People in business

Insurance agent

awarded grant

Jodi Wesneski received The Allstate Foundation’s Agency Hands in the Community grant award for her commitment to volunteerism.

The grant program recognizes Encompass insurance agents for outstanding community service with a $1,000 donation to a charitable organization. Part of the Allstate group, Encompass is one of the nation’s largest companies to provide protection through independent insurance agencies. To qualify for the grant, agents must show evidence of volunteer work that has had a positive impact on the local community.

Wesneski volunteers and works with Rekindle the Spirit, Inc. The grant will be used to purchase marketing materials for the Canton Wine and Cheese Festival and PA Apple ‘n Cheese Festival.

She served as a Chairwoman for the PA Apple ‘n Cheese Festival from 1995 to 2009, Chairwoman Canton Wine and Cheese Festival from 2010 forward and “is the essence of Rekindle the Spirit” states Barbara Blackwell, RTS board member. “Since its inception Wesneski has been tireless in, promoting the area’s resources and diverse agricultural and cultural entities. After retiring from the PA Apple ‘n Cheese Festival she quickly turned her energy toward founding the Canton Wine & Cheese Festival.” One RTS member summarized Wesneski’s contributions as tireless with an organized sense of purpose and community responsibility. Her efforts have positively affected the entire community.

Wesneski is known for her ability to keep the Chamber members focused and on track. She has a strong sense of responsibility. She can be depended on to see that each project is completed in a timely manner often assuming the responsibility herself.

Rekindle the Spirit fits perfectly with The Allstate Foundation’s primary focus areas.

“We believe that it’s important for businesses to take an active interest in their communities,” said Wesneski. “We’re proud to support Rekindle the Spirit; the grant from The Allstate Foundation will provide much needed support for its work.”

Wesneski is an insurance sales agent for Gannon Associates, 12 S. Main St., Mansfield.

Human resources

manager selected

Albright Care Services, parent organization of RiverWoods Senior Living Community in Lewisburg, welcomes Lisa Weiser as the new human resources manager. Weiser is tasked with supporting the organization’s human resources needs, including leave of absence administration.

A graduate of Lewisburg Area High School, Weiser attained an AA in business management from the Williamsport Area Community College, and has more than 13 years of human resource experience.

“Lisa has extensive knowledge of HR requirements and processes,” says Edie Moyer, director of human resources for Albright Care Services. “We are very pleased that she has joined our team.”

Weiser joins Albright from the Mifflinburg central office of SUM Child Development, Inc. She lives in Lewisburg with her husband Scott.

Albright Care Services, a not-for-profit organization based in Lewisburg, operates RiverWoods Senior Living Community in Lewisburg, Normandie Ridge Senior Living Community in York, and the LIFE (Living Independently for Elders) Centers in Williamsport, Lancaster, and Lebanon. In addition, Albright manages Warrior Run Manor, a HUD approved housing complex in Watsontown. Albright is affiliated in faith with The United Methodist Church.

People in business

3 join real estate

office’s sales team

Weichert, Realtors – Premier has announced that real estate agents Alyssa Bartlett, Nichole Phillips and Jennifer Eckman have joined the sales team of the Williamsport agency. Additions to the ongoing company expansion, they all are members of the West Branch Valley Association of Realtors.

Bartlett and Eckman will assist property buyers and sellers in Williamsport and the surrounding areas throughout Lycoming County.

A Williamsport resident, Eckman serves the community as a volunteer cook for the Sojourner Truth Ministries Inc. through First Church. Holding associate degrees in early childhood and professional massage therapy, she is therapeutic support staff for Community Services Group in Williamsport.

Bartlett is a native and resident of Montgomery. She holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Bloomsburg University.

With 30 years as a resident of the area and four years of experience in real estate, Phillips will assist property buyers and sellers throughout the Will-iamsport vicinity and Lycoming County. She lives in Mon-toursville. Having earned an associate’s degree in secretarial science, she has a background as an office manager and legal secretary.

Weichert Realtors – Premier is located at 25 W. Third St., Suite 100, in Williamsport, Telephone 570-601-0774. The Web address is

Bank promotes

Milton woman

West Milton State Bank announces the promotion of Crissy Schreffler to community banking officer at the West Milton office. Schreffler began her banking career more than 15 years ago, and has been with West Milton State Bank since 2001. Since joining the West Milton State Bank team, she has held such positions as teller, head teller, community banking officer of the Watsontown office, and credit Services manager.

She resides in Milton with her husband, Michael, and daughter, Colette.

People in business

Woman hired by

environmental lab

Environmental Service Laboratories, Inc. (ESL) is pleased to announce the addition of Colleen Williams as director of business development. As director of business development, Williams will oversee sales and marketing and will be responsible for the overall development of new business and future endeavors, a news release said. Williams joins the team with a background in the oil and gas industry and 15 years of experience in public relations, marketing, and business development. She has been known for implementing creative ideas and building strong relationships.

Williams is the vice-chairwoman of the membership committee for the Marcellus Shale Coalition, a participant in the public relations committee, legislative committee, gas use committee, and workforce committee and is a member of the Centre County Gas Task Force. She is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a bachelors of science in marketing and a minor in sociology and holds an MBA with a marketing concentration from St. Francis University as well as a certificate of human resources management from The Pennsylvania State University.

According to the news release, Environmental Service Laboratories, Inc. is a DEP-accredited laboratory and sampling firm of Indiana, Pa., with offices in Lycoming and Washington counties.

Office names

month’s employee

Roger Troutman, transportation construction inspector, has been named the state Department of Transportation district office Employee of the Month for January 2014.

Troutman, a news release said, is “a perfect example of an outstanding employee. While he has only been with the transportation department for a bit over two years, he’s been assigned to a wide range of projects.”

At the end of his first season, he was assigned to flood projects and carried out his duties with little supervision. After the flood projects were completed, Troutman spent the winter in Berwick inspecting utility work. The Berwick project, the news release said, had many challenges with multiple contracts and contractors working within the borough at the same time.

For much of the past year, he was on another challenging project; this one involving the reconstruction of Route 45 through downtown Mifflinburg. The plans called for a lot of work to be done outside of the department’s right-of-way.

Last summer, Troutman was honored as a member of the Group of the Quarter for the Route 11 project inspection team in Berwick, and was recently promoted to a TCI.

Troutman, a 2-year PennDOT employee, lives in Middleburg with his wife Chasity and their daughter Elisa.

Accountants attend conference on rules

Rich Barlett, CPA and Doug Winner, CPA, accountants with Lewis Barlett Klees, PC, recently attended a conference entitled “Compilation and Review – Rules for Local Practitioners.” It was offered by the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Harrisburg. This session explored the current performance requirements and changes in the compilation and review literature made by the SSARS Committee.

Highlights included: SSARS codification, compilation and review performance requirements, how to document and perform compilations and reviews under SSARS 19, special purpose framework financial statements – what they are and when they can be used, how to perform and document analytical procedures appropriately, including expectations and templates, as well as review of the independence standards.

Lewis Barlett Klees, PC, the news release said, is a central Pennsylvania accounting and business development firm. The firm has offices located in Milton, Bloomsburg, and Lewisburg. The company offers auditing, accounting, tax and management advisory services to government, not-for-profit agencies and private businesses, in addition to tax preparation for individuals.