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North Hills Monthly

New & Notable, January 2019

Dec 31, 2018 09:10PM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine

Interact Club Helps Local Families

Members of the Seneca Valley Interact Club, along with assistance from the senior high school staff and local rotary clubs, were able to make 65 Thanksgiving dinner baskets this year for local families in need. Pictured from left: Jocelyn Krieger, Caelen Blakely, Lainey Tobolewski, Meghan Gormly, Faith Condrick and Kat Yellin.

Just in Thyme Celebrates Opening of Evergreen Room 

John Vallese and Justin Harrison, owners of Just in Thyme Catering & Events, Inc., celebrated the grand opening of their new event space, the Evergreen Room, this past November. The room, which holds 100 people, can be used for parties, meetings, fundraisers, showers and more. Located in Gibsonia, Just in Thyme provides a one-of-a-kind experience in off-site catering.

InVision Human Services Announces Promotions and New Hires

InVision has made some staffing changes: Amanda Johnson has joined as director of quality management; her responsibilities include establishing quality standards for InVision and its subsidiaries and developing data collection methods for analysis of organizational systems and processes. Suzanne Reed has been promoted to director of regional program operations and is charged with oversight of InVision’s western region residential program. Her daily responsibilities include strategy development and implementation and monitoring of systems. Emily Lausch has been promoted to controller where she will manage the day-to-day financial activities and set standards for transaction efficiencies and will also lead staff training and development. Maggie Davis was promoted to director of training and referrals and is charged with ensuring that training content is consistent with corporate goals and that referrals are directed to appropriate stakeholders, including family members, advocates, support coordination units and administrative personnel.

Scott Selected for NAFME All- National Band

Seneca Valley Junior and baritone saxophone instrumentalist Sean Scott was selected to perform in the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-National Honors Band in Orlando, FL in November. The NAfME All-National ensembles represent the top performing high school musicians in the United States. In order to participate, students must have been a member of their own All-State ensemble the previous school year, prepare a predetermined audition selection and submit a recording.

Four SV Seniors Named Coca-Cola Scholarship Semifinalists

Seneca Valley seniors Victoria Beck, Jacob Geil, Ben Hess and Rishin Sharma were chosen as four of 1,896 semifinalists nationwide for a Coca-Cola Scholarship due to their outstanding leadership, academic achievements and dedication to community service. The students will continue through the selection process with the goal of receiving a $20,000 scholarship.

Buse named 2018 Distinguished Alumni

Dr. Kathleen Buse, a 1977 Shaler Area graduate, has been named a Distinguished Alumni for her contributions to advancing women in the workplace. After graduation, Dr. Buse went on to pursue a successful 25-year career in industry, beginning as an engineer and advancing to executive leadership. She then spent 10 years in academia where she became an award-winning researcher and top-rated educator. Today she is the director of the Employer Resource Council (ERC) Women’s Leadership Institute where she helps employers recruit, retain, and advance women through research-based solutions and development services. 

Hite Honored by the Sons of the American Revolution

Anthony Hite was honored by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the American Revolution for his exemplary qualities of patriotism and service. During the annual chapter meeting at the Oakmont Country Club, Anthony was awarded a special American Commendation and a Good Citizenship medal for his leadership and his success in constructing a permanent flagpole at Aquinas Academy. He was further recognized for organizing and conducting the ceremony for the first flag-raising.

Fox Chapel Students Win at Model UN Conference

In the annual University of Pittsburgh High School Model UN Conference, senior Jonah Green and juniors Hanna Chen, Boomba Nishikawa, and Aaron Santilli won Excellence in Ethics awards; juniors Gwendolyn Cullen, Rajeev Godse, Zeynep Ozkaya, Sina Shaikh, Helene Tracey, Angelique Uku, and Felix Veser won Excellence in Persuasion awards; and juniors Shando Naini and Anzu Sekikawa and sophomore Jackson Romero won Honorable Mentions. The purpose of the Model UN conference is to enable students to roleplay and simulate the countries in the United Nations.  As a part of the conference, students debate and try to solve global problems from the perspectives of other countries.

New Members Join La Roche Board of Trustees

New Members on the La Roche College Board of Trustees include Dione Graswick, Mike Kenitz and Craig Tillotson. Ms. Graswick is the assurance leader for PricewaterhouseCoopers practice in Pittsburgh where she has more than 24 years of experience serving publicly held, multinational clients in the industrial and consumer products sectors. A member of the American and Pennsylvania Institute of Public Accountants, she serves on the board and audit committee of the Pittsburgh Technology Council. Mr. Kenitz is senior vice president of Willis Group where he focuses on business management, resource deployment, and alignment of practice resources with offices, regions and countries around the world. Mr. Tillotson is vice chairman of Hefren-Tillotson Inc., one of Pennsylvania’s oldest and largest investment firms and one of the largest financial planning firms in the country. As a third-generation owner, he has overseen sales and marketing since 1986.

BVCS Delivers Donations to Faith Restorations, Inc.

Beaver Valley Choral Society collected over a dozen bags of nonperishable food items and monetary donations at the Community Christmas Carol and Light-Up Night at Rochester Area High School on Dec. 2. The donations were given to Faith Restorations, Inc., a nonprofit in Monaca that exists to enhance the quality of life for those in need, especially veterans, through home repairs, food resources and spiritual support.