New hires and promotions
-- Daniel E. Hooper has been named vice president and regional manager at First Commonwealth Bank.
Hooper, who comes to First Commonwealth from PNC Bank, where he served as vice president of business banking, will oversee 10 First Commonwealth Bank community offices located throughout the Altoona region. He will be responsible for developing and strengthening client relationships while growing the company's market share in Altoona.
Awards and honors
-- Jennifer Perrin of Altoona, diabetes coordinator in the Center for Clinical Resources, was recently named the winner of the 2014 Pinnacle Award. It honors the Western Maryland Health System's Employee of the Year and is presented annually to one of the 12 monthly Values in Action Award winners during the past year.
An employee since 2001, Perrin is a 1996 graduate of Altoona Area High School and a 2000 graduate of Penn State with a bachelor's degree in nutrition. She is the daughter of Scott and Sandra Hoover of Altoona.
-- Vienna Rice, activities director at Colonial Courtyard at Tyrone, has been named a 2014 Hero Award recipient by the Assisted Living Federation of America.
The ALFA Hero Awards honor individuals throughout the country who serve older adults in senior living communities. Rice was among five ALFA Hero Award recipients this year, with the others coming from Florida, Illinois, Michigan and Texas.
-- Richard M. Serbin, an Altoona attorney, has again been selected by his peers as a 2014 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, a designation of achievement given to the top 5 percent of Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers.
Serbin specializes in sexual abuse cases, serious personal injury claims and representing individuals victimized by insurance companies acting in bad faith.
-- Mark McKellop, Neil Pelkey, James Tuten, Wade Roberts and John Wright, members of the Juniata College faculty, have received promotions.
McKellop, associate professor of psychology, was promoted to full professor; Pelkey, associate professor of environmental science, was promoted to full professor; and Tuten, associate professor of history, was promoted to full professor.
Roberts, assistant professor of philosophy, was promoted to associate professor, and Wright, assistant professor of information technology and computer science, was promoted to associate professor.
-- Megan Jones of Baltimore, Md., vice president of Channel Alliances for Spikes Security Inc., Campbell, Calif., has been named to the 2014 CRN Women of the Channel under the sub category "Up-And-Comers."
The annual list highlights the accomplishments of female executives within vendor, distribution and solution provider organizations, and the impact they are having on the advancement of the IT channel industry.
Jones, a 2004 graduate of Altoona Area High School and a 2008 graduate of Penn State, is the daughter of Robin Jones of Altoona.
Course completions and certifications
-- Robin de Koning has earned a Master of Science degree in nursing through Regis University's graduate program.
De Koning, a full-time flight nurse with Geisinger Life Flight, is certified in three specialties holding national certifications. She also works on the IV team at UPMC Altoona and is an Independent Legal Nurse Consultant.
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