People in business

Bank president

completes program

Jon P. Conklin of Woodlands Bank completed the Pennsylvania Bankers Association’s 15-month executive leadership program, at the Hotel Hershey.

Conklin has been employed at Woodlands since June of 2010 following 10 years in public accounting. He was recently named as president and CEO in January of this year.

He holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting from the Pennsylvania State University and attained accreditation as a certified public accountant from the Pennsylvania Board of Accountancy in 2003. Conklin is also a graduate of the Financial Managers School at the Graduate School of Banking, University of Wisconsin Madison.

The leadership program establishes a network of future bank leaders who understand the complexities of being a CEO and can respond to local and national issues impacting the banking industry and their communities.

People in business

Woman joins leadership of STEP, Inc.

STEP, Inc. recently announced Suzanne Lee is a part of STEP’s leadership team in support of program staff through the position of director of resource development. Lee comes to STEP with 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector building organizations’ capacities through a combination of resource development, the procurement of new community stakeholders, and the forging of strategic partnerships. During her 17-year tenure in the community foundation field, she successfully developed resources, managed assets, and instituted programmatic initiatives that have had lasting results in the communities that have been served.

“In order to be competitive at the state and federal level for limited resources, public-private partnerships are instrumental. Ms. Lee will complement our ability to grow and nurture partnerships with those who are investing in our community,” Terry Roller, STEP president and CEO, said. With her hands-on experience, Lee is equipped with a clear understanding of the nuts and bolts of assembling a strong resource development culture in organizations via proven fundraising techniques, good stewardship, and strategic partnerships, the news release said. STEP is very excited to have Lee on staff, and believes her expertise will further articulate the benefits of public and private partnerships and demonstrate how financial commitments and investments through STEP pay dividends back to individuals, families, and the community, the news release continued.

“My passion is to become more deeply involved in the community at a programmatic level, and STEP, Inc. has offered me an opportunity to do just that-to bring people and resources together for the betterment of the community,” Suzanne said about her move to STEP. Suzanne will be serving in a critical role by supporting and ensuring philanthropic resource development for STEP, while communicating internally and externally the direct and indirect impacts that STEP’s services have on our customers, partners, and the community.

Attorney now partner

in city law firm

Marshall, Parker & Associates, an area law firm founded in 1980, has announced that Tammy Avery Weber has become a name partner in the firm. As a result, the name of the firm has been changed to Marshall, Parker & Weber.

Weber is the managing attorney of Marshall, Parker and Weber. Her legal practice is focused on elder law, estate planning, estate administration, and planning for business and gas royalty owners. She is one of only 43 attorneys in Pennsylvania who have achieved certification in the legal area of elder law. Elder law is the area of law which deals with legal planning for seniors and persons with special needs. Weber’s status as a certified elder law attorney has been approved by the National Elder Law Foundation and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

A native of Muncy, Weber received her undergraduate degree from Lycoming College in 1983 and her law degree for Temple Law School. Before moving back to Lycoming County in 2001, she served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. In that capacity she investigated and obtained a criminal conviction in the first Medicare money laundering seizure case in the country. As a result of her service with the U.S. Attorney’s office Weber received the Department of Health & Human Services Inspector General’s Integrity Award.

Since 1980, the law firm of Marshall, Parker & Weber has been dedicated to helping seniors and special needs families plan their estates and protect their homes and assets from taxes and long-term care costs. The firm serves clients across northeast and central Pennsylvania with offices in Williamsport, Jersey Shore, Wilkes-Barre and Scranton. More information is available at

Doctor earns


Dr. Dana Garner has attained status as a licensed behavior specialist under the State Board of Medicine. The behavior specialist license has come into effect through the Autism Insurance Act, which calls for coverage of services for children with autism spectrum disorders by primary insurance.

Garner is a board certified behavior analyst, EIA Supervisor for Aptitude Habilitation Services, Inc., owner of Garner Behavior Services, and assistant professor at the Pennsylvania State University. She has worked with children with autism spectrum disorders for more than 15 years and lives locally in South Williamsport with her family. Garner provides school/clinic and home based consultation and workshops internationally as well as supervising applicants. As a licensed behavior specialist, which is a requirement for billing insurance for ABA/Autism services in Pennsylvania, Garner hopes to expand intensive behavioral intervention services into Lycoming County.

New vice president

for regional bank

Bryan Holmes, president and chief operating officer, announces the appointment at FNB Bank of Carl M. Chamber as vice president and commercial relationship manager for the Lycoming County region.

Chamber will be responsible for commercial lending and business development in the Northern markets for the bank. He is a 1989 graduate of Bucknell University and, after 6 years in the U.S. Army, went on to achieve his masters of science in business administration from Bucknell in 1995. Chamber is an honors graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Colorado as well as a Certified Public Accountant. He brings more than 14 years of experience in financial services, most recently as a vice president and team leader for Citizens & Northern Bank.

“We are confident that Carl will do a terrific job in growing our presence in the Williamsport and surrounding markets,” said Holmes, “He will be a great asset to FNB Bank and Fulton Financial family as a whole.”

Chamber lives with his family in Wellsboro where he is active in his community as a vice president of the Wellsboro Area School Board, member and past president of the Wellsboro Chapter of Rotary International, and volunteer coach for the Wellsboro High School Wrestling program.

Woman promoted

by area bank

Jill Shambach has been named vice president, trust officer and investment representative at West Milton State Bank. Shambach began her banking career with West Milton State Bank in 2001 as an assistant vice president and investment representative. She was promoted to trust officer in 2004. Shambach began her banking career in 1979, attained her securities license in 1994, and became a certified paraplanner in 1985. Shambach has attended numerous banking courses and is a graduate of Pennsylvania Bankers Association’s Trust and Wealth Management School.

Shambach resides in New Berlin with her husband, Lynn. She has been an active board member of the Mifflinburg Area School District since 2001, and has served as president since 2008. Shambach is also a board member of the Union County Housing Authority and member of the New Berlin Heritage Association.

Real estate agent

joins regional firm

Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate announces the addition of Nicolette Wayand to its team of full-time real estate agents.

The growing area of Central Pennsylvania’s active regional projects and unequaled workforce has resulted in a population growth which has been a great attraction to Wayand. She was drawn to this region for its unique opportunities in real estate. According to a news release, the influx of new business to the area, combined with the rich history of Central Pennsylvania, create a new focus on residential living in the picturesque mountain regions. Many of the historical towns nestled near larger communities are attracting new attention from workers moving to this area.

Compared to metropolitan areas, a lot of these fantastic hideaways offer inexpensive living within driving distance of newly established businesses. Wayand, the news release said, is excited to join with Coldwell Banker to help introduce these exceptional communities to newcomers moving to the area. Having invested in several unique towns in Central Pennsylvania over the past few years, Wayand has first-hand experienced the area’s attraction to retirees returning to their childhood neighborhoods. She is excited to have the opportunity to tap into the resources Coldwell Banker’s extensive network and powerful support in real estate has to offer.

People in business

YMCA selects chief operating officer

The YMCA announced recently that Chad Eberhart has been promoted to the organization’s first chief operating officer.

He has held numerous leadership positions within the YMCA organization for the past 13 years. Starting in 1999, he worked at the Milton YMCA, Waynesboro Area YMCA, and has been the branch executive director at the Williamsport Branch YMCA since 2006. Eberhart earned a sports management degree from Slippery Rock University.

New consultant at Towanda office

Hunt Engineers, Architects & Land Surveyors, P.C. announces that Doug Ulkins has joined the firm as the newest member of the professional staff at the firm’s Towanda office.

Ulkins is focusing his energies as a consultant to K-12 school districts, using his vast experience as educator and administrator to bring broad perspective to the decisions facing districts throughout the region, a news release said.

He has served in a variety of positions in K-12 in Pennsylvania, including superintendent of the Athens Area School District, Middle School Principal at the Troy area school, and several positions in support and special education at BLaST Intermediate Unit No. 17.

Ulkins also is very active in his community, having served as a director for the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce, NY-Penn Leadership, and Martha Lloyd Community Services, Inc. to name a few. He earned his master of science degree in public school administration at Bucknell University, having competed his bachelor of science as teacher of mentally/physically handicapped at Mansfield State College.

Hunt is a 125-person professional consulting firm with offices in Towanda, and Horseheads and Rochester, N.Y., offering comprehensive engineering, architecture, and surveying services to municipal, commercial, and educational clients.

People in business

New executive vice president for bank

Shelley D’Haene has been promoted to the position of executive vice president and director of alternate delivery channels at Citizens & Northern Bank. In her new position, D’Haene will shape the direction of alternative delivery channels for the bank and spearhead the financial institution’s customer experience initiative.

A 12-year C&N employee, her previous positions include Internet banking coordinator and cash management coordinator. Prior to that she worked for 17 years in the technology field for the Washtenaw Intermediate School District in Ann Arbor, Mich.

She is a graduate of Williamson High School and Corning Community College and is an ACH Accredited Professional (AAP) and Certified Treasury Professional (CTP).

She attends Calvary United Methodist Church in Lawrenceville. D’Haene and her husband, Dirk, live in Lawrenceville and have two children.

“Shelley brings a wealth of knowledge about alternative delivery channels to our leadership team,” said Charles H. Updegraff, Jr., C&N chairman, president and CEO. “She was instrumental in establishing our online presence and continues to be a leader in the areas of Mobile and Tablet banking. Having come from a technology background, Shelley understands what it takes to deliver the various banking channels our customers want and deserve. We welcome her as a valued member of the C&N executive team.”