J. Scott Roberts recently was appointed to the board of Somerset Trust Holding Co. and Somerset Trust Co.

Roberts is a consulting geologist with experience in Pennsylvania’s minerals industries, including Marcellus Shale, oil and gas, mine safety and mine reclamation

He has been employed by the state Department of Environmental Protection for more than 25 years and is a former deputy secretary for mineral resources management.    

“We are thrilled to add someone with a strong knowledge and background in coal, natural gas and environmental protection to our board of directors,” said Somerset Trust Co. President and CEO G. Henry Cook. “Adding this type of expertise to our board is crucial to the success of a local bank in these challenging times.”

Roberts’ career also includes providing logistical coordination for the successful 2002 Quecreek Mine rescue.

A native of Johnstown, Roberts once served as curator of the Johnstown Flood Museum. He is active on the boards of the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds and the Greater Johnstown Watershed Association.

Somerset Trust Co. is a community bank with 17 branches and a network of 50 ATMs serving customers in Somerset County, the greater Johnstown area, and parts of Westmoreland and Fayette counties.

Blood services employees lauded

Seven Greater Alleghenies Region employees – five based in Johnstown, one in Huntington, W.Va., and one in Wheeling, W.Va. – have been chosen to receive 2011 Employee Excellence or Spirit of Excellence Awards.

The Employee Excellence Award is the highest award that can be bestowed upon a Red Cross employee at the local level. It was presented to the following employees:  

• Steve Grove, an instructor in Johnstown, joined the Red Cross in 2004 as a collections phlebotomist.

He serves as an instructor for whole blood and double red cell collection for the Greater Alleghenies Region and has traveled through the Heritage Division as a lead BioArch R1 instructor. He is a coach, mentor and role model within the training organization and has taken a lead role when his peers have been uncomfortable with the training material. He understands how important his work is in training other employees and protecting the safety, quality, identity, purity and potency of blood products.

He is able to keep it light when possible, helping trainees relax and gain more from the training experience.

• Kelly Holdsworth, a lab technician I in the immunohematology reference laboratory in Johnstown, joined the Red Cross in 1997.

Her first position was in the component laboratory. She later worked in hospital services before joining the immunohematology reference laboratory six years ago.

She identifies needed process improvements in the lab and frequently initiates brainstorming sessions during laboratory meetings. Her main focus is getting safe products to the patients who need them. She has developed strong relationships with regional customers to understand their needs.

She collaborates well within her department, other regional departments and Red Cross blood centers to ensure that appropriate products arrive at the hospital and ultimately to the patient in need. Inventory management and attention to detail are among Holdsworth’s skills; a Red Cross quality auditor recently commented on her sense of personal responsibility.

• Dr. John B. Nobiletti, medical director in Johnstown, joined the Greater Alleghenies Region in 1998.

He also provides medical oversight to the Appalachian (Roanoke, Va.) and Mid-Atlantic (Norfolk, Va.) Red Cross blood regions and served as blood services physician for the Connecticut Region of Red Cross Blood Services from 1997 to 1998.

He exemplifies dedication to the American Red Cross mission. He has been known to talk to hospital customers at all hours to provide a superior level of service. He communicates with many regional departments, including the immunohematology reference laboratory, manufacturing, quality assurance, collections and some national functions such as the Donor Client Support Center.

The Spirit of Excellence Award recognizes employees for their work performance and achievements. It was presented to the following employees:

• Lisa Lehman, technician II, quarantine and labeling in Johnstown is an 11-year Red Cross veteran.

A resident of Belsano, Lehman contributes to the Red Cross’ strategic priority of continually improving quality and compliance by helping to develop co-workers in the manufacturing department.

Serving as a trainer for new and existing staff members, Lehman demonstrates knowledge, leadership, responsibility, compassion and dedication.

She models behavior that creates quality outcomes by using available policies and procedures. She frequently offers suggestions for continuous quality improvement and increased productivity.

• Wayne Wyar, Heritage Division IT director in Johns­town, joined the Red Cross in 1984.

This year he was instrumental in implementing standardized IT processes while maintaining customer service across the five Red Cross blood regions in the Heritage Division. He made sure adequate equipment and staffing resources were available during the division’s BioArch R1 implementation and was involved, systemwide, in troubleshooting and problem-solving for the project. The Heritage Division was the first of seven divisions to implement the project.

• Christine Andrews, operations supervisor in Wheeling, W.Va., joined the Red Cross in 2000 as a charge nurse and later was promoted to collections supervisor.

Andrews oversees blood drive operations in north central West Virginia and in eastern Ohio and dispatches staff from Morgantown and Wheeling.

She often leads in the planning and coordination of large blood drives. She attends to details including diagramming the site, planning equipment and supply usage, staffing and site flow.

She often performs tasks associated with recruitment, collections, facilities management, vendor communications and community relations.

She aids in the development of the people who work with her by helping to develop their communications skills through coaching, mentoring and modeling.

• Cheryl Gergely, communications manager in Huntington, W.Va., joined the Red Cross in 1985 as a donor resources field representative.

She later was appointed supervisor for telemarketing and communications. Gergely represents the American Red Cross with clear, concise and accurate communications in complex situations.

She has moved the organization’s message ahead technologically by leading Twitter account development.

She also has led regional implementation plans regarding passage of laws permitting 16-year-olds to donate blood in Ohio and West Virginia.

In addition to her regional responsibilities, she also serves as one of 12 regional communicators who back up the Red Cross Biomedical Headquarters External Communications Department.

The Greater Alleghenies Region directly serves hospitals, patients and donors in a 100-county area in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia, with more than five dozen blood products and related services.

The region also supports blood needs experienced by patients elsewhere in hospitals served through Red Cross Blood Services.

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