People in business

New vice president

of technical operations

Comcast Cable recently announced that Andy Kochanowski has been named vice president of technical operations for the Keystone region. In his new role, Kochanowski is responsible for overseeing installation, service and maintenance for all video, internet, phone and home security customers across the region, which encompasses most of Pennsylvania and portions of Eastern Ohio, northern West Virginia and the Western panhandle of Maryland.

Kochanowski has more than 20 years of experience in the telecom and data networking industries and joined Comcast’s regional team in 2011 as Keystone East area vice president of technical operations. In that role he leveraged his leadership skills to implement a series of best practices, enhancing his technicians’ focus on customer service and increasing efficiency.

“We are pleased to name Andy to this critical position, and we’re confident his customer-focused leadership will make a positive impact across our region,” said regional senior vice president Jim Samaha.

Prior to joining Comcast, Kochanowski worked with Lancaster General Health as an information services consultant and Windstream Communications as vice president of network operations and service delivery. In these roles, he developed process improvement initiatives that reduced costs and enhanced customer support programs. Kochanowski also served as a logistics officer in the U.S. Navy Reserves for 13 years, attaining the rank of lieutenant commander.

Kochanowski, who resides in Lancaster with his wife and four children, has a B.S. in electrical engineering from Penn State University and an M.B.A. from Bucknell University. He also is pursuing his Ph.D. in Corporate Leadership at Alvernia University.

New human resources

director for firm

Larson Design Group announces that Mark Morgenfruh has joined the company as director of human resources.

Morgenfruh has more than 20 years of experience in human resources and comes from Sterling Infosystems, New York, N.Y., where he was senior director of Global Human Capital.

“I wanted to work for a place that understood there’s no success in business without the hard work of the employees. It doesn’t matter what product you have, it doesn’t matter what service you offer, it is in the delivery through the talent of the organization that makes all the difference in the world. I was looking for a firm that understood that without the effort of the employees, they would be nowhere. LDG gets it.”

Keith Kuzio, president and CEO of Larson?Design Group, believes Morgenfruh will play a key role in the company’s culture as growth continues. “We’ve got offices in several states; understanding how employment practices, benefits, and culture differ between those offices is important,” said Kuzio. “We’re committed to treating our employees well, and we want to be consistent regardless of where an employee works. Mark comes from a global firm, so he has the capacity to handle this.”

Morgenfruh graduated from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey with a B.A. in English and Rutgers University, where he received a master of human resource management degree. He also holds the senior professional in human resources certification from the Society for Human Resources Management. In his spare time he enjoys golfing, playing basketball, and motorsports.

Larson Design Group is a multi-disciplined brand architecture, engineering, and surveying firm, providing innovative design solutions for the private and public sectors.

2 from area


State Transportation Secretary Barry J. Schoch recently recognized 30 department employees for their outstanding performance with the Star of Excellence Award, PennDOT’s highest recognition. Two employees from the district that includes Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union and Bradford counties were among the honorees.

“I am honored to present the Star of Excellence Award to our employees who embody the drive and dedication that are so vital to keeping PennDOT moving,” Schoch said.

“While they work in every area of the department, they have the common goal of achieving excellence and are an example for the rest of us.”

Local winners Jim Williams and Ken Bair were honored this afternoon at an awards luncheon at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg, a news release said.

“Ken and Jim are two outstanding employees who have brought about positive change in every area they have worked. They care about the department and strive to continuously make it a better organization,” said District Executive Sandra Tosca.

Bair, district maintenance services engineer, was instrumental in analyzing the benefits of and developing an implementation plan for two district-wide seal coat crews this year; an initiative which supports the regionalization concept encouraged by PennDOT Next Generation.

Williams, Columbia/Montour County equipment manager, is a “go-to person” for other equipment managers when they have questions on equipment, policy or innovations, the news release said. The district equipment manager recognizes him as dedicated and very capable in all aspects of his job. Jim believes safety is job one, and is always open to ideas from the field or safety committee to add enhancements to facilities to make them safer.

The Star of Excellence Awards are presented annually to employees who represent the department’s values of service, performance and integrity.

Woman graduates from banking school

The Muncy Bank and Trust Co. recognizes the achievement of Andrea R. Hulsizer, who graduated with honors from the 2012 Pennsylvania Bankers Association Advanced School of Banking. Hulsizer presently is the customer service representative in the Dewart branch. She has been with Muncy Bank for three years and has seven years of banking experience. She holds an Associates degree in Marketing & Management from the McCann School of Business. She is active in her community and with Little League baseball. Andrea resides in the Watsontown area with her husband, Nick, and two children, Mason and Lincoln.

Bank promotes

city woman

The Muncy Bank and Trust Co. announces the promotion of Jill Morrissey as assistant BSA officer and compliance specialist. She has been with Muncy Bank for 2 years and has more than 16 years of banking experience. She has held positions at Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse in both New York and London. Morrissey holds a B.A. from Susquehanna University, a M.A. from Bucknell University, and a M.L.S. from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed the Series 7 and 66 licenses as well as banking education courses with the PBA. She is an active member in the community and in charitable fundraising efforts such as the United Way and local school events for her nieces and nephews. She resides in Williamsport.

Woman’s career reaches 40-year mark

The Muncy Bank and Trust Co. announces Pamela D. Aderhold’s 40-year anniversary with Muncy Bank. After graduating from East Lycoming High School, Aderhold began her career with the bank as a secretary. Through the years, she also worked as a switchboard operator, teller, customer service representative, and in the bank’s trust department. She has spent the last 13 years in the Call Center as a telebanking representative. She enjoys being involved with community events and fundraisers. Aderhold resides in Hughesville with her husband, Jeff.

People in business

Lewisburg financial

adviser earns award

Robert Kalin, of Lewisburg, was honored as a 2012 top adviser of Cadaret, Grant an Co. Inc. With more than 900 advisers associated with Cadaret, Grant & Co., Inc., a broker/dealer based in Syracuse, N.Y., only 20 percent qualified for the prestigious award.

Top advisers received an award at the company’s annual top advisers conference, this year located in Austin, Texas, May 2 to 5. The conference included sessions tailored for men and women who received the award, at similar business levels, who will continue their success in 2013. Intense business session topics included the current economic outlook from industry experts, global investing, and generating income for clients.

“These are advisers who show ongoing commitment to doing what’s best for clients, dedication to integrity, and emphasis on ethical business,” Cadaret, Grant and Co. President and CEO Arthur F. Grant said.

Office names April’s

employee of month

Jamie Dietrich, roadway program coordinator, has been named the state Department of Transportation district office Employee of the Month for April 2013.

Dietrich, a news release said, has taken on a lot of additional tasks while maintaining her normal workload, including the development and delivery of roadway management system training for the district office and the counties, for new employees and central office personnel. She also created an RMS manual that now is used statewide.

She is a member of the STAMPP quality assurance committee, which is developing a process to ensure the district is getting accurate STAMPP data. STAMPP is the Systematic Technique to Analyze and Manage Pennsylvania Pavements. They also want to ensure that the department provides adequate training and information to the surveyors who are collecting the data.

Dietrich works with the Bureau of Maintenance and Operations to update the Report Management and Distribution System. Central office is improving access to the system by moving data to the Web, so that the reports are more accessible.

Dietrich, an 11-year PennDOT employee, lives in Allenwood with her husband Neil and their children Lucas, Jacob and Brooklyn.

May’s employee

of month selected

Marc Blair, transportation construction inspector in the Finals Unit, has been named the state Department of Transportation district office Employee of the Month for May 2013.

He was nominated for this honor, a news release said, because of his great devotion as a department employee. He handles multiple projects in multiple counties, and does so admirably. He continues to go above and beyond when performing his work duties, with minimal supervision. He is regularly willing, the news release said, to take the extra steps that may be needed in order to get the projects that he is assigned finalized. This includes fixing plans and paperwork on a project for the project inspectors and managers. He is very professional as he shares and explains changes with managers and supervisors.

Marc Blair, a five-year PennDOT employee, lives in Trout Run with his significant other Jamie Barnfield. He has a daughter, Kendra.

People in business

New agent for real

estate sales firm

Weichert Realtors – Premier has announced that real estate agent Larry A. LeFeber has joined the sales team of the Williamsport agency.

Originally from Williamsport and again a resident for the last 22 years, he will assist homebuyers and sellers in the greater Will-iamsport vicinity. He is a member of the West Branch Valley Association of Realtors and lives in South Williamsport.

Formerly a full-time minister for the American Baptist Churches USA., LeFeber serves multiple churches as a preacher.

LeFeber earned a bachelor’s degree from Lycoming College. He also holds both master’s and doctorate degrees from Boston University.

Employee of the

Month selected

Ashley Andrus recently was recognized as the Employee of the Month at Construction Specialties Inc., Muncy.

According to a news release, she is a highly regarded member of the Expansion Joint Covers Drafting Team and has a superior work ethic and is always willing to help out.

Real estate firm

adds agent

Bill Hodrick, broker and owner, announces Leann Ritter is joining the Prudential Hodrick Realty team.

She was born and raised in Will-iamsport and feels that gives her a distinct advantage in knowing and understanding the Lycoming County area. She recognizes the strong sense of family and community and enjoys helping her clients get connected.

Having come from a demanding nursing profession, Ritter, a news release said, has the necessary skills needed to be successful in real estate.

She now is a member of the West Branch Valley Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.

“We’re pleased to welcome Leann to the team at Prudential Hodrick Realty. We believe she’ll provide the type of service everyone has come to expect from Prudential,” said Bill Hodrick, broker and owner, Prudential Hodrick Realty.

“I chose Prudential Hodrick Realty after meeting with Bill and the agents in his office,” said Ritter, “because they made me realize that the overall goal wasn’t just about the listing and selling of homes, it was about the day-to-day interactions with customers and clients. The caring attitudes, devotion to their customers and clients, and the idea of providing total commitment throughout the real estate transaction all spoke volumes to me.”

Woman promoted

to vice president

The Muncy Bank and Trust Co. announces the promotion of Linda L. Reeser as vice president and collections manager. Reeser has been with Muncy Bank for five years and has more than 40 years of banking experience. She has completed numerous banking and accounting courses over the years. She resides in Muncy with her husband, Dale.

Assistant vice

president selected

The Muncy Bank and Trust Co. announces the promotion of Jason A. Fischer as assistant vice president and credit analyst. Fischer has been with Muncy Bank for two years and has more than nine years of banking experience. He attended Mansfield University and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He has successfully completed numerous banking courses with the PBA and AIB and is currently attending the PBA Advanced School of Banking. He is a volunteer for the Muncy Valley Hospital Lawn Party and is active in other community events. Fischer resides in the Williamsport area with his wife, Brittany, and two children, Ava and Ella.

People in business

2 promoted at

engineering firm

Hunt Engineers, Architects and Land Surveyors, P.C. announces two staff members have been promoted to associates in the firm.

According to Hunt president and CEO Dan Bower, “Individuals earning associate status have demonstrated outstanding job performance and a commitment to the firm, and are on a track to greater leadership roles at Hunt.”

Kristie Rathbun joined Hunt in 2006 as a structural engineer. She is a Penn State graduate with 14 years of structural design experience. Her work includes design for hospitals, corporate office buildings, and schools. Rathbun recently completed the award-winning structural design for the Alternative School for Math and Science in Corning, N.Y. She lives in Gillett, N.Y., with her husband, Darin, and their two children.

Ben Gustafson joined Hunt in 2009 as a civil engineer. Gustafson is a graduate of Valparaiso University. He earned his professional engineering license in Pennsylvania in 2010, and for New York state in 2011. He began his career as a site designer, completing utility work for a large home building in the Philadelphia region.

For Hunt, Gustafson works as a project manager, having completed site work for the Rochester Housing Authority, University at Buffalo, and a senior housing complex in Auburn. He and his wife, Jessica, have two daughters, and live in Rochester, N.Y.

Hunt is a 110-person professional consulting firm with offices in Towanda and in Horseheads and Rochester, N.Y., offering comprehensive engineering, architecture, and surveying services to municipal, commercial, and educational clients.

Bank names assistant

vice president

Christine Appleman has been named assistant vice president of West Milton State Bank. She joined the community banking team in August of 2011, and is the resid-ential mortgage manager. Appleman has more than 30 years of banking experience.

She resides in Danville with her husband, Robert.

Community banking officer selected

West Milton State Bank announces Kathy L. Kline is joining its banking team as Lewisburg’s community banking officer. She is a Selins-grove High School graduate and has received a General Banking Diploma from American Bankers Association. Kline brings more than 20 years of banking experience to West Milton State Bank.

She resides in Middleburg with her husband, Brian, and daughter, Kayla.

Real estate agents

attend conference

Agents from Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate attended the Coldwell Banker Genblue sales rally in Mashantucket, Conn., featuring speakers; Budge Huskey, president and CEO; Mike Fischer, chief marketing officer; and Zan Monroe; inspirational speaker. Agents from Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate in attendance were Martha Barrick, Lise Barrick, Ann Hilliard, Katie Hilliard, Cara Glazer and Patrice Cahill.

Real estate agent

joins area frim

Bill Hodrick, broker/owner, announces the addition of Mindy Umstead to the Prudential Hodrick Realty team.

Umstead brings 13 years of customer service to the real estate field. She is a member of the West Branch Valley Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.

Umstead was raised in the Cogan Station area and lives in Montoursville. She specializes in Lycoming County and all the communities therein and can assist buyers and sellers with their real estate needs throughout the region.

“We’re proud to welcome Mindy to the Prudential Hodrick Realty team. With her experience in customer service, she’ll be a great asset to the team and the community,” said Bill Hodrick, broker and owner of Prudential Hodrick Realty.

Real estate agency

adds to sales team

Weirchert Realtors – Premier, 25 W. Third St., has announced that real estate agents Lee Freeman, Jr., Julie A. Williams, have joined the sales team of the Williamsport agency.

A 27-year resident of the area, Freeman will assist homebuyers and sellers in Lycoming County. He is a member of the West Branch Valley Association of Realtors and lives in Williamsport.

Freeman has professional background in the hydraulic fracturing, nursery, and landscaping industries.

A 36-year resident of the area, Williams is a member of the West Branch Valley Association of Realtors and lives in Roaring Branch and Canton.

She attends Saint Michael’s Roman Catholic Church and is active in the PTA.

Prior to real estate, Williams was owner of a cosmetology business.

Firm selects 2012

consultant of year

Dan Johnson was named the Top Housing Consultant of the Year for 2012, and received a sales award by Fine Line Homes founder and president, George Parmer.

Johnson completed his 15th year and led all consultants in sales volume.