The Croda Inc. Community Advisory Council recently welcomed a new member to the all-volunteer advisory group for its Mill Hall facility. Area resident Brian Martin joined the 12-member council, which was established in 2001 to better educate community members about Croda and to enhance peoples' understanding of the area manufacturer.
Brian Martin is the store manager for Lowe's in Mill Hall. He is a native of North Carolina and graduated from the University of North Carolina with a bachelors in business administration. He has worked at the Mill Hall Lowe's store and lived in the area since 2007.
Martin joins other local residents on the council, including Rob Getz, Fred Hoy, Gary Mellott, Nicole Rall-Miller, Betty Packer, Sue Peters, Michelle Rae, April Strouse, Eric Stover, Michelle Walizer and Tom Walker. Charlie Williams, Croda safety, health and environmental manager, serves as leader for the advisory council.
Croda Inc. operates the Mill Hall manufacturing facility in Bald Eagle Township and is a manufacturer of ingredients used in products for the home, personal care and healthcare industries.
New human resources
director for hospital
Lock Haven Hospital announces Courtney Kunes, human resources recruiter has been promoted to the position of director of human resources at the hospital.
"Courtney has done a stellar job with being the interim director, so it was an easy choice for us to promote her to lead this important department," said John Zidansek, CEO, Lock Haven Hospital. "Our mission is to make Lock Haven Hospital a great place for people to work, physicians to practice medicine and patients to receive care and Courtney is a key piece in that process."
Kunes joined Lock Haven Hospital in June of 2011 as a human resources recruiter. Prior to joining the hospital Kunes served as an executive assistant at the Steinbacher & Stahl Law firm in Williamsport. Her background includes a variety of positions with the Pennsylvania College of Technology, finishing as the assistant director of admissions.
Kunes holds a masters degree in adult education and a bachelor of science in applied human services from Pennsylvania State University. Kunes and her husband, Brian enjoy travel, snowmobiling and spending time with family.
Rob Carleton, branch administrator for First Citizens Community Bank, has announced the promotions of both Lori Hamblin and Amanda Seeley as customer service counselors. "It is great to find talent and loyalty within the organization that allows us to promote from within," Carleton stated.
In their new positions, Hamblin and Seeley will focus on satisfying the needs of our consumer and mortgage loan customers. Although their primary focus will be lending, they will continue to play a vital role in recognizing and proactively fulfilling all of the needs of their customers - from checking and on-line banking to retirement planning.
Hamblin joined First Citizens in 2005 as a customer service counselor in the Wellsboro office, where her primary responsibility was focused on satisfying customers' deposit and investment needs. Hamblin is a 2008 graduate of the Tioga County Development Corp. Leadership Program, a 2011 First Citizens Leadership Program graduate, and recently completed her first year of the Pennsylvania Bankers' Association Advanced School of Banking.
She is involved in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. She and her husband, Marty, have lived on the family farm in Middlebury for the past 35 years and are parents to 3 sons.
Seeley joined First Citizens in 2003 as a teller in the Blossburg office. In 2007, she was promoted to the position of customer service counselor in the Mansfield office, where her primary responsibility was focused on satisfying customers' deposit and banking transactional needs. Seeley is a 2010 graduate of the Tioga County Development Corp. Leadership Program and is actively involved in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. She resides in Lawrenceville with her husband Mickey and two children Abbagail and Landon.
Law firm staff presents
at conference in region
Steinbacher & Stahl staff Eric Ladley, attorney, and Laurie George, special needs planner, were invited to present a session at the 11th annual state Community on Transition conference in State College on July 27. Those attending were educators, parents of teens who have special healthcare needs, and agency provider representatives. Their presentation was titled Legal Planning for Special Needs: Why, When and How?
According to Ladley, families need to be aware of the rules that apply to public benefits such as SSI, SSDI, and MAWD. "Many times important benefits and community programs are put at risk because of a personal injury settlement, an inheritance, or even child support payments," Ladley told the conference, according to a news release. "We can help individuals who have a disability and their families organize their legal planning to create or maintain eligibility for benefits."