Dateline Pittsburgh: 10/4/2009

People on the Move

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Karris M. Jackson
  • Job: Vice president of programs, POISE Foundation
  • Age: 33
  • Favorite stock/mutual fund: Apple! They consistently develop innovative product and the iPhone is clearly the leader in smart phone technology.
  • Someday I want to: Take a one year sabbatical and travel the world with my family, spending at least one month on each of the seven continents.
  • Interesting/useless facts about me: I played the xylophone in my high school band.
  • Favorite Movie: " My favorite movie is "A Thin Line Between Love and Hate," featuring Martin Lawrence and Lynn Whitfield. When I finished graduate school and purchased my first house, I did not have cable television or good reception. As a result, I watched the same movies on VHS tape for the first few months. I can recite the entire move line by line.
  • What inspires you?: I am inspired by people who wake up every day and selflessly give their time, talent and treasure for causes and organizations that strive to improve the human condition.
  • Person you'd most like to have dinner with: Definitely Jesus! I have a few questions for the one man who has the answers to all the mysteries of the world.
  • What do you like about Pittsburgh? I like the fact that Pittsburgh is a creative and innovative place where everyone (young, old, black and white) has the opportunity to carve out their niche and make their mark. If you can think of it, there is someone in Pittsburgh who can help you make it happen!

Alpern Rosenthal hired James Weber, senior manager, associate quality control director, accounting and auditing department and Shamus Brennan, senior manager, tax department.


Mullen promoted Ashley Kline, senior account executive and Amy Pomposelli, account executive, account services team.


Tom Waseleski, editorial page editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, was elected president of the National Conference of Editorial Writers.

Banking & Finance

NexTier Insurance hired Philip Crouse as an insurance agent.


TJ&S hired Bill Weeks, Zywave specialist and Richard Meyer, senior account manager, personal lines department.


Larry Neft joined B-Three Solutions, Inc. as senior account manager.


Apple Box Studios hired Erin Mitchell, graphic designer and Jeremy Gillespie, client services associate


Kyle Sneddon was hired as systemwide director of safety and security at the Community College of Allegheny County.


Douglas Dascenzo joined Excela Health Latrobe Hospital as vice president, clinical services.

Royal Philips Electronics said Eoghan O'Lionaird will lead Philips Home Healthcare Solutions' Sleep business as senior vice president and general manager.

Dr. Donald Keenan, breast surgeon, has joined The Western Pennsylvania Hospital, is now seeing patients in West Penn's Mellon Pavilion offices. Dr. Keenan specializes in the evaluation and treatment of all malignant and benign breast disorders.


Eckert Seamans Cherin and Mellott, LLC hired John G. Unice as an associate. Mr. Unice focuses his practice in a variety of commercial litigation contexts, including product liability, bankruptcy litigation, employment matters and insurance coverage.


SMS-Elotherm hired Jason Eichas as North American service coordinator. In that capacity, he is responsible for helping customers throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico upgrade and maintain their induction equipment. Prior to joining SMS-Elotherm,


Amy Kerr Parker, a commercial litigator, Pittsburgh office of Fox Rothschild LLP, was elected to the board of Lydia's Place, Inc.

Jodi Buntain and John H. Mather, have accepted appointments to the United Methodist Services for the Aging board of directors. Ms. Buntain is the executive administrator for the University of Pittsburgh Physicians' Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health, an affiliate of UPMC Health System Mr. Mather is the executive director of masters programs in the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh appointed officers to its board: Chair: Meryl Ainsman; vice chairs: Ilana Diamond, Ellen P. Kessler, Scott D. Leib and James S. Ruttenberg; treasurer: Jeffrey B. Markel; assistant treasurer: Marc Brown; secretary: Carole S. Katz; assistant secretary: Sam A. Berkovitz. In addition, Steven Rock was nominated for a three-year term: and Mark Glosser was nominated for a second three-year term.

The Frick Art & Historical Center elected new members to the board of trustees: Charles R. "Chip" Burke, Jr., chairman, Grable Foundation;

Donna L. Delie, elementary teacher, North Allegheny School District.

Michael J. Hatcher, vice president--procurement, raw materials & real estate, United States Steel Corp.

Professional Services

Service Express, Inc. hired Joe Stout, field engineer to join its new SEI Service Team in Pittsburgh.

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