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Dunmore Native honored by Pittsburgh Business Times

By Steve Svetovich

Dunmore native Maria Montaro, Ph.D, is more than making her mark in Pittsburgh.

Daughter of Tony and Diana Montaro, she was recently named 30 under 30 Honoree by the Pittsburgh Business Times.

The award goes to a business professional residing in Pittsburgh who has completed exceptional work and made a difference in the community.

“I am super thankful that the volunteer work I do is recognized,” she said. 

The 2011 Dunmore graduate has done a lot of volunteer work for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Much of the work was completed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Montano, 28, is considered a certified nonprofit professional with the American Management Institute.

She received extensive education in nonprofit management fields, most recently earning her Ph.D in Community Engagement from Point Park University in Pittsburgh.

Her research showed Allegheny County’s nonprofit sector is at risk due to the upcoming baby boomer retirement gap and effects from the COVID-19 virus. She helps nonprofits prepare for the future through implementation of recruitment, retention and succession planning strategies. 

“It is my goal to work to sustain and develop the nonprofit sector to withstand baby boomer retirement in order to reduce the occurrences of hiring gaps within the sector and maintain a level of competitiveness with the for-profit and government sectors,” she said.

Montaro’s recognition as one of Pittsburgh’s “30 under 30” for 2021 is an award honoring leaders in Pittsburgh’s business and nonprofit communities who are under 30. 

Winners are selected for their successful efforts to grow a business or nonprofit and for their contributions to the community and civic organizations.

After graduating from Dunmore High School, Montaro received a bachelor of science degree. in Social Work and NonProfit Management from Slippery Rock University. 

She accomplished this while serving full term with AmeriCorps where she interned and volunteered at various nonprofit organizations, including a school in Cape Town, South Africa. She also worked full time at a residential treatment facility for at-risk youth.

Montaro went on to receive an master of social work degree from the University of Pittsburgh ‘s Community Organization and Social Action program.

She then went on to receive an MBA from Fitchburg State University where she focused on human resource management. She also became a Certified Nonprofit Professional with the American Management Institute before receiving her doctorate. 

As an accomplished consultant in the nonprofit sector, she specializes in creating effective and meaningful succession plans for small to mid range nonprofit organizations. This includes recruitment, retention and emergency planning to help nonprofits succeed.

Montaro is very passionate about social justice issues. If your nonprofit’s mission is actively targeting social justice issues such as systematic racism or the eradication of police brutality, the Dunmore native will consult for your organization for free.

Montaro was a four year member of the track and field team at Dunmore where she was also a basketball cheerleader and member of the National Honor Society.

Montaro, a thoughtful and giving young woman, teaches in the community engagement department at Point Park University. She helps transition freshmen students to college life. 

“I believe very strongly in education and doing work for issues you believe in,” she said. 

The Dunmore native has resided in Pittsburgh for the past 10 years.

Marywood to Offer Construction Management Degree in 2022

Marywood University will launch its bachelor of science degree in construction management for the fall 2022 semester. As part of the University’s renowned School of Architecture, this is the first and only four-year construction management program in Northeastern Pennsylvania. 

Marywood University’s School of Architecture’s integrative curriculum emphasizes a design/build approach, sustainable construction, and novel problem-solving skills, preparing its graduates to take on the most complex situations in the profession.

A bachelor’s degree in construction management prepares graduates to manage complex projects in the construction industry. Construction managers plan, budget, coordinate, and supervise construction projects throughout every step of the process. Construction managers work with all members of the team, from designers to contractors, to fulfill client needs and positively contribute to the built environment.

Students in the construction management program, within the School of Architecture, at Marywood University will enjoy close partnerships with other disciplines in the built environment. The University’s integrative curriculum connects business practices, construction knowledge, emergent building technologies, and design practices. With a construction management degree from Marywood University, graduates will be able to apply their education to a range of industry applications in a projected field for growth.

The new construction management program at Marywood University is a participant in the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) Mentor Program. As part of ACCE’s five-year process for new programs on the path to full accreditation, Marywood University is a prospect school, currently in a mentoring partnership with The Ohio State University.

For additional information about Marywood University’s construction management major, please visit marywood.edu/architecture/programs/bachelor-of-science-(b.s.)-in-construction-management/, or call the Office of Admissions, at (570) 348-6234.

James F. Swift Scholarship Recipients Announced

Shown first row from left: Gabrielle Snee, Rebecca Lucas, Liz Stone, Olivia Manarchuck, Taralyn Reilly and Ryan Coleman. Second row, same order: Hannah Carr, Maura Turi, Jillian Brennan and Alexis Tanana, both from Holy Cross High School; Ava Decker, Caitlin Doughton, Gerardo Sanchez Garcia, Gwyneth Serowinski, Fione Evans, Korey Kruk. Third row: Hunter Geise, Ben Thompson, Antonio Pugliese, Nicholas Guerra, Ashley Capone, Taylor Seprosky, Jenna O’Malley. Fourth row: Christian Snee, Jacob Vituszynski, Joshua Vituszynski, Claudia Pitts, Tyler Muskey, Marguerite Flynn, David McKenney, Eric Spivak. Also in the photo are Cathy Fitzpatrick, Grants and Scholarship Manager, and Frank Caputo, Grants and Communications Coordinator, Scranton Area Community Foundation.

Twenty students from 13 different high schools in the area, including Alexis Tanana and Jillian Brennan, two students from Holy Cross High School in Dunmore, have been awarded a prestigious scholarship through the James F. Swift Scholarship Fund administered by the Scranton Area Community Foundation, which provides $5,000 per year for each recipient for up to four years to assist with continuing education expenses. 

The James F. Swift Scholarship Fund has awarded over $3.2 million since 2008, benefiting over 220 local students to date. Created in 2002 through a gift by James F. Swift to the Scranton Area Community Foundation, the James F. Swift Scholarship Fund provides support for higher education for students graduating from high schools in Lackawanna County. 

Following Mr. Swift’s death in 2006, the Scranton Area Community Foundation gratefully received a significant gift from his estate to the scholarship fund which has allowed a great number of students from Lackawanna County the opportunity to pursue their academic and professional goals through higher education.

The scholarship aims to provide an ongoing stream of matriculation at Lackawanna County colleges and universities. It is the goal of the Scranton Area Community Foundation to award 75% of the scholarships to students who plan to attend institutions of higher learning in the Lackawanna County region.

Scranton Area Community Foundation President and CEO Laura Ducceschi praised the generosity of Mr. Swift, noting “he has left a permanent and enduring legacy for the young people of our region. His scholarship fund makes higher education more attainable for generations of students.”

The Scranton Area Community Foundation is a partner with the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) in their Partnership for Access to Higher Education (PATH) Program to offer qualifying students additional financial aid. Through PHEAA, these scholarship recipients may be eligible for additional dollars toward their tuition.

For more information on the James F. Swift Scholarship Fund at the Scranton Area Community Foundation, please contact Brittany Pagnotti, Communications Manager of the Scranton Area Community Foundation at 570-347-6203.

Scranton Area Community Foundation works to enhance the quality of life for all people in Northeastern Pennsylvania through the development of organized philanthropy. With assets of more than $40 million and more than 180 charitable funds, the Scranton Area Community Foundation distributed over $1.3 million in grants and scholarships in 2018. Additionally, through its foundation management services offered to other private and public foundations, the Scranton Area Community Foundation manages assets of more than $31 million and distributed an additional $1.5 million in grants and scholarships in 2018 through assets under management. More information about the Scranton Area Community Foundation can be found at www.safdn.org.