Jennifer Suminski

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Hagerstown Community College dental hygiene instructor Jennifer Suminski recently had her research in oral care published in the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, Vol. 21, No.3. In the article titled, “Oral Care: Exploring education, attitudes, and behaviors among nurses caring for patients with breast cancer,” Suminski finds that educating providers comprehensively about prevention, treatment and risk factors of developing oral conditions during anticancer treatments is crucial given the strong associations between educational experiences and actual behavioral engagement with patients. Suminski is a full-time instructor for HCC’s Dental Hygiene Program. She teaches oral anatomy, pharmacology, pathology, community dentistry, […]

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‘Each day is different, which I love’

Christian Asam, general manager of the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, W.Va. SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — The Bavarian Inn, founded in 1977 by Erwin and Carol Asam, is celebrating 40 years of business in Shepherdstown this year. Christian Asam and his brother, David Asam, took over day-to-day operations of the inn in 2005 and say they are proud to carry on the family tradition. The inn, which started as a 25-seat dining room with three employees, now boasts 100 employees, 300 seats of dining, banquet space and 72 hotel rooms. The Asam brothers recently finished construction of Infinity 101 Pool and Bar, […]

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Allen Dieterich-Ward

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. — Allen Dieterich-Ward, associate professor of history at Shippensburg University, has been appointed to the Pennsylvania Humanities Council Board of Directors by Gov. Tom Wolf. The PHC is an independent partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities and part of a network of 56 state humanities councils that spans the nation and U.S. jurisdictions. The PHC is governed by a 24-seat board of directors, which is made up of both elected individuals and governor appointees. Dieterich-Ward, an environmental and urban historian with a focus on political ecology and community development, will serve a three-year term. […]

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‘If we do the right thing, then the right things will happen’

Jeannette King is a Navy veteran, a mother and the president and chief executive officer of Strategic Resolution Experts Inc., which she founded in 2007.

Based in Martinsburg, W.Va., SRE provides management consulting and information-technology planning and support services to the federal government in 12 states.

King holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership from Mountain State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. She has more than 20 years of experience providing management and information-technology consulting services to federal civilian and defense agencies. […]

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Patrick O’Donnell, president and CEO of Summit Health

Patrick O’Donnell, Summit Health CEO

Patrick O’Donnell is president and chief executive officer of Summit Health, which operates numerous health care facilities, including hospitals in Chambersburg and Waynesboro, Pa.

According to The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, Summit annually contributes nearly $791 million to the region’s economy. In March, employment figures released by the Franklin County Area Development Corp. showed Summit to be the largest employer in Franklin County. The latest numbers indicated more than 3,500 employees work for Summit Health’s entities across Franklin and Cumberland counties. […]

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Christine Royce

Dr. Christine Royce

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. — Christine Royce, professor of teacher education, was named president-elect of the National Science Teacher Association on June 1. Royce, who also serves as co-director of the Master of Arts in Teaching STEM Education program at Shippensburg University, will assume the office of president on June 1, 2018. In her newly elected role, she hopes to focus on increasing a collective voice related to the importance of science, science education and the science teaching profession to future pursuits as individuals, school systems and a nation. […]

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Carlesha Green Halkias

Carlesha Green Halkias

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. — Shippensburg University recently named Carlesha Green Halkias as executive director of its Office of Social Equity. Halkias previously served as director of risk management and affirmative action officer for the City of Harrisburg, Pa. Prior to that, she served as Harrisburg’s director of human resources and labor counsel. She earned her law degree from Dickinson School of Law, Penn State, and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Kutztown University. She is a member of the Dauphin County and Pennsylvania Bar associations. […]

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Kerry Whitehead

Kerry Whitehead

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Kerry Whitehead with Coldwell Banker Premier received the 2017 Realtor of the Year Award from the Eastern Panhandle Board of Realtors. The Realtor of the Year Award is the board’s top honor. The 2017 Realtor Awards were presented March 10 at Heritage Hall in Inwood, W.Va. Whitehead ranks among the top-producing real-estate agents in the region and has several years of industry experience. He is a certified distressed property expert, a certified real finance advocate and a graduate of the Realtor Institute. He also served as president of the EPBR in 2015. […]

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Jonathan Gilkerson

Jonathan Gilkerson

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Shepherd University’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics received a $30,095 grant from the West Virginia IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence to purchase a Bio-Rad CFX384 Real-Time PCR Detection System. Jonathan Gilkerson, assistant professor of biology, said the machine offers the opportunity to use the latest technology for a variety of research projects. Gilkerson said he’s using quantitative PCR to study gene expression, the process by which cells use information encoded in genes to direct the synthesis of proteins via an RNA intermediate. What genes are expressed determines an organism’s traits. Quantitative PCR measures the abundance […]

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Ryan Stryker

Ryan Stryker

WINCHESTER, Va. — Ryan Stryker joined Coldwell Banker Premier as a sales associate. Stryker’s career background includes additional positions in sales, marketing and customer service. He graduated from James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree and earned an associate degree from Lord Fairfax Community College. For many years, he has prioritized giving back to the community by volunteering with Kare 4 Kidz and local food pantries. Stryker also enjoys playing and coaching basketball, outdoor activities, and spending time with his wife and their 9-month-old daughter. […]

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