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Dr. Frank Kotch has joined the company’s Scranton research and development facility as a senior research scientist. He was most recently at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was engaged for several years in National Institutes of Health-funded research.

Dr. Michael O. Chaney, an expert in structural biology and computer-aided drug design, and Dr. Peter Applebaum, professor of pathology and director of Clinical Microbiology at Pennsylvania State University, Milton S. Hershey Center, have joined the Scientific Advisory Board.


Richard Cunningham has been appointed key account director, managing retail accounts and taking responsibility for sales, marketing and merchandising partnerships. He had spent 20 years in various positions with Coca-Cola, starting as a route driver in Wilkes-Barre and most recently serving as vice president/supermarket Sales. Cunningham attended King’s College.


Bryan Anderson has joined the division of Pride Mobility Products Corp. as a spokesperson. Anderson, an Iraq War veteran and Q6000 power chair user, delivered the commencement address at the Luzerne County Community College graduation on Thursday.


James A. Kerns P.E., president of QproQ Engineering Inc. has been named the 2007 Luzerne Chapter Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers “Engineer of the Year.” The award recognizes a member who has made significant achievements in the area of professional society activities; civic, fraternal, religious or humanitarian activities; professional and/or technical publications, papers or patents and engineering during their career. Kerns graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Attorney Robert J. Gillespie Jr., Hazleton, has been certified as a member in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts, awards or settlements. Gillespie specializes in personal injury and commercial litigation.

P. Timothy Kelly, Clarks Summit, a partner in Mattise & Kelly P.C., Scranton, has been elected as an associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates. An associate must have a minimum of five years of active experience as a trial lawyer, be a member of the Bar of the state in which he practices and he must have tried at least 10 civil jury trials to a verdict. Membership is for life. There are only 27 members in the Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter.

John J. Carr, CLU, of the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network Wilkes-Barre office, has earned membership in the Million Dollar Round Table for the eighth year. Less than 1 percent of the world’s life insurance and financial service professionals hold the designation.

Jeff Piestrak, a sheet metal trades instructor at the State Correctional Institution at Dallas, was presented with the Department of Corrections Outstanding Performance. Piestrak, a 15-year employee, was recognized for his exemplary work in engineering, designing and fabricating numerous projects. He is a graduate of Nanticoke High School and he attended Wilkes-Barre Vocational School.

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