Business People | July 5

July 5, 2014 

Joseph Luther, horticulture and landscaping instructor at the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science & Technology, was honored with the 2014 Pennsylvania Association for Career and Technical Education Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher.

The award is presented annually to a teacher who has three to five years of teaching experience.

Luther received the award because of the contributions he has made to CPI, his membership in various professional organizations, his educational experience and knowledge, his involvement in civic and community activities, and because of the “strong professional relationships that he has built with industry partners,” according to a news release from CPI.

John Pagnotto has been named regional medical director for Geisinger Medical Groups in Centre, Clinton, Huntingdon, Juniata and Mifflin counties.

Pagnotto will be responsible for the development and expansion of clinical programs and facilities. He also will work with local referring physicians to facilitate Geisinger’s role as a leading health system, a news release from Geisinger said.

Pagnotto joined Geisinger in 1997 as an associate in family medicine at Geisinger-Scenery Park. He was appointed department director of the Geisinger clinics in Mifflin and Juniata counties in 2007.

Centre County resident Tiffany Earnest earned the title of “colonel” from the World Wide College of Auctioneering, in Mason City, Iowa, last month.

Earnest completed the course, which included business management, technology, marketing, networking, online auctions, and the development of an auction chant and bid calling.

Earnest is the daughter of Tammy Miller, of Tammy Miller Auctions LLC.

Bellefonte Family Dentistry has welcomed Rich Miller as a general dentist. He is accepting new patients at the practice, 115 S. School St.

Miller earned a dental degree from Temple University and completed a general practice residency at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown. He also earned an undergraduate degree from Kutztown University and a master’s degree in biological sciences from Villanova University.

Miller served with the Jamaican Dental Outreach: “1000 Smiles a Day” program, where he treated more than 300 patients.

Theodore Thwing, a landscape architect intern with Weber Murphy Fox, passed his green associate exam and is now credentialed as a “green associate.”

The LEED Green Associate credential is for professionals who want to demonstrate green building expertise in nontechnical fields of practice, a report from WMF said.

Thwing joined WMF’s State College office in 2012 as a professional intern. He received a bachelor’s degree from Lehigh University in 2005 and a master’s in landscape architecture from Penn State in 2012.

Lori A. Boob was named branch manager of National Penn, 116 E. College Ave. in State College.

Boob is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations and helping generate new business while leading staff members in sales, training and customer service, according to a news release from National Penn Bancshares.

Boob, of Bellefonte, has 16 years of financial service experience.

Kitty M. Cupec has joined The HR Office as a staffing specialist in State College.

She will be responsible for assisting employers in recruiting qualified job candidates to fill temporary and direct-hire job positions within its organizations.

Cupec will recruit for manufacturing, technical, electrical, clerical, administrative and managerial jobs at numerous industry sectors, according to The HR Office.

Prior to joining The HR Office, Cupec worked at a Pittsburgh-based staffing company for 12 years.

Cupec is a member of the American Staffing Association and is a certified staffing professional.

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