New hires

and promotions

Nicole M. Hemminger of Hollidaysburg has been named the assistant county administrator/assistant chief clerk of Blair County. Hemminger, who has a Bachelor of Science in business with a marketing and management focus from Penn State, comes to the county with a variety of experience, including 15 years of management experience in the food service industry and four years’ public service as a municipal tax collector.

Madelyn Pleskonko has accepted a position with Johnson Matthey Emission Control Technologies Division in Wayne.

She received her Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering at Bucknell University on May 21.

Pleskonko is the daughter of Barbara and Mark Pleskonko of Duncansville.

Billie Kochara of Gallitzin has been named as assistant director of Adult Degree and Continuing Studies at Saint Francis University.

In her new position, Kochara is responsible for connecting with community colleges, companies and organizations to enhance educational opportunities for prospective adult students. She will also be working with military students (current, veterans and family members) by assisting them in their educational endeavors.

Dr. Jill Murphy, a reconstructive and cosmetic surgeon, is accepting patients at UPMC Altoona Blair Medical Associates, 1414 Ninth Ave.

Murphy, who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and recently relocated to Blair County from South Dakota, performs a wide range of reconstructive and cosmetic procedures.

Christina Davis has been appointed to the position of executive director of Senior LIFE Ebensburg, Indiana and Altoona.

Before coming to Senior LIFE, Davis served as the clinical director for WorkPlace Health and as a physician assistant at iCare Medical. Davis holds two masters degrees in Physician Assistant Sciences and Business Administration.

Awards and honors

Douglas V. Stoehr, an Altoona personal injury attorney, has been selected as a Pennsyl­vania Super Lawyer for 2017.

Stoehr, who was selected in the Personal Injury — Plaintiff category, has achieved the distinction of being named a Super Lawyer for five years. Selection is limited to 5 percent of lawyers across the state of Pennsylvania.

Jon Patrick Higgins, Beard Legal Group, Altoona, was named chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Law-Related Education Committee, which is responsible for programs that educate young people about the rule of law, the history and workings of government and the peaceful resolution of disputes.

Michael P. Routch, McQuaide Blasko, Hollidaysburg, was named chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Law Section, which supports the exchange of information related to legal developments in workers’ compensation law.

The section also acts as a liaison with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to ensure that the interests of claimants, employers and the legal community are protected fairly in the regulatory, legislative and administrative processes.