Lynette Danzig of Clarks Green was recently promoted to director at MMQ Productions. She will focus on directing the performance of services required by small business clients; her areas of expertise include retail, land development and medical practices and she has more than 20 years of experience in public accounting.

Walter J. Koehler of Clarks Summit was recently promoted to corporal in the Pennsylvania State Police and will be assigned to Troop P, Towanda. He was previously assigned to Troop P, Wyoming. Corporal Koehler enlisted in the state police in 1992.

Julia K. Munley of Clarks Summit was recently named a partner in the law firm of Munley, Munley and Cartwright. Munley joined the firm as an associate in 2001 and is board certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in Civil Trial Practice and Civil Pretrial Practice. She focuses her practice in civil litigation, concentrating in the areas of personal injury, automobile accidents, truck accidents and workers' comp. Admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, Munley is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has had numerous jury trials statewide.

A book by John C. Norcross, Ph.D., a Clarks Summit resident and a professor in the department of psychology at the University of Scranton, was recently selected by The Wall Street Journal as one of the year's best books. "Changeology: 5 Steps to Realizing your Goals and Resolutions" was among the six "best guides to later life" highlighted in the Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 online issue and Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 print edition. Norcross discusses his science-based program for reshaping behavior and ensuring permanent change in this book as well as why the process of self change is the same no matter what behavior is being altered.

Dr. Parminder Parmar of Clarks Summit, who is the program coordinator of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) and associate professor of HDFS at Penn State Worthington-Scranton, was recently recognized by the university for serving on faculty for ten years.

Marilyn Pryle, a teacher at Abington Heights High School, recently published her fourth book, "Writing Workshop in Middle School."

Clyde Rosencrance of Dalton was recently named to manager of financial services at Prudential Financial's Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania Financial Group. Rosencrance will be responsible for the recruitment, selection, development, retention and supervision of financial services associates who participate in a career development program that will enable them to offer insurance and financial products to help clients meet their financial goals.

Elaine Walker of Dalton was named an employee of the year for 2012 at the Regional Hospital of Scranton. Walker is the director of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, diagnostic services and the vascular lab and has worked at the hospital for more than 37 years. She has planned and executed two heart fairs, is instrumental in the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) accreditation for Cardio and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and is leading the hospital's efforts toward chest pain accreditation. Her focus is on the care and teaching of cardiac patients and she is the hospital's representative in the community as an American Heart Association board member. Walker is a graduate of Mercy Hospital School of Nursing and earned her master's degree from Marywood University.

School News

Colleen Brace, the daughter of Maureen and David Brace of Dalton, was recently named a commended student in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. Brace received a letter of commendation from Lackawanna Trail High School as well as a letter from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program.

Anna J. Heckman of Clarks Summit received the Frank J. O'Hara medal from the University of Scranton for her sophomore year. A marketing major with a minor in operations management, she is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta (the national honor society for freshmen), Omega Beta Sigma (the women's business honor society), and Alpha Sigma Nu (the national Jesuit honor society). She is a member of the Kania School of Management's Business Leadership Honors Program and a second-time recipient of the O'Hara award. She is involved with the University of Scranton Programming Board, University Mission and Ministry and other organizations.

Sarah Lamothe of Clarks Summit received the Frank J. O'Hara medal from the University of Scranton for her junior year. She is a nursing major with a minor in Spanish. She has participated in the Student Nurses Association and International Club, and serves on the Nursing Evaluation Committee. A member of Alpha Lambda Delta (the national honor society for freshmen), Alpha Sigma Nu (the national Jesuit honor society) and Sigma Theta Tau (the international honor society of nursing), she serves as a peer tutor at the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence and a teaching assistant for anatomy and physiology lab. She has volunteered at the Leahy Clinic and several area hospitals.

Vhalla Otarod of Clarks Summit and Cecilia Strauch of Factoryville received full-tuition Presidential Scholarships from the University of Scranton. Otarod graduated from Scranton Preparatory Schoo, where she was the founder and president of the Scranton Prep History Club, secretary of the Prep Political Union and a writer for the Cavalier Chronicle. She also attended a service trip to Virginia to work with Habitat for Humanity. An English major, Otarod is a member of the University's Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program. She is the daughter of Jila and Masood Otarod. Strauch graduated as salutatorian from Lackawanna Trail High School. A member of the National Honor Society, she served as the woodwind captain for the marching band and participated in the Spanish Honor Society and ski club. She was active in the community as a volunteer for food and clothing drives through the Interact volunteering club and youth group. A biology major with a minor in Spanish, Strauch is a member of the University's Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program. She is the daughter of Cathy and Joseph Strauch.

The following students were nominated by U.S. rep Tom Marino to the four United States service academies:

Thomas Jubon of South Abington Twp. a student at Abington Heights High School, was nominated to the Air Force Academy and Naval Academy.

Peter Hubbard of Waverly, a student at Abington Heights High School, was nominated to the Military Academy.

Kristie Furiosi of Clarks Summit, a student at Abington Heights High School, was nominated to the Military Academy.

John Evans of Tunkhannock, a student at Summit Christian Academy, was nominated to the Military Academy.

Dean's List

Megan Conaboy of Clarks Summit was named to the dean's list at Quinnipiac University.

Branden Connolly of Clarks Summit was named to the dean's list at Alfred State.

Megan Cunningham of Clarks Summit was named to the dean's list at Lycoming College.

Elena De Soto of Clarks Summit was named to the dean's list at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Kelsey Deveney of Dalton was named to dean's list at Gwynedd-Mercy College

Catherine Gesford of South Abington Twp., was named to the dean's list with honors at The College of Brockport, State University of New York.

Jordan Goldstein of Clarks Summit was named to the dean's list at Widener University.

Stephen Gorczyk of Dalton was named to the dean's list at the University of Hartford.

Michael Patrician of Clarks Summit was named to the dean's list at Merrimack College.

Brandon Perigard of Clarks Summit was named to the dean's list at Stonehill College.

Caroline Roe of Clarks Summit was named to the dean's list in Ithaca College's School of Humanities and Sciences.

Taylor Silvestri of Dalton was named to the dean's list at Champlain College.

Nicole Stroney of Dalton was named to the dean's list in Ithaca College's School of Health Sciences and Human Performance.

Casey M. Tarabek of Clarks Summit was named to the dean's list at Duquesne University.

Michael Voyce of Clarks Summit was named to the dean's list at the University of New Haven.

Jason Waters of Clarks Summit was named to the dean's list at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne.

John Domenico of Clarks Green, Ryan Nackley of Clarks Summit and Emily Orr of Clarks Summit were all named to the dean's list at Fairfield University.

Brittney Martin of Clarks Summit and Jean Weber of Clarks Summit were named to the dean's list at Millersville University.

Elizabeth Makowski of South Abington Twp. and David Boslough of Dalton were named to the dean's list at York College of Pennsylvania.

George Buckbee of Clarks Summit, Alicia Donahoe of Dalton, Meghan Fraley of Clarks Summit, Sarah Frantz of Clarks Summit, Danielle Kohn of Clarks Summit, Nicole Kozar of Clarks Summit, John Loboda of Waverly, Brian Mattern of Clarks Summit and Matthew Stroney of Dalton, were all named to the dean's list at the University of Delaware.

Degrees Received

Jennifer Bachan-Breiten of Dalton recently received a Bachelor of Science degree from Centenary College.

Kimberly Ann Jacques of Clarks Green recently graduated from Chatham University.

Bridgette Robinson of Clarks Summit recently graduated from the State University of New York at Oneonta.