Gaughan balances 17-year law career, community involvement
Pike County Attorney Kelly Gaughan is being honored as one of the 2016 Top 25 Women in Business in Northeast Pennsylvania. Gaughan began practicing law in Pike County 17 years ago and has risen to vice-president of her law firm. Gaughan, a New Jersey native and graduate of Seton Hall School of Law, says she was drawn to Pike County’s small town charm. “I knew that being in a small town meant that I would get to know the judges, local law enforcement, and the people living in our community which was important to me,” she explains.
“In my practice, I make it a point to get to know my clients, make them feel comfortable and earn their confidence,” says Gaughan. She says that one of the best parts of her job is getting to help people through some of the best and worst times of their lives; receiving chances to celebrate adoptions, purchase new homes, and comfort and guide clients as they go through separation and divorce or encounter the criminal court system.
As the mother of two children, ages 10 and 14, Gaughan makes it a point to carve out family time and to get involved in her children’s activities. “As a member of the community, I feel it imperative to support valuable community organizations, all of which are very important to me” she said. She is the vice-president of the United Way of Pike County, on the board of directors of the Pike County Center for Developmental Disabilities and is on the board of directors of Vetstock. She is the secretary of the local bar association, and belongs to the Milford-Matamoras Rotary Club, the American Legion Auxiliary, Pike County United Women and St. Patrick’s Church. She notes that she would not be able to juggle all that she does without her supportive husband, Delaware Valley School Resource Officer Martin Gaughan.
The Top 25 outstanding women are selected by the Northeastern Pennsylvania chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, in partnership with The Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal. The 2016 Top 25 women in Business will be honored at a luncheon in June in Scranton.
Ryan joins Honesdale VA Outpatient Clinic
J. Jeffrey Ryan, MD, board certified family physician, is now providing primary care services at the Honesdale VA Outpatient Clinic of Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers.
“Dr. Ryan comes to us with over 30 years of experience in family medicine as well as 26 years of military service,” stated Frederick Jackson, executive director, WMCHC. “His medical expertise coupled with an expansive career in the United States Army make him an outstanding choice to give the very best of care to our area veterans.”
Dr. Ryan earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in family practice medicine at Silas B. Hays Army Community Hospital, Fort Ord, California and is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army. Much of Ryan’s career has been spent practicing in Hawaii and California while his wife, Catherine, who holds a doctorate of nursing practice degree, practiced as a certified nurse midwife. Prior to relocating from Hawaii to Pennsylvania, Dr. Ryan spent 10 years in private practice and six years as a family physician at the Veterans Administration Pacific Islands Health Care System in Honolulu. He was most recently employed by the Syracuse Veterans Administration’s community-based outpatient clinic in Binghamton, NY.
“Always loved it here,” explained Dr. Ryan. He speaks fondly of his familial connections to northern Wayne County and summers spent visiting relatives in Lakewood, Pennsylvania where he has many extended family members still living in the area.
The Ryans eventually purchased a house in Lakewood as a summer home. However, they found themselves spending more time, including holidays such as Thanksgiving and New Year’s, in Wayne County. In May of 2014, the couple decided to make northern Wayne their permanent residence.
The Honesdale VA Outpatient Clinic, located within WMCHC’s Honesdale Family Health Center, Suite 2 of the Stourbridge Professional Complex offers eligible veterans access to a continuum of care, including prevention, diagnosis, treatment and follow up. Phlebotomy, EKG, and an injection clinic are offered on site as well as treatment utilizing tele-mental health and tele-nutrition. Patients needing specialty care are referred to the VA Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre. For more information, visit wmh.org/WMCHC or call 570-251-6543.
Kipervas is featured presenter at Women in Business luncheon
Dr. Yelene Kipervas of Comprehensive Family Practice will discuss “Putting You Best Face Forward: Beauty on the Inside and Out” at the month Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business luncheon at noon on April 12 at Peppe’s Bistro in East Stroudsburg. Chamber members pay $20 and nonmembers pay $35. Reservations are required by calling 570-421-443.3.
Giant food store selling sustainably sourced seafood
Giant Food Stores, with a Bartonsville location, and affiliated Martin’s Food Markets announced that all of the seafood sold from their in-store service counters are now 100 percent sustainably and responsibly sourced. In addition, Giant and Martin’s Nature’s Promise and Own Brand seafood products are also sustainably sourced, including frozen shrimp and canned tuna. In total, customers will find more than 200 sustainable seafood items at Giant and Martin’s stores.
“We’re committed to selling high-quality seafood that’s good for both our customers and for the environment by working with seafood suppliers who practice responsible product sourcing,” said Tom Lenkevich, GIANT/MARTIN’S president. “Sustainable seafood is produced through methods that minimize environmental impact to ensure the longevity of the fishery or farm for customers to enjoy seafood both now and in the future.”
In order to make smart seafood purchasing decisions, GIANT/MARTIN’S created a standard that follows leading industry practices and certifications such as Marine Stewardship Council, Aquaculture Stewardship Council or Best Aquaculture Practices. The retailer’s program ensures seafood has been farmed or fished in an environmentally responsible way meeting strict criteria. As part of this initiative, a comprehensive training program has been designed to further teach store associates about responsible sourcing and sustainable seafood, including species specific origin and sustainability criteria.
For more information and to view a video on the stores’ commitment to sustainable seafood, visit their websites.
Founded in 1923 in Carlisle, Giant/Martin’s operates nearly 200 grocery stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, under the names of Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets.