The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

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November 23, 2013

BUSINESS PEOPLE | Local Realtor saluted

— Della D. Csehoski, association executive of the Cambria-Somerset Association of Realtors, will be honored by the National Association of Realtors with the Realtor association certified executive designation, which recognizes exceptional efforts made by Realtor association executives.

Csehoski has been the association executive for more than eight years. In 2010, she served as the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors local association executive chairwoman.

Wells Fargo recognizes advisor

Brad M. Hindman of Johnstown, a senior vice president-investment officer at Wells Fargo Advisors, has been named a member of the premier advisors program, a distinction that reflects Hindman’s achievement of professional success through a consistent commitment to client service.

Hindman has been a financial advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors for 14 years. He has a degree in accounting and finance from the University of Pittsburgh.

Hindman is a certified financial planner profession.

RN joins Kidney Center

Melissa Darby has joined The Kidney Center as a peritoneal dialysis registered nurse.

Along with Dr. George J. Frem, Dr. Samer S. Nasser, Jennifer M. Fetterman, Denise M. Sapolich, and Laura E. Russell, Darby will be responsible for the home dialysis program. The program involves training patients on the dialysis modality, ongoing clinic follow-ups and monitoring of patients while on home dialysis.

Darby received an associate degree in nursing from Mount Aloysius College in 2006. She has been employed as a registered nurse in home health.

Red Cross employees honored

American Red Cross, Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region and Johnstown Manufacturing have announced the employee excellence and spirit of excellence awardees.

Nine Greater Alleghenies Region employees, eight based in Johnstown and one in Parkersburg, W.Va., were recognized.

Each year, the Red Cross seeks nominations from its employees to recognize co-workers respected for their superior job performance, dedication and commitment.

The local region’s volunteer board of directors reviews nominations and recommends local recognition given.

Three employees received the Greater Alleghenies Region’s local (Level I) Employee Excellence Award:

Mark Dowdell, general maintenance tech II of Johnstown, a 10-year employee, is responsible for setting up training rooms for the region’s recent training on new blood manufacturing procedures and software.  His suggestions, creativity and solid judgment supported instructors and the training environment. During his Red Cross career, he has proven himself in various roles as a certified instructor and a lead technician in the component lab and is the department’s representative on the local safety committee.

Jodi Ellis, manager of mobile collections in Johnstown, also received the Level II Employee Excellence Award.

She joined the Red Cross in 2004 and is the department’s lead for procedural and regulatory questions and supervises staff who process departmental problems, customer concerns and produce staff performance reports. She is a certified instructor and has supported training on new procedures and software in several Red Cross regions.

Ellis manages departmental problems, corrective action plans and effectiveness checks. She recently has assumed responsibility for the region’s double red cell collection program, reviewing the blood drive schedule for deployment opportunities, analyzing results and mentoring staff.

Megan Manges, technologist II and lead technician, manufacturing of Johnstown, is a nine-year employee.

She has voluntarily assumed additional responsibilities, including serving as her department’s representative on the local safety committee.

Manges was selected as quality control monitoring coordinator for the local manufacturing zone, which requires her to monitor platelet apheresis sampling and testing for four Red Cross blood regions, regions based in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Roanoke, Va., and Johns-town.

Six employees received the region’s Spirit of Excellence award:

Wendy Baxter, immunohematology reference laboratory technologist III of Johnstown, is a 23-year employee. Baxter is responsible for testing patient samples for serological evaluation, testing donor samples and also is a trainer in the IRL.

During the past year, Baxter volunteered to serve as interim IRL supervisor during a vacancy, until the new supervisor was appointed, then assisted in the supervisory transition.

Evelyn Hart, donor resources manager of Johnstown, has been employed by the Red Cross since 2005.

She has excelled in several managerial positions within donor recruitment, including telerecruitment and training. She has assisted in covering vacant recruitment territories.

During the Great Lake Division’s annual rep rally this summer, Hart received the region’s GEM Award in recognition of additional responsibilities she assumed during the year.

Autumn Moore, donor resources manager of Johnstown, joined the Red Cross in February 2012 as a donor recruitment field representative and was appointed manager in October 2012.

As field representative, Moore assumed responsibility for an under-performing territory and recruited several new sponsors and increased blood drive productivity. As manager, she has spearheaded creative promotions and community partnerships. She also serves on the region’s cultural diversity committee.

Denise Petrosky, team supervisor of apheresis collections of Johnstown, is a 26-year employee.

Petrosky supervises apheresis collections staff in Johnstown and also routinely travels to Harrisburg to support stage IV prostate cancer patients receiving Provenge, a potentially life-extending treatment.

Nancy Rigel, executive assistant of manufacturing of Johnstown, joined the Red Cross in 1998.

She was responsible for managing all of the training materials and supporting staff training in new manufacturing procedures and software, in addition to her ongoing responsibilities.

Martha Jacobson, team supervisor of mobile collections, Parkersburg, W.Va., is a 22-year employee. Jacobson oversees operations at the region’s Parkersburg, W.Va., staffing and dispatch location, which requires additional training and responsibilities, including facilities management, warehousing and donor recruitment.

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