People in business

Director of

development named

Mackenzie Howe has been named director of development for Hope Enterprises.

According to a news release, in this newly created position, Howe will work with Hope’s president, executive management team and strategic planning committees to develop and execute Hope’s annual fundraising plan, build and strengthen the organization’s relationships with new and existing donors, oversee grant writing projects and develop communications strategies related to fundraising efforts. In addition, Howe will develop a planned giving program for Hope and represent the non-profit in the community to establish and maintain Hope’s relationships and partnerships with local organizations and business leaders.

“We are excited to welcome Mackenzie to this important role,” said Robert Labatch, president of Hope Enterprises, according to the news release. “As a non-profit organization whose mission is enhancing the lives of people with developmental disabilities by providing them with caring supports and responsive programs and services, Hope relies heavily on the support of individuals, organizations and businesses in our community to meet the needs of those we serve. We look forward to all that Mackenzie brings to us to help us achieve our mission.”

Howe joins Hope from the American Cancer Society in Corning, New York, where she worked in community development, cultivating corporate and community leaders, and developing income strategies for the organization. Previously, she was an enrollment manager for Elmira College in Elmira, New York. Howe’s prior positions include those of account manager and brand representative for Southern Wine & Spirits in Pittsburgh and marketing and development specialist for Iadeluca Chiropractic Center in Erie.

A graduate of Edinboro University with a bachelor’s degree in communication and media studies, Howe holds a master’s degree in education and corporate and community education from Elmira College. Howe also has received advanced certification in training of trainers and certification in human resource development.

A 501(c)(3) organization, Hope’s largest annual fundraising events include The Liberty Mutual Invitational Golf Tournament and the Williamsport Crosscutters Cutters 5K run/walk. Those who wish to donate to Hope may do so online at or by calling 570-326-3745.

Hope is a comprehensive service provider, offering a wide range of programs and services for people with disabilities, serving more than 800 individuals and their families through an experienced, committed staff. The service area reaches across an area including Lycoming, Clinton, Northumberland, Columbia, Montour, Snyder, and Union counties.

Safety manager to

aid review of exam

Tanya Montefusco, health and safety manager with Williamsport’s Larson Design Group, has been selected by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals to join its panel to revise the associate safety professional exam, the qualifying exam for the certified safety professional exam, which is the board’s highest certification for safety professionals.

According to a news release, the board is recognized as the leader in high quality credentialing for safety, health, and environmental practitioners in order to enhance the safety of people, property, and the environment. To attain the certification, applicants must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in any field or an associate’s degree in safety, health, or the environment; have one year of safety experience where safety is at least 50 percent preventative; professional level with breadth and depth of safety duties; and must pass an examination. Montefusco was one of 10 panelists from more than 500 applicants selected to revise the exam.

“We live and breathe safety at LDG,” said Montefusco, according to the news release. “It’s critically important to our clients and to each and every member of the LDG team, whether in the office or outdoors in a construction inspection or survey site. I’m honored and excited to be asked to help the CASP to enhance safety standards on a national scale.”

Montefusco earned her master’s degree in environmental health from the University of Saint Francis and her bachelor’s degree in environmental health from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is a certified hazardous materials manager as well as a certified safety professional.

Founded in Williamsport in 1986, Larson Design Group is a nationally emerging architecture, engineering and survey firm with 10 offices in four states.