The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

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March 5, 2011

Business people: UPJ official earns chancellor’s award

JOHNSTOWN — Bryan Valentine, director of student engagement at Pitt-Johnstown, has been selected to receive a 2011 Chancellor’s Award for Staff for Excellence in Service to the Community.

Valentine, who joined the staff in 2007, is the first Pitt staff member to receive both the Chancellor’s Award for Staff for Excellence in Service to the Community and Chancellor’s Award for Staff for Excellence in Service to the University, which he received in 2005 while employed at the Greensburg campus. He also was the first-ever Pitt-Greensburg employee to receive the President’s Citation for Distinguished Service (2002).

As adviser to the Habitat for Humanity chapter at Pitt-Johns­town, Valentine’s leadership has helped the group to evolve into one of the most active chapters in the country, ranking seventh among all U.S. schools for participation in the 2010 Alternative Spring Break. 

During his professional career, Valentine has managed Habitat for Humanity Alternative Spring Break programs to locations throughout the South since 2005. 

Additionally, he is a past member of the Habitat for Humanity Pennsylvania board and was a longtime member of the Central Westmoreland Habitat for Humanity chapter, having served as the board’s president and family selection chairman.

Valentine earned his bachelor’s degree from Pitt-Greensburg and his master’s from Pitt, and is pursuing a doctoral degree at Pitt.

Woman earns university award

Alyssa DiLoreto, formerly of Windber, was recently honored with the Female Emerging Community Leader at Carlow University.

DiLoreto is a search specialist at IMPAQT in Green Tree, Allegheny County.

She is a 2005 graduate of Windber Area High School and earned degrees in marketing and Italian language and literature from Pitt.

She is the daughter of Barbara and Frank DiLoreto of Windber.

Wessel announces seven promotions

Wessel & Co., a regional certified public accounting firm with more than 45 employees, has announced the following staff promotions:

• Chris Weir, CPA, supervising senior accountant to manager.

• Michael Lamb, CPA, supervising senior accountant to manager.

• Joe Markum, staff accountant level II to staff accountant level III.

• Kathleen Clark, staff accountant level I to staff accountant level II.

• Elizabeth Rummel, staff accountant level I to staff accountant level II.

• Sally Vogel, staff accountant level II to staff accountant level III.

• Suzanne Gray, staff accountant level I to staff accountant level II.

Wessel has been headquartered in Johnstown since 1958

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