Business People | May 25

State Department of Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch recognized 27 PennDOT employees, including a State College resident, with the Star of Excellence Award.

The award is the department’s highest recognition and is presented annually to employees who represent the department’s values of service, performance and integrity.

Pete Kempf, of State College, was among the honorees.

Kempf serves District 2 as the posted bonded roads coordinator. He was elected as a Star of Excellence for providing “critically important leadership to District 2 Roadway Maintenance Program staff and Central Office staff,” according to PennDOT.

Kempf was also instrumental in making “positive changes and cost saving measures in a variety of areas.,” the report said.

Your Building Centers announced that Tim Leupold was promoted to vice president of manufacturing and installed sales.

Leupold will be responsible for managing daily activities of the installed sales division and manufacturing division.

Leupold, of Unionville, has more than 30 years of experience in the building materials business.

Kelly and Larry Weldon of Plato’s Closet in State College were honored with the company’s Sales Excellence Award at its annual conference April 30-May 3 in Anaheim, Calif.

The conference featured workshops and events on topics such as store management to social media.

Plato’s Closet is a resale store that caters to teens and young adults who want to sell their gently used clothing and accessories, and/or update their wardrobe.

ParenteBeard appointed Rich Everhart, Ed Kollar and Theresa Racek as principals.

With 25 years of experience in public accounting, Everhart provides business advisory, financial reporting, tax planning and tax compliance services to privately held businesses and individuals.

A certified public accountant in Pennsylvania, he has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and a master’s degree from Penn State.

The Pennsylvania Optometric Association named Tracy Carpenter Sepich 2014 Optometrist of the Year.

She has been a consulting rehabilitation optometrist at HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital since 2005.

The award recognizes a member of POA who, through years of dedicated service to optometry and the public, merits recognition from the optometrists of the state of Pennsylvania.

She will be formally announced at POA’s award ceremony on Nov. 22.

Sepich graduated from Penn State in 1987 and from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, with her Doctor of Optometry degree as well as a master’s degree in low vision rehabilitation, in 1991.

She is a diplomat of the American Board of Optometry, a member of the American Optometric Association’s Low Vision section, the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association.

Philadelphia Magazine announced that H. Amos Goodall Jr., of State College, was selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, in the area of elder law.

Goodall has been designated as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer every year since the program’s inception.

Goodall, a certified elder law attorney, has practiced in Centre County since 1976.

Barton Associates recently hired Nolan Amos to work in its State College office.

Amos is a Penn State student majoring in architectural engineering with a mechanical option.