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JOINS FIRM: Stonewall, a full-service advertising, marketing and public relations agency, recently welcomed Katie Wise to the company as an assistant account executive.

Wise’s role is a combination of administrative support for the firm’s account team, internal project coordination and account relationship management. She works to coordinate relevant client follow-up and ensures projects are completed.

A native of Follansbee, she is a recent graduate of Marshall University’s W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications, with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and political science. She graduate magna cum laude and received the Marvin L. Stone Award for Outstanding Contribution as a college journalist.

During her collegiate career, Wise srved as a public relations intern in the office of U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and as a legislative information intern with the West Virginia Legislature.

Stonewall provides marketing, advertising and public relations services to a range of clients in industries including consumer products and services, business-to-business and the nonprofit sector.

CHOSEN: After a two-month search process, the Marcellus Shale Coalition picked David Spigelmyer as its new president.

Spigelmyer, with a 30-year career in the energy industry, will assume the position Monday.

Spigelmyer said safe shale development has been one of the most transformative turning points in the Commonwealth’s history.

“Led by Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry and a robust and diverse membership of the MSC, we can and will have energy security, job growth, and environmental protection,” he said, “without a false choice among any of the three. It is our collective responsibility to make certain that we continue to get this historic opportunity right, now and for generations to come, and we will deliver this message to stakeholders at all levels in a positive and fact-based manner.”

Most recently, Spigelmyer served as vice president of Chesapeake Energy Corp.’s Appalachia division, where he was responsible for government relations, regulatory policy, stakeholder engagement and communications efforts. Prior to Chesapeake, he served in similar roles at EQT Corp. and Dominion Resources and held other energy industry-related positions in New York State as well as in Washington, D.C. A Clearfield County native, Spigelmyer is a Penn State University graduate and an active outdoorsman.

HELP: A free computer clinic will be offered by Eastern Gateway Community College’s student IT Club on from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 9 in Founders Hall on the Jefferson County Campus.

Appointments are not necessary.

Area residents, students and employees may bring in their computers and software for trouble-shooting and repairs. The work will be performed for free, but donations to the group will be accepted.

Students are trained and will be supervised by Bobbie Parnicza, assistant professor.

The group will hold a drawing for a used computer to support its activities.

For information, contact Parnicza at (740) 264-5591, extension 151; (800) 68-COLLEGE, extension 151; or online at ITClub@student.egcc.edu.

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HOPE: Diehl Automotive’s Corina Diehl is partnering with a local organization to give breast cancer patients “A Glimmer of Hope.”

Diehl’s passion for cars and for serving her customers has built Diehl Automotive into one of the region’s most successful and fastest growing dealerships, but it’s her passion for giving back to the community that supports her business and where she raised her family that led her to partner with the Glimmer of Hope group.

Glimmer of Hope supports breast cancer research and provides support for premenopausal women in the area who’ve been diagnosed with the disease. The group was founded by Wexford native Diana Napper, who created a special pin, christened “A Glimmer of Hope,” after the death of a close friend who’d encouraged her to pursue her dream of designing jewelry on Christmas Eve 1990.

The design features a teardrop Swarovski crystal, symbolic of the tears shed over the disease, and is topped with a pearl, representing hope.

With the support of volunteers, friends and family behind her, Napper has sold more than 14,000 pins, adding to the more than $1 million her foundation has raised for breast cancer research.

Diehl Automotive has pledged to make a donation to Glimmer of Hope for every vehicle sold during October. Corina Diehl is hoping to raise more than $35,000 for the foundation.

To learn about Glimmer of Hope’s fight against breast cancer, visit Diehl Automotive’s newest location on Steubenville Pike in Robinson Township, or the flagship dealership in Butler. Visit the Glimmer of Hope website at www.symbolofthecure.com/

KUDOS: Steubenville native Rick Deluca is now the program management office manager at CCS Engineering’s office in Salem, Va.

Deluca, son of Patsy and Rachel Deluca, joined GE in 1986, where he gained a wealth of experience as a project manager, hardware engineering manager, black belt and software development process manager in the Digital Energy and GE Energy businesses.

He has a bachelor of science degree in electronics engineering, a master’s degree in computer science and is a certified project management professional.

PROMOTED: West Liberty University’s Jared Thompson was promoted to the position of senior producer/engineer for the school’s channel, WLU-TV 14, recently.

A 2009 graduate of West Liberty, he earned his bachelor’s degree in digital media design and is completing his master’s of education degree in technology. After graduation, he was hired by West Liberty as a video production specialist and producer. He also is an adjunct teacher, instructing students in video techniques, video editing and communications.

He has been the web producer for the West Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts for the past six years and also has his own video production company, Thompson Video Productions.

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HONORED: Nikolas A. Kamarados, a certified financial planner with the Prudential Western Pennsylvania Agency, has achieved membership with the Million Dollar Round Table for the ninth consecutive year.

MDRT is the premier association of financial professionals. Founded in 1927, it’s an international, independent association with more than 35,000, or less than 1 percent, of the best of life insurance and financial services professionals. MDRT membership is recognized internationally as the standard of sales excellence in the life insurance and financial services business, according to officials.

RECOGNIZED: The Center for Organ Recovery and Education, a federally designated nonprofit organ procurement organization serving Pennsylvania, West Virginia and parts of New York, recognized 24 West Virginia-based hospitals with the West Virginia Governor’s Award for Life 2013, a list that includes Weirton Medical Center, Wheeling Hospital and Ohio Valley Medical Center.

The awards ceremony took place during the West Virginia Hospital Association’s annual meeting recently at the Greenbrier Resort. The award recognizes area hospitals that have been successful in supporting organ, tissue and cornea donation within their own health care facilities and have achieved increased donation rates as a result.

“Our hospital partners are the critical link between donation and transplantation,” said Susan Stuart, president and CEO of C.O.R.E. “With compassion, they help a patient’s family understand the options and then communicate how their loved one’s legacy can live on through donation. At C.O.R.E., we are proud to work with these hospitals and to recognize them for their ongoing commitment to organ, tissue and cornea donation. As a result of their efforts, more lives are able to be saved or enhanced through organ, tissue and cornea donation in West Virginia.”

With the support of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, a former governor, the West Virginia Governor’s Award for Life was implemented in 2007 through a collaboration of the West Virginia Hospital Association, C.O.R.E. and the other organ procurement organizations that serve West Virginia: Lifeline of Ohio (LOOP), LifeNet Health and Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA).

Nationally, more than 119,000 people are awaiting an organ transplant. At least 18 will die each day without receiving one, including two from C.O.R.E.’s service area. For every person who donates their organs, tissues and corneas, up to 50 lives can be saved or dramatically improved, they said.

For information about C.O.R.E., visit www.core.org or call (800) DONORS-7.

ACHIEVED: All 27 of the 2013 practical nursing graduates at Eastern Gateway Community College passed the National Council Licensure Examination-Practical Nurse.

To date, half of the graduating class is employed while several other graduates are taking classes with plans to further their nursing education, said Program Director Diane Roney.

The graduates who are now licensed practical nurses include Michelle Barajas, Wintersville; Amanda Bateman, Wellsburg; Aimee Black, Steubenville; Jennifer Cehrs, East Liverpool; Sierra Chipps, Steubenville; Rachel Daugherty, Hammondsville; Kristin Fisher, Jewett; Kelly Gaspard, Irondale; Stephen Gundrum, Mingo Junction; Amelia Harding, Toronto; Lisa Hinerman, Steubenville; Trisha Kindberg, Smithfield; Michelle Marshall, Toronto; Jessica McAfee, Scio; Tanya McCraley, Wintersville; Aubrey McGee, Wintersville; Elizabeth Milligan, Amsterdam; Travis Moore, Steubenville; Patricia Osborne, East Liverpool; Shauna Palmer, Jewett; Megan Roupe, Toronto; Sarah Shaulis, Scio; Kathleen Tharp, Steubenville; Shari Tressler, Bloomingdale; Malinda Truby, Mingo Junction; Crystal Wells, Toronto; and Alice Woods, Follansbee.

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ATTENDED: Billy Petrella, president and CEO of Petrella Wealth Management at 110 Lovers Lane, Steubenville, was invited to take part in an all-expenses-paid trip to the Alternative Investment Symposium in Denver hosted by Jackson National on Sept. 26-28.

The event was for top producers who utilize alternative investments. Petrella attended the event to strengthen his firm’s relationship with Jackson and expand his knowledge of the alternative investment industry.

Petrella is a recipient of the Jackson National Stars Award in 2012 and is also a 2013 Qualifying Member of the international Million Dollar Round Table.

MOVING: Minor Insurance Agency has moved its Weirton office to the Village At Colliers Way, located just off Colliers Way Exit at 171 American Way, Suite 3.

The Weirton office had been located at 204 Ivy St.

Minor Insurance also has offices in Toronto, Wintersville, East Liverpool, Carrollton, Lisbon, Minerva and Canfield. Locally owned and operated by Tom Minor, the independent agency has served the Tri-State Area since 1990.

For information, visit the agency’s web site at www.minorinsurance.com.

KUDOS: Steubenville native Paul Malesick II has been named 2014 Akron employee benefits law Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America.

Malesick is a director at the firm of Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A. His practice generally focuses in the areas of employee benefits, ERISA, employment and corporate law.

After graduating from Kent State University, he earned his law degree from the University of Akron School of Law, where he was assistant editor of the law review and received a board of trustees scholarship.

WORKSHOP: Gables Care Center will host a workshop at 1 p.m. Thursday on the topic of wills.

A representative of Attorney Jeff Rokisky will be on hand to discuss wills and will terminology. The session is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided, along with giveaways. For information, call (740) 310-7295.

FUNDED: The Brooke-Hancock Metropolitan Planning Commission has been awarded a $52,000 investment from the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Rep. David B. McKinley, R-Wheeling, reports.

“This award will help establish an economic development framework that supports small businesses and promotes job creation and growth in Brooke and Hancock counties,” he said.

The EDA investment will be used by the Brooke-Hancock Regional Planning and Development Commission to develop strategies in promoting and supporting private industry, capital investment and job creation in the region.