Businesses featured this week Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC , National Council for Behavioral Health, Pennsylvania Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession, Pennsylvania Department of Aging, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Saul Ewing LLP, Site Design Concepts Inc., Susquehanna Greenway Partnership, WellSpan Health, York County Economic Alliance
York County Economic Alliance gave Shanna Terroso its Alliancefuel Ignite Award in recognition of her career success, work with other young leaders and participation in career development and Alliancefuel activities. She is government affairs director of the Realtors' Association of York & Adams Counties Inc. and one of the founding members of Alliancefuel. She also is an member of the Economics Club, the York County Economic Alliance Business Advocacy Council and the York County Economic Alliance Board. Site Design Concepts Inc., which provides civil engineering, surveying, landscape architecture, land planning and environmental consulting services, received the Small Business of the Year Award in recognition of exceptional community and association involvement. Liz Dellinger received the Athena award in recognition of her leadership skills, innovative approaches and tireless initiative that make her a role model for women seeking a career, as well as work-life balance. She is director of treasury management with York Traditions Bank and has supported the missions of numerous community organizations, including the United Way of York County, Penn Laurel Girl Scout Council, Penn State York, York County Chamber of Commerce/Economic Alliance, Lutheran Social Services and its foundation, York Jaycees, Salvation Army, Leadership York, Main Street York, Planned Parenthood, WellSpan, YMCA, Cultural Alliance, Memorial Hospital and the MS Society.
York-based WellSpan Health gave Debra Bell its WellSpan Medical Group Community Service Award for her work helping fledgling nonprofits find people and funding. She is a physician with Hayshire Family Medicine and has a master's degree in organizational leadership.
National Council for Behavioral Health gave George Kimes its 2013 National Council Award of Excellence for Visionary Leadership. He is executive director of the Pennsylvania Community Providers Association and has devoted his career of more than 40 years to helping build and improve the behavioral health system.
Harrisburg-based Pennsylvania Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession named 11 Pennsylvania firms to its 2013 Honor Roll of Legal Organizations Welcoming Women Professionals: Ballard Spahr LLP of Philadelphia was recognized for its “Pass the Gavel” and “Plus One” programs that encourage female attorneys to mentor each other and network with others; Duane Morris LLP of Allegheny and Philadelphia counties was recognized for its selection by Working Mother Magazine as one of the Top 50 Law Firms for Women; Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC of Allegheny, Dauphin, Philadelphia and Washington counties was recognized for its long-standing practice of annually publicizing the many success stories of its women attorneys both internally and externally; Fox Rothschild LLP of Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Montgomey and Philadelphia counties was recognized for its Connectivity program that fosters better communication among women attorneys to promote the sharing of resources and ideas; High Swartz LLP of Montgomery County was recognized for acknowledging the “full time” effort and productivity female attorneys put into an abbreviated workweek and compensating them accordingly; Lamb McErlane PC of Chester and Delaware counties was recognized for innovative programs and policies for working mothers and long-time support of women-related causes; Pepper Hamilton LLP of Allegheny, Chester, Dauphin and Philadelphia counties was recognized for continuing focus on professional development, networking and mentoring through its WIN! Initiative; Reed Smith LLP of Allegheny and Philadelphia counties was recognized for its unique ReturnRS program that supports attorneys before, during and after a leave of absence; Saul Ewing LLP of Chester, Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh was recognized for hosting its All Women Attorney Summit that brough together the firms' women attorneys to find creative ways to maximize women's contributions to the firm; Seidel Cohen Hof & Reid LLC of Northampton County was recognized for realizing even small firms can find creative solutions like flexible scheduling for attorneys with young families; and White and Williams LLP of Berwyn, Center Valley and Philadelphia was recognized for its “Inspiring the Future” mentoring campaign for female attorneys. Gretchen A. Mundorff of Fayette County received the Anne X. Alpern Award in recognition of excellence in the legal profession and having made a significant professional impact on women in the law. Candy Barr Heimbach of Northampton County received the Lynnette Norton Award for excellence in litigation skills and mentoring female lawyers.
The Susquehanna Greenway Partnership gave Rick Mason of Lycoming County Grand Prize in its third annual photo contest, as well as first place in its People & The River category. Amy Spangler of Lancaster County, the Business Journal's photographer, placed second; and John Alaimo of Wyoming County placed third. In the Treasured Landscapes category, David Frasier of Perry County placed first, Jeff Stover of Clinton County placed second and Patrick Greenabaum of Lycoming County placed third. In the Celebrating River Towns category, Josh Klina of Northumberland County placed first, Beverly James of Wyoming County placed second and Toni Viola of Clinton County placed third. Among Youth Entries, Carissa Phillips, 17, of Susquehanna County placed first; Izaiah Calpin, 14, of Wyoming County placed second; and Sabrina Mussare, 16, of Lycoming County placed third. Scott Hafer was named the People's Choice Honorable Mention winner. Photographs for the contest had to be taken in one of the 22 greenway counties through which the Susquehanna River flows. More than 700 photographs were submitted for the contest, and the winning photos will be displayed around the state in a traveling gallery.
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging gave five awards to ombudsmen and protective services workers for providing older Pennsylvanians protection from abuse, neglect, exploitation and abandonment. Lisette Mendez-Rodriquez, a staff ombudsman in Berks County, assisted an individual with limited mobility to relocate to a facility closer to the individual's mother. Bill Kelley, a volunteer ombudsman in Lancaster County, is an advocate on behalf of older consumers of long-term care services. He also trains other volunteers and gathers data for the department's Bureau of Advocacy. Nancy German and Scott Imler, protective services workers in Huntingdon County, investigated a case where a man was physically abused and financially exploited by his daughter. They helped relocate him to his son's residence and were instrumental in securing $113,000 in restitution from the daughter. Edyth Zschoche, a protective services worker in Somerset County, assisted someone living in a rodent-infested home with no running water to find resources in the community to clean and create a safe living environment in the individual's home and re-establish a water supply.