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April 22, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

HONORED: Terry Shifflet is the April employee of the month at Eastern Gateway Community College.

Shifflet joined the college in 2009 at its Valley Center in Youngstown during the infancy of its expansion into Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties. She is a student services specialist, responsible for student activities including Student Senate and OhioLINK library services.

Previously, she was the placement and training coordinator at the Trumbull Career and Technical Center. She also was a job developer for the Trumbull Private Industry Council.

Shifflet earned her bachelor of science degree in community service from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She resides in Cortland with her husband Max.

APPOINTED: Marlene Barwood has been named assistant controller for FirstEnergy Utilities. In this role, she is responsible for the management of accounting functions and internal controls for FirstEnergy's 10 regulated utility operating companies in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and West Virginia.

Barwood is replacing Jon Taylor, who is now assistant controller, FirstEnergy Solutions.

A 30-year employee, Barwood joined GPU, Inc., which merged in 2001 with FirstEnergy, as an accountant in 1982. Over the years, she held a variety of finance, accounting and management positions and was a member of the finance team during the FirstEnergy-GPU merger. In 2004, she was promoted to manager, budget and controls, for the company's Energy Delivery Group. In 2007, she was named director, corporate business services, for the Energy Delivery Group.

Following the merger of FirstEnergy and Allegheny Energy in 2011, Barwood was named director of planning and analysis, FirstEnergy Utilities.

JOBS: The Ohio Valley Job Fair 2012 "Spring into a Career" is set from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Fort Steuben Mall.

Sponsored by Jefferson County Connections and its partners, some 85-95 employers who are either actively hiring or planning to hire are expected to be on hand for the event, including eight directly involved in the oil and gas industry.

Job seekers are urged to bring ample copies of their resume and dress appropriately.

For information, contact Rich Gualtiere or Lori Hawthorne at Jefferson County Community Action Council by calling (740) 282-0971, extension 135 or 184.

MORE JOBS: The 2012 Eastern Ohio Job Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 7 at the East Liverpool Motor Lodge, 2340 Dresden Ave.

Employer participation in the job fair is free, U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, said, and businesses looking to hire are invited to click on the "Job Fair" link at to register.

Individuals in search of jobs, particularly service veterans, are encouraged to attend.

Call (330) 337-6951 for information.

HOSTING: Jefferson County and the City of Steubenville, in conjunction with Progress Alliance, will host the Ohio Mid-eastern Government's Association executive board meeting June 12 beginning at noon at the Steubenville Country Club.

The guest speaker will be Michael Miller, director of Ohio Public Works.

OMEGA represents Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Muskingum and Tuscarawas counties.

For reservations, contact Domenick Mucci at (740) 283-6000, extension 1100, or (740) 283-8568; Project Alliance Executive Director Ed Looman at (740) 283-2476; or the OMEGA office, (740) 439-4471 or (800) 762-6342. The deadline to RSVP is June 15.

SEMINAR: The West Virginia Bar Association will focus on the challenges and opportunities of running a family-owned business during a conference May 5 at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling.

The conference, entitled "Anatomy of a Family Business," will feature panel discussions and talks by Bar Association members as well as professionals, and will include question/answer opportunities. Topics such as sibling rivalry, business valuation, continuity, divorce, management and ownership succession, family ownership and possession, and equitable division among family members will be discussed.

The Secretary of State's office says there are 44,793 business entities in the state, many of them family-owned businesses.

Participants can earn MCLE credit while attending panel discussions and talks from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. A Kentucky Derby party will follow at 5:30 p.m., with dinner set for 7 p.m.

Lunch is provided, Register by calling WVBA Executive Director Pryce Haynes II at 304-522-2652 or online at

TRAINING: Belmont College will be offering a two-day SafeLand Basic Safety Orientation training course for the oil and gas industry at the school's main campus in St. Clairsville.

The class will be offered from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 11-12 or June 29-30.

Holly Bennett, dean of Workforce and Economic Development, said SafeLand is "the accepted standard for safety orientation for the U.S. upstream oil and gas industry."

"By offering this course Belmont College will provide participants with a general idea of the life and safety issues needed before beginning work in the oil and gas industry," Bennett said.

Participants will receive a photo ID SafeLand card with a unique bar code as well as first aid and CPR cards, all essential certifications to work in the oil and gas industry.

The instructor will be Wayne Vanderhoof, CSP, and president of RJR Safety Inc. He has more than 20 years of safety and health experience, including public safety and plant production, petrochemical plant design, multi-disciplined engineering design companies, manufacturing companies and most recently, oil and gas industry companies. He is nationally recognized as a certified safety professional, is a professional member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and a member of Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association.

For information or to register, contact the Workforce Development and Community Education Office at (740) 699-3869.

CLASS TIME: The College of Education at Ohio University Eastern is recruiting for a Principal Preparation Program beginning this summer.

The two-year program will provide its students with an enhanced understanding of leadership at the building level. Classes are held in a cohort model of 20-25 students and meet two days a week during the summer and one Saturday a month during the academic school year. Courses are taught by practitioners with broad experiences and who emphasize putting theory into practice.

An informational meeting will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Ohio University Eastern campus in room 205 at Shannon Hall. Those unable to attend the meetings should contact Cindy Hartman at (740) 593-4464 ( or George Ash at (740) 593-4464 or (740) 593-4464 (

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