People in business

Banks’ parent company names presidents

Richard A. Grafmyre, CEO of Penns Woods Bancorp. Inc. has announced the promotions of Brian L. Knepp to president of Penns Woods Bancorp. Inc. and Karen S. Young to president of Jersey Shore State Bank, a news release said.

Knepp graduated from Susquehanna University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and has his CPA certification as well as 20 years of experience in the banking industry. Knepp also administers the bank’s asset/liability position and the company’s investment portfolio and is a member of the Penns Woods Bancorp. Inc. and Jersey Shore State Bank board of directors and is the chief financial officer of Luzerne Bank and Jersey Shore State Bank. He is also the CEO of the Jersey Shore State Bank subsidiary, M-Group, D/B/A The Comprehensive Financial Group.

Young graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin and has 33 years of banking and leadership experience. Previously serving as the Eastern Regional President of Jersey Shore State Bank, Young is a well-connected professional in the North Central and Central Pennsylvania areas. Young brings a dynamic style of leadership built upon a strong relationship with front-line employees and an understanding of the market’s needs and how they must be met.

“Brian and Karen are invaluable members of the leadership team at Penns Woods Bancorp. and Jersey Shore State Bank and have shown that they are ready to handle the responsibilities that they will take on once this transition has been made,” said Grafmyre, according to the news release. “Looking to the future, the board of directors, leadership team, and succession planning committee feel extremely confident in their ability to continue leading this company.”

The promotions come as a result of the Penns Woods Bancorp. succession planning process. The company is striving to be out-in-front of leadership transition by putting the plan in place. Grafmyre, who is still active as the company’s CEO, and the succession planning team are gradually transferring responsibilities.

Penns Woods Bancorp. Inc. is the $1.4 billion parent company of Jersey Shore State Bank and Luzerne Bank. Jersey Shore State Bank operates fifteen branch offices providing financial services in Lycoming, Clinton, Centre, Montour and Union counties. Luzerne Bank operates nine branch offices providing financial services in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties.

Realtor of the

Year recognized

The West Branch Valley Association of Realtor’s recently presented Melanie McLane with the 2017 Realtor of the Year award at the Realtor’s annual membership meeting held at Farrington Place in late October, according to a news release.

McLane has served on numerous local, state and national committees throughout her 40-plus year career in the Real Estate Industry.

McLane has always been a “go-to” for many of our local association members and members throughout the country, as she is well versed in all aspects of real estate and is also “just as dedicated to her family and her community,” the news release said.

She has been an organist for her local church since the early 1990’s and she volunteers monthly at a local food bank. McLane and her late husband Jim were blessed with two children and three grandchild with whom she spends most of her free time with when she is not teaching or working with her buyer and sellers.

Hospital names patient safety director

Rebecca Boop has been named director of clinical quality and patient safety at Evangelical Community Hospital and began her duties in October.

As director of clinical quality and patient safety, Boop is responsible for assuring all state and federal patient safety regulations are followed. She oversees quality management activities and manages the design, development, and implementation of improvement initiatives that support Evangelical’s commitment to quality of care for its patients.

With over two decades of nursing experience, Boop has served in various nursing roles from direct patient care to leadership and management throughout her career. She holds a master’s degree in nursing and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Chamberlain College of Nursing. No stranger to Evangelical, Boop dedicated six years as a critical care nurse and medical/surgical nurse at the hospital during the early part of her career.

Boop comes to Evangelical from the Geisinger Health System, where she has served in quality care positions such as clinical patient safety and risk coordinator and root cause analysis specialist. Most recently she served as the operations manager of transplant services.

Evangelical is a non-profit organization that employs over 1,700 individuals and has more than 170 employed and non-employed physicians on staff. The Hospital is licensed to accommodate 132 overnight patients, 12 acute rehab patients, and 18 bassinets. The Hospital serves residents throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley, including those living in Snyder, Union, Northumberland and Lycoming counties.

New partner for regional law firm

Lepley, Engelman and Yaw LLC has announced David Wilk as a new partner in the law firm. He has been with the firm since 2012, concentrating in the areas of auto, truck and motorcycle accidents; workers’ compensation; slip and fall; and serious injury and death cases, a news release said.

Lepley, Engelman and Yaw has offices in Williamsport, Lewisburg and Canton and serves over a 20-county area.

Wilk earned his juris doctorate from the Syracuse College of Law in 1992 where he graduated cum laude. He also graduated cum laude from Lycoming College in 1989. He was law clerk to the Judge Clinton W. Smith in the Court of Common Pleas, Lycoming County from 1992 to 1994. He was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 1992, the U. S. District Court for Middle District of Pennsylvania in 1994, and the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 1996.

Wilk is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Lycoming Law Association. His personal injury law practice encompasses over ten counties served by the firm.