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   The Leadership Wilkes-Barre eNewsletter                                                                Spring 2012

                                                     A newsletter for friends and alumni
                                                         ...dedicated to promoting leadership
                                                                  in community service.

 FEATURE STORY


    Leadership Wilkes-Barre proudly announces that Andrea                                                Benco Dental
Caladie, CPA, will be awarded the 2012 Distinguished Leadership
Award at the upcoming Annual Dinner and Graduation; which will
be held Thursday, June 7, 2012 at the Woodlands Inn. The dinner                                          Genetti’s Hotel & Confer-
                                                                                                         ence Center/Kirby Park
celebrates Leadership Wilkes-Barre’s graduating class of 2012,
marking 31 years of developing community leaders, and
welcomes the incoming Class of 2013.
                                                                                                         The Woodlands Inn
    Andrea, Governmental Compliance Director for ParenteBeard,
LLC, is a 1999 graduate of Leadership Wilkes-Barre’s Core pro-
gram. With over 22 years of accounting experience working with
non-profits, colleges and universities, commercial and government         Andrea Caladie, CPA
entities, she lends her knowledge and expertise to such community                                        Wilkes University
organizations as the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, where she
serves as board member and treasurer, and Candy’s Place. She also serves
as treasurer to Circle 200 and currently serves on the Leadership Wilkes-                                St. Anthony’s Parish
Barre Board of Director’s Executive Committee. Prior to joining the LWB                                  Center

Executive Committee, Andrea served as chair of the LWB Alumni Council and
board treasurer.
    Within ParenteBeard, LLC, Andrea is said to act as a mentor and coach
to younger team members, encouraging them to be leaders. She is a gradu-
ate of their internal leadership program, Leadership, Entrepreneurism and                Justin Davis    Wilkes University
Achievement at ParenteBeard (LEAP), an intensive three-year program
focusing on such skills as strategic leadership and relationship building. For her dedication and hard
work she was selected by her peers to receive the Leadership Excellence Award in June 2009.
    Andrea will be presented with the Distinguished Leadership Award at the 31st Annual Leadership
Wilkes-Barre Dinner and Graduation, where 49 local professionals who have dedicated nearly ten
months to learning about the community in which they live, work, and play will be celebrated and the
incoming Class of 2013 will be welcomed. Individuals interested in attending the cocktail hour and
dinner on June 7, 2012 may contact the Leadership Wilkes-Barre office at 570-823-2101 ext. 135;
reservations are $55.
   Justin Davis, Chief Operations Officer for Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, will serve as chair-
person for the 2012 Annual Dinner & Graduation. Justin is a 2010 graduate of Executive Leadership
Wilkes-Barre and currently serves on the LWB Board of Directors.

                   4 Public Square • Wilkes-Barre, PA 18704 • 570.823.2101 • www.leadershipwilkes-barre.org
Applications Available

Leadership Wilkes-Barre Accepting Applications for the Class of 2013




                                              Core Class of 2012

Leadership Wilkes-Barre is now accepting applications for the Core program Class of 2013. For over 30 years,
Leadership Wilkes-Barre has been helping participants develop both professionally and personally while using
their leadership experience and skills as a springboard to take a more active role in their jobs, companies, and
communities.
Leadership Wilkes-Barre’s Core program is a nine month program designed to develop leadership skills in area
professionals through knowledge of team building, communication styles, presentation ability, and networking.
Additionally, it provides participants the opportunity to learn more about their community and encourages active
participation in community organizations, committees and events. The program consists of a combination of presen-
tations, class experiences, workshops and hands-on involvement in a community enrichment or beautification project.
Current Class of 2012 projects include:
•	 Blue Chip Animal Refuge – conduct supply drives, raise awareness and provide assistance renovating the
   property of this no-kill animal shelter.
•	 Leadership Offers Laughter (LOL) – a one-day festival, in conjunction with the national World Laughter Day,
   highlighting the benefits of laughter through family friendly activities and entertainment.
•	 Special Spaces – to work with the national chapter in creating dream bedrooms for children with life-challeng-
   ing illnesses.
•	 Wilkes-Barre Bears – facilities improvements for the mini-football team, including concessions, a scoreboard
   and fencing.
•	 Wilkes-Barre Free Clinic – providing assistance to the Wilkes-Barre free clinic through increased awareness
   and donations of office and medical supplies.
•	 Youth Revolution – a festival for area youth with vendors and information on healthy life choices.
Leadership Wilkes-Barre is a tuition based program. Participants are self sponsored or sponsored by their respec-
tive corporations/organizations. Scholarship assistance is also available.
Applications may be obtained by calling Leadership Wilkes-Barre at (570) 823-2101 ext.135 or online at www.
leadershipwilkes-barre.org. All applications must be completed and returned to Leadership Wilkes-Barre, 4 Public
Square, Wilkes–Barre, PA 18701 by April 15, 2012.
Leadership WIlkes-Barre Mid-Winter Cocktail Party




         Patrick J. Solano was recently honored
with the 2012 Community Leadership Award
at Leadership WIlkes-Barre’s Annual Mid-Win-
ter Cocktail Party. Held February 3rd at the
Westmoreland Club, over 400 guests attend-
ed to share in this honor, including Governor
Tom Corbett. Governor Corbett addressed the
group and spoke highly of Pat’s character and
his willingness to lend his knowledge to him
and to others, highlighting the impact he has
made in the careers and lives of many.

         Though not always visible in the pub-
 lic’s eye, Pat has led an exemplary life of
 leadership and service. During World War
                                                                Pat Solano offers remarks after receiving the
 II, he completed 23 combat missions with the                       2012 Community Leadership Award
 Eighth U.S. Air Force Heavy Bombardment
 Group. For his service, he was awarded the Group Presidential Citation, the Air Force Medal with two Oak Leaf
 Clusters, and the European Combat Theatre Medal with two Bronze Stars. In his professional career, he has held
 numerous prestigious positions, including Senior Counselor to Governor Tom Ridge and Governor Mark Schweik-
 er, as well as Senior Advisor to the Pennsylvania State Senate Majority Leader, Dominick Pilleggi. Pat has also
 served as friend and advisor to numerous public officials and community leaders, and is always willing to share
 his knowledge and leadership expertise with others.

       In addition to his military awards, Pat has also been the recipient of numerous other awards, including the
 Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Pennsylvania Environmental
 Council’s Thomas P. Shelbourne Environmental Leadership Award, a Doctor of Humane Letters from Misericordia
 University, and the United States Army Corps of Engineers Commander’s Award. Mr. Solano resides in Pittston
 Township with his wife Marie. They are the parents of six daughters and have 11 grandchildren.

                                                                     As the event’s Presenting Sponsors, Mary
                                                                Erwine of Erwine Home Health & Hospice and Peter
                                                                Danchak of PNC Bank, presented Pat with the 2012
                                                                Community Leadership Award.

                                                                        Additionally, in response to the outpouring of
                                                                  support for Mr. Solano and his belief in the power
                                                                  of inclusion in leadership, it was proudly announced
                                                                  that moving forward the Community Leadership
                                                                  Award will be renamed the Patrick J. Solano
Ann & Mike Branley, Cathy Solano, Gov. Tom Corbett, Marie Solano, Leadership Award.
    Tom & Liz Blaskiewicz, Pat Solano & Mary Pat Blaskiewicz
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       PRESENTING                                                                           FRIENDS
    Erwine Home Health &               Governor Tom Corbett, Marie & Pat                   Benco Dental
                                        Solano, Mary Erwine, Lori Nocito,             Mr. & Mrs. Frank Henry
        Hospice, Inc.
                                                 Peter Danchak
          PNC Bank                                                                        Joyce Insurance
                                                                                      Misericordia University
            GOLD                                                                            Motorworld
                                                                                      Attorney Frank Nocito
      ParenteBeard, LLC
                                                                                        Quad3 Group, Inc.
The Tambur Family Foundation

            SILVER                                                                           PATRONS
 The Black Horse Foundation                                                            Richard & Patricia Allan
 Wilkes-Barre General Hospital

                             BRONZE                                                       GIFTS
        Blue Cross of NEPA                Minichi, Inc.                            Senator Lisa Baker
           Borton-Lawson             Patrick O’Connor, Esq.                      Michael & Karen Bedrin
  Dente’s Catering & Tent Rental     O’Donnell Law Offices                    State Representative Karen &
     Elliot Greenleaf & Green    Pride Mobility Products Corp.                        Buz Boback
    First Liberty Bank & Trust     Law Offices of Eugene D.                    Linda & Charlotte Dominick
        First Liberty Wealth                Sperazza                        State Representative Tarah Toohil
            Management
Announcements

                            Dear Friends of Leadership Wilkes-Barre:
 Our 2011-12 fundraising campaign is coming to a close, and we are hoping that we can count on
 your support so that we may continue our mission. Please note that if we receive your contribution
 by April 30, 2012, your name will be included in our Annual Dinner & Graduation program book.
 Contributions received by June 30, 2012 will be listed in our Annual Report in the LWB newsletter.
                           Your donation in any amount is truly appreciated.
                   Thank you for your continued support of Leadership Wilkes-Barre.
                                      Donations may be mailed to:
                                       Leadership Wilkes-Barre
                                          Four Public Square
                                       Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
                           Donate online at www.leadershipwilkes-barre.org
                                                 Or
                   Call (570) 823-2101 ext 135 to make a donation over the phone

                          Celebrating 31 Years of Community Leadership
                  Leadership Wilkes-Barre * Junior Leadership * Intercollegiate Leadership
                                Executive Leadership * Masters Leadership



                       Thank You to Our Program Sponsors
                                            (September-March)
                     CORE                                                   JUNIOR
                  Arts YOUniverse                                       Eye Care Specialists
                  CVS/Caremark                                       John Heinz/Allied Services
                     Geisinger                                Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services
                   King’s College                             Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association
             Luzerne County Head Start
           Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs                                INTERCOLLEGIATE
               OneSource HR Solutions                         Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services
                     PNC Bank
                 Proctor & Gamble                                         EXECUTIVE
         Rosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald, LLP                              Commonwealth Health
    Sue Kline Kluger Leadership Excellence Fund                              Geisinger
                   Temple Israel                                  Lissa Bryan-Smith & Dick Smith
          Times Shamrock Communications                                  ParenteBeard, LLC
               UGI Penn Natural Gas                                Penn Millers Insurance Group
      Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association                         Riggs Asset Management
                  Wilkes University                                       Wilkes University
                Wyoming Seminary
Alumni Updates

                                     LWB Movers & Shakers...
Heather Fogle (LWB ’09) has accepted the position of General Manager for Hampton Inn & Suites in Tampa, FL
Matt Rogers (LWB ’11) was named to the Fine Arts Fiesta Board of Directors
Rebecca McCaffrey and Don Brominski (both LWB ’08) were married on March 3, 2012
Amy Hetro (LWB ’08) has accepted a position with Diversified Information Technologies
Lisa Borchert (LWB ’06) was promoted to Director of Operations with Leadership Wilkes-Barre
Robert Brzenchek (LWB ’12) has accepted a position with the Department of Defense as a Regional
Coordinator
Sean Callahan (LWB ’09) has accepted a position with H2M, Long Island, NY, as a Senior Project Engineer
Rachael Olszewski (LWB ’12) married Troy Rybicki on December 17, 2011
Shannon Doyne (LWB ’12) accepted a position with Volunteers of America as a Project Manager
Stacia Amico (LWB ’11) married Kevin Arnaud on July 23, 2011
Ed Mott (LWB ’09) was promoted to Vice President with Pennstar Bank
Patrick Endler (LWB ‘99) was named to the King’s College President’s Council
Matthew Sowcik (LWB ’04) earned his Ph.D in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University
Philip Ruthkosky (LWB ’06) earned his Ph.D in Higher Education from Penn State University
Daniel Haggerty (LWB ’09) accepted the position of Vice-President at PMJ Productions, Inc
Kim Liberaski & Joe Gibbons (both LWB ’07) were married in August 13, 2011
Cindy Garren (LWB ’09) was named Executive Director to the Alice C. Wiltsie Performing Arts Center
Bill Goldsworthy (LWB ’87) was named Deputy Director of Governor Tom Corbett’s Northeast Regional Office
Bobbie & Jackie Soper (Exec. LWB ‘06) were honored by The Association for the Blind with the 2011 Community
Partnership Award
Sara Toole (LWB ’11) married Ed Buck on September 4, 2011
Tom Williams (LWB ‘02) and his wife, Adrienne, welcomed a baby girl, Sydney Elizabeth, on July 25, 2011
Ruth Corcoran (LWB ’06) was recognized as the Small Business of the Year for Corcoran Communications and Cork
Restaurant & Bar by the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business & Industry
Gloria Blandina (Masters ’06) and Donna Sedor (LWB ’92) were honored by the Times Leader as “2011 Great
Women of NEPA”
Carmen Magistro (LWB ‘11) and his wife, Meighan, welcomed a baby boy, Maxwell Graham, on March 13, 2012


                    If you have news that you would like to share with LWB Alumni & Friends,
                                please email Therese@leadershipwilkes-barre.org
   LWB Board of Directors 2011-12
 Phil W. Amend                                         Ruth Corcoran                                   Robert Graham                                      Teresa Peck
One Source HR Solutions                                Cork Restaurant & Bar                           Riggs Asset Management Co., Inc.                   King’s College
Chair, LWB Advisory Council                            Chair, LWB Alumni Council                                                                          Robert D. Schaub, Esq.
                                                                                                       Randolph I. Granger                                Rosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald, LLP
John L. Augustine, III                                 Dr. Charles Davis                               Wyoming Seminary
Pittston Interstate Distribution Center                Penn State Wilkes-Barre                                                                            Susan Adams Shoemaker, Esq.
                                                                                                       Terri M. Kosakowski                                Riggs Asset Management Company
Stephen M. Barrouk                                     Justin Davis                                    M&T Bank
Mericle Commercial Real Estate                         Commonwealth Health                                                                                Robert Snyder
                                                                                                       James Lackenmier, CPA                              Luzerne Bank
Brent L. Berger
Quad3 Group, Inc.                                      Mark Davis                                      Blue Cross of NEPA
                                                       The Office of Senator John Yudichak                                                                Barbara Toczko-Maculloch
                                                                                                                                                          First Liberty Bank & Trust
James A. Brogna                                                                                        Thomas Leary
Allied Services                                        Kathleen Dunsmuir                               Luzerne County Community College
                                                       PNC Bank, N.A.                                                                                     Ann Toole
                                                                                                                                                          GUARD Insurance Group
Donald Brominski                                                                                       Michael A. Lombardo, Esq.
UGI Penn Natural Gas                                   Patrick J. Endler, AIA, LEED-AP                 Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn, PC
                                                       Borton-Lawson Architecture Division                                                                Tom Williams, III
Lissa Bryan-Smith                                                                                                                                         Greater W-B Chamber of Bs. & Ind.
                                                                                                       Michael A. Lombardo
Geisinger Regional Ambulatory Center                   Mary J. Erwine, RN, MSN                         Quad 3 Group, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                          Chair, JLWB Advisory Council
Chair, Executive Leadership                            Erwine's Home Health & Hospice, Inc.
                                                       Board Chair
                                                                                                       Marilyn D. Millington                              Melissa Wolf, CPA
Andrea L. Caladie, CPA                                                                                 Berkshire Asset Management, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                          ParenteBeard, LLC
ParenteBeard, LLC                                      Kathleen A. Foley
                                                       Misericordia University
                                                                                                       Donnie Minnick                                     Michael Wood
                                                                                                                                                          Wilkes University
                                                       Douglas A. Gaudet                               Prudential Financial



   Advisory & Alumni Councils 2011-12
                Leadership Wilkes-Barre Advisory Council                                                           Jr. Leadership Wilkes-Barre Advisory Council
                                                                                                       Amy M. Andrejko                Betsy Husain, RN                     Janet Rosenbaum
Phil W. Amend                      Lori Curto                         Mallory Nobile                   Kraft Foods, Inc.              Erwine’s Home Health &               Penn State Wilkes-Barre
OneSource H.R. Solutions           McCabe Mortgage Group, Inc.        Susquehanna Brewing Co.                                         Hospice, Inc.
Chair                                                                                                  Virginia Augello                                                    Kathleen Savage
                                   Donna Diltz                        Thomas M. Ruskey                                                Ibrahim Ismail
Joseph Bauman                      John Heinz Rehab/Allied Services   Manpower                         Jaime Blandina                                                      Tom Scappaticci
UGI Utilities                                                                                          Geisinger                      Katie Jescavage                      UGI Penn Natural Gas, Inc.
                                   Katrina Domkowski                  Thomas A. Scappaticci                                           Dennis Jumper
Richard S. Bonning                 Solid Cactus                       UGI Penn Natural Gas             Christopher Bone                                                    Cayla Sebastian
                                                                                                                                      First Financial Group
Intermetro Industries Corp.                                           Vice Chair
                                   Nancy P. Edgerton                                                   Bryan Carter                                                        Janis Wilson Seeley, Ph. D.
                                                                                                                                      Kim Koehl                            Luzerne Cty Community College
Becky Brominski                                                       Nicole Strauser                  Trudy Clemson                  Junior Leadership
Luzerne Cty. Community College     Randolph I. Granger                Prudential Financial
                                   Wyoming Seminary
                                                                                                                                      Wilkes-Barre                         Nancy Snyder, Esq.
                                                                                                       Cassandra Coleman                                                   Guard Insurance Group
Stephanie Chester                                                     Drew W. Taylor                   Senator Bob Casey              Cathy O’Donnell, Esq.
Prudential Financial               Stacey Kile                        F.M. Kirby Center for the                                       O’Donnell Law Offices                Dave Tarantini
                                   Geisinger Health Plan              Performing Arts                  Joe Dessoye, Esq.                                                   Wells Fargo Advisors
Denise A. Clark, QKA                                                                                                                  Michael A. O’Donnell
Prudential Financial               Donnie T. Minnick                  Jill L. Urban                    Rosella Fedor                  O’Donnell Law Offices                Bill Wagner
                                   Prudential Financial               Luzerne County Head Start                                                                            (PSEA Representative)
Christopher Court                                                                                      Jarrett Ferentino, Esq.        Renata O’Donnell                     Dallas School District
Service 1st Federal Credit Union   Casey Monagan                      Malcolm J. Williams              Assistant District Attorney
                                   Quad3 Group, Inc.                  M&T Bank                                                        Neela Patel                          Casey Waslasky
                                                                                                       Shelby Foster
                                                                                                                                      Nicole Phillips                      Tom Williams, III
                                                                                                       Arisa Gereda
                Leadership Wilkes-Barre Alumni Council                                                                                Graceann L. Platukus
                                                                                                                                                                           Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of
                                                                                                                                                                           Business & Industry
                                                                                                       Amy Hetro                      Luzerne Cty. Community College       Chair
James Brogna                       Cindy Garren                       Paula Radick, Esq.               Diversified Information
Allied Services Foundation         Alice C. Wiltsie Performing Arts                                                                   Kathy Reiser                         Maria T. Zangardi
                                                                                                       Technologies, Inc.
                                   Center                             Susan Smith                                                                                          Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs
Becky Brominski                                                                                        Michael Hizny
Luzerne Cty. Community College     Hildy Ide                          Cheryl Summa
                                   Hilton Garden Inn                  Eyecare Specialists
Joseph Calore                                                                                                        Intercollegiate Leadership Wilkes-Barre
                                   Terri Kosakowski                   Drew Taylor
                                                                                                                                 Advisory Council
Commission on
Economic Opportunity               M&T Bank                           F.M. Kirby Center for
                                                                      the Performing
Ruth Corcoran                      James Martin                                                        Misericordia University                            King’s College
Corcoran Communications            Commonwealth Health                Ed Troy                          Kit Foley                                          Sean Cryan
Chair                                                                 Ed Troy Insurance Agency, Inc.   Patrick McKamy
                                   Rita Molino                                                                                                            Luzerne County Community
John Dawe                          Leadership Wilkes-Barre            Lisa Webby                       Intercollegiate Leadership W-B                     College
Dawe Consulting Services                                              Kingston Commons
                                   Cyndi Montigney                                                     Kim Koehl                                          Mary Sullivan
Partrick Della Valle               Frontier Communications            Tracey Williams                  Therese Maxfield
Employment Law                                                        Jack Williams Tire & Auto                                                           Penn State Wilkes-Barre
Information Network                Peggy Nork                                                          Keystone College                                   Jackie Warnick- Piatt
                                   SPCA of Luzerne County                                              Lucy Lopes
Noreen Diaco                                                                                           Lucas Taylor                                       Wilkes University
Geisinger                                                                                                                                                 Jamie Miller

				
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