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2022 Young Professionals Awards

2022 Young Professionals Awards

Thursday, October 6, 2022 (5:30 PM - 8:00 PM) (EDT)



On Thursday, October 6th, 2022 we are hosting the 7th Annual Young Professionals Awards, in collaboration with our regional chamber partners, recognizing amazing young professionals helping to move our region forward. This year's event is presented by Coal Creative.
Come and see the exciting live announcements of this year's winners and honor these amazing young leaders in our area. This year's award categories include: Intern of the Year, Educator of the Year, Trailblazer of the Year, Small Business Owner of the Year, STEAM Professional of the Year, Hero of the Year, Cultural Champion of the Year, Voluntary Leader of the Year, NEPA Influencer of the Year, Young Professional Women's Leadership Award, and (NEW this year!) Young Professional DEI Champion Award.

Online registration is now closed, but tickets can still be purchased at the door of tonight's event.

Congratulations to this year's top 3 finalists! 

Cultural Ambassador of the Year, sponsored by the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts and Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza:

Josh Hamilton, Customer Implementation Specialist, Software & IT Solutions for Benco Dental

Jess Meoni, Web and Graphics Designer at The Honesdale National Bank

Dan Pittman, Owner and Artistic Director for Act Out Theatre Group

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion of the Year, sponsored by Janney Montgomery Scott:

Erica Acosta, Director of Diversity Initiatives at Wilkes University

Jacob Kelley, Director of Workplace Culture for Community Action Association of Pennsylvania

Daryl Lewis, Managing Director/Owner of Diversity Angel LLC

Educator of the Year:

Allison Ritsick, Director of Education and Programs & Regional Director for Building Blocks Learning Center

Chris Sedon, Computer Science Teacher at Abington Heights High School

Gabriella Tolerico, Elementary Music Teacher for the Carbondale Area School District

Hero of the Year: sponsored by Perfect Storm Renovations, LLC: 

Lloyd Burton, 911 Telecommunicator for Wyoming County

Chris Hallock, Scranton PD Training Sergeant 

Kyle Shumosic, City of Pittston Police Chief        

Intern of the Year, sponsored by Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies:

Frank Kocis III, Web & Design Intern at Coal Creative

Jillian Mirro, Communications Intern at Keystone Mission

Scott Stout, Associate Engineer at AZEK

Influencer of the Year, sponsored by UGI Utilities, Inc.:

Anthony Bartoli, Claims Manager at AssuredPartners of NEPA 

Shelby Monk, Marketing and Event Coordinator for the Diamond City Partnership

Maegan Zielinski, Chief Operating Officer at Grassroots Development, LLC

Small Business Owner of the Year, sponsored by FNCB Bank:

Eli Foss, Owner of Eli’s Towing and Recovery

Samantha Patterson, Owner of Motion Yoga and Integrative Wellness Studio

Paul Williams & Jerome Sulkoski, Co-Owners of Perfect Storm Renovations, LLC

STEAM Professional of the Year, sponsored by PPL Electric Utilities:

Samantha Bucher, Content Director at Coal Creative

Gladysh Felix, Head of Scientific Thinking at DIFEX Consulting Engineers

Mateusz Wosik, Assistant Professor of Biology and Program Director of Clinical Laboratory Science at Misericordia University

Trailblazer of the Year: 

Jimel Calliste, President of the Wilkes-Barre NAACP

Emilia McCormick, Director of Operations of the United Sports Academy

Holly Yorkonis, Community Revitalization Coordinator for United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA

Voluntary Leader of the Year, sponsored by the United Way of Wyoming Valley and The Luzerne Foundation:

Emily Courtois, Community Affairs Manager/Social Media Coordinator at Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services

Lindsey Riddell, Assistant Director of The Office of Mission, Ministry and Service at Misericordia University

Katrina Wallace, Premium Auditor for Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies

Young Professional Development Award, sponsored by UGI Utilities, Inc.:

ConfiDANCE Studios

Posture Interactive, LTD

Lewith & Freeman Real Estate, Inc.

Young Professional Women’s Leadership Award by Athena ® International, sponsored by Riggs Asset Management Co.:

Cassandra Coleman, Executive Director of America250PA

Tara Siegel, Vice President of Marketing for Lewith & Freeman Real Estate, Inc.

Nina Zanon, Executive Director at Wyoming Valley Children’s Association

PNC Field

Moosic, PA 18507 United States
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Thursday, October 6, 2022 (5:30 PM - 8:00 PM) (EDT)
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