Dateline Pittsburgh: 08/24/14

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Sisterson & Co. LLP hired Jordan Kaufmann and Matthew Lohr as general associates; and Stephanie Higby, administrative associate.

Sophie Campbell was director, clinical advisory services, at ParenteBeard.


Shawn R. Proper — senior vice president, mortgage and consumer lending of Mars National Bank — was appointed to the Pennsylvania Bankers Association’s Mortgage Banking Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee is responsible to guide, review and recommend education and training programs for mortgage banking professionals. Mr. Proper began serving a one-year term July 1.

First Commonwealth Bank hired Jesse Hannan as vice president and business banking officer.


Bally Design hired Jenna Effler and Tom Chavara as industrial designers.


Duquesne University named Charles R. Bartel assistant vice president and chief information officer.


Michael Baker International promoted Frank Terak to vice president and national market lead for projects with the United States Army Corps of Engineers.


KU Resources, Inc. hired Robert Kowalkowski as a senior project geologist.


Ward Home elected new board officers for its 2014-15 fiscal year. Officers are: chair, Laurie Streiner; vice chair, Jonathan Landon; secretary, Amy Phelps; and treasurer: William West.

Chris Crytzer was named associate director of external relations at Focus On Renewal. Previously, she was the development director for the McKees Rocks-based nonprofit agency.

Family Services of Western Pennsylvania named Stephen Christian-Michaels president and chief executive officer.

Real Estate

Keller Williams Pittsburgh South Division announced new agents to their offices. Amanda Creavar, Michael Hanlon and Cheryl Machi joined the Bethel Park office and Daniel Garfold joined the Whitehall location.

Awards and Honors

The community counseling program in Duquesne University’s School of Education has the distinction of being one of the first in Pennsylvania to receive the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.

The National Court Reporters Association — the country’s leading organization representing stenographic court reporters, broadcast and CART captioners, and legal videographers — announced that Mary Beth Johnson, professor of court reporting at the Community College of Allegheny County, was named 2014 Educator of the Year. Ms. Johnson, who holds the nationally recognized professional certification of Certified Reporter Instructor has taught court reporting for 38 years. She is responsible for establishing and funding a $10,000 scholarship for court reporting students at CCAC, and she has successfully achieved 100 percent student membership in NCRA and the Pennsylvania Court Reporters Association. She is currently developing a realtime retraining course. NCRA’s CASE (Council on Approved Student Education) Award of Excellence recognizes the important role student education plays in the court reporting profession, and honors educators for their dedication and outstanding achievement and leadership. Recipients are nominated by an NCRA member.

Vince Colaizzi said that Colaizzi’s Hair Styling, a full service salon located in McCandless, received the Angie’s List Super Service Award. Only the top 5 percent of qualifying businesses per category, in each market, receive the award. The award honors excellence among service providers who maintain superior service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List throughout the past year. Colaizzi’s was also recently named to the 2014 Pittsburgh Business Hall of Fame.

Business Notes

Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Pennsylvania announced its grand opening on Sept. 4 from 2 to 7 p.m. at its new office/​training center, 2360 Venture Drive, Gibsonia. It will unveil is new and improved office building which includes a state of the art training center for our apprenticeship classes and other training programs.

Heyl & Patterson Inc. relocated to 400 Lydia St., Carnegie. Its new four-story office building is 30,000 square feet, and is a marked increase from the single office floor it previously occupied. Built in 2000, the high-tech facility originally housed a dot-com company. It will be home to the company’s administrative, sales, marketing and engineering teams.

E. R. Munro and Co. has partnered with Secure Settlements Inc. to offer vetted low-risk title agents access to competitively priced surety and fidelity bonds through a nationally known Best’s rated A+ carrier.

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