Business People


Douglas S. Betar has been named to the West Milton State Bank management team.

He will coordinate lending activities in the central Pennsylvania business market, including Centre County.

He has more than 22 years of banking experience.

Betar is a 1985 Penn State graduate and has been a member of the university’s Student Advisors Program since 1997.

Joe Bertotto, of Graystone Bank, has been appointed to a three-year term with the Pennsylvania Bankers Association board of directors and as chairman of the professional development committee.

Bertotto is senior vice president, director of relationship development for Graystone.

Amy Muchler has been named senior vice president of operations and branch service quality of Kish Bank.

Muchler joined Kish Bank in 1998 as deposit operations manager and has since held the positions of administrative vice president of deposit and branch operations, and most recently vice president of branch service quality. She resides in Centre Hall with her husband and two daughters.


Dr. Marla Moon, of State College, was honored with the Dr. W. David Sullins Jr. Award at the annual meeting of the American Optometric Association in Seattle.

The award recognizes an individual optometrist who has made significant contributions to optometry and public service. She was also chosen to serve on the state board of optometry.

Moon is a principal partner of Nittany Eye Associates, and a graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry with specialized residency training in pediatrics and binocular vision rehabilitation.


The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers named 12 people, including one from Penn State, to its 2008 class of fellows.

Robert E. Graves is a professor in the agricultural and biological engineering department. He is co-founder and co-chairman of Penn State’s award-winning Organic Materials Processing Education Center.

The National Dairy Shrine has named Lawrence Spect as an industry pioneer for 2008.

Spect is professor emeritus in the department of dairy and animal science at Penn State. He and his wife, Elizabeth, reside in Boalsburg.

He has served on numerous committees and boards across the state’s dairy industry.


Bob Cassidy has been named as account manager for State College, Williamsport and surrounding areas by Schaedler Yesco. He has more than 30 years of experience in the electrical industry and will be assisting customers with energy-saving solutions.

Marvin Barnett has been promoted to account manager in construction sales by Schaedler Yesco. He has 26 years of experience in the electrical industry, and will focus on contactor sales in the electrical and HVAC markets in State College, Williamsport and surrounding areas.


Mount Nittany Medical Center has appointed Dr. Paul O. Woolley as medical director of Penns Valley Area Family Medicine in Spring Mills.

The medical center’s subsidiary, Mount Nittany Medical Center Health Services Inc., acquired the former Penns Valley Area Medical Center in May from the estate of Dr. William Young.

Woolley began practicing at the Penns Valley family practice in March 2003.

Prior to his service in Penns Valley, Woolley was the medical director at Foxdale Village in State College. He also serves as medical director of Centre HomeCare’s hospice program.


Brandi Wagner, of Pine Grove Mills, has become an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct-sales company featuring gourmet products.

Tammy Bush, of Huntingdon, was promoted to a Diamond Designer by Home & Garden Party.


Tasha Kulka Norman has been named center manager for the Drayer Physical Therapy Institute’s new location in Spring Township.

Norman is a graduate of State College Area High School and Schreyer Honors College at Penn State, where she majored in kinesiology and was a swimming standout. She earned a doctor of physical therapy degree from Duke.


Dan Hayes, president of NanoHorizons Inc., a company focused on nanoscale antimicrobial performance additives, addressed participants at the joint INDA-TAPPI International Nonwovens Technical Conference.

He presented findings from a study comparing two methods for integrating silver nanoparticle additives into synthetic and non-synthetic polymer systems.


Angela Moore, of State College, has had her original recipe End-Zone Tavos published in the Harvest Kitchen Cookbook.