Business People | June 15

A local businessman was selected as a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year program.

Paul Silvis, head coach of SilcoTek in Bellefonte, will find out if he is the winner next Friday night at a gala at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown Hotel.

Silvis said he won the same award in 1992 for his work with Restek.

For 28 years, the EY Entrepreneur of the Year program has recognized men and women “who have had the inspiration to create innovative, market-leading companies that have truly changed the world,” according to a report from the program.

Master balloon artist and magician Dennie Huber was recognized with the Dillman Award during the Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger Celebration Weekend event that kicked off May 31.

Huber has been involved with Children’s Miracle Network for 20 years and has volunteered his magic and balloon-twisting services for several fundraisers.

The Dillman Award was created in 1999 in honor of its first recipient, Jack “Pap Pap” Dillman, and honors an outstanding volunteer for Children’s Miracle Network in the Johnstown-Altoona region.

Deidre Hockenberry is Gunn-Mowery’s newest commercial account executive in the State College office.

Hockenberry has 27 years of experience as a practicing licensed agent.

For the past 10 years, she provided inside sales support to personal and commercial clients from the company’s Lemoyne office.

In her new position, Hockenberry will focus on outside sales and growing Gunn-Mowery’s business in Centre, Snyder, Mifflin, Union, Juniata and Huntingdon counties.

Dinesh Bhaskaran joined Mount Nittany Physician Group thoracic and vascular surgery.

Bhaskaran will diagnose and treat conditions of the veins, arteries and chest.

Mount Nittany Health said Bhaskaran obtained his medical degree from the University of Zambia Medical School in Lusaka, Zambia, and completed residencies in general surgery at Maimonides Medical Center and cardiothoracic surgery at State University of New York Health Science Center.

Bhaskaran also concluded an advanced cardiac surgery fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and an endovascular fellowship at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center in New York.

He is board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, American Medical Association and the American College of Chest Physicians.

Erin Gabany joined Mount Nittany Physician Group urology.

Gabany was previously at Geisinger and Asera Care Hospice.

She obtained a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Penn State, and a master’s in nursing from the University of Cincinnati, according to Mount Nittany Health.

She is a member of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and has a dual chapter membership in the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Kimberly Saltsman joined Mount Nittany Health’s Children’s Advocacy Center as a forensic interviewer.

Saltsman has a bachelor’s in psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s in forensic psychology from the University of Denver.

Previously employed by Cen-Clear Child Services in Philipsburg, Saltsman worked as a behavior specialist consultant, mobile therapist, outpatient therapist and psychological assistant to provide treatment services to children and families who need physical, social, emotional and educational support.

Saltsman will conduct child-friendly interviews, where children are invited to tell their story about abuse or neglect they have experienced or witnessed.

Three directors have been named to the board of Kish Bancorp for three-year terms.

They are William Dancy, Paul Howes and Bradley Scovill.

Edward Friedman, founder of Friedman Real Estate Group in State College, has also been appointed to a one-year term as a director of Kish Bancorp and Kish Bank.

Dancy, of Belleville, has been a Kish Bancorp director since 2002. He is the president and owner of J.M. Young and Sons, a construction and roofing contractor,

Howes has been a director of Kish Bank and Kish Bancorp for one year and stood for election for his first full term as a director this year.

He is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, and currently serves on the board of Prevent Blindness America. He resides in State College with his wife, Teri.

Scovill, of State College, joined Kish Bank in 2009, and was promoted to president and COO of the bank and holding company in 2013.

Kish Bank also announced the appointment of Rick Wert, information security manager, to assistant vice president.

Wert started at Kish in 2012 as the information security administrator for the information technology department.

He teaches at South Hills School of Business and Technology in State College and has a degree from South Hills in specialized technology.