New hires and promotions
Kathleen Fry of McConnellstown has been promoted to Commercial Lines Fast-Track Underwriter at Mutual Benefit Group, Huntingdon.
In this role, she will underwrite a book of commercial lines business by selecting risks, pricing acceptable and conditionally acceptable classes of business, and providing customer service and support.
Kelly Zenoble of Burnt Cabins has been promoted to Personal Lines Technical Service Representative at Mutual Benefit Group, Huntingdon.
In this role, she will assist field marketing representatives with marketing and training of changes and new offerings from personal lines automated systems. She will also train internal personnel on similar information in addition to testing systems, supporting development of business specifications, and providing support for all division automated systems.
Loren Tobia, a former chairman of Radio Television Digital News Association, has been promoted to the role of Vice President of Sales for AccuWeather's Display Systems and Services division.
In this new role, Tobia will drive the expansion of StoryTeller Interactive Touchscreen Solution, which is already featured in all top 10 U.S. markets with a collective domestic audience of 80 million households.
The following people have been promoted to these new positions at St. Francis University, effective with the fall 2014 semester:
Robin Cadwallader, professor of English/communications; Patricia Fitzgerald, professor of exercise physiology/physical therapy; Marnie Moist, professor of psychology; Denise Damico, associate professor of history; Michele Hargittai, associate professor of chemistry; Brendon LaBuz, associate professor of mathematics; Jill Cavalet, clinical associate professor of physician assistant sciences; Maria Colmer, clinical associate professor of occupational therapy; Cindy Drenning, clinical associate professor of nursing; and Tracy Wright, clinical associate professor of physician assistant sciences.
The following professors have been granted tenure at St. Francis University, beginning with the fall 2014 semester:
Joel Bandstra, associate professor of environmental engineering; Lauri Chose, associate professor of English/ environmental studies; Kerri Golden, associate professor of occupational therapy; Grant Julin, assistant professor of philosophy; Justin Merry, associate professor of biology; Ivan Mulligan, associate professor of physical therapy; Arthur Remillard, associate professor of religious studies; Lorie Rowles, associate professor of occupational therapy; and Lori Woods, associate professor of history.
Daniel Sheaffer of Altoona has been promoted by M&T Bank to retail sales manager for the Altoona region.
Sheaffer, who has 14 years of experience in financial services and has been with the bank since 2005, is responsible for leading the sales and management team for 12 branches in Blair and Bedford counties.
Jamie A. Baser of Hollidaysburg was recently hired as a marketing and communications specialist at UPMC Altoona.
Baser, who previously worked as Hollidaysburg Main Street Manager for the Hollidaysburg Community Partnership and the Borough of Hollidaysburg, is responsible for writing, editing and designing internal publications and serves as the contact person for website and Internet maintenance and enhancement.
Awards and honors
Kenneth Womack has earned first-place honors in the contemporary fiction category from the Texas Association of Authors for his novel Playing the Angel, which was published by Stephen F. Austin State University Press in August 2013.
Womack is Penn State Altoona's senior associate dean for Academic Affairs, as well as the Penn State Laureate for the 2013-14 academic year.
Dr. Kathleen Sweeney, a UPMC Altoona physician, will be honored with the 2014 Affiliated Teacher of the Year award by the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Sweeney is associate director of Altoona Family Physicians and the AFP director of osteopathic medical education. She has been teaching PCOM students for 24 years. AFP is part of UPMC Altoona.
Bob Miller of Hollidaysburg, a sales associate with Coldwell Banker Town & Country Real Estate, Altoona, has been named to the company's International President's Elite.
Only the top 3 percent of all sales associates/representatives worldwide in the Coldwell Banker system qualified for this distinguished group. Among all affiliate agents, Miller finished 2013 ranked fifth in Pennsylvania for total listing units and ranked eighth in total units.
Deborah Steinbugl, an assistant in the medical records department at UPMC Altoona, recently retired after 26 years of service.
Steinbugl began her career in the medical records transcription department in 1988.
Joseph Melusky, professor of political science and director of the St. Francis University Center for the Study of Government & Law, and Keith Pesto, U.S. Magistrate Judge and adjunct professor of political science, had a new book published by ABC-CLIO.
The book is titled "The Death Penalty: Documents Decoded."
The book exposes readers directly to landmark opinions of the U.S. Supreme Court that strive to answer difficult questions concerning capital punishment.
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