A brief look at hires, promotions, awards and honors

New hires and promotions

Elizabeth (Beth) A. Manges has been named as president and chief executive officer of Hometown Bank of Pennsylvania, replacing Ted J. Chwatek, who recently retired.

Manges has been with Hometown Bank since the bank’s formation in 2007 as branch operations manager and loan officer. She has taken on increasing levels of responsibility and management within the bank and was instrumental in opening the new Claysburg branch of Hometown Bank in September.

Awards and honors

Stacy Schenk, Mount Aloysius College Director of Financial Aid, was recently honored by the Pennsylvania Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators with their Presidential Award.

Schenk, who has been affiliated with Mount Aloysius College since 1989, received the recognition for her commitment, energy and work for students at Mount Aloysius College and PASFAA, where she served as chair.

Alireza Shahkarami, Assistant Professor of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering program at Saint Francis University, received a $70,000 grant from the American Chemical Society’s Petroleum Research Fund for Undergraduate Research.

The three-year grant allows Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering students to conduct research titled “An Experimental Investigation of Microemulsion Phase Behavior at High Pressure and High Temperature Conditions.”


and seminars

Dr. Adam M. Budny of University Orthopedics Center was invited faculty at the 45th Annual Goldfarb Foundation Clinical Conference in King of Prussia.

Budny lectured on pediatric trauma/fracture care and pediatric ankle arthroscopy.

Kim Mullen of Vintondale, a social worker, and Faith Wolfe of Altoona, a registered nurse, UPMC Altoona Case Management employees, recently presented “Who’s on First: The Challenges of Communication in Healthcare,” at the annual UPMC Care Management Showcase Event at Cumberland Woods Village.

The two were selected and attended quality improvement training through The Wolff Center at UPMC to improve quality and effect change.

Course completions and certifications

Ramona Shrift of Hollidaysburg and Christine Filer and Lori Gaeto, both of Altoona, registered nurses, and Kim Mullen of Houtzdale, a social worker, case managers at UPMC Altoona, recently passed the Accredited Care Manager certification through the American Case Management Association.

Certification recognizes a high level of expertise, engagement and dedication to the practice of case management.