Gordon Travis has been promoted to director of surgical services at Mercy Hospital. Travis, part of the Mercy nursing team for 24 years, began his nursing career in Mercy’s emergency department where he served from 1986 until 1992. Since 1992 he has served in the Mercy operating room department. In 2007, he was appointed nurse manager of the operating room and anesthesia departments. He and his wife, Rosemary, reside in Archbald and have three children.
Owen Matthew Karoscik was chosen to participate in a mission trip by The Pontifical Mission Societies in the U.S., Scranton Diocese. Owen and 14 other high school juniors from around the diocese traveled to Eastern Navajo Reservation at St. Boneventure Indian Mission and School in New Mexico. There they worked and interacted with the people, the missionaries and other volunteers serving Navajo children, youth and adults. Owen is the son of Stanley and Regina Karoscik Jr. of Archbald. He recently completed his junior year as an honor student at Valley View High School.
Peckville resident Helen Silvestri has won the 2009 Volunteer Award from the Lackawanna County Prison. The fourth annual program was titled “I Make A Difference.” Silvestri was chosen for her weekly visits with the Monday prayer group. Deputy warden Timothy Betti presented Silvestri with the crystal globe award. Inmates prepared refreshments and entertained guests by singing, acting and reading poetry.
Alexander Pavuk, formerly of Mayfield, has received a Ph.D. in history with a specialization in science and religion at the University of Delaware. He is serving a two-year appointment as visiting professor in the history department at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Dr. Pavuk earned a bachelor of arts degree from Colgate University in 1994. He then studied at Widener University School of Law and in the graduate programs of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary and American University in Washington, D.C. Since 2002, Pavuk has taught at Rutgers University, the University of Delaware and Rowan University. He will travel to England to present a paper on religion and evolution at Oxford University as part of the school’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species.” Pavuk is the son of Mrs. Lubov Pavuk, Mayfield, and the late Thomas Pavuk.
David Christiansen of Forest City retired from The University of Scranton after serving for more than two decades as vice president for finance/treasurer and for the past year as special advisor to the president for finance.
Joe Gentile Jr. of Dunmore has been re-elected to a national leadership position with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Gentile is owner of Joe’s Kwik Mart and Dunmore Oil Co. Gentile was re-elected to a one-year term as an MDA national vice president at the association’s recent annual meeting in Los Angeles. MDA vice presidents provide counsel in their areas of expertise to support the association’s research and services programs.
Attorney Lawrence A.J. Spegar was a featured speaker at the recent American Association for Justice (AAJ) convention in San Francisco. Attorney Spegar presented a talk on liability for fitness equipment in personal injury cases. The association is a national organization for trial lawyers and is designed for promoting legal education throughout the United States. Spegar has presented similar lectures at other AAJ conventions, including the Melvin Belli Society. Attorney Spegar maintains offices in both Blakely and Pocono Summit.
The Rev. Jack Munley of Jessup was recently appointed associate pastor of Community Bible Worship Church in North Scranton. Munley was ordained in April 2007 by Dayspring Outreach Ministries and is nearing completion of certification as a licensed Christian counselor through the National Christian Counselor’s Association (NCCA). Munley’s duties will include worship, evangelism and outreach, and adult Bible study. Rev. Riccardo Jackson is lead pastor.
Kelly Lettieri of Dunmore was recently named assistant director for internships at King’s College. In her new position, Lettieri will coordinate and maintain all internship program activities, as well as develop relationships within the King’s community and among community partners and employers. She will also provide career counseling to students and assist with other career educational programs and activities.
Lettieri joined King’s in May 2007 as career development specialist, offering individual and group career counseling services to students, as well as alumni. Prior to coming to King’s, she worked with a variety of nonprofit organizations in Arizona, dealing with case management, youth development programs and volunteer initiatives.
She is the daughter of Michael and Ann Marie Mullock of Olyphant.