The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

January 19, 2013

Business people: Federal worker earns promotion


Submitted to The Tribune-Democrat

— 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, WeAreCentralPA.com.

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.

Four move ahead at engineering firm

H.F. Lenz Co. has announced the promotions of David A. Blackner, Robert J. Ford and Matthew Donatelli to principals of the firm and Thomas F. Deter from principal to vice president.

Blackner joined H.F. Lenz Co. in 1998, and has more than 24 years of experience in structural engineering and project management. His early experience with the company involved spending 14 months onsite at North American Hoganas, handling the structural engineering design and overall project management for a multimillion-dollar steel mill renovation.

He also provided structural engineering for numerous large-scale projects including the Social Security Administration, Mellon Financial Corp. (now known as The Bank of New York Mellon), Memorial Medical Center and West Virginia University Hospitals (Ruby Memorial Hospital) in Morgantown, W.Va.

In 2005, he was named Engineer of the Year by the Johns­town Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers. He is actively involved in the American Institute of Steel Construction and serves as H.F. Lenz Co.’s main point of contact for the organization.

Blackner is an associate of the firm and a licensed professional engineer in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and North Carolina. He will concentrate his efforts in the structural design marketplace for buildings and infrastructure.

Blackner resides in Johns­town with his wife and three children.

Ford joined H.F. Lenz Co. in 1996 and specializes in electrical engineering and project management. He is also an associate of the firm and a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited professional.

He will focus on expanding the Mission Critical Facilities market sector, which has been the firm’s largest growth market during the past 10 years.

His project experience includes large-scale corporate projects and data center design for numerous Fortune 500 companies, including major financial institutions and insurance companies throughout the country.

Throughout his career with H.F. Lenz, Ford served in the Army National Guard.

During 2002 and 2003, he deployed to Germany, where he served as a company commander in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Ford retired from the military in 2007, with the rank of major.

In 2002, he was named Young Engineer by the Johns­town Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers.

He serves as treasurer of the Johnstown Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers and is a licensed professional engineer in Pennsylvania, Colorado, Maryland, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. He is also actively involved in the 7x24 Exchange International, the leading knowledge exchange forum for those who design, build and use mission critical information infrastructures.

Ford resides in Ebensburg with his wife, Heidi, and three children.

Donatelli is head of the company’s accounting department and serves as controller.

He joined H.F. Lenz Co. in 1992 and has 24 years of experience in various industries in finance and accounting. He was promoted to accounting manager and has been serving as the corporate controller since 1999.

He has been a member on the H.F. Lenz Co. board of directors since 2006 and was named an officer of the corporation in 2007.

Donatelli also is serving as treasurer, where he is responsible for the financial management and reporting of the corporation, including the capital structure, forecasting and the analysis of corporate performance. He will continue to expand his administrative duties and corporate relations.

He resides in Schellsburg with his wife, Lisa, and three children.

Deter joined H.F. Lenz Co. in 1992 and was named a principal in 1999. He specializes in electrical engineering and project management and is a licensed professional engineer in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Virginia and West Virginia.

His long-term clients include the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Postal Service, the Department of Energy – National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Penn State University, North American Hoganas Inc. and Kennametal Inc.

His recent projects include the restoration of the Point Park State Fountain in Pittsburgh, the Gaige Classroom and Laboratory Building at the Penn State Berks Campus (LEED Gold project), the Health and Wellness Center at Lincoln University, a medium voltage electrical system replacement at California University of Pennsylvania, a medium voltage electrical system replacement for NETL in Albany, Ore., and the renovation of the St. Joseph Provincial House for The Daughters of Charity in Emmitsburg, Md.

Deter became a LEED accredited professional in 2002 and was directly involved in several of the firm’s first LEED Certified projects.

Deter resides in Johnstown with his wife, Michele, and two sons.

H.F. Lenz appoints two associates

The H.F. Lenz Co. board of directors has announced the appointment of Keith A. Gindlesperger and Sean J. Kozielec to associates of the firm.

Gindlesperger joined H.F. Lenz Co. in 1998.

He received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technology and is a licensed professional engineer in Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia.

He specializes in site planning, design and permitting for numerous types of industrial, commercial, educational and governmental facilities and has served as the civil project engineer for clients such as the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for numerous projects at Letterkenny Army Depot, the state Department of General Services, and several universities including Slippery Rock and Robert Morris.

Gindlesperger also has experience working with municipalities enforcing local planning and zoning codes.

In 2005, he was named Young Engineer of the Year by the Johnstown Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers.

Gindlesperger resides in Windber with his wife, Jodi, and stepson.

Kozielec joined H.F. Lenz Co. in 2005 and has 11 years of experience in mechanical engineering.

He received a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from Penn State University and is a licensed professional engineer in Pennsylvania.

His clients include The Culinary Institute of America, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Juniata College, Altoona Area School District, Milton Hershey School and Mount Nittany Medical Center.

He is a LEED accredited professional and has been involved in several of the firm’s sustainable projects. He also has participated in educating the public on “green” strategies through events such as Frostburg State University’s Focus the Nation.

Kozielec was named Young Engineer of the Year in 2012 by the Johnstown Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers.

He resides in Bedford with his wife, Katie, and two children.



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