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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 www.GretnaTheatre.org.

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Weaver Earns Promotion May 2, 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's primary duties were overseeing eight group homes, monitoring, and ensuring compliance with state regulations. Weaver earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from York College.

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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.

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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.

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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 www.lcjgt.com.

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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.

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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 www.quarryville.com.

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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.

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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 www.paproviders.org.

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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 www.hinklesrestaurant.com for more information.

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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 www.lcctc.edu.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Baker Earns CAPS Designation June 8, 2017

Andrew Baker of Brubaker Inc. recently earned the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation, identifying him as a Certified Aging in Place Specialist with the skills and knowledge necessary to remodel or modify a home to meet the unique needs of the older population, owners with disabilities, and their visitors.

The National Association of Home Builders, in partnership with the AARP and NAHB Research Center, created the CAPS program, which includes training and education on the technical, business management and customer service skills essential to compete in the residential remodeling industry's segment that deals with making home modifications for aging-in-place.

CAPS graduates include remodelers, builders, designers, architects, occupational therapists and others who help homeowners remain in their homes safely, independently and comfortably as they age.

In three days of coursework, the CAPS curriculum incorporates market demographics, communication techniques, marketing, common barriers and solutions, building codes and standards, product ideas and resources, and business management.

CAPS program graduates are required to maintain their designation by attending continuing education programs and/or participating in community service projects.

For additional information about the CAPS program, readers may visit www.nahb.org/caps.

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Medical Center Announces News June 1, 2017

To recognize the achievements of faculty, staff, students and volunteers at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine, several appointments and awards of public interest were announced.

Penn State Health recently appointed Kimberly Lansford as its chief compliance officer. Lansford brings broad experience in the areas of compliance, operations and risk management with organizations similar to Penn State Health, including a Children's Hospital and a Catholic health care organization. She joins Penn State Health from Shriners Hospitals for Children in Tampa, where she was the chief compliance officer.

Dr. Shelly Timmons has been named president-elect of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). She is the first female neurosurgeon to be named to this role or to be chosen as president of any national neurosurgical organization. Timmons is professor of neurosurgery at Penn State College of Medicine, vice chair of administration in the Department of Neurosurgery, and the director of neurotrauma at Hershey Medical Center.

Penn State has named health economist Christopher Hollenbeak head of the Department of Health Policy and Administration in the College of Health and Human Development. His appointment will be effective Tuesday, Aug. 15. Hollenbeak joins the department after serving as a faculty member at Penn State College of Medicine, where he most recently served as professor of surgery and public health sciences. He is also chief of the Division of Outcomes Research and Quality and associate director of the Center for Applied Studies in Health Economics.

Patricia Silveyra, assistant professor of pediatrics and a research associate at Penn State College of Medicine, was recognized with the university's "All In at Penn State" achievement award. Silveyra is one of two recipients of the honor, designed to recognize a student, faculty, or staff member for embodying the university's commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Recipients received a $1,500 stipend.

Dr. Chandrika Gowda, assistant professor of pediatrics at Penn State College of Medicine, has been recognized as one of the nation's top young medical researchers. Gowda received the 2017 Young Investigator Award from The American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, an annual award that recognizes excellence in research in the field. Gowda's current research focuses on treating a specific subset of pediatric leukemia patients.

Children's Miracle Network at Penn State Children's Hospital was presented with two national awards at the CMN Hospitals conference in Orlando, Fla. For the ninth straight year, the program was awarded the highest fundraising award ($4,649,890) and highest amount raised per capita ($2.56) for CMN Hospitals serving a population of 1 to 3 million people. Also at the conference, Nipsey, Jen Shade, and Earl David Reed of "The People's Morning Show" on WQXA-FM 105.7 "The X" were presented with the 2016 English Radio Personalities of the Year award for their support of CMN Hershey through the annual People's Pay 4 Play, which has raised $1.2 million in 10 years.

Dr. Craig Hillemeier, dean of Penn State College of Medicine, CEO of Penn State Health and Penn State's senior vice president for health affairs, has received the 2017 Giving Back Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine for his contributions to increasing diversity and promoting opportunities for students and faculty. The award honors college and university administrators who go above and beyond their everyday leadership duties and give back to their campuses and communities. Hillemeier is featured, along with 38 other recipients, in the April 2017 Leadership Support and Giving Back issue of "INSIGHT Into Diversity" magazine.

Penn State Children's Hospital has once again earned a three-star rating for congenital heart surgery - the highest available - from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). The latest analysis of national data covers a four-year period, from July 2012 to June 2016, and includes most of the congenital heart surgery programs in the U.S. The Children's Hospital is one of 11 in the nation to receive a three-star rating. The comprehensive report is based on data about outcomes and mortality across the full spectrum of congenital heart operations.

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Ceppa Named To LCH Role June 1, 2017

Dr. Federico Ceppa, who joined La Comunidad Hispana (LCH) as a physician in October 2015, was recently appointed director of primary care.

Ceppa not only sees patients in-house at LCH's Kennett Square location, but he volunteers his time to travel with an outreach team to provide wellness checks for the employees of local mushroom farms and businesses who may not have the time to go to LCH for an appointment.

In his new role, he will oversee six providers who are supported by nearly 20 support staff of medical assistants, registered nurses, and patient advocates. LCH serves nearly 6,000 members each year through its integrated health center, social assistance services, education classes, behavioral health services, and dental center.

In addition to his family medicine experience, Ceppa's 10 years of experience as a surgeon will allow him to provide surgical care to LCH patients with minor wounds and lesions. A native of Argentina, Ceppa can communicate with both English- and Spanish-speaking patients who come to LCH for care.

Ceppa attended Kenyon College in Ohio and completed his medical training at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He then completed residency in surgery at St. Agnes Healthcare. After a decade of practicing surgery, Ceppa transitioned to family medicine through the Lifeguard Program with the Pennsylvania Medical Society. He lives in Chester County with his wife and two children.

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Groh Named Chamber President April 27, 2017

The Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce has announced that Karen Groh was voted to become president/CEO, effective immediately. The announcement came at the April 24 board meeting,

Groh stepped in as interim president/CEO in mid-December 2016. She has been a business owner of a graphic design and marketing company for 21 years. She has been an active member since 1998. Over the years, Groh has chaired numerous committees including the Small Business Roundtable, Centennial Planning Committee, and Ambassador Committee. She has chaired the committee responsible for planning the annual Patriot Day Community Concert since it began. Groh has participated in three strategic planning processes for the Chamber. She has served on the board of directors for nine years and the executive committee for three years. Groh was slated to be the 2017 chairman of the board before assuming the role as interim president.

Ed Coyle, who served as the 2016 chairman, agreed to continue serving as chair until the search committee found a new president. Coyle has agreed to finish out the year since Groh will not be able to serve as chair.

Groh will transition her business client base to other agencies over the next few months. The position of president/CEO also carries over to the Chamber's foundation, an organization that secures funds and awards them through scholarships to a variety of students in the region. Groh lives in Cornwall with her husband, John, and children, Joshua and Sarah.

For information regarding the search process, readers may contact Jamie Hanford. Questions or comments may be emailed to kgroh@lvchamber.org.

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CASA Announces Staff Changes April 5, 2017

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lancaster County has announced the hiring of Melissa Leibig as the director of community outreach and the promotions of Bonnie Northeimer to administrative and recruitment assistant and Lisa Palmquist to development associate.

Leibig comes to CASA after serving for several years on the board of directors. In her position, Leibig will focus on increasing awareness of CASA's mission while working to increase and cultivate donor relations of CASA. Leibig, a graduate of Lebanon Valley College, previously worked in college admissions.

Northeimer first joined CASA in 2015 as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America). Northeimer is a graduate of Millersville University and prior to joining AmeriCorps worked for the Ephrata Performing Arts Center. Northeimer will assist CASA with daily operational functions as well as walking alongside potential volunteers as they complete their application and training process.

Palmquist is another returning face of CASA, as she originally joined the organization as a CASA advocate in 2014. Though Palmquist still continues in advocacy, she has joined the staff as a part-time development associate, assisting with financial record keeping as well as facilitating CASA events. She joins CASA as a former educator.

CASA of Lancaster County provides court-appointed volunteer advocacy for children who have experienced abuse and neglect. For more information, readers may call 208-3280 or email casa@CASAlancaster.org.

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