A trio of organizers is working to ensure the success of the University’s Fifth Annual Community Leadership Celebration, set for Thursday, May 3, 2018, which will honor former Lt. Governor William W. Scranton III and Maryla Scranton. Patrick Fricchione, M.D., Moosic, Pa.; Linda B. Keene, Taylor, Pa., and Gerard Champi, Dunmore, Pa., have spent the last several months planning the event.
Dr. Fricchione has dedicated much of his professional life to emergency and occupational medicine, his community, and an ongoing commitment to Marywood University and its students. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Pittsburgh, and he attended the Universita per Stranieri (University for Foreigners) in Perugia, eventually earning a degree in Italian language. Dr. Fricchione earned his medical degree from Temple University Medical School. He had two years of surgical training at Presbyterian-University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and completed an Emergency Medicine Residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital before becoming board certified in emergency medicine. He also established the Northeastern Occupational Medicine and Rehabilitation Center, P.C. in Dunmore, Pa., and the Northeastern Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre Twp., Pa., and became a consultant and medical director for several Fortune 500 companies. Dr. Fricchione was one of the first physicians in the state to be trained and certified by both the American Academy of Medical Review Officers (AAMRO) and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) as a medical review officer. A Fellow in the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians, he also became certified by the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners. In the community, his work has focused primarily on the arts and education, having served as a past president at the Scranton Cultural Center and, presently, on the executive board at Marywood University. Dr. Fricchione’s connection to Marywood grew from his family’s association with the institution. The Fricchione Daycare Center, established in 1991, was the first large named philanthropy initiative at Marywood, as well as the first of many capital projects that would follow in subsequent years. Dr. Fricchione became a Marywood trustee in 2011, working tirelessly to strengthen and support Marywood’s growth and, especially, its students. Recently, Dr. Fricchione has served as a principal at his family’s business, Simplex Industries and Cornerstone Building Solutions.
Mrs. Keene has served as an executive assistant to the Scranton Family for 50 years. In her position as executive assistant, she has had exposure to world affairs; local, state, and national politics; and national and international business. She is a member of the Lackawanna County Women’s Commission; the Chamber of Commerce Women’s Network; the Margery Scranton Council of Republican Women; the Women’s Resource Center Board; and is a trustee for the Covenant Presbyterian Church. She has served as the past president of the Riverside PTA; past president of the Ballet Theatre of Scranton; the past president of the Century Club of Scranton; and was a charter member of the Lackawanna County Library Board, appointed by commissioners Luger and Pettinato. Additionally, Mrs. Keene served as a member of Governor Ridge’s Commission on Judicial Appointments for Lackawanna County for two terms; as past chairperson for the Voluntary Action Center; and she was a former trustee of Elm Park UM Church. She received the Women in Politics award in 2005 from the Margery Scranton Council of Republican Women.
Mr. Champi serves as president and chief executive officer of FNCB Bank. He joined FNCB Bank in 1991 and has more than 30 years of banking experience. Mr. Champi is a 1982 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, where he received a bachelor of science degree in accounting. He earned his master of business administration degree from Wilkes University in 1989. He currently serves as president of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Council Boy Scouts of America and as a board member for the Lackawanna Blind Association and Saint Joseph’s Center. He is past president of the Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and past president of the Luzerne County Community College Foundation Board of Directors. Additionally, Mr. Champi is a Penn State Worthington Scranton Campus Advisory board member and a lifetime member of the Pennsylvania State University Alumni Association.
For additional information regarding sponsorship opportunities, or to purchase tickets to the Community Leadership Celebration, please visit CLC, or call Patricia Rosetti, Leadership Annual Giving officer, at (570) 348-6238.