People in business

Engineering firm hires

interior designer

Larson Design Group recently announced that Dani Eck has joined its Williamsport office as a licensed interior designer, according to a news release.

Eck has 25 years of experience in architectural design and project management. She’ll serve as a designer in Larson Design Group’s retail design department, providing quality control, quality assurance, code research, and specifications. Eck is familiar with IBC, accessibility, and healthcare codes. She has knowledge in interior design implementation for healthcare and retail clients.

“We’re delighted to have Dani join our group,” said Robert Gehr, director of regional operations. “Her expertise in interior design will be valuable as we create innovative spaces for retail clients.”

Eck graduated from Pennsylvania College of Technology with an associate’s degree in architectural technology.

2 county attorneys

join leadership

for association

More than 80 appointees from across the state — including two from Lycoming County — have taken leadership roles as 2017-18 chairs of committees and sections of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, a news release said. Many of the association’s policies and positions prompting development of state laws and actions viewed as beneficial to the legal system, the courts and the public result from actions initiated by the leaders and members of these groups.

William P. Carlucci, of Elion, Wayne, Grieco, Carlucci and Shipman PC, Williamsport, and past association president, was renamed co-chair of the association’s political action committee. The committee raises funds and contributes to the campaigns of incumbent legislators and legislative candidates supporting legislation and related issues of interest to lawyers and the association.

Tammy A. Weber, of Marshall, Parker and Weber, Williamsport, will become chairwoman of the association’s elder law section, which assists lawyers, the elderly population and those associated with the elderly community through educational programs focusing on advancements in elder law. This appointment is effective July 21.

Founded in 1895, the Pennsylvania Bar Association exists to promote justice, professional excellence and respect of 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.

Office names

month’s employee

Marc Schaefer has been named the state Department of Transportation regional district office’s Employee of the Month for June 2017.

Schaefer is the bridge inspection coordinator working under the bridge safety engineer. He is responsible for the district’s four bridge inspection crews. This work includes the regular inspection of the more than 2,900 state bridges located within the district, as well as responding to emergency inspections.

According to a news release, “he is an excellent administrator who can adapt to frequent bridge inspection policy changes. He is skilled at running the reports needed to ensure all bridge inspection schedules are populated correctly.”

When Schaefer’s supervisor went on extended leave, he and other bridge inspection staff have helped absorb his duties during his absence. This work includes assisting the district bridge engineer with tracking high-priority bridge maintenance work to ensure this work is completed by due dates.

“He is a consummate team player who is willing to assist teams with bridge inspections whenever needed,” the news release said. “This allows him to better manager inspection teams by knowing their needs and how they can perform inspections more efficiently.”

A certified scuba diver, Schaefer manages the only in-house underwater bridge inspection program in PennDOT.

Schaefer, a five-year PennDOT employee, lives in Williamsport.

Loan officer

joins team

AgChoice Farm Credit recently announced that Matt Hackenberg joined the Susquehanna Valley sales team, based in Lewisburg, as a loan officer supporting Snyder and Union counties, according to a news release.

Hackenberg graduated from Penn State this year with an animal science degree and double minor in agribusiness management and poultry and avian sciences. In 2016, he successfully completed the two-year AgChoice Scholars program.

“I really enjoyed the AgChoice Scholars program,” Hackenberg said. “I am excited to continue working with the AgChoice team and serving our customer-owners.”

Hackenberg is a lifelong resident of the Susquehanna Valley, and his family farms outside Sunbury.

“Matt has a strong agricultural background that began on his family’s farm,” said Brad Wentzel, AgChoice branch sales manager. “We think those deep, local connections to agriculture are important assets for our lenders to share with our customer-owners.”

AgChoice Farm Credit’s Susquehanna Valley branch office services more than $234.2 million in total loan volume for agricultural, forest products and rural customers in Columbia, Clinton, Luzerne, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties in Pennsylvania.