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Elliott Company has new director of sales, marketing

| Sunday, Feb. 4, 2007

Elliott Company named Arthur R. Titus director, sales and marketing. He was vice president of surface completions at Vetco Gray of Houston, Texas, and vice president and general manager of the Olean and Wellsville operations of Dresser-Rand.

Accounting

Goff Backa Alfera & Company LLC promoted Stephen J. Spitz to manager in the audit and accounting group. He has served for five years as a consultant. James Robert Baird III was appointed partner in the audit and consulting group. He has 10 years' experience serving public and closely held businesses. The firm hired Rita R. Day as office manager. Her experience includes working with education, service, technology and manufacturing organizations.

Legal

John F. Nobbs was promoted to partner at Blumling & Gusky LLP. He practices in the firm's commercial, corporate and real estate law practice groups, with emphasis on business and corporate transactions.

Frederick B. Pickering III joined Eckert Seamans Cherin and Mellott LLC as an associate in the business division. He practices in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and securities practice groups with an emphasis on the technology industry. Previously, Pickering was an associate with Keevican Weiss Bauerle & Hirsch LLC.

Advertising, public relations

Mizrahi Design Associates Inc. promoted Kevin Kennedy to vice president and Jason Dancisin to associate. Kennedy has served as creative director and account manager since 2004. He has more than 20 years of marketing communications experience. Dancisin joined the creative team in 1997. He serves as project manager, senior designer and technology guru.

Education

James D. Bendel was named director of alumni relations at St. Vincent College. Bendel returned to the administrative staff of the college as planned giving officer in 2004 after serving 28 years in a leadership role at Adelphoi USA. He is the women's tennis coach and has been an active volunteer on alumni council for many years. Fr. Myron M. Kirsch was named director of athletics at the college. He will lead the athletic department into NCAA Division III and the President's Athletic Conference, along with the return of football in the fall. Kirsch served as senior athletic administrator for the past year. He will continue to teach accounting in the college's Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government.

Health care

Dr. Mark A. Rubino was elected president of the medical staff of the Western Pennsylvania Hospital, representing physicians at West Penn in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania Hospital-Forbes Regional campus in Monroeville. In private practice with East Suburban Obstetrical and Gynecological Associates in Monroeville, he is co-lead physician and business manager. Rubino is a member of the board of directors at West Penn Hospital.

• The board of directors of Heritage Valley Health System announced its new leadership: Tim Merrill , chairman; Laura Vassamillet, vice chair; Joe Becherer , secretary; and Garry Hogan , treasurer. Merrill is vice president and general manager of NRG Energy Center Pittsburgh. Vassamillet is a vice president with Mellon Private Wealth Management. Becherer retired from Eaton Corp. as a senior vice president and general manager of the Cutler Hammer business in 1997. Hogan is vice president of Parker Hunter, division of Janney Montgomery Scott.

Nonprofits

• Access-To-Work Interagency Cooperative selected David J. Strager as program manager. He previously worked at New Castle Area Transit Authority, First Transit Inc. and Beaver County Transit Authority.

Robert Imperata , executive vice president of VisitPittsburgh, was elected chair-elect of the PaSAE Board of Directors. During his involvement with PaSAE (formerly known as the Pennsylvania Society of Association Executives), Imperata chaired several board committees, including the membership committee.

Other

April Spagnolo, associate designer with Kitchen & Bath Concepts, Pittsburgh, achieved certified professional status for quality custom cabinetry.

Tony Orsini was promoted from research and development manager to vice president of H.B. Maynard and Co. Inc.

Diane M. Pearson, wealth adviser and shareholder at Legend Financial Advisors Inc., was awarded the Certified Divorce Financial Analyst professional designation. This designation qualifies her to serve as a financial expert on divorce cases, present data to support an argument and educate clients on the financial implications of different divorce settlement proposals.

Edmond Shea was named vice president of property and casualty operations for Babb Inc. He joined the firm as a senior key account executive in 2005. Previously, he was a sales and claims manager for a Penn Hills agency.

• Slippery Rock Business Association, an affiliate of Butler County Chamber of Commerce, elected for 2007-2008: president, Jennifer Sproat, assistant vice president regional relationship manager, NexTier Bank, Slippery Rock and Butler markets; vice president, Rebecca Weikle, Creative Memories independent consultant and teacher of education and PRAXIS courses at Butler County Community College; secretary, Beth Thompson, assistant manager, Student Government Association Bookstore, Slippery Rock University and certified collegiate retailer for National Association of College Stores; and treasurer, Mike Hufnagel, branch manager of the Plaza-Slippery Rock Office, First National Bank of Pennsylvania.

Awards

• The Web site of First Commonwealth Financial Corp. won a silver prize in the 2006 Davey Awards.

Leed's received the 2007 Supplier Star Award from Promotional Products Association International.

New business

Physical and occupational therapy are available in the Towne Centre Offices at Edgewood Towne Centre, 1789 S. Braddock Ave., a new Allegheny Chesapeake Physical Therapy office. Treatment is provided by physical therapist Nancy Foley , a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist.

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