Arts and Letters Award
Aspen Brianna Mock of Windber is the recipient of the Arts and Letters Award.
Mock, an English teacher in the Forest Hills School District, is the daughter of Terry and Elsie Mock of Windber.
Her favorite teaching topics are Shakespeare, writing and dramatic literature.
After receiving bachelor’s degrees in English literature and theater from Pitt-Johnstown, Mock earned a master’s degree in English education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
She also has studied Shakespeare at Oxford University in Oxford, England.
Mock wrote and directed “A Semblance of Hope,” which premiered at Arcadia Theater during the annual Pink Tie Affair to raise funds for cancer research.
The play is the story of a woman whose breast cancer is in remission and the lives of her family and friends.
She is also actively involved in her community as a board member for the Outstanding Young Woman Scholarship program and a member of Windber Business and Professional Women.
She continues to write and is seeking to publish “A Semblance of Hope” as well as a collection of short stories.
The Business Award goes to Linda Fanale of Westmont.
Fanale is the chief financial officer of Windber Medical Center and Winder Research Institute.
Her responsibilities include finance, billing, human resources, purchasing, contract management, medical records, information systems, utilization review, registration, home health, hospice, plant operations and the dietary department.
A graduate of Bishop McCort High School, Fanale earned a degree in accounting from Penn State and a master of business administration from the University of Pittsburgh. She also is a certified public accountant and a certified health care financial professional.
Windber Medical Center and Windber Research Institute have $46 million in assets and employ more than 500 people. Fanale oversees an operating budget of about $60 million.
Fanale serves on the finance committee of Our Mother of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church in Westmont. She is on the board of directors of Senior Choice Inc., which operates three nursing homes in Cambria, Somerset and Indiana counties, Atrium Manor, the Patriot and Beacon Ridge, respectively.
She is the daughter of Louis and Linda Crocco, and has been married to her husband, Butch, for 20 years. They are the parents of an 11-year-old daughter, Amanda.