The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


May 13, 2012

Tribute to Women | YWCA will honor nine for community service



Nonprofit Award

Patricia Felton of Richland Township is the recipient of the Nonprofit Award.

Felton is the director of the Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center at Windber Medical Center.

As director, Felton uses her nursing background to direct a multidisciplinary team of professionals to provide patient-centered care focusing on the mind, body and spirit, which is the Planetree philosophy of Windber Medical Center.

She oversees the day-to-day operations and provides clinical and regulatory oversight for two research protocols for the Clinical Breast Care Project with Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, plans and implements survivorship programs, provides community education, ensures patient access to breast screenings and is instrumental in fundraising events.

Felton has made numerous presentations to various groups regarding the importance of annual breast cancer screenings. Her interaction with the young women of the region, including the Girl Scouts and high school and college students, has built positive relationships between the care center and the community.

She recently launched the “Take the Pink Pledge” campaign, which encourages women to get annual breast cancer screenings.

She and her husband, Russell “Rusty” Felton, are the parents of two children, Samantha, 12, and Jakob, 10.

Felton is the daughter of Ronald and Monica James of Johnstown.

Lady Liberty Award

The Lady Liberty Award goes to Sgt. 1st Class Annamaria Grunza of Westmont.

Grunza’s military career began when, as a junior at Westmont Hilltop High School, she joined the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in 1997.

In 2004, the 1-104 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion (ARB) in Johnstown deployed to Kosovo in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Grunza became the stay behind soldier. When units deploy, there are soldiers who stay behind to serve as liaison between the deployed unit and the soldiers’ families. Grunza was responsible for the support of soldier readiness and mobilization.

She was hired as the senior human resources sergeant for the battalion in 2004. Grunza also serves as the family liaison officer for the units’ family support group. Working with and assisting families while they are stationed at home, training or deployed.

She is married to Stephen Grunza of Johnstown. They have a 1-year-old son, Gabriel.

Born and raised in Johnstown, she is the daughter of Albert L. Zawalish Jr. and Barbara M. Gray.

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