Awards: Central Pa. schools take home top three prizes in international contest

Honors, designations and recognitions.


Wisconsin-based CUNA Brokerage Services Inc. named Jessica L. Aquiler a Woman of Distinction for superior performance and extraordinary efforts in promoting financial security. Aquiler is a financial advisor with CUNA Brokerage Services at Belco Community Credit Union.

Washington, D.C.-based ESOP Association gave its 2018 Annual Award for Communications Excellence to Murray Securus for excellence in employee stock ownership plan communications.


Derry Township-based The Vista School gave its inaugural Founders Award to Michael G. Jarman for extraordinary service and commitment to individuals with autism and their families. Jarman, founder and outgoing chief strategic officer of Vista, plans to retire in June.

Health care

Lemoyne-based Pennsylvania Homecare Association and the Pennsylvania Department of Aging named Verneil “Rick” Williams the 2018 Pennsylvania Direct Care Worker of the year. Williams is a home health aide with Extended Family Care in Pittsburgh.

Online magazine Becker’s Hospital Review named two regional health systems to its 150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare for promoting diversity within the workforce, employee engagement and professional growth: UPMC Pinnacle, Harrisburg; and Geisinger Health System, Danville.


Washington, D.C.-based United Fresh Produce gave the 2018 Produce Excellence in Foodservice Award in the Quick Service Restaurants category to Ryan Krebs for innovative and influential use of fresh produce in the culinary arts, one of eight awards nationwide. Krebs is director of food service for York County-based Rutter’s.

Meeting Professionals International Middle Pennsylvania Chapter gave its 2018 chapter awards.

  • Planner of the Year: Mary Costik, meeting manager of the Pennsylvania Municipal League, Harrisburg.
  • Supplier of the Year: Judy Bagrowski, senior sales manager of Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa, Bedford.
  • Outstanding Volunteer of the Year: Kerri Fay, sales manager of Hilton Harrisburg.
  • Recruiter of the Year was a three-way tie: Lutricia Eberly, director of sales at Roundtop Mountain Resort, Lewisberry; Jeanmarie Kline, director of global accounts at HelmsBriscoe, Grantville; and Valerie Tulli, director of global accounts at HelmsBriscoe, Grantville.
  • Young Professional & Rising Star: Jenna Koslosky, group sales manager of Wyndham Garden York.


New York City-based International Awards Associates gave Jump Motion Design, of the Harrisburg area, a Rose Gold award in its 2018 Muse Creative Awards competition, website category, for a project completed for the Envision Group of Camp Hill.


Harrisburg-based World Affairs Council of Harrisburg named the team from Cumberland Valley High School first-place winners in the 2018 Academic WorldQuest Competition, a 100-question international affairs contest. Team members included Sabrina Robinette, Lauren Rhodes, Ryan Lasloudij and Mathew Albert. Second place went to the Cedar Cliff High School team, Caroline Kaiser, Lindsay Garbacik, Ella Miller and Rachel Lyden. Third place went to the Milton Hershey School team, David Li, Soloman L. Myers, Evan Sensenig and Seamus Burns.

Hampden Township-based United Way of the Capital Region gave Harrisburg-based McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC its Pillar Society Award, given to organizations that support the United Way campaign by contributing $100,000 or more in combined corporate and employee giving.

Additionally, the United Way of the Capital Region named its Adult Volunteers of the Year: Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania Board Chair Kathryn McCorkle; Ginny Jones of New Digs Ministry; and Dale Laninga of Christian Churches United and Paxton Ministries.

Small business

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Eastern Pennsylvania District Office in King of Prussia named three midstate organization as 2018 Small Business Week Award Winners, recognized for their contribution to the nation’s economy.

  • SCORE Lancaster-Lebanon Chapter, Robert Bewley, chapter president, won National SCORE Chapter of the Year Award
  • Klinge Corp., York, Henrik Klinge, director, won Eastern Pennsylvania Small Business Exporter of the Year Award
  • JAMA Enterprises, doing business as Strategic Consulting Partners, Mechanicsburg, Monica Ann Gould, president, won Eastern Pennsylvania District Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year.


California-based public-sector technology magazine Government Technology named a team of state officials, Sharon Minnich and John MacMillan, Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers for 2018, an annual list of leaders and visionaries, for their work to transform the way information technology services are delivered to commonwealth agencies. Minnich is secretary of administration and MacMillan is chief information officer.

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