Business People | May 4

May 3, 2014 

Members of South Hills School of Business & Technology’s Phi Beta Lambda Club participated in a PBL state-level conference in Gettysburg.

At the event, Dottie Ewing, of State College, took third place in a business communications competition.

Chelsea Boucher, of State College, placed second in accounting principles and shared first place with teammate Angel Burch, also of State College, in the human resource management competitive event.

Burch also took second place in business communications.

According to a press release from South Hills, with these top awards, Burch and Boucher are now eligible to represent the commonwealth at the National PBL Conference and Competition in Nashville, Tenn., next month.

PBL is a collegiate business organization.

K.C. Norton, of State College, was honored April 13, at the 30th annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement awards at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles for her story, “What Moves the Sun and Other Stars .”

The event celebrated the annual winners in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future contests, where Norton was one of 12 winners, according to a press release.

Each writing and illustrating contest winner was presented with a trophy by contest judges at the ceremony and combined cash prizes and royalties of more than $30,000, according to a press release from the award ceremony.

Hubbard initiated the Writers of the Future writing contest in 1983 “to provide a means for aspiring writers to get that much-needed break,” the report said. The Illustrators of the Future contest was created in 1988.

Courtney McGhee was hired as the branch manager of Fulton Bank in Bellefonte.

McGhee will be responsible for business growth and oversee daily branch activities.

McGhee, of Bellefonte, has worked in the banking industry for more than 13 years and is also a notary public. She attended Lock Haven University, according to a report from Fulton Bank.

The Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association elected State College-based farmer Chris Harner to the association’s board of directors.

Harner, of Harner Farms, was elected to his first three-year term on the board of directors. He replaced Robert Amsterdam, who retired from the board after serving for 20 years.

Harner is a third-generation fruit and vegetable grower, and has worked on the farm his whole life, and full time since graduating from Penn State with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business management in 1994, according to a report from the association.

The association represents more than 935 members from across the state and surrounding states.

Ed Friedman has been appointed to the Kish Bank board of directors.

Friedman is the founder of the Friedman Real Estate Group — a company that specializes in residential and commercial development in State College.

Friedman received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ohio State; and a master’s degree from San Francisco State University, a master’s degree in hotel, restaurant and institutional management from Penn State. He is also an honors graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law, according to Kish Bank.

Ed lives on a farm in Boalsburg with his wife, Charlene, three golden retrievers and a herd of 58 alpacas.

Robert L. “Bob” Berg was recognized as one of four recipients of the 2014 Outstanding Alumni Award from the Pennsylvania State Forest Resources Alumni Group.

The award was presented at the Forest Resources Alumni Group’s annual banquet on April 11 in State College.

Berg earned a bachelor’s degree in forest science at Penn State in 1976 and has worked as a professional economist in the forest products industry for more than 35 years, according to a report from Penn State.

Berg has also co-authored major studies on the softwood lumber, panel, and timber end-use markets and industries, with a focus on price forecasting.

Berg and his wife, Libby, live in Julian.

The Forest Resources Outstanding Alumni Award was first awarded in 2001 to recognize outstanding alumni and to foster closer relationships between the award recipient and students, faculty, staff and other alumni.

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Centre County through Mount Nittany Health announced its five board members who will oversee traditional governance and fiduciary responsibilities.

They include Patricia Best, Steve Brown, Herb Hand, Jack Infield and Kim Neely, and will meet quarterly.

Best is a retired superintendent of schools in the State College Area School District with more than 40 years of experience in administrative leadership, education and counseling.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State, a master’s degree from Ohio State and a doctorate in counselor education from Penn State, according to Mount Nittany Health. Best serves as vice chairwoman of the Mount Nittany Health board of directors.

Brown has been president and CEO of Mount Nittany Health since 2010.

A fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Brown is a graduate of Thiel College and earned his master’s degree in healthcare administration from Penn State. Brown has worked in healthcare administration and executive roles for more than 37 years.

Hand, offensive line coach for the Penn State football team, holds a bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College and an MBA from West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Prior to moving to the State College area, Herb was named to the board of directors of Our Kids in Nashville, Tenn. — a nonprofit organization of first responders in cases of child sexual abuse.

He has also been involved in fundraising efforts for the northeastern Pennsylvania Children’s Advocacy Center in Scranton and the Penns Valley Youth Center in Spring Mills.

Infield works with AmeriServ Financial and has spent 36 years in the banking industry, according to a press release. Infield holds an undergraduate degree from Lock Haven University and a master’s degree from Penn State.

Neely has been the director of The Foundation for Mount Nittany Medical Center for the last eight years.

Neely earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and a master’s degree from Shippensburg University. Prior to working with Mount Nittany Health, Neely worked in the division of development and alumni relations at Penn State and with the Easter Seal Society of Central Pennsylvania.

The Children’s Advocacy Center opened in February at 129 Medical Park Lane in Bellefonte.

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