New hires and promotions

Jonathan Porter has been appointed as Vice President of Business Services and General Manager of Enterprise Solutions at AccuWeather.

Porter, a member of AccuWeather’s executive team, previously served as Vice President of Innovation and Development. In his new role, he will direct all aspects of AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions’ continued global expansion across all industries, including retail, transportation, manufacturing, entertainment, financial, energy, emergency management and many others.

Karen Mayes has been hired as a project manager by Alexander Building Construction Co., part of The Butz Family of Companies.

In her role as project manager, Mayes will be responsible for the clear communication to and from the client, design professionals, Alexander, and subcontractors. She will lead project team meetings and utilize tools such as Primavera scheduling software and Alexander’s project management control software to successfully manage projects. She is currently working on The Pennsylvania State University West Campus Steam Services Building and Tank Demolition project.

Dr. Nnenna S. Mbabuike has joined UPMC Altoona.

Mbabuike, a new neurosurgeon who specializes in retrieving blood clots in the brain, is fellowship trained and will lead UPMC Altoona’s expansion of stroke services to the next level of care by providing complex brain surgery supported with a specialized intensive care unit.

Awards and honors

Kim Morris, a registered nurse at UPMC Altoona, was recently honored as one of 83 recipients of the Cameos of Caring Program & Awards in Pittsburgh.

The Cameos of Caring Program & Awards honors exceptional bedside nurses who work at acute care hospitals. ­

Morris, of Altoona, has worked as a nurse for 40 years.

Dr. Angela W. Rowe of University Orthopedics Center, Altoona, has become the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society’s first female president.

Rowe was also the first female in her orthopaedic residency training program at Midwestern University and Blair County’s first and only female practicing orthopaedic surgeon.

Tim Parnell, CEO of Crossroads Physical Therapy, was named the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association’s Vincent Imperatrice Private Practice Special Interest Group Award recipient.

Parnell has been a practicing physical therapist and athletic trainer since 1989. The PPTA recognized Parnell for his work in private practice, as voted on by his peers in the field.

Course completions and certifications

Beth McCaplin, director of the Marian Center and Social Services at Garvey Manor and Our Lady of the Alleghenies, has achieved the status of: Certified Dementia Practitioner, Certified Alzheimer’s Disease Dementia Care Trainer, and Certified Dementia Care Manager through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. Linda Conley, Marie Noonan, Barbra Hileman, Beth McCalpin, Beth Longwell, Kim Merritts and Kathy Lavelle, staff members at Garvey Manor and Our Lady of the Alleghenies, have reached the level of Certified Dementia Practitioners.

Lynnette Rovan, accounting supervisor for Barnes Saly & Co., P.C., has successfully achieved two Quickbooks certifications. She was recertified for QuickBooks Desktop and passed the QuickBooks Online certification exam.

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