Dateline Pittsburgh: 02/16/14

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Associations & Organizations

Stephanie McElheny, senior financial planner, Hefren-Tillotson, was named president-elect of the Financial Planning Association of Pittsburgh.

The Professional Services Marketing Association announced its 2014 board. President: Kate Cromie of Eckert Seamans; president-elect: Rachel Gawlas of Metz Lewis Brodman Must O'Keefe; treasurer: Anna Marks of Houston Harbaugh; and secretary: Sarah Shaffer of The Rhodes Group. Members-at-large include Guinevere Anderson of Clark Hill Thorp Reed, Rick Brown of Blue Archer, Tricia Egry of BDO USA and Bill Findle of Liberty Insurance Agency. Erin May of Goehring Rutter & Boehm is member emeritus. Committee chairs have also been named. They include: Joe Slezak of KFMR Katz Ferraro McMurtry, membership; Allysn Hurley of Eckert Seamans, programming; Beth Bershok of Herbein + Company and Erin May of Goehring, Rutter & Boehm as public relations/outreach co-chairs; and Julia Germeyer of Louis Plung & Company, sponsorship.

The Western Chapter of the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association named its board. President: Sean Casey, owner of Church Brew Works; vice president and treasurer: Vince Sanzotti of St. Clair Country Club and Tim Zuggar of DoubleTree Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Center City, respectively.

Paul W. Bush, manager of technical services for flat glass, PPG Industries, was elected to the board of the National Fenestration Rating Council, occupying the Fenestration Industry (primary glass manufacturer) seat.


First Niagara Commercial Finance promoted James V. Cannella to senior business development officer.


Apple Box Studios named Dixie Smith as director of business development.


Paula D. Sweitzer was named director of environmental health and safety at Duquesne University.


Chemistry Communications hired Jessica Carson as director of project management; David Kir, senior software engineer; Sarah Parker, art director; Anna Masters, account executive and Katie Boardman, associate media buyer/planner.

Jason Wood joined TrueSense Marketing as senior director of digital strategy and operations.


Connor Hagey was named director of retirement living for Concordia Havens.

Awards and Honors

Jerry Pounds, home mortgage consultant for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, was named a member of Leaders Club. As a member of Wells Fargo's leaders club, Mr. Pounds had to close over 165 purchase units and 66 million dollars in volume.

Timothy Verstynen of Carnegie Mellon University received a Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation for his project "Action Binding During Long-term Sequential Skill Learning: Computational and Neural Mechanisms." Mr. Verstynen, assistant professor of psychology and a member of the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, will use the five-year, $507,836 award to study how the brain learns complex sequential skills, similar to learning to play a melody on the piano.The award is the NSF's most prestigious award designed to support junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through their outstanding research, excellent teaching and the integration of education and research within the context of their organization's missions.

Larry E. Davis, dean of University of Pittsburgh's School of Social Work and director and founder of its Center on Race and Social Problems, was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. Mr. Davis, who also is the Donald M. Henderson professor at Pitt, was honored during a Jan. 18 ceremony in San Antonio. The academy is an honorary society of distinguished scholars and practitioners dedicated to achieving excellence in the field of social work and social welfare.

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