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Central Penn College Internship Coordinator Kristin Fike, left, stands with Barbara Richardson, right, owner of H&R Block, Shippensburg.

A look at people on the move in the Midstate business world:

Tuckey Companies earns accreditation

In April of 2019, the Tuckey Companies earned accreditation with the Better Business Bureau. Tuckey Mechanical Services, Tuckey Restoration, and Tuckey Metal Fabricators all received the designation from the BBB, which verifies the companies’ consistent commitment to excellence.

The Better Business Bureau’s accreditation standards are based on eight principles, such as honesty in advertising, transparency, and honoring promises.

“We seek to certify our promise of exceptional service through accreditation with the Better Business Bureau, an organization our customers already know and trust,” — said Hope Coutts, Operations Director at The Tuckey Companies.

“Receiving Better Business Bureau accreditation builds upon the commitment to quality our company began over 50 years ago,” said Nathan Tuckey, Corporate Systems Director at The Tuckey Companies.

Charlton takes position with Pennsylvania Association of Realtors

Alex Charlton of Springfield has been hired as the director of public policy and political affairs for the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors in Lemoyne, the association recently announced.

Charlton succeeds Derenda Updegrave, who is retiring.

Charlton served as a member of the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives during the 2016-18 legislative session. In addition, he worked as chief of staff for Sen. Thomas McGarrigle, district director for Sen. John Rafferty and managed a political campaign. He was the president/CEO of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce and a government affairs analyst for the Realtors Legislative Alliance in southeastern Pennsylvania.

“I’m very excited to be serving as the director of public policy and political affairs for PAR,” Charlton said. “I look forward to supporting the goals and mission of the association and working with the state legislature and regulatory bodies to create positive change that supports the work of real estate professionals and the consumers they serve.”

Pounder earns Distinguished Service Award

The Salvation Army of Carlisle hosted its Civic Dinner June 12 where it honored retired intelligence analyst Michael Pounder with the Carlisle Corps Distinguished Service Award.

“Mike is being recognized for his commitment to the many programs for the disadvantaged that The Salvation Army in Carlisle offers. His involvement in The Pathway of Hope Program, Genesis and Stuart House Programs, and volunteering at My Brother’s Table to feed the hungry has been outstanding and a comfort to many,” said Major Alma Riley, Corps Officer, The Salvation Army of Carlisle. “He also supports many organizations, such as, Cumberland County Adult Reentry Program and Lancaster County Reentry Program. In short, he exemplifies community service.”

Pounder was born in Reading and is a graduate of Gettysburg College and Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. He served in the Army from 1970 to 1972 and then joined the federal government as an intelligence analyst.

He and his wife, Sadie, had four boys and moved around the world with tours in Germany, Panama, Washington, DC, and Scott AFB, Illinois. Sadie served as a parish pastor and then served as a prison chaplain at the Camp Hill Correctional Facility before she died in 2014.

Mike supports many organizations such as Cumberland Country Adult Reentry Program and Lancaster Country Reentry Program, as well as The Salvation Army’s Pathway to Hope, Genesis, and Stuart House Programs. He also volunteers at the My Brothers Table to feed the hungry.

Geisinger names Vawdrey chief data informatics officer

David K. Vawdrey, a biomedical informatics executive, was recently named Geisinger’s Chief Data Informatics Officer. In his role, Dr. Vawdrey will be responsible for implementing transformational technologies and bringing value to Geisinger by harmonizing data across the clinical care, research and health plan enterprise.

Previously of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University, Vawdrey joins Geisinger with more than a decade of experience developing and evaluating innovative clinical information systems interventions that have benefited clinicians and patients across the country. Vawdrey has been on the faculty of Columbia University’s Department of Biomedical Informatics since 2007. He was the founding director of NewYork-Presbyterian’s Value Institute, which he grew from a small team of data science and health services researchers into a 200-plus-member team responsible for enterprise analytics, quality measurement, and electronic health record integration.

Vawdrey is a graduate of Brigham Young University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and a Master’s in computer science. He completed his Ph.D. in biomedical informatics at the University of Utah.

UPMC Pinnacle studying device for heart failure patients

UPMC Pinnacle recently performed the first procedure worldwide in a series of clinical trials testing an investigational device aiming to manage heart failure symptoms by repairing the left ventricle.

UPMC Pinnacle is the first of up to 40 sites worldwide that will be enrolling patients in these trials.

The U.S. clinical trial is an early feasibility study of the AccuCinch device, which is designed to repair a weakening left ventricle which underlies the progression of systolic heart failure.

Morris joins Skelly and Loy

Kay E. Morris has joined Skelly and Loy as full-time Marketing assistant.

Morris began working with Skelly and Loy in May 2016 as an intern. She earned a degree in marketing from the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown. In 2019, she was named College Scholar for Marketing by the University.

Roland Hired as assistant vice president

Members 1st Federal Credit Union has announced that Karen Roland of Camp Hill has been named Assistant Vice President of Digital Marketing.

In this newly developed role, Roland will be responsible for leading and executing the credit union’s digital marketing strategy, managing all digital marketing channels and online reputation management and increasing brand recognition.

Roland holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from West Virginia University and an MBA from the Pennsylvania State University. She is a Certified Innovation Executive and a 2013 graduate of Leadership Harrisburg Area. She has served on several nonprofit boards including St. Theresa School, United Cerebral Palsy of Central PA, and the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance. She was recently honored as one of the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg’s 2019 Women of Excellence.

Khuri hired as market president at Orrstown

Orrstown Bank announced recently that Zachary Khuri has joined the company as Executive Vice President and Market President for the Capital Region.

Khuri will be responsible for overseeing the bank’s business development and community engagement efforts throughout Dauphin and York Counties as well as the West Shore community in Cumberland County.

Khuri comes to Orrstown Bank from FNB Corporation where he served as Commercial Team Leader for the past three years. Prior to that, he spent eight years with the former Metro Bank as Market President for Harrisburg and as a Commercial Loan Officer.

He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a Master of Business Administration degree.

Contact: Shelby White Corporate Communications Officer (717) 262-7565 shelby.white@f-mtrust.com

For Immediate Release June 18, 2019

F&M Trust announces new hires and promotions

F&M Trust recently promoted Miriam DeFehr to relationship manager with the bank’s Treasury Department. She previously served as the community office manager for the bank’s Camp Hill and Mechanicsburg offices.

In her new position, DeFehr is responsible for contributing to the efforts to grow treasury management services, commercial loans and noninterest income, achieving established sales and customer service goals and demonstrating a commitment to community involvement, among other duties.

F&M Trust promoted Alicia Beecher to assistant community office manager of the bank’s Carlisle Crossing office. She previously served as a floating financial services representative for F&M Trust’s Cumberland County market.

In her new position, Beecher is responsible for servicing the financial needs of F&M Trust customers, growing and deepening the bank’s customer and community relationships and leading the team at the Carlisle Crossing Community Office.

Shippensburg H&R Block franchise receives award

H&R Block, Shippensburg, was named the 2019 Business Partner of the Year by Central Penn College at a ceremony June 4 in the Capital BlueCross Theatre. The award recognizes a local company for partnering with the college and its career services department.

In 2016, Central Penn developed a partnership with the H&R Block Shippensburg franchise, which is owned by Barbara Richardson and includes five locations in Mechanicsburg, Duncannon and Shippensburg.

The partnership enables the college’s accounting students to complete their internship at one of the franchise’s five locations. Since then, six students have successfully completed their 180-hour internships with H&R Block.

Mowery hires 10 employees in five months

Mowery announced the addition of 10 new team members hired in the first five months of 2019.

The new hires include Griffin Baublitz, carpenter; Joe Bielawski, project superintendent; Bob Huges, project superintendent; McGraw Lehman, summer intern; Jake Morris, carpenter; Matt Myers, project manager; Nick Ottaway, project superintendent; Fred Ryan, project manager; Chris Slick, structural engineer; and Holly Tritt, marketing coordinator.

“Bringing on new team members makes us a better, stronger company, providing the highest quality for our clients” said President Dave Cross. “We are grateful to expand our team with such talented individuals who will bring value to our clients.”

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