Area man named an institute fellow
Jerry S. Walls, former Lycoming County department of planning and community development director and planning commission executive director, will, a news release said, be inducted into the "American Institute of Certified Planners' elite membership of AICP's College of Fellows" today at a black-tie ceremony being held in conjunction with the American Planning Association's National Planning Conference in Los Angeles.
"The AICP College of Fellows recognizes individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the planning profession and their own communities," said Institute President Anna Breinich. "The Fellows have devoted their careers to excellence in planning. They continue to set the bar for professional planners today," she added.
County planning director for more than three decades, Walls' leadership, vision and technical skills were used to address issues as diverse as greenways planning, solid waste management, infrastructure development, and emergency management planning. His many accomplishments were the result of most valuable skills-following through, building consensus, fostering meaningful public involvement, and forging partnerships.
"None of those community improvement projects could have been accomplished by a single person so I want to share the credit with numerous partners and project stakeholders who cooperated to make the vision a reality," Walls said. "As I reflect back on the process to plan and implement those projects the support of the Lycoming County Planning Commission members, our highly-effective and competent professional staff, various boards of county commissioners and collaborating municipalities, water and sewer and rail authorities and SEDA Council of Governments stands out in stark contrast to the deeply divided communities in other parts of Pennsylvania."
Walls, who continues to work as a consultant and volunteer, is named an AICP Fellow for his achievements in professional practice. He is a graduate of Wayne State University.
Every two years a new class of Institute Fellows is honored in recognition of outstanding achievements by individual planners in one of four categories: Professional practice, research, teaching and mentoring or community service and leadership.
All planners who have been certified by AICP use the letters "AICP" after their names. Fellows of AICP are designated with the letters "FAICP." There are about 15,000 practicing urban and rural planners in North America and elsewhere with the institute's certification. Of those, about 450 belong to the AICP College of Fellows.
The AICP College of Fellows, begun in 1999, is concerned with mentoring and future advancement of the profession of planning. For more than 80 years, AICP has promoted professional excellence in the field of planning by setting high standards for competence, education, experience, and ethical conduct, and by articulating the future of the planning profession.
The 2012 National Planning Conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center is the largest annual conference for professional planners in the world, the news release said. The country's first national planning conference took place in Washington, D.C., in May 1909.
The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning - physical, economic and social - so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. Members of APA help create communities of lasting value and encourage civic leaders, business interests and citizens to play a meaningful role in creating communities that enrich people's lives. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, Ill.
to office manager
The Muncy Bank and Trust Co. announces the promotion of Diane L. Jordan as assistant community office manager of its Hughesville location.
Jordan has been with Muncy Bank for nine years, most recently as a customer service representative. She received her consumer lending certificate from the American Institute of Banking and has successfully completed numerous banking courses with the AIB and PBA. She is an active volunteer in her community and donates handmade items to many fundraising efforts. Jordan resides in the Muncy Valley area with her husband, Richard. She is a mother of five as well as a grandmother of five.
Man earns 'Premier
ING Financial Partners has honored Bradley D. Hall with the "Premier Partner" title, earned by the top 13 percent of affiliated representatives. Hall has achieved Premier Partner status, a news release said, for his investment planning success, unwavering dedication to clients and reaching targeted sales goals.
"Achieving the Premier Partner designation marks an important career milestone," said Karl Lindberg, president of ING Financial Partners. "This is an opportunity for ING Financial Partners to acknowledge Brad's hard work, dedication to client satisfaction and success."
Hall is vice president with Comprehensive Financial Group. He has more than 35 years of experience in the financial services industry. ING Financial Partners is a broker/dealer with more than 2,500 representatives nationwide. Comprehensive Financial Group is not a subsidiary of ING Financial Partners, and is independently managed.
James E. Dice, PharmD, FPPAG, has been named the 2012 recipient of the Richard A. Helms Award of Excellence in Pediatric Pharmacy Practice. He is currently director of the pharmacy at the Children's Hospital of The King's Daughter in Norfolk, Va.
Dice has been an established neonatal & pediatric clinical practitioner and pediatric pharmacy practice manager and leader. Throughout his career he has developed innovative services such as automation of the parenteral nutrition process, therapeutic drug monitoring services, expanded clinical and distribution services in pediatric institutions and published one of the first individualized Lexi-Comp formulary books.
Dice, the son of Doris and the late John Dice - once principal of Cochran Elementary - was born in Williamsport. He graduated from Montoursville High School in 1972.
Dice received a bachelor's of science in pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 1977 and completed an ASHP-accredited Residency in Hospital Pharmacy at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals in 1978. In 1980, he received a PharmD from the University of Tennessee, and in 1981 completed residency training at LeBonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. He was Dr. Richard Helms' first resident trainee.
After completing his residency training at LeBonheur, he joined the faculty at the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City and served as a Clinical Pharmacist at Oklahoma Children's Memorial Hospital. While at the University of Oklahoma, he developed the pediatrics component of the therapeutics curriculum. He also developed a pharmacokinetics service and a home parenteral nutrition program. He was voted Student American Pharmaceutical Association's outstanding faculty member in 1983.
In 1984, he moved to Washington D.C., to become the assistant director for clinical services and later became the assistant director of critical care, education and information at the Children's National Medical Center where he established and expanded clinical pharmacy programs, automated the PN compounding process, started an IV Team, and was involved with pharmacy student and residency training. While at CNMC, he worked with the Baxa Corp. to develop their parenteral nutrition compounder to automate the preparation of parenteral nutrition solutions. Dice also served as chairman for an independent IRB.
In 1991, Dice became the Director of Pharmacy at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Dice expanded the unit dose and IV admixture service, implemented clinical services to the PICU, NICU, Hematology/ Oncology and Solid Organ Transplant Service, implemented a hospital wide therapeutic drug monitoring service, published a drug dosing book & formulary, served as a member of General Clinical Research Center Review Committee, and served as a preceptor for pharmacy students.
In December 2003, he became director of the pharmacy at the Children's Hospital of The King's Daughter in Norfolk, Va. While at CHKD, he has implemented a therapeutic monitoring service with medical staff credentialing of the pharmacists involved, an integrated distribution/clinical staffing model, and PGY-1 residency program.