New hires and promotions

— Michelle Hammel has joined the Primary Health Network’s Altoona Behavioral Health to offer behavioral health services.

Hammel specializes in treating children and adolescents using a variety of play therapy techniques including child-centered play therapy and cognitive behavioral play therapy. She receives ongoing training and supervision in play therapy techniques through Harbor House.

Awards and honors

— Deborah Meyers, expanded nurse role; Wendy Lafferty, outpatient service, yellow team; and Jill Simmons, medical unit 4; received the 2014 Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Nursing at the James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center.

— Karen L. Post of Bellwood has been named the 2014 Winners’ Circle Award recipient of the Seton Hill University Entrepreneurial Excellence Award.

Post is co-founder of The Progress Fund, a Community Development Financial Institution that provides loans to small business in rural communities throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland and Ohio.

— Dorothy Mellott of Loysburg has been named Nason Hospital’s 2014 Volunteer of the Year.

Mellott has given more than eight years of service to Nason Hospital. She has volunteered in the outpatient lab, outpatient surgery, medical records, Nason Auxiliary and has helped with numerous volunteer projects.

— Linda Morrison has been named the recipient of Tyrone Hospital’s Spirit of Nursing Award for 2014.

Each year, the hospital’s nursing staff nominates a fellow nurse to receive the award.

Morrison is a registered nurse who works full-time in Tyrone Hospital’s emergency department. She joined the hospital in 1980.

— Thomas S. Morisi of Johnstown, vice president/ director of transportation at Keller Engineers Inc., has received the distinguished service award from the Altoona Section of the American Society of Highway Engineers.

The award is given to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the transportation industry and to the ASHE.

Morisi joined ASHE’s Altoona Section in 1993 and is traveling the United States as the organization’s national president.

— Randy Frye, dean of the School of Business at St. Francis University, has been elected treasurer and member of the executive committee of the board of directors of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.

The IACBE is the leader in mission-driven and outcomes-based programmatic accreditation in business and management education for student-centered colleges, universities, and other higher education institutions throughout the world.

Course completions and certifications

— Magisterial District Judges Fred Miller, Paula M. Aigner and Steven D. Jackson were again certified for service as members of Pennsylvania’s Unified Judicial System after successful completion of continuing legal education course work.

The week-long instructional program is designed to ensure that magisterial district judges remain current in a variety of legal topics and management techniques.

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Awards and honors

— Stephen C. Gildea, Tyrone Hospital’s CEO, is the 2014 recipient of the Tyrone Area Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Community Service Award for 2014.

Gildea was selected for the award because of his work at Tyrone Hospital, his outreach efforts in the community and his sense of caring and desire to make a positive impact in the area.

— Three members of the Juniata College faculty, were honored with distinguished teaching and service awards during the school’s Spring Awards Convocation. They are: Kathryn Westcott of Huntingdon, professor of psychology and interim provost; Jamie White, book professor of physics; and Jennifer Streb, associate professor of art.

Westcott, of Huntingdon, was honored with the 25th annual Beachley Award for Distinguished Academic Service.

White, also of Huntingdon, was named the 47th recipient of the Beachley Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Streb, of Pennsylvania Furnace, received the Henry and Joan Gibbel Award for Distinguished Teaching (for faculty members with fewer than six years of service).

— Andrea K. Paul of Hollidaysburg, a financial associate with Thrivent Financial has been named a Qualifying and Life Member of the Million Dollar Round Table.

Qualifying and life status is earned when a person is approved for the 10th year of membership. Paul qualified for this honor based on her outstanding client service, ethical conduct and professional knowledge.

— Michael Mangia of Coldwell Banker Town & Country Real Estate, Altoona, has qualified for membership in the International Sterling Society for 2014.

The distinction recognizes Mangia as among the top Coldwell Banker sales associates/representatives globally.

— Sarah Gonsman of Duncansville, a clerk/typist in the human resources department, has been named winner of the 2014 PennDOT District 9 Legacy Award.

Criteria for the award include reliability, a positive attitude and inspiring others to achieve their highest potential.


— Raymond M. Hainsey has retired from Weis Markets after 46 years in the grocery store business.

Hainsey began his career at Riverside in 1968 working in produce, eventually becoming a produce manager in the 1980s. He worked there until the market, then BiLo, closed in 2008. He joined Weis Markets a few months later.


— Dr. Erin Seery, formerly of Altoona, has accepted a Psychodynamic Psycotherapy Fellowship from the Austen Riggs Center of Stockbridge, Mass., which is affiliated with the Harvard Medical School and the Yale School of Medicine.

Seery graduated from Altoona Area High School in 2001, Penn State in 2005 and the University of Maryland Medical School in 2009.

She is the daughter of Diane Seery and the late Kevin Seery.

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New hires and promotions

— Dennis E. Doll of Hollidaysburg, president and chief operating officer, has been appointed to the board of directors of Reliance Bank.

Doll, who was named president/ COO of Reliance Bank in May 2013, began his banking career in 1981 working in various lending and management positions with Central Counties Bank, Mellon Bank, United Federal Bank, and PNC Bank prior to joining Reliance Bank in 1995. Since joining Reliance Bank, he has worked in the lending and branch administration areas and was promoted to executive vice president in 2004.

— Thomas J. Dougan, formerly of Hollidaysburg, has joined P. Joseph Lehman Inc., Consulting Engineers to manage and grow its recently opened office in Pittsburgh.

Dougan brings close to 40 years of relevant experience as a manager and professional engineer to this position. His distinguished career as a project manager includes providing design solutions in Transportation Engineering/ Inspection and Land Development.

Awards and honors

— Joseph Kasprzyk has been named recipient of the 2014 Ph.D. Dissertation Award in the category of Natural Science and Engineering by the Universities Council on Water Resources.

Kasprzyk, who received a doctorate from Penn State University in May 2013, is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

He is the son of Joseph R. and Deborah J. Kasprzyk of Bedford.

— Cindy Zitsch, a food service manager at the State Correctional Institution at Houtzdale, has received the Department of Correction’s outstanding performance award.

After working in restaurants, hotels and a candy factory, Zitsch joined SCI Houtzdale as a corrections food service instructor in March 1996. Almost a year later, in February 1997, she was promoted to corrections food service supervisor and in September 2009, she was promoted to her current position.

Course completions and certifications

— Craig M. Kilmer of Tyrone, president of The Hancock Group Inc., recently completed several days of advanced training with IRA Experts in Orlando, Fla., on tax planning.

The group of close to 400 of the nation’s top financial professionals heard information on new estate and gift tax exemptions, planning with Health Savings Accounts and IRAs, and the most recent IRS cases and rulings.

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