Dunmorean Receives Award for Leadership

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Tyler Ward, M.S., of Dunmore, assistant director for housing and residence life at Marywood University, recently received the 2017 Raymond P. Heath Leadership Award for his outstanding service to student life at Marywood University.

Ward met all of the criteria set for the Raymond P. Heath Leadership Award, including the following qualities: Consistency, being keenly aware of the need to treat people equally by developing clear policies and adhering to them; Development, recognizing the potential in others; Harmony, looking for consensus, seeking areas of agreement; Positive Attitude, upbeat attitude in work and social interactions with colleagues; and Student Affairs Commitment, working with and for students to help them gain the maximum success and benefit from their college experience and to promote the personal growth and development of the “whole” student.

The characteristics and qualities that this award represents were inspired by Dr. Raymond Heath, who served as vice president for student life at Marywood University from 1996-2014. A true leader in the student life field, Dr. Heath championed both the students and Marywood University as a whole,  but he also was keenly interested in the professional development of those who worked and thrived under his leadership.

For additional information about Marywood University’s housing and residence life department, please visit http://www.marywood.edu/residencelife/ or call (570) 348-6236.


Dunmore Native Develops Super Baby App

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Dunmore native Karen Hennigan Holmes, co-creator of the Super Baby app, poses with her son Nathan and felllow co-creator Dr. Patrick Kelly.

Super Baby is a revolutionary exercise app that has been formulated by a team of pediatric experts to help your baby soar through the crucial first years of life. The app comprises 43 developmental activity videos, which cover many of the clinically proven therapeutic techniques to help your baby be well on the road to impressive lifelong development. Perform these interactive exercises with your little one a few times a day to help them achieve the key milestones in their physical development.


Super Baby is the brainchild of pediatric physical therapist Dr. Patrick Kelly, PT, DPT and pediatric occupational therapist Karen Hennigan Holmes, OTR/L. Both of these experts have a combined experience of over 18 years in pediatric therapy and have used their clinical expertise to craft this developmental tracking app.

Karen Hennigan Holmes is originally from Dunmore and received a Bachelor of Science degree  in occupational therapy from The University of Scranton. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband Douglas Holmes, also from Scranton.  They have two boys, Noah, 3, and Nathan, 1, and are expecting a baby girl in September.  Holmes currently works with children of all ages in sensory gyms, homes, and schools in New York.

“After working with new parents for many years, we realized the need for a developmental activity resource that parents could follow to give their baby a head start in development,” said Holmes.


The Super Baby app has 43 clinically proven developmental activity videos, which have been expertly designed to help your baby reach their developmental milestones effectively and effortlessly. This interactive app allows you the freedom of choosing to watch videos by age group or by the milestone you wish to work on.

From rolling over to crawling to walking, the Super Baby app will allow you to successfully track all your baby’s key milestones as well as their progress. The interactive format only requires that you enter your baby’s birthday, weight, and height to track their development and progress. The app provides your baby’s growth percentile ranking, and tells you which milestones you and your precious baby should be focusing on.

The app also provides useful tips for fine motor and sensory system development and notifies of any particular developmental concerns you should be aware of. There is a unique timeline feature that helps you track which videos you have watched and which milestones you have achieved.

Download the Super Baby app for free from the App Store.