Applause for business achievements

First Posted: 6/9/2014


Skaja promoted at St. Rita’s

Mark Skaja, regional vice president mission integration at St. Rita’s Health Partners, has been promoted to vice president mission integration and spiritual care for Catholic Health Partners, of Cincinnati. This promotion takes effect Sept. 1.

Skaja joined St. Rita’s in 1989 as director of pastoral care. He was promoted to vice president mission service in February 1992 and assumed additional responsibilities as regional vice president mission integration in September 2010.

He possesses a master of divinity and a master of arts in theology in Biblical studies from St. John’s Provincial Seminary, in Plymouth, Michigan. He earned a bachelor of arts in theology at St. Francis de Sales College, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is a board-certified chaplain by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. Skaja currently serves nationally on the pastoral care advisory committee for the Catholic Health Association.

Central promotes Simpson

Todd Simpson has been promoted to vice president of claims at Central Insurance Companies, of Van Wert.

Simpson is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Law and has been employed by Central Insurance Companies for 13 years. He has held positions as a claims attorney, claims operations director and assistant vice president of claims.

He holds the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter and Associate in Reinsurance designations. He is a member of the Indiana Bar Association and the Allen County (Indiana) Bar Association.

He and his wife, Sara, have been married for 16 years.

Scanland selected as executive director

Cynthia Scanland has been selected by the board of Allen County Children Services to serve as the agency’s new executive director.

Scanland served as director of intake and assessment for the past three years at Allen County Children Services. She has 23 years of child welfare experience.

Prior to working at Allen County Children Services, she worked at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, implementing social service programs for children and adults.


Lima Convalescent Home names director of dietary

Lima Convalescent Home has named Joseph Monbeck as director of dietary services.

He is a graduate of Celina High School and the International College of Broadcasting.

Monbeck has worked in the food industry as a trainer for Bob Evans and the Olive Garden Restaurants.

Niese joins realty group

Jana Niese, of Leipsic, has become a real estate agent with ERA Geyer-Noakes Realty Group.

Niese obtained her real estate license in May after completing classes at Owens Community College.

She resides in Leipsic with her four children, Sherry Valdez, Carla Treadway, Steve Niese and Devin Inbody. She has six grandchildren.

Allen County Engineer hires GIS Technician

Tim Piper, Allen County Engineer, has hired Sara Sheldon Morrisey as geographic information system technician at the tax map office in the Allen County courthouse.

She has a bachelor’s degree in surveying and mapping and a bachelor of business administration in international business and finance.

She began her career at Sheldon Engineering & Surveying Inc. in 1996 as a surveyor/GPS technician. She is a licensed professional surveyor in the state of Ohio.

Morrisey will be assisting the other two employees of the tax map office in maintaining the Geographic Information System for the Allen County Auditor and reviewing deed descriptions.

She is married to Ryan, and they have two children, Alex and Katy.


ONU named best value law school

Ohio Northern University’s Pettit College of Law was named to the 2014 Best Value Law Schools by preLaw Magazine, a National Jurist publication.

This was the eighth time that The National Jurist has published the list. They look at a number of academic and financial variables, including the law school’s price of tuition, student debt accumulation, employment success, bar passage rate and cost of living. Employment is given the greatest weight, 35 percent.

Ohio Northern University was the only private law school in Ohio to make the list and was one of only six private law schools in the nation to make the cut. Overall, 53 schools were recognized as a Best Value Law School.


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