Dunmorean of the Month: Brian Loughney

By Steve Svetovich

Dunmore’s Brian Loughney had a mission, and he accomplished it big time.

Son of John and Frannie Loughney, Dunmore, Brian’s dad was diagnosed with leukemia in December 2018. Since then he has gone through treatments and is doing well.

However, Brian, 37, wanted to do something to help not only his dad, but others afflicted with leukemia.

In November of 2021, Brian, who is married for two years to the former Holly Zeshonski, was nominated to start a campaign for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

The fund-raiser campaign lasted 10 weeks. There were five other candidates nominated.

Loughney, a 2003 Dunmore graduate, raised $109,181 of the total $191,780 raised.

“We raised funds from mid-May to mid-March, All six candidates raised funds.”

And for this accomplishment, he was named Man of the Year by the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

He was honored at a gala at the Hilton in Scranton this past May 19.

Shown at the Man of the Year Gala are, from left: Pamela Formica, Jana Boyer, Brian Loughney, and Valerie Case

Loughney said the money was raised with a group of team members that included family and friends.

“Our team did a fantastic job,” he said. “It was a grassroots campaign through letters, phone calls, texts, social media, and word of mouth.

“I really wanted to get involved.

“I’m extremely honored and blessed to have team members who were as engaged as I was in this effort, with my father and two fellow Dunmoreans in mind.”

Loughney said the fund-raising efforts were also done in honor of Jack Callahan, 4. son of Molly and Dan Callahan, Dunmore, and in memory of the late Kelcey Hallinan, late daughter of Alicia and Tom Hallinan, who passed away a few years ago at 18.

“They were the driving force,” he said.

“We focused on this campaign with my dad, Jack, and Kelcey primarily in mind, but others afflicted with leukemia as well.

“This was truly a team effort by family members and friends who were fully onboard with this campaign.”

Team Loughney team members are: Brian Loughneyk, Holly Loughney, Fran Loughney, Matthew Loughney, Katie Loughney, Katie Horan, PJ Horan, Rebecca Loughney, Patrick Ehnot, Tom Sohns, Patrick McLane, Jack Corcoran, Nibs Loughney, Donna Loughney and Kathy Hughes.

Holly Loughney, John Loughney, and Brian Loughney are shown in a family photo.

Brian also offers a special thank you to the AllOne Foundation for the grant opportunity,

The humble and well-spoken Loughney is a 2007 graduate of the University of Scranton where he received a bachelor of science degree in political science.. He received an master of science degree in human resources administration in 2009 from the University of Scranton.

He has been human resources manager at the University of Scranton for the past five years.

Loughney played four years of baseball, basketball and soccer while a student at Dunmore High School.

He is the nephew of former Dunmore Mayor Patrick “Nibs” Loughney.

Leadership Lackawanna’s New Board Members

Lackawanna Leadership board

Leadership Lackawanna, the region’s premier community leadership and development organization, recently installed several new board members. Incoming board members will serve a three-year term.

Front row, from left: Brian Loughney, The University of Scranton; Brad Kovaleski, Penn State Worthington Scranton, and Thomas DePietro, DePietro’s Pharmacy.

Back row: Robbie Risley, Leadership Lackawanna board chair; and Nicole Morristell, Leadership Lackawanna director.

Emergency Services Director recognized for life-saving act

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David Hahn, inside left, Lackawanna County’s Emergency Services Director, came to the aid of Brian Loughney, Deputy Director for Human Resources, during lunch recently.  Mr. Loughney began choking on his food, and Mr. Hahn immediately came to his aid and performed the Heimlich Maneuver.

The Lackawanna County Commissioners recognized Mr. Hahn with a “Good Works” for his life-saving effort.

Shown from left: Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Mr. Hahn, Brian Loughney, the County’s Deputy Director for Human Resources; Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, and Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.