Lou Ann Gray, a part-time instructor at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, has received a national certification as a parent coordinator from the Professional Academy of Custody Experts.

PACE is a national professional organization that certifies qualified mental-health professionals to practice in the specialty areas of custody evaluators and/or parent coordinators.

Gray has a private mediation and counseling practice. She provides mediation in civil and domestic relations cases. At Penn Highlands, she teaches psychology, sociology, anthropology and human services. She has authored a course in paranormal psychology.

As a third-party neutral for the U.S. District Court of Western Pennsylvania, she mediates both domestic relations cases and civil cases at the superior court level. Locally, she provides mediation, parent coordination and counseling services in Cambria, Somerset, Bedford  and Allegheny counties, where she has been certified as an expert in commonwealth courts. She completed her training in mediation in Chicago and Detroit.

Gray sits as an expert on the board of the Center for Resolution in Chicago and has been invited to serve on the board of directors for PACE. She also is a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution, the Pennsylvania Association of Mediators, the Western Pennsylvania Council of Mediators, PSEA Retired, AFT, and Windber’s Business and Professional Women’s Association. She is currently working on a book titled, “Shared Custody: Making It Work.”

Promotion, new hire at AmeriServ

AmeriServ Financial has announced a pair of staffing changes.

Nancy Wessel of Adams Township has been promoted to senior vice president and sales director of the bank’s retail branch administration. She has been employed at AmeriServ for more than 24 years and most recently held the position of vice president of retail branch administration.

In her new role, she will be responsible for overall management, sales and service initiatives within the retail branch division. She will lead and reinforce a strong sales culture throughout the bank’s branch system.

AmeriServ has 19 branches in its network serving five counties throughout Pennsylvania.

Wessel is on the board of directors for Beginning’s Inc. and the Greater Johnstown Cambria County Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the St. Michael Parish Council and a catechism teacher for St. Michael Catholic Church. She also serves on the Court Appointed Special Advocate advisory board.

Rodney E. Hatfield of Richland Township has joined the organization as the new assistant branch manager for the bank’s Westmont office located in the Westwood Plaza.

Previously, Hatfield was employed at the Johnstown AFLAC office as a sales associate. In his new position with AmeriServ, he will be responsible for managing day-to-day operations, servicing current customer accounts and business development.

Hatfield earned a bachelor’s degree in management from West Virginia University Tech and an associate’s degree in printing technology from the same school. He was also an officer in the Army.

He is vice president of the Rotary Club of Richland and the East Hills Business Association. He is an outreach pastor for the Peniel Praise Community Church. He serves on the board of directors for the House of Hope, Laurel Highlands. He is an advisory board member and volunteer for the Court Appointed Special Advocate.

Drilling company welcomes manager

Brian E. Dermer recently was named office manager at Somerset Well Drilling, headquartered in Friedens. He will be responsible for managing all domestic drilling, pump installation and related services.

Dermer has more than

15 years of experience in the water well, geothermal, pump and water treatment industry as a driller and a manager, most recently as Sperry Well Drilling’s office manager.

He holds master water well drilling licenses in Maryland and West Virginia and is a certified driller.

He has attended numerous conferences and has taken continuing education courses dealing with all aspects of the drilling industry. He has had the privilege of serving customers in Pennsylvania and western Maryland.

Dermer has two children, Faith and Wyatt.  

James E. Long has retired as office manager of Somerset Well Drilling. He will continue to support the company in a consulting role.

Doctor completes review, certification

Dr. George J. Frem has successfully completed the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians Health Care Quality and Management Certification Examination.

Through his expertise in health-care quality and management, he achieved recognition as a diplomat with the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians.

Frem is also American board certified in internal medicine and nephrology. He is certified by the American Society of Hypertension as a specialist in clinical hypertension.

He is the CEO and medical director of The Kidney Center in Johnstown.

The Kidney Center, which includes renal care consultants and prodigy dialysis, is a facility that specializes in providing in-center and home dialysis therapies as well as caring for patients with chronic kidney disease. The facility operates dialysis centers in the Johns-town area (Eisenhower Boulevard and Osborne Street), Ebensburg, Meyersdale and Somerset. It also operates kidney clinics in Alum Bank, Windber, Meyersdale, Somerset, Ebensburg and Johnstown.

Frem finished his fellowship on kidney disease and high blood pressure at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston.

He is currently a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Nephrology and Hypertension.

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