Geisinger Appoints Two New Members to Board of Directors

Geisinger has appointed two new members to its now 16-member board of directors. The newly appointed directors are Benjamin K. Chu, M.D., senior advisor for Manatt Health, and Sherry A. Glied, Ph.D., Dean of the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University (NYU).

Dr. Chu, with more than 15 years of experience leading major health systems in Houston, Southern California and New York City, is a leading expert in creating patient-centered, integrated healthcare reforms. He was also an associate dean at two of New York City’s top medical schools and held academic appointments at medical schools in New York City and Houston. As a health system leader, Dr. Chu leveraged relationships with medical schools, streamlined administrative functions and implemented innovative programs all to improve access to high-quality care.

Dr. Chu is a former chair of the board of directors for the Commonwealth Fund and sits on the board of the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Dr. Chu previously served on the advisory committee to the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a past chair of the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees and sat on the board of the Joint Commission. In 2015, he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. Dr. Chu holds a B.A. from Yale University, a Doctor of Medicine from New York University School of Medicine and a Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

Dr. Glied was named the Dean of the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NYU in 2013 and previously spent more than two decades as a professor of health policy and management at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, where she was the chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management for more than 10 years. In 2010, Dr. Glied was confirmed by the United States Senate as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services. She had previously served as the senior economist for health care and labor market policy under Presidents Bush and Clinton in 1992 and 1993.

Dr. Glied has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Social Insurance and has served as a member of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking. Having earned a B.A. from Yale University, a M.A. from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. from Harvard University all in economics, her principal areas of research are in health policy reform and mental health care policy, and she has authored or co-authored several works on these topics.

“Geisinger has a long history of excellent governance, and we are thrilled to continue that tradition by welcoming Dr. Chu and Dr. Glied to the Geisinger Board of Directors,” said board chairman John Bravman, Ph.D. “Geisinger and the communities of central and northeastern Pennsylvania will undoubtedly benefit from the expertise Dr. Chu and Dr. Glied bring to our board.”

“Everything we do at Geisinger is aimed toward making health easier for the communities we serve, and Dr. Chu and Dr. Glied have demonstrated over their long and decorated careers that they share our passion for making high-quality care more accessible and affordable for everyone,” said Jaewon Ryu, M.D., J.D., Geisinger’s president and CEO. “The board’s commitment to our communities has helped us find innovative solutions to deliver upon areas of need, and I look forward to the unique ways our new board members can contribute to these efforts.”

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Marion Munley of Munley Law Joins The Summit Council, Top Civil Justice Attorneys in the U.S.

The personal injury law firm Munley Law is pleased to announce that senior partner Marion Munley has joined The Summit Council, an organization of the top civil justice attorneys in the United States.

The Summit Council is an exclusive group of today’s top civil justice attorneys who are committed to the highest levels of trial advocacy, to obtaining justice for individuals and families who have been hurt by corporate wrongdoing, and to the protection of the civil justice system. Membership is by invitation only, and members must meet the group’s high standards of qualification. Members must have obtained at least one ten million dollar jury verdict and at least three jury verdicts in excess of one million dollars as lead counsel in jury trials, have served as the President or Chair of a state or national civil justice association, or have served as Chair of a plaintiff’s steering committee for a major mass tort or class action litigation.

Marion Munley is a champion of the civil justice system with more than thirty years of experience representing the catastrophically injured. She has a venerable record of leadership in the legal profession; a longstanding member of American Association for Justice, Munley currently serves on its Board of Governors, the Executive Committee, and on the Board of Trustees for the National College of Advocacy. She belongs to the AAJ Women Trial Lawyers Caucus and served as chair from 2016‐2017, and to the AAJ Trucking Litigation Group where she became the first female chair in 2018. She has obtained numerous multimillion‐dollar awards for her clients. Munley has earned triple board certification from the National Board of Trial Advocacy in Civil Trial, Civil Practice, and Truck Accident Law. She has been named to the Best Lawyers in America, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, and the LawDragon500.

Johnson College Announces New Board Members and Officers for 2020-2021

Johnson College announces that four new members have recently joined the Board of Directors and new officers have been elected. New board members include Ashley H. Bechaver, Candy J. Frye ’94, Steve M. Pierson ’06, and Stephen E. Midura. New officers include Marianne Gilmartin, Esq., Chair; Christopher J. Haran, Vice Chair; and J. Patrick Dietz, Treasurer.

Ms. Ashley H. Bechaver is in Human Resources/IT at Gibbons Ford in Dickson City. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications, Legal, Institutions, Economics, and Government from American University. Ms. Bechaver has served on the Automotive Program Advisory Committee at Johnson College, Lackawanna Career Technology Center, and West Side Technology Center. She resides in Throop. 

Mrs. Candy J. Frye is Director of New Business Development at A. Pickett Construction, Inc. in Kingston. Frye is a 1995 graduate of the building construction technology and architectural drafting and design associate degree programs at Johnson College. She resides in Harding.

Mr. Steve M. Pierson is the Service Manager at Five Star International Trucks, LLC. In Allentown. Pierson is a 2006 graduate of the diesel truck technology program at Johnson College. He resides in Sellersville.

Mr. Stephen Midura is the Market Director at Johnson Controls in Wilkes-Barre. Midura holds a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering/business administration from Penn State and a MBA from Marywood. He resides in Scott Township.

Atty. Marianne Gilmartin is the new chair of the board. She joined the Johnson College board of directors in 2014. Atty. Gilmartin has served on the Executive Committee, Governance Committee, Human Resources Committee, and Board Committee Restructuring Taskforce.  She was the Chair of the Academic Achievement & Student Engagement Committee in 2017-18.  She has brought her skills as an attorney and as a leader in the community to her work on the board. She is an attorney and shareholder at Stevens & Lee. She holds a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University. She resides in Moscow.

Mr. Christopher J. Haran is the new Vice Chair of the board. He joined the Johnson College board of directors in 2012. Mr. Haran has been instrumental in serving on the Governance Committee, most notably his work with board assessment initiatives. He holds a Master of Science degree in Management Science from Stony Brook University. He works professionally as a consultant and adjunct professor. He resides in Moscow. Mr. J.

Patrick Dietz is the new Treasurer of the board and brings the knowledge of his longtime career in banking to that position. He joined the Johnson College board in 2017 and is also a member of the Audit, Operational Excellence, and Governance Committees. Mr. Dietz is also the Chairman of the Salvation Army of Scranton Advisory Board. He obtained his MBA from Marywood University and is a Senior Vice President / Commercial Loan Officer at Peoples Security Bank and Trust Company.  Mr. Dietz resides in South Abington Township with his wife Christine.

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Campus Music Professor’s Teaching Recognized with Prestigious University Award

Penn State Scranton Music Director and Associate Teaching Professor of Music Sharon Ann Toman is always looking for new and exciting ways to engage her students.

Those efforts were recently recognized when Toman was among the recipients of the 2019-20 Jack P. Royer Active and Collaborative Learning Award, given to Penn State Commonwealth Campus faculty and staff who demonstrate innovative teaching techniques to enhance student learning.

Chief Academic Officer H. Durell Johnson, Ph.D., nominated Toman for the award based on the outside-the-box thinking she brings to her online Introduction to World Music course. Offered each fall semester with an enrollment of up to 30 students, the course is an “exciting global journey around the world of musical and cultural discovery, exploration, and experience,” according to Toman. Using a multi-dimensional approach, she and the students examine world cultures through their music.

In addition to traditional online teaching methods like PowerPoint slides, textbook readings, discussion blogs and exams for the course, Toman also employs more creative methods like gamification to better engage students.

“Enhancing the learning process encourages students to learn and spend more time being engaged in a course,” Toman said. “The more time students are engaged in learning, the more they learn and demonstrate their understanding of the course material and enjoy the process as well.”  “I was totally thrilled and surprised by receiving this award. It’s truly an honor,” Toman said. “It is a very competitive award and I always try to do my best in teaching my music classes and directing our campus’ Chorale, the Roc[k]tet and Campus Jazz Band.”

The Wright Center Welcomes New Chief Financial Officer

Ronald P. Daniels, an operations leader and certified public accountant with more than 35 years of banking and revenue growth experience, has been named enterprise Chief Financial Officer at The Wright Center for Community Health and Graduate Medical Education.

Before joining the Wright Center, Daniels was president and owner of C Level Alternatives LLC, and served as CFO at Astro Apparel Inc., a multi-million dollar international importing and wholesale distributor in Scranton.

In his new position, Daniels will lead The Wright Center’s extensive billing and finance departments as they strategically plan, budget, analyze and steward funds from federal, state and private programs and foundations. Through reliable financial reporting and information sharing, Daniels will support the mission-driven business decision-making at the Wright Center to ensure the nonprofit meets all outcome reporting requirements as a Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike and safety-net provider of comprehensive primary care services and graduate medical education school.

“I’m honored to join The Wright Center and apply my extensive financial management background to its crucial mission of positively impacting the health and welfare of the community it serves,” Daniels explained. “Through fiscal rigor and meaningful accountability, I look forward to supporting the Wright Center’s continued growth in our region as it expands its reach to the medically underserved of the area.”

“Ronald’s impressive background and demonstrated success in growing financial sustainability and improving existing systems shows he is positioned to help us build on our successes while identifying new avenues for continued prosperity for the good of our community,” said Linda Thomas-Hemak, M.D., Wright Center president and CEO.  

Daniels earned his master’s in business administration degree in finance from the University of Scranton and his bachelor’s degree in accounting from The Pennsylvania State University. He and his wife, Sheri, reside in the North Pocono community.

Geisinger Announces Super 50/50 Raffle

The Geisinger Health Foundation will once again hold a Super 50/50 raffle to benefit programs and services at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital. This year, the proceeds from the raffle will support the children’s hospital’s Child Advocacy Center (CAC), located in Sunbury.

Tickets for the 50/50 raffle are $100 each, with a limit of 1,000 tickets available. The goal is to raise $50,000 for the CAC. Purchase your ticket for the 50/50 raffle at to offer support to children who have been abused.

The CAC offers a safe place where children who have been abused can be interviewed, examined and treated. Local agencies are invited to participate in the interview process to create a one-place, one-time way of investigating child abuse, eliminating the need for repeated interviews of the child. This approach allows families to begin the healing process.

Unfortunately, the number of child abuse cases in the area continues to grow and the services provided by the CAC are not reimbursed through insurance programs. The center relies on philanthropic giving to compensate for the its services.

The drawing will be held on World Kindness Day, Friday, Nov. 13.

Cummins Law Practice Updates

Daniel E. Cummins of Cummins Law, located on the Morgan Highway in Clarks Summit, recently published an article in the Pennsylvania Law Weekly entitled “Zooming Into the Future:  Tips To Improve Your Appearance at Online Meetings.”  The article provided suggestions to help attorneys to improve their presentation during online depositions and court appearances that continue to be the norm in the practice of law.

Attorney Cummins also recently presented a continuing legal education seminar for the Lackawanna Bar Association entitled “Golf Lessons: Tips for Professionalism and the Ethical Practice of Law.”  With this seminar, Attorney Cummins used golf-themed video clips in an effort to make the review of certain Rules of Ethics as well as Rules of Professionalism more entertaining and, therefore, memorable for his audience.

Attorney Cummins focuses his practice on the defense of businesses in liability matters and the defense of personal injury matters arising out of motor vehicle accidents, trucking accidents, medical malpractice, products liability, and trip or slip and fall claims.

Gabriel Iglesias Postpones Event at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre Until May 16, 2021

Following the guidance of public health officials regarding COVID-19, the Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias “Beyond The Fluffy” World Tour “Go Big or Go Home” date originally scheduled to take place at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Friday, April 24th, 2020, that was postponed to Thursday, November 12th, 2020, has now been rescheduled to Sunday, May 16th, 2021 at 7:00pm.

All tickets purchased for the original performance date(s) will be honored on the new performance date.

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