New hires and promotions
-- Cindy Ginter has been named by First Commonwealth Mortgage as mortgage loan originator to serve Altoona, Johnstown and the surrounding areas.
With more than 18 years of mortgage banking experience, Ginter has held similar positions with Citizens Bank and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.
-- Ashley Gay of Cresson, Gabbi Hertzog of Loretto and Shanna Moore of Portage have become independent consultants with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct sales company featuring more than 60 easy-to-prepare foods.
These independent business owners offer food samples at home taste-testing parties, along with ideas for meals, recipes and serving suggestions.
Awards and honors
-- Randy Seymour of Ebensburg, a manager director-investment officer with Wells Fargo Advisors, has been named to the firm's Premier Advisors Program for the 21st consecutive year.
The designation reflects Seymour's achievement of professional success by meeting or exceeding Wells Fargo Advisors' standards as measured by one or more of the firm's criteria for revenue generation, educational attainment and client-service best practices.
-- Margaret McMinn of Altoona, director of human resources at the Altoona Area School District, has been elected to the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials Board of Directors.
McMinn, who will serve a three-year term, has been employed as the AASD director of human resources since 2001.
Course completions and certifications
-- Phil Riccio of Altoona, Altoona Area School District director of athletics and Altoona Area High School assistant principal, has attained the designation of "Certified Athletic Administrator."
The CAA program is administered by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and NCA-CASI accredited organization.
Riccio is a 1985 graduate of Altoona Area High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communication from Penn State and a master's degree and principal certification from Saint Francis University.
-- Dr. William Andrew Tyndall of University Orthopedics Center, Altoona, has passed the maintenance of certification exam through the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.
This recertification is good through 2025 based on continued participation in the program.
Conferences and seminars
-- Sherry Turchetta, a registered nurse and Community Education specialist and SafeKids Blair County coordinator at UPMC Altoona, recently served as a moderator for a speaker at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 11th Child Passenger Safety Technical Conference in State College.
The regional conference is for child passenger safety technicians, instructors and others who work for the safe transportation of children.
-- Michele Dignan of Cresson, manager of the health information management department at UPMC Altoona, has retired with 31 years of service.
She began her career as a file clerk in the medical records department of Mercy Hospital and was promoted to discharge analyst in 1986. Four years later, she was promoted to coder/abstractor and 12 years later to supervisor at Bon Secours-Holy Family Health System. She assumed the manager's position in 2009.
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