Laura Gillette-Mills

Laura Gillette-Mills, is a principal at Hemmler + Camayd Architects, and a resident of Dunmore, where she was born and raised. A graduate of Dunmore High School and Philadelphia University, inclusive of study abroad in Rome, Italy, Laura received her degree in architecture.  After graduation, Laura returned home to start her career in the Scranton area. Not only is it home and an amazing place to raise a family, but Laura believes it is an area of great potential and growth with so much to offer today’s younger generations.

Laura offers a wealth of experience, talent, and enthusiasm to the practice of architecture.  She has served as a long time project manager and client representative for various projects and building types, ranging from education and corporate to industrial and health care.  She believes the most rewarding part of her career is seeing a project through from the initial idea to the occupancy of those who will “live” in the space, assisting the client as they experience the process and all the excitement that comes along with it.

In addition to her dedication and time spent on architecture and as a business owner, Laura is a dedicated member of the community, which is  why she is excited to join the Chamber board, where she can utilize her knowledge and dedication in assisting in the growth of the area.  Ms. Gillette-Mills has served as a student mentor for numerous years to high school students interested in the field of architecture, allowing them to shadow her and spend time in her office to learn and experience first-hand what the profession is like.  Outside of the office, she has been very active in not-for-profit organizations that serve our community, including serving as a current board member on Scranton Tomorrow and a past board member for NEPA Meals on Wheels.  Additionally, Laura is an active committee member for organizations such as The Women’s Resource Center, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Dunmore Jr. Football and Cheerleading Organization, Dunmore Elementary PTA, Architecture in Schools program (AIS) and Circle 200 among other various community-based organizations for which she volunteers.

Laura is married to her husband of 11 years, David, they have a 6 year old daughter, Annabelle, and two lovable and crazy dogs.

Jessica Kalinoski

Jessica Kalinoski is the director of operations for Admiral Management Services in Scranton. In this role, she manages seven businesses with over 20 managers and a staff of 400. Her goals are to optimize and develop operational metrics for measuring performance and goals, while building relationships within the businesses and community. She helps with strategic planning and executive of marketing campaigns, contract negotiation, as well as planning new directives for business growth.

Prior to her current role, Jessica was the campaign coordinator for Chris Doherty in 2010 and was the development director for Lackawanna County from 2008 to 2009.

Kristen Shemanski

Kristen Shemanski lives in Jessup and earned her bachelors in fine art from Marywood University and her masters in business administration from the University of Scranton. She has worked at Gertrude Hawk Chocolates in Dunmore for the past ten years, beginning in the marketing department and transitioning to manufacturing operations upon completion of her MBA. She has served on the board of directors for a variety of local organizations as well as volunteers her time to the NativityMiguel School of Scranton, Leadership Lackawanna, Camp Create and others in Northeastern Pennsylvania. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her pets and following her favorite sports: Boston Celtics, UNC Tarheels and NY Mets.

Michael Brown

Michael L. Brown is the newest member of the Commonwealth Health Leadership team where he serves as chief executive officer for Regional Hospital of Scranton and Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton. Prior to joining Community Health Systems (CHS), he served with Arnita Health, the largest hospital system in Illinois, where he has held hospital executive positions including COO, CNO, CEO and president since 2005. Most recently, he has served as regional president and CEO of the Arnita Health Fox River Valley Region, overseeing two hospitals, two joint venture cancer centers and an ambulatory surgery center. Both hospitals have been recognized for safety and quality by Health Grades, Consumer Reports, U.S. News and World Reports and with Leapfrog A grades. In addition to collaborating with physicians for quality and growth, Michael has a track record of building and leading high-performing teams and achieving strategic and operational objectives. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Sister Mary Persico

Sister Mary Persico, IHM, the 12th president of Marywood University. She was elected by the University Board of Trustees in April 2016 and began her presidential tenure on July 1, 2016.

Her professional background includes extensive leadership experience. Prior to her presidency, Sister Mary served as executive vice president for Trinity Health, one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation, where she was a member of a 14-person corporate team and regularly participated in all financial and operational decision making. Sister Mary was the president of the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, from 2002-2010. She also served as the IHM Congregation’s treasurer from 1994-2002. Sister Mary previously served as an adjunct professor of education at Marywood University; principal of Holy Cross High School in Delran, N.J.; principal of Notre Dame High School, East Stroudsburg; assistant principal of Bishop Klonowski High School, Scranton; and as a teacher at both Bishop Hannon High School, Scranton, and Most Holy Rosary High School, Syracuse, N.Y.

Sister Mary earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in French/education from Marywood. She has a Master of Arts degree in French from Assumption College, Worcester, Mass., and a Master of Arts degree in education administration from Lehigh University, Bethlehem. She also earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University. She has overseen a number of academic and leadership initiatives. For Trinity Health, Sister Mary initiated the Ministry Formation and Catholic Identity Assessment, for which she was an executive leader and teaching team member. In 2010, she was a founding member of the Leadership Academy, Catholic Health East/Seton Hall University, which established a certificate program in leadership formation for high-level national health care leaders. From 2008-2010, Sister Mary chaired the board of the African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC), which facilitates educational opportunities for women religious in ten sub-Saharan African countries. She was a member of the ASEC faculty in 2009. Additionally, she founded and was a teaching team member for the Sponsorship Institute for the IHM Congregation. She also was a teaching team member for the Ministerial Public Juridic Person Collaborative for the Catholic Health Association of the United States.

Sister Mary has extensive business and fundraising experience. She has served on numerous business councils and committees for Trinity Health, including the steering committee for the merger of Catholic Health East with Trinity Health. She initiated and successfully executed a 23-million-dollar capital campaign for the construction of the Pascucci Family Our Lady of Peace Residence, a state-of-the-art elder care residence for the IHM Sisters, which opened in January 2006. She guided Congregation leadership decisions throughout this project, including the decision to escrow funds to pay in full the cost of the facility’s construction. Sister Mary also conducted a capital campaign and facilitated the construction of a 10-million-dollar addition to Holy Cross High School in Delran, N.J.

A sought-after presenter and consultant, Sister Mary has given numerous educational and leadership sessions and provided counsel on topics such as communications, resilience and change, finance and financial assets, business ethics, leadership and instruction, safety and risk management, elder care, religious life, sponsorship, mission, discernment, justice, Catholic identity, and the role of laity in the Church. She also has facilitated the community assemblies and congregation chapters of several orders of women religious in addition to the IHM Sisters, including the Sisters of Mercy, Sisters of Saint Joseph, Marist Sisters, Sisters of the Holy Redeemer, and the Bernadine Franciscan Sisters.

Her publications include: CHE Speeds Ahead in Support of PACE, which she co-authored for Modern Healthcare: A Publication of the Catholic Health Association of America, as well as numerous articles for Journey, the publication of the Sisters of IHM, Scranton, Penn. Sister Mary also recorded a series of original radio spots, called Two Minute Messages, which aired on WVMW-FM, Marywood’s radio station, during her tenure as president of the IHM Congregation.

Sister Mary’s board memberships include Mercy Health Regional System, Muskegon, Mich.; Global Health Ministry, Newtown Square, Penn.; Allegany Franciscan Ministries, Tampa, Fl.; and Guest House for Priests and Women Religious, Lake Orion, Mich. She also served on the Finance Committee of the Leadership Council for Women Religious. She is an ex officio member of the Marywood University Board of Trustees and has served on many other education, health, and community boards through the years.

Frank Suraci

Frank Suraci is co-founder of Bedrock Technology, located in the TekRidge Center in Jessup, PA. Specializing in security and compliance, enterprise IT and network management, and unified communications, Bedrock Technology offers fixed cost, all-inclusive information technology services for businesses. Bedrock Technology works with a variety of businesses, such as healthcare providers, dentists, educational institutions, retail, construction, manufacturing, and government agencies.

With a career that spans more than 25 years, technology is one of his life’s passions. In addition, Frank is an avid home-brewer and enjoys spending time outdoors in the splendor of NEPA. Born and raised in West Scranton, Frank currently resides in Waverly Township with his wife and two children.

Eric Pusey

Eric Pusey, RPh, owner of Medicap Pharmacy in Olyphant, has dedicated his 36-year career to advancing the care and personal service that is delivered through both small community-based pharmacies as well as high-volume national chains. In addition to his vast corporate experience, Eric also held leadership positions as president of the Lackawanna County Pharmacy Association, as well as the Pennsylvania Pharmacy Association. He holds a certification as a Diabetes Educator (CDE) from the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators and provide diabetes training programs at his pharmacy and various personal care personnel in NEPA.

Eric is past president and active member of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association and the Lackawanna County Pharmacy Associations, the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators, National Community Pharmacists Association, America Association of Diabetes Educators and the Lackawanna County Opioid Coalition. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Temple University and has been recognized as the Lackawanna County Pharmacist of the Year, Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association George S. Maggio Award recipient, and NCPA Pharmacy Leadership Award.

Dr. Jill Murray

Dr. Murray brings a breadth of experience to her presidency at Lackawanna College, as of July 1, 2020. She currently serves as the College’s executive vice president & chief innovation officer. From 2008-2012, Dr. Murray operated as the College’s vice president of academic affairs, where she was responsible for developing and overseeing all of Lackawanna College’s academic curricula. Dr. Murray is the catalyst behind Lackawanna College’s esports program and assisted with the formation of the Level Up program.

During her time at Lackawanna, Dr. Murray has helped double the student population, increase student retention and graduation rates, expand online learning options, lead the creation of academic programming and support services as well as implement a strategic planning process.

Dr. Murray served at Marywood University as the Director of the Institute for Health and Wellness (2005-2008) and as a Doctoral Program faculty member (2006-2010).

Murray holds a B.A. in philosophy (University of Scranton, 1989), M.A. in philosophy (SUNY at Albany, 1991) and a Ph.D. in Human Development (Marywood University, 2006).

Barbara Maculloch

Barbara Maculloch is the president of Northeast Pennsylvania Banking. With more than 30 years of experience in the banking industry she has served in various positions throughout her career. Prior to joining the Community Bank team in 2011, she was vice president with M&T Bank responsible for its private banking division in northeast Pennsylvania. Most recently, Maculloch served as senior vice president and Pennsylvania market director for Community Bank Wealth Management.

Outside of the office, Maculloch is an active leader in her community, serving on numerous boards including, the United Way of Wyoming Valley, the Geisinger Advisory Council, the Greater Wilkes Barre Chamber of Commerce Industrial Fund and the Wilkes-Barre YMCA. She is also a member of Circle 200.

Maculloch is a graduate of Misericordia University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a concentration in banking. She is a graduate of Leadership Wilkes-Barre and was honored as its 2007 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award. In addition, Maculloch was named one of the Top 25 Women in Business by the Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal in 2015 and earned the Community Stewardship Award from North Branch Land Trust in 2016. She resides in Wyoming with her husband, George, and daughter, Rachel.

Nisha Arora

Nisha Arora is presently employed as general counsel at ERA One Source Realty, a Real Estate Brokerage with seven offices throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania, headquartered in Clarks Summit.

Nisha is a graduate of Georgetown University where she majored in Government and Photography. She then pursued a Juris Doctorate Degree from Villanova University School of Law and obtained her Masters in Law from University College London, with a focus in International Arbitration. Following her time abroad, Nisha returned to NEPA, where she began a clerkship at the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas with the Honorable Michael J. Barrasse. During that time she worked in the courtroom as well as facilitated various specialty courts run in Lackawanna County. Subsequent to her clerkship she joined the firm of Brian J. Cali, where she began her practice in Family Law. A successful litigator, Nisha decided to join her mother’s company in May of 2015. Since then she has worked to expand the company’s growth and moved it toward a more corporate model, focused on agent education and training with a goal to increase productivity, lead conversion, and overall client satisfaction.