The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

June 22, 2013

Business people 06/23/2013


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JOHNSTOWN — New employee joins Hindman Funeral Home

Richard M. Tavalsky has joined the staff at Hindman Funeral Homes & Crematory.

Tavalsky recently graduated first in his class from the Pittsburgh Institute of

Mortuary Science with an associate degree in funeral service arts and sciences.

Tavalsky, who passed the National Board Examination for Funeral Directors, began

his resident internship at Hindman Funeral Homes & Crematory.



District judge becomes recertified

Magisterial District Judge Rick W. Varner has been re-certified for service as a member of the Pennsylvania Unified Judicial System.

Recertification was granted after successful completion of continuing legal education course work conducted in Harrisburg.



Financial consultant attends conference

Bill Rice, financial consultant of Laurel Highlands Financial Services, Somerset, has participated in Commonwealth Financial Network’s Business Experience conference, held in collaboration with Disney Institute in Florida.

Business Experience recognizes successful advisers based on a ranking of annual production among the commonwealth’s nationwide network of 1,450 financial advisers.



Health Net names employee of the month

Jessica Costlow has been named employee of the month for April at Health Net Federal Services, Johnstown. She has been a customer-service representative at Health Net since 2011.

Health Net has partnered with the Department of Defense for more than 20 years to provide health-care services to men and women who serve and their family members.

She resides in Johnstown with her husband, Greg, and four children.



Executive director gives presentation

Mike Artim, executive director of Cambria-Rowe Business College, recently presented at the HumanKind TEDx event that was organized and produced by the Greater Johns-town School District.

His topic was HumanKind at Its Core, and it centered around the concept that all of our habits, attitudes, beliefs and expectations for the entire life are formed in the first 4,000 days, from birth to age 11.

The first 4,000 days are critical in the development of every child, and the more we understand that as parents, teachers, coaches, schools and communities, the better we can prepare our children to reach their full potential.



Law firm associate selected for membership

Bryan Neiderhiser has been selected for membership into the National Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Trial Lawyers.

Neiderhiser is an associate at the law firm of Marcus & Mack, P.C., where his practice is devoted solely to representing the interests of injured people in cases involving catastrophic injuries, wrongful death, industrial accidents, motor vehicle collisions, premises liability and dog bite injuries.

He is a graduate of Grove City College and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania’s state courts as well as the federal court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Neiderhiser serves on the board of governor’s of the

Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, and is a member of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice. He also is a member of the Indiana and Allegheny County Bar associations.



New owner of Richland Curves

Beverly Pridgen is the new owner of Richland Curves, located in the College Park Plaza, Richland Township.

She is Cleveland Clinic certified in behavior, diet and nutrition and exercise and is a certified Zumba instructor.

The Curves workout consists of total body toning, strengthening and cardio using hydraulic resistance equipment.



Computer instructor attends event

Jessica Hanes Barron of Boswell, computer science instructor at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, was selected to present at the Faculty Development Institute at the Community College of Allegheny County.

Barron will discuss the uses of instructional gaming in advancing STEM education.

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