Dr. William Lewis elected to national board of directors

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Lewis elected to board for Academy of Certified Portfolio Managers

JENKINS TWP. — Dr. William V. Lewis, Jr., Jenkins Township, has been elected to the national noard of firectors of the Academy of Certified Portfolio Managers.

Lewis is a vice president, wealth management advisor and portfolio managers with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in Wilkes-Barre, where he has worked for more than 30 years. He received a Bachelors degree and MBA from Wilkes University; a Master of Financial Services degree from The American College for Financial Services; and a Master of Public Administration and Doctorate degrees from Lehigh University.

He is a Certified Financial Planner certificant with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards and earned the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor and Chartered Retirement Plan Specialist designations from the College of Financial Planning. Lewis also earned the Chartered Financial Consultant, the Chartered Life Underwriter and the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy designations from The American College. He is a Certified Portfolio Manager through the Academy of Certified Portfolio Managers and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University.

Lewis previously served on the national Board of Governors of the American Red Cross in Washington, DC; the National Advisory Council of the Center for the Study of the Presidency; and the national Board of Family Service America. He is presently a commissioner of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Pennsylvania’s official state history agency and chairs the Commission’s state historical marker selection panel.

Locals receive scholarships

READING — The following Greater Pittston residents recently earned Merit Scholarships to attend Alvernia University this fall.

Alexandra Craig, Pittston, received the Presidential Scholarship to study Biochemistry; Carly Karaffa, Duryea, received the Trustees’ Scholarship to study Nursing; and Matthew Wright, Exeter, received the Trustees Scholarship to study Biology.

Kozak studies abroad

SCRANTON — Nicole Kozak, Pittston, was among 147 University of Scranton students who studied abroad during the Intersession 2018 semester.

Kozak, a health administration major at Scranton, participated in the university travel course, Global Health Management in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Happy birthday

Brian Talipan, of Pittston Township, will celebrate his birthday on Feb. 28.

Annmarie Lynch, of Pittston, birthday her special day on Feb. 28.

James Talipan, of Pittston, will celebrate a birthday on March 2.