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Meet the Finalists of the 2020 Young Professionals Awards

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Join the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber as they recognize NEPA’s best and brightest young professionals.

The Young Professionals Awards recognize amazing rising stars who are helping to move our region forward. Every year, young professionals in our community are nominated for one of nine award categories. Additionally, the Young Professional Development Award is given to a company in our area that invests in developing and growing young talent in NEPA. The top three finalists are recognized at a special awards ceremony, where the category winners are announced and awarded live.

For everyone’s safety, this year’s event will look a little bit different. On September 23, the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber will host a socially-distant awards program at the Garden Drive-In in Hunlock Creek. All social distancing and health and safety guidelines will be followed. In addition to the program, there will be a live band, drive-up refreshments and a movie following the program that night.



Come celebrate all of the finalists and watch the live announcement of the category winners from the safety of your own car. Tickets are $40 per person. Gates will open at 6 p.m., with the live program starting at sundown.

You can visit the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber website to register and stay up to date on all of the things we’re doing to keep you safe at this fun in-person event!


And the Finalists Are…


Educator of the Year

Genelle Sedon | C & G Tutoring and the Wilkes-Barre Area School District
Jennifer Kadjeski | Magic World Child Care Center
Jonathan Kadjeski | Equus Workforce Solutions at the PA CareerLink Luzerne County at Wilkes-Barre

Entrepreneur of the Year

Ashlee Martinelli | Every Little Thing, LLC and The Grand Bank
Beth Guarnieri-Powers & Jahmeel Powers | Powers Performance Coaching
Connor Scalleat | Scalleat Hospitality Group

Cultural Ambassador of the Year

A.J. Jump | Karl Hall LLC
Dan Pittman | Act Out Theatre Group LLC
Samuel O’Connell | Coal Creative

Intern of the Year

Desiree Scott | PCC Aerostructures
Erika Jenkins | ENX2 Marketing
Levi Sunday-Lefkowitz | Eastern PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation

Hero of the Year

We will feature a special video recognition for all of the young professionals in our area who are first responders, frontline workers, retail/hospitality workers or any young professional in the community who was heroic during the past few months.

Influencer of the Year

Christine Mackin Meluskey | Wyoming Valley Children’s Association
Justin. M Correll | NEPA Pride Project, Solomon Elementary, and Mayor of Laurel Run Borough
Mike McGinley | Times Leader Media Group

 Small Business Owner of the Year

Chris Hacken | Loop Internet
Kyle Reed | NEPA MMA
Tyler Rice | AxelRad Screen Printing

STEAM Professional of the Year

Danny Lykens & Mike Grobinski | Krypton Design
Elizabeth Masi | Shoener Environmental
Lake Ryan Gemzik | Building Blocks Learning Center

Voluntary Leader of the Year

Alexandra Kijek | Friends of Camp Louise
Amy Feldman | Northeast Sight Services
Harlan Tabron Jr. | Mt. Zion Baptist Church

Young Professional Development Award Winner

Community Bank, N.A.


Are You a Young Professional Looking to Make a Difference?



The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber’s Young Professionals Council plans and assists the area’s rising leaders to improve their career, develop their leadership abilities, build their professional network and give back to the community. Last year, the group donated over $2,500 to nonprofits in our area.

We are always looking for new people to join us, and new ideas to move our community forward! Get involved in the Young Professionals Council and sign up to stay up to date on Young Professional news and events.

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