The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

April 28, 2012

Business people: Financial adviser gains distinction


The Tribune-Democrat

SOMERSET — Michael Boyer, an independent financial adviser at Boyer Financial, has been recognized as a top financial adviser and named to the LPL Financial Chairman’s Club.

The distinction is based on a ranking of all registered advisers supported by LPL Financial, the nation’s largest independent broker-dealer.

The award is given to less than 6 percent of the firm’s approximately 12,800 advisers nationwide.

Three attend N.Y. beauty show

Stephanie Eplett, Melissa McBee and Samantha Musulin, stylists and colorists from Salon Vizions Inc. in Westmont, recently attend the International Beauty Show in New York City.

The three-day event drew beauty and fashion professionals from around the world. It was taught by leading educators in the industry.

Former local man heads marine firm

Jeffrey M. Platt, a Johns­town native, has been named to become Tidewater Inc.’s new president and CEO effective June 1.

He will replace Dean Taylor who is retiring.

Platt attended Westmont Hilltop School District and then University of Pittsburgh.  

He is the son of Rita Platt of Richland Township and the late Harold E. Platt.

He resides in the New Orleans area with his wife and two sons.

Tidewater Inc. owns 342 vessels and is the world’s largest provider of marine support services for the global offshore energy industry.

For additional information, go to http://www.tdw.com.

Woman will speak at symposium

Ebensburg – Katie Miller will present “Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction Following Lumbar Spine Surgery: Physical Therapy Evaluation and Treatment” on May 12 during the third annual Athletic and Orthopaedic Health and Wellness Symposium at the DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness at St. Francis University.  

Miller currently practices at the Allegheny Chesapeake Physical Therapy office at 711 Caldwell Ave., Portage.

She is enrolled in the Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program at the university, in preparation for board certification as an orthopaedic specialist.

Allegheny Chesapeake Physical Therapy serves the physical and occupational therapy needs of a wide range of clients including patients, physicians, nursing facilities, hospitals, school districts, local companies and industry. It operates free-standing outpatient centers throughout Cambria, Allegheny and Butler counties.  

Local offices include Johns­town, Portage, Northern Cambria and Ebensburg.

UPJ professor lauded for teaching excellence

Amy Miller, Pitt-Johns­town associate professor of mechanical engineering technology, has received the 2012 President’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

Miller was recognized for her teaching style, which blends the technical and practical aspects of engineering into all of her courses to prepare her students for the real world.

She serves as faculty adviser to the Pitt-Johnstown American Society of Mechanical Engineers and has authored and co-authored several technical and educational articles.

A native of Johnstown and alumna of Pitt-Johnstown with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology, Miller earned her master’s degree in manufacturing systems engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. She began her career at Pitt-Johnstown in 2002.

The award recognizes teaching excellence among the college’s faculty and promotes the college’s primary mission of quality undergraduate education. 

Credit union appoints manager

Kerry Ray has joined USSCO Federal Credit Union as human resource/ marketing manager.

Ray goes to the credit union with 10 years experience in the field.

She is a graduate of Bishop Carroll High School and received a degree in business administration from Mount Aloysius College.

She is employed at the Richland main office, 532 Oakridge Drive.

USSCO also welcomed the following new member service representatives:

• Tammy Costlow, who comes to USSCO with 23 years of customer service experience.

She is a graduate of Forest Hills High School and is employed at the Moxham branch office, 522 Central Ave.

• Brittany Harriman, who comes to USSCO with a year of customer service experience.

She is a graduate of North Star High School and is employed at the Richland main office, 532 Oakridge Drive.

• Lori Rogers, who comes to USSCO with seven years of customer service experience.

She is a graduate of Shade High School and is employed at the Somerset branch office, 180 Beacon St.

• Lorrie Schirato, who comes to USSCO with six years of customer service experience. She is a graduate of Windber High School and also is employed at the Richland office.



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