Advisory Board Biographies

Advisory Board Biographies

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Honorable Michael Barrase

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The Honorable Michael Barrase

Education: University of Scranton; Dickinson School of Law

Occupation: Judge in the 45th Judicial District of the Court of Common Pleas of Lackawanna County

Community Involvement:  Recipient of the PA Trial Judges Award for Efficient Caseload Management (Golden Crow Bar Award); the 2006 PA Psychological Association Public Service Award; 2007 John J. Baldi Award for excellence in program evaluation and review, which promotes the enhancement and development of service and support for persons with mental disabilities; Women's Resource Center Public Service Award



Maureen Bielman

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Maureen Beilman

Occupation:  CFO/Treasurer of Dimeco Inc.; CFO and Treasurer of The Dime Bank

Community Involvement:  Honesdale Rotary member and officer

Penn State Involvement:  Treasurer, The Wayne Pike Penn State Chapter




Robert Durkin

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Robert F. Durkin

Education:  Penn State University; U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Institute for Organizational Management at the University of Delaware

Occupation:  President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.



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Katrina Foster KKPR Marketing and Public Relations

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Katrina Foster

Education:  B.S., Management and Marketing (w/high distinction - 2006) Penn State Scranton

Occupation:  President and founder of KKPR Marketing and Public Relations, in Milford, PA

Community Involement:  Board member of The Scranton Plan; served as president and board member of The Northeast PA American Advertising Federation; Bon Secours Community Hospital Foundation board of directors; Milford Music Festival board of directors.

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Jonathan Fritz. Pennsylvania State Representative

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The Honorable Jonathan A. Fritz

Education: Pennsylvania State University, Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management and Marketing.

Occupation: Pennsylvania State Representative, 111th Legislative District. Former Wayne County Commissioner and former Mayor of Honesdale

Involvement: Member of PA House Committees: Commerce, Aging & Older Adult Services and Human Services. Member of the following local organizations: Fraternal Order of Eagles - Arie 1858, Susquehanna County Farm Bureau, Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau, and other local organizations. Penn State Alumni Association Life Member, Wayne/Pike Chapter of Penn State Alumni Association Member of the Year - 2016


Mary Garm

Mary Garm

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Mary Garm

Occupation:  Administrator, Lackawanna County Library System

Community Involvement:  Scranton's Pages and Places Book Festival; the Scranton Women's Network Committee of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce; vice chair of the PA Governor's Advisory Council on Library Development; past president of the PA Library Association and recipient of its Distinguished Service Award.


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Jason Hanyon D.M.D.

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Jason Hanyon, D.M.D.

Education:  B.S., nutrition, Penn State University (1998); doctor of dental medication, Temple University (w/high honors, 2004)

Occupation:  dentist with Century Dental Associates

Community Involvement:  Member, American Dental Association and the Pennsylvania Dental Association; Ommicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society; Temple University Stomatognathic Honor Society; Temple University Oral Surgery Honor Society; Temple University Endodontology Society; Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges at Temple University School of Dentistry in 2002-2003.  Penn State Scranton Alumni Society’s 2014 Alumnus of the Year.



Maggie Hawk

Maggie Hawk

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Maggie Hawk

Education:  Penn State University, 2005

Occupation:  School Psychologist for the Valley View School District, Archbald, PA

Community Involvement:  Board member, Women's Resource Center, Scranton; Junior League of Scranton.






Lou Ingargiola

Louis Ingargiola, PSWS Advisory Board member

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Louis Ingargiola

Education:  B.S., Finance, Penn State University (1992)

Occupation:  President and founder of Ingargiola Wealth Management Group, Dunmore, PA

Community Involvement:  Past president and long-time member of the Penn State Scranton Alumni Society; member of the campus’ Campaign Committee;  Alumni Fundraising Committee; Hammond Society member of the Penn State Smeal College of Business; Scranton Chapter of UNICO National; past consultant for Junior Achievement; lector, extraordinary minister and member of the finance council at St. Anthony’s Church; Penn State Scranton Alumni Society’s 2011 Alumnus of the Year




Robert Luciani, PSWS Advisory Board member

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Robert Luciani

Education:  B.A., Penn State University; FINRA Series 6, 63, and life and health Insurance licenses

Occupation:  Managing Director, Key Account Management, Prudential; sales officer of the Prudential Trust Company; and a NJ, NC and CT Governmental Affairs Agent 

Community Involvement:  Board of directors -- Scranton Cultural Center and The Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development.


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Board Member Nina Magnani

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Nina Telesca Magnani

Education:  B.S. Degree in Industrial Engineering-The Pennsylvania State University (1986), MBA-Interior Architecture-Marywood University (2008)

Occupation:  Independent Consultant/Owner of an Interior Design Firm

Community Involvement:  Board Member and Design Committee Member for Scranton Tomorrow; Development Committee Member for Scranton Cultural Center

Penn State Involvement:  2016 Penn State Scranton Alumni Society's Alumna of the Year; current member of Penn State Scranton Advisory Board



Frank Marcos, Vice chairman at Deloitte Tax, LLP

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Frank Marcos

Occupation:  Vice chairman at Deloitte Tax, LLP (New York City); leader -- OCEO Strategic Clients

Community Involvement:  Board member of Deloitte Tax LLP and member of the Deloitte Tax Executive Group



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Ann Jennings McDonough, Retired, Scranton School District principal

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Ann Jennings McDonough

Education:  B.S., early childhood/elementary education, Penn State University; master’s in educational administration, University of Scranton; Superintendent Letter of Eligibility, Marywood University.

Occupation:  Retired, Scranton School District principal

Community Involvement:  Lifelong member, Penn State Alumni Association; the Greater Scranton Penn State Chapter; PSWS Ridge View Society; president of the Society of Irish Women



Mary McNichols

Mary McNichols

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Mary McNichols

Education:  Penn State University, AA (1981); BS (2002)

Occupation:  Senior Vice President/Senior Trust and Investment Officer

Community Involvement:  Director, Estate Planning Council of Northeast PA; NEPA Chapter, Society for Human Resource Management; self-study adviser, PA Bankers Assoc.; advisory committee, PA Bankers Assoc. School of Trust, Investment, and Wealth Management.



Timothy Meagher, PSWS Advisory Board member

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Timothy Meagher

Education:  Penn State alumnus

Occupation:  Broker/owner of RE/MAX Wayne and RE/MAX Best locations in Honesdale and Damascus, PA

Community Involvement:  Board member, Wayne County Chamber of Commerce; member and past board member of the Honesdale Area Jaycees; past board member and volunteer of the Wayne County YMCA; volunteer with Rachel’s Challenge.


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Fred Powell EVP, Chief Financial Officer, Antares Pharma

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Fred M Powell
Education:  B.S., Accounting, Penn State University (1983) PSWS alumnus; Penn State University Scholar
Occupation:  EVP, Chief Financial Officer, Antares Pharma
Community Involvement:  Treasurer of the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County, member of the finance council Redeemer Lutheran Church
Penn State Involvement: Guest presenter for PSWS business students; Life member, Penn State Alumni Association; endowed the Powell-Freeman Family Scholarship; Ridge View Society.


Jim Thomas

James Thomas, PSWS Advisory Board member

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James F. Thomas

Education:  B.S., communications, Marywood University

Occupation:  President and founder, Thomas Communications, Clarks Summit, PA



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James W. Thomas, CPA

Education:  B.S., accounting, Penn State University; PSWS alumnus;

Occupation:  U.S. Advisory Aerospace & Defense Sector Leader and partner in government contracts practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP in McLean, VA

Community Involvement:  Guest presenter for PSWS business students; Ridge View Society member




Dr. Michael Wolk

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Dr. Michael Wolk

Occupation:  Partner/Physician, Northeastern Rehabilitation Associates; Medical Director at Allied Services Rehabilitation Associates

Education:  Bachelor of Science in biology at University of Scranton. MD at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Community Involvement:  Board member, American Heart Association; member, Nittany Lion Club