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Dateline Pittsburgh: A look at who's who and what's what

Wednesday, January 29, 2003



DiPardo Baldacci & Co. P.C. announced that Alan J. Caponi has joined the firm and will specialize in small business accounting, taxation and related matters.


Blattner Brunner hired Lindsay Merritt as an account supervisor.

Associations/ Organizations

Wayne C. Holcombe, a shareholder in the litigation department of Klett Rooney Lieber & Schorling, was reappointed chairman of the five-member Zoning Hearing Board for Murrysville.

David Raves, an associate of the law firm of Maiello, Brungo & Maiello, has been appointed as a council member of the Construction Law Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association.

Three Rivers Rowing Association on Washington's Landing elected four new board members: Herb Cohen, Bill Herder, Jill Markl and Thomas Ost. Sean Nangle has been hired to fill the newly created position of director of operations.

The Northern Allegheny County Chamber of Commerce announced its board of directors and officers for 2003. Officers: President, John Comport, Baierl Family of Dealerships; first vice president, Steven F. Schaefer, UBS/PaineWebber Inc.; second vice president, Edward Meinert, AIA; secretary, Ralph Sansale, The Chadwick; treasurer, Angela Quinn, Creese, Smith & Co. LLC; past president, Frank Capan; N.A.C. Educational Foundation President, Bryan Hinds, Koehler, Graham, Hinds and Assocs. LLC. Directors: Lorraine Cardinale, Cara Cole, Jay Dabat, Alicia Dal Lago, Annette Ganassi, Joan Grejda, Timothy F. Henningsen, Jonathan Krassenstein, Marnie Lutz, Jeffrey T. Morris, Tony Rocco, Wayne Schweitzer, Kathleen Vogel, Jeffrey V. Yannuzzi and David Young.

Banking, Finance

Nicholas A. Navari has been promoted to vice president at C.S. McKee L. P.

Parkvale Bank named Rose S. Modero, senior assistant vice president, and Despina Chiotis, Howard Hein, Janice C. Muto and Jason Ross, assistant vice presidents.

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland announced that Dan Holland has joined the Pittsburgh office as a senior adviser in community affairs.

Contractor, Construction

Timothy M. Dunlap has been appointed president and chief operating officer of Centimark Corp.; Centimark founder Edward B. Dunlap will serve as chairman and chief executive officer.

General Industries announced that Donnie Cloud was appointed vice president, business development; Cynthia Grimm, vice president, administration and finance; Jeanne Bennati, business development associate; and said Rich Radomski joined as chief estimator.

Ragnar Benson Inc. announced that Paul J. Debski has been appointed vice president and assistant general manager; David A. Berthelsen has been appointed senior vice president and general manager.

Environmental Engineering

Tetra Tech NUS Inc. named Joseph Colella general manager of the firm's Oak Ridge, Tenn, office.

Health and Medicine

Bonnie Loughner was appointed clinical supervisor at Family Hospice and Palliative Care's Northern Region Office.

One of the region's top pediatric allergy and asthma practices and internationally recognized research centers has moved from Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh to Allegheny General Hospital (AGH). The group, led by allergist David Skoner, M.D., and including Sergei Belenky, M.D., Ph.D., and Deborah Gentile, M.D., will direct the new Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Center at AGH.

Robert J. Reilly was appointed chief financial officer at McKesson Automation Group.


The Cranberry Holiday Inn Express hired Katie Schmidt as sales coordinator.


Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP announced that David A. Jaffe joined the Business Services Department as counsel.

Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote named Jason Logue, A. Michael Gianantonio and Bridget M. Langer associates. Logue concentrates in the area of medical malpractice; Gianantonio practices in the area of insurance defense, with a concentration in product liability; and Langer concentrates in the area of workers' compensation.

Joni L. Landy has been named a shareholder at Tucker Arensberg P.C.

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC established a Hospitality Practice Group based in the firm's Pittsburgh office. Attorney Timothy Q. Hudak has joined to head the group.

Gretchen L. Jankowski

dot.gif Job: Attorney/shareholder, Buchanan Ingersoll.

dot.gif Age: 35.

dot.gif Ambitions: To appear before the Supreme Court of the United States; to continue to mentor and teach young lawyers and law students; to start a pro bono child advocacy program; to learn to play the piano and sail; and perhaps one day to become a judge.

dot.gif First job: Waitress at a local ice cream shop.

dot.gif Hardest job/why? Years ago I had a job where I had no control over my workload or schedule -- that was the biggest challenge of my career.

dot.gif Biggest work challenge ever: Handling a six-week jury trial during the last six weeks of pregnancy.

dot.gif Favorite stock/mutual fund: H.J. Heinz.

dot.gif Away from work I: Spend time with my husband and our two daughters; garden; attend cultural and local sporting events; and read.

dot.gif Dream vacation: Cruise through the Greek Islands.

dot.gif Favorite book: Favorites include "The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court" by Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."

dot.gif If I won the Lottery, I'd: Start a pro bono child advocacy program and offer financial support to some of my favorite charitable organizations.


Gaitens, Tucceri & Nicholas P.C. announced that Michele McPeak Cromer has been named shareholder and Thomas P. McDermott joined as an associate.

Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP appointed Carl Cooper as the firm's chief diversity officer, a position in which he will participate at a management committee level and will report directly to the firm's chairman.

Jones Day Reavis & Pogue announced that Paul "Mickey" Pohl, partner-in-charge of the Pittsburgh office, will take over responsibility for review of the firm's operations worldwide and serve on the Partnership Committee. He will remain a partner in the Litigation Group and remain in the Pittsburgh office. Pittsburgh litigation partner Laura E. Ellsworth will succeed Pohl as Pittsburgh office partner-in-charge. Pittsburgh litigation partner James M. Jones was named administrative partner in the Pittsburgh office succeeding John W. Ubinger Jr., who will continue to head the Pittsburgh office's Environmental Practice.

White and Williams LLP said that Christine Morris Seymour has joined the firm as an associate. She will be part of the Commercial Litigation Department.


TheNewMediaGroup Inc. hired Greg Majcher as an office administrator.


Carol Carter has been named vice president for development of The Pittsburgh Foundation, and will join the foundation Monday.

Neighborhood Housing Services Inc. hired LouAnn Ross as executive director and promoted Lavette Bivins to program manager.

Family Resources promoted Jocelyn Antenucci to associate executive director, finance and administration, and Charma Dudley to associate executive director and clinical director.

Public Relations

Ketchum Pittsburgh promoted Patti Jo Lambert, vice president, and Amie Ley, assistant account executive.

Parks and Recreation

Sheldon Calvary Camp hired Tim Green as a full-time, year-round director.

Professional Services

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP hired Christine Mervis, Leslie Phillips, Deborah Osbourn and Angela Muto as tax services associates; and John Belcastro and Mushonga Mukome as global risk management services associates.


Barbara Chaffee has joined the Ripple Effects Interactive. She leads the development of Public Intelligence, a strategic communications consulting subsidiary, and assumes the newly created post of president.


Monongahela native Donn Atkins was named vice president of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for IBM Software Group.

Web Design

Content Services Group Inc. hired Dawn Holmgren as Web content manager.


Laurel Networks, Inc., introduced FirstSTEP, a Strategic Technology Evolution Program with the financial analysis, OSS integration and device and network-level technology validation tools required to guide carriers through the most suitable migration path to a multi-service edge.

Tuscarora Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of SCA and a division of SCA North America, announced that it has formed a new division, SCA ThermoSafe, that will specialize in products and services for the temperature assurance market.

A new Web resource, the Pittsburgh Creative Web Directory, http://www.pittsburghcreative.com, provides a comprehensive listing of Pittsburgh-based creative professionals. The directory lists 125 graphic design, advertising, public relations and communications firms, each with a phone number and a link back to the company's Web site. The site also provides an e-mail link for new or unlisted firms or agencies to submit their company information and join the directory. The directory is free to users and listed firms. In addition to Michael Ray Photography, other sponsors include Fargo Design Co., Heeter Printing, Jampole Communications Inc., the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators, Sukolsky-Brunelle Visual Media Lab and The Talent Group.

Marconi announced that the Department of Defense has become the first customer for Marconi's new 10 Gbps (OC-192c/STM-64) Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) port card, a high-speed interface for Marconi's flagship multiservice switch-router, the BXR(TM)-48000. Marconi's 10 Gbps ATM interface enables network operators to move information at the highest feasible speeds while secured by the most rigorous encryption technologies.

content services group inc., a Web design and content management firm that engineers next generation Web sites, has moved to 1382 Old Freeport Road, Suite 2B, Pittsburgh, PA 15238. Call 412-963-1107 or visit http://www.contentservicesgroup.com

Hometown Pharmacy has acquired Drugland Pharmacy in Rostraver. All prescription files have been transferred to the Hometown Pharmacy in the Rostraver Shop'n Save.


Save-A-Lot Food Store opens today at 819 Cross Roads Plaza, Mount Pleasant.

The Eger Eye Group, http://www.EgerEye.com, has just built a 5,300 sq. ft. eye-care facility in Coraopolis. Dr. Mark Eger and son Dr. Noah Eger, and Dr. Laura Pallan, ophthalmologist, opened the new facility Jan. 20.

Starbucks Coffee opened a store at 971 Greentree Road that includes a drive-thru and outdoor seating.

Open Source Group Inc., a products and services company, focuses on the design, development and integration of Linux and open source-based computing systems. Visit the Web site at http://www.opensourcegroup.com.


J.T. Thomas and Larry Brown, former Pittsburgh Steelers and partners in B. T. Woodlipp Inc., owners of 13 regional Applebee's restaurants, selected Fitting Group as its agency of record.

industrialevents has been contracted by the Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative to handle a press conference and related art exhibition for the Tissue Engineering for Life planetarium presentation at the Carnegie Science Center.


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