Marywood University Ranks as Best Value Among Northeast PA Colleges in Ranking

Marywood University offers the “Best Value” among Northeast Pennsylvania Universities, according to the 2022 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges ranking. Marywood was also the highest ranked of only two local institutions included in U.S. News “Best Colleges for Veterans” category and the highest-ranked local institution for the “Top Performers in Social Media” category.

At #25 of the regional universities (North) ranked for “Best Value,” Marywood ranked the highest of the three local four-year private colleges included in this category. According to U.S. News, the “Best Value” ranking considers a school’s academic quality. The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal. Only schools ranked in or near the top half of their categories are included, because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that are above average academically.

Marywood University, which ranked #44 overall on the “Best Regional Universities North” list, also was the highest-ranked local university in the “Top Performers in Social Media” category at #72.

Additionally, at #39, Marywood was the highest ranked of only two local universities on the “Best Colleges for Veterans” (Regional Universities North). According to U.S. News, these are the top-ranked schools in the 2022 Best Colleges rankings that participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active-duty service members pay for their degrees.

For additional information about Marywood University, please visit, or call the Office of Admissions, at (570) 348-6234. For additional information about Marywood’s rankings in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges, please visit

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center Adds to its Team of Experts

To better assist manufacturers in capitalizing on growth opportunities, addressing workforce challenges and implementing new technologies, NEPIRC continues to add to its team of experts. 

Steven Goul recently joined the firm as a Mechanical Engineer. Mr. Goul brings with him an impressive resume, which includes ownership of two patents and more than 20 years of engineering experience with companies like Sanofi Pasteur, Honeywell Aerospace and Lockheed Martin. Within those companies, and through ongoing professional education, Mr. Goul received Six Sigma Black Belt, ISO9001, AS9100 and Lean Manufacturing designations and certificates. Additionally, Steve has been an active member of the U.S. Navy for 31 years, including deployment to Afghanistan. Mr. Goul still proudly serves one weekend a month at the U.S. Navy Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center in Norfolk, VA. Mr. Goul’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Penn State University and a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Wisconsin, where his thesis focused on teamwork and conflict resolution.

In addition, NEPIRC added Brandon Henrie as the organization’s newest Business Advisor. Mr. Henrie possesses 14 years’ experience in the medical sales industry. Throughout that tenure, Mr. Henrie obtained numerous recognition awards for exceptional client service and territory development. Brandon holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Kutztown University. Through continuing education and personal development, Mr. Henrie was a contributing author to “Job’s Analysis of the Range of the ‘Dalton Syringe Rocket.,’” which appeared in the Journal of Chemical Education, and obtained his Lean Specialist certification. Brandon is also an accomplished Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner and teaches evening and weekend youth classes at Phoenix Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Nescopeck. In his role at NEPIRC, Brandon will maintain and cultivate valued client relationships throughout Lackawanna, Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties.

Alliance Wealth Advisors Welcomes Michael J. Cordaro Back Home

After spending several years in New York City and Philadelphia, my wife, Melissa, and I have made the decision to return home to Northeastern Pennsylvania. While we enjoyed our time in both cities, we came to the realization that we wanted to be closer to our family as we start one of our own. This decision led us to begin new phases in our professional lives. To this end, I am thrilled to announce that I have joined the team at Alliance Wealth Advisors.

During more than nine years at J.P. Morgan and Brown Brothers Harriman, I have gained world-class experience helping individuals, families, and business owners achieve their financial planning and investment goals. I will always appreciate the opportunities JPM and BBH gave me,and remember fondly the time I had with colleagues, clients, and life-long friends. These institutions have rich histories, but Alliance represents a chance to build something special with a great group of people.

Alliance is a tenaciously independent firm, unafraid to think differently. This allows us to maintain a long-term view and avoid “following the herd” and the investment trends of the moment. We provide creative solutions that are tailored to your goals. Alliance utilizes industry-leading investment research as well as cutting edge tools and technology. Our team has decades of diverse experience along with a collaborative and vibrant culture. Our fee structure is simple and transparent, and we are not incentivized to use any specific investment products. This combination allows us to provide a client experience that is second to none.

Today’s uncertainty reinforces how important it is for each of us to clearly understand our financial picture. As fiduciaries, we will always make every decision centered around putting your interests first while maintaining the utmost discretion. However, we are not just advisors. We are also business owners and clients ourselves, which ensures we have “skin in the game”. This structure provides a clear alignment of interests and enables us to effectively partner with every type of investor to help them strive toward amore prosperous future.

In an industry where unnecessary complexity is the norm, and financial media can add confusion and noise, I promise to communicate effectively and stay focused on what truly matters to you. My approach is straightforward: build deep and trusted relationships, take the time to understand your values, goals, and views on risk, and ensure that you understand what you have invested in and why. All of my professional and personal experience to this point has prepared me for this next chapter.

I cannot wait to get to work.

Michael J. Cordaro
Vice-President| Wealth Adviso

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.