The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

March 5, 2011

Business people: UPJ official earns chancellor’s award

The Tribune-Democrat

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

AmeriServ hires branch manager

AmeriServ Financial announced that J. Dolan Vogle of Latrobe has joined the organization as assistant vice president/regional branch manager.

Her office is located in the Ameri-Serv headquarters at 216 Franklin St. in downtown Johnstown.

Vogle will be responsible for sales and service management for half of the bank’s 18 branch offices.

She graduated from the Central Atlantic School of Banking and the Consumers Bankers Association’s Graduate School of Retail Bank Management.

Vogle is a volunteer for the St. Vincent Summer Gala. She is a former board member for the American Red Cross, Westmoreland-Chestnut Ridge Chapter.

Laurel BMW wins corporate award

Laurel BMW of Johnstown was among 32 dealerships nationwide to receive a “Center of Excellence” award from BMW of North America.

The status is awarded to the top performing dealerships of the 338 BMW dealers nationwide, and the achievement is based on high customer satisfaction, outstanding brand representation, operational excellence and profitability.

“Laurel BMW has proved their sales leadership while achieving one of the highest levels of customer satisfaction among BMW Centers in the past year,” the company said in a news release.

Cyber school names curriculum officer

Achievement House Cyber Charter School has announced the appointment of Grace L. Cisek as its new chief curriculum officer.

Prior to joining AHCCS, Cisek most recently served as an assistant to the superintendent, helping to improve PSSA mathematics and reading scores, as well as advanced placement scores. She also was a director of science and mathematics within the Chester and Berks County Intermediate Units (IUs). She started her career teaching in Texas and New York City.

She is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Pennsylvania School Boards Association, National Association of Secondary School Principals and National Middle School Association, she is also an instructor at Immaculata University for the Doctoral Program, and at Wilkes University.

Cisek earned her doctorate in education from Widener University.

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Surveyor named employee of the year

Jason Deitle, an employee of Thomas & Hutton Engineering Co. of Myrtle Beach, S.C., recently was named the company’s employee of the year.

The son of Sue and Ed Deitle of Geistown, Deitle joined the company in 2006.

He also was awarded first- and second-place awards by South Carolina Society of Professional Land Surveyors.