CUCARESE NAMED: John W. Cucarese has been named a member of the 2014 President's Council of New York Life. Members of the President's Council are among the top 5 percent of New York Life's sales force of 12,000 licensed agents. A New York Life Agent since 2005, he has achieved four consecutive President's Council qualifications.
A native of Wintersville, Cucarese is a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and is a five-time member of the Million Dollar Round Table, the premier independent association of the world's leading life insurance and financial services professionals. He works with the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, and the local chapters of the American Red Cross and American Cancer Society.
Licensed in several states, including Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, Cucarese's focus includes retirement planning, life insurance, investments such as annuities and mutual funds, as well as long-term care insurance. New York Life is the largest mutual life insurer in the U.S. and holds the highest possible ratings for financial strength currently awarded to any life insurer.
His office is located at 3911 Sunset Blvd. in Steubenville and can be reached at (740) 264-0238.
ANALYST ADDED: Dr. Shelby Haines, a board-certified behavior analyst, has joined the staff of Wheeling Hospital's Center for Pediatrics.
Haines, the director of special education for Marshall County Schools, is specially trained in the use of applied behavior analysis in the treatment of autism spectrum disorder. ABA has a number of clinical and delivery components that make it unique among evidence-based behavioral health treatments. ABA therapy is used to increase language and communication skills. It also is used to improve attention, focus, social skills, memory and academics. ABA also can be used to help decrease problem behaviors.
Haines earned her bachelor's degree from Bethany College and her master's degree in specific learning disabilities from West Virginia University. She has an Ed.S in school psychology from Marshall University and earned her doctorate in special education and educational leadership from WVU.
In 2011, Haines earned a graduate certificate as a board-certified behavior analyst from Penn State and became certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board in 2012.
She holds additional certifications in autism, mental impairment and behavior disorders.
For information, call (304) 243-8310.
ADDITION: Jessica Alrutz Speer has joined the staff of J.J. Guida Airport Realty.
Speer graduated from Pittsburgh Technical Institute with an associate degree in computer-aided drafting and design. She has more than nine years of experience with CADD in the architectural field, surveying residential, commercial and industrial buildings.
Speer and her husband, Byron, and daughter, Gwendolyn, reside in Weirton.
She can be reached at (724) 986-5308, (304) 748-2543 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
NEW AGENTS: Christina Wolfarth and Linda Leonard have joined the team of Realtors at Howard Hanna-Mortimer Realty in Weirton.
Wolfarth and her husband, Craig, reside in Weirton. She is a graduate of Central Kings High School, is a volunteer for Special Olympics and runs her own crafting business.
Leonard resides in Weirton with her husband, Chuck. She has volunteered for many years with the Brooke County Senior Citizens and the Steubenville Art Association. She has taught Sunday School for 18 years.
Wolfarth and Leonard have graduated from the Spruce School of Real Estate and have successfully passed the state examination for licensing. They are members of the Weirton Board of Realtors, the West Virginia Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services has 150 offices in six states - Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, New York, Maryland and Michigan.
SELECTED: Weirton lawyer Joseph G. Nogay was selected for membership into the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers, an organization that recognizes the best civil litigators in the U.S.
Nogay is a partner with the Weirton law firm of Sellitti, Nogay and McCune. He is admitted to practice in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania and has litigated cases in those states and New 0Mexico.
He has represented individuals and Forture 500 companies in litigation.
He is married to Cathy Samples Nogay, and they have two sons.