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November 13, 2011
The Herald-Star

HONORED: Diane Roney is Eastern Gateway Community College's Faculty Employee of the Year, and Carol Vitlip its Staff Employee of the Year as selected by their fellow employees.

Roney, health technologies professor, began her career at Eastern Gateway in 1989. She earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh and a master of science degree in nursing from Duquesne University.

She also holds a post-master's certificate from Duquesne University. She resides in Weirton.

Vitlip, secretary/assistant to the dean of business, engineering and information technologies, and humanities and social sciences, joined the college in 2006.

She holds two associate of applied business degrees from Eastern Gateway.

Her majors were accounting and business management. She resides in Steubenville.

Meanwhile, recruiter/adviser Ann Reynolds was named the November employee of the month at Eastern Gateway.

Reynolds, a Wintersville resident, joined the college's admissions department in 2006. Previously, she worked as a Workforce Investment Act case manager for the Jefferson County Community Action Council.

At the CAC, she also was coordinator of the Community Action Transportation Services and Welfare-to-Work Programs. Reynolds also has worked as a substitute teacher in Jefferson County.

She received her bachelor of arts degree in English literature and certification in secondary education from Franciscan University of Steubenville.

The university awarded her the John F. Welsh Memorial Alumni Award. She also attended the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

Currently, Reynolds serves as secretary of the Jefferson County Behavioral Health System Board of Directors.

TRAINED: Billy Petrella, a local financial adviser with Tri-State Financial Services, recently completed a series of six training courses in security and investment offered to professionals in the financial services industry.

The courses, designed to build on participants' knowledge of securities and investing, ran the gamut from basic topics such as the psychology of investing to more in-depth subjects such as case design.

The instruction will enable Petrella to better serve customers receiving large bonus and royalty checks for land leases for shale drilling, helping them plan how to invest the money within their individual goals, time horizon and risk tolerance, as well as his current customers planning for wealth creation, college funding, retirement and life insurance needs.

A co-owner/operator of Village Sleep Center, Petrella is a member of the Grand Theater Restoration Project Board of Trustees, Jefferson County Young Professionals, Community Improvement Corp. Board of Trustees, the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, City of Steubenville Reinvestment Counsel, the Italian American Cultural Club, Steubenville Lions Club, Phi Theta Kappa, Dean Martin Festival and is an active member of Triumph of the Cross Church.

SEMINAR: Area residents can recognize the signs and symptoms of use, abuse and dependency, family dynamics and what to do when they encounter abuse at a free chemical dependency seminar set Dec. 7 beginning at 9 a.m. in room 2100 at Eastern Gateway Community College, 4000 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville.

Registration opens 30 minutes prior to the start of the seminar. Motivational Trainer Karen Vadino, M.S.W., LPCC, OCPC is the speaker. The course has been approved for three counselor and social worker hours through the Jefferson Behavioral Health System, an approved provider of the State of Ohio Counselor & Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. The nursing board accepts counselor and social worker hours. It is sponsored by Jefferson Behavioral Health System, Jefferson County Anti-Drug Coalition and Jefferson County Prevention & Recovery Board.

Contact Sandy Madzia or Dan Obertance at (740) 282-1300 for information or to submit information for certificates.

O'Neil joins Pediatric Cardiology

Dr. Jennifer Brown O'Neil recently joined Fairfax, Va., based Pediatric Cardiology Associates.

Brown, a graduate of Steubenville High School, completed her pediatric cardiology fellowship in June at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. She had done her pediatric residency at Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C.

The daughter of Dr. Tom and Suzanne Brown of Wintersville, she attended Wright State Medical School in Dayton.

A landmark for Lauttamus

Lauttamus Communications has passed the 1 million call benchmark for the year.

Lauttamus operates an inbound call center for business offices around the country, as well as helping people throughout West Virginia who call help lines for assistance with homelessness, hunger, energy bills and other emergency situations.

"In one year our operators answered 1 million calls," Lauttamus spokeswoman Celia Reznicak said. "It was a great accomplishment. I'm prejudiced, but I think we have really great operators."

Bob Evans making donation

STEUBENVILLE - Bob Evans is donating $2 for every Farmhouse Feast sold now through Nov. 27 to local charities, up to $50,000.

"We believe in helping our neighbors in need and we know that's important to our customers as well," said Bob Evans President and Chief Concept Officer Randy Hicks. "This effort gives back locally to the soup kitchens, shelters and other agencies that support the needy in our restaurants' communities."

The program started as a grassroots effort by restaurant teams last holiday season, when employees used funds donated by customers to buy local charities a Farmhouse Feast dinner. After hearing about these local efforts, the corporation decided to make a contribution of its own, though many restaurants also will be taking donations to purchase Farmhouse Feasts this year as well.

The Farmhouse Feast is a complete holiday meal to go, serving up to eight, and comes complete with choice of a slow-roasted whole boneless turkey breast or sliced boneless ham, bread and celery dressing, mashed potatoes with gravy, buttered sweet corn, green beans with ham, cranberry relish, rolls, a loaf of pumpkin bread and a pumpkin pie with whipped topping.

Hospital extends R&V contract

WHEELING - R&V Associates will remain at the help of Wheeling Hospital through December 2015, the hospital's board of directors reports.

The decision to extend R&V's management contract came during the board's quarterly meeting, at which the Rev. Michael J. Bransfield, bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, cited the company's successful turnaround of the hospital's operations.

R&V of Pittsburgh is a management consulting firm co-founded by Ronald L. Violi and Vincent L. DeLuzio. R&V initially was retained in January 2006 to restructure the hospital, which had suffered seven straight years of financial losses totaling nearly $60 million.

Violi serves as Wheeling Hospital's chief executive officer and DeLuzio, an attorney, is active in the hospital's legal and regulatory matters.

The board's action was the sixth time R&V's contract was extended. The firm's tenure was set to expire at the end of this year.

Violi led Wheeling Hospital to profitability in just six months and was able to attract specialists in areas in which the community had previously been underserved and also was able to expand existing services.

He also helped Dr. Judy Romano create the Center for Pediatrics, which includes seven pediatricians, a pediatric endocrinologist and physical, speech-language and occupational therapy services through the Pediatric Rehabilitation Center on Warden's Run Road in Wheeling

Violi also is credited with securing a partnership with Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh that brings pediatric specialists to Wheeling Hospital, and partnered with Associates in Ophthalmology to provide local specialty eye care and surgery.

He also spearheaded construction of Tower 5, the hospital's $53 million building addition that will open in early 2012. The seven-story facility will house a state-of-the-art emergency department, the Center for Pediatrics, intensive care units, physician offices and private patient rooms.

Prior to joining Wheeling Hospital, Violi managed Pittsburgh's Children's Hospital, leading it to profitability in a matter of several months, according to officials. He left Children's in 2004 after six years as president and chief executive officer, and the following year joined Deluzio in founding R&V.

R&V specializes in crisis management, mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, turnarounds and restructurings for a wide range of industries with an emphasis on the health care sector.

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