People in business

3 get promotions at regional bank

West Milton State Bank recently named David Myers as vice president of compliance and chief risk officer. This year, Myers is celebrating 40 years in banking, 25 of those years with West Milton State Bank. Myers attended Pennsylvania State University where he earned a bachelor of science degree in finance. He also completed a variety of courses at the Bank Administration Institute and American Institute of Banking.

Keith Downey has been promoted to assistant vice president and community office and collection manager of West Milton State Bank. Downey joined the West Milton State Bank team in 1996 as a credit services associate and was promoted to community office manager of the Watsontown office in 1999. Downey has more than 29 years of banking experience, attended Pennsylvania College of Technology and has many continuing education credits through the American Institute of Banking.

Lauren Hursh has been promoted to internal auditor. Hursh began her banking career at West Milton State Bank in 2007 as a teller services representative while she was studying international business at Millersville University. Upon earning a bachelor of science degree in business administration, she was promoted to audit specialist. Since graduation, she has completed the Certified Community Bank Internal Auditing Program.

Owner of Covington car dealership earns national certification

Jason Matthews, owner and dealer principal of Matthews Motor Co., is the latest Pennsylvania independent automobile dealer to earn the NIADA Certified Master Deale designation. Matthews recently completed the three day training in Lakewood, Colorado. The training was developed by the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association in collaboration with Northwood University in Midland, Michigan, in 2001. It is designed, a news release said, to assist member dealers to improve their business practices and to grow their dealerships into profitable and ethical businesses.

Matthews took over the family-owned dealership in 2004 and continues to lead a strong core team. One of those team members, Chris Roupp, sales manager, attended the course and completed it as an associate.

“We are passionate about being a car dealership that people actually like and trust. Our industry does not have the best reputation and we want to help change that by providing the best car buying experience possible … We’ve been selling and servicing cars to the people of Tioga County for over 30 years.”

Matthews, the news release said, is involved in his local church, the Vineyard Church of Wellsboro and a supporter of Covington MOPS, Wellsboro AWANA, American Cancer Society, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Family Life Network, Southern Tioga Youth Football, Mansfield 4th of July, Youth leader of Tomorrow, Blossburg Coal Festival, Canton Football, Liberty Car Show, Liberty Little League.

The Certified Master Deale program is offered only by the National Independent Automobile Dealer Association. The association, the news release said, represents quality independent automobile dealers and strives to equip them with the skills to become more successful.

New outreach

coordinator named

Albright LIFE has named their new LIFE outreach coordinator. Valerie Jo Roberts, of Lewisburg, began her tenure in the position earlier this month. She has more than 15 years experience in various facets of the health care industry including manufacturing, association, acute and retirement.

Roberts brings to the Albright LIFE program senior living experience in assisted living, personal care and continuing retirement care communities. She has been a director of marketing and also an administrator. She had previously been a director of marketing for the Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village community with a focus on Independent Living. Most recently she was the administrator for a large personal care facility.

Located at 901 Memorial Ave., Williamsport, Albright LIFE (Living Independently for Elders) is Pennsylvania’s version of the nationally recognized PACE program. LIFE’s comprehensive array of services meet the social, medical, emotional, spiritual and nutritional needs of individuals 55 and older. According to a news release, this mix of services allows participants to remain healthy and active in the place they call home for as long as possible. In addition, LIFE services are a blessing for both participants and their families and caregivers, who appreciate the support and benefits the program provides. To learn more about Albright LIFE, call 570-322-5433 or visit

People in business

District office names

month’s employee

Bonnie Akers has been named the state Department of Transportation’s district office Employee of the Month for August 2014.

Akers is a key member of the district’s Fiscal Unit. She has a reputation for being a reliable employee who can be counted on to provide the unit with accurate information, according to a news release.

She is well organized, which enables her to recall information quickly. She is a team player and is always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need of assistance. She has been recognized for her excellent work ethic and attitude, the news release said. A large portion of her responsibilities is to process reimbursement payments for engineering and construction of local road and bridge projects in the district’s nine counties. She has especially made her mark in Marcellus invoice processing, the news release said.

Akers’ work is reviewed by Central Office, which produces a monthly summary report that determines if the invoices were sent out in a timely fashion and whether there were any errors with the invoices. Bonnie excels at producing invoices by the deadline and with no errors.

Her work is thorough and timely. She is a critical part of the Fiscal Unit and is appreciated by her co-workers for the excellent job she does. She also has been a supporter of the district Red Cross Blood Drive.

Akers, a nine-year PennDOT employee, lives in Hughesville. She is a Marine Corps mom, with a son Ryan, who is stationed in North Carolina and is preparing to deploy to Afghanistan, and a daughter Ashley, who is married to a Marine and is living in Japan where he is stationed.

People in business

Regional bank’s president retires

Citizens & Northern Corp. recently announced the retirement and accepted the resignation of Charles H. Updegraff, Jr. as chairman, president and CEO. Updegraff also resigned as a member of the board of the company and as chairman, president and CEO of Citizens & Northern Bank, the company’s wholly owned banking subsidiary.

Mark A. Hughes, currently executive vice president and chief financial officer of the bank, and treasurer and chief financial officer of the company, has been appointed interim president and CEO of the company and bank.

Anthony Peluso, the current controller of the bank also has been appointed as treasurer of the company and interim chief financial officer of the company and the bank.

The executive committee of the board will act as a search committee to seek a permanent replacement for Updegraff. The committee will consider both internal and external candidates.

Updegraff joined the company in 2007 and has been president and CEO of the company and bank since 2010. On behalf of the board of directors, James E. Towner, Lead director, stated: “During his tenure, the bank increased profitability and positioned itself to remain competitive in the ever changing financial services industry. We wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Lawyers lead seminars

at Philly conference

Attorneys Julieanne E. Steinbacher, Adrianne J. Stahl, Eric Ladley, and Samantha K. Wolfe recently attended the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s 17th Annual Elder Law Institute. The conference brought together over 400 elder law attorneys and was held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia on July 24 and 25.

Julieanne E. Steinbacher and Adrianne J. Stahl co-presented a seminar titled “Technology-You Can’t Run a Law Firm Without Keeping Up with the Changes!” The seminar was an interactive session which focused on the new Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct.

Samantha K. Wolfe presented a seminar titled “Estate Planning for Clients Who Own Gas, Oil & Mineral Rights.” Her session focused on the Marcellus Shale gas boom and how it affects various estate planning options. Wolfe addressed the different estate planning techniques and the advantages and disadvantages of those techniques.

The elder care and special needs law firm of Steinbacher & Stahl was established in 2002 by Julieanne E. Steinbacher, who, in addition to being an attorney, is a gerontologist and social worker. In 2008, long-time associate Adrianne J. Stahl, Esquire, joined Steinbacher as a partner. From the beginning, the vision of the firm has been to provide individuals and their families with a unique plan to protect their assets for their spouses and future generations, while providing for their immediate and long-term needs. Steinbacher & Stahl offers a free consultation. To schedule an appointment, call 570-322-2077.

Bank officials

earns recognition

Matt Gaugler of Woodlands Bank completed coursework at the 2014 PBA Advanced School of Banking, July 20-25 at Penn Stater Conference Center, State College. Thirty-eight students, including nine honor students graduated after completing a three year program, which is analogous to 200, 300 and 400 level college courses. The program is designed for professionals looking to continue their educational experience in addition to those preparing to lead at upper level positions within their organization.

The honor students were selected from those who have completed the three years of instruction and satisfactorily completed all required home extension problems and group project work. Those receiving the Philip O. Benham, Jr. Award were chosen based on their outstanding academic achievement and leadership qualities exhibited during the PBA Advanced School of Banking.

Gaugler received the Highest Honors and was the recipient of the Philip O. Benham Jr. award. Gaugler is the chief information officer at Woodlands Bank in Williamsport. He has been with Woodlands Bank since November 2010 and his banking experience includes an additional 13 years working with Sun Bank and the Delmarva Data Center. He works closely with both the Operations and Technology departments to meet customer needs in all electronic channels and in an effort to increase operational efficiencies, through the effective use of technology.

The Pennsylvania Bankers Association, located in Harrisburg, is the state’s leading banking trade association representing an expansive and diverse membership. The association offers extensive continuing education programs, government relations representation on behalf of the industry, and provides numerous products and service for banks and their employees.

Real estate agency

presents awards

Martha Barrick, President of Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate, recently announced monthly agent awards for their office in Lewisburg for the month of July. The top selling agent award went to Ann Hilliard. The top listing agent award went to Doug Wertz. Top Commission earnings for the month of July award went to Ruth Anderson.

2 at firm earn


Contrast Communications announces that Jacob Golomboski, Director of IT Technologies, and Glenn Trutt, senior engineer, have added certification in the latest release of ESNA products to their accumulated credentials.

This certification indicates that Golomboski and Trutt are equipped with the product knowledge and skills to support an increasing array of ESNA communications applications. The designation is awarded after satisfactory completion of a comprehensive exam covering the technical attributes of ESNA’s latest unified messaging products.

ESNA is a partner company of Contrast Communications, with which it collaborates to deliver business applications for voicemail, auto attendant, paging, and other messaging services. ESNA is a leader in cloud-enabled communication and collaboration software. Both companies are dedicated to delivering superior products and exceptional support of those products.

Contrast is the region’s leading IT communications company, focused on providing proven technologies, services, outsourcing, and management consulting for clients across the full range of private and public sectors. The company was founded in 2008 by Contrast President John Uehling, formerly vice president of U.S. sales for worldwide communications giant MITEL.

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Woman appointed

director at firm

ParenteBeard has appointed Sophie Campbell director of clinical advisory services.

With over 35 years of operational and consulting experience in the healthcare industry, Campbell brings a background with a focus in long-term care and experience in acute care and acute rehabilitation. She previously served as ParenteBeard’s director, clinical advisory services for more than 12 years before taking a position with University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Senior Communities in late 2012. For the last two years, she served as UPMC Senior Communities director of quality, education and compliance, as well as compliance and privacy officer. Her career also includes roles as director of nursing, staff development coordinator, Registered Nurse Assessment Coordinator and restorative nursing coordinator at for-profit and nonprofit facilities.

Her expertise includes operational/clinical areas, including staff development, Minimum Data Set accuracy and training, documentation compliance, management training and monitoring, Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act survey preparation and response, development of performance improvement and clinical compliance programs, preparation of responses to Recovery Audit Contractor audit requests and findings and development of Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement programs. Ms. Campbell also has experience in admissions management, care planning, restorative nursing program development and management, infection control program management, short-term rehabilitation unit conversions and hospital based Transitional Care Units. She also has assisted with Electronic Health Record implementations.

A certified rehabilitation nurse and resident assessment coordinator-certified, she is a member of the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination, Association of Rehabilitation Nurses and Pennsylvania Association of Directors of Nursing Administration. Campbell’s operational, regulatory, nursing leadership and management expertise has been sought by national and state associations for conferences and leading industry publications such as Post Acute Sourcebook and Provider Magazine. She also has taught in the Pennsylvania State University’s nursing continuing education program.

Campbell holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

People in business

Steel company announces new shift supervisor

High Steel Structures LLC has promoted Michael F. Morgan to Paint Bay Supervisor for the third shift at its Williamsport plant. In this role, he is responsible for supervising staff, scheduling and monitoring workflow, maintaining policy and procedure compliance, and maintaining a safe work environment.

A resident of Williamsport, Morgan joined High Steel Structures LLC in 1997, and previously served as Lead employee, a news release said. He attended Williamsport Area Community College, and served for four years in the U.S. Army where he received training in the Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Course, and Advance Non-Commissioned Officer Course. He also served in the United States Army Reserve, retiring in 2006.

Founded in 1931 in Lancaster, High Steel Structures LLC, an affiliate of High Industries Inc., is one of the largest fabricators of structural steel in North America, with more than one million tons of steel fabricated over the past 20 years, according to a news release. More than 500 workers at High Steel fabricate a wide range of complex bridge components and heavy building girders, and the company offers bridge steel erection, transportation, and emergency bridge repair services. High Steel, a news release said, has been instrumental in the development of new, innovative processes and materials throughout its long history as an industry leader. The company is headquartered in Lancaster, and operates four fabrication facilities in Lancaster and Williamsport. For more information on High Steel, call 717-390-4270 or visit

Promotions at

regional bank

David Palski, Jersey Shore State Bank regional president, has announced that Krista Gephart has been named the branch manger and Sharon Barbour has been named the assistant branch manager of the Jersey Shore State Bank’s Loyalsock Township branch. The bank’s newest office is located at 1720 E. Third Street on the Golden Strip.

With over 14 years of financial services experience, Gephart will be responsible for the overall operation of the branch as well as consumer and small business lending in the Loyalsock Township market area. She is a graduate of Lycoming College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Barbour brings over 30 years of banking experience to the new office. She will be responsible for overseeing the daily operation of the branch including staff management and customer service.

“Krista and Sharon along with their staff bring the experience and knowledge that customers want,” Palski said, according to the news release. “We are excited about what the future holds.”

Active in the local community, Gephart is enthusiastic about what she and the Loyalsock staff can do in the area. “Growing up in Lycoming County I know how important community is, the staff and I are happy that giving back to the community is a large part of the Jersey Shore State Bank culture,” she said.

Penns Woods Bancorp. Inc. is the bank holding company for Jersey Shore State Bank and Luzerne Bank. The banks serve customers in North Central and North Eastern Pennsylvania through their retail banking, commercial banking, mortgage services and financial services divisions.

Bank recognizes 4

for years of service

Four Citizens and Northern Bank employees have been recognized for a combined 40 years of service to the financial institution.

Recognized during the July service awards luncheon were: Darci Baird, senior financial consultant in the Sayre office; Leslie Fassett, Monroeton community office manager; Joseph Kilmer, financial consultant in the Coudersport office; Melissa Peters, customer service representative based in the Towanda office, all for 10 years.

Service awards luncheons are held regularly and hosted by Charles H. Updegraff Jr., bank chairman, president and CEO In 2014, the bank will recognize 36 employees for a total of 545 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 full service offices throughout Cameron, Potter, McKean, Tioga, Bradford, Sullivan and Lycoming counties in Pennsylvania and in Canisteo and Hornell, New York in Steuben County. C&N can be found online at