People in business

YMCA hires development director

Jessica Probst is the new development director for the River Valley YMCA

Probst, according to a news release from the River Valley YMCA, “has a desire to see communities thrive by encouraging all ages to live a positive and healthy lifestyle. Her concern for improving the quality of life for all people has led her on many exciting adventures.”

Probst recently volunteered in Haiti, where she served at a children’s school and a medical clinic.

Her focus in life also has been “the work she’s performed with non-profits in donor relations,” the news release said. “She is motivated by the idea of helping people find what they are passionate about and encourages all to get involved.”

Probst earned a bachelors degree in social science and psychology from Liberty University and currently resides in Northumberland.

“She looks forward to working with everyone at the River Valley Regional YMCA,” the news release said.

Financial specialist

hired at agency

Mike Kutney, of Kutney Insurance Agencies and Nationwide Insurance & Financial Services, introduces Jason Bennett as the agency’s dedicated financial specialist. For the past 20 years Bennett has been a financial specialist working with many clients in Lycoming, Clinton and Montour counties. Bennett specializes in retirement income and wealth transfer planning as well as life insurance and long-term care.

Bennett is married, has two children and lives in Lock Haven. He graduated from Montoursville High School and Shippensburg University and is a proud supporter of youth athletics.

New director for

Job Corps Center

ResCare Inc., Red Rock Job Corps Center’s new contract operator, announces Gerry McGroarty, of Wilkes-Barre, has been named the new center director, according to a news release.

ResCare Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, is the nation’s largest private provider of services to people with disabilities, the largest one-stop workforce contractor and the largest privately-owned home care company. ResCare began its operation of Red Rock in early February.

McGroarty joins ResCare and Red Rock with many years of experience in Job Corps. His Job Corps career began at Red Rock in 1984 as a Home Builders Institute instructor. Also, he served as the center’s project manager/site coordinator directing the building trades, and coordinating career and technical education skills training.

“A goal of mine many years ago was to be the center director at Red Rock, and to provide student-centered services along with a tremendous community of staff leaders, who are caring, compassionate and student focused,” McGroarty said, according to the news release.

Most recently, McGroarty was the deputy director at the Keystone Job Corps Center in Drums, where he worked for 12 years as career technical manager and director of training education prior to becoming the deputy director.

“I’m happy to be here representing ResCare in this wonderful community. My ultimate objective is to deliver a safe and secure environment, so our workforce students can achieve superior education and training, and excel at job-ready skills to be successful in today’s ever-changing work world,” he said.

McGroarty lives in Wilkes-Barre, with his wife of 38 years, Catherine. They have two sons, Chris and Gerry, and a daughter, Kelly.

Job Corps, a part of the Labor Department’s Employment and Training Administration, is the nation’s largest career technical training and education program for students ages 16 through 24.

New agent joins

real estate firm

Realty World Booth & Deutsch introduces Greg Holmes, who comes to the real estate firm with more than 20 years of experience in a career in federal law enforcement.

Holmes’ management and leadership roles, a news release said, “have helped him achieve great experience in Project Management and have fueled his passion for sales. He brings with him an outstanding level of professionalism, communication, dedication, and a high degree of customer service which clients will truly appreciate.”

Holmes was born and raised in Muncy. He graduated from Muncy High School and Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. He resides in Pennsdale with his wife Michelle. They have four daughters and a grandson.

Real estate agency

adds staff member

Allison Holmes Kamerer recently joined the staff of Realty World Booth & Deutsch.

As a native of the area, Holmes Kamerer, a news release said, has “a strong background in real estate law as well as valuable knowledge and experience as a real estate investor and property manager.

After growing up in Mifflinburg, she went on to receive a bachelors degree from York College of Pennsylvania and soon after made the decision to return to Central Pennsylvania. She now resides in Muncy with her husband and children. Holmes Kamerer, the news release said, “looks forward to helping you with your real estate needs, whether it be buying your very first home or adding to your investment property portfolio.”

Elysburg area woman

to sell real estate

Rose Stine is the newest agent at the Danville office of Realty World Booth & Deutsch.

Stine, a news release said, comes from a background in human services where “she has spent the last several years of her life making the lives of those with disabilities more fulfilling. It was Rose’s love of home renovations and real estate investing that lead her to become a licensed Realtor.”

Stine grew up in the Elysburg area and continues to reside there with her fiance and teenage son.

Man earns

sales award

Timberhaven Log & Timber Homes, of Middleburg, has awarded Brad Mercer the top selling National Sales Achievement Award for 2016. Mercer, a news release said, has served as a log home representative for over 16 years and works at the corporate office in Middleburg. 

“Throughout the year, Mercer performed stellar customer service as he assisted multiple homeowners with the design, pricing, material selections and coordination of all aspects log home package sales,” the news release said.

This is the second consecutive year Mercer has earned this top achievement.

“Brad’s sales record is very impressive, and his outstanding attention to detail and customer service is highly acclaimed,” said Joe Folker, principal at Timberhaven Log & Timber Homes, according to the news release. “Timberhaven is fortunate to have such a professional, passionate salesperson on its staff. With Brad’s assistance, we will continue to bring log homes dreams to fruition!”

Timberhaven Log & Timber Homes, LLC provides kiln-dried log homes, timber frame homes, and log cabins.