The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


January 26, 2013

Business people: Penn Highlands names Ebensburg director

— Christie Forcellini has been named as the director of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College’s Ebensburg Center.

Her primary responsibilities will include student recruiting, community relations and overall management of the center.

Forcellini earned a master’s degree in adult and community education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. Francis University.

Her professional experience includes four years as a recruiter at a college.

Laurel View Village appoints CEO

Dan March has been named CEO at Laurel View Village, Davidsville.

March brings 12 years of experience in senior living and skilled nursing administration. He spent the past 51⁄2 years as executive director of Heritage House in Atlantic, Iowa.

March developed a successful leadership style rooted in what he calls “management by walking around.”

He has master’s degrees in divinity, hotel restaurant management and business administration.

Skills of Central Pa. names VP

Justin Beigle has been promoted to vice president of the Blair/Bedford Region of Skills of Central Pennsylvania Inc.

As regional vice president, Beigle will plan, direct and lead the delivery of the agency’s comprehensive array of programs and services within Blair and Bedford counties.

This includes community homes, community services, behavior support, mental health services and life sharing.  

Beigle worked for nine years as Skills director of community services in Blair and Bedford counties.

Bankruptcy judge headed to academia

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Judith Klaswick Fitzgerald will retire from the federal bench this summer and will join the full-time Indiana Tech Law School faculty.

Fitzgerald, a native of Elmora, currently sits as a bankruptcy judge in Pittsburgh, and also holds court in the District of Delaware and in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Fitzgerald was named to the bankruptcy court in 1987, following a term as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Western Pennsylvania. She earned a bachelor’s degree and law degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

She has served as a lecturer on the national, state and local levels for the National Conferences of Bankruptcy Judges, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and many other organizations. She also has taught bankruptcy and commercial law courses as an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and conducted classes at the Duquesne University School of Law, both in Pittsburgh, and at the University of Miami.

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