Community Advisory Board

This Board of dedicated volunteers advocates for community needs to the Wayne Memorial Hospital & Health System Board of Trustees and, in turn, shares the Board’s objectives with the community. The Community Advisory Board (CAB) also provides oversight of community-related projects, including partnerships with allied health organizations that receive funding from sources such as state, federal and foundation grants. CAB members represent the geographic reach and demographics of the Wayne Memorial service area.

Wayne Memorial Community Advisory Board

Nancy Moro, Chair

Nancy is a self-employed consultant and a longtime member of the Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Nancy and her husband Dr. Frank Moro live in western Wayne County.

Michele Bannon

Michele is the Carbondale City Clerk and serves as president of the Greater Carbondale Area Chamber of Commerce.

William Boyle

William is Senior Vice President and Chief Lending Officer at the Dime Bank. He and his wife Ann have two sons and live in northeastern Lackawanna County.

Joan Edel

Joan is an Aging Care Manager Supervisor I at the Pike County Area Agency on Aging and the Aging & Disability Resource Center Link Coordinator for Monroe, Pike, and Wayne Counties. She lives in northeastern Pike County.

Margaret Ennis

Margaret is Director of the Wayne County Office of Behavioral & Developmental Programs and Early Intervention. Margaret and her husband Kevin live in northern Wayne County.

Amy Gries

Amy is a guidance counselor at Damascus Area School. Amy and her husband Nathan have a son and daughter and live in eastern central Wayne County.

David Hartung

David is Coordinator of the Wayne County System of Care, a youth and family interagency collaboration. David and his wife Nicole live in central Wayne County.

Joanne Hohman

Joanne is the Office Manager at Bold Gold Media in Honesdale. Joanne lives in central Wayne County.

Jim Kane

Jim is the principal of Wallenpaupack Area Middle School.

John Kerkowski

John is the former Chief of Engineering & Construction at the North Atlantic Division Office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Currently retired, John lives in northwestern Pike County. 

Wynter Newman

Wynter is the Administrative Director at Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers. Wynter lives with her husband Adam and two sons in northern Wayne County.

Jean Pettinato

Jean is a school nurse at Wallenpaupack Area High School. Jean and her husband Christopher live in southern Wayne County.

Steve Price

Steve is the Wayne County Emergency Management Director. Steve and his wife Nicole live in southern Wayne County.

Patricia Striefsky

Patricia is the publisher of the Forest City News. Patricia lives with her husband Brian and two sons in northern Wayne County.

Joanne Tagle

Joanne is a former guidance counselor at Western Wayne High School. Joanne and her husband Jim Murray live in central Wayne County.

William Thomas

William is a former Vice President of Gradall Industries Excavating and Industrial Equipment. William and his wife Connie live in northeastern Pike County.

Michele Minor Wolf

Michele is the Executive Director of the Victims Intervention Program of Wayne and Pike Counties. Michele lives in central Wayne County.

Jeff Zerechak

Jeff is the Director of the Wayne County Drug and Alcohol Commission and lives with his wife and family in central Lackawanna County.


Student CAB Members

Makayla Breidenstein, Wayne Highlands School District

Cara Langman, Forest City Regional School District

Hunter Smith, Western Wayne School District


Carol Kneier MS, RD, LDN, CDCES. Wayne Memorial Hospital Community Health Department Manager. Carol has been a registered dietitian and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist with WMH since 1993 and moved into her current position in 2018. She lives in northern Wayne County.

James Pettinato BSN, MHSA, CCRN-K. Chief Executive Officer, Wayne Memorial Hospital and Health System. Jim began his career at Wayne Memorial in 1999 as head nurse of several departments. After a short hiatus he returned as Director of Patient Care Services and was promoted to CEO in 2022, following the retirement of David Hoff. Jim and his wife live in the northeastern Lackawanna County.

Paula Bennett MD. Dr. Bennett is a primary care physician and has been at Highland Physicians Family Health Center since the late 1980’s. Highland, formerly an independent practice, is now part of Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers. Paula and her husband live in central Wayne County .

Lisa Champeau, Director of Communications & Development. In addition to manager of the Public Relations Department, Lisa serves as Director of the Wayne Memorial Health Foundation and oversees responsibilities for Community Health and Grants & Development