THE LEAD STORY...
The Leadership Wilkes-Barre eNewsletter Spring 2011
A newsletter for friends and alumni
...dedicated to promoting leadership
in community service.
Leadership Wilkes-Barre recently honored Lissa Bryan-Smith
with the 2011 Distinguished Leadership Award at the 30th Annual
Dinner and Graduation; held Thursday, June 2nd at Genetti’s
Hotel & Conference Center. The dinner celebrated Leadership Alumni, friends and
Wilkes-Barre’s graduating class of 2011, marking 30 years of
community progress, and welcomed the incoming Class of 2012.
Lissa serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of Geisinger
Regional Ambulatory Center and is a 2005 graduate of the
Leadership Wilkes-Barre Executive Program. Her dedication to Genetti’s Hotel &
the community coupled with her unwavering kindness and gener- Conference Center
osity makes her an ideal candidate for the award. This is proven
time and time again through her involvement, both professionally and socially. In
addition to serving on a number of Geisinger committees, including the Advisory
Council, Ethics Committee, and Clinical Effectiveness Operations Work Group, River Street Jazz Cafe
Lissa is also an active member on a number of community organizations. She
was the 2010 Campaign Chair for the United Way of Wyoming Valley. Under
her leadership, the organization surpassed its campaign goal. Additionally, she Genetti’s Hotel & Confer-
serves on the board of directors for the Cultural Council of Luzerne County, the ence Center/Kirby Park
North Branch Land Trust, and Leadership Wilkes-Barre, where she also serves as
the Chair of the Executive Leadership program. Lissa is also a member of the
Luzerne County Historical and Geological Society, the South Wilkes-Barre Busi-
ness Association, Circle 200, and in 2008 held the position of Honorary Chair- Michael A. Lombardo Kirby Park
person for the Northeast March of Dimes walk.
Lissa’s work ethic and steadfast leadership has certainly not gone unnoticed; she has been recognized
by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Business Journal as one of the area’s “Top 25 Women in Business” and
was spotlighted by the Times Leader’s Focus section on Intriguing Area Women. Other accomplishments
include the publishing of two books on antiques and being featured in several publications and television
shows including, Martha Stewart Living and HGTV.
She and her husband, Richard, have certainly become staples in the community as they show their
dedication to the redevelopment and revival of Downtown Wilkes-Barre. This is shown not only through
their heavy community involvement but through their recent purchase and complete renovation of their
home in the heart of the city.
Michael A. Lombardo, Director of Development and Marketing for Quad Three Group, Inc., served as
chairperson for the 2011 Annual Dinner & Graduation.
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Class of 2011 CORE Program Projects
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
~ Margaret Mead
Look Before You Leap The LiTTLe TheaTre Group
A high school career fair hosted at Misericordia University An “Extreme Makeover” of the Little Theatre of
showcasing multiple industries and top area professionals. Wilkes-Barre lobby.
Carol Fahnestock Matthew Rogers, Esq.
Erik VanLaningham Carmen Magistro
Joshua Courter Douglas Pape
Lauren Pluskey Maura Goodwin
Maria Zangardi Joe Bauman
Nicole Litts Noreen Diaco
Ted Ringsdorf Robert Chepalonis
Wayne Morgan Scott O’Hara
river rock shadY Ladies
A collaborative project with “Keep PA Beautiful” to clean up A project focused on increasing skin cancer awareness
an illegal dumping site in Hanover Township. through promotion of safe-sun practces by hosting assemblies
Alvaro Sevilla with children in grades K-5.
Kelly Bray Jennifer Duggan
Nick Ouellette Danielle McCoy
Lindsay Griffin Denise Allabaugh
Hilda Huertero Graceann Platukus
Kerri Stephens Jamie Guilford
Lisa Webby Judy Bloom
Marlon Pitts Sandy Michalisin
Renovation of the historic barn at The Lands at Hillside Farms,
creating an educational museum for use by schools and
Jo-Anne Moss Thank You to Our Proud Program Sponsors:
Proctor & Gamble Luzerne County Convention
& Visitors Bureau
Pamela Pall Temple Isreal
Stacey Kile Wilkes University
Stacia Amico Allied Rehab/
Stephen Salavantis John Heinz Rehab
Junior Leadership Wilkes-Barre Projects
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Book & BaBy Basics Lien Do luck For the laurels Ryan Twardzik
Mark Macosky Emily Prater EnglishAnn Handlong Kevin Katchko
Sam Bitzer Renata O’Donnell Angelina Hoidra Rod Cook
Jessica Valenti Thomasina Watson Lindsey Dotzel Arisa Gereda
Kristen Boyle Cayla Sebastian Jennifer Rutkawski hooPs For hoPe 10
Alexa Moran kilometers For a cause Mary Pettit William Cavanaugh
Hali Santiago Chelsea Martin Kristin Sheetz Michael Hizny
Shelby Jackloski Elizabeth Cavanaugh Michelle Fernando Jenna Skirnak
Cody Swan Ashlyn Reiser Bryn Grolewski Brittany Malia
Jeremy Bytheway Logan May Alexa Gorski Nicole Phillips
Lauren Zito Shelby Foster Jamie Lee Brianna Good
Flag FootBal tournament Amy Viti Pitching For Peace Christopher Bone
Sean Sedor Johanna McGovern Anshuman Sethi Louis Vullo
Shelby Flaherty Bryan Carter Anthony Panaway Kendra Radle
Andrew Santora Billy Trowbridge Leah Majdic Anthony Schwab
Ibrahim Ismail Sean Bergold
30th Anniversary All Classes-All Programs Reunion
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Welcome the Core Class of 2012
THOMAS J. AMICO DANIEL E. HADDLE, JR. JOSHUA C. OLMSTEAD
Pride Mobility Products corP. MoheGan sun at Pocono downs steP by steP, inc.
EMILY A. ARIEL JASON HARLEN DAVID R. PARSNIk
John heinz institute of wyoMinG valley alcohol & druG luzerne county GovernMent
rehabilitation Medicine services, inc.
DONNA H. PATTON
LINDA S. ARMSTRONG JESSICA E. HAVERN M&t bank
dress for success luzerne county GeisinGer reGional
aMbulatory center LISA M. PERTA
AMY BACHMAN Mccabe MortGae GrouP
Misericordia university LUCIANA C. HERMAN
luzerne county PATTI M. POTOMIS
LYNN BACHSTEIN coMMunity colleGe sallie Mae
benco dental co.
DIANA JOHNSON ANNA L. PUGLIESE
ALLISON J. BAHRT sallie Mae northwestern Mutual
uGi utilities, inc.
kANDACE L. kEEFER MATT SCHULTE
ROBERT M. BREzENCHEk united way of wyoMinG valley Proctor & GaMble
luzerne county eMerGency
ManaGeMent aGency NONA F. LOFTUS BARBARA A. SCIANDRA
Pnc bank kMart PharMacy
WILLIAM F. BURkE, ESq
burke vullo reilly & roberts LUCAS A. MATTHEWS LISA F. SCIANDRA
Gavlick Personnel Pennstar bank
MICHAEL G. BURNS
GUARD insurance GrouP JESSICA MATUSHEk BRIAN P. STAHL ESq.
frontier coMMunications houriGan, kluGer & Quinn P.c.
LORI A. COOPER
luzerne county head start RADUNE E. MAUTz MELISSA A. SzAFRAN
GeisinGer wyoMinG valley hoyt library
MARC T. DECOWSkI heart hosPital
Parentebeard llc MICHELLE R. WEST
DAVID MEHALL ed troy insurance aGency, inc.
ALAN M. DENTE tiMes shaMrock coMMunications
dente’s caterinG & rental co. JEREMY YAkUS
JAMIE R. MILLER the citizens’ voice
SHANNON DOYNE wilkes university
shanrock services CHRISTINE L. zAVASkAS
MICHELLE MORGAN northeast reGional cancer institute
FRANCES L. EGLER PePPerJaM
f.M. kirby center for the JOHN J. zELENA
PerforMinG arts MELISSA MULLIN interMetro industries
SEMIE GHEBREzADIk JOHN T. zELINkA , ESq.
Proctor & GaMble DANIEL C. NOONE rosenn, Jenkins &
Prudential financial Greenwald, llP
DOROTHY A. GRILLI
Grilli real estate, inc.
Currently aCCepting appliCations!
Leadership WiLkes-Barre executive program
Leadership WiLkes-Barre masters program
The Executive Program is a community orientation program for key executives and
professionals who have recently moved to Northeastern Pennsylvania, are new to their
position, or would like to become reaquainted with the community. Sessions are held
weekly for six weeks.
The Masters Program provides an opportunity for retired, semi-retired, and other
interested individuals to gain knowledge of the community they live in, while refresh-
ing leadership skills and interacting with area leaders. Sessions are held weekly for six
Programs begin in the Fall of 2011.
Applications may be obtained by contacing the Leadership Wilkes-Barre office at
(570) 823-2101 ext. 135 or email@example.com.
Applications are also available to download at www.LeadershipWilkes-Barre.org.
*All program dates are TBD, schedules will be released over the summer.
Ben Tielle (LWB ’09) has been promoted to Assistant Vice-President at PNC Bank.
Joanne Moss (LWB ’11) is engaged to Anthony Salerno.
Melissa Tomascik (LWB ’09) and her husband, Matthew Gibson, welcomed a daughter, Lucy Valentine, on April 19,
kelly Bray, esq. (LWB ’11) married Darren Snyder on April 30, 2011.
Jamie anzalone (LWB ’09) and his wife, Mary, welcomed a daughter, Norah Rosarii, on April 18, 2011.
Lissa Bryan-smith (ELWB ’05) has been awarded the LWB Distinguished Leadership Alumni Award.
Jennifer duggan (LWB ’11) and her husband, Shawn, welcomed a daughter, Riley Ann, on April 28, 2011.
Michael Bean (ELWB ’06), steve Brecher (LWB ’10), Justin Davis (ELWB ’10), Jack Jones (LWB ’05), donnie Minnick
(LWB ’09) and Theresa peck (LWB ’99) have been named to the LWB Board of Directors.
Judy Bloom (LWB ’11) has accepted a position with Borton-Lawson Engineering.
Carmella Gubbiotti (LWB Intern ’11) was awarded the title of Miss Mountain Laurel and will be competing in the
Miss Pennsylvania pageant in June.
Gabrielle richards (JLWB ‘10) and carly sokach (JLWB ’10) were selected as finalists for NEPA’s Best & Brightest 2011.
LWB Board of Directors 2010-11
Phil W. Amend Ruth Corcoran Robert Graham Robert D. Schaub, Esq.
One Source HR Solutions Cork Restaurant & Bar Riggs Asset Management Co., Inc. Rosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald, LLP
Chair, LWB Advisory Council Chair, LWB Alumni Council
Randolph I. Granger Susan Adams Shoemaker, Esq.
John L. Augustine III Dr. Charles Davis Wyoming Seminary Riggs Asset Management Company
The Greater Wilkes-Barre Penn State Wilkes-Barre Board Chair
Chamber of Bus. & Ind. Terri M. kosakowski
Mark Davis M&T Bank Robert Snyder
Stephen M. Barrouk The Office of Senator John Yudichak Luzerne Bank
Mericle Commercial Real Estate
James Lackenmier, CPA
kathleen Dunsmuir Blue Cross of NEPA Barbara Toczko-Maculloch
Brent L. Berger PNC Bank, N.A. First Liberty Bank & Trust
quad Three Group, Inc.
Thomas Leary Ann Toole
Patrick J. Endler, AIA, LEED-AP Luzerne County Community College
James A. Brogna Borton-Lawson Architecture Division Guard Insurance Group
Michael A. Lombardo, Esq.
Mary J. Erwine, RN, MSN Hourigan, kluger & quinn, PC Tom Williams, III
Donald Brominski Erwine's Home Health & Hospice, Inc. Greater W-B Chamber of Bs. & Ind.
UGI Penn Natural Gas Chair, JLWB Advisory Council
kathleen A. Foley Michael A. Lombardo
Lissa Bryan-Smith Misericordia University
quad 3 Group, Inc.
Geisinger Regional Ambulatory Center
Chair, Executive Leadership Douglas A. Gaudet Marilyn D. Millington
Penn Millers Insurance Berkshire Asset Management, Inc.
Andrea L. Caladie, CPA Michael Wood
ParenteBeard, LLC Stephen J. Rosenthal
Advisory & Alumni Councils 2010-11
Leadership Wilkes-Barre Advisory Council Jr. Leadership Wilkes-Barre Advisory Council
Phil W. Amend Donna Diltz Mallory Nobile Amy M. Andrejko kim koehl Tom Scappaticci
OneSource H.R. Solutions John Heinz Rehab/ Susquehanna Brewing Co. kraft Foods, Inc. Junior Leadership UGI Penn Natural Gas, Inc.
Chair Allied Services Wilkes-Barre
Thomas M. Ruskey Virginia Augello Janis Wilson Seeley, Ph. D.
Richard S. Bonning Nancy P. Edgerton Gateway Energy Services Timothy Lambert Luzerne County
Intermetro Industries Corp. Jaime Blandina Community College
Heather D. Fogle Thomas A. Scappaticci Geisinger Troy Lewis
Stephanie Chester Hilton Garden Inn (Vice Chair) Claire Sesson
Prudential Financial UGI Penn Natural Gas Christopher Clemson Bob Loftus
Randolph I. Granger WNEP TV Nancy Snyder, Esq.
Cassandra Coleman Guard Insurance Group
Denise A. Clark, qkA Wyoming Seminary Drew W. Taylor
Senator Bob Casey Cathy O’Donnell, Esq.
Prudential Financial F.M. kirby Center for
Sara D. Hansen O’Donnell Law Offices Jessica Swoboda
the Performing Arts Joe Dessoye, Esq.
Christopher Court Osterhout Free Library Michael A. O’Donnell Dave Tarantini
Service 1st Federal Credit Jill L. Urban Rosella Fedor O’Donnell Law Offices Wells Fargo Advisors
Union Becky McCaffrey Luzerne County Head Start
Luzerne County Jarrett Ferentino, Esq. Neela Patel Ashley Vargas
Lori Curto Community College Malcolm J. Williams Assistant District Attorney
McCabe Mortgage M&T Bank Heather Pieszala Bill Wagner
Group, Inc. Donnie T. Minnick Amy Hetro (PSEA Representative)
Prudential Financial Wilkes University kathy Reiser Dallas School District
Betsy Husain, RN Gabrielle Richards Casey Waslasky
Leadership Wilkes-Barre Alumni Council Erwine’s Home Health &
Hospice, Inc. Janet Rosenbaum Tom Williams, III
James Brogna Cindy Garren Cyndi Montigney Penn State Wilkes-Barre
Allied Services Foundation Frontier Communications Greater Wilkes-Barre Cham-
Therese Maxfield katie Jescavage ber of Business & Industry
Christine Buchina Leadership Wilkes-Barre Paula Radick Chair
Elliot, Greenleaf, First Financial Group
Michelle Butcher Bob kalinowski Siedzikowski & Dean
Geisinger Wyoming Valley The Citizens’ Voice
Joseph Calore Terri kosakowski The Citizens’ Voice Intercollegiate Leadership Wilkes-Barre
Gary LaTorre Eyecare Specialists Misericordia University Luzerne County Community
Ruth Corcoran Prudential Retirement kit Foley College
Corcoran Communications Drew Taylor Patrick Mckamy Mary Sullivan
Chair Robert Loftus F.M. kirby Center for
WNEP TV the Performing Intercollegiate Leadership W-B Penn State Wilkes-Barre
Michelle Davies kim koehl
kraft Food Jackie Warnick- Piatt
James Martin Ed Troy
WVHCS Ed Troy Insurance Agency, Wilkes University
John Dawe Inc.
Dawe Consulting Services Keystone College Jamie Miller
John Mazza Lucy Lopes
Partrick Della Valle Jack Williams Tire & Auto
Employment Law King’s College
Information Network Sean Cryan