Bar association head

Atty. Edward J. Hartwig was installed recently as president of the Mahoning County Bar Association at the association’s annual election banquet at the Youngstown Country Club.

Hartwig, whose law office is in Boardman, received his bachelor’s degree cum laude in 1995 from John Carroll University and his law degree in 1998 from the University of Akron. His practice includes personal injury, criminal and juvenile defense and employment law.

Atty. J. Michael Thompson, a former assistant county prosecutor who is in private law practice in Youngstown, was elected president-elect and will serve as association president a year from now.

Atty. Alan W. Wenger received the distinguished-service award, and Atty. Samuel G. Amendolara received the lawyer of the year award.

Atty. Norman A. Rheuban was honored for 65 years as a lawyer, Atty. Michael C. Clemente for 60 years; and Judge Charles J. Bannon and Attys. Milan Latas and Chester W. Horlick for 55 years.

Atty. James B. Dietz, president of the association’s foundation, announced the awarding of 19 scholarships to law students, ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 each.


Pharmacy degree

William Carmelo DeMarco, son of Tom and Rose Lamancusa DeMarco of Masury, has earned his doctor of pharmacy degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine’s School of Pharmacy.

Dr. DeMarco completed two years at Gannon University, where he co-founded the fraternity Delta Sigma Phi. He is a graduate of Kennedy Catholic High School in Hermitage, Pa.

He has accepted a position with a Walgreens in El Paso, Texas.

Medical degree

Cole C. Budinsky, formerly of Poland, has received his doctor of medicine degree from Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton.

Dr. Budinsky graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biological science at Wright State in 2008. He is a recipient of the Reach Out of Montgomery County Student Volunteer Appreciation Award and was a three-year member and pitcher for the Wright State baseball team.

He is a 2003 graduate of Poland Seminiary High School and the son of Chuck and Celeste Budinsky of Poland.

Dr. Budinsky will begin a general-surgery residency with Wright State.


Education degree

Wendy Samford recently earned her doctorate from Kent State University after successfully defending her dissertation, “Exploring Sustained Change in Teachers’ Beliefs after Professional Development.”

The qualitative multicase study examined the relationship between professional development and sustained change in teachers’ beliefs about a deliberative curricular platform after professional development.

Her previous schooling includes a bachelor’s degree in education from Kent State University in 1984 and a master’s degree in educational administration from Youngstown State University in 2002.

She has been employed with the Boardman school district. She lives in Boardman with her husband, Scott, and children Adeline, Joseph, Savannah and Evan.

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