New hires and promotions in accounting, banking, health care and nonprofit sectors


Spring Township, Berks County-based Herbein + Co. Inc. named Merle Dunkelberger a senior consultant and member of the tax department. Dunkelberger has more than 40 years of public accounting, tax and leadership experience.

Banking and finance

Ithaca, New York-based Tompkins Community Bank named Laurie Grube community banking division manager of its Pennsylvania market. Grube has 33 years of banking industry experience and will oversee retail and business development strategies and manage branch operations. Paula Barron, who was senior vice president and community banking division manager of its Pennsylvania market, retired. Barron had 34 years of banking experience, 24 with Tompkins.

Health care

Lehigh Valley Health Network named Dr. Ravi Samy chief of the division of otolaryngology, head and neck surgery. Samy treats pediatric and adult otology and neurotology and specializes in skull-base tumor resection, hearing loss, working with cochlear implantation, auditory brainstem implementation and implantable hearing devices.


Bethlehem, Northampton County-based New Bethany Ministries named Michael J. Fischer vice president of its board of directors. He will serve on the organization’s executive, finance and development committees. Fischer is president and CEO of Upper Macungie Township, Lehigh County-based Client 1st Financial.

-Compiled by Amy DiNunzio

Audiology practice opens Saturday

Thoreya Audiology of Lehighton will hold its grand opening Saturday.

Owned by Dr. Leane Koch, the practice offers full hearing related services including hearing evaluations, middle ear evaluations, cerumen removal, hearing instruments, hearing instrument repairs, assistive listening devices, hearing protection, swim plugs, sleep plugs, and more, according to a press release from the Carbon County Chamber & Economic Development Corp.

Koch is from Lehighton and received her Bachelor’s of Science and Doctorate in Audiology from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. She has been involved in mission trips to Guatemala and to Navajo Reservations in Utah to provide hearing tests and hearing aids to those in need.

She is the 2019 recipient of the Maroon and Gold Excellence Award from Bloomsburg University for her humanitarian work locally and abroad.