In the News

Ebensburg Lawyer Speaks at Duquesne Law School

The Tribune-Democrat
November 11, 2011

JOHNSTOWN — Tim Burns, a lawyer with a practice at 104 S. Center St., Ebensburg, was recently the featured speaker for the Duquesne University Law School’s Solo/Small Firm Practice Series.

Burns, an alumnus of Duquesne, spoke to the law students about operating his law practice in a rural setting.

He operates a regional general law office.

Promotion raises $2,150 for school

Tri-Star Auto Group of Blairsville helped raise $2,150 for the Blairsville Elementary with Chrysler’s Drive for the Kids program.

The fundraising event was held on Sept. 7 in conjunction with the school’s parent-teacher organization.

Nearly 200 parents and guests each earned a $10 contribution to the school from Chrysler by taking a brief test drive in a Town and Country minivan.

Tri-Star Auto Group supplied the vehicles, and volunteers from the dealership were on hand to assist in the fundraising drives.

“Drive for the Kids is a mutually beneficial program. We’re pleased to support our local schools, and enjoy demonstrating a great product,” said Kevin Sergent, principle owner of the Tri-Star Auto Group. “Parents are generally interested in testing the minivans, and we are happy to help raise extra dollars for the school. We all work together for the kids. Everyone has a great time.”

Since Drive for the Kids was introduced in 1993, Chrysler has contributed more than $3.5 million for student needs from playgrounds and field trips to reading programs and computers.

College appoints communications chief

John A. Coyle has been named director of communications at Mount Aloysius College.

Coyle most recently served in the marketing and public relations department of Regional Hospital of Scranton, Lackawanna County.

In making the announcement, college President Thomas P. Foley noted that Coyle brings extensive writing experience and a philosophy of transparency that matches the needs of the school.

Coyle’s credentials include similar roles at the University of Scranton and Penn State Worthington Scranton in Dunmore, Lackawanna County.

In addition to experience in higher education, Coyle served as vice president of marketing and community relations at Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg, Monroe County; director of public relations at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, Lehigh County; and director of community relations and development at Moses Taylor Hospital, Scranton. He also served as director of communications at Condron and Co., a full-service advertising and public relations firm in Scranton.

Coyle earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Scranton, where he also earned a master’s degree in human resource administration.

He and his wife, Ellen, will reside in Ebensburg.

Kidney Center names marketing director

Christine Summits is the new marketing director at The Kidney Center, 88 Osborne St., Johnstown.

She was hired in October.

Prior to joining The Kidney Center, she was a marketing specialist at State Farm Insurance and was assistant director of student-athlete development at St. Francis University.

Summits earned her bachelor’s degree in advertising and public relations from Penn State in 2006 and her master’s degree in business administration from St. Francis University in 2009.

In her new position, Summits will promote The Kidney Center, which has locations in Johnstown, Somerset, Ebensburg and Meyersdale.

Summits is from Johnstown, and lives downtown with her husband, Josh.

Bus company earns certification

Mlaker Transportation of Davidsville has been named a U.S. Department of Defense safety-certified passenger transport (motor coach) company.

According to a news release, Mlaker passed various safety inspections to achieve the qualification. The certification requires companies to conduct documented preventative maintenance on coaches, provide ongoing and documented driver training and have drivers to participate in a federally mandated drug and alcohol testing program.

“We are honored to be able to serve our country’s military personnel by transporting our troops safely with our buses,” the company said.

There are 425 DOD-approved carriers in the United States.

Mlaker is the only DOD-approved bus carrier between Pittsburgh and State College, the company said.