New hires and promotions
-- Sean Makowiecki of Cresson has been hired as UPMC Altoona's Patient Access manager.
In his position, Makowiecki, a 2003 graduate of Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School and a 2008 graduate of Mount Aloysius College, supervises 60 employees and is responsible for establishing and maintaining an accurate, efficient, consistent and patient-centered admission and registration process.
-- Robert Doyle has been named as Director of Supply Chain Management at Curry Supply Co.
In this newly created position, Doyle will be responsible for streamlining the "procure to pay" process for all raw materials, services, components and ancillary items purchased. He will establish collective purchasing arrangements with suppliers to acquire top quality products as well as ensure favorable service, delivery and costs.
-- Dr. Gregor Thebaud, a sports medicine physician, has joined the medical staff of J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon.
Along with his family practice certification, Thebaud is specially trained to treat a variety of patients including: athletes of all ages, weekend warriors hoping to improve their athletic performance and patients with disabilities caused by injury who hope to regain mobility and increase their capabilities.
-- Rachel C. Dubois has joined Mutual Benefit Group as billing manager.
DuBois, a graduate of Juniata College, will manage the people and processes associated with the collection and deposit of all money, oversee implementation of software changes to accounts receivable, lead billing initiatives and drive-through changes or improvements.
-- Deborah Krise of Loretto has been hired as vice president, business development officer, for Marion Center Bank.
Krise, a graduate of Penn State, has 29 years of banking experience, with 23 of those years centered in commercial lending and business banking.
She is the daughter of Don and Irma Youngkin of Coalport.
-- Dr. Margaret Hallahan, a hospitalist, has joined the medical staff at J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon.
Hallahan, a Huntingdon native, cares for patients who have been admitted to J.C. Blair. She is specially trained in hospital medicine and remains current on new hospital-based technology.
-- Diane Stuart has been hired as a mortgage loan originator by First Commonwealth Mortgage, a division of First Commonwealth Bank.
Stuart, who previously served as a mortgage loan originator for M&T Bank, will serve the Johnstown and Somerset markets and is responsible for informing and educating consumers about loan solutions and developing new client relationships.
Awards and honors
-- Bill Anderson of Altoona will be one of six people to receive a Hero of Conservation Award Sept. 17 in Washington, D.C.
The awards, hosted by Field & Stream magazine, celebrate every day heroes who are leading the charge of change with their passion and dedication to protecting fish and wildlife habitat across the country.
Anderson is recognized for leading the Little Juniata River Association in a full-scale habitat improvement and restoration project of the namesake river.
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