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Raspatello finding niche as hotel sales manager

April 6, 2012

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.

Mallison promotes MBA program through social media

March 30, 2012

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.

Bowen gives guests a blue and white welcome

March 23, 2012

Making guests feel at home when they are away is just one vital aspect of Emily (Kopp) Bowen's position as Revenue and Guest Relationship Manager for Penn State Hospitality Services.
"Every day is different. It keeps me on my toes and allows me to be creative," Bowen said about her favorite aspect of her job. "I love doing little extras for our guests when they’re not expecting it. Hotel stays can be so much fun, and anything I can do to keep that experience fresh for our guests is exciting to me."

Bob Gross enjoys getting into hot water

March 16, 2012

Part of his email address reads "carolinatubmaster," providing a hint about the current residence and profession of St. Marys native Bob Gross. Now living in High Point, N.C., the "tubmaster" is an expert at getting the bubbles going in bathtubs, whirlpools and outdoor spas and hot tubs.
The 1976 graduate of St. Marys Area High School has lived in a number of states and worked in several professions. At first, however, he thought he would always be a hometown boy.

Career as physical therapist assistant provides opportunity for travel

March 9, 2012

Imagine being young and having a job where you get to travel around the country, moving from place to place every 13 weeks while earning a good living in your chosen profession. St. Marys native Greg Wehler is currently enjoying this experience as a traveling physical therapist assistant.
“I’ve just always been interested in physical therapy,” Wehler said of his career choice.
Wehler graduated from Penn State University’s DuBois campus with his A.S. in Physical Therapy in May 2011. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Penn State.

Wolfe loco for life as engineer

March 2, 2012

St. Marys native Don Wolfe said his interest in the engineering profession was sparked by repairing equipment on his family's Rosely Road farm. Now living in Erie, Wolfe is a lead systems engineer designing locomotives for General Electric.
"I'm designing locomotives. It's fun. Ever since I was a little kid, one of the things that's always interested me is locomotives. You get to design one very large and powerful equipment that is very complex in itself," Wolfe said.

Electrician supervisor Caskey keeps the current flowing

February 18, 2012

Sparks sometimes fly when St. Marys native Bill Caskey is around; while he is known to have a great personality, it's more likely something he's working on in his career as an electrician and supervisor.

Love of art draws Kelly to career in graphic design

February 10, 2012

A love of art and an affinity for computers are two aspects of St. Marys native Chris Kelly's life that he was able to combine through a career as a commercial graphic artist.
Kelly, who now resides in Greensburg with his wife Stacey, always wanted to pursue a career as an artist and is currently employed at an advertising agency called West Media Group.
"My major responsibility is the design, development, and updating of websites, but I work on a lot of other projects as well, ranging from business cards and brochures to newsletters and books," Kelly said.

Jeselnick never at a loss for something to do

February 3, 2012

Now a researcher at a recruiting company, Pittsburgh resident Mark Jeselnick has always had a strong work ethic, as evidenced by the many jobs he has had from a young age growing up in St. Marys.
"My first job was working in my grandfather’s greenhouse after graduating the eighth grade," Jeselnick said. "This was how I was able to afford paying for my high school education at Elk Catholic. I remember my grandfather instructing me one day, 'Mark, when you own the company, you get to make the decisions.' This is so true. Thankfully, I learned this lesson early in my life."

Dippold speaks sports as radio talk show host

January 27, 2012

Jeff Dippold of St. Marys, or Jeff Aaron "The Fish" as he is known to fans of his Seattle, Washington-area sports talk radio show, first took to the airwaves over 30 years ago. In that time, Dippold has hosted and co-hosted shows in stations across the country and says he has interviewed nearly every star athlete in recent history.

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