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MOLITERNO’S ROAST: The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber and the Western Reserve Port Authority will honor and celebrate John Moliterno, who retired as CEO of the Port Authority and served as the regional chamber’s first president, at a March 24 dinner at the Eastwood Event Center in Nils.

The evening will include plenty of roasts and maybe even a few toasts from those who know him the most, including Mahoning County Commissioner Carol Rimedio-Righetti, Greg Strollo, Joey Naples and Pearlette Wigley.

The 5-8 p.m. event is $100 per person. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit a scholarship that Moliterno is establishing at Youngstown State University.

TEENS INVITED TO LEARN MONEY MANAGEMENT SKILLS: Credit Union of Ohio will host a free virtual workshop to help teens learn the basics of building good money habits at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The 45-minute Teen Finance workshop will cover topics to help teens achieve financial success, including how to manage a checking account, create a budget, and protect their identity. Families are encouraged to attend.

The workshop is free and open to the public, but prior registration is required at cuofohio.org.

TRAVCO OFFERS NEW TREATMENT: Travco Behavioral Health now offers NeuroStar advanced therapy for mental health, making it one of the few mental health centers in the region to provide NeuroStar to treat depression.

NeuroStar uses transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to activate areas of the brain that are underactive in depression. Adding this treatment will allow people to have access to a drug-free method of treating major depressive disorder in adult patients when antidepressants are not working.

Travco Behavioral Health has offices in Boardman and Warren.

VEC AT THE CONFERENCE: VEC Inc., a local electric utility and general contractor, recently attended the Great Service Forums (GSF) winter session in Pittsburgh to take advantage of new business opportunities and collaborate with industry professionals.

GSF is an organization that aims to improve the service and maintenance capabilities of electrical contractors with programs focused on successful management, business development and sales networking for electrical companies.

VEC employees who participated included Dominic Spelich, executive vice president of client services; Mike Reiser, executive vice president of the industrial division; and Dave Jakovina, Service Manager.

NEW BANK LOGO: Farmers National Bank recently launched a new, modernized logo as part of an extensive rebranding campaign. This is the first time Farmers has changed its logo in over two decades.

The launch of the new logo matches the welcome from Cortland Bank customers to Farmers National Bank, which acquired Cortland Bank last year.

The new logo will soon be visible in all Farmers locations on their branches, billboards, advertisements and website.

CORPORATE DONATION: Robert Williams of Niles and his company, Awesome Aquatics LLC, recently donated an aquarium to Briarfield Manor in Austintown.

Awesome Aquatics is relatively new to the Mahoning Valley, but Williams, a member of the Greater Akron Aquarium Society, has been an aquarium hobbyist since childhood.

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NEW BRITE BOARD MEMBERS: BRITE Energy Innovators recently announced the appointment of four new members to the Board of Directors. Their three-year terms began on January 1.

The new members are Alexander Fitzsimmons, Principal, ClearPath; Jonathan Bridges, general manager, automotive, JobsOhio; Courtney Gerowitz, Startup Community Manager, Amazon Web Services; and Heather Taylor-Miesle, senior vice president of advocacy and regional conservation at American Rivers.

BRITE is Ohio’s only energy incubator.

NEW EXECUTIVE POSITIONS AT MERIDIAN: Meridian HealthCare recently announced new executive positions.

Darla Gallagher, who has worked for the agency for more than 30 years, will continue to oversee all administrative operations of the agency as Senior Vice President of Business Operations.

Katherine Komara, who has a background in business and behavioral health, will lead Meridian’s clinical programming, planning, compliance and quality assurance as vice president of clinical operations.

Chase Connors, Meridian’s chief information officer, will be promoted to chief financial officer and will lead the agency’s financial operations, information technology and revenue cycle management.

Gina Pastella, who has more than 25 years of experience in people and leadership development, will become Meridian’s chief operating officer. She will be responsible for human resources, professional development and strategic planning.

AIM PROMOTE: Youngstown-based Aim Transportation Solutions, one of the largest privately held providers of commercial truck rental, leasing and supply chain solutions in the country, has named Patty Durkin Chief Human Resources Officer.

Durkin started at Aim in 2006 as director of human resources and was named vice president of human resources in 2010.

In the role, part of his new responsibilities includes improving the customer experience through the rollout of a new, more consistent customer service program. Additionally, she will continue to participate in Aim’s recruitment efforts while working with her team to maintain Aim’s programs and benefits.

PREMIER HIRES VP: Premier Bank recently announced that Bryan Ignazio has joined the bank as Vice President, Head of Corporate Banking.

Ignazio comes to Premier Bank with over 20 years of banking experience. He recently worked for a regional bank in Columbus as a corporate banking community lender. Prior to that, Ignazio was Retail Area Sales Director for Premier Bank for 12 years.

In his new role, he will be responsible for driving growth and helping small business clients achieve financial success.

FOUNDATION HIRES DIRECTOR OF FINANCE: The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley has hired Devon Cleland as director of finance, marking the second time in the past year that the foundation has created a new position as it strives to increase its capacity to better support local non-profit organizations.

Cleland is responsible for processing all financial transactions for all foundation funds with trust banks and financial institutions, reconciling monthly statements for the foundation and its affiliated foundations, responding to donor inquiries, and processing donations to the foundation’s more than 160 funds, supporting the annual audit report alongside President Shari Harrell and managing all of the foundation’s accounting activity.

Cleland was first hired on a part-time basis when the foundation started using new accounting software. After working on the development of the new accounting process and manual, she was hired into the newly created position of Director of Finance in mid-February.



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