Lackawanna College Names Scranton Police Chief as Director of Public Safety

Lackawanna College joined the City of Scranton to announce that Police Chief Carl R. Graziano has been named the College’s Director of Public Safety.

“Chief Graziano has been an instructor for several years at the College, but we are thrilled that he will now work with us in a full-time capacity,” said Lackawanna College President Dr. Jill Murray. “This even further strengthens our wonderful relationship with the City of Scranton.”

Graziano will be retiring from the Scranton Police Department after 28 years of service. “Although we are sad that Chief Graziano will be leaving his role with the City, we are fortunate that he is only just going up the street and will continue to work with the City, Scranton PD, and our young residents,” said Mayor Paige G. Cognetti. “Chief Graziano has been, and will continue to be, a tremendous asset to our entire community and a resource for us here at the City.”

In his role as Director of Public Safety, Graziano will lead the College’s public safety team, which provides law enforcement, security and emergency services for the faculty, staff and students as well as the surrounding community of downtown Scranton. “I have enjoyed a great career with the Scranton Police Department and am excited to take on this new role at Lackawanna College,” Graziano said.

Graziano has been a member of the Scranton Police Department for the past 28 years serving in various ranks with the last 8 years serving as Chief of Police. He is a graduate of the Lackawanna College Police Academy, The FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. and the Northwestern University School of Police Command. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Keystone College and master’s degree in criminal justice from Arizona State University. Graziano is also an instructor at the Lackawanna College Police Academy and an adjunct criminal justice instructor at the University of Scranton and at Keystone College.

Amy Luyster Graduates Fellowship Program

Amy Luyster, vice president of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, graduated from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Business Leads Fellowship Program, which trained and equipped leaders from state and local chambers of commerce with resources, access to experts, and a network of peers to build their capacity to address the most pressing education and workforce challenges.

Personnel Report: University of Scranton

Rev. Herbert B. Keller, S.J. has been named vice president for mission and ministry at the University of Scranton. Fr. Keller also serves as rector of the campus’s Jesuit Community and as interim president at the university from June 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018, and most recently as the University’s special assistant to the president. The University’s Jesuit Center, Campus Ministries, the Center for Service and Social Justice, the University Chaplain and Liturgical Music will fall under the Fr. Keller’s division.

Personnel Report: Lackawanna College

Melaina Benscoter has been named as a full-time faculty member at Lackawanna College, where she served as an adjunct instructor since 2016 in business and accounting. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Business Management at Capella University.

Tod Kania has been hired as an IT application support specialist at Lackawanna College. He previously worked as a computer technician at Computer Care Solutions. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology from Pennsylvania State University.

Erik Larson has been named the assistant athletic director at Lackawanna College. He has served as an athletic director and athletic trainer since August 2004 and was the athletic trainer from 2000 to 2004 at Carbondale Area High School.

Timur Maskayev has been named full-time faculty at Lackawanna College, where he served as an adjunct instructor since 2018 in American history and effective speaking. He received a Master of Arts degree in Media Studies and Production along with a Teaching in Higher Education Certificate from Temple University in 2015.

Jennifer Mercereau has been hired as an Enrollment Specialist for the Lackawanna College Lake Region Center. She previously served as a volunteer for the communities of Greentown and Wallenpaupack.

Amylyn Ostroski has been named as a full-time faculty member at Lackawanna College in Scranton, where she served as an adjunct instructor since 2016 in Criminal Justice, Public Administration and Social Science at Lackawanna College.

Ashley M. Reedy has been named as a full-time faculty member in the Physical Therapy Assistant program at Lackawanna College. She was previously employed as an Outpatient Doctor of Physical Therapy Manager at Allied Services Outpatient Rehabilitation at the Dunmore facility.

 

 

 

Geisinger Recognizes Physician

Jason Woloski, MD, Community Medicine, GSWB

Jason R. Woloski, M.D., is a board-certified physician who specializes in family medicine and practices at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre−Community Medicine. He was recognized for being an active physician-leader ─ he serves on the boards of trustees for the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians and the Luzerne County Medical Society and participates in PAMED’s 2019 Year-Round Leadership Academy ─ and for his role as assistant program director for the Geisinger Kistler Family Medicine Residency Program.

Geisinger Recognizes Physician Kristin Simmons

Kristin Simmons, M.D., is a board-certified physician who specializes in family medicine and practices at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre−Community Medicine. She was recognized for her leadership in the Geisinger system, serving as assistant program director for the Geisinger Kistler Family Medicine Residency Program in Wilkes-Barre, and for dedicating herself to educating medical students and encouraging them to train and practice in Pennsylvania.

Geisinger Recognizes Surgeon Brian Frank

Two fellowship-trained trauma surgeons and two family-medicine physicians from Geisinger have earned spots on the Pennsylvania Medical Society’s list of Top Physicians Under 40.

Brian Frank, M.D., is a board-certified, fellowship-trained general surgeon who practices at GCMC and subspecializes in trauma and surgical critical care. Dr. Frank was recognized for his involvement in multiple performance/quality improvement initiatives in the Geisinger system, and his advocacy for the Stop the Bleed public health campaign, which provides education on bleeding-control techniques.

Geisinger Recognizes Surgeon Akram Alashari

Two fellowship-trained trauma surgeons and two family-medicine physicians from Geisinger have earned spots on the Pennsylvania Medical Society’s list of Top Physicians Under 40.

Akram Alashari, M.D., is a board-certified, fellowship-trained trauma surgeon who practices at Geisinger Community Medical Center (GCMC) in Scranton and specializes in surgical critical care. Dr. Alashari was recognized for helping create a culture of safety that fostered significant improvement in Geisinger’s patient satisfaction scores and for being a leader committed to maintaining the highest standards in patient care.

 

M&T Bank Donates to Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital

M&T Bank recently presented a check for $1,000 for the 2019 Miracle Pro-Am Golf Tournament, benefiting Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital. The funds raised by this event will help provide pediatric equipment, programs and services at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital and pediatric locations throughout the Geisinger Health System.

NEPA Youth Shelter Receives Donation

From left, Betsy McGrath Ardizoni, Community Relations and Legislative Liaison, and Julia Foglio, Intern, The Wright Center for Community Health; and Maureen Maher-Gray, Executive Director, NEPA Youth Shelter. The Wright Center for Community Health hosted a donation drive for the NEPA Youth Shelter for the month of June.

The Wright Center for Community Health recently held an organization-wide donation drive to benefit the NEPA Youth Shelter in Scranton.  The NEPA Youth Shelter provides quality emergency shelter and related services to unaccompanied youth ages 14 through high school graduation from all counties in NEPA.