Johnsonburg native Joshua Gigliotti is a proud member of the United States Marine Corps and was recently selected for promotion to Staff Sergeant.
Currently stationed in Okinawa, Japan, Gigliotti serves as the Armory Chief for 7th Communication Battalion, III Marine Headquarters Group, III MarineÂ Expeditionary Force.
"I went to Johnsonburg (Area) High School, straight into the Marines after school, and went into the small arms tech/repair field," Gigliotti said. "My career is 'Weapons Tech,' also known as 'Armorer.'
Matt Engel's natural curiosity for technologies and business combined with his background as a chemical engineer has provided him with the ideal characteristics required in his career as a supply chain manager.
Talk to Ridgway native Linda Scott for a while and you will quickly be able to see that she isn't one to let grass grow under her feet; in fact, for a long time she preferred the sky to the ground as a helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army.
Michael Dinsmore has turned his love of the outdoors into a career with the Bureau of State Parks. The Dagus Mines native was recently named the manager of Little Pine State Park Complex, based in Lycoming County.
The Rev. Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B., is a very busy man. The St. Marys native has served in many capacities at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe and was recently named the institutionâ€™s executive vice president.
Over the past 10 years, Elk County native Aaron Dush has been involved in the field of anticoagulation medicine, also known as blood thinners. It is within the past three years Dush was recruited to begin his own practice from the ground up at The James Cancer Hospital at The Ohio State University, where he works as a Clinical Pharmacist Specialist in Anticoagulation.
Earl Nightingale is credited with saying, "The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment."
Thursie Stroup Rigard, a Westline native and former Kersey resident currently in her mid-80s, epitomized this as she recently accomplished her goal of writing and publishing an account of a murder she witnessed in Westline as a child.
Being able to help provide a great vacation experience for people visiting a new area is an element of her job that Janette Raspatello thrives on as sales manager at Best Western Plus University Park Inn and Suites in State College.
In her first year at the new hotel, Raspatello is enjoying numerous aspects of her job.
In her current position as Senior Admissions Adviser at Penn State University's Smeal College of Business MBA Program, Ann (Weidenboerner) Mallison has become savvy in social media throughout the past 6.5 years while promoting the program through various outlets online.
Cassandra Mosier, Kersey native, enlisted as a volunteer in the U.S. Peace Corps and currently lives and teaches in Edinet, Moldova. Moldova is located between Ukraine and Romania.
"Even on the toughest days, I'm glad I'm here. I'm glad I'm working hard to help with situations few have had the nerve to address," Mosier said.
The 24-year-old Mosier left the U.S. on June 6, 2011, to embark on a 27-month adventure. She said her passion lies in teaching, which she has taken to new horizons, quite literally.