Dateline Pittsburgh: 12/22/13

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Associations and Organizations

Assemble, a community space for arts and technology, elected the following individuals to its board: Linnea Glick, assistant director of PITT ARTS; Kathryn Heffernan, program and development associate, Reading is Fundamental; Erin Holland, senior strategic planner, Mullen; Vanessa Jameson, software engineer, Google; Markese Long, supervisor and coach at Allegheny County Department of Human Services; Aaron Martin, development manager, Carnegie Science Center; and Kevin Progar, project manager, Regional Health Literacy Coalition.


First Niagara Risk Management, Inc., the wholly owned insurance subsidiary of First Niagara Bank and its parent, First Niagara Financial Group Inc., promoted Bill Hartz to senior vice president.


Cowden Associates Inc. hired Shawna McDonnell as a consultant, health and benefits, and Michael Stevens, analyst, compensation.


Jendayi E. Frazer was appointed to the board of The MasterCard Foundation. Ms. Frazer is a public service professor at Carnegie Mellon University and director of its Center for International Policy and Innovation. She previously held senior-level positions at the U.S. Department of State and National Security Council and served as the U.S. Ambassador to South Africa.

Metal Refinery

Atlantic Precious Metal Refining appointed Alex Chaban, customer service representative.


Paul D. Peterson was appointed senior director at Longwood at Oakmont.

Concordia Lutheran Ministries elected Stephen W. Johnson chairman of the board and James Limbaugh as vice-chairman. Both will hold the post for one year. Mr. Johnson is senior vice president and general counsel of CONSOL Energy Inc. Mr. Limbaugh is an attorney with the law firm of Miller Limbaugh & Conley.

Oil and Energy

Ref-Chem hired Billy Hinton as business development manager.

Real Estate

CBRE hired Gretchen Hamm, associate, retail services; Laura Lawrence, associate, industrial occupier practice; and Ben Roth, associate, retail services.


Pennsylvania American Water promoted William (B.J.) McFaddin to field operations manager, Pittsburgh District, and Jasun Stanton to Western Pennsylvania production manager.

Awards and Honors

Governor Tom Corbett and First Lady Susan Corbett recognized the following women from the area as this year's Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania: Marsha Blanco, Jane C. Burger and Jane Werner. Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania began in 1948 as a way to honor women who have shown distinguished service through a professional career and/or voluntary service.

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