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May 19, 2013
Weirton Daily Times

DIRECTOR: Kathleen Shelek-Furbee is the newest member of the board of directors at Family Connections.

Shelek-Furbee, a full professor at Bethany College and director of the social work program, holds a master's degree in social work from West Virginia University and is credentialed by the Academy of Certified Social Workers.

Family Connections' board members represent various professional disciplines and occupations in the Northern Panhandle. It operates as a licensed, nonprofit, child care agency and behavioral health center. The organization provides residential treatment services for teenage girls at its Brooke Place facility in Colliers and also provides counseling services in Weirton Medical Center's Medical Offices Building.

CERTIFIED: Weirton resident Nancy Felton, activities director at Sienna Skilled Nursing and Rehab, recently achieved certification from the Council of Activity Professionals, a nationwide organization.

Felton joined the Siena staff in August 2009. Prior to that she was with Wyngate in Weirton.

ACHIEVERS: Two technicians at Steubenville Truck Center Inc. have achieved master technician status through Volvo North America.

Gary Frey of Weirton and Brett Wellington of Toronto completed extensive study, training and testing and logged years of experience before earning the certification.

Frey has been with Steubenville Truck Center since 2005 and Wellington, 2008.

SUCCESS: Weirton native John Michael "Mike" Maine, son of John and the late Julia Maine, is bringing his new Triple Play Internet, phone and TV service to his hometown.

Maine also owns Heavenly Habanero LLC, a spice and sauce company (, and recently opened THEFILESCLOUD, one of the first unlimited file storage companies on the Web set for a May 30 launch date.

Maine played football and was a member of the Weir High Band.

HONORED: Retired Navy Seal Frank Hoagland will be featured in an upcoming story in Vetreprenur magazine.

Hoagland, who founded Special Tactics and Rescue Training, or S.T.A.R.T, in Mingo Junction in 2005, will be honored in the magazine's June 2013 issue.

DEGREED: Two Eastern Gateway Community College graduates recently received bachelor's degrees through the University of Akron Bachelor of Organizational Supervision Completion program that is offered on the Jefferson County Campus.

Erin Sanford and Susan Vogagis, both of Steubenville, attended commencement at the University of Akron to receive their diplomas.

They are the first to graduate from the program that started on Eastern Gateway's campus in fall 2011. The Akron courses are taught through interactive video distance learning.

For information, call (740) 264-5591, extension 139.

PROGRAM PASSES: Eastern Gateway Community College's Practical Nursing Program on the Jefferson County Campus passed an approval site survey recently conducted by the Ohio Board of Nursing.

The Survey Visit Report revealed all requirements were met and maintained by the program, according to Cathy A. Learn, OBN education regulatory surveyor.

The program graduated its 46th class this month. The graduates received certificates and now may sit for the NCLEX-PN national exam. Upon passage, they become licensed practical nurses.

Accepted students begin the practical nursing program in May and finish the following May. Applications for the class starting in 2013-14 are being accepted now. Interested students should contact the college's admissions office.

From staff reports

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