Michael Rohlf recently passed the examination to become a certified hemodialysis technician.
The examination tests the following five major domains of practice and tasks performed in the scope of hemadialysis technology: patient care, machine technology, water treatment, dialyzer reprocessing and
Rohlf has been employed by the Kidney Center for more than a year and works in the Richland office.
NAMIC names director
Dan DeArment has been named to the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) board of directors during the association’s 118th annual convention.
As a director, he will serve a three-year term on the board.
DeArment also is a director for the NAMIC Farm Mutual Conferences Board, helping manage conference activities and educational seminars. He serves as president and CEO of Friends Cove Mutual Insurance Co. in Bedford.
UniFirst employee receives award
Paul Gartland, a route sales representative for UniFirst Corp., has received the company’s Aldo Croatti Award for retaining 100 percent of his customers during fiscal year 2013.
Gartland delivers work uniforms and facility cleanliness products to 155 customers on a weekly basis throughout the Greater Altoona area.
Gartland resides in Salix with his wife, Cindy, and their family.
Nurse promoted to manager of OR
Claudia Sheehan of Gallitzin has been promoted to nurse manager of the operating room at UPMC Altoona.
As nurse manager, her responsibilities include
the overall operation and management of the unit, as well as the delivery of excellent patient care.
Sheehan worked as a staff nurse on Tower 10 before transferring to progressive care.
In 1984, she transferred to the operating room, where she has held the clinical manager position for the past seven years.
She has an associate degree in nursing from Mount Aloysius College and is
pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She also is a certified nurse of the operating room.
Safety awards given to contractors
Safety awards were presented to the following contractors
at the 75th anniversary of the Keystone Contractors Association:
Howard Bernstein, president of Penn Installations, Johnstown, and Alan Schaffranek, safety director for Penn Installations, received the Keystone Contractors Association Subcontractor Safety Award. This award is presented to the subcontractor with the most man-hours worked and the best safety record.
Richard J. Seitz, president of Alexander Building Construction Co., Harrisburg, received the H.B. Alexander Safety Award Trophy. The award is presented to the general contractor having worked over 100,000 man-hours and having the best safety record.
Robert F. Leahey, president of G.M. McCrossin Inc., Bellefonte, received the Keystone Contractors Association General Contractors Safety Award for the contractor with over 100,000 man-hours worked and having the most improved safety record from the previous year.
Jerome S. Palko, president of Berger Construction Co., Hazleton, received the Keystone Contractors Safety Award for having zero lost time man-hours during the past year.
Louis J. Miorelli, president of Joseph Miorelli & Co., Hazleton, received the Keystone
Contractors Association Safety Award for having zero lost
time man-hours in the past year.
James L. Darr, president of Darr Construction Inc., Berlin, received the Keystone Contractors Association
General Contractors Safety Award for having the best safety record and having worked between 50,000 and 100,000 man-hours. Darr Construction Inc. also received the Keystone Contractors Safety Award for having the most improved safety record from the previous year.
Professor emeritus receives distinction
Thomas C. Jenkins, formerly of South Fork, professor emeritus at Clemson (S.C.) University, has been named the 2013 Dairy Science Distinguished Alumnus by Penn State’s Department of Animal Science.
Jenkins received a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Penn State in 1973, and a master’s degree in animal nutrition from Penn State in 1975.
He earned a doctorate in animal nutrition biochemistry from Cornell University in 1979. He was a postdoctoral research associate at the Ohio State University and an assistant professor at the Ohio State/Agricultural Technical Institute before he joined the faculty at Clemson University, where he became a professor in the Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences.
He has been recognized nationally and internationally for his teaching and research in animal nutrition with an emphasis on lipid digestion and metabolism in ruminants, primarily dairy cattle.
Jenkins received numerous awards including Pioneers in Nutrition Award; Clemson University Board of Trustees Award; American Dairy Science Award; Godley-Snell Award; American Feed Industry Award.
He has presented over 100 lectures and webinars to industry, scientific meetings, symposia and conferences, and has mentored many graduate students.
Jenkins resides in South Carolina with his wife, Elaine, and their two children.
National Fuel Gas Co. announces promotions
National Fuel Gas Co. has announced the following promotions:
Lee E. Hartz promoted to assistant vice president of National Fuel Gas Supply Corp.; Kevin D. House to assistant vice president of National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp.; Jeffery J. Kittka to assistant vice president of National Fuel Gas Supply Corp.; and John J. Polka Jr. to assistant vice president of National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp.
Hartz was hired in 2004 as an attorney in Erie in the utility’s legal department.
In 2009, he became assistant general manager of the land department. In 2010, Hartz was promoted to general manager with responsibility for the land department, overseeing the management of the company-owned buildings and landowner and property rights matters, and the risk management department of the regulated companies. He also is responsible for the company’s insurance coverage program.
Hartz received a bachelor’s degree in history and communications from Allegheny College and a Juris Doctor from Hamline University School of Law.
He resides in Indian Falls, N.Y., with his wife and three children.
House was hired in 1984 as a management trainee in Erie in the Pennsylvania Operations Department of the Utility. Following 14 years of working in the utility’s field and customer service operations, House transferred to the engineering department.
In 2002, he relocated to the company’s headquarters in Buffalo, becoming the department’s general manager in 2007. House holds responsibility for engineering services’ support of the utility’s mainline replacement program and geographic information system, corporate asset records and general engineering support for the regulated companies.
He received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Grove City College.
He resides in Orchard Park, N.Y., with his wife and son.
Kittka joined the company in 1984 as a management trainee in Oil City in the Pennsylvania Operations Department of Supply Corp. He spent the first 12 years at various supply field locations and transferred into supply’s engineering department in 1997, where he became general manager in 2007. After supply’s and the utility’s engineering departments merged into one engineering services department, Kittka became responsible for the pipeline projects of supply and Empire Pipeline Inc., Midstream’s gathering system projects, pipeline environmental and clean air compliance, and the transmission integrity management program.
He received a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering from Penn State.
Kittka, formerly of Johnstown, resides in Meadville.
Polka, hired as a management trainee in 1978, transferred shortly thereafter into the New York operations department of the utility, where he worked for four years prior to a transfer to the engineering department. From 1999 to 2001, Polka was one of the leaders on the multidisciplinary team that successfully implemented the PeopleSoft Financial system. Polka was then assigned to the Gas Supply administration department, where he became general manager in 2002. He is responsible for the utility’s gas purchasing and pipeline capacity contracting functions. Polka also will be in charge of the utility’s energy services department.
He received a bachelor’s in civil engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
He resides in the Town of Niagara with his wife and two children.