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North Hills Monthly

New & Notable, August 2016

Jul 31, 2016 08:21PM ● By North Hills Monthly Magazine
Palmeri & Associates Offering New Services 
Palmeri and Associates is now offering monthly accounting services for those having difficulty maintaining their financial affairs. Services include assistance with bill paying, check reconciliation, medical billing accuracy and keeping current tax records.  412-369-7170

Graczyk Named Director of Student Services
Kathleen Graczyk is the new director of student services for the Shaler Area School District. Currently serving the Plum Borough School District, she has more than 20 years of experience in public education as a teacher, principal and director of district programs. 

NH Alumni Named to 
Sports Hall of Fame 
Five North Hills School District alumni have been selected for induction into the North Hills Sports Hall of Fame. The 2016 inductees include Bob Hood, Class of 1970; Michael “Mickey” Schramm, Class of 1966; Dana Pecanis Simile, Class of 2000; Coach John Wilkie, and John Zanieski, Class of 1981. Inductees will be honored at the annual dinner on Sept. 8 and recognized at the home football game Sept. 9 in Martorelli Stadium.

Bike Shop Under New Ownership
Sweetwater Bicycle Shop in Ambridge, formally Ambridge Bike Shop, is now owned by Laura and Don McKee. The shop has a special focus on bicycles suited for families, along with a broad selection of women’s bikes, and also stocks clothing and accessories.

Schroeder Named Top 10 Finalist
Saint Joseph senior Isabelle Schroeder was named a top 10 finalist in the National History Day Contest recently held in College Park, MD. She earned the Most Outstanding Senior Division Award for her paper, Lincoln’s “Lost” Legacy: Encountering Human Suffering, Exploring Innovative Solutions, and Exchanging Historical Treasures at the National Museum of Health and Medicine.

Como Earns Engineering Scholarship
Chris Como of McCandless has been awarded a scholarship from Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society. Chris will receive $2,000 for his senior year of engineering study. Tau Beta Pi scholarships are awarded to junior members on a competitive basis of high scholarship, campus leadership and service. An honors student majoring in biomedical engineering at the University of Michigan, Como is a 2013 graduate of North Allegheny High School and plans to attend medical school.

Han Named 2016 Yosemite Scholar 
David Han, a junior at Fox Chapel Area High School, was named a 2016 Yosemite Alcoa Scholar. He will participate in the NatureBridge Alcoa Scholars program and will spend 12 days in the field at Yosemite National Park in August. David is one of only 100 students worldwide chosen for this program.

Iwanyshyn Appointed Chair of Taxation Committee
Deborah Luteran Iwanyshyn, owner of Iwanyshyn & Associates, was appointed chair of the Taxation Committee of the American Bar Association, Family Law Section, for 2016-2017. The tax committee serves as a source of tax knowledge among and across the ABA.

NHSD Hires New Director of Food Services 
North Hills School District has hired Lindsay Radzvin as its director of food services. She has 15 years of experience in district food services and holds a master’s degree in health and rehabilitation sciences from the University of Pittsburgh. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nutrition and clinical dietetics from Penn State.

Mother and Daughter Team Head HeartPrints
HeartPrints Center for Early Education has hired Julie Byrnes as its assistant director and Grace Byrnes has been named director. Grace has over 30 years of experience in the early childhood field and Julie has served five years as an elementary school teacher. HeartPrints offers pre-school, pre-K and kindergarten curriculum.

Wesley Spectrum Opens 
Wexford Location
The new Wesley Spectrum Wexford location (16055 Perry Hwy. in Marshall Crossing), held its grand opening on July 12. The Wexford facility will offer behavioral health and rehabilitation services, Wonderkids Social Skills program, and outpatient services that include evaluations, parent-child interaction therapy, creative arts programs, and specialty services for those with autism.

Hygiene Kits for Haiti
The Olive Branch is collecting girls' underwear briefs (sizes 10, 12, and 14), hotel soaps and new washcloths to be packed into kits with hygiene supplies for schoolgirls in Haiti. Donations accepted at the shop (11160 Perry Hwy., off Fieldview in Wexford) Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Olive Branch is a fair-trade boutique and outreach center staffed by volunteers interested in helping others. 724-799-8700

IQ Escape Room Opens on 
IQ Escape, the first second-generation escape room in the Pittsburgh region, has opened a new location at 4789 McKnight Rd. IQ Escape features elevated gameplay, advanced technology and realistic set design created to challenge and excite players of all skill levels.

Cunningham Named Assistant Superintendent at Hampton
Dr. Rebecca Cunningham has been appointed to serve as the assistant superintendent of the Hampton School District. She is currently the assistant principal and gifted education coordinator at Fox Chapel. She received her BA in English at William and Mary, her master's degree from the University of Virginia and her doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. 

Williams Appointed 
to Statewide Advisory Committee
Kris Williams of Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh has been appointed to the PA Bankers Association’s Women in Banking Advisory Committee. The committee is charged with developing resources for the women in the state’s banking industry in the areas of professional development, networking, recognition, mentoring and volunteerism.

Slezak Named Coach of the Year
Fox Chapel Area High School boys' and girls' tennis coach Alex Slezak has been named the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Middle States–Allegheny Mountain District (AMD) High School Coach of the Year. Slezak was honored at the USTA Middle States-AMD awards banquet in May.

Butler Memorial Receives Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
Butler Memorial Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. Hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines stroke quality measures. 

ATI Financial Earns Wealth Manager Award
Ralph Duckworth and Tom Butler earned Pittsburgh Magazine’s Five Star Wealth Manager award for the fifth consecutive time in 2016, qualifying them for the magazine’s special Five Year Winner award. This award is based on an independent survey that gauges customer service, financial expertise, value for fee, overall satisfaction and other performance factors.

Students Win in National Essay Contest
Jacob Klein, a sophomore from Fox Chapel, and Anna Wan, a junior at Taylor Allderdice, were named national winners in the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America (NSDCDA) essay contest and received full scholarships to attend a congressional seminar workshop in Washington, DC. NSDCDA promotes national heritage through historic preservation, patriotic service and educational projects.

McCort Named Five Star Wealth Manager
Kiersten McCort has been recognized in Pittsburgh Magazine as a 2016 Five Star Wealth Manager. This award is reserved for the top wealth managers in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, based on customer service, knowledge, overall satisfaction and other criteria.