February 20 Newsmakers – Reading Eagle

Members 1st

Members 1st Federal Credit Union has named Garth Pricer as Chief Information Officer (CIO), following the retirement of CIO Bob West in November.

In his new role, Pricer will ensure that Members 1st maintains its strong information and digital infrastructure. He will oversee all aspects of the credit union’s information technology efforts, including but not limited to member security, project management efforts, numerous information systems, development and software engineering, coordination and monitoring of strategic business objectives and more. Pricer will also play a key role in improving the credit union’s digital experience.

Pricer has over 20 years of experience in information technology services, with cybercrime as an area of ​​expertise.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Alfred University and is currently pursuing his Masters of Business Administration at Elizabethtown College. In addition, Pricer has obtained several Microsoft and security certifications.

Threshold Rehabilitation Services Inc.

Thomas W. McNelis, President and CEO of Threshold Rehabilitation Services Inc. announced the appointment of Dr. Edward B. Michalik Jr., PsyD to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer.


In his new role, Michalik will oversee the organization’s strategic planning, social services licensing and accreditation, and government and community outreach efforts.

He joins Threshold with a background in social services administration, most recently serving as Berks County Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities Program Administrator and Executive Director of the Berks County Agency on Aging.

Michalik performs important support functions with the law enforcement community as Clinical Director, Member Support Program for the Fraternal Order of Police, Berks County Lodge No. 71 and City of Reading Lodge No. 9. He also served for over 35 years. providing trauma counseling services to first responders. Michalik serves on various state committees and community boards, including the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and the Shillington Borough Council.

He received his Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from Immaculata University, his Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Scranton Graduate School, and a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from the University of Scranton.

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) has appointed Kimberly L. Valuntas as Regional Manager, Reading/Greater Berks County.


In his new role, Valuntas will serve as the primary point of contact in the delivery of BFTP/NEP services and in support of its mission in the Reading/Greater Berks County area. She will work with technology-based start-ups and manufacturing companies in the region, helping them access capital, expertise and best-practice support through Ben Franklin’s network.

Valuntas has over 20 years of experience in sales and marketing, as well as customer support. She has held the position of BFTP/NEP Client Services Specialist since 2018, managing the Ben Franklin Solutions Network (BFSN). She has held various marketing positions in the life/health insurance industry. She also holds several leadership positions and positions on the board of directors of non-profit organizations.

She earned an MBA in Marketing from DeSales University and a BS in Marketing from the New York Institute of Technology. She resides in Orefield.

Penske Logistics

Cristy Sinclair, Director of Food Safety at Penske Logistics, has been named the 2022 Rock Stars of the Supply Chain Award recipient by Food Logistics magazine. This honor recognizes influential individuals whose achievements, hard work and vision have helped shape the cold food supply chain.


Sinclair is the company’s first-ever Director of Food Safety. Since joining Penske in 2016, she has implemented a comprehensive food safety program that supports the organization’s dedicated warehousing and contract transportation product lines. She oversaw the first implementation of all applicable elements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Sinclair also led the company through a Certified Cold Carrier certification with the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA).


RKL LLP has announced that Jacob Stehman has joined the firm as Head of Talent Acquisition within the Human Resources Department,


In his new role, Stehman works with the recruitment and human resources teams to find the best candidates in the region. He works with all service areas to provide timely advice, ideas and feedback throughout the recruitment process.

Stehman has nine years of accounting and finance experience with a Fortune 500 recruiting firm where he led multiple teams in central Pennsylvania. He also worked for a non-profit organization, where he put together a brand new talent acquisition team.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Lebanon Valley College.

The Great Reading Chamber Alliance

The Greater Reading Chamber Alliance has hired Keith Stamm as its new Director of Workforce Development.


In her new role, Stamm will develop and implement program initiatives that meet the priorities of Berks County employers and designated industry sectors.

Most recently, Stamm served as Director of Counseling, Counseling and Career Services at Harrisburg Area Community College, Lancaster Campus. Prior to Harrisburg Area Community College, he was Director of Career Services at Reading Area Community College.

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