The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


January 19, 2013

Business people: Federal worker earns promotion

— Melinda Perez, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gary S. Oleksa of Johnstown, has been promoted to GS-15 division director within the Office of Audits at the Department of State Office of Inspector General.

She will oversee the audits of contracts and grants within the department.

Perez has more than 13 years of audit experience at the Department of State and the Department of Defense, which is where she began her career as a junior auditor in 1999.

She received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. Francis University in 1999 and a master’s degree in policy management from Georgetown University in 2005.

Perez has been a certified project management professional since 2009.

She is a 1995 graduate of Conemaugh Valley High School.

AmeriServ exec earns leadership designation

Jack W. Babich of Richland recently graduated from the Pennsylvania Banker Association’s Leadership Program.

The 15-month executive program is designed to enhance the leadership and organizational performance skills of highly motivated executive- and senior-management level bankers.

The program also establishes a network of future bank leaders.

Babich is a senior vice president and chief human relations officer at AmeriServ.

He has been with the company for 26 years.

Two attend Circle of Wealth College

Douglas P. Puchko and Kayla M. Puchko of Puchko Financial Associates Inc., Johns­town, recently attended Circle of Wealth (COW) College 2013 in Orlando, Fla.

COW is a leading client communication system for financial professionals. The goal is helping clients to avoid unnecessary wealth transfers and increase the efficiency of their cash flow.

Douglas is a certified master mentor and mentor alumni with the system.

Kayla now has attended her fourth COW College and is working toward her mentor certification.

Two advance at WTAJ-TV

Joe Bergstrom has been promoted to local sales manager at WTAJ-TV. Bergstrom will oversee the local sales operations for WTAJ-TV.

In addition, Josh Steiner has been promoted to eMedia manager and will oversee WTAJ’s digital services including the community Web portal,

Bergstrom has been an account executive for WTAJ since 2008. Bergstrom is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where he received a degree in speech communications.

He resides is State College with his wife, Jacci, and four children.

Steiner brings more than seven years of media sales experience to his new role and has been an account executive with WTAJ for the past five years.

He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing from Shippensburg University.

He resides in Duncansville with his wife, Pam, and three children.

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