Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA To Honor Catherine Mihalick, Al Kotch And Rose Mahler At Leadership Dinner
The Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA will honor Catherine Mihalick, J.D., C.T.F.A., Albert J. Kotch and Rose Mahler at the organization’s 2018 Leadership Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Westmoreland Club, 59 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. A cocktail reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a silent auction, followed by dinner and awards at 6:30 p.m. Catherine Mihalick Robert K. Mericle Leadership Award Attorney Catherine Mihalick, Shavertown, will receive the 2018 Robert K. Mericle Leadership Award, which honors an individual who demonstrates exemplary efforts in furthering the mission of the YMCA and enhancing the quality of life in the community. Mihalick has been a member of the board of directors since 2008. She was board president from 2013-15. She has served on a number of committees and projects, including the Leadership Dinner, Executive Committee, Annual Campaign, Friends and Family Night Out, and Finance Committee, among others. She is also past president of the Junior League and Wyoming Seminary Parents’ Association, and currently is treasurer of the Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber of Commerce. Mihalick is an attorney specializing in estate planning, probate and litigation at the Wilkes-Barre and Philadelphia offices of Vinsko and Associates, P.C. Her past employment includes senior fiduciary adviser and relationship strategist/vice president at PNC Wealth Management; senior trust officer-team leader/vice president at M&T Bank and M&T Investment Group, in addition to practicing law at other Northeast Pennsylvania area law firms. She is a native of Kingston and a graduate of Wyoming Seminary. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Dickinson College, and holds a Juris Doctorate from Widener University School of Law. She also holds a Certified Trust and Financial Designation and is admitted to the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bar. Albert J. Kotch Frank M. Henry Layperson of the Year Award Albert J. Kotch, of Walnutport, will be presented with the 2018 Frank M. Henry Layperson of the Year Award. The award recognizes an unsung hero at the YMCA, one who contributes their time and services for the betterment of the organization and the local community. Kotch has served the YMCA as a Camp Kresge Committee member for the past five years. During this time, Kotch has served as grill master for various community events at camp, cooking and donating hundreds of hot dogs and hamburgers. He also donated a large amount of furniture from a previous business to Camp Kresge that is used in the camp office and program office. He is a U.S. Navy veteran and the founding member of the Camp Kresge Hunting Club, a hunting program for wounded veterans held at camp. He also established a disk golf tournament, which raised the seed money needed to facilitate the hunting program, and donated his time and the materials to build two handicap accessible hunting blinds on camp property to help wounded veterans hunt. Kotch hosts the veterans overnight and then accompanies them on a one- or two-day hunt. He also has donated his time to help replace old platform tents with open air cabins. He designed the cabins and helped oversee the project, resulting in open air cabins in the Camp’s Outpost Village next to Creasy Creek. Kotch was formerly president and CEO of Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Lehigh Valley, and is the properties manager for Bennett Family Properties. Rose Mahler George Brandt Community Service Award Rose Mahler will receive the 2018 George Brandt Community Service Award. The award is named in honor of YMCA board member George Brandt, who passed away in September 2015. The award is bestowed annually to a volunteer who demonstrates the type of exceptional service that Brandt did as an active member and volunteer of the Wilkes-Barre YMCA for more than 60 years. Mahler, Nuangola, was selected for the Brandt Award in part because she stepped up and took on the role of Annual Campaign chair the year after Brandt passed away. In addition, she and her family, including her husband, attorney Eric Mahler, and their two children Adam and Emily, have been involved with the YMCA swim team and aquatics department for more than a decade. She was appointed to and has served on the board of directors since 2014. She has participated in numerous committees and projects, including the Annual Campaign, Executive Committee, Leadership Dinner, and the Membership/Program Committee. Mahler is the sales leader of Luzerne Bank Mortgage Services, where she has worked for the past five years. She has been a mortgage loan officer since 2004, serving Luzerne County and Northeastern Pennsylvania. A graduate of King’s College and Leadership Wilkes-Barre, she is a member of the Luzerne County Community College Advisory Committee for the Wilkes-Barre campus. She is a prior member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’ Sake Committee. Tickets for the Leadership Dinner are $125 per person. Corporate sponsorships, digital program ads and tickets are available by calling Jamie Dudick at the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA at 570-970-5027, or emailing her at Jamie.Dudick@wbymca.org. Proceeds from the event will benefit programming at the YMCA. For information on the YMCA, like the WilkesBarre Family YMCA on Facebook or visit its website at www.wbymca.org.