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Joseph F. Weiss, Ph.D. ’61, Kensington, Maryland, received the Msgr. Geno Baroni Award as part of Catholic Charities of Washington, D.C., Caritas recognition program. The award is given to an individual who has been a strong advocate for the oppressed through his or her activities in the archdiocesan community. Dr. Weiss has volunteered with Dorothy Day Place for more than six years, providing donations for clients’ emergency needs. He uses his own resources and time to provide food and clothing to clients in dire need of support.

James D. Moran ’66, Philadelphia, recently self-published a monograph, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and His Struggle with Polio. Moran looks forward to writing a longer work on the subject.

Charles B. Gibbons ’67, Pittsburgh, a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, lectured on federal evidence at the Pacific Judicial Conference Trial Practice Training held in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, in January 2020.

Thomas R. McGann, M.D. ’77, York, received the 2020 Healthcare Heroes Lifetime Achievement Award from the Central Pennsylvania Business Journal.

Mary M. McCambridge '79, Lake Mary, Florida, a grief and bereavement specialist and author of several works in her field, who established the Foundation for Grieving Children, Inc., has launched a podcast, "The Mary Mac Show," lending her 35 years of experience to comfort and educate those grieving the death of a loved one. Her show was recognized among the 10 Best Podcasts on Grief by several organizations. She is also offering products for the bereaved through The Mary Mac Shop. Mary is a 2009 recipient of the Frank J. O'Hara Award.

Marion Munley ’83, Moosic, has been listed as Lawyer of the Year in The Best Lawyers in America 2020 for the practice area of “Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs” for metro Allentown, Pennsylvania. This is the third time Munley has been recognized as Lawyer of the Year. For 2017 and 2019, she received the award for the practice area of “Product Liability Litigation-Plaintiffs.”

John J. Luciani G’87, York, president of First Capital Engineering (FCE), is now officially certified as a professional traffic operations engineer (PTOE). The PTOE certification is the highest level of licensing available in the field of Traffic Engineering.

Stephen P. Castellano ’90, Glen Mills, was named chief practice operations officer at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). In this role, Castellano will be a key member of the leadership team, overseeing a multispecialty, multi-location group of medical practices as well as the design of organizational structure, day-to-day oversight of performance and operations, and the continuous improvement of administrative and clinical operating models.

Daniel Munley, Esq. '90, Waverly Township, successfully achieved recertification as a civil trial advocate from the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA). Munley is part of a growing number of trial attorneys who have illustrated their commitment to bettering the legal profession by successfully completing a rigorous application process and providing the consumer of legal services with an objective measure by which to choose qualified and experienced legal counsel. The elaborate screening of credentials that all NBTA board certified attorneys must successfully complete includes demonstration of substantial trial experience, submission of judicial and peer references to attest to their competency, attendance of continuing legal education courses and proof of good standing. Board Certification is the highest, most stringent and most reliable honor an attorney can achieve. Board certifications are the only distinctions awarded by non-profit organizations. The NBTA as well as all board-certifying organizations are committed to safeguarding the public’s ability to choose a good attorney.

Karen M. Murphy, Ph.D. ’91, Clarks Summit, chief innovation officer and founding director of the Geisinger Steele Institute for Health Innovation, was named a “2020 Woman to Watch in Health Information Technology” by Becker’s Hospital Review.
In her role at the Steele Institute, Murphy leads Geisinger’s commitment to innovation, developing leading-edge solutions that slow rising costs, improve quality and increase access to health care.
Christen Gilmore Pionzio ’91, Doylestown, a principal in the firm Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell and Lupin, was included in the 2021 edition of the Best Lawyers in America. Pionzio was recognized for Land Use and Zoning Law.

Patricia Richards-Service, Ph.D. G’91, South Abington Township, instructor in the Communication Arts department at Marywood University, was notified by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and World Learning that she has been recommended by the Peer Review Panel for placement on the Fulbright Specialist Roster for a tenure of three years. As a candidate on the Fulbright Specialist Roster, Dr. Richards-Service is now eligible to be matched with projects designed by host institutions in more than 150 countries globally. The Fulbright Specialist Program is unique among programs in the Fulbright portfolio in that host institutions lead the project development process.

James P. Walsh ’91, Clarks Green, was promoted to director of sales-east coast for United Gilsonite Laboratories, a paint specialty manufacturing company, located in Scranton.
Michael J. O’Neill ’94, Newtown Square, has joined Fellerman & Ciarimboli Law, concentrating his practice on catastrophic injury litigation, including representing people catastrophically injured by negligence associated with motor vehicle and truck collisions, medical malpractice, product liability and premises liability.

Lynn M. Heard G’97, Covington Township, has been recognized as “Nurse of the Year” in Pennsylvania and is now up for national recognition. Heard is a school nurse at North Pocono High School.

Sean Keeler, M.D. ’98, Las Vegas, Nevada, and his wife Mary, celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary in Paris, renewing their vows underneath the Eiffel Tower.

Paul M. Collins, Ph.D. ’00, Amherst, Massachusetts, published his third book, The President and the Supreme Court, with Cambridge University Press. Collins is professor of Legal Studies and Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His research and commentary have appeared in a host of popular media outlets, including CNN, The New York Times, National Public Radio, Time, USA Today, Voice of America, The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. He has also authored articles in Slate, The Conversation and the Washington Post.

Christopher M. Gallagher ’00, Doylestown, an attorney with Thomas, Thomas & Hafer, LLP (TTH), was promoted to partner in January 2020. Gallagher, who works out of TTH’s Philadelphia Office, handles general liability cases.

Gregory M. Shahum, Ph.D. ’00, G’05, Stamford, Connecticut, a health care administrator, guided Edgehill in Stamford to one of the highest distinctions of quality care and services to its residents, a deficiency-free subacute rehab inspection from the Connecticut Department of Public Health. A deficiency-free survey certifies that all skilled nursing care and services provided at the community meet or exceed the regulatory standards outlined by both the State of Connecticut and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requirements of participation.

Patrick Stokes ’01, Hillsborough, New Jersey, was elected president of the Central Jersey CPCU Society Chapter. The CPCU designation is widely considered the most distinguished designation offered in the insurance industry. Stokes works for Chubb developing advanced analytics solutions.

Members of the Class of 2001, including, from top left, Rebecca Rampolla ‘01, George Toretta ‘01, Erica Marsek Toretta ‘01, Ron Babcock ‘01, Cherie Cotterall Pisano ‘01, Carrie Fontaine Davis ‘01, Beth Fallon Galvin ‘01, Adam Swetz ’01 and Krista Mancini Swetz ’01 gather on the social platform House Party during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Brian Eltz, '02, G'05, Millersville, recently published his first children's book, Shaking Up Shakespeare, through Christian Faith Publishing (for ages 3 to 12).

Robert J. Mancuso G’06, Philadelphia, was elected partner at Drinker, Biddel, & Reath LLP, effective Feb. 1, 2020. Mancuso is one of 13 attorneys elected in the new partnership class and represents and counsels clients on a variety of life insurance and annuities matters and property and casualty insurance issues.

Mona Spellman-Benjamin ’07, Griffin, Georgia, was recently inducted into The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing 2020. Spellman-Benjamin is currently working toward building a business model for Nursing Research Implementation, American Nursing Care Solutions. The objective is to put nursing research into action in order to implement nursing research findings. One of the first research leadership papers looked at staffing and short staffing issues.

John R. Patro, OTD ’07, G’08, West Long Branch, New Jersey, was named chair and associate professor of Occupational Therapy at Monmouth University. Dr. Patro is working to open an entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctoral (OTD) program at the university’s campus in West Long Branch, New Jersey. Patro is a Ph.D. candidate in Educational Studies from Lesley University and has earned an OTD from Chatham University.

Brian J. Patchcoski ’08, State College, was the recipient of the 2019 Alumni Achievement Award from The Pennsylvania State University. Alumni Achievement Award recipients are nominated by an academic college or campus and invited by the president of the University to return to Penn State to share their expertise with students and the University community. Honorees demonstrate to students that Penn State alumni succeed in exceptional fashion at any age.

Ashley Miller Colona, ’09, Teaneck, New Jersey, is now a fourth-grade teacher at The Academy of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Tenafly, New Jersey.

Courtney Roselle ’11, Jersey City, New Jersey, was a competitor on The Rock’s “Titan Games” on NBC. Roselle is a professional Crossfit athlete and trainer for Brazen Athletics in Hoboken and Black House Strength and Conditioning in Fairfield. Roselle also has her own fitness company, Iron Grace, which sells workout apparel and offers training classes.

Holly K. Pilcavage ’12, Wilkes-Barre, was named chief executive officer of Coal Creative, a Northeast Pennsylvania-based creative agency.

Tenaz Katrak Purdy G’12, Yardley, recently published a book called Stand Out or Sit Down: Stories and Lessons for Teens and Young Adults to Find a Job They Love

Michelle D. Gano ’13, Pittstown, New Jersey, published an uplifting, inspirational book for teachers called Look Beyond the Clouds: Transform Your Daily Habits to Overcome Teacher Burnout and Find Joy in Teaching Again. Gano’s mission as a teacher and author is to spread a much-needed message of positivity, hope and gratitude to teachers.

Nurses from the Class of 2013, including, from left, Megan Garlasco ‘13, Maggie Beyer ‘13, Keely McClatchy ‘13, Nicole Lamoureux ‘13, Eilish Huvane ‘13, Christina Hiltunen ‘13, Lauren Delle Donne ‘13, Mary Beth Lee ‘13, Katherine Torto ‘13, Lauren Olmstead ‘13, Lisa Girolametti ’13 and Brianna McCullough ’13 work on the frontlines during the COVID pandemic.

Vivienne T. Meljen, M.D. ’13, Durham, North Carolina, a resident at Duke Obstetrics and Gynecology, was a 2020 Virtual Hammond Research Day winner. Hammond Research Day is a time to celebrate and honor Duke Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology residents and fellows for their exceptional achievements.

Connor M. Shanahan ’15, G’16, West Harrison, New York, manager of Multi-Specialty Clinics and AIDS Care at Westchester Medical Center, was named one of the "2020 Rising Stars – 40 Under 40" award winners by the Business Council of Westchester. The "2020 Rising Stars – 40 Under 40" is a diverse and highly talented group representing an impressive array of professionals and fields including many COVID heroes who have been on the frontlines helping those in need.

Alyssa Muchisky ’16, Eynon, a third-year medical student at Geisinger Commonwealth Medical College (GCMC), helped found "Meals for Medics" to help others during the pandemic. Muchisky and her fellow GCMC students raised funds to purchase individually-wrapped hot meals from restaurants which they deliver to staff members working the overnight 3rd shift in all departments at a local hospital.

Edward J. Foster ’17, Throop, graduated Drexel School of Law with honors.

Steven A. Picozzo ’17, Covington Township, was among the first Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine students named to the Geisinger Primary Care Scholars program. Geisinger Primary Care scholars pay no tuition or fees and receive a monthly stipend in exchange for signing on to become primary care providers in the Geisinger system. Program participants may specialize in family medicine, internal medicine or medicine/pediatrics.

Kara A. Romanowski ’19, Swoyersville, was among the first Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine students named to the Geisinger Primary Care Scholars program. Geisinger Primary Care scholars pay no tuition or fees and receive a monthly stipend in exchange for signing on to become primary care providers in the Geisinger system. Program participants may specialize in family medicine, internal medicine or medicine/pediatrics.

Evan C. Karli ’20, Mechanicsburg, joined the firm Brown Schultz Sheridan and Fritz as an audit staff accountant.

A Special Thank You 

Since March, more than 3,000 donors have contributed to the Father Sweeney Family Outreach Fund, providing emergency financial aid to help students stay enrolled at Scranton during this difficult time. The University is grateful to all who have offered their prayers and support. If you would like to make a contribution in support of current students, visit Scranton.edu/makeagift.
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