Employees and Board Members Honored for Years of Service at HNB

The Honesdale National Bank has had the great fortune of having loyal and long-tenured employees helping serve its customers and greater communities. The Bank is pleased to recognize 22 employees and four board members who celebrated milestones of service in 2022.

Thomas E. Sheridan, HNB President & CEO, offered, “It is with great honor that we recognize those who make our organization one that cares and supports our local community. Each role plays a huge part in upholding for our mission to make strides in service for our customers each and every day.” 

5 Years of Service

Those recognized for 5 years of service are Sarah Gardner, Mortgage Advisor, HNB Mortgage; Paul Kuhn, Trust Clerk, Corporate Center; Nancy Mazzillo, Clerk, HNB Mortgage; Elizabeth Nagy, VP, Director of Sales , Marketing and Digital Banking, Corporate Center; Teresa Popko, Teller/CSR, Eynon Office; Cassandra Saul, Assistant Branch Manager, Forest City Office; Kelly Shuman, Teller/CSR Float, Lake Wallenpaupack Office; Stacey Theobald, Head Teller/CSR, Main Street Office; Jill Usefara, Loan Closing Coordinator, HNB Mortgage; Virginia Weidow, Mortgage Loan Processor, HNB Mortgage; Alissa Weiss, Cash Management Officer, Corporate Center.

10 Years of Service

Recognized for 10 years of service are Jody Evanitsky, Loan Operations Representative II, Corporate Center; Judy Flaherty, AVP Loan Closing Manager, HNB Mortgage; Alli Walczyk, Head Teller/CSR, Route 6 Office.

15 years of Service

Recognized for 15 years of service are Kevin Colgan, Fraud and Security Officer, Corporate Center; Lucy Palko, Head Teller, Hamlin Office; Rich Simmers, VP, Residential Mortgage Manager, HNB Mortgage.

20 Years of Service

Recognized for 20 years of service are Jerry Eck, Courier, Corporate Center; Lisa Hendrickson, Deposit/Loan Operations Representative, Corporate Center; Chuck Jurgensen, Board Member; Kurt Propst, Board Member; Donna Rinehimer, AVP, Underwriting Manager, HNB Mortgage.

30 Years of Service

HNB extends its appreciation to all its employees for their dedication to supporting its customers and local community!

Recognized for 30 years of service, Vicky Bryant, VP, Data Processing Manager, Corporate Center; Roger Dirlam, Board Member; Paul Meagher, Board Member; Linda Miller, AVP, Collections Officer, Corporate Center.

Tobyhanna Recognizes Employees on National Tradesman Day

Tobyhanna Army Depot observed National Tradesman Day on September 16 by shining a spotlight on some of its expert tradesmen and saluting all tradesmen who contribute to the organization’s mission.

The depot employs artisans in a variety of trades for both mission and base operations. Many of these tradesmen work in the Directorate of Systems Integration and Support (SIS), supporting refinishing and manufacturing operations vital to Tobyhanna’s overall mission supporting the joint warfighter.

Kenneth West is a General Equipment Repair Mechanic in the Systems Integration and Support Directorate. He chose to enter a trade simply because he had a passion for vehicles. West said he grew up riding and racing dirt bikes as a hobby and that he’s always felt a sense of gratification when learning how to take things apart and put them back together again. His father did a lot of mechanical work, which allowed him to get his initial look into working in that profession.

His passion for hands-on learning led him to the Motorcycle Mechanic School in Orlando, Florida which allowed him to get his start in the power sports industry. After spending a few years working at a small mom and pop store and then at Electric City Harley Davidson, West joined Team Tobyhanna in 2019.

Working in the Tactical Vehicle Branch, West is a member of the depot’s High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle shop where the team receives vehicles and then performs resets, repairs, inspections and more. West said he and the team understand how important the work they do is for our nation’s warfighters, and they take great pride in ensuring their work is done at the highest possible level.

“We’re helping out the Army and other branches of military by fixing these vehicles and making them mechanically sound for other bases and ultimately the battlefield,” said West. “Everyone in this shop takes pride in what they do. Every Humvee is worked on by a trained professional so that they’re sent out in the field one hundred percent mechanically ready to rock ‘n’ roll.”

Electronics worker Melvin Pena-Rivera is a member of Team Tobyhanna’s innovative Pre-Production and Planning Branch, responsible for onboarding and developing comprehensive processes for new cable workloads. The Branch’s mission was attractive because of its wide range of projects, Pena-Rivera noted.

“I like a challenge, and here I get the chance to do something different every day. I also can use many of the skills I have acquired to overcome the unique challenges presented during the prototyping process.”

Creativity runs in Pena-Rivera’s family – his father was a painter and sculptor, and Pena-Rivera himself enjoys artistic expressions such as producing original music, drawing and 3D modeling in his free time.

A relative newcomer to the depot, Pena-Rivera joined Team Tobyhanna in 2018 after emigrating to the United States. He left his home country of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria decimated the island, resulting in few job opportunities.

Despite having to start over, Pena-Rivera tries to bring the experience from his previous careers to his current one.

“Working as a technical engineer and drafter in Puerto Rico gave me skills and insight that I use to make Tobyhanna’s mission successful.”

Outside of his creative endeavors, Pena-Rivera enjoys movies, stand-up comedy and returning to Puerto Rico to spend time with his favorite two people: his daughter and his mother, whom he cites as a personal and professional inspiration.

“My mom is the hardest working person I know, and I’m proud to be her son.”

Tradesmen are also employed in other capacities at the depot, making meaningful contributions to the organization’s mission.

Gregory Kipp works in the Production Engineering Directorate, sustaining the critical equipment that powers the Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) warehousing system. Kipp and his co-workers play a key role in the logistics support required to achieve Tobyhanna’s mission.

A graduate of Johnson College, Kipp originally pursued a career in computer engineering, but quickly found he would rather make his living pursuing his passion.

“As a kid, I drove my parents nuts taking phones, calculators, and other things apart. During my early college years, I realized how much I missed that practical type of work, so I decided to change course.” Kipp subsequently earned a degree in Electrical Construction and Maintenance and joined Team Tobyhanna in 2004. He says he’s never looked back.

“I truly enjoy what I do, whether it’s troubleshooting a challenging problem or simple maintenance. Getting to do it with people I like is a bonus.”

Paul Deprimo, Chief of the Mobile Equipment Branch, says Kipp is a huge asset to his team.

“Greg continually strives to expertly maintain and repair any and all equipment he is responsible for, and does so with professionalism, dedication and pride.”

In his free time, Kipp enjoys cooking, woodworking, and spending time with his two young daughters. An avid movie-watcher, Kipp also boasts the unique achievement of having seen his favorite film, “The Fifth Element”, an astounding 140 times.

Nunzi’s Advertising Ribbon Cutting

Thursday, September 22nd, from 3-6pm Nunzi’s Advertising will be celebrating the new location with a ribbon cutting ceremony: 372 N. Main Street, Taylor, PA 18517.

The new location will provide more space – for employee work stations, parking spaces and expansion as we invest in new machinery and equipment to increase product offerings.

Nunzi’s Advertising was founded in 2006 by Nunzio Allegrucci Jr. in his parent’s house upon graduating from Penn State University. He grew up with a small business background from spending time with his father, an eye for logos, color combinations, and the love of interacting with people. This was what made him decide to go into business for himself. 

Today, Nunzi’s Advertising is a company that has capabilities to handle any, and all types of advertising projects. They include graphic design, uniform programs, merchandise and printing logos on any product our clients can envision. 

Our best clients are those who value a true relationship and work hand-in-hand with us to achieve the outcomes they seek. Our team is extremely passionate about every project that comes through our office, and take pride in their work. In today’s work environment, we understand the need for quality service at good prices to be completed with quick deadlines. 

We service small businesses, nationwide franchises, and several non-profit organizations.

Please join us for the celebration. 

  • Grand Opening at New Location: 372 Main St., Taylor, PA 18517
  • Thursday, September 22nd, 2022 from 3-6pm

You can expect food, drinks and merchandise. Our brands will also be on display so you can see the newest merchandise for the season – and the best sellers. 

Marywood University Sets Fall Admissions Events

Prospective undergraduate and graduate students can attend designated Open Houses at Marywood University this fall to learn more about specific programs and educational opportunities. For additional details, go to the websites listed, or call the Office of Admissions at (570) 348-6234. Additionally, prospective undergraduate students can email YourFuture@marywood.edu and prospective graduate students can email GoGrad@marywood.edu for more information.

Undergraduate Open Houses: Saturday, October 29, and Saturday, November 12, at 9 a.m.

Two Undergraduate Open Houses are scheduled, including Saturday, October 29, 2022, and Saturday, November 12, 2022, for high school students and their parents. Registration for both events begins at 9 a.m. in the Fireplace Lounge at the Nazareth Student Center on the University’s campus. Prospective students can meet with current Marywood students, faculty, and coaches. There will be opportunities to explore academic departments, learn more about the admissions process, and tour campus. Information sessions with admissions and financial aid counselors also will be available. The event includes a continental breakfast and a complimentary lunch.

To register, visit marywood.edu/openhouse.

Graduate Open House: Saturday, November 5, at 10 a.m.-Noon

Prospective graduate students can attend a Graduate Open House on Saturday, November 5, 2022, at 10 a.m., at Nazareth Student Center, for an overview of Marywood, a financial aid and scholarship session, and meetings with faculty. Optional tours of campus also are available.

To register, visit marywood.edu/gradopenhouse.

Carlos Avila and Vincent Grana Perform Sept. 17 at The University of Scranton

Performance Music at The University of Scranton will welcome pianist Carlos Avila and bass vocalist Vincent Grana for a recital scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17.  The recital begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Houlihan-McLean Center, Mulberry Street and Jefferson Avenue.  Admission is free, with seating on a first-come, first-seated basis.

According to Performance Music Conductor and Director Cheryl Y. Boga, Avila has been a favorite performer at the University for the last decade, having appeared here both as a soloist, as well as with a variety of ensembles. Boga said, “As he serves as pianist for a number of renowned and ‘rising star’ operatic voices, I asked him to select the vocalist for this performance from among his favorite young artists on the national scene, and he is looking forward to introducing our Scranton audience to Vincent Grana.”

One of the most in-demand pianists on the classical music scene, the New York City-based Avila has played concerts across North and South America, Europe and Asia. He has performed at festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein, Tanglewood, Sarasota, Aspen, Banff, Music Academy of the West, Pianofest, Holland, ChamberFest Dubuque, Lake George and the Carnegie Hall Workshops.

An avid collaborator, Avila has maintained a 20-year partnership with acclaimed violinist Jay Oh, with whom he has given over 80 recitals across Asia and the United States. He has played at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s All-Access Chamber series and the New York Philharmonic’s Leonard Bernstein salon series, and has been showcased on New York’s WQXR, where he gave an all-transcription recital broadcast as one of the winners of The Juilliard School’s prestigious Gina Bachauer Piano Competition.

Avila serves on the collaborative piano faculty at the Heifetz Institute, and is a highly in-demand studio pianist at conservatories throughout the NYC area. A proud Filipino American, Avila is a graduate of Juilliard, where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal.

Based in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, Grana debuted at Dayton Opera performing the role of Zuniga in their production of Bizet’s Carmen. He has performed with the Castleton Festival under the baton of Maestro Lorin Maazel, covering such roles as Alcindoro and Benoit (“La Boheme”), Simone (“Gianni Schicchi”) and Escamillo in a concert performance of “Carmen.” In addition, he has performed in the Crested Butte Music Festival’s production of “L’elisir d’amore” and has worked with such renowned artists as Samuel Ramey.

A Philadelphia District winner at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Grana has sung with Sarasota Opera as an apprentice artist and performed the role of Simone in Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi” with Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance program in the summer of 2017. Some of his more recent roles include Gardiner in Opera San Jose’s production of “Moby Dick,” Il Priore in Bellini’s “La Straniera” and Podestà in Rossini’s “La Gazza Ladr,” both with Teatro Nuovo, and Rafael and Adam in Haydn’s “The Creation and Colline in La Boheme” at the Dayton Opera.

Women in Philanthropy To Host Civic Engagement Summit

Women in Philanthropy, the initiative of the Scranton Area Community Foundation comprised of over 100 regional supporters focused on empowering women, girls, and their families in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is hosting a Civic Engagement Summit on Friday, September 16, 2022, to explore the topic of Civic Engagement and Advocacy, as it relates to women, girls, and their families in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

At this event, together with experts in the field, Women in Philanthropy invites participants to engage in valuable discussion and explore topics including how to encourage voter participation, promote the development of leadership and advocacy skills across the region, and engage youth in civic education. Participation in this event will help Women in Philanthropy take action, break barriers, and engage individuals and communities in civic life in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

After much research and many organized panel discussions with regional, state, and national experts over the past two years, Women in Philanthropy has learned that the COVID-19 pandemic brought many challenges causing people to feel disengaged from civic life and from advocating for important causes. Women in Philanthropy also learned that there are a variety of ways to make a difference in the area of Civic Engagement and Advocacy that focus on breaking many of the barriers women, girls, and their families are facing.

“What we’ve identified is that there is a tremendous opportunity to help make civic engagement and advocacy more inclusive, and to further support women and youth in the civic space,” stated Laura Ducceschi, Scranton Area Community Foundation’s President and CEO, who helped to launch the Women in Philanthropy initiative in 2014. “Women in Philanthropy is inviting individuals from communities across the region to come together to advance this important topic and work to eliminate the barriers to civic engagement that exist across the region.”

This event will take place at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center in Scranton on Friday, September 16, 2022, from 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Registration is complimentary for Women in Philanthropy supporters and $30 for the general public. Lunch, refreshments, and an evening networking reception from 5 to 6 PM are included. To become a Women in Philanthropy supporter, please visit supportnepawomen.org or call the Scranton Area Community Foundation at 570-347-6203.

People on the Move – Allied Services Integrated Health System

Patrick Quinn: Allied Services Integrated Health System announced Patrick Quinn as Director of the Developmental Services Division. Quinn has been the Assistant Director of the division since 2021, but has worked exclusively in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities for more than 38 years. He is an accomplished lecturer on a local, state, and national level advocating for persons with disabilities. Quinn is a graduate of the University of Scranton and holds certificates from the University of Delaware National Institute on Developmental Disabilities and the University of Scranton Non-Profit Leadership Program. 

Kindra Digwood, CCC-SLP: Allied Services Integrated Health System welcomed Kindra Digwood, CCC-SLP to the Allied Services Home Health team. She is an accomplished speech-language pathologist with experience in home health and hospice care in Pennsylvania. Digwood earned a Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences from Temple University and a Master’s degree in Communicative Disorders from West Chester University. She has also earned certification for and has and experience in the use of the Vital Stim for swallowing disorders.

Laura Harding, MS, OTR/L: Allied Services Integrated Health System recently welcomed Laura Harding, MS, OTR/L as occupational therapist for the health systems Home Health division. Harding earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Widener University, followed by a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 2008 from Thomas Jefferson University. Since 2009, Harding has been a valued member of the Allied Services Skilled Nursing team in Scranton, serving most recently as a Senior Occupational Therapist. In the Home Health division, Harding joins an award-winning team; Allied Services Home Health has earned the Top Performing ranking from HomeCare Elite for more than 9 consecutive years.

Eileen Marzolino, BS, PCHA: Allied Services Integrated Health System welcomed Eileen Marzolino, BS, PCHA as Administrator for The Terrace; the health systems personal care home in Scranton. Marzolino earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health with a concentration in Health Administration from East Stroudsburg University in 2016 followed by her certification as a Personal Care Home Administrator in 2022. Over her career, Marzolino has served in many aspects of senior care from activities and admissions, to marketing and administration. Marzolino also serves as Vice President for the NEPA Aging Network Alliance (NANA).

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