Ridgway Area High School graduate Annakaye Gier always had a love for the Erie area growing up in the area.
Her college experience led her to Edinboro and then to a full-time position in the area.
Gier is currently employed at Erie Strong Vincent High School. She teaches 12th-grade Learning Support Consumer Math along with Emotional Support Math for ninth through 12th-graders. Gier also co-teaches an Algebraic Applications class and an Algebra I class. She graduated from Ridgway Area High School in 2004 and from Edinboro University in 2008.
For Ridgway native Louis Dussia, the opportunity to purchase a Warren-based boat dealership has paid off in dividends over time.
In 1984, Louis bought Dell's Marine in Warren, changed the name to Dreamboat Marine, and then watched the business evolve for over 25 years.
As an attending veterinarian for agricultural animals and wildlife at the Pennsylvania State University, as well as an assistant professor of veterinary medicine and dairy and animal science, 35-year-old Jacob Werner ensures the proper care of a variety of animals used in teaching, testing and research.
He oversees the health and welfare of Penn State's agricultural animals and wildlife, or as he likes to tell people, "I get to take care of the Nittany Lion."
Robert Bomba credits his profession as a cross-country ski and golf shop manager at a vacation resort in New Paltz, N.Y. to his upbringing in Ridgway.
Bomba works at Mohonk Mountain House, a 266-room Victorian castle resort in the mid-Hudson Valley region of New York with 2,200 acres of property.
Mohonk offers access to 85 miles of hiking trails, tennis, golf, lake swimming, boating, ice skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and children's programs.
In the winter time, Bomba is the cross-country ski manager overseeing the cross-country skiing and snowshoe operations at the resort.
A love for animals and riding horses at a young age may have eventually triggered Lori Peterson Farace to start a pet boarding and grooming business, Clermont Country Kennels, in New Jersey.
"I currently own Clermont Country Kennels a pet boarding and grooming business which I started in 1998," Lori said. "I believe the reason why it is so successful is because of the hard working values I grew up with and the fact that I applied them to my passion for animals.Â
"I provide a cleanÂ and happy environment for the pets that board with me."
Katie Butler, 28, is very familiar with the term "frequent flyer" as she travels between Benezette and Chicago as part of her job with Ryerson, a worldwide metals distributor.
"My job requires about 90 percent travel, so you never know where you are going to find me from one week to the next. I have actually traveled to 23 different states for work in the past four years," Butler said. "I would say at least 60 percent of the time I am in Chicago, but I don't officially live there. I am only in Benezette about eight days a month at the most."
Although only a freshman at Point Park University in downtown Pittsburgh, Marina Weis, 18, of St. Marys, has already made a promising start in her journalism career.
As the current assistant news editor at the university's newspaper, The Globe, Weis jumped headfirst into her journalism studies.
Last semester, Weis was hired as a work-study student reporter as part of the school's Innocence Institute, an investigative journalism organization which scrutinizes claims of innocence from inmates in Pennsylvania's state correctional facilities.
Very few people are fortunate enough to turn their hobby into a successful career; however, that is just what Amy (Allegretto) Price, 34, did four years ago. As the sole owner of Priceless Expressions Photography, Price focuses exclusively on outdoor photography in natural light.
"I'm very happy with what I do, the hours I work and the clients I encounter. It's nice to see my business growing a little each year," Price said. "Each year brings new clients, which is always good. I love my repeat clients just as much!"
Born March 11, 1970 to the late Merle F. and Mary Ellen (Coleson) Brooks in the St. Marys hospital, Lisa A. Brooks was raised in Ridgway her entire life and graduated from Ridgway Area High School in 1988.
â€śI think that growing up in Ridgway was a great experience,â€ť Brooks said. â€śI have many, many fond memories. There were a lot of very nice stores, restaurants and things to do during my childhood, not to mention I have made and kept the friends I had growing up here.
â€śMy best friends are from Ridgway.â€ť