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Event To Honor Young Professionals

September 6, 2018

The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce is hosting the third annual Young Professionals Awards at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at The Room at 900 in Forty Fort. Winners will be announced at the event. Categories and nominees are: Community Advocate of the Year, sponsored by FNCB Bank: Kate Shiffer, Keystone Community Resources; Robert Riley, Fidelity Deposit and Discount Bank; Tiffany Crispell, Crispell Legal Solutions and Jean Holmgren, Maternal & Family Health Services. Cultural Ambassador of the Year, sponsored by the F.M. Kirby Center: Anne Rodella, F.M. Kirby Center; Lorenzo Medico, Medico Industries and Edna Danko, Commonwealth Health. Educator of the Year, sponsored by Building Blocks Learning Center: Dr. Robert Makaravage, Wilkes-Barre Area School District; Jennifer Oshinski, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton and Scranton and Mark Golden, Dallas High School. Intern of the Year, sponsored by Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Company: Jessica Ross, Coal Creative and Katharine Marianacci, EDSI. Voluntary Leader of the Year, sponsored by United Way of Wyoming Valley: Alison Zurawski, Community Bank N.A. and Mary Kate Lambert, McCarthy Tire. NEPA Influencer of the Year, sponsored by UGI Utilities: Amanda Hoprich, PREIT; Brittany Boote, Boote Photography Studio; Dan Landesberg, Geisinger Wyoming Valley and Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre and Tiana Burke, Elite Dance Company Philanthropist of the Year, sponsored by The Luzerne Foundation: Alana Roberts, PPL Electric Utilities; Christine Mackin, Wyoming Valley Children’s Association; Robert Bresnahan Jr., Kuharchik Construction Inc. and Joseph Boylan, Argent Eagle Development Company. STEM Professional of the Year: Allison Mahalak, Colours, Inc.; Brian Palmiter, Borton-Lawson; Dr. Kaitlyn Connors, Northeastern Rehabilitation Associates, Pittston Chiropractic Clinic; Dr. Steven Hippeli, Loren J. Grossman, DMD; Lori Girvan, Barry Isett & Associates; Mary Anzalone, Pepperjam; Maura Smith, Pepperjam; Samantha Zimmerman, A+E Group, Inc. and Brian Reese, Penn State Wilkes-Barre Hero of the Year, sponsored by Community Bank, N.A.: Wilkes-Barre Fire Captain William Court and Ian C. Hughes, Commission on Economic Opportunity. Entrepreneur of the Year, sponsored by MCR Productions: Amy Welgus, Fit Dish, LLC; Brian Stanchak, The BDS Agency; Charles Brock Siegel, Omnitized; Christina Baranowski, Rolling Paws; Christopher Hacken, Loop Internet; Jessica Sheehan, Bettelli’s Villa; Rachel Cards Seamans, Rachael Card Photography; Matthew Trievel, AxelRad Screen Printing; Natalie Lynn, Counterpart Kombucha; Nicole Farber, ENX2 Marketing; Zachary Graham, The Haberdashery; Ashlee Martinelli, Every Little Thing, LLC and Matthew Borwick, The Atrium Restaurant and Ollie’s Restaurant. Young Professional Development Award, sponsored by UGI Utilities: Navient, Union & Main Hair Design and Pepperjam. For information or to purchase tickets for the Young Professionals Awards, visit www.wilkes-barre.org/events. — STAFF REPORT

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