New hires and promotions
-- Michelle Hammel has joined the Primary Health Network's Altoona Behavioral Health to offer behavioral health services.
Hammel specializes in treating children and adolescents using a variety of play therapy techniques including child-centered play therapy and cognitive behavioral play therapy. She receives ongoing training and supervision in play therapy techniques through Harbor House.
Awards and honors
-- Deborah Meyers, expanded nurse role; Wendy Lafferty, outpatient service, yellow team; and Jill Simmons, medical unit 4; received the 2014 Secretary's Award for Excellence in Nursing at the James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center.
-- Karen L. Post of Bellwood has been named the 2014 Winners' Circle Award recipient of the Seton Hill University Entrepreneurial Excellence Award.
Post is co-founder of The Progress Fund, a Community Development Financial Institution that provides loans to small business in rural communities throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland and Ohio.
-- Dorothy Mellott of Loysburg has been named Nason Hospital's 2014 Volunteer of the Year.
Mellott has given more than eight years of service to Nason Hospital. She has volunteered in the outpatient lab, outpatient surgery, medical records, Nason Auxiliary and has helped with numerous volunteer projects.
-- Linda Morrison has been named the recipient of Tyrone Hospital's Spirit of Nursing Award for 2014.
Each year, the hospital's nursing staff nominates a fellow nurse to receive the award.
Morrison is a registered nurse who works full-time in Tyrone Hospital's emergency department. She joined the hospital in 1980.
-- Thomas S. Morisi of Johnstown, vice president/ director of transportation at Keller Engineers Inc., has received the distinguished service award from the Altoona Section of the American Society of Highway Engineers.
The award is given to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the transportation industry and to the ASHE.
Morisi joined ASHE's Altoona Section in 1993 and is traveling the United States as the organization's national president.
-- Randy Frye, dean of the School of Business at St. Francis University, has been elected treasurer and member of the executive committee of the board of directors of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.
The IACBE is the leader in mission-driven and outcomes-based programmatic accreditation in business and management education for student-centered colleges, universities, and other higher education institutions throughout the world.
Course completions and certifications
-- Magisterial District Judges Fred Miller, Paula M. Aigner and Steven D. Jackson were again certified for service as members of Pennsylvania's Unified Judicial System after successful completion of continuing legal education course 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.
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