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October 9, 2011
The Herald-Star

MANAGER: John Christopher Graves is now a solution manager for Unisys Mobile Security Solutions.

Based out of the Washington, D.C., area, he is responsible for supporting Unisys globally as a subject matter expert in secure mobility, which includes taking a consultative approach with Unisys clients in order to define and position secure mobility offerings from a strategic business perspective.

Graves has 16 years as a technical consultant in secure wireless mobility, eletronic data interchange, data synchronization and B2B supply chain solutions for the federal government and Fortune 100 businesses. Prior to joining Unisys, he held consulting roles at AT&T, Sprint, and General Electric and also consulted for Congresss, the U.S. Department of Energy, American Red Cross, NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration.

The son of Mary and Terry Graves of Wintersville, he is a 1989 graduate of Wintersville High School and a 1993 graduate of Ohio University. He earned an MBA in MIS and finance from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 1995.

He currently resides in the Washington area.

GAINS?HONOR: Maria Digirolamo of Assure America Corp. has earned the designation of associate in personal insurance.

She is an executive agent personal lines at Assure's Wellsburg office.

To qualify, DiGirolamo completed a rigorous insurance education program sponsored by the American Institute of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters.

Assure America represents more than 50 insurance carriers in the region, and has offices in Weirton, Chester and Wellsburg.

TOP?LAWYER: Weirton resident Cynthia Daniel, a partner at Edgar Snyder & Associates, has been named the "Pittsburgh Best Lawyers Personal Injury Litigation Lawyer of the Year" for 2012.

Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The lawyers being honored as lawyers of the year have received particularly high ratings in Best Lawyers surveys for their abilities, professionalism and integrity.

Daniel is the only personal injury litigation attorney being honored as the "Lawyer of the Year" in Pittsburgh.

Past president of the Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, she is on the board of governors of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice.

She is certified as a civil trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, Allegheny County Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association and American Association for Justice.

Danel earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in speech communication from Pennsylvania State University and was honored with the outstanding alumni award.

She received her juris doctor degree from the Duquesne University School of Law.

WJU LAUNCHES GRANT PROGRAM: Wheeling Jesuit University has launched a grant program that will enable area students to attend the school at a significantly reduced rate.

The university's new Community Connection Grant is available to any new, transfer or non-traditional commuting full-time student not currently enrolled at the university. The student must reside in a regional community or have graduated from or be enrolled at one of the eligible 65 regional high schools or three community colleges in West Virginia, Ohio or Pennsylvania.

Grants will be available for transfer and non-traditional students in the spring of 2012, and for new students entering college in the fall of 2012. Students enrolled in professional and graduate programs are not eligible. Depending on how much federal and state aid they receive, recipients will pay $2,240 to $14,640 per year for their Wheeling Jesuit education.

Larry Vallar, vice president for enrollment management, said the program continues the university's mission "of educating women and men in the Jesuit tradition for life, leadership and service in a global society."

Vallar said in a statement released by Wheeling Jesuit that the grant "will provide an affordable educational opportunity for regional students."

"We recognize the challenges that families face in today's economy and we are pleased to keep higher education at a Jesuit institution within reach for area students," he said.

For information on the Wheeling Jesuit University Community Connection Grant, visit

MALL RECRUITING GROUPS: Fort Steuben Mall is now recruiting choral groups, seasonal dance and special events to perform during November and December. Anyone interested in scheduling a performance can call Steph McVicker, the mall's marketing manager, at (740) 264-7781 to secure a date.

Also, businesses interested in selling merchandise at the mall during the holiday shopping season can contact Lou Petrozzi, the mall's general manager, for a list of available spaces and holiday pricing.

REALTORS: Nearly 1,000 Realtors from throughout Ohio gathered in Columbus for the Ohio Association of Realtors 101st-annual Convention and Expo.

Along with meetings and educational courses, many also attended the OAR's 'Ohio Realtor, Rally for Housing on the Statehouse steps.

In attendance from J.C. Collins Realtors, were Carolyn Turnbull, Ambyre Collins, Cindy Alloggia, JoAnn Albaugh and Joyce Collins.

Turnbull, president of the Steubenville Area Board of Realtors, received the Realtor of the Year Award. Alloggia, was a recipient of the President's Sales Club, an award honoring top producers in the industry and one she has received yearly since 1998.

Collins was chosen to represent the Steubenville Board as its "Tomorrow Leader Today." First-time convention attendees are invited to attend a new member orientation and a luncheon.

The Ohio Association of Realtors has more than 28,000 members.

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