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OHIO NATURAL GAS / OIL PRODUCERS LAUNCH CAMPAIGN: Ohio’s natural gas and oil producers have launched a statewide, multi-platform campaign to educate Ohioans about the ways in which natural gas and oil provides for our quality of life.

Featuring two ads, the campaign makes clear that no matter where we live, work, or play, Ohio-produced natural gas and oil is essential to life, according to Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP), the industry’s education and public outreach program.

The campaign follows an OOGEEP voter opinion survey showing approval of Ohio’s natural gas and oil, with eight in 10 Ohio voters supporting the industry.

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DUZZNY TO HEAD LOCAL SAFETY COUNCIL CHAPTER: Walter M. Duzzny of Austintown recently was elected board president of the Ohio Chapter of the National Safety Council.

Duzzny, president of Emergency Planning Associates, is the former director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security for Mahoning County. He has served as a member of the EM/HS National Response Team, is a retired U.S. Army colonel and is president of the Reserve Officers Association.

NEW SURGERY CHAIR AT AKRON CHILDREN’S: Dr. Mark Wulkan is the new chair of surgery at Akron Children’s Hospital.

As chair he will oversee a department that completes nearly 20,000 pediatric surgeries per year. In addition to his duties at the hospital, he will be a professor of surgery and pediatrics at Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown.

He started in the role earlier this month following a national search. Wulkan comes from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the division of pediatric surgery at Emory University, where he served as surgeon-in-chief since 2010.

BROKERAGE ADDS MEMBER: Heith Mohler of Akron has joined the brokerage team at More Options Realty.

Mohler specializes in REO properties and has multiple designations including ABR, SRS, SRES and more. He is also a licensed real estate broker in Florida.

More Options Realty has offices in Boardman, Hubbard and Tallmadge.

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VIRTUAL LECTURE AT YSU: Carmella M. Williams, a 2005 business administration graduate of Youngstown State University and now director of Diversity and Inclusion at the Youngstown Business Incubator, will give a virtual lecture, “Empowerment through Entrepreneurship,” 7 p.m. Thursday.

Go to the Facebook page of Youngstown State Alumni Engagement for more information.

TWO JOIN MVCAP BOARD: The Mahoning Valley College Access Program (MVCAP) has added to its board of trustees Jack Pico and James Ritter to three-year terms.

Pico, a practicing attorney for more than 30 years, is magistrate of the Trumbull County Family Court, in which he adjudicates divorce, dissolution, custody, support, juvenile criminal, civil contempt and visitation cases. Previously, he worked in private practice.

James M. Ritter, Ph.D., has spent nearly 30 years in education, with 25 of those years in higher education, serving students at Kent State University at Trumbull.

He started as an admissions counselor and advanced to director of enrollment management, student services and advising. He also served as director of Undergraduate Student Services at Youngstown State University’s Williamson College of Business Administration.

MVCAP provides services to students and families through the presence of college guides and advisers who receive support from AmeriCorps and CollegeNow as part of Serve Ohio. MVCAP college guides serve Warren G. Harding, Youngstown East and Chaney high schools and the Youngstown Rayen Early College, as well as Campbell High School, and helps students with financial advising, deciding on career paths and more.


Cubbison Co. has earned AS9100 certification, a globally recognized quality management certification allowing the company to manufacture and supply products for the aviation, space and defense industries.

The company also is recognized as being ISO 9001 certified, a quality management standard utilized by organizations of any size, in any industry. Together, the two certifications further improve Cubbison’s internal processes and products while increasing support within the team.

Cubbison produces a wide variety of products, including nameplates, labels, overlays, membrane switches, flexible electronics, touchscreens, and a patented HSS Touch Recognition Technology that eliminates false touch actuation.

The Cubbison Co., 380 Victoria Road, Austintown, was founded in 1951.

People on the Move

HD DAVIS, WHITE GLOVE ADD STAFF: Liberty-based HD Davis CPAs and White Glove Payroll in Youngstown have added four new employees to the team.

Cody Dorman is now the third fully remote staff member. He is working from Florida, where he is finishing his accounting studies, as a full-time staff accountant.

Lindsay Rice has joined the administrative team, which is revamping the virtual office organization.

Kristin Oliver came on board as a senior tax accountant. She will be part of the company’s growing tax department and will be working with the tax team to continue to develop and improve our tax research and review processes.

Meredith Gruelle has joined as an accounts manager and HR professional.

CHAIR OF ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY NAMED: Dr. Todd Ritzman has been appointed chair of the department of Orthopedic Surgery at Akron Children’s Hospital.

Ritzman, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Akron Children’s since 2007, earned his medical degree at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. His residency in orthopedic surgery was at the Cleveland Clinic and he also completed a fellowship in pediatric orthopedics and scoliosis at San Diego Children’s Hospital.

He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery and the American Orthopedic Association.

Ritzman is also director of the Spine Program at Akron Children’s Hospital and has an interest in spinal deformity research, education and innovation.

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BURGAN AGENTS RECOGNIZED BY OHIO REALTORS: For the third consecutive year, Burgan Real Estate led all real estate agencies affiliated with the Youngstown Columbiana Association of Realtors (YCAR) by having the most agents, 22, earning the distinguished President’s Sales Club Award for 2020.

The award is presented to real estate agents who generated at least $1 million in home sales for a year.

Earning awards were Tibitha Matheney, the award of excellence for at least $5 million in sales; James Marzo, Valerie Park and Karen Ament, the award of distinction for at least $2.5 million in sales; and earning awards of achievement for at least $1 million in sales were TC and Julie Bunevich, collectively, Team Bunevich, Julie Mills, Scott Heffelfinger, Traci Hardy, Joan Zarlenga, Liz Salcedo, Maggie Garland, Lisa Resnick, John Burgan, Rachael Thomas, Steve Rogers, Rhonda Rance, Mandie Dillon, Amanda Hamilton, Jill Herock, Kim Sauerwein, Crissy Gallaugher and Rich Suhovecky.

JOANN STORES SUPPORTS: Joann Stores’ has introduced its first Minority Creative Grant program to support the black craft and sewing community by dedicating $100,000 to help black entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Twenty winners will receive $5,000 each in merchandise credit, as well as special offers, learning opportunities and the chance to be considered for a paid instructor role with Creativebug, JOANN’s digital learning platform. Winners also will be featured in marketing and social media channels to raise their visibility and gain additional support for their work.

Submission details can be found at joann.com/minority-creative-grants/.

People on the Move

FARMERS BOLSTERS BRANCH MANAGEMENT TEAM: Farmers National Bank has hired Jamey Runion as banking officer, Damascus branch manager, and Frank Constantino as assistant vice president, Cornersburg branch manager.

Runion is a 15-year banking industry professional with more than a decade of experience in retail banking management. Prior to joining Farmers, he worked in a branch management position.

Constantino, who has 30 years of bank management experience, most recently served as branch manager for a regional bank.

VALLEY NATIVE JOINS PALO: Victoria Bucci has joined Youngstown-based PALO Creative as a digital media specialist.

In the role, Bucci, born and raised in Columbiana, will take the lead with paid digital media strategy and management.

She comes to PALO after spending time as a paid media specialist and web maintenance manager with a digital marketing agency in Cleveland. It was in this role she expanded her palate in digital marketing, specifically paid search, as well as project management. She led digital-related projects for business-to-business and business-to-consumer organizations, establishing, executing and managing campaigns for online search and social media platforms to increase brand awareness and profitability.

ASST. VP COMES ON AT FARMERS: Rachel Holzheimer has been hired as assistant vice president, senior relationship manager, Treasury Management, at Canfield-based Farmers National Bank.

In the role, she will be responsible for developing strategies that manage and grow Treasury Management client relationships.

Holzheimer has 13 years of banking experience. She most recently held positions as a branch manager and business banker with a national bank, as well as serving in branch management roles for two regional banks.

AKRON CHILDREN’S ADDS PSYCHIATRIST: Dr. Michael Redovian has joined Akron Children’s Hospital as a pediatric psychiatrist in the Lois and John Orr Family Behavioral Health Center.

Redovian received his medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown. He is also a graduate of Kent State University with a bachelor’s degree in integrated life science.

Behavioral health specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of emotional or behavioral disorders affecting children, teens and their families. Mental health services include medication management, educational consultation and testing, psychological testing, individual therapy and family counseling.


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