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UZRC Names New Administrator October 15, 2018

United Zion Retirement Community (UZRC), 722 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, has announced that nursing home administrator (NHA) Ellen Haupt has rejoined the team.

Haupt was the director of nursing at UZRC several years ago. In the interim, she has served as an NHA at various nursing homes, including Luther Acres, Frey Village and St. Anne's. Most recently, Haupt was the director of quality assurance/education at St. Martha's Center in Downingtown, where she developed policies and educated staff on compliance and regulations. Haupt has created and implemented Quality Assurance Performance Improvement programs that have led to improvements in CMS Five-Star Ratings.

Haupt earned her Nursing Diploma from Saint Joseph Hospital School of Nursing and her bachelor's degree in nursing from Millersville University. She received her NHA qualifications from York College. She also earned an Aging Service Professional certification from the University of Texas.

Haupt will lead the skilled nursing team, medical staff and other professionals as they move into the recently renovated and expanded health care center for long-term care and short-term rehabilitation. The updated 59-private-room health care center is now grouped into smaller skilled care neighborhoods of 15 to 20 residents each. Each neighborhood will have its own kitchen, dining room and living area. This change to the neighborhood model supports UZRC's person-centered approach to care. For those interested in learning more about the health care center or other areas within the community, UZRC will hold an open house on Saturday, Oct. 20.

For more information, readers may visit or contact Megan Weiss at


Dental Practice Announces New Name, Welcomes New Dentist October 12, 2018

MJP Family Dental, formerly known as Kassab & Johnson Family Dental, 28 N. Barbara St., Mount Joy, has recently transitioned to new leadership. In August, Dr. Eli Katz replaced Dr. Edward Kassab and Dr. Janice Johnson upon their retirements.

While the practice features a new name and primary care provider, the office has retained its same location and six team members. Katz, who speaks English and Spanish, and his staff are committed to providing personalized service of the highest quality, as well as to maintain an active schedule of continuing education in order to stay up-to-date on the latest techniques and materials.

Katz graduated with honors from Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor's degree in engineering science and then received his Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (DMD) from Temple University's Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry. Katz, who is a Philadelphia native, followed in his father's footsteps and became the third generation of dentists in his family to graduate from Temple. "I was never actually interested in dentistry as a kid, but as I got older I wanted a profession that I could use to help others and work with my hands," reflected Katz.

Dentistry certainly fits those parameters, and today Katz is grateful to be in a position to help transform the lives of his patients through dentistry on a daily basis. Being able to care for people and take them out of excruciating pain is part of what makes being a dentist such a rewarding profession, Katz said. He believes dentistry can not only positively impact a person's physical health but have a meaningful impact on his or her wellbeing and confidence as well. "Even just a simple aesthetics case can make a huge difference," Katz remarked.

MJP Family Dental provides comprehensive care and services that include implants and restorations, endodontics (root canal treatments), orthodontics, crowns and veneers, extractions, white filling, nonsurgical periodontal therapy, nonmetallic flexible dentures, low-radiation digital X-rays, teeth whitening, oral cancer screening, and more. "We try to cover all the bases," Katz stated. Same-day appointments and treatment for emergency situations and 24-hour on-call coverage are also offered.

MJP Family Dental is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Additional appointments may be available upon request on Fridays. The practice is accepting new patients. Most insurances are accepted. To schedule an appointment or learn more, readers may visit or call 717-653-2404.


VisionCorps Welcomes Tice October 10, 2018

VisionCorps has hired Beth Tice as its director of human resources. Tice will oversee human resources (HR) functions and lead the organization in employee development. She will also contribute to furthering VisionCorps' strategic initiatives with the Senior Leadership team.

Prior to joining VisionCorps, Tice served as HR manager for Flagger Force Traffic Control Services LLC. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Lebanon Valley College and a certificate in human resources from Cornell University.

For information regarding VisionCorps, readers may visit or call Amy Giangiulio at 717-291-5951.


Tabor Names New President October 10, 2018

Tabor Community Services Inc. has named Michael F. McKenna as president.

McKenna comes to Tabor with years of experience working to mitigate poverty and promote self-sufficiency. He most recently served as chief impact/operations officer at Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County, where he previously served as director of the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program. Prior to moving to Lancaster, McKenna was the assistant director of poverty concerns and faith connections at the Center for Community Service and Justice of Loyola University Maryland, and he was field manager/service coordinator for the No Kid Hungry Campaign. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Science in foreign service from Georgetown University.

McKenna lives in Lititz with his wife and young daughter. He was slated to begin in his role on Oct. 8.

Tabor is a nonprofit provider of housing and financial counseling and education services for Lancaster County residents. With 50 staff members, the organization serves 5,000 clients through its 18 programs and services. Tabor's programs have been recognized for their high quality by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Millersville University and the Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership.

Tabor is celebrating its 50th anniversary of serving Lancaster residents in 2018. To learn more, readers may visit


University Names Associate Dean August 15, 2018

Dr. Marcia Bolton has been named as the associate dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Millersville University (MU). Bolton began at MU on July 2.

Before receiving her post at MU, Bolton served as assistant dean of Education, Accreditation and Licensure and director of Certification and Student Teachers at Widener University in Chester. Some of the experience Bolton brings from her previous institution includes supporting faculty in developing data collection for the accreditation and assessment of teacher preparation programs at both the state and national levels. Bolton also taught classes in education while at Widener.

Bolton serves as a site adviser for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), as well as being a Major Reviewer for the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Bolton is currently secretary of the Pennsylvania Dean's Forum, which is an association comprised of deans and directors of education in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania that meets twice a year in tandem with the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators.

Bolton holds a Bachelor of Arts in early childhood education from the University of Florida, a Master of Education in remedial reading from the University of South Carolina and a Doctorate of Education in administrative leadership from Shenandoah University. Bolton has also received a certificate in Reading Recovery from Shippensburg University, as well as teaching certification in both South Carolina and Virginia.

Bolton lives in Millersville.


Weaver Earns Promotion May 30, 2018

Angela Weaver has been promoted from her position as program coordinator in Intellectual Disability Residential Services at Bell Socialization Services to the role of assistant director of Intellectual Disabilities (ID) Services. In her new role, Weaver will continue to play an active role in overseeing the ID Residential program while taking on additional duties and oversight of three other programs: Social Recreation, the Adult Training Facility, and Support Empower Living Fundamentals (SELF) programs.

During seven years in the role of program coordinator in the ID department, Weaver had primary duties of overseeing eight group homes, monitoring, and ensuring compliance with state regulations. Weaver earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from York College.


Theater Names Producer May 9, 2018

The Gretna Theatre board of directors has announced the appointment of Brian Kurtas as the organization's new executive producer.

Kurtas will now lead the theater through its next phase of growth. Producing its professional theater season in only the summer months, Gretna's plans include expanding educational programming in order to offer workshops, classes, and touring outreach shows for schools during the rest of the year.

A native of Lancaster and a Manheim Township High School graduate, Kurtas brings 10 years of experience from New York and Philadelphia, coming directly from Walnut Street Theatre, a nonprofit theater. There, he is credited as the casting director for more than 50 plays and musicals and for assisting the producing artistic director in shaping the programming for more than 50,000 subscribers. He has produced commercials and live corporate events throughout the East Coast and is a member of the Casting Society of America.

Gretna Theatre is a nonprofit theater company based in Mount Gretna that holds performances at the Mount Gretna Playhouse. For subscriptions, tickets, and information, readers may call 717-964-3627 or visit


College Names New Dean March 29, 2018

After 18 years at Elizabethtown College, Barbara Randazzo will resign her position as dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, a position she has held for the past three years. Randazzo's last day will be Saturday, June 30.

Rachel Finley-Bowman, associate professor and chair in the Department of Education, will begin her duties as dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies on Friday, June 1. There will be a one-month transition period.

Finley-Bowman has been in the college's Department of Education since 2007 and has served as chair since 2012. She has worked with state and federal agencies on accreditation issues and with colleagues in the creation and delivery of Master's programs, including the college's only online degree program intended for working professionals. Finley-Bowman will continue as chair in the Department of Education.


Brethren Village Names Director March 16, 2018

Heartland Family Health physician Sawsan Zammam has joined Brethren Village, serving as both medical director and credentialed primary care physician. She sees patients on Thursdays at the Courtyard and Terrace Crossing medical suites.

Zammam is committed to furthering Brethren Village's mission to increase quality of care, reduce readmissions to acute care settings, improve transitions of care across the continuum, and see residents in Brethren Village's supportive living and independent living areas.

Zammam is board certified in both internal and geriatric medicine. She received her medical degree from Damascus University Faculty of Medicine in Syria. Zammam lives locally with her husband and two children, who attend Hempfield School District.

Brethren Village residents can make an appointment with Zammam by calling Heartland Family Health at 717-627-4088.


Golf Tour Names Director January 24, 2018

The Lancaster County Junior Golf Tour (LCJGT) has named Jon Chronister as its new tournament director. He has served the LCJGT as a board member and rules official for the last nine years. Chronister is also the Hempfield golf team coach.

He will assume the role in early April, filling the role vacated by Skip Walters, who served for more than 15 years.

Chronister's leadership will help further the awareness and raise funds for the Big "C" Scholarship Tournament. Chronister's father, Bill Chronister, was a former Pequea Valley head coach, Hempfield assistant coach, and LCJGT rules official.

The mission of the LCJGT is to provide junior golfers of central Pennsylvania with a tournament-rich golf environment that emphasizes competition, rules of golf, golf culture, sportsmanship, and participant behavior. For more information and a tour schedule, readers may visit


Clinic Names Development Director January 18, 2018

The Clinic for Special Children in Strasburg has named Teresa Rineer as development director. Rineer is responsible for providing opportunities for support and stewarding philanthropic relationships. Rineer previously served as associate director of development for Brethren Village Retirement Community in Lititz.

Rineer graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in communications from Millersville University, where she served an internship at Pennsylvania Dutch Convention and Visitors Bureau in Lancaster. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Rineer, a graduate of Penn Manor High School, lives in Washington Boro with her husband, Craig, and their sons, Collin and Corey.


Aston, Clausen Earn Promotions January 18, 2018

Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community recently announced the promotion of two employees, Diane Aston and Joel Clausen. Both have been key members of the Quarryville team for more than nine years.

Aston has been promoted to vice president of finance and is responsible for all fiscal operations of the organization. She joined Quarryville in 2007 as chief financial officer. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting from Millersville University.

Clausen has been promoted to vice president of healthcare services and is responsible for the operations and activities of health care services. He began his career at Quarryville in 2008 as administrator of healthcare services. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in health policy and administration from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from The University of North Florida. In addition, he is a licensed nursing home administrator and certified nursing home administrator by the American College of Health Care Administrators.

To learn more about Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community, readers may visit


Moore Named To New Role January 17, 2018

The Keystone Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) announced the addition of Kelly M. Moore as marketing and communications coordinator. In this role, Moore will support the Marketing and Communications department of ABC Keystone by helping to share the mission of ABC through digital and print media.

Moore was most recently an associate multimedia designer for Design Revolution Studios LLC, Reading, and has also provided video marketing services to Turkey Hill Dairy, Conestoga. She is a graduate of Elizabethtown College and holds a bachelor's degree in mass communications with a minor in graphic design and studio art.


RCPA Names Director December 19, 2017

Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association (RCPA) has announced that Carol Ferenz has accepted the position of director of the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Division of RCPA. She is set to begin her position on Jan. 2.

Ferenz comes to RCPA with 36 years of experience providing services and supports to individuals with special needs and their families. She held several positions at The ARC of Cumberland/Perry Counties (CPARC), where she served as director of residential services. Most recently, Ferenz served as one of the RCPA provider representatives on the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) work group to revise the Chapter 51 regulations and create the newly proposed 6100 regulations. She has also served on the RCPA Annual Conference Committee since 2015.

Ferenz will be responsible for directing the association's public policy and member services for providers of IDD services. This includes advocating with government officials, researching and responding to issues impacting members, writing position papers and persuasive correspondence to policymakers, and collaborating with other RCPA staff.

Ferenz has volunteered in the community, including serving as a committee member for Scout Troop 185 and volunteering for Huntsdale Fire Company.

With well more than 300 members, the majority of whom serve more than 1 million Pennsylvanians annually, RCPA is a state health and human services trade association. RCPA provider members offer services in the areas of mental health, drug and alcohol, intellectual and developmental disabilities, children's, brain injury, medical rehabilitation, and physical disabilities and aging through all settings and levels of care.

For more information, readers may visit


Hinkle's Restaurant Introduces New Owners November 22, 2017

Hinkle's Restaurant, 261 Locust St., Columbia, has been a staple in the Columbia community for decades. It is known as a local meeting place, especially at breakfast, where folks can catch up with friends. The restaurant is now owned by John Sipe, Tom Davis, and Robin Ortman, who have more than 70 years combined management experience at Hinkle's Restaurant and the former pharmacy, as well as other operations.

Upon the announcement from the Hinkle family that the business was planning to close and sell its assets, Don and Becky Murphy, owners of Cimarron Investments, crafted a plan to acquire the real estate, the restaurant equipment, and the Hinkle name. The Murphys then worked with Sipe, Ortman, and Davis to allow the trio to maintain restaurant operations and take ownership of the business. After closing for four days to regroup, rebrand, and ramp up to continue the restaurant, Hinkle's reopened on Oct. 30. "(We had) a great sense of accomplishment and a strong customer base," Don commented. "We were able to retain most of the key restaurant staff, which was essential to the restaurant. The employees are amazing and have been tremendously helpful as we transitioned."

Sipe served as manager of Hinkle's Pharmacy and Restaurant and has more than 30 years of experience with the restaurant and kitchen management. Ortman is the former kitchen manager of Hinkle's Pharmacy Restaurant, and she has executive chef experience at Willow Valley, as well as history with the Hotel Hershey. Davis is the former store manager of Hinkle's Pharmacy, and he brings decades of experience serving the Columbia community.

Some new features are in the works for the restaurant and its menu. The restaurant is planning renovations that will increase its ability to serve larger groups and provide table service and a private dining area. The business will continue to offer a full menu, catering, and takeout service.

Customers can expect all the delicious home-cooked meals that have become the favorites of the community, plus a few new treats. The restaurant will serve most breakfast items all day. Meals are made from scratch and are affordably priced. The chefs will also try to accommodate customers' dietary requests.

Hinkle's Restaurant strives to continue to offer the friendly atmosphere that the owners say makes it the social hub of Columbia. Exemplary service is the restaurant's main focus, and the staff believes that every customer should be treated like royalty. The restaurant maintains its old-fashioned soda fountain appeal, as well as familiar faces on staff that have made the transition with the new owners.

In addition to the new restaurant features, the property owners plan to introduce a new gift shop that will feature a variety of merchandise suggested by community members, such as items that may pertain to the river trail and other local interests.

Restaurant hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays. The business can be reached at 717-684-2888. Customers are invited to find Hinkle's Restaurant on Facebook and visit for more information.


Meck Named To Directorship September 7, 2017

The Joint Operating Committee (JOC) of the Lebanon County Career and Technology Center (LCCTC) has named Glenn Meck as the new administrative director. Meck succeeds George Custer, who retired at the end of the 2016-17 school year.

Meck began with the LCCTC 22 years ago as the School to Work Coordinator, where he worked as a conduit between the students and the business world, creating mentoring and shadowing programs to promote careers and expand the workforce in the county. Prior to that, he was a manager at the Susquehanna Employment Training Corporation.

After achieving his Teaching and Leadership Certification, Meck was promoted to the position of LCCTC adult education coordinator and soon became the assistant director of the center. As the new administrative director, his goals are to increase student achievement, help fill the needs of the local workforce and increase career opportunities for both student and adult learner students.

To relax, Meck enjoys time on the golf course. He resides in Lebanon with his wife, Joed, and two children, Jordan and Julia.

For more information about LCCTC, readers may call 717-273-8551 or visit


Organization Hires Program Director September 6, 2017

Leadership Lancaster, a program of the Foundation of the Lancaster Chamber, has hired Erin Long as the organization's new program director. Long was scheduled to take on her new role in September. She replaces Kate Zimmerman, who has been promoted to executive director.

Long most recently served as a community school director through Communities in Schools of Pennsylvania at the School District of Lancaster, scaling up the district's community school model through community partnerships. Long is also a Core Class of 2016 graduate of Leadership Lancaster.

Leadership Lancaster administers various educational programs, including Core Class, Executive Series, Leadership Advantage, and Board Leadership Academy. Its courses cater to everyone from established executives to emerging leaders. As program director, Long will provide leadership and direction in executing all aspects of Leadership Lancaster's programs and initiatives.

Long lives in Lancaster city and is active in several other Lancaster community groups, including Arch Street Center, Girls on the Run, and The Common Wheel.


MU Names New Director Of Housekeeping August 10, 2017

Brian Fitz was recently selected as the new director of housekeeping at Millersville University (MU). Fitz previously served as director of facility maintenance at Cross Keys Village in New Oxford. There he was responsible for the facility maintenance of the 300-acre retirement community. Prior to that, Fitz worked for ServiceMaster LP. At ServiceMaster, he was the housekeeping director for Frederick Memorial Hospital and served as the housekeeping and laundry director for Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore.

Fitz received a master's degree in intercultural studies from Columbia International University and a Master of Business Administration from Mount Saint Mary's College. He received a bachelor's degree in agricultural business management from Pennsylvania State University. He lives in York.


Chamber Posts Staff Changes August 9, 2017

The Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC has announced the hiring of Taylour Trostle as government relations manager. In her role, she will manage the activities of government relations through the design, coordination, and operations of programs and events to aid the Chamber and CREDC's business members and the community at-large. Trostle is responsible to present the Chamber's policies and viewpoints to local, state, and national government on a continual basis.

Prior to joining the Chamber and CREDC, Trostle was a public relations account holder at Quantum Communications, where she served clients in the government, education, health and energy industries.

Taylour is a graduate of Slippery Rock University. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in communications and a minor in political science.


Chamber Names Vice President July 13, 2017

The Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC recently named Kara Luzik Canale as vice president of Chamber operations. In her new role, which began on July 17, she is responsible for implementing and developing components of the Chamber and CREDC's strategic plan and oversight of specific areas of operation including membership, events, business diversity, and communications.

Luzik Canale comes to the Chamber and CREDC from Sacunas, where she served as public relations director implementing clients' strategic public experience programs and leading the agency's cross-departmental internship program. Prior to Sacunas, she was director of account strategy at La Torre Communications.

She is a graduate of Elizabethtown College, holding a Bachelor of Arts in corporate communications with a minor in political science. She is an active member of Harrisburg Young Professionals, where she led the development of the Harrisburg Internship Connection, designed to retain future leaders by helping college students discover Harrisburg through a regional mentorship program. Luzik Canale also is a "Forty Under 40" Award recipient.

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