New hires and promotions

Rich Lask has been named as the manager of loan servicing and entrepreneurial development at Altoona-Blair County Development Corp.

Prior to working for ABCD Corp., Lask was a commercial loan analyst and underwriter with FNB Corp., a $30 billion regional bank. His economic development experience includes serving as assistant director of Huntingdon County Business and Industry Inc.

Renae Guida has been named as an economic development loan specialist at Altoona-Blair County Development Corp.

Guida, who was a branch manager at the Green­wood Branch of FNB Corp., is responsible for servicing the current loan portfolio, ensuring regulations are met for each loan program, and underwrites development financing.

Dr. Mayurathan Kesavan has joined Conemaugh Physician Group – Gastroenterology, the practice of Dr. Gebran Abboud and Dr. Vani Paleti and will see patients over the age of 18.

Kesavan is board certified in internal medicine.

Don O’Connell has joined Top To Bottom Office Interiors as an account manager handling their State College office.

O’Connell, a 10-year office furniture veteran, is returning to the industry after spending the last several years in the alarm security field.

Dr. Baruch Vainshelboim has joined the faculty of Saint Francis University’s Master of Cancer Care graduate program.

Vainshelboim is a clinical exercise physiologist, health scientist specializing in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and exercise testing, and a certified Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist from American College of Sports Medicine.

Awards and honors

Jennifer Roseman of Ebensburg, chief and EVP, Military and Veteran Programs, Three Wire Systems LLC, has been named as president of the National Association for Rural Mental Health, a professional organization that serves the field of rural behavioral health.

Roseman graduated from Richland High School, obtained her Bachelors from Saint Francis University and her Masters from Mount Aloysius College.

Joe Merilli, co-founder of PS Solutions, has been appointed to the Program Advisory Committee for South Hills School of Business & Technology.

As a member, Merilli will be responsible for providing feedback, ideas and perspective on the critical components of success and growth for the school.

Course completions and certifications

Lori Campbell and Kathryn Byler, designers for Top To Bottom Interiors, Altoona, recently returned from Holland, Mich., for product training at Haworth, a global commercial furniture company.

Camp­bell,who joined Top to Bottom Interiors in February, also completed and received her Certificate of Completion in CET Design from Configura in Grand Rapids Mich. Bayler has been with Top to Bottom Interiors for 7 years and has accomplished advanced Training in CET Design.

Jeffrey P. Auker, a magisterial district judge, has again been certified for service as a member of Pennsylvania’s Unified Judicial System after successful completion of continuing legal education course work.

The weeklong program is designed to ensure that magisterial district judges remain current in a variety of legal topics and management techniques required to fairly adjudicate cases and effectively supervise a district court office.


Joe Fanella has retired from Altoona Pipe and Steel Company after 43 years with the company.

Fanella retired from the Steel Service Center warehouse division.

Carole Chismar of Martinsburg, a medical technologist, recently retired from her position in the Tyrone Hospital Laboratory after 13 years of service.

During her career at Tyrone, she worked in all area of the hospital’s laboratory but was primarily responsible for the microbiology area of the Lab.