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Sara Peperno has been appointed President/CEO. Peperno is a graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania.


Robert H. Graham, president and chief investment officer of Riggs Asset Management Company, Inc., has been elected its new board chairman.

Graham graduated with a bachelor of science degree in economics from Pennsylvania State University and.


William M. Smith has joined as dealer relationship manager.

Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Penn State University. He is based in the Scranton Financial Center in Scranton and resides in Eynon.


Wilkes University recently welcomed the following new faculty members for the 2013-2014 academic year:

Edward Bednarz, visiting assistant professor of mechanical engineering. He received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and physics from Wilkes University. Bednarz completed his master of and his doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland.

Mia Briceno, assistant professor of rhetoric and public communication. She received her bachelor’s degree in rhetoric and communication from the University of Pittsburgh and her master of arts in communication studies from California State University. Briceno completed her doctoral degree in communication arts and sciences at the Pennsylvania State University.

David Carey, associate professor of electrical engineering. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Wilkes University. Carey received a doctoral of philosophy in electrical and computer engineering from Clarkson University.

Christopher Dempsey, visiting assistant professor of environmental engineering and earth sciences. He received his bachelor of science in biology from Lycoming College. He studied at Lehigh University and earned both his master’s and doctoral degrees in environmental science with a focus on aquatic ecology.

Kurt Eisele, assistant professor and director of masters and post-baccalaureate programs in the school of education. He received his bachelor of science in mathematical education from the University of Scranton. At Scranton, Eisele also completed master’s degrees in mathematics education and secondary school administration and earned certification as an elementary school administrator. He completed his doctorate in education with a specialization in human development at Marywood University.

Karen Frantz-Fry, assistant professor in the school of education. She received a bachelor’s and master’s degree with a specialization in special education and a reading specialist certificate from Bloomsburg University. Frantz-Fry earned elementary/secondary principal certification from Bucknell University and certification as a supervisor of special education from Bloomsburg. At Marywood University she received a letter of eligibility: superintendent of schools and a doctoral degree in human development with a concentration in educational administration.

Holly Frederick, assistant professor of environmental engineering. She received a bachelor of science in environmental engineering from Wilkes University. Frederick earned her master of science degree in environmental engineering and a doctorate in environmental engineering from Penn State University.

Ruth Hughes, visiting assistant professor in the Sidhu School of Business and Leadership. She received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Tulane University and a law degree from Washington and Lee University.

Tracy Kaster, visiting instructor of education. She received a bachelor of science in home economics education from the University of Arkansas and a master’s degree in instructional media from Wilkes University. She holds several certifications, including a certificate in family and consumer science, English as a second language and early childhood and elementary education.

Karim Letwinsky, visiting assistant professor of education. She received a bachelor of science in finance from Fairfield University. Letwinsky earned a master of science in secondary education with certification and specialization in mathematics from the University of Scranton and a doctoral degree in education leadership with a specialization in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix.

Eugene Lucas, assistant professor in the doctor of nursing practice program. He received a bachelor of science in nursing from Wilkes University and a master of science in nursing from Misericordia University. He earned the doctor of nursing practice degree at Wilkes. Lucas obtained a graduate certificate in psychiatric mental health from Drexel University. He holds basic life support certification, certifications as a family nurse practitioner and as an adult psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner.

Ellen Newell, instructor of psychology. She received a bachelor of arts in psychology and music from the University of Maine. Newell has also received a master of arts in psychological sciences and is a candidate for a doctorate in social psychology, both from the University of Maine.

Margaret Sullivan, visiting assistant professor of math and computer science. She received a bachelor of science in mathematics and a master of science in mathematics from Louisiana State University. Sullivan earned a doctorate in mathematics from Binghamton University.

Christopher Zarpentine, visiting assistant professor of philosophy. He received a bachelor of arts in philosophy and music from Ithaca College. At Florida State University he earned master’s degrees in philosophy and in the history and philosophy of science. Zarpentine has also received a doctoral degree in philosophy from Florida State.


Sister Jean Messaros, RSM, Dallas, has been named to the position of vice president of Mission Integration.

Messaros holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Misericordia University and a master’s degree in counseling from Shippensburg University.


Heather A. Schield has been named Annual Fund Director at Keystone College. She graduated from Bloomsburg University with a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications.


David J. Brady and Joanne Sciandra, RN, BSN, CCM have both been named as vice presidents for Geisinger Health Plan. Brady has been named vice president of health care reform and commercial business development. Brady received his bachelor of science degree in finance from the State University of New York at Utica/Rome and his master in business administration with a finance concentration from Wake Forest University’s Babcock Graduate School of Management in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Sciandra, Wyoming, has been promoted to associate vice president of population management. She obtained her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Wilkes University and is also a Certified Case Manger from the Commission for Case Manager Certification. She currently is working toward her master’s degree in health care administration.

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