NEW HIRES AND PROMOTIONS
-- Dr. Nii-Daako P. Darko has joined UPMC Altoona's Trauma/Emergency General Surgery Service.
Darko, received an osteopathic medical degree from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed his general surgery residency training at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga.
-- Dr. Frank Hamlett, a psychiatrist, has been named medical director of J.C. Blair Behavioral Health Services.
Hamlett, who is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, previously served as medical director from 2003-09.
-- Rhett Funston has been appointed operations manager of Bedford Reinforced Plastics's South Facility. He has been with the company for 25 years.
-- Ken Morris has been named operations manager of Bedford Reinforced Plastics's North Facility. He has been with the company for 33 years.
Funston and Morris are in charge of purchasing, production, fabrication, engineering, shipping and scheduling as well as overseeing safety and environmental concerns.
-- David J. Murosky, a professional engineer, will join Borton-Lawson's expanding State College office.
Borton-Lawson continues to expand throughout the state, and State College is one of the firm's key geographic locations for highway infrastructure work.
AWARDS AND HONORS
-- Carl F. Brendel, supervisor, funeral director and advance funeral pre-planning professional at The Good Funeral Home Inc., has been selected by the National Funeral Directors Association to take part in a program in Atlanta, Ga., to meet and learn from three of the country's leading funeral professionals who will share ideas and lessons they have learned while building successful and fulfilling careers in funeral service. Only 50 directors in North America are selected to take part.
Brendel has been serving area families since 1997 at The Good Funeral Home Inc. located at Alto-Reste Park Cemetery.
-- Kristin Cramer, a second-grade teacher of mathematics at Charles W. Longer Elementary School in the Hollidaysburg Area School District, was recently presented with the Master of Mathematics Education Award by the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Recipients of this award are recognized for their enthusiasm for mathematics, innovative methods for teaching, mentoring other teachers and for their leadership in their schools.
Cramer is known for using technology in her classroom to reach all students and has mentored new colleagues in her school. She is a member of the district's Mathematics Curriculum Committee.
-- Judy Coutts of Altoona has been appointed to serve on the inter-municipal Blair Region Uniform Construction Code Board of Appeals.
Coutts, owner of Judy Coutts, AIA, Architect, is the first woman to serve on the board that hears appeals brought under the codes and standards promulgated in the most current version of the Uniform Construction Code of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
-- Dr. James Bradley, Pittsburgh Steelers orthopedic surgeon, was recently awarded the 2014 Jerry "Hawk" Rhea Award as the Outstanding NFL Team Physician.
The award is presented by the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society annually at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. It is named after Jerry Rhea, the head athletic trainer for the Atlanta Falcons from 1969-94.
Bradley, a past president of the NFL Physicians Society and surgeon at UPMC is a native of Johnstown and a graduate of Penn State.
-- Barbara Hong, associate professor of special education at Penn State Altoona, has been selected for a Fulbright Specialist project at Zirve University in Turkey.
Hong is conducting professional development for faculty and facilitating in programmatic assessment for the University. She is one of more than 400 faculty and professionals chosen to travel the world this year through the Fulbright Specialist program, created in 2000 as a complement to the traditional Fulbright Scholar program.
-- Sherri L. Stayer of Hollidaysburg has been appointed to serve on the board of directors of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce.
Stayer is the practice manager for the Altoona Lung Specialists in the Lung Disease Center of Central Pennsylvania and is executive director of the Lung Disease Center Foundation of Central Pennsylvania.
She is a member of the Medical Group Management Association and American College of Medical Practice Executives. Stayer also serves on the Program Advisory Board of YTI Career Institute.
She is a graduate of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Blair County Class of 2012. In addition to being on the board, she serves on various committees within the Blair County Chamber of Commerce.
COURSE COMPLETIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS
-- Magisterial District Judge Todd F. Kelly was again certified for service as a member of Pennsylvania's Unified Judicial System after successful completion of continuing legal education 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 required to fairly adjudicate cases and effectively supervise a district court office.
-- Dr. Alan J. Kanouff, a partner with Altoona Lung Specialists in the Lung Disease Center of Central Pennsylvania, was recently awarded Sleep Medicine Certification from the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Kanouff is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Pulmonary Diseases as well as Internal Medicine. He also is certified in Critical Care Medicine, and is licensed in Pennsylvania as a Doctor of Osteopathy.
-- Dr. Michael C. Zlupko was recently awarded certification in Critical Care Medicine from the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Zlupko, who practices with the Altoona Lung Specialists in the Lung Disease Center of Central Pennsylvania, is also board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in both Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Disease.
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