CVBA Announces Awards Honoring Young Professionals

This evening the Cumberland Valley Business Alliance hosted the 2022 Young Professional Awards at Green Grove Gardens in Greencastle.

There were several different categories of awards, including Nonprofit Young Professional of the Year, Educator of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, ATHENA Young Professional Award, Rising Star Award, Volunteer of the Year, and Young Professional Employer of the Year.

Awards were presented by Steve Christian, CVBA President, and Debby Cunningham, G-ACC Executive Director. Several area businesses sponsored this event, highlighting these professionals’ achievements, including WellSpan, Keystone Health, Boyer and Ritter, Shafer Equipment Company, and others.

Finalists and Award Winners

In the Nonprofit Young Professional category, the finalists were: Jessica Brindle (Boys & Girls Club of Chambersburg and Shippensburg) and Jessica Vizecky (Eve’s Victory). Winning the award was Leigh Elliott from South Central Community Action Programs.

In the category for Educator of the Year, the finalists were: Emily Trace (Greencastle-Antrim School District) and Sarah Yassine (Chambersburg Area School District). The winner was Matthew Wedd of The Conococheague Institute).

For Entrepreneur of the Year, Antonio Cucuzza (Avocado Cafe) and Samantha Ecke (Milk Bath) were the finalists with Matt Baer of First Due Lawncare and Landscapes being selected as the winner.

For the ATHENA Young Professional Award, Jessica Brindle (Boys & Girls Club of Chambersburg and Shippensburg) and Monica Diehl (Keystone Health) were finalists. Samantha Ecke from Milk Bath in Downtown Chambersburg was selected as the winner.

The Rising Star award recognized Charles “Chaz” Timmons (PDM Insurance Agency) and Heather Hockenberry (Hockenberry Management Consulting) as finalists in the category. Nate Milgrim of Ledo Pizza in Chambersburg was selected as the winner for Rising Star.

For the Volunteer of the Year Award, Cierra Neil, CPA (Boyer and Ritter) and Kacie Meyers (Floor Trader Outlet of Chambersburg) were honored as finalists. Morgan Engel of Shafer Equipment Company was selected as the winner of this distinction.

Rodney B. Smith Plumbing was the winner of the Young Professional Employer of the Year award, with Boys & Girls Club of Chambersburg and Shippensburg being recognized as a finalist.

Publisher Remarks

We at the Franklin County Free Press congratulate all the winners and the finalists for their contributions to the community and their profession. May you continue to do the noble work that you have done to be recognized at the event this evening. You are all part of what makes Franklin County a great place to live and work.


Kimberly Ann Zimmerman 1960~2023

Kim was always a very outgoing person who loved the outdoors and spending time at her campsite she enjoyed life to the fullest and had an overabundance of friends.

Linda K Ditzler obituary 1953~2023

Linda was a counselor at TruNorth Counseling Services. She also was employed at Wilderness Lodge Leather’s & Hat Shop and The Horse You Rode In On.

John J Durkan obituary 1939~2023

Born in Brooklyn, New York on July 3, 1939, John will be remembered as a man of great faith, unwavering integrity and endless generosity.