Marywood Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association Earns HonorsN

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Marywood University Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) was informed by the National NSSLHA Executive Council that the chapter earned Gold Chapter Honors for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Officers include, front row, from left: Kristen Meyer, secretary, and Rachel Panick, president.

Back row: Nicole Coombs, treasurer, and Zachary Lowe, vice president. Chapters who earn Gold Honors are credited for “increasing awareness of communication disorders among state and federal legislators; supporting clients, students, and organizations in their community; creating vibrant online conversations in the NSSLHA Community; providing monetary donations to support scholarships for students in CSD programs by contributing to the ASHFoundation NSSLHA Scholarship; and by providing monetary donations which will provide resources to those who are served by CommunicAID+Nation (the NSSLHA Loves 2016–17 recipient).


Former Dunmore Pitcher Marc Perry is a “Baseball Lifer”

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By Steve Svetovich

Some ball players never want to take the uniform off. Take Marc Perry, for instance.

Perry was in the Dunmore High School baseball program for four years as a pitcher and then went on to pitch three more seasons for Wilkes University, and he’s not done yet.

That’s because Perry considers himself a baseball lifer.

“I love the game of baseball and want to play as long as I can.”

And that he has been doing. The hard throwing right hander pitched for the past three years in the summer Dunmore Freedom League at Sherwood Park. He also pitches for the Electric City Bootleggers in the Pocono Valley League.

In a recent game with the Bootleggers, he had a no hitter going until it was broken up with two outs in the fifth inning. He ended up giving up only two hits in six innings. It was a strong effort despite a loss.

Son of Ron and Stephanie Perry, Dunmore, Marc, 24, graduated from Dunmore High School in 2011. He played two seasons of junior varsity and two years of varsity baseball at Dunmore. His varsity baseball coach was Mark Finan.

Perry, who has a quiet confidence, went on to Wilkes University where he graduated in 2015 with a B.S. in Marketing. He pitched for Wilkes in his freshman, sophomore and junior years. He was coached by Matthew Hollod in his final two seasons.

Perry said he was highly impressed by a pitching coach, Tyler Shepple, he had in his sophomore year at Wilkes. Shepple was once drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers. “He taught me a lot about pitching mechanics and motion. He helped to improve my velocity. I was able to throw harder and be much more competitive. He was also better at calling my pitches than any coach I ever had. I have to give him a lot of credit for teaching me a lot about pitching.”

Perry, hard working and humble, also gave credit to Mike Guy, his coach for the Scranton Miners travel team. Perry is also a graduate of the Dunmore American Legion baseball program.

Perry currently works for Maximum Federal Services in Pittston. He processes health insurance appeals for the Affordable Health Care Act.

The baseball lifer said he owes a lot to his parents. “My parents taught me to be humble and respectful. They taught me to respect the game of baseball. They taught me to be a good person. They really taught me everything I know.”

The Dunmore graduate talked about his future.

“Right now, I enjoy my work. I would eventually like to move to Philadelphia and be with a company where I can grow and advance my career.

“I enjoy playing baseball and love to compete. I will continue playing baseball in the summer for as long as I can. Right now, I play in the two summer leagues. I love it too much to ever quit. I can’t imagine not playing. I’ll go as long as I can. I just love the game.”

New Trustees Elected to Marywood Board

marywoodSr. Mary Persico, IHM, Ed.D., Marywood University President, recently announced that four new trustees have been elected to Marywood’s Board of Trustees.

New board members include: Sr. Nancy DeCesare, IHM, Ph.D., Philadelphia; Bernadette Gray-Little, Ph.D., Lawrence, Kan.; Rev. John M. Lapera, Clarks Green, and Daniel J. Santaniello, Roaring Brook Twp.

In addition, the slate of board officers elected for 2017-18 includes: Atty. Lisa A. Lori, Philadelphia, board chair; Mary Ellen McDonough, Scranton, vice chair; Susan Cognetti, Clarks Green, secretary, and James G. Gavin, M.S.W., Scranton, treasurer.

Sr. Nancy DeCesare has worked for more than 30 years in the fields of administration and social work. Her professional background includes experience as a front-line social worker on the streets of New York City, and, presently, as a professor of human services at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia.

In 2010, Sr. Nancy started The Soldiers Project for the State of Pennsylvania, a position she held until 2014. She is now the Director of the Soldiers Initiative, which provides educational and social service support to veterans and their loved ones as well as to clinicians working or volunteering in the field of veteran services.

Dr. Bernadette Gray-Little, recently retired, served as the 17th Chancellor at the University of Kansas from 2009-2017. During her distinguished tenure, she advanced the university’s mission of lifting students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities, and making discoveries that change the world.

Under her leadership, the university also revamped financial aid, creating four-year renewable scholarships and expanding the Jayhawk Generations Scholarship. Dr. Gray-Little was also instrumental to the creation of Chancellor’s Doctoral Fellowships to support outstanding doctoral students, as well as the creation of KU’s first university-wide curriculum, the KU Core.

A native of eastern North Carolina, Dr. Gray-Little received her bachelor’s degree from Marywood University and her master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology from Saint Louis University. She earned a Fulbright Fellowship to study in Denmark.

Rev. John M. Lapera is presently serving as the Pastor at the Church of St. Gregory in Clarks Green. Rev. Lapera has served the Diocese of Scranton in numerous leadership capacities, both at the parish and diocesan levels.

His previous assignments have included service as the director of Called to Holiness and Mission (parish restructuring) for the Diocese of Scranton; pastor, Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, Kingston; pastor, Church of St. Joseph, Scranton; executive director of the Office for Parish Ministries, Diocese of Scranton; diocesan director of RENEW, Diocese of Scranton; and assistant pastor of Nativity of Our Lord Church, Scranton.

Rev. Lapera has served as president of the Board of Pastors for Bishop Hannon High School, Scranton, and for Marian Catholic Inter-Parochial School, Scranton.

Daniel J. Santaniello has served as the chief executive officer and president of Fidelity D&D BanCorp, Inc., and its subsidiary, Fidelity Deposit and Discount Bank since 2010. Mr. Santaniello has held a number of leadership positions in the banking industry.

Firmly believing that community service is also his business, Mr. Santaniello has served as first vice president of the Scranton Rotary Club and was a board member of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. His board memberships include the Northern Anthracite Bankers Association and the Chamber of Commerce Micro Loan program. He has participated in numerous non-profit fund drives and was a member of the Technology Committee of the Great Valley Technology Alliance. Mr. Santaniello holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Marywood University and was the recipient of the Marywood Alumni Association’s Award of Excellence in Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2010.

Board officers for 2017-18 include Atty. Lisa Lori, a partner with Klehr, Harrison, Harvey, Branzburg LLP in Philadelphia. She represents national and international businesses, including Fortune 500 companies, and individuals in a full range of complex commercial litigation matters. Since beginning her service on Marywood’s Board of Trustees in 2014, she has served as secretary of Marywood’s Board, and, for the past year, as Chair. She has been a member of the Audit Committee, Financial Affairs Committee, and the Executive Committee. Atty. Lori, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Design from Marywood, initially began her career in the fashion industry before deciding to pursue a legal career.

Mary Ellen McDonough, vice chair, now retired, had served as a Certified Prevention Specialist with the Lackawanna County Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse. Since beginning her service on Marywood’s Board of Trustees in 2009, she has served as secretary of Marywood’s Board and has been a member of the Committee on Trustees, which she chaired; the University Advancement Committee, and the Executive Committee. Ms. McDonough, who also served as vice chair during 2016-2017, earned her B.A. in Elementary Education/Foreign Language from Marywood in 1973.

She has been extremely active at Marywood University as a volunteer, both in fundraising efforts and as a leader in planning alumni activities, including service on the Marywood Alumni Association Board. In 2008, she was honored as the recipient of the Marywood Alumni Association’s Award for Excellence in Health & Human Services.

Susan Cognetti, secretary, serves as a paralegal and office manager at Cognetti & Cimini. Since beginning her service on Marywood’s Board of Trustees in 2014, Mrs. Cognetti has served as chair of the Committee on Trustees and as a member of the Enrollment Services and Student Success Committee and the Executive Committee. Additionally, she was the secretary of the board for 2016-2017.

James. Gavin, treasurer, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Community Care Behavioral Health Organization. He has more than 40 years of training and experience in behavioral health care, from clinical service delivery through executive management. Since beginning his service on Marywood’s Board of Trustees in 2009, Mr. Gavin has served as treasurer of Marywood’s Board and has been a member of the Financial Affairs Committee, which he chaired; the Audit Committee; the Committee on Trustees; and the Executive Committee.

A licensed social worker in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Mr. Gavin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from the University of Scranton and two master’s degrees—a Master of Social Work and a Master of Managerial Science—from Marywood University.


Dunmorean Receives Award for Leadership

Tyler Ward

Tyler Ward, M.S., of Dunmore, assistant director for housing and residence life at Marywood University, recently received the 2017 Raymond P. Heath Leadership Award for his outstanding service to student life at Marywood University.

Ward met all of the criteria set for the Raymond P. Heath Leadership Award, including the following qualities: Consistency, being keenly aware of the need to treat people equally by developing clear policies and adhering to them; Development, recognizing the potential in others; Harmony, looking for consensus, seeking areas of agreement; Positive Attitude, upbeat attitude in work and social interactions with colleagues; and Student Affairs Commitment, working with and for students to help them gain the maximum success and benefit from their college experience and to promote the personal growth and development of the “whole” student.

The characteristics and qualities that this award represents were inspired by Dr. Raymond Heath, who served as vice president for student life at Marywood University from 1996-2014. A true leader in the student life field, Dr. Heath championed both the students and Marywood University as a whole,  but he also was keenly interested in the professional development of those who worked and thrived under his leadership.

For additional information about Marywood University’s housing and residence life department, please visit or call (570) 348-6236.