Marcellus Shale Coalition selects officers, board
Building on the foundation established under the leadership of outgoing Marcellus Shale Coalition chairman Ray Walker, the coalition this week approved a new slate of officers and executive board members to lead the growing organization into 2012 and beyond, according to a news release.
"Our organization has been extremely fortunate to have such capable and determined leadership since forming just two short years ago," said Kathryn Klaber, president and executive director of the coalition. "Under Ray's leadership and the guidance of our outgoing executive committee, the MSC has grown from a small committee into a 250-plus member organization with one overarching goal: responsible shale gas development. It's because of their tireless efforts that accomplishing this common goal has been and continues to be possible."
Members of the coalition, the news release said, work with partners across the region to address issues with regulators, local, county, state and federal government officials and communities about all aspects of producing clean-burning, job-creating natural gas from the Marcellus Shale. The new officers and executive board members will take office Jan. 1.
"It has been a great honor and pleasure to serve as chairman of the MSC these past two years," said Ray Walker, senior vice president of Range Resources. "I have no doubt that the MSC will continue to serve as the leading natural gas trade association in this region. Looking forward, we have elected a dedicated and talented team of officers to lead us into the next phase of this exciting development and I look forward to remaining active to ensure our industry remains at the forefront of science and technology to develop this resource in a responsible manner."
The new officers include: Dave Spigelmyer as chairman, vice president of Chesapeake Energy; Rob Broen as vice-chairman, president of Talisman Energy USA; K. Scott Roy as treasurer, vice president of Range Resources Corp.; John Mollenkopf as secretary, chief operating officer of MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P.
"As a native and life-long Pennsylvanian who cares deeply about the commonwealth and the growth and progress of our industry, it's with a deep sense of gratitude and responsibility that I accept this position," said Dave Spigelmyer, the incoming coalition chairman. "There's much work to be done in the coming months and years, but with 250-plus companies and their thousands of employees, who are the Marcellus Shale Coalition, I know our best days are ahead. While we may have elected new officers, the one goal that will never change is our ongoing commitment to getting this historic opportunity right. Right for Pennsylvania, right by the community, and right for the environment."
Also serving on the 11-member MSC executive board will be: Randy Albert, CONSOL Energy; Frank Billings, Williams; Terry Bossert, Chief Oil & Gas; Heather Lamparter, EXCO Resources; Tom Lopus, J-W Energy; Craig Mayer, Pennsylvania General Energy; and Jack Williams, XTO Energy.
Elizabeth DeSantis, of the W.R. Sims Agency, Inc., was among a select group of employees at local independent insurance agencies to be recognized as a "High Achiever" by Travelers Personal Insurance. The Travelers High Achiever award is designed to recognize insurance agency employees who display superior levels of customer service, demonstrate leadership skills, encourage teamwork among their peers and contribute to the overall success of their agencies, a news release said.
Jeff Sims, president of the W.R. Sims Agency said, "Elizabeth is an outstanding performer who contributes every day to the success of our agency and to the high level of personalized service we provide for our customers. We're proud that Elizabeth has been recognized by Travelers and we appreciate her contributions to this agency."
DeSantis has been with the W.R. Sims Agency for a year and a half. She lives in Montgomery and is married to Jon DeSantis. They have a 5-year-old daughter and an 11-week-old son. In her free time, she is involved with the Sacred Heart Church in Lewisburg where she teaches children's liturgy and also volunteers for other activities. She also enjoys scrapbooking and spending time with her family.
Manpower announces its Altoona franchise has promoted Darren Welshans to the position of branch manager for their Williamsport and State College offices. Welshans began his career with Manpower more than three years ago in the role of staffing specialist. Within one year, Welshans was promoted to senior staffing specialist and risk manager and has consistently demonstrated his ability to aide area businesses in recruiting and human resource services. It is because of this exemplary performance that Welshans has received this promotion to branch manager, the news release said.
vice president for Albright Care Services
The Board of Trustees of Albright Care Services, Inc. recently named Doug Flasher as the organization's executive vice president. Flasher succeeds Shaun Smith, who was promoted to president and CEO of Albright in October. A faith-based non-profit corporation, Albright Care Services provides a continuum of care for seniors throughout the Susquehanna Valley, including the Williamsport based Albright LIFE, or Living Independently for Elders, Lycoming-Clinton program.
Flasher, a news release said, has a strong background in long term care and finance. For the last four years, he served as executive director of Normandie Ridge, an Albright senior living community in York. He holds a bachelors of science in business administration from Juniata College in Huntingdon and Hokusei Gakuen University, Sapporo, Japan. Flasher also earned a master of science in health administration from the University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Ariz., and a nursing home administrator license from the University of Scranton. He previously worked as the administrator and regional coordinator for HealthSouth Transitional Rehabilitation Centers in York and Mechanicsburg.
"Doug has extensive experience in the senior care industry," says John Ressler, executive director of Albright LIFE Lycoming-Clinton "plus his strong finance background makes him uniquely qualified to further Albright's Mission of encouraging abundant living by anticipating and responding to the needs of the aging and frail."
Flasher's primary responsibilities will include managing the day to day operations for Albright Care Services in all locations. In addition, he will manage administrative functions in the corporate office including human resources, corporate compliance, and Albright's in-house pharmacy.
"Because healthcare is changing so rapidly in the senior care industry, it's more important than ever to have advocates at the corporate level," says Flasher. "I look forward to continuing Albright's long tradition of providing exceptional care for the aging and frail."
Bank in West Milton
has new manager
West Milton State Bank announces the appointment of Michael R. Loeh to its management team as assistant vice president and community office manager of its West Milton branch. He is a graduate of Bloomsburg University with a bachelors degree in business administration. Loeh brings more than 25 years of management experience to West Milton State Bank, a news release said.
Loeh resides in Loyalsock Township with his wife, Theresa, and three children, Stephanie, Ryan and Matthew. He enjoys basketball, golf and running.
Albright Care Services, parent company of RiverWoods Senior Living Community, has added John Blessing to the staff as controller. Located in the Central Office on RiverWoods' campus, Blessing oversees the corporation's accounting department and procedures.
Blessing earned a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration from Bloomsburg University, and received extensive continuing education through the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
Blessing's most recent experience includes controller at VNA Health System, controller at Sunbury Community Hospital, and senior accountant at Geisinger Medical Center.