WVIA’s Employee Accepted into Northeastern Pennsylvania Workforce Leadership Academy

Vicki Austin, Senior Director of Grants and Education at WVIA, has been accepted into the Northeastern Pennsylvania Workforce Leadership Academy.

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Workforce Leadership Academy will bring leaders from across NEPA together for a year-long series of retreats, workshops, and action learning projects relating to workforce development.

Through this acceptance, Vicki will become part of the Aspen Institute’s Economic Opportunity Fellows Network, joining Fellows from fourteen (14) previous Academies in eleven cities in the US and Canada.

“I’m looking forward to contributing my time, in collaboration with other leaders, to the growth of our local workforce ecosystem,” said Vicki Austin. “This gives each of us the opportunity to jointly respond to a regional need while strengthening partnerships across communities.”

The Academy provides a forum for local leaders to work collaboratively to identify local and regional systems-based challenges and create shared solutions for economic opportunity for all. Fellows work with leading practitioners throughout the country as they deepen networks; strengthen systems leadership skills; apply race, equity, and systems change frameworks to their work; and increase understanding of effective strategies and programs. To learn more about the Northeastern Pennsylvania Workforce Leadership Academy, please visit https://safdn.org.

WVIA Employee’s Awarded Designation

WVIA’s Sarah Marie Thomas and Alecia Panuski have been named CFRE International Certified Fund Raising Executives (CFRE). Sarah, Director of Membership, and Alecia, Major Gifts Officer, at WVIA, join over 7,700 professionals around the world who hold the CFRE designation.
Individuals granted the CFRE credential have met a series of standards set by CFRE International which include tenure in the profession, education, and demonstrated fundraising achievement. They have also passed a rigorous exam testing the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of a fundraising executive, and have agreed to uphold Accountability Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights. 
“The CFRE credential was created to identify for the public and employers those individuals who possess the knowledge, skills, and commitment to perform fundraising duties in an effective and ethical manner,” states CFRE International President and CEO Eva E. Aldrich, Ph.D., CAE, (CFRE 2001-2016). “As the certification is a voluntary achievement, the CFRE certification demonstrates a high level of commitment on the part of Sarah and Alecia to the fundraising profession and the donors who are served.”
CFRE recipients are awarded certification for a three-year period. To maintain certification status, certificants must demonstrate on-going fundraising employment and fundraising results and continue with their professional education. Employers and donors who work with CFREs know they are getting a professional who is committed to the best outcomes for their organization and has the requisite knowledge and skills.
The CFRE certification signifies a confident, ethical fundraising professional.

Since 1981, CFRE has set standards for fundraising professionals. As the only globally-recognized fundraising certification, CFRE indicates professionalism, confidence, and ethics. It is how today’s fundraiser shows accountability, service, and commitment to making a difference for good. The CFRE certification program is accredited by the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) and is the only accredited certification for fundraising professionals.  
The CFRE designation is endorsed and supported by the world’s leading professional and philanthropic associations, including:

•           Association for Christian Fundraising (ACF)

•           Association of Fundraising Consultants (AFC)

•           Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)

•           Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP)

•           Association of Philanthropic Counsel (APC)

•           Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance (BBB)

•           Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA)

•           Boy Scouts of America (BSA)

•           Brazilian Fundraisers Association (ABCR)

•           Canadian Association of Gift Planners—Association Canadienne des

Professionnels en Dons Planifies (CAGP-ACPDP)

•           Educate Plus

•           European Fundraising Association (EFA)

•           Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA)

•           Fundraising Institute of New Zealand (FINZ)

•           The Giving Institute

•           Habit for Humanity International (HFHI)

•           Hong Kong Management Association (HKMA)

•           International Catholic Stewardship Council (ICSC)

•           Japan Fundraising Association (JFRA)

•           Kenya Association of Fundraising Professionals (KAFP)

•           Korea Society of Philanthropy (KSoP)

•           National Association of Cancer Center Development Officers (NACCDO)

•           National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (CGP)

•           Nepal Center for Philanthropy and Development (NCPD)

•           New England Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (NEAHP)

•           North American YMCA Development Organization (NAYDO)

•           Shanghai Jing’an Fundraising Social Charity Innovation Development Center (FIDC)

•           Texas Association of Community College Foundations (TACCF)

•           Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance (TVNPA)

•           United Negro College Fund (UNCF)

•           Virginia Association of Fund Raising Executives (VAFRE)

CFRE International congratulates Sarah Marie Thomas and Alecia Panuski for achieving the CFRE designation.

Tobyhanna Army Depot Shines Spotlight on Employee Hobbies

For anyone who steps foot inside Tobyhanna Army Depot’s (TYAD’s) gates, or is familiar with the work done here, it is easy to see that Team Tobyhanna’s passion for supporting our Nation’s warfighters is the driving force of the depot. What may not be as apparent is the vast array of hobbies our workforce is passionate about in their free time. These various interests further bolster the ideal of a workforce diverse in talents, skills, and passions.

In observance of National Hobby Month, get to know members of Team Tobyhanna who have interesting hobbies.

Supply Technician Johnathan Ives and his fellow team members meticulously ensure the proper functioning and application of tactical radio to keep our Nation’s warfighters safe. In his free time, Ives enjoys a hobby which also requires meticulous attention to detail – miniature painting.

He describes miniature painting, along with blacksmithing, as a pandemic passion.

“The miniature painting I’ve always been really curious about. I didn’t really start getting into it until about roughly around the pandemic… when you (had) more time at home,” said Ives.

The figures and game board pictured can be used to play battle games like Marvel Crisis Protocol, but Ives said he is more into the painting/assembling side of the hobby rather than the gameplay. The figures all come attached to a plastic sprue. Ives then assembles the figures and paints them to parade standard, meaning he doesn’t stop at just putting a few colors on the figures, but instead also adds highlighting, weathering, and layering to the pieces he paints.

“The weathering – special effects, if you will – are the most fun on the model because I feel like it brings the model to life and tells a story,” said Ives. “I like to try to tell a story of what the characters do or where they’re at.”

In addition to all the figures he’s painted, Ives is particularly proud of his game board. Several players just roll out a mat to play, but Ives created his game board, which allowed him to put his own creative spin on it by adding things like Stephen King references.

Ives said the work/life balance at TYAD allows him to pursue his passion and makes him better served to support TYAD’s mission.

“I feel like a lot of your creativity, what you do outside of work, can really reflect on what you do here at work. I feel like I come into work every day, and I have a purpose to help the warfighter – someone who is helping us at the same time.”

Management Assistant Casey Stevens’ hobby is a family affair. The entire Stevens clan – including Stevens, her twin sons, husband, siblings, parents (including father, Bill, a depot retiree), cousins, and nieces – enjoys traveling together to Walt Disney World (WDW) in Florida.

The family’s first trip took place when Stevens and her two siblings were children, after many years of enjoying all things Disney right here in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

“We took many trips to Montage Video to rent films like The Parent Trap and Pollyanna, so getting to finally visit this magical place felt like a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Stevens explained, adding that the vacation was “classic Griswold, complete with an excruciatingly long road trip.”

The family made a return trip to WDW when Stevens’ niece and nephew were born, taking in all that a Disney holiday event had to offer. After that, the entire family was hooked – especially Casey.

“I was taken by the feeling you have when you walk onto the property. It’s just a sense of happiness, especially in the Magic Kingdom. I’ve been to Disney five times in the past ten years, and I even honeymooned there!”

According to Stevens, the Disney brand has permeated other parts of her life as well.

“We have an all-Disney Christmas tree that goes up in our basement, the kids’ birthdays are Disney-themed, we love going to Disney on Ice, and each year, my twins dress up as Disney characters for Halloween,” noting that she often makes their costumes herself – such as last year’s homemade Rocket and Groot costumes depicting characters from Guardians of the Galaxy. The family also has a weekly movie night where they enjoy Disney films together.

Stevens says the collective hobby is all about family bonding across generations.

“Our trips are a great opportunity for us all to spend time together. I am so thankful my children can make these memories with my parents and their cousins – and I get to as well!”

Christopher D’Amico from the Production Engineering Directorate has a unique hobby inspired by his occupation: the cybersecurity specialist collects Tobyhanna Army Depot memorabilia.

He says the hobby was inspired by a lifelong interest in local history.

“I grew up in Gouldsboro and drove by the depot along Tobyhanna Road frequently. I always wondered what went on behind the gates, and, when I joined Team Tobyhanna in 2010, I became even more interested how our organization and mission has evolved over 100-plus years.”

Since then, D’Amico has amassed an impressive collection of depot relics, dating back to the earliest days of the Army’s presence in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The assortment includes hundreds of photos depicting construction of the buildings now part of Tobyhanna Army Depot; handwritten estimates for excavation of depot property; dozens of challenge coins; pins; postcards; patches; and a swath of newspaper clippings spanning decades.

The collection has become popular across the depot and continues to grow, according to D’Amico.

“I source a lot of items from eBay. You would be surprised how many Tobyhanna related items are out there,” he said. “Generous co-workers have also donated items since they know I enjoy them,” adding that he’s still searching for a special something to round out the collection.

“Because I also collect Zippo lighters, my holy grail item would be a Tobyhanna-branded Zippo – merging the two things I enjoy collecting.”

Perhaps the most treasured item among D’Amico’s collection is a newspaper clipping outlining how a crane operator crushed a car during the early days of depot construction, only to find out later it was the crane operator’s own car.

“I just appreciate the humor in it,” he said.

TYAD’s long-range strategic plan, TOBY2035, strives to position Tobyhanna for success in the coming years as the Department of Defense’s premier worldwide C5ISR readiness provider. The plan has four focus areas: C5ISR Readiness, Invest In Our People, Shape the Future, and Strategic Communications.

Tobyhanna Army Depot is a recognized leader in providing world-class logistics support for command, control, communications, computers, cyber, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C5ISR) systems across the Department of Defense. Tobyhanna’s Corporate Philosophy, dedicated work force and electronics expertise ensure the depot is the Joint C5ISR provider of choice for all branches of the Armed Forces and industry partners.

Tobyhanna’s unparalleled capabilities include full-spectrum logistics support for sustainment, overhaul and repair, fabrication and manufacturing, engineering design and development, systems integration, post production software support, technology insertion, modification, foreign military sales and global field support to our joint warfighters.

About 3,100 personnel are employed at Tobyhanna, which is located in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. Tobyhanna Army Depot is part of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command. Headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, the command’s mission is to empower the Soldier with winning C5ISR capabilities.

Allied Services Awards Employee Humanity Award

Representatives from Allied Services Integrated Health System and the Lackawanna-Susquehanna Counties Behavioral Health Intellectual Disabilities Early Intervention (BHIDEI) Program joined together to celebrate Heroes for Humanity award recipient, Erin Young, Assistant Director of Vocational Services, Allied Services Scranton. 

The Lackawanna-Susquehanna Counties BHIDEI Heroes for Humanity Campaign was initiated in June 2022 for the prevention of abuse and neglect by acknowledging exemplary staff for their contributions to the field and the services and supports they provide to the individuals they work with. 

“Erin is a fierce advocate. A defender of human rights and strong supporter of people with intellectual disabilities” noted Miki Drutchal, Director of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Services, Lackawanna-Susquehanna Counties BHIDEI.  “She is a tremendous human being and we are truly grateful to have her as part of our collective team and happy that we are able to honor her in such a manner.” 

Allied Services President & CEO, Atty. Bill Conaboy commented, “At our core, this is who we are. This is what we do. We care for those who are most vulnerable and to see one of our next-generation leaders honored as a ‘Hero for Humanity’ gives me great pride in our people, and the quality care they provide.” 

Young has been with Allied Services Integrated Health System since 2013 and has served as a Program Specialist, Lead Program Specialist, and as Clinical Coordinator. She is the Incident Management Lead contact, part of the team involved in the Quality Assessment Improvement Process (QAI), an Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) Certified Investigator, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) trainer for the Vocational Services Division.PHOTO ID: Miki Drutchal, Director of ID Services, Lackawanna- Susquehanna Counties; Taryn Dean, Quality Coordinator, Lackawanna-Susquehanna Counties; Erin Young, Assistant Director of Vocational Services, Allied Services; Margy Fiscus, Director of Vocational Services, Allied Services; Atty. Bill Conaboy, President & CEO, Allied Services

Tobyhanna Army Depot Recognizes Employee of the Quarter

Tobyhanna Army Depot (TYAD) employs nearly 3,500 of northeastern Pennsylvania’s best and brightest individuals, so choosing just two employees to be honored as Employee of the Quarter (EOQ) is no easy task. Although there are many great candidates that help our world class business run daily, this quarter Donna Derenick of the C4ISR Directorate and Olivia Corum of the Production Management Directorate have been selected as the junior and senior honorees respectively.

Derenick began her career at TYAD nearly 13 years ago and takes pride in her current role as a Secretary within the C4ISR Sensors Division. She is responsible for keeping time, the management of branch and division tasks, calendar meetings and appointments for employees and consistently provides proper coverage, communications, and successful on-time completion of all division deadlines.

Derenick has never been one to back away from a new challenge or opportunity to support her team. During her tenure at TYAD, she has completed multiple different developmental assignments, most recently having spent 120 days in the Resource Management Directorate’s Financial Analysis Division. In addition to her duties as secretary. Derenick also currently serves as her division’s safety star point. Recently, she ensured periodic safety briefings were communicated and documented for audit compliance and also inspected/updated all division safety requirements, leading to zero-findings on the division’s recent ISO 45001 internal audit.

Chief of the C4ISR Sensors Division Russell Wright said Derenick is always there whenever the team needs a hand.

“She is always willing and able to take on new responsibilities to help others, backfill critical roles as needed and always goes an extra step in supporting the mission,” said Wright. “Whether she’s providing training, volunteering for the Combined Federal Campaign or sitting in wherever help is needed, she is a true team player.”

Although there are many things, she enjoys about her job at TYAD, at the end of the day, she just loves helping others.

“There are many people that come together to make the depot operate. It isn’t up to one person to make the business run so I like to help out wherever I can so that others can do their work to the best of their ability,” said Derenick. “I like to do the best job that I could do so that it helps everybody in the long run. I just really enjoy helping others.”

Derenick said she was pleasantly surprised to learn of her selection as EoQ.

“I know there’s so many deserving people across the depot, so I feel very grateful and honored to have been selected and I hope more people continue to be recognized,” said Derenick. “At the end of the day it’s a nice feeling to be appreciated and recognized just for doing something I enjoy.”

Corum joined Team Tobyhanna five years ago and currently is part of one of TYAD’s newest organizations, the Business Intelligence Team. Among her responsibilities is helping the team develop new visual tools that supervisors can use to see how their shops are performing in easily digestible ways. She also helps to maintain existing business intelligence tools currently used on the depot.

Corum’s work has proven to be of tremendous benefit to depot operations. She recently served as project manager and designer of TYAD’s Command Dashboard, an analytical dashboard that monitors the health and productivity of the organization. Her experience and effort have led to significant cost savings and is projected to result in even more savings over time. She has also served as co-creator and a trainer on multiple different performance dashboards in use across TYAD, all with the goal of providing the right data at the right time in the right format so managers and users can make well-informed, actionable decisions.

Chief of the Business Intelligence Team Matthew Raup said that Corum’s tremendous work ethic and selfless service make her not only a great asset to his team, but to TYAD as a whole.

“Ms. Corum executes the duties of her position description thoroughly and effectively, yet still finds time both on and, voluntarily, off duty to assist, build, and enhance multiple Tobyhanna Data Analytics tools,” said Raup. “She is an entirely approachable and endlessly helpful member of the Tobyhanna Team and always makes herself available to assist and share her expertise with anyone who asks.”

Corum said her favorite part about working with the Business Intelligence Team is the opportunities to creatively come to new solutions when it comes to supporting our Nation’s Warfighters.

“It is very exciting to see how the things we do impact the Warfighter on a regular basis. If you look at project management for example, we can see how the tools that we’ve created are allowing users to manage projects more efficiently, which means we have the opportunity to get workload out the door faster and onto the battlefield where they’re needed most,” said Corum. “Having opportunities to be creative when it comes to finding ways to visually see results and make an impact is very rewarding.”

Like Derenick, Corum said that she was surprised to learn of her selection and feels honored to have been chosen amongst a large workforce.

“It feels great to be recognized for what you’re working on especially when it is something you enjoy doing,” said Corum. “Although I certainly didn’t expect an award, it is very nice to see that people across the depot notice each other’s hard work.”

The Employee of the Quarter awards and other employee recognition programs align with Tobyhanna’s long-range strategic plan, TOBY2035 – specifically the Investing In Our People line of effort. The plan aims to posture the depot for success in the coming years as the Department of Defense’s premier worldwide C5ISR readiness provider.

Tobyhanna Army Depot is a recognized leader in providing world-class logistics support for command, control, communications, computers, cyber, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C5ISR) systems across the Department of Defense. Tobyhanna’s Corporate Philosophy, dedicated work force and electronics expertise ensure the depot is the Joint C5ISR provider of choice for all branches of the Armed Forces and industry partners.

Tobyhanna’s unparalleled capabilities include full-spectrum logistics support for sustainment, overhaul and repair, fabrication and manufacturing, engineering design and development, systems integration, post production software support, technology insertion, modification, foreign military sales and global field support to our joint warfighters.

About 3,100 personnel are employed at Tobyhanna, located in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. Tobyhanna Army Depot is part of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command. Headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, the command’s mission is to empower the Soldier with winning C5ISR capabilities.

Geisinger Requiring COVID-19 Vaccine for All Employees

Today, 18 months into the COVID-19 pandemic and facing another surge in infections, hospitalizations and deaths, Geisinger is announcing all employees will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 15. Rooted in values for safety and high-quality care, the decision requiring employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine follows months of careful study and discussion.

“Based on overwhelming evidence that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, we believe this is the right decision at the right time to protect our patients and employees and slow the spread of this deadly virus in our communities,” said Jaewon Ryu, M.D., J.D., Geisinger’s president and chief executive officer. “We understand that some employees who have consciously chosen to not get vaccinated may be disappointed by this decision. We hope they will understand that this is a necessary step to protect the health of our patients and their colleagues.”

In addition to current employees, the COVID-19 vaccine requirement includes all new employees, faculty, medical staff, residents, fellows, temporary workers, trainees, volunteers, students and temporary staff, regardless of employer. Employees must complete a Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine series by October 15. All new employees will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment beginning on October 15.

“With new variants taking hold, causing rising COVID-19 numbers locally, nationally and in our hospitals, our communities can’t afford for health care workers to be out of work because of COVID-19,” Ryu said. “Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, our employees have worked tirelessly, under challenging and unprecedented circumstances to continue delivering world-class care to our friends and neighbors, and this now includes requiring our employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine.”

An exemption process is available for employees who have a documented and very specific medical reason or sincerely held religious belief that preclude them from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Geisinger has similar vaccination requirements for employees to be protected from viruses like influenza, measles, mumps, rubella, pertussis and more.

Today’s announcement aligns with the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Group Association, the American College of Physicians, the American Nurses Association, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and many more that have strongly recommended COVID-19 vaccine requirements for health care workers. Geisinger stands with these respected organizations in putting the safety of its patients and staff first.

Currently, about 70 percent of Geisinger employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. These employees and all those who meet the COVID-19 vaccine requirement by October 15 are showing a commitment to our values and keeping our patients, communities and co-workers safe. As a thank you for living Geisinger’s values, all non-executive leadership employees who meet the COVID-19 vaccine requirement or receive an approved exemption will be paid a one-time $500 bonus in late October.

In addition to COVID-19 vaccines, Geisinger continues to follow other safety measures to prevent the virus’ spread, including requiring masks in all buildings, limiting visitation, and reducing capacity in public spaces to encourage physical distancing. For the latest COVID information, including Geisinger’s policies, visit geisinger.org/coronavirus.