Ruth Melberger of West Pittston, Pa., conducted a tree tour of West Pittston in conjunction with the West Pittston Library. Area residents attended the 90-minute tour where Melberger pointed out different varieties of trees, including a Magnolia tree rarely seen in this climate.
William Schmidt of Roseburg, Ore., and his wife Gretchen, spent the summer of 2018 working at the front desk of the Best Western Weston Inn in West Yellowstone, Mont.
Robert Catina, of Effort, Pa., received the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division Liberty Bell Award. The award was presented during the state association annual meeting in May in Hershey, Pa. The Liberty Bell Award honors individuals for their outstanding community service and for promoting the blessing of liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. After teaching business law at Pleasant Valley High School for nearly 40 years, Catina currently serves as tipstaff to President Judge Margherita Worthington of the Monroe County Court of Common Pleas.
James Wills of Sterling, Va., was named the managing member of Phillips Strategic Advisors, a business development company specializing in Asian, Africa and Middle Eastern markets.
Rabbi and Cantor Elliot Rosenbaum of Laredo, Texas, published his latest video, “Hashkiveynu,” which is available for viewing on YouTube. The project began in 2013 with the composing, recording and publishing on YouTube of 20 original songs based upon the liturgy of the Jewish Sabbath Evening Service and consisting of single vocal and guitar tracks and a lyrics sheet. Rosenbaum began to republish in 2015, adding vocal harmony and instruments to each audio track. The videos are part of a whole album, “Friday Night!,” which was inspired by The Beatles’s “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and draws upon traditional Jewish modes mixed with various forms of American music. Rosenbaum created the album to add accessible melodies to the cantorial repertoire to encourage those with limited Hebrew skills and to serve as a tool for students to learn the liturgy of the Sabbath evening prayers.
Pamela Pethick Gale and Randall Gale of Camp Hill, Pa., have been married 44 years. Pamela is retired from teaching reading in the Camp Hill School District. She previously worked in the personnel office of the Pennsylvania Department of General Services. Randall is a partner in the Harrisburg, Pa., office of the law firm of Thomas, Thomas & Hafer LLP, where he has worked for the last 33 years. He previously worked in the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General and as a law clerk with the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
Bruce Weinstock of Kingston, Pa., and his wife Nancy were honored on April 27 by the Wyoming Valley Children’s Association for more than 30 years of service.
Barbara Gavlick Hartnett of Swoyersville, Pa., retired from her costume rental business Costumes by Barbara in March after over 30 years in business. She continues her love of costumes and theatre in her online ETSY shop “Surely You Jester.”
Noel Jorgensen Cardew, Bouraine Meehan Smith, Mary Lou Murray Brady and Sandy Akromas Thomson – also known as the Wilkes College Barre Hall girls– got together in July at the Barley Creek Restaurant in Tannersville, Pa., for a mini reunion.
Michael Heller of Marshall, Texas, was named a charter member of the newly formed Brig Gen Camp 5, Department of Texas, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and has been appointed chaplain by the camp.
Ruth McDermott-Levy of Villanova, Pa., received a Fulbright-Saastamoinen Foundation Health and Environmental Sciences Award for teaching and research. She will be at the University of Eastern Finland from August to December 2018.
Margie Eckroth-Bucher of Bloomsburg, Pa., retired on June 30, 2017, from Bloomsburg University after 24 years. She was a full professor of nursing, and upon retiring was granted Faculty Emeritus status by the university’s council of trustees.
Ellen Van Riper of Phoenix, Ariz., was promoted to the position of chief deputy city attorney for the City of Surprise, Ariz.
Michael Williams of Liberty, N.Y., was recently appointed superintendent of schools in the Tri-Valley Central School District, in Grahamsville, N.Y.
Helen Barrett Snyder of Watstontown, Pa., recently married Robert Snyder. They live with their golden retriever, Cosette. They were married in Helen’s hometown church, Saints Peter and Paul in Towanda, Pa., and celebrated afterwards at her family’s Barrett Century Farm. She is the director of religious education at St. Joseph’s Church in Milton, Pa.
Edward Nowicki retired from the United States Air Force on June 1, 2016, as a lieutenant colonel. His retirement ceremony was held at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.
Janice Saldukas-Parsons is an education associate in the Exceptional Children’s Workgroup at the Delaware State Department of Education.
Daryle Cardone of Virginia Beach, Va., was named the executive officer of the USS George Washington, a Nimitz Class aircraft carrier, in Newport News, Va. He serves in the U.S. Navy.
Brian Malina of Easton, Pa., started a new job as director of marketing and communications at the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Ying Wu College of Computing.
Sean Higginson of Saint Charles, Mo., was recently named president of Radiology Consultants of Lynchburg in Lynchburg, Va.
Phillip Torres of Brooklyn, N.Y., a licensed respiratory care practitioner, is now practicing respiratory therapy at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nev.
William Layo of Memphis, Tenn., is working for SAIC as an information strategic planning consultant for the City of Memphis.
Sandra (Burke Porasky) Fassett of Shickshinny, Pa., had a chance meeting with the granddaughter of Wilkes’ founding President Eugene Farley. While Fassett and her husband were standing in line to enter Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas, owned by Joanna and Chip Gaines of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper,” they struck up a conversation with a young woman standing behind them. They learned that the woman’s grandfather was the founder of Wilkes College, where Fassett had studied while earning her nursing degree at the Nesbitt Memorial Hospital School of Nursing – and where she later returned to earn her bachelor’s degree.
Darron Fadden of Scranton, Pa., and his wife Jessica, welcomed daughter, Cecilia Mae, on Aug. 22, 2018. She weighed in at 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 21 inches long.
Donna Talarico Beerman MFA’10 of Lancaster, Pa., recently was featured in a front-page story in the living section of LNP, Lancaster’s Sunday newspaper. The story was about Hippocampus, the online literary magazine that Talarico Beerman founded and edits, and Books at Hippocampus, a book publishing arm that her business launched in 2017.
Mark Levy of Aventura, Fla., published a collection of 70 short essays, Trophy Envy, that he had broadcast on the public radio show, Weekend Radio.
Wendy Miller of Muncy, Pa., was named assistant dean of health sciences at Pennsylvania College of Technology. In May, she completed her doctorate, receiving the Doctor of Education degree in educational leadership from Gwynedd Mercy University.
Jonathan Hummel of Schuylkill Haven, Pa., began working as a staff accountant at Evans Network of Companies in April 2018. Prior to working with Evans, he was a staff accountant at Schuylkill Community Action.
Jason R. Woloski of Plains Twp., Pa., was promoted to assistant program director of the Geisinger Kistler Family Medicine Residency in Wilkes-Barre. Woloski continues to see family medicine patients at the Geisinger Kingston Outpatient Clinic and Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital. He also serves as a clinical assistant professor of family medicine for the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.
Trisha O’Boyle Perrin of Swoyersville, Pa., wrote a children’s book, Luna the Rescue. It was published Feb. 15, 2018.
Rasha Shaker of Greater Nashville, Tenn., was promoted to research and engagement supervisor at Grayscale Marketing in Nashville, Tenn. Previously she was the advertising and marketing coordinator for the company.
Justin Davis graduated from University of Pennsylvania with a master of science in education degree focusing on policy and reform.
James Brown of Scranton, Pa., started a business, The Brown Initiative, LLC., with his siblings, Christian and Dianna Brown. The performing arts company puts on shows featuring singing, dancing, and live music. The trio performs locally near their home in Daleville, Pa., and Scranton, Pa. In March, Brown was lucky enough to continue his baseball career, when he signed to a team in France that is part of the French Federation of Baseball and Softball. He signed a contract to play for the Metz Cometz for the 2018 season which will keep him in France until October 2018.
Rachel Leandri of Wyoming, Pa., is the co-owner of the dance studio, Broadway on the Boulevard in Pittston, Pa., with partner Brad Chikowski. The studio was formerly known as the Pittston David Blight School of Dance. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was conducted by Wilkes University’s Small Business Development Center in August. A feature about the studio ran in the Times Leader online.
Robert Catina MS, see undergraduate, 1969.
Donna Talarico Beerman MFA , see undergraduate 2007.
Sarah Doman-Bozinko MS, see undergraduate 2006.
Liz Krewson-Ross MBA recently joined the team at the Evergreen Family of Companies in Wyoming, Pa., as the manager of marketing and social media. Prior to her current position, she was the marketing and communications specialist at NiUG International.