Namedropper 1/27/2019

January 27, 2019 GMT

High notes

Patti and Bob Montalbano will be honored as the 2018 UNICANs of the Year by the Scranton Chapter of UNICO National.

Bob joined UNICO in 2004 and Patti became a member of the Scranton Chapter UNICO National Ladies Auxiliary in 2006 before joining the chapter proper in 2009.

Bob served on the board of directors for several years and received the chapter’s Presidential Award in 2015. Patti was instrumental in the reorganization of the Ladies Auxiliary in 2011-2012 and served for three consecutive years as president of the auxiliary. For her service, she received the Al Dante Award in 2012, which recognizes extraordinary volunteerism and service.

Bob organized cooking porketta for the Scranton UNICO stand at LaFesta Italiana and today still continues to enjoy cooking and slicing alongside a dedicated team. He also served as a presidential aide to Chris DiMattio, during his tenure as UNICO National president in 2010-11. Bob accompanied DiMattio to many UNICO National events throughout the year.

Bob and Patti co-chair the Scranton UNICO Friday Bake Sale at St. Joseph’s Center Summer Festival.

The Montalbanos, both born in Scranton and now residing in Dunmore, “have been a terrific volunteer team since they joined,” said Melanie Naro, chapter president.

“We are thrilled to honor them for their contributions,” added Mary Marrara, the Charity Ball chairwoman.

Patti, a St. Paul’s High School and Mercy Hospital School of Nursing graduate, had a lengthy nursing career before she retired as a state school health consultant, following 25 years of service.

Bob, a 1963 Dunmore High School graduate, served four years in the Air Force. He retired after 33 years from Emery Worldwide, where he was the mail/communications office supervisor and a member of the NE Postal customer council board.

Bob and Patti have a daughter, Lori Montalbano Nozzi, and her husband, Michael Nozzi, and are grandparents to a puppy, Lola.

The Montalbanos will be celebrated Saturday, Feb. 23, at Genetti’s Manor in Dickson City. The event is open to the public; reservations are required and can be made by contacting 570-499-1534 or Naro, DiMattio or any Scranton UNICO member.

Honor bestowed

Local Realtor Kathy Casarin will be recognized as the Penn State Worthington Scranton Alumni Society’s 2018 Alumna of the Year.

At Penn State Scranton, Casarin was a member of the women’s volleyball team and worked as a peer leader under the direction of Dr. Gail Keating while a student at Penn State Scranton. She interned at Mercy Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation and public relations departments, was a writer and contributor for Cub’s Roar, the campus student newspaper and a member of the Business Club and Film and Video Club.

Casarin continued her studies at Penn State University Park, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in health and human services with a business concentration.

Casarin, a full-time realtor at Dwell Real Estate, is a lifetime member of the Penn State Alumni Association, where she served twice as president. She has also held roles on various boards and committees, including as a Penn State Scranton Advisory Board member and Campaign Fund Committee member. She actively volunteers at numerous campus events and has served as chairwoman for the Penn State Scranton Alumni Society’s annual James D. Gallagher Golf Tournament.

Casarin, who was named one of the Top 25 Women in Business for 2018 by the Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal, holds the Certified Negotiation Expert Designation and has won various Realtor awards.

She also served on Greater Scranton Board of Realtors committees and volunteers her time to better her community with many local charitable organizations.

Casarin lives in Archbald with her husband, Matt, and has their children: Claudia, Lucy and Jack; her dog and four cats, one of which is named Nittany.

A reception in her honor will be held Thursday, Feb. 7, at Penn State Scranton’s K. Bruce Sherbine Lounge.

For details, contact the campus alumni office at 570-963-2537.