People in business

Program and services director named

North Central Sight Services Inc. recently announced Tracy Haas, of Williamsport, has been named programs and services director. Haas, according to a news release, will oversee all functions of the agency’s prevention of blindness and social services programs.

Haas is taking over for Heather Engle, who has accepted the community educator position at the agency.

Formerly the marketing outreach and referral development coordinator at Albright Life, Haas served as a community liaison and developed communications and cohesive marketing strategies to support the organization’s mission, the news release said.

“We are delighted to have Tracy join our dynamic team. Tracy brings a rare combination of empathy and business sense that will help us to grow and strengthen our programs and services,” said Robert Garrett, NCSS president and CEO.

Haas is a graduate of Lycoming College. An active volunteer in the community, she was named Volunteer of the Year by the Lycoming County United Way in 2011. She also is involved in the Junior League of Williamsport, the Animal Care Sanctuary, Favors Forward Foundation, and the West Branch Human Resource Society.

North Central Sight Services Inc. provides support services to about 650 clients in Lycoming, Clinton, Sullivan, Tioga, Centre, Bradford, Potter and Susquehanna counties.

Woman honored

for political work

Janet Ingalls VanDine, Mill Creek Township, has been accepted into the Anne B. Anstine Excellence in Public Service Series, class of 2014.

The Anne B. Anstine Excellence in Public Service Series is an annual professional leadership program. The Anstine Series, a news release said, aims to provide Republican women with the background, skill set and network to assume decision-making positions at all levels of government, in the community and in the party structure.

Founded in 2002 by Christine Toretti, state Republican National Committeewoman, the Anstine Series has over 200 women alumni serving in various capacities in PA State Government, both elected and appointed.

The opening reception for the Anstine Series was held Thursday 19 September at the Harrisburg Civic Club, in Harrisburg.

VanDine is an officer of the PA Federation of Republican Women, a Lycoming County Committeewoman and a board member of the Williamsport Lycoming County Council of Republican Women. Mrs. VanDine also is a candidate for Mill Creek Township Supervisor.

VanDine is married to Robert W. VanDine and they have twin daughters, Dorothy and Ellen, both of whom are juniors in college. VanDine is a graduate of Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., serving as an alumni representative for the College. She also is a member of St. Boniface Church in Williamsport, serving as lector and Eucharistic Minister.



The Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants recognized area resident Troy Cannode, CPA, with a Young Leaders Award for 2013-2014. He received this distinction for demonstrated leadership skills that will propel his success in a profession committed to protecting the public interest.

Cannode, of Williamsport, is a senior with Klein and Rizzo Inc. in Williamsport. Cannode is a member of the institute’s North Central Chapter Cooperation with the Bar, Schools and Colleges, and Emerging CPAs committees.

The institute’s Young Leaders Award program recognizes members under the age of 40 who demonstrate their commitment to the accounting profession through active institute or community volunteer efforts.

“Our young CPAs represent the future of the profession as well as the PICPA,” said PICPA President Robert F. Firely Jr., CPA. “Troy has been recognized by his peers as a leader in the PICPA who will shape our profession and make a difference in our community.”

People in business

Regional firm names president for bank

Joseph E. Kluger, chairman of the board for Luzerne Bank, and Richard A. Grafmyre, president and CEO of Penns Woods Bancorp, Inc. recently announced the appointment of Robert J. Glunk to the position of president at Luzerne Bank. The appointment will be effective on Oct. 1.

Glunk, a news release said, will replace Robert C. Snyder, who will be retiring from the position of president and CEO. Snyder will become special adviser to the CEO through the end of this year.

Formerly the senior vice president and chief operating officer for Jersey Shore State Bank – affiliated with Penns Woods Bancorp. – Glunk supervised the retail branch system, as well as the computer, sales and deposit operations for the organization.

“The members of the Board of Directors are proud to welcome Rob to Luzerne Bank,” said Kluger. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and years of valuable experience in community banking to the position of president. We are excited to have him on board with Luzerne Bank.”

“Rob has earned his position by demonstrating his leadership skills especially since being promoted to senior vice president at Jersey Shore State Bank, a ‘sister’ organization to Luzerne Bank,” said Grafmyre. “Successfully managing a variety of staff and line functions in his 28 year banking career, Rob has always done what was in the best interests of the bank, its customers and his colleagues.”

Glunk is a graduate of Lycoming College and the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking. He currently is president of the Jersey Shore Hospital Foundation, a board member and Finance Committee member of the Jersey Shore Hospital, treasurer of the Jersey Shore Library and member of the Williamsport Chamber of Commerce Industrial Properties Corp.

Penns Woods Bancorp, Inc. is the $1.2 billion parent company of Luzerne Bank and Jersey Shore State Bank. Luzerne Bank operates eight branch offices providing financial services in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties. Jersey Shore State Bank operates thirteen branch offices providing financial services in Lycoming, Clinton, Centre, and Montour counties.

Attorney on ‘best

lawyer’ list

Marshall, Parker & Weber’s managing attorney Tammy Weber announces that Jeffrey A. Marshall, founding attorney of the firm, has been selected by the legal community for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the field of Elder Law, according to a news release.

Marshall has spent more than three decades protecting the rights of Pennsylvania’s senior and disabled populations. This is the 5th consecutive year that attorney Marshall has been named to the Best Lawyers list.

A native of Lock Haven, he resides in Williamsport. He received his law degree from Stanford University in 1972.

“Selection for The Best Lawyers in America is very meaningful to me,” said Marshall. “I am honored to be selected for this particular award because it represents the opinions expressed by lawyers who are familiar with me and the quality of my work.”

Regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States, Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which almost 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, the news release said. Corporate Counsel Magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

A long-time leader of the Pennsylvania legal community, Marshall is immediate past president of the Pennsylvania Association of Elder Law Attorneys and serves on the Governing Board of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Elder Law Section. He is a recipient of the Pennsylvania’s Bar Association’s “Excellence in Elder Law Award.” He has been a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys since 1988 and has been certified as an elder law attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation. In 2009, Marshall received the NAELA outstanding state chapter member award for Pennsylvania.

Bank recognizes

years of service

Six Citizens & Northern Bank employees have been recognized for a combined 110 years of service to the financial institution.

Recognized during the September service awards luncheon were: James Shelmire, vice president and director of MIS systems and analyst programming, Wellsboro, 40 years. Wendy Smith, deposit operations manager, Wellsboro, 20 years. Peter Boergermann, vice president and MIS technical support manager and information security officer, Wellsboro, 15 years. Janet Watters, customer service representative, Mansfield, 15 years. Tracy Watkins, vice president and director of human resources, Wellsboro, 10 years. Amy Wherley, assistant vice president and community office manager, Knoxville, 10 years.

Service awards luncheons are held regularly and hosted by bank chairman, president and CEO Charles H. Updegraff, Jr. In 2013, the bank will recognize 20 employees for a total of 300 years of service to Citizens & Northern Bank.

Citizens & Northern Bank is a local, independent community bank providing complete financial, investment and insurance services through 26 offices throughout Cameron, Potter, McKean, Tioga, Bradford, Sullivan and Lycoming counties in Pennsylvania and in Canisteo and Hornell, N.Y.

Real estate office

honors 2 employees

Announcement was made by William Hodrick, president of Prudential Hodrick Realty, of the Williamsport office’s monthly awards for August 2013. The award for the sales associate with top production in listings was presented to Jodi Wolfe while the top sales award went to Tom Hartland.

“The performance of Jodi and Tom comes as no surprise. Both have had distinguished careers in real estate and have won numerous awards,” said Hodrick. “As consumers continue to seek out real estate professionals who offer value in the services they provide and are able to make things happen, I expect to see these two agents continue at the top of their profession and win many more awards.”

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New real estate

agent for firm

Weichert, Realtors – Premier has announced that real estate agent Deborah Jane Steppe has joined the sales team of the Williamsport agency. A 36-year resident of the area, she will assist homebuyers and sellers in Lycoming and surrounding counties. She lives in Williamsport.

Steppe serves the Court Appointed Special Advocates Program of Lycoming County and is a member of Hughesville Friends Church.

She holds an associate’s degree in food and hospitality from Pennsylvania College of Technology and is certified as a dietary manager by Dietary Managers Association. She has a background in health care food service, payroll and accounting, and direct sales.

Construction firm

honors 8 workers

Construction Specialties Inc., Muncy, recently released the names of its employees of the month for April, May, June and July.

Roger Bowring, Matt Harris and Tristan Guffey recently were recognized as the April employees of the month.

Bowring, Harris and Guffy, a news release said, continually push themselves to do their jobs to the highest quality possible. They are customer focused and have a drive for results. Together, they have set production records, and all while having fun.

Sherri Berkheimer recently was recognized as the May employee of the month. According to a news release, she is extremely customer focused, always positive and friendly, and helpful to her coworkers. Berkheimer recently was nominated by her coworkers for the EJC Golden Vision Award. This is an internal department award given to employees that exemplify the Expansion Joint Vision, “Achieve unprecedented customer loyalty by being an awesome company to do business with.”

Matt Buffington recently was recognized as the June Employee of the Month.

Buffington, a news release said, is a valuable asset to the IWP Department. Recently, he established inventory goals and developed a timeline and a process to achieve these goals. His innovation saves a significant amount of time and improves inventory accuracy.

Ken Klose, Reagan Pyle, and Jesse Young recently were recognized as the July Employees of the Month.

Klose, Pyle and Young, according to a news release, represent the IT department in Muncy and are responsible for taking care of more than 300 coworkers. They work diligently to make sure all systems are running smoothly. They are always considerate and ready to help, offering solutions and not just quick fixes.

Real estate agency

presents rewards

Martha Barrick, president of Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate, recently announced monthly agent awards for their office in Lewisburg for the month of August. The top selling and listing agent award went to Ann Hilliard. Top Commission earnings for the month of August award went to Susan Warner-Mills.

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Montoursville grad

named director

Zack Schwartz, 1998 graduate of Montoursville Area High School and son of Denise and Dr. Sheldon Schwartz, of Montoursville, was named AVP and specialty underwriting director of Rockhill Holding Co., a subsidiary of State Auto Insurance Cos. In this role, he is responsible for program management of the casualty lines of business for several programs and performs due diligence underwriting for new programs at Rockhill Specialty Programs.

Previously, he served as a national accounts underwriter, and previous to that as a middle markets underwriter with Liberty Mutual. He holds a degree in finance, investment and banking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation.

Realty welcomes

3 new agents

Bill Hodrick, broker and owner, announces the expansion of the Prudential Hodrick Realty Williamsport sales team with the addition of Sue Masley, Lance Jensen and Eric White.

Masley, a six-year veteran of the real estate business and long time successful owner of Montoursville’s Shear Perfection beauty salon, brings with her an outstanding reputation for exceptional service to her customers and clients, a news release said. “I joined the Prudential team because of their reputation in the community, experience of agents, support staff, the excellence in marketing programs for buyers and sellers and the Prudential brand,” said Masley.

Jensen has a proven successful sales background, according to the news release. “The reputation, training program and family atmosphere is what brought me to Prudential Hodrick Realty,” Jensen said.

White, the news release said, is a local radio personality whom many people already will recognize as being very ‘high touch’. “I knew I wanted to join Prudential when I started training as a Real Estate Agent,” he said. “I was already fully aware of their reputation of integrity, success and putting the client first. It drew me to them right away. Then when I found out about their extensive hands-on training program, I knew without a doubt I had to be a Prudential Agent.”

Masley, Jensen and White are members of the West Branch Valley Association of Realtors, the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors.

“We’re honored to welcome all three of these dynamic individuals to the team at Prudential Hodrick Realty. We know they’ll provide the type of service everyone has come to expect from Prudential,” said Hodrick.

2 appointed

to bank boards

Randall E. Black, CEO and president of First Citizens National Bank, Mansfield, has announced the appointment of Philip C. Rockwell to the Canton local board, and Amy Wood to the Mansfield local board. Rockwell and Wood, a news release said, will serve as a direct link to what’s going on in their communities, and allow the bank to further strengthen its partnership with the consumers and businesses in those communities.

Rockwell is a graduate of Penn State University, and is president of H. Rockwell and Son Inc. in Canton. He also serves as President of Cooperative Feed Dealers Inc., based out of Conklin, N.Y. He previously served as President of the Canton Area Chamber of Commerce, and volunteered with the Canton Little League, Boy Scouts, and church organizations. Rockwell resides in Canton.

Wood is a graduate of Bucknell University, and is the Dean of Students at Williamson Jr./Sr. High School. She also served as Dean of Students at Elkland Area High School and Clark Wood Elementary School prior to its closure. She has been involved in the Endless Mountain Writing Project Summer Institute, and has attended both the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Conference, and APL Training. Amy lives in Mansfield.

Office names

month’s employee

Sonya Hutchinson, clerk typist, has been named the state Department of Transportation district office Employee of the Month for September 2013.

According to a news release, she serves as the lead employee in the human resource payroll unit and is well-versed with payroll, payroll coding and employee self-service. Hutchinson, the news release said, “is a team player and is always willing to go the extra mile to get the job done; helping others with questions that arise, or assisting them to complete their projects, when needed. If a question arises she doesn’t know the answer to, she is quick to do the research to get an accurate response.”

She strives to complete tasks by the deadline or is willing to work overtime when needed to get the job done and is enthusiastic about learning new information or procedures that pertain to her job duties, the news release said.

Sonya Hutchinson has 13 years as a PennDOT employee, and lives in Montgomery with her significant-other Kenneth Bower and her four puppies.

Manager and vice president named

Elizabeth Moore has been named vice president and manager of the Susquehanna Area in the East District of the Central Region of Northwest Savings Bank. Michael McAndrew, manager of the East District of the Central Region, made the announcement.

As area manager, Moore will be responsible for the oversight of business development and administration for two community banking offices in Clinton and Lycoming counties. In this capacity, Moore also serves as the manager of the Loyalsock Township office, 2502 E. Third St., Williamsport, where she will work with the commercial lending, business services and investment management areas of the bank to provide customers a full-range of financial services. She will also oversee the bank’s involvement in community activities.

Moore has more than 27 years of banking experience. She most recently served as vice president and branch manager for M&T Bank. She earned her Series 6 and 6.3 life insurance licenses, attended classes held by the American Bankers Association and completed courses focused on underwriting and small business lending.

Moore is a graduate of Leadership Clinton County and serves on the Diakon Family Life Services Advisory Board in Williamsport.

Moore and her husband, Steve, reside in Antes Fort. They have six children and two grandchildren.

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Month’s employee

selected at clinic

Kimberly Rollness was elected by her peers as the August employee of the Month at Watsontown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 245 E. Eighth St., Watsontown. Kimberly resides in Milton, and went to Washington State University.

“Kim is a dedicated employee who cares about the residents under her care,” said Ashley Stump, RN unit manager. “She regularly goes above and beyond by doing the little extras that make her residents know they are loved and cared for each and every day. Kim is always willing to help her co-workers and assist families that come to visit. Her attention to detail and her caring personality make Kim a great example of why Watsontown Nursing and Rehabilitation is well known in the community for it’s commitment to quality care.”

Rollness, a news release said, loves the progress at Watsontown with the exciting new private short term rehab unit in addition to the progress she sees in staff and the residents she works with. Kimberly loves working with the short term rehabilitation residents as they recover with the assistance of the specialized skilled nursing and rehabilitation team here at Watsontown. Her favorite part of her job is watching residents progress with their treatment program. It brings a smile to her face when her residents progress through their days of therapy and are able to return home and get back to their normal routines.

She is married and has five children and one grandchild.

Attorney authors

book on labor law

The George T. Bisel Co. Inc. recently announced delivery of the 2013 Supplement of Workers’ Rights in Pennsylvania, a guide for lawyers who represent workers’ and businesses who represent them by attorney Clifford A. Rieders.

The Book is the leading publication in Pennsylvania dealing with issues pertaining to employers and employees and the complex body of law that addresses the employment relationship.

Rieders is board certified as a civil trial advocate. Rieders is a past president of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, formerly Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, he has been president of the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and is admitted in numerous state and federal courts. Rieders is also a life member of the American Law Institute, the premier organization in the United States writing Restatements of the Law used by most states in the nation. Rieders, an active trial lawyer, has published five text books and is a frequent author and lecturer throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Rieders is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.