People in business

New vice president

for engineering firm

Larson Design Group has hired Ronald Schirato as vice president of the company’s civil engineering division.

As vice president, Schirato will be responsible for the delivery of quality and service excellence to the company’s clients while ensuring that goals for sales, profitability, and sustainable growth are met, a news release said.

“Ron’s experience will be invaluable as we continue to grow nationally,” said Keith Kuzio, president and CEO of Larson Design Group.

­­Prior to joining the firm, Schirato was an associate vice president at Michael Baker International Inc. He has 20 years of experience as a civil engineer, project manager, and operations manager for both small and large engineering consulting firms.

“Larson Design Group has a strong desire to grow in terms of people, services, and markets. It’s exciting to have an opportunity to contribute towards achieving that goal,” said Schirato, according to the news release. “As vice president of civil engineering, I plan to leverage my experience in the federal market to expand the firm’s services nationwide, into new markets, and for new clients.”

Schirato earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technology from the University of Pittsburgh, and a master’s certificate in project management from the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business.

Woman honored

for 40 years on job

Sharon Secules-Mutchler, a teller for Woodlands Bank, Williamsport, was recognized for serving 40 or more years in the banking industry at the Pennsylvania Bankers Association Group 4 meeting held on April 5 at the Williamsport Country Club in Williamsport.

The 40-Year Club consists of regular members of PA Bankers who have completed 40 or more years of service in Pennsylvania’s banking industry, according to a news release.

Secules-Mutchler has served the banking industry for 40 years. She began her career with Williamsport National Bank by manually posting entries in the loan department, as there were no computers then, eventually moving to many areas of the bank such as key punch operator, proof department, human resources, computer department, and loan department. When Williamsport National Bank became Susquehanna Bank, Secules-Mutchler moved to a teller position. She has been with Woodlands Bank for six years as a drive-up teller at the bank’s center city location.

“She loves her job and her customers love her,” the news release said.

The Pennsylvania Bankers Association, headquartered 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 services for banks and their employees.

Marketing officer for

bank earns award

LeeAnn Gephart, chief marketing and culture officer for Woodlands Bank, was honored with the inaugural Tomorrow’s Promise Award at the Pennsylvania Bankers Association’s fourth annual Women in Banking Conference on March 6.

According to a news release, the Tomorrow’s Promise Award is part of the new Women in Banking Recognition of Excellence Program, a program dedicated to honoring men and women in the banking industry who promote and inspire women in the workplace to reach their full potential.

The Tomorrow’s Promise Award celebrates a woman aged 35 or younger who continues to make a significant impact in her field and community, making her “one to watch” in Pennsylvania’s banking industry. Nominees for the award are involved in their community, have a team mindset, welcome change and opportunities to take on new projects and continue to shape their organization.

New attorney

for law firm

Cliff Rieders, on behalf of Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann, has announced that Sean P. Gingerich has begun working as an associate lawyer. Gingerich has prior experience in the litigation field, having worked as an assistant district attorney in Juniata County. The attorney will be working in the civil litigation field, which includes personal injury, medical and hospital malpractice liability, whistleblower litigation, commercial lawsuits and a variety of other related matters.

“We are happy to have on board such a fine and experienced attorney to add to our excellent group of highly experienced and competent lawyers,” Rieders said.