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Awards

Industries featured this week: Associations, banking and finance, designations, government, nonprofit, technology

Associations

Hershey Rotary Club named Joseph Dao, Matthew Johnson and Alexander Mosher March Students of the Month. Dao is senior class vice president and a member of the National Honor Society at Milton Hershey School. He has earned distinguished academic honors throughout his high school career. He enjoys mentoring younger students as part of the Junior Chapel program and is an athletic trainer for three programs. He plans to study nursing at Georgetown University and hopes to become a health care administrator. Johnson is senior class president, Key Club editor, captain of the soccer team and active in the Pennsylvania Youth Apprenticeship Program at Hershey High School. He has received numerous awards for academic excellence, including membership in the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society. He is employed at Devon's and has participated with Hearts of Ecuador as a translator. He plans to study biomedical engineering in college. Mosher is president of the Future Business Leaders of America and captain of the soccer team at Middletown Area High School. He is a member of the National Honor Society and has received awards related to his work with the FBLA. He plans to study building sciences with a minor in construction management at the University of Northern Florida. Levi Dillon, Brihtric Prather and Jeremy Shaver were named April Students of the Month. Dillon is involved with the school newspaper, debate, theater, choir and WireWorks at Hershey High School. He has received numerous awards related to his involvement with journalism and newspaper design, and he plans to study media and production at Temple University. Prather has been an active member of the Student Government Association during his entire high school career at Milton Hershey School and he is the executive branch historian. He was instrumental in planning for the MHS student body to take part in the Palmyra High School Mini-Thon and the Hershey High School Mini-Thon. He plans to enlist in the Marine Corps Reserve and study engineering at Messiah College. Shaver is active in football, track and field, marching band, jazz band and the Civil Air Patrol at Middletown Area High School. He has received several awards, including distinguished honor roll and the Civil Air Patrol Wright Brothers Award. He hopes to study mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech and participate in ROTC.

Banking and Finance

iMoneyNet's Rated Money Fund Report gave Harrisburg-based PFM Group and its Portfolios Government Series a Top Manager Award for highest net return for 2013 in its peer group. The report, which ranks AAA-rated money funds annually, said that the PFM Funds Government Series produced the highest gross return achieved in the institutional and retail funds sector in 2013, with total portfolio net assets between $100 million and $1 billion as of December 2013. The PFM Funds Government Series invests in U.S. Treasuries, federal agency obligations and other government money market funds. This is the sixth iMoneyNet performance award that PFM Government Funds won in the past five years.

Designations

Philadelphia-based Women's Business Enterprise Council PA-DE-sNJ certified Boiling Springs-based Stacey H. Harbst CPA to be a women's business enterprise. It specializes in financial and compliance auditing and accounting services.

Washington, D.C.-based American Hospital Association named Kevin Snoke and Terry Totten certified health care constructors. Snoke is president and chief operating officer of Manchester Township-based Wagman Construction Inc. He has more than 30 years of construction experience. Totten also has more than 30 years of experience and is director of construction with Wagman.

The Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers named Leslie Weaber a certified community lender. She is an account manager with Mid Penn Bank and has more than seven years of banking experience.

Government

The Pennsylvania Commission for Women gave 2014 Hannah Penn Leadership Awards to Pennsylvania women who have been outstanding mentors and role models through their leadership, service and commitment to empowering women and girls. Hannah Kirby of Erie County received the Rising Star Award, which recognizes a female role model between the ages of 16-29 whose leadership and service improves the lives of women and girls in Pennsylvania and inspires them to achieve their dreams. Kirby received a BS in mechanical engineering from Gannon University in 2010 and an MBA in 2011. Currently, she is a senior quality engineer with Lord Corp. As a Gannon University national alumni board director, she participates in the board's mentoring achievement program and other outreach programs that help young girls explore careers in science, technology and math. She is active in her community with Tesla, her therapy dog, and visits at-risk girls and young women who are victims of domestic violence through Therapy Dogs United. She also spends time with grieving children as a volunteer with Highmark's Caring Place. Lorraine Marchand of Bucks County received the Business Leadership Award, which honors a woman who demonstrates leadership, service and a commitment to advancing women in a private-sector business environment. Marchand is a senior leader in Cognizant Technology Solution's life sciences consulting practice, where she develops strategies for improving productivity and innovation for the pharmaceutical industry. She conducts workshops and provides coaching on topics related to women and leadership. She also is a mentor and coach to a number of women in corporate positions as well as undergraduate students. Pat Halpin-Murphy of Montgomery County received the Civic and Volunteer Leadership Award, which recognizes a woman in the civic or volunteer community who demonstrates leadership, service and a commitment to improving the lives of women and girls in Pennsylvania. Halpin-Murphy founded the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition in 1993 and continues as its president. She was appointed by four successive governors to the Pennsylvania Cancer Advisory Board and is co-chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Income Tax Check-Off for Breast and Cervical Cancer Research Committee. In addition to service on multiple national boards and commissions, she co-authored both editions of the book, “Breast Cancer: Covered or Not? A Guide on Insurance.” The late Ann Wilson, a former member of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women, received a posthumous award for distinguished service. She was appointed to the Pennsylvania Commission for Women in 2012 and died in 2013 after a short battle with cancer.

Nonprofit

Lancaster Family YMCA gave Peter Barber and Brian McCaskey of Two Dudes Painting Co. its 2014 John R. Mott Servant Leader Award, which recognizes people and businesses that model the Y’s values of servant leadership: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Barber and McCaskey have shown long-term commitment to the Y, contributing time and resources to multiple projects, including painting multiple areas of the Queen Street Y, repainting the Y logo, painting buildings at Camp Shand, and most recently, painting walls recognizing Jim and Sally Saxton and Ann Klein at the City Center branch. Barber coaches cross country teams at Lancaster Catholic High School, and he has participated in marathons and triathlons. McCaskey began coaching basketball with the Lancaster Boys Catholic Youth Organization in 1993, and he has been an officer for 18 years. He has volunteered at St. Leo Elementary School for 21 years and has been the junior high head basketball coach for 17 years. They also participate on community service organization boards, youth councils and business organizations, including the Rotary Club of Lancaster, the Landis Valley Museum and the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America, and donate their time and services to the YWCA, including participation on the committee for the Race Against Racism. Thomas Bailor of Mount Gretna was named Volunteer of the Year, which recognizes an individual who has contributed, in extraordinarily generous and important ways, time and expertise in support of the Lancaster Family YMCA and its mission within the community. Bailor has been a Camp Shand volunteer for 10 years, and he has participated in numerous building projects at the camp, including building the benches and bell tower, decks on cabins, the gaga pit and benches, the Bamford Fire Circle and the team wall on the low ropes course. He also helped with service camp, hauling scrap to the junk yard, clearing the road of downed trees after storms, working in the kitchen during user group activities and helping with preparations for Creepy Camp. Prior to retirement, he was a union electrician. The children of the Lancaster Family YMCA Child Care Center were named Youth of the Year, which recognizes those under age 18 who strive to live the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility through involvement with the Y. The Y’s preschool and pre-K curriculum program follows Creative Curriculum and Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards that ensure children receive a developmentally appropriate learning experience while also being engaged with the Y’s core values. The educational expertise of the teachers fosters the social and educational skills children will need for success in the coming school years.

Technology

Hyland Software gave IMR of Lower Allen Township a Gold Partner Award, which recognizes enterprise content management companies for sales performance and excellence with OnBase ECM system implementations.

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