People in business

New attorney

at city practice

Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Harris, Waters, Waffenschmidt and Dohrmann announces that Sasha B. Rieders Coffiner has become an associate with the firm and will be working with Clifford Rieders. She was born in Williamsport graduated from Haverford College in Haverford, with a bachelors of science in biology and earned her master’s degree on a full scholarship in molecular biology at Columbia University. Coffiner graduated cum laude from Yeshiva University’s Cardozo Law School where she served as supervising editor of The Cardozo Law Review. During summers, Coffiner interned at the National Cancer Institute and the Thomas Jefferson University. Prior to joining the Rieders Travis firm, she worked in New York City in the field of intellectual property, patent, and pharmaceutical law. Coffiner is a member of the New York Bar and expects to become a member of the state Bar soon. She is married to Brad Coffiner, and has 1-year old twin boys, Noah and Jonah.

She will be working primarily in the field of pharmaceutical law, but also will bring her considerable skills to other endeavors, including the personal injury practice, matters related to the Financial Responsibility Law, and other litigation matters.

Real estate agents

win company awards

Ann Hilliard, associate broker with Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate, has been named to the company’s International President’s Elite. Only the top 3 percent of all sales associates / representatives worldwide in the Coldwell Banker system qualified for this distinguished group.

Lise Barrick, associate broker with Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate, has qualified to join the company’s International President’s Circle. This prestigious membership has been awarded to the top 6 percent of all sales associates / representatives worldwide in the Coldwell Banker system.

Doug Wertz and Jodie Bryant, sales associates with Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate, have earned membership in the company’s International Diamond Society, a level achieved by only the top 11 percent of all sales associates / representatives worldwide in the Coldwell Banker system.

Ruth Anderson and Peg Bouton, sales associates with Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate, have been honored as a member of the company’s International Sterling Society. This distinguished membership was awarded to the top 16 percent of all sales associates / representatives worldwide in the Coldwell Banker system.

People in business

Local woman gains seat on state board

Area resident and Licensed Massage Therapist Jamie Smith will be traveling to Harrisburg this year to serve the people of the Commonwealth.

According to a news release, last fall the governor’s office was looking for a candidate for the State Board of Massage Therapy. Smith’s schooling and experience qualified her for submission. The State Board of Massage is the governing body that oversees the licensing of all massage therapists in Pennsylvania. After being selected from the pool of candidates, her appointment was confirmed by the state Senate in December. She was sworn in February during the Board’s semi-monthly meeting. Smith is one of six professional members that sit on the Board of Massage.

Smith has practiced massage therapy for seven years and said she is greatly looking forward to this opportunity to influence her profession for the better.

Smith currently practices under her business name Restoration Massage in Mill Hall, Zion, and Williamsport (Holistic Health Center on Lycoming Creek Road). For more information or links to the state’s website check out:

2 honored at

real estate firm

William Hodrick, president of Prudential Hodrick Realty, recently announced winners of the Williamsport office’s monthly awards for February 2014. The award for the sales associate with top production in listings was presented to Marianne White while the sales award went to Karen Newcomer.

“Marianne and Karen understand the value of maintaining open communication with clients and doing their best to meet their needs. I’m glad to have them on our team.” Hodrick said.

Award winner at

real estate firm

Martha Barrick, broker of the Lewisburg office of Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate, has earned the 2013 Office Manager’s Award for Excellence. Barrick was one of only 226 affiliate office managers throughout North America in the Coldwell Banker system to fulfill the high-standard requirements of this prestigious award.

Employee of month

at Milton business

Kramm Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Milton celebrates Jan Meckley as the facility’s March employee of the Month. She was elected by the leadership team at Kramm Nursing and Rehabilitation Center as the employee of the month.

Employees are elected on their overall performance, attitude and leadership roles. Meckley has been working at Kramm’s for 31 years. She started as a certified nursing assistant and through the years has worked as a therapy aide and a restorative aide. Most recently, she accepted a position as nursing scheduler.

Meckley and her husband Wayne have two children and five grandchildren with one on the way.

People in business

Bank promotes woman to office manager

The Muncy Bank and Trust Co. announces the recent promotion of Kimberly A. Feigles as the community office manager of its downtown Muncy office. Feigles began her career with Muncy Bank as a part-time teller in 2000. She also worked as a trust clerk before advancing in her career and transferring to the Montoursville branch as a customer service representative in 2004 and then to a customer service officer in 2006. In 2009, Feigles became assistant community office manager of this branch. Her most recent position with the bank was in the Dewart branch where she was promoted to community office manager in 2012. She holds a bachelors of science degree in business administration from Pennsylvania College of Technology and completed additional financial schooling including the PBA School of Banking’s Financial Management course. Along with volunteering for various community events, she is an active member of the Muncy Professional and Business Association and the treasurer. Feigles resides in Muncy with her husband Cliff and their two children.

2 promoted to

market CEOs

Susquehanna Bank has named two longtime banking executives to lead its newly formed Central PA and Northeast PA divisions.

Craig Kauffman, who formerly served as Lancaster regional president, has been promoted to market CEO of the Central PA division, which includes branches in Adams, Cumberland, southern Dauphin, Lancaster, and York counties. In this role, he will be responsible for all of Susquehanna’s consumer, middle market and commercial lending and commercial real estate activities in the region.

Jeff Renninger, who formerly served as executive vice president for specialized lines of business, has been named market CEO of the Northeast Pennsylvania division, which includes branches in Berks, Centre, northern Dauphin, Lehigh, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming, Northampton, Northumberland, Schuylkill, Snyder and Union counties. Renninger also will lead the bank’s private banking, capital markets, commercial finance, SBA lending and cash management business units.

“This new structure reaffirms our commitment to our community banking model and leverages the wealth of experience that our market CEOs bring to their respective divisions,” Susquehanna Bank CEO Andrew Samuel said.

Kauffman has more than 25 years of experience in banking and has held various executive positions throughout Pennsylvania and Maryland. Renninger has more than 30 years of experience in the banking and financial services industry.

Susquehanna Bank operates more than 240 branch offices in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and West Virginia. It is part of Susquehanna Bancshares, Inc., a financial services holding company with assets of $18 billion and 3,400 employees. Through Susquehanna Wealth Management, the company also offers investment, fiduciary, brokerage, insurance, retirement planning, and private banking services. Susquehanna also operates a risk management, consulting and insurance brokerage firm, a commercial finance company and a vehicle leasing company. For more information, please visit

Engineering firm adds 2 at Pittsburgh office

Larson Design Group, a multi-disciplined engineering, architecture, and surveying firm, continues to grow its Pittsburgh office with two new strategic hires. These new hires enhance the location’s service offerings and elevate the firm’s local presence. Richard Flango, and J. Todd Henwood, joined the firm earlier this year.

Flango joins LDG’s transportation division as a seasoned project manager, specializing in bridge engineering. Richard has more than 29 years of experience completing projects for Departments of Transportation in Wisconsin, Ohio, New York, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Flango has been instrumental in completing projects including new long span bridges, design-build projects, complex 3D analysis, rating complex bridges, major bridge rehabilitation, and software development. He earned a bachelor of science in civil engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and a master of science in civil engineering from The University of Pittsburgh.

Henwood will work as a project manager in LDG’s survey division. His experience includes managing and directing survey teams and crews across multiple offices in two states. His responsibilities have included project management on ODOT right-of-way jobs, HDS laser scanning projects, construction layout, annexations, as-built maps, commercial and residential lot/subdivision design, and control networks. A registered professional land surveyor, Henwood has 28 years of experience.

Larson Design Group provides innovative design solutions for the private and public sectors. With offices in Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, and Texas, LDG staff members have diverse knowledge in environmental systems, energy, surveying, site development, structures, transportation, and inspection.

Area organization restructures for 2014

Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity, 540 Lycoming Street, will continue to meet the challenge of recruiting, training and retaining volunteers with a newly reorganized staff and change in leadership of its board of directors, said Executive Director Tina McDowell.

“Volunteers are the base of what we do for the community,” she said. That strong base, she emphasized, “flows into fundraising, programs and positive public relations.” McDowell was pleased to hire full-time program director Arion Moser to address both program management to keep the organization moving forward with robust programs and the coordination of volunteers for those programs.

Moser brings a wealth of experience to her new position. A native of Montandon, she most recently served as communications and volunteer coordinator for the Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA, where sheworked for over 14 years. A graduate of Springfield College in Massachusetts, she earned her degree in youth development and non-profit business.

She first became acquainted with Habitat for Humanity by doing volunteer work with the organization as part of her undergraduate studies. Some of that work involved going into the community to help homeowners with maintenance projects that were very similar to the local Habitat’s new “A Brush with Kindness” initiative.

“I love working for places, like the YMCA, that make an impact in communities. I saw the impact that Habitat makes,” she added. “They’re about so much more than building houses.”

Her first priority, she noted, is to see that Habitat “has a great pool of capable and engaged volunteers.” She will also help create a more directed support campaign for fundraising, relying on herextensive background in the non-profit business arena. “I’m looking forward to the adventure,” she added.

Lori Sparks, who holds a business management degree from Penn College, began working part-time for Habitat in October. She handles accounts payable and receivable and will be working with payroll as part of her responsibilities in the organization.

Longtime Habitat employee Kristine Combs rounds out the office staff as family services and outreach coordinator.

Board President Earl Kinter and Secretary Mary Shelinski, whose terms expired in December, plan to remain active as volunteers with the organization. Shelinski will continue in her capacity as chair of the ReStore advisory committee.

Taking over the helm from Kinter as board president is Tim Heitzman, partner and president of Susquehanna Computer Innovations in South Williamsport. Heitzman also serves as an instructor at Penn College in workforce development and continuing education. He holds a certificate from the college in information technology. Habitat board member since 2009, Heitzman has an extensive background in business and network management.

Replacing Shelinski as board secretary is Valerie Whyman, a donor relations officer with the Central Pennsylvania American Red Cross. Former director of the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, Whyman is a freelance musician and teacher and adjunct faculty member in the Lycoming College music department. She also serves on the board of the Planned Giving Council of Central Pennsylvania.

Stepping in as board vice-president is Jim Shillenn, who has a strong background in non-profit and business management. Executive board treasurer is Orrie Brown, a retired longtime Lycoming County employee.

Habitat homes are rehabilitated or built primarily with volunteers using resources contributed by donors, according to McDowell. Habitat homeowners must go through a selection process that includes income verification,determination of credit-worthiness and financial responsibility. Families who qualify for Habitat homes pay their mortgage back over a 30-year period with no interest. They are also required to work 250 hours for each adult in the household as sweat equity, with 100 hours working on their own home. Potential homeowners also participate in financial literacy and homeownership education. Qualifying families demonstrate a very real need and a willingness and ability to contribute back to the communities where they live.

Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity serves Lycoming, Bradford, Tioga and eastern Clinton counties. For more information on how you can volunteer your time or make a donation, visit, contact Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity at 540 Lycoming St., Williamsport, PA 17701, or call 570-322-2515. Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity can also be found on Facebook.

People in business

New residential

mortgage banker

Susquehanna Bank recently announced Wanda Fortin has joined the company as a residential mortgage banker in the Williamsport area.

She will be responsible for residential mortgage originations for purchases, refinances and new construction. Fortin is based at Susquehanna’s offices at 329 Pine St., Williamsport.

Fortin previously worked as a home mortgage consultant at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and has 28 years of experience in the banking and financial services industry.

A resident of Hughesville, Fortin is an active member and Treasurer of St Marks Lutheran Church.

Susquehanna Bank provides banking and financial services to consumers and businesses through more than 250 branch offices in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and West Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Susquehanna Bancshares, Inc., a financial services holding company with assets of about $18 billion.

Counseling group

hires Mansfield woman

Northern Tier Counseling announces the addition of Deanna Fish-Layton, Mansfield native, to their Mansfield office, 8 South St.

Fish-Layton now is able to offer mental health services to the Mansfield and surrounding areas.

Fish-Layton, a licensed clinical social worker, now is available to provide the community with counseling services through Northern Tier Counseling.

“The agency’s additional therapy services were precipitated by a growing need to help local people with mental health issues,” according to Amy Carr, director of outpatient services. In addition, she also noted, “The concerns many people face today include stress, anxiety, and depression.” If individuals notice changes in their mood, or notice changes in their family member’s mood, disinterest in activities, change in eating habits, difficulty at work, dropping grades at school, a person could be experiencing issues that could be addressed through therapy. They can contact the offices at 888-322-1682 for an appointment.

Fish-Layton brings with her 27 years of working experience in the field beginning in 1987 working for Tioga County Department of Human Services in several capacities which include case manager, supervisor of mental health and substance abuse services, therapist, crisis worker, and Director of Clinical Services Department. In addition, she worked for Concern Counseling in Mansfield.

Fish-Layton first earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from Mansfield University in 1987, and later went on to earn her master’s degree in social work from Temple University in 1991.

For more information on Northern Tier Counseling, and services offered, please call 1-888-322-1682, or visit our website at


engineer hired

Keller Engineers Inc. is proud to announce the hiring of Craig M. Starr. Starr is a member of the transportation team specializing in bridge design.

Starr is a licensed engineer in Pennsylvania and has been practicing transportation engineering for 13 years. He is a 2001 graduate of Penn State University with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering with a structural focus, and a 2003 graduate of Penn State University with a master of science degree in civil engineering with a structural focus. He is a National member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Clinical social

worker hired

Hershey-based Grisolano Center for Neurodevelopment, a pediatric neuropsychology practice dedicated to helping children overcome challenges in learning and development, announced today it has hired licensed clinical social worker Stephanie Dobroski.

Dobroski has a wide variety of clinical experience, which includes over 25 years in mental health, specializing in working with children, teens and adults with developmental delays and special needs, including ADHD, Dyslexia, Tourette’s Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Anxiety Disorders.

“We are thrilled to have Stephanie join our team. She has an incredible background and versatile experience to oversee a variety of mental health issues,” Dr. Lee Ann Grisolano, clinical director said, according to a news release.

Dobroski uses an approach that considers the unique abilities and challenges of each child and individual, as well as the context of the family system. In addition, she may employ a behavioral perspective to identify patterns of behavior that can become repetitive and stuck within the family system in an effort to decrease power struggles and an increase in cooperative behavior.

Prior to joining the Grisolano Center for Neurodevelopment, Dobroski has worked at Philhaven’s Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. She has also worked as a co-therapist in Philhaven’s Relationship Center.

She graduated from Marywood University with a master’s degree in social work and is a current member of the National Association of Social Workers. She has given presentations to a wide audience, including First Responders in Lancaster County and to the Moravian Seminary in Bethlehem on Autism and Spirituality. She was also a co-presenter to the state Chapter of the American Psychological Association on The Parent Handbook.

Employee of

year selected

Paris Companies, Pennsylvania’s largest independent linen rental provider, is pleased to announce that Nanette Troutman, an employee of the Williamsport Healthcare facility, was recently selected as Employee of the Year for 2013. The employee of the year program recognizes outstanding achievement in performance, initiative, integrity, dependability, innovation, cooperation and teamwork. In addition, a news release said, the employee of the year exemplifies Paris’ culture of professionalism and dedication, going beyond the call of duty, and being accident free.

Troutman began her career with Paris Healthcare Services in February 2011 and holds a Pack out Tech position in the production department. Troutman’s nomination stated “she is one of the most observant employees we have at Paris and is extremely helpful to her co-workers. She is also an active member of our safety committee.” Troutman lives in South Williamsport and enjoys spending time with her family, scrapbooking, cross-stitching, quilting, reading, and camping. She received a cash prize, Paris merchandise, an extra day off and a reserved parking spot for the year.

Headquartered in DuBois, Paris Companies has been in business since 1918, with state of the art laundry facilities in DuBois, Williamsport and Ravenna, OH. Paris services 4 states and employs more than 700. For more information on Paris Companies visit

People in business

Area office selects

month’s employee

Rick Mason, community relations coordinator, has been named the state Department of Transportation district office Employee of the Month for March 2014.

Mason is a dedicated employee who serves as the district’s “mouthpiece,” fielding transportation-related inquiries from the press and local citizens. He is knowledgeable about a wide range of transportation issues and policies and often is the person legislators go to with their concerns. He promptly answers their questions or steers them to the appropriate staff for a response.

Mason plans and arranges all major press events, including ground breaking ceremonies, ribbon cuttings and special announcements.

In addition to being available to provide press releases and travel advisories at all hours of the day, including on weekends, he prepares stories highlighting the department’s accomplishments. A campaign promoting seat belt use, “Bonnie’s Story,” has been featured on PennDOT’s JustDrivePA and the AAA North Penn web sites.

He is well respected by the press, his peers and the central press office staff, the news release said. He is an award-winning photographer who often uses his talents on behalf of the department. He is a tireless advocate of district charities and puts great effort into rallying employees to support them.

Mason, a 19-year PennDOT employee, resides in Williamsport with his wife Anne. They have a daughter, Natalie.

Employee of the

month named

Kramm Health and Rehab Center in Milton celebrates Lucille Brown, LPN. Lucille was elected by the leadership team at Kramm Nursing and Rehabilitation Center as the February Employee of the Month.

Employees are elected on their overall performance, attitude and leadership roles. Brown, a news release said, goes above and beyond every day and makes a difference in the lives of the residents she serves and the staff she mentors. Lucille makes a difference each and every day!

She lives in Milton and went to Warrior Run High School and Danville Area School District Practical Nursing Program. She has been married for 33 years to her husband Dwayne and has two sons Jason and Jeremy and two grandchildren.

Lawyers’ group

wins awards

The Pennsylvania Bar Association presented three County Bar Recognition Awards to the Lycoming Law Association during the 48th Annual Seminar of the Conference of County Bar Leaders, Feb. 27 – March 1, at The Nittany Lion Inn, State College.

Recognized for its Law Day 2013 activities, its pro bono participation and its U.S. Supreme Court admission ceremony for local lawyers, the Lycoming Law Association is one of 25 local bar associations in Pennsylvania honored this year for sponsoring projects that improve the legal profession, justice system or community. The awards are presented annually by the PBA.

“Our communities and legal professionals benefit greatly from the thousands of voluntary hours that hardworking lawyers invest each year into local programs and services,” said Forest N. Myers. “We are proud to acknowledge their efforts and encourage even more legal professionals to take part in the ongoing good works of the organized bar.”

During 2013, the association held its annual Law Day Art and Essay Contest for all students in the county and used its Law Day event to recognize the contest winners and also to acknowledge Lycoming County mock trial winners.

The association continues to excel in its level of pro bono participation by its members. In 2013, the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network’s Excellence Award was presented to the association and the Lycoming Law Association Foundation “in recognition of outstanding commitment to equal justice for those who have nowhere else to turn.”

During November 2013, the association traveled to Washington, D.C. for a U.S. Supreme Court admission ceremony for eight Lycoming County lawyers and two Columbia County lawyers. A reception was held at the Hyatt on Capitol Hill the night before the ceremony and attendees also had breakfast at the Supreme Court before the ceremony.

The Conference of County Bar Leaders, whose membership includes leaders from county bar associations throughout the state and from the PBA, organizes a yearly educational conference focusing on the exchange of innovative bar association projects and ideas and on the development of mutually-beneficial relationships among bar leaders that improve the legal profession.

Founded in 1895, the PBA strives to promote justice, professional excellence and respect for the law; improve public understanding of the legal system; facilitate access to legal services; and serve the 27,000 lawyers who are members of the association.

Company names

month’s employee

John Krysik was recently recognized as the January Employee of the Month at

Construction Specialties, Inc. in Hughesville.

Krysik, a news release said, exemplifies the true characteristics of a team player. He is always willing to fill in when needed and goes the extra mile for customer satisfaction. The news release said he always has a smile on his face and enjoys doing quality work. His work ethic and enthusiasm are greatly appreciated.


engineer hired

Larson Design Group, an engineering, architecture, and surveying firm, recently announced that Karen Krabill, has joined its Morgantown, W.Va., office as a project engineer.

Krabill has more than 30 years of experience in geotechnical and civil engineering. She has conducted geotechnical investigations and engineering evaluations for a myriad of clients, including coal companies, power generation facilities, manufacturing plants, municipalities, engineering companies, and developers. She has also conducted forensic engineering investigations and provided expert testimony.

Among her areas of expertise, Krabill describes landslides as her passion. “My father was an engineer, and we grew up with a landslide visible in the backyard. He referred to it as his personal landslide. So from a young age, I’ve enjoyed investigating landslides, finding out what causes them, and creating ways to prevent or build around areas with potentially unstable slopes. “

In addition to slope stability, Krabill has experience in geothermal heating and cooling systems. She performed thermal conductivity testing to aid in the design of the planned ground heat exchanger system for Eastwood Elementary School, the first LEED certified school in West Virginia. “The school sits atop an abandoned coal mine, so I performed other technical studies, including subsidence risk analysis to verify the stabilization of the mine voids and determine the final school design. I also developed a grouting program for the site.”

Krabill’s other specialties include retaining wall analysis and design, earth dam design, hydrology and hydraulic analyses, and stormwater management system design.

Larson Design Group provides innovative design solutions for the private and public sectors. With offices in Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, and Texas, LDG staff members have diverse knowledge in environmental systems, energy, surveying, site development, structures, transportation, and inspection.