Dateline Pittsburgh for 07/24/11

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Schneider Downs promoted George E. Adams to shareholder in its Pittsburgh office.

Associations & Organizations

Deborah Uram, director of early intervention services at The Early Learning Institute was appointed vice president of the Early Intervention Providers Association of Pennsylvania, which brings together agencies that provide early intervention services throughout the state "to enhance services to children with special needs and their families."

The Alzheimer's Association -- Greater Pennsylvania Chapter hired Kira Walters, marketing and communications coordinator, and Sarah Keene, education and outreach coordinator, South-Central region. It also elected officers for the 2011-2012 year. Chair: Debra Pierson, president, Pierson Consulting Co.; vice chair: Robert L. Tucker, retired senior banking executive; treasurer: Diane Geisler, vice president, corporate banking, First National Bank; and secretary: Kim Shorter, vice president, asset development, Lancaster County Community Foundation.

Fox Chapel Area Rotary Club named its board of directors for fiscal year 2012. Officers: president: Barry Leonard; immediate past president: Charlie Skinner; secretary: Verne Koch; treasurer: Kenneth Vey; sergeant-at-arms: Al Filstrup. Committee Chairs: membership committee: Rob Strohm; new member orientation: Terry Gerst; Rotary foundation: Ralph Hutchinson; community service: Gil Gilliland; golf outing: Max Kirk; program: Chip Crawford; hospitality: Dave Smith; and publicity: Mary Lee Gannon.


Citizens Bank appointed William E. Baker vice president/senior portfolio manager.


Andrew Shaindlin, founder of the international consulting firm Alumni Futures and, a blog devoted to the profession of alumni relations, was named associate vice president for advancement and associate vice president for alumni relations and annual giving at Carnegie Mellon University.


Michael Baker Jr. Inc., an engineering unit of Michael Baker Corp., appointed Kenton Zinn assistant vice president, cost center manager for the Chicago office, and Greg Cerminara assistant vice president, cost center manager for the Pittsburgh Surface Transportation Group.


Allied Insurance Brokers Inc. hired Russ Kuntz as account manager for the Wood Products Team.


Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens hired Robert S. Mermelstein as its new chief financial officer.

Public Relations

WordWrite Communications hired Hollie Geitner as vice president of client services.


John A. Pollock, associate professor of biological sciences at Duquesne University and director of the regenerative medicine partnership in education, was honored by the Carnegie Science Center with its first special recognition award. The awards promote outstanding science and technology achievements in the region.

Mr. Pollock was selected to receive the inaugural Carnegie Science Award: Special Recognition in Science Education for bringing science to children and the public through films, such as "Our Cells, Ourselves," which explores evolution and how immune system conditions may have given rise to juvenile diabetes.

Mr. Pollock also led the citywide celebration of Charles Darwin and the discovery of the fundamental principles of evolution, ultimately bridging museum informal science education to the standard curriculum in the public schools.

Mr. Pollock's TV pilot of "Scientastic!" a show based on children doing research with real professionals in the Pittsburgh area, aired on WQED this fall.

The Pittsburgh South Sales Team at PNC Mortgage said loan officers awarded the five star mortgage professional award were Leslie A. Zovko, Anthony Tom, William James and Matthew Buck. They appeared in June's issue of Pittsburgh Magazine.

Ron Morris received the First Ernst & Young Lifetime Achievement Award. In recognition of his career as a 12-time entrepreneur, his current work as founding director of the entrepreneurial studies program at Duquesne University and as host of "The American Entrepreneur" radio program, he was named the recipient of the first Lifetime Achievement Award that has been given in Western Pennsylvania.

Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year is one of the most prestigious business awards for an entrepreneur. Awards are given to entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

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