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MERIDIAN GETS GRANTS: Meridian HealthCare recently received $148,386 from the Use of Community Partners funding to provide prevention education, a sensory room and parenting classes to the children and families Meridian serves in the community. Meridian also received $195,156 from the Use of Innovations fund to improve telehealth services and patient care coordination.

The agency was among the 36 community organizations awarded $4.9 million under the Use of Community Partners program and $8.3 million to 21 recipients of the Use of Innovation program.

The Use of Community Partners funding initiative seeks to strengthen Ohio’s integrated behavioral health system by closing gaps in the local continuum of care. The Use of Innovation funds will support technology and innovation advancements in Ohio’s behavioral health care delivery system.

New Businesses

NEW LAW OFFICE: Ibold & O’Brien, a full-service law firm part of northeast Ohio for more than 40 years, is opening of an office in downtown Hubbard.

The office is at 30 N. Main St. in the Hubbard Centre One office building. Practice areas include personal injury, medical and dental malpractice, workers’ compensation, Social Security disability, family law, wills, probate, estate planning, business law and litigation, bankruptcy and foreclosures.

Hubbard native and Ursuline graduate Scott Kuboff has begun seeing clients by appointment.

People on the move

AUTISM SOCIETY NAMES DIRECTOR: The Autism Society of Mahoning Valley has named Robin Suzelis as its director of the local affiliate of the national autism umbrella organization. An active volunteer and board member since 2016, Suzelis will be the organization’s first staff member in more than a decade.

While continuing to organize autism-specific programs and creating family events, Suzelis in this new role also will head the organization’s information and referral center to assist families, as well as local professionals, navigate the difficult world of autism.

Suzelis completed her bachelor’s degree in communications at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She has served as a communications and marketing professional for 25 years working in technology, real estate and health care.

The Mahoning Valley chapter of the Autism Society of America was founded by local families in 1989 to support families in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties.

ONE HEALTH OHIO BRINGS ON NURSE PRACTITIONERS: ONE Health Ohio recently welcomed Kristy Weiss and Andrea Balluch-Dean as the health care provider’s newest nurse practitioners.

Weiss completed her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Youngstown State University and then went back to YSU to obtain her master’s degree in nursing.

She is seeing patients at Falls Family Care, 175 E. Broad St., Newton Falls, and the Lloyd McCoy Community Health Center, 1977 Niles Road SE, Warren.

Balluch-Dean completed her bachelor’s degree in nursing from YSU and the earned her master’s degree in nursing at Kent State University. She later returned to KSU to obtain a post master’s degree as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

She is seeing patients at the Youngstown Community Health Center, 726 Wick Ave., Youngstown; Warren West Community Health Center, 716 Tod Ave. SW, Warren; Lloyd McCoy Health Center; and RISE Recovery Youngstown, 3132 Belmont Ave., Youngstown.

PSYCHOLOGIST JOINS AKRON CHILDREN’S: Neuropsychologist Kathleen Hassara has joined Akron Children’s Hospital in its NeuroDevelopmental Science Center.

Hassara earned her doctorate in school psychology from the University of Colorado, Denver. She also has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ohio University in Athens.

Hassara completed a fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at Akron Children’s Hospital and serves as a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown.

SENIOR VP HIRED: Andover Bank recently hired Sean Dockery as senior vice president of commercial banking.

Dockery brings more than 20 years of experience to Andover at a time when the bank is strategically focusing on business banking and building out a long-range strategy for growth. In his previous employment, Dockery was the business banking market executive responsible for building and managing the business banking team.

Andover Bank is an independent community bank serving northeast Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania with 10 banking centers.

BANK BRINGS ON INFORMATION OFFICER: Premier Bank recently added of Varun Chandhok as executive vice president, chief information officer (CIO).

Chandhok brings with him more than 20 years of transformative technology excellence in the regional banking sector. He joins Premier from M&T Bank, where he most recently served as CIO – regulatory, risk, financial crimes and corporate technology, in which he focused on strategic consolidation, architecture and capability evolution across multiple functions.

AD AGENCY ADDS MANAGER: Cassidy Advertising & Consulting, LLC has promoted on Alexandra Olbrych as social media manager.

She will be responsible for managing all clients’ social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and Google My Business. Starting in 2020, she began her career as a copywriter for Cassidy Advertising.


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