The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

November 24, 2012

Business people 11/25/2012

The Tribune-Democrat

JOHNSTOWN — Three promoted by Red Cross

American Red Cross, Greater Alleghenies Region Blood Services, recently promoted three donor recruitment employees to managerial roles.

Joanna Martyak of Windber has been appointed donor resources director. She will supervise recruitment activities in the 100-county region’s six zones. Previously, Martyak was a business development consultant with SunStone Consulting LLC of Harrisburg. She worked on numerous national accounts dealing with health care reimbursement. She also worked in sales and sales management positions at Bayer Healthcare, Schering Pharmaceuticals and Sepracor Pharmaceuticals.

Autumn Marie Moore of Johnstown has been appointed donor resources manager for the north central zone, comprising Cambria, Somerset Bedford, Blair and Fayette counties in Pennsylvania; Allegany and Garrett counties in Maryland; and Mineral County in West Virginia.

Moore joined the Red Cross as a donor recruitment representative for Fayette and Somerset counties in February. She previously was the student services coordinator at WyoTech, Blairsville, and also held leadership positions at Goodwill Industries of the Conemaugh Valley.

 Jennifer Cafasso of Windber has been appointed donor resources manager for the northwest zone, comprising Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Clarion, Indiana, Lawrence, Mercer, Washington and Westmoreland counties in Pennsylvania; and portions of Columbiana and Jefferson counties in Ohio.

Cafasso joined the Red Cross in November 2010 and was named donor recruitment representative for Indiana and eastern Westmoreland counties in March 2011. She previously worked at Digital Solutions Inc. in Altoona and held management positions at American Eagle Outfitters and Bon Ton in Johnstown.

Finance professional attends conference

Bill Rice, owner of Laurel Highlands Financial Services in Somerset, recently attended a national educational conference for independent financial advisors. Hosted by Commonwealth Financial Network, the nation’s largest privately held independent broker/dealer, the sold-out event drew more than 781 financial professionals from across the nation.

Rice has been in the financial business since 1995. His office is located at 109 W. Main St, Suite 103. For more information, go to

Physical therapist gains advanced degree

Alan Hessler, owner of Pinnacle Rehabilitation Systems in Ebensburg, recently achieved the title of certified orthopedic manual therapist. He is one of 540 physical therapists in the U.S. with the advanced degree, which allows him to specialize in the application of manual therapy treatments for musculoskeletal disorders. Hessler also is working toward his fellowship through American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists.

He has more than 16 years of experience in his field.

N.Y. Life lauds principal of firm

Joseph P. Ponchione, principal of Ponchione Financial Group, has been named a member of the 2012 President’s Council of New York Life. Council members are among the top 8 percent of New York Life’s sales force of 12,250 agents.  

Ponchione has been a New York Life agent since 2003, and is associated with New York Life’s Pittsburgh/Johnstown general office in Johnstown.

He is the recipient of NYL’s Life Foundation Award in 2004 and an eight-year qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table.

Ponchione has a degree from Pitt-Johnstown. He is a member of the Greater Johnstown Chamber of Commerce, past president of the East Hills Business Association, vice board chairman of the American Red Cross Keystone Chapter, volunteer with Cambria County Special Olympics and a founding member of the Keystone Elk Country Alliance.

Ponchione Financial Group is not owned or operated by New York Life Insurance Co. or any of its affiliates.

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