Dateline Pittsburgh for 11/28/10

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Associations & Organizations

Lina Dostilio, director of academic community engagement at Duquesne University, will represent Pittsburgh's college and university community on the city of Pittsburgh's Service Advisory Council.

The council includes a cross section of city leaders who are recognized for their commitment to civic engagement and volunteerism. It consists of 11 members from various sectors: city government, nonprofit, philanthropic, corporate, faith-based, universities and public schools.


Jon L. Fabyonic joined Parkvale Bank as small business loan officer.


Duquesne University Counseling Center named Ian Edwards its new director.


BPU Investment Management Inc. hired Joseph Knupp as an assistant vice president and financial consultant.


The Children's Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center appointed Lindsey Carter, assistant director of development, and hired Chelsea Ruffo as dietetic technician and Nora Runco, receptionist.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust promoted Nick Gigante to vice president of development.

Professional Services

Suzanne Timmerman joined Novus Staffing Solutions as a staffing consultant.


SnapRetail said Crystal Vilkaitis joined as director of social media.


Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. awarded its highest honor, the Franchisee of the Year Award, to franchise owner Joseph P. O'Rourke. The annual award recognizes Mr. O'Rourke for his franchise's exceptional performance during the 2010 tax season in the areas of growth, territory and employee development, customer service and community involvement, and for exhibiting exemplary standards of quality, professionalism and entrepreneurship.

Hillman distinguished professor Rodney K. Hopson of Duquesne University received the Robert Ingle Service Award for his contributions and service to the American Evaluation Association. The Ingle award is given to an individual who dedicates sustained and valuable service to the American Evaluation Association, including involvement and leadership on AEA committees, task forces, topical interest groups or particularly influential roles at pivotal times in the organization's history. Mr. Hopson was selected for the award for his sustained service to the evaluation field, his consistent leadership on diversity issues and for his role in developing the AEA's Graduate Education Diversity Internship program.

Louis P. Stanasolovich, founder/CEO/president, Legend Financial Advisors Inc. was selected for the third consecutive year by Smart Business Pittsburgh as a 2010 Pacesetter. The awards recognize outstanding business and community leaders who have had a significant impact on the region and represent some of the most innovative leaders in Pittsburgh.

Two University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health professors who have received awards and accolades are Linda Frank, principal investigator and project director of the Pennsylvania and Mid-Atlantic AIDS Education and Training Center, who was designated a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing -- Ms. Frank is also assistant professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology; Bernard Goldstein, professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, was appointed to the Institute of Medicine's Committee to Assess the Health Effects Associated with the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill.

C. William Davis, of Aspinwall Toastmasters club, completed requirements for Toastmasters "Advanced Communicator Bronze" award.

The Western Pennsylvania Minority Supplier Development Council recognized the following during its awards show and dinner: Minority Business Supplier of the Year Class II: Cooper Trading; John H. Adams Corporation of the Year: Highmark; Corporate Volunteer of the Year: Bertram Cadney, Transtar Inc.; Corporate Advocate of the Year: Vincent O. Johnson, The PNC Financial Services Group; Economic Impact Award: Charles Sanders, Urban Lending Solutions; MBE Advocate of the Year: Cheryl McAbee, River Development Corp.; Lifetime Achievement Award: Charles M. Powell, Urban Redevelopment Authority; President's Award: Michael Krisfalusi, RRI Energy, Inc.; and Board Service Award: also Michael Krisfalusi.

Donald W. Angel of Cottrill, Arbutina Wealth Management Group LLC received two designations, certified financial planner by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. and accredited investment fiduciary by the Center for Fiduciary Studies.

Mona Pappafava-Ray, president of General Carbide Corp., was named a 2010 Pacesetter by SmartBusiness Pittsburgh, taking top honors in the midsize company category.

The Pennsylvania Association of Chamber Professionals named Sally Haas, president of the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce, the 2010 recipient of the Keystone Award, the highest honor bestowed by the PACP to a chamber leader, recognizing outstanding achievement in and contributions to chamber management in Pennsylvania. She was recognized for her service on behalf of business, as well as her participation in community affairs and professional organizations.

Jeff Erdely was honored as the recipient of the 26th Outstanding Alumnus Award of Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus. The award was established in 1985 and honors former students of the campus whose subsequent professional achievement warrants special recognition by their alma mater. Mr. Erdely is the principal and managing director of SESCO Enterprises L.L.C.

Jeannine Anderson, controller and vice president, impaired loan portfolio division, and Susan White, vice president and operations manager in lending services, are among winners of the PNC Performance Award, the highest honor given to employees by The PNC Financial Services Group Inc. The award program, now in its 18th year, recognizes PNC employees who demonstrate a pattern of significant achievement and deliver a consistent level of extraordinary performance.

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