoples Security Bank & Trust Co. named Jeffrey Drobins executive vice president and chief lending officer. He will lead origination, portfolio management and credit quality across all lending products.

Education

Allentown, Lehigh County-based Muhlenberg College named Todd Lineburger vice president for communications and marketing. Lineburger will oversee internal and external communications strategy, branding, creative and digital strategy, media relations and crisis management.

Manufacturing

Upper Nazareth Township, Northampton County-based C.F. Martin & Co. elected Mary Haas and Brian Richardi board members. Haas is CEO and president of Sustaera Inc. Richardi leads the finance data science team at Stryker.

Marketing

Altitude Marketing named Molly MacDonald client engagement manager. MacDonald will be the primary point of contact for certain clients and assist with implementing creative marketing strategies and enabling clients to achieve their business goals.

Nonprofits

Lower Saucon Township, Northampton County-based Bloom, which offers housing and resources to women survivors of sex trafficking, named Dinoli Rowlands, Meloney Sallie-Dosunmu, Tiffany Sondergaard and Ernie Stiegler board members. Rowlands is vice president and regional business banking relationship manager with PNC Bank. Sallie-Dosunmu is CEO of Precision Talent International. Sondergaard is founder and public relations and event planning specialist with ts PR & Event Planning. Stiegler is vice president of Client Engagement with SWBR Inc.

Hanover Township, Northampton County-based Valley Youth House named Kristen Walsh associate director of development. Walsh will work with individual donors, corporations and foundations to increase philanthropy and advance the agency’s mission.

Allentown, Lehigh County-based Community Music School – Lehigh Valley & Berks elected Michael Yeager president, James Warfel vice president, Tom Fenstermacher treasurer and Mark Stein secretary. Yeager retired as CEO of Community Insurance Co. Warfel is a retired educator. Fenstermacher retired as chief financial officer of Hospital Central Services Inc. Stein is associate professor at Muhlenberg College. Laura M. Attieh was elected a board member. Attieh is an attorney with King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul LLC.

Reading, Berks County-based Humane Pennsylvania elected Caitlin Calvaresi, Bob Massino, and Kevin Wolfe board members. Calvaresi is a commercial lines account executive for Tompkins Insurance Bank. Massino is vice president and cash management sales officer for Tompkins Financial. Wolfe is a commercial real estate agent with NAI Keystone.

Compiled by Amy DiNunzio

Newsmakers: Howard Hanna The Frederick Group, First National Bank and The Wilbur Mansion

Larry Bardo, Samantha Fedele, Jim Foote, Robert Loughery, Brooke Mareni and Tricia Brown O'Hara
Larry Bardo, Samantha Fedele, Jim Foote, Robert Loughery, Brooke Mareni and Tricia Brown O’Hara. PHOTOS/PROVIDED –

Associations

Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County-based Pennsylvania Aggregates and Concrete Association elected Rod Martin, Mark Carroll and Dan Schaffer board members and Mike Hawbaker a nonvoting board member. Martin is with Colebrookdale Township, Berks County-based Martin Stone Quarries Inc. Carroll is with Worcester, Montgomery County-based Allan Myers. Schaffer is with Lehigh Cement Co., which has locations in Berks, Bucks and Northampton counties. Hawbaker is with Hazle Township, Luzerne County-based Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc.

Banking and finance

Wormleysburg, Cumberland County-based Stonebridge Financial Group LLP named Jim Foote a senior corporate retirement plan specialist. Foote, a chartered retirement plan specialist, will work with clients in the greater Philadelphia area.

Pittsburgh-based First National Bank named Larry Bardo senior vice president and commercial banker. He will be based in Reading, Berks County, and be responsible for lending, business development, relationship management and portfolio management for commercial clients in the Capital Region, which includes 10 Central Pennsylvania counties.

PB Bankshares Inc., the holding company for Coatesville, Chester County-based Presence Bank, named Bony Dawood a board member. Dawood is a professional engineer and president of Lower Paxton Township, Dauphin County-based Dawood.

Health care

West Rockhill Township, Bucks County-based Grand View Hospital named Robert Loughery chair of the board of directors. Robert Pritchard was named vice chair, Blair Rush was named treasurer, and Judith Ott was named secretary. Loughery is a real estate investor and developer and president of Nehemiah Development Co. Inc. Pritchard is a certified public accountant.

West Rockhill Township, Bucks County-based Grand View Health Foundation named Tricia Brown O’Hara chair. Sandy Alderfer was named vice chairman and chairman of the This Is Us Together capital campaign. O’Hara is a registered nurse, professor of nursing and assistant dean for undergraduate students for the Frances Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions at Gwynedd Mercy University.

Hospitality

Bethlehem, Northampton County-based The Wilbur Mansion named Jon McCain executive chef. He will create and oversee the seasonal menu of local ingredients and produce.

Marketing

Upper Macungie Township, Lehigh County-based Liquid named Bob Stevens director of strategy.

Nonprofits

Allentown, Lehigh County-based Easterseals Eastern Pennsylvania named Jason Raines, Michael Zalot and Jane Amato board members. Raines is the principal of Raines Consulting Group LLC, operational excellence manager at HNL Lab Medicine and adjunct professor at Cedar Crest College. Zalot is director of graduate programs and assistant professor of business at Cedar Crest College. Zalot will focus on developing stronger partnerships with academia. Amato is vice president of commercial lending at Peoples Security Bank & Trust.

Real estate

South Whitehall Township, Lehigh County-based Howard Hanna The Frederick Group named Brooke Mareni and Brian Segel real estate agents. Mareni is a Realtor and will assist with buying and selling homes or land. Segel is a Realtor, certified residential specialist and accredited buyer’s representative.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, Realtors® named Samantha Fedele a sales associate in the Macungie office. Fedele will focus on the Lehigh Valley.

Compiled by Amy DiNunzio

Newsmakers: HNL Lab Medicine, Norris McLaughlin P.A., and more

Dr. Nguyet-Cam Vu Lam, David M. Confalone, Alyssa Christian, Julie Wagner Burkart, Matthew Malozi and Cíara Purcell
Dr. Nguyet-Cam Vu Lam, David M. Confalone, Alyssa Christian, Julie Wagner Burkart, Matthew Malozi and Cíara Purcell. PHOTOS/PROVIDED –

Associations

The Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors named Dr. Nguyet-Cam Vu Lam a member of its Program Director Wellness Task Force. The task force will explore options for providing wellness support to association members and recommend wellness initiatives to the board of directors. Lam is program director of Bethlehem Family Medicine residency at Fountain Hill, Lehigh County-based St. Luke’s University Health Network.

Banking and finance

Wyomissing, Berks County-based Marathon Business Group LLC & Marathon Advisory Services LLC named Jack A. Russell a financial analyst and office administrator. Russell will focus on financial analysis, market research and brand development

Education

Warwick Township, Bucks County-based Middle Bucks Institute of Technology named Mark Covelle administrative director.

Health care

Hanover Township, Lehigh County-based HNL Lab Medicine named David M. Confalone vice president of finance. Confalone is a certified public accountant.

Insurance

Stroud Township, Monroe County-based Frailey Insurance and Financial Services named Felicia M. Gwinn account manager for personal lines.

Law

Rocco Beltrami
Rocco Beltrami 

Norris McLaughlin P.A. named Rocco Beltrami an associate in the Allentown office. Beltrami will practice in the business law group and the real estate, zoning and land use group and will provide strategic counsel to clients on general business topics and a variety of real estate transactions. Alyssa Christian was named an associate in the business law group in Allentown. Christian counsels clients on general business issues.

Philadelphia-based Stevens & Lee named Julie Wagner Burkart a member of the real estate department, based in the Allentown office. She practices in land use and zoning law, contracts and leasing, landlord-tenant law, business formation and organization, estate planning and litigation.

 

Marketing

Grace Peoples
Grace Peoples

Emmaus, Lehigh County-based Altitude Marketing named Grace Peoples social media coordinator. Peoples will manage social media and strategic direction for the company and its clients.

 

 

 

Media

Hanover Township, Northampton County-based ASR Media Productions named Cíara Purcell a junior editor. Purcell will continue to strengthen her editing skills and support production of client projects.

Nonprofits

Communities In Schools of Eastern Pennsylvania, with offices in Allentown, Lehigh County, and Wyomissing, Berks County, elected Sandra K. Green, Hope Johnson and Adrian Marsh board members. Green works with Kutztown University and the Kutztown Community Partnership. Johnson is vice president of perioperative and endoscopy services for Lehigh Valley Health Network. Marsh is global head of administrative finance at Olympus Corp.

Public transportation

Mike Lichtenberger
Mike Lichtenberger 

Allentown, Lehigh County-based Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority named Matthew Malozi chair of its board of directors. Malozi, a board appointee of Lehigh County, is co-founder and president of Civitas Regio LLC. Mike Lichtenberger of Bethlehem was named vice chair. Lichtenberger, a board appointee of Northampton County, is group executive and chief operating officer of enTrust Payment Systems of Bethlehem.

 

 

 

Real estate

South Whitehall Township, Lehigh County-based Howard Hanna The Frederick Group named Vitaliy Raskot a Realtor.

 

Compiled by contributing writer Amy DiNunzio

Newsmakers: Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, Iron Hill Construction Management Co. and more

Cattima Millsap, Michael J. Weiss, Sino, Brian Cottone, Ronda Beemer and Joshua Tice. PHOTOS/PROVIDED

Associations

Scientific research honor society Sigma Xi elected René Fuanta associate director for its Mid-Atlantic Region, which includes Pennsylvania. He is assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Monroe County-based East Stroudsburg University.

Banking and finance

Allentown, Lehigh County-based Morton Brown Family Wealth named Jonathan D. Kerstetter a financial planning strategist. He will create customized and comprehensive financial plans.

Construction

Hanover Township, Northampton County-based Iron Hill Construction Management Co. named Jacob Smith and Steve Hull vice presidents and Mark Waddell director of operations. They were also named members of the executive committee.

Blue Bell, Montgomery County-based Penntex Construction named Brian Cottone vice president of business development in the Philadelphia area. He will work in the Blue Bell office. Ronda Beemer was named vice president of business development in the Northeast Pennsylvania region. She will work in the Allentown, Lehigh County, office. They will work together to support clients and partners.

Education

Lehigh University named Michael J. Todd vice president for finance and administration. He will lead teams within the finance and administration division.

Health care

Allentown, Lehigh County-based Populytics Inc. named Michael J. Weiss administrator of informatics. He will oversee the teams that handle intake, normalization and aggregation of both payer claims and electronic medical records data.

West Reading, Berks County-based Reading Hospital – Tower Health named Drs. Michael Haas and Joshua Tice trustees. Haas is chief of the division of radiation oncology, chair of the Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic and a member of the cancer center executive committee at McGlinn Cancer Institute at Reading Hospital. Tice is a member and president of the Reading Hospital medical staff, member of the medical executive committee and chair of the credentials committee.

Law

Bethlehem-based King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul LLC named Laura Attieh an attorney. She will focus her practice in general and special education law.

Marketing 

Emmaus, Lehigh County-based Altitude Marketing named Emily Coughlin graphic designer and developer. She will conceptualize, build and maintain websites and handle various other design projects.

Nonprofits

United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley named Vince and Michelle Sorgi and Ashley Russo and spouse Dr. Joe Russo co-chairs of its 2022 Campaign. Vince Sorgi is president and CEO of PPL Corp., and Ashley Russo is president and owner of ASR Media Productions.

Allentown, Lehigh County-based Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center named Stephen Jiwanmall director of communications and marketing, Chrystina Obleschuk health equity programs manager, Braden Hudak social media coordinator, Owen Pudliner community health advocate and Mary Frasier health education coordinator.

Bethlehem-based New Bethany Ministries named Cattima Millsap director of social services. She will assist in grant writing and reporting for homeless assistance and prevention funds, oversee compliance and supervise case management-based programming and staff.

Bethlehem-based Via of the Lehigh Valley named Alivia Sinko director of community employment. She will promote the employability of people with disabilities. Lynn Schoof was named communications manager. She will support and promote the organization through print and digital media outlets and fundraising.

ReadingFilm, home of an international film festival in Berks County, named Susanna Fultz a board member. She is an attorney with Lancaster-based Barley Snyder and a member its employment and litigation practice groups.

Retail

Upper Saucon Township, Lehigh County-based The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley named Natalia Stezenko general manager.

-Compiled by Amy DiNunzio

Wolf executive order met with backlash by PA business community 

Gov. Tom Wolf’s recent executive order recommends that Pennsylvania’s government agencies consider imposing a minimum-wage requirement on businesses for employers to qualify for state aid, a move that would severely impact the state’s small businesses during a time of recovery, according to two state business associations.

As part of the order signed into law on Thursday, for-profit businesses that receive assistance through the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) will have to offer paid sick leave, in addition to a previous executive order by Gov. Wolf that ordered the department to require a minimum wage equal to the state’s minimum wage for government employees.

The order goes on to recommend that Pennsylvania’s other government agencies follow suit.

Enforcing wage and benefit standards on Pennsylvania’s employers would have unintended consequences across the state’s business community, said Gene Barr, president and CEO of the PA Chamber.

“Requiring strict wage and benefit standards for employers to qualify for state aid may not impact larger corporations but could pull critical lifelines from small businesses already struggling through pandemic and workforce crises,” said Barr.

Greg Moreland, state director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) Pennsylvania, said that Wolf “missed the mark” when addressing the current workforce crisis and that “more government red tape is not the answer.

“During the pandemic, wages have increased to historic levels, as evidenced by NFIB Research Center data stating compensation levels have risen to their highest mark in NFIB’s 48-year tracking,” said Moreland. “Yet, Governor Wolf continues to focus his time and attention on minimum wage increases. The market has responded, and businesses are adjusting.”

Saddling Pennsylvania small businesses using the state’s economic development resources with a new paid leave mandate would also further the strain employers already are confronting through the state’s labor shortages, added Moreland.

The Pennsylvania AFL—CIO, a federation of labor unions, announced on Thursday that it supported the package of regulations.

“This pro-worker agenda is a great step forward for Pennsylvanians,” said Rick Bloomingdale, president of Pennsylvania AFL—CIO.

“These regulations will expose ‘bad actor’ employers who steal from workers and skirt the system by paying no fines and taxes,” said Frank Snyder, secretary-treasurer for the federation. “You have the right to fair treatment on the job, and no employer should get away with violating your rights. If they do the crime, they should do the time.”

The order details a new publicly available list through the Department of Labor & Industry that would detail businesses that have violated labor laws, misclassified their workers, owe unemployment compensation back taxes and failed to carry workers’ compensation insurance.

Barr referred to the list as a “public shaming of employers who violate labor laws.” He went on to say that policymakers should recognize that violations are often unintentional and eventually remedied.

“Employment laws and regulations are notoriously complicated; such as similar federal and state laws that include subtle differences creating what’s known as the ‘compliance trap,'” said Barr. “The governor mentioned employers owing unemployment compensation back taxes, but some may not even be aware they owe, especially after the chaos of the last year and a half.”

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