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June 20, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Florence B. Watson, 71, of Glenside, a retired human resources official, died Friday, June 12, of complications from dementia at home. Mrs. Watson was born in Philadelphia, the daughter of Julia Jones and Walter D. Jones. Called Florrie by family and friends, Mrs. Watson graduated from John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls' High School in 1961. Taking into account her life experience, she was able to earn the equivalent of a bachelor's degree and also a master's degree in human resources from Lincoln University in 1985.
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January 14, 2013 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
THE SCHOOL DISTRICT's chief human-resources officer has resigned to rejoin her previous employer, Sunoco, after less than a year on the job. Theresa Gavigan, who earned a $175,000 annual salary, began in May with the district and was brought in by former Chief Recovery Officer Thomas Knudsen. Some district employees described Gavigan, whose last day was Friday, as "engaging" and "really smart. " "She was a very decent, professional lady to work with. She was accessible [and]
NEWS
December 2, 2011
Brian L. Harr, 53, of Bensalem, a director of human resources and youth sports coach, died of heart failure Sunday, Nov. 27, at Aria Health-Torresdale Campus. Since 2008, Mr. Harr had been director of human resources at Summerwood Corp. in Conshohocken. The company operates more than 75 Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut Express, Long John Silver's, and A&W restaurants in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Previously, Mr. Harr had been a training manager for Pep Boys in Philadelphia.
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November 25, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney's latest wave of announcements mean that his administration's top people on money matters will bring plenty of experience with Philadelphia's finances, in good times and bad. Kenney said Monday that he will retain Rob Dubow as chief financial officer, and put budget director Rebecca Rhynhart in a new post in charge of overseeing procurement, information technology, and human resources. Kenney also said that Sheila Hess, director of foundation and community affairs for Independence Blue Cross, will serve as city representative, and Harold T. Epps, vice chairman of the regional company PRWT Services, will be his commerce director.
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February 17, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
The city's director of human resources has resigned amid a revamping of the department by Mayor Kenney, which the chair of the city's Civil Service Commission said had caused "bad blood" between the administration and the department. Albert D'Attilio submitted a letter of resignation last week. In an email to The Inquirer, D'Attilio said his leaving was unrelated to changes at the office. But Civil Service Chair Doris A. Smith said frustrations in the human resources department had mounted as the administration worked around D'Attilio, often leaving him out of critical meetings and conversations.
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February 20, 2016 | By Susan Snyder, Staff Writer
Delaware Valley University, founded 120 years ago as a farm school that catered to Jewish men, took another leap from its past Thursday with the hiring of its first female president, an agronomist currently working as a dean at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Maria Gallo, 53, a Cornell University graduate who grew up in Port Chester, N.Y., will take the helm July 1. She replaces Joseph S. Brosnan, who announced last year that he planned to retire at the end of this school year. Gallo, dean of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, said she was attracted by the university's mission, history, and core values, as well as its proximity to family in New York and New Jersey.
BUSINESS
December 27, 2015
Business: Investment, management consulting. Where: Center City. Leadership: Karsan's title is grand poobah. Companies: 19 firms in human resources, hospitality, technology, energy, apparel. Typical investment: $500,000 to $1 million from a $30 million pot. What else: Karsan has separate stakes in 50 firms.
NEWS
February 4, 2013
In a story Sunday about the hazards of workplace sitting, Cathy Grimes was incorrectly identified. She is head of human resources for Susquehanna International Group. The Inquirer wants its news report to be fair and correct in every respect, and regrets when it is not. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, contact assistant managing editor David Sullivan (215-854-2357) at The Inquirer, Box 8263, Philadelphia 19101, or e-mail dsullivan@phillynews.com .
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June 26, 2016 | By Diane Mastrull, Staff Writer
Mary Livingston didn't need to utter a word. As an African American woman, her presence said it all. But she said what she came to say anyway. "We have really transitioned from the look of old, retired white guys," she told her audience one evening in May. Twenty women were participating in a retirement- planning course offered by the Women's Opportunities Resource Center. Livingston was there to explain how her business- mentoring organization, SCORE Philadelphia, was changing - starting with her appointment as its first female leader.
NEWS
August 23, 2011
AGE: 55 JOB: Now acting superintendent, Philadelphia School District. SALARY: $230,000 EDUCATION: Education: B.A., Lafayette College, 1977; M.B.A, Washington University, 1979; Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2003. FAMILY: Married with three children. PHILA. SCHOOL DISTRICT: As deputy superintendent, Nunery had wide responsibility, overseeing facilities, procurement, human resources, information technology, and new schools. OTHER EXPERIENCE: Spent 16 years in corporate banking, and four years with the NBA as a vice president.
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June 26, 2016 | By Diane Mastrull, Staff Writer
Mary Livingston didn't need to utter a word. As an African American woman, her presence said it all. But she said what she came to say anyway. "We have really transitioned from the look of old, retired white guys," she told her audience one evening in May. Twenty women were participating in a retirement- planning course offered by the Women's Opportunities Resource Center. Livingston was there to explain how her business- mentoring organization, SCORE Philadelphia, was changing - starting with her appointment as its first female leader.
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March 20, 2016 | By Jack Tomczuk, STAFF WRITER JTomczuk@phillynews.com @JackTomczuk
Three floors of state government offices were damaged Friday after a water pipe burst at the former Strawbridge & Clothier department store building in Center City, shutting down the workplaces of scores of government employees, authorities said. A pipe in the cooling tank on the sixth floor began leaking overnight, flooding the floor and damaging several floors beneath it, said Kevin Feeley, a spokesman for the building's owner, Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust. Hardest hit were offices of the Pennsylvania auditor general, inspector general, Department of Education, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and Department of Human Resources, according to Troy Thompson, a spokesman for the Department of General Services.
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February 20, 2016 | By Susan Snyder, Staff Writer
Delaware Valley University, founded 120 years ago as a farm school that catered to Jewish men, took another leap from its past Thursday with the hiring of its first female president, an agronomist currently working as a dean at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Maria Gallo, 53, a Cornell University graduate who grew up in Port Chester, N.Y., will take the helm July 1. She replaces Joseph S. Brosnan, who announced last year that he planned to retire at the end of this school year. Gallo, dean of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, said she was attracted by the university's mission, history, and core values, as well as its proximity to family in New York and New Jersey.
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February 17, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
The city's director of human resources has resigned amid a revamping of the department by Mayor Kenney, which the chair of the city's Civil Service Commission said had caused "bad blood" between the administration and the department. Albert D'Attilio submitted a letter of resignation last week. In an email to The Inquirer, D'Attilio said his leaving was unrelated to changes at the office. But Civil Service Chair Doris A. Smith said frustrations in the human resources department had mounted as the administration worked around D'Attilio, often leaving him out of critical meetings and conversations.
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February 16, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
Mayor Kenney wants to bring the city's Human Resources Department into 2016. To that end, he has tasked his newly appointed chief administrative officer with improving training and recruitment efforts within human resources to benefit the city's 25,000-plus workers. "We want to make it the best city workforce it can possibly be, and that requires some innovative thinking and thinking beyond what was prescribed in the Charter from 1951," said Rebecca Rhynhart, named to the newly created chief administrative officer position.
NEWS
February 7, 2016
DEAR ABBY: Every December, my wife virtually buries our home in Christmas decorations. It's not just the tree and stockings in the living room; she's not happy until there are Christmas towels and Christmas soap in the bathroom and another tree and knicky-knacky stuff downstairs. Not even a doorknob is safe from decoration. It drives me nuts; I feel so claustrophobic. I bump into these decorations everywhere I turn. I was raised differently, more simply. There was a tree in the living room and stockings hung from the mantel.
BUSINESS
December 27, 2015
Business: Investment, management consulting. Where: Center City. Leadership: Karsan's title is grand poobah. Companies: 19 firms in human resources, hospitality, technology, energy, apparel. Typical investment: $500,000 to $1 million from a $30 million pot. What else: Karsan has separate stakes in 50 firms.
NEWS
December 23, 2015
Ozell Sutton, 90, a longtime civil rights activist who was associated with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., has died, his daughter said Sunday. Alta Sutton told the Associated Press that her father died at St. Joseph Hospital in Atlanta on Saturday. She said the family had celebrated his birthday nearly a week ago. Mr. Sutton marched for equal rights alongside King in Selma, Ala., in 1965 and was present at the Memphis hotel where King was assassinated in 1968. In 2012, Mr. Sutton earned a Congressional Gold Medal as one of the first African Americans to serve in the Marine Corps.
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November 25, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney's latest wave of announcements mean that his administration's top people on money matters will bring plenty of experience with Philadelphia's finances, in good times and bad. Kenney said Monday that he will retain Rob Dubow as chief financial officer, and put budget director Rebecca Rhynhart in a new post in charge of overseeing procurement, information technology, and human resources. Kenney also said that Sheila Hess, director of foundation and community affairs for Independence Blue Cross, will serve as city representative, and Harold T. Epps, vice chairman of the regional company PRWT Services, will be his commerce director.
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