Ethics Institute to honor Joseph and Patrice Persico

Joseph and Patrice Persico.
August 31, 2009

The Ethics Institute of Northeastern Pennsylvania at Misericordia University will present Attorney Joseph L. and Ms. Patrice Persico of Shavertown, Pa., with the Sister Siena Finley Ethics Award during the 18th annual Ethics Institute Dinner at the Woodlands Inn and Resort, Plains Township, on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m.

The institute has bestowed the annual award to a person or organization that has demonstrated exemplary ethical behavior in their personal, civic and/or professional life. The theme of this year’s dinner is ethical professionalism and servant leadership.

Attorney Persico is a managing partner at Rosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald, L.L.P. in Wilkes-Barre and is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and Luzerne County Bar Association. Ms. Persico is the director of the Family Business Forum at King’s College and a former member and past president of the board of directors of the Ethics Institute of NEPA at Misericordia University.

“Beyond his professional commitment, Attorney Persico has devoted time to numerous community boards and organizations,’’ said Charles Zola, Ph.D., executive director of the Ethics Institute of NEPA at Misericordia University. “Ms. Persico has distinguished herself by being involved with a number of community service organizations. Together, through their actions and involvement, they represent the ideals the institute wishes to highlight and honor.’’

Attorney Persico received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law after receiving his undergraduate degree from Villanova University. He has served as president of the Luzerne County Bar Association, been chairperson of the Bar/Press Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and has served as a member of the House of Delegates of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

He has served on numerous community and civic organization boards, including the board of directors of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Industrial Fund and the Economic Development Council of NEPA. Attorney Persico has also been chairperson of Leadership Wilkes-Barre and served as president of the Fine Arts Fiesta in downtown Wilkes-Barre. He is currently the chairperson of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA Board of Trustees, and is a member of the board of directors for The Luzerne Foundation and the advisory board of Penn State Wilkes-Barre.

Attorney Persico’s community mindedness has been recognized by many people and organizations. Among his many civic awards are the Wilkes-Barre Jaycees Man of the Year, the Achievement Award from the Young Lawyers’ Division of the Luzerne County Bar Association, the Distinguished Service Award from the Leadership Wilkes-Barre Alumni Association and the Distinguished Leadership Award from the National Association for Community Leadership.

Ms. Persico has also served the greater community in many capacities. She was the president of the board of directors for the Greater Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA and Luzerne County Legal Auxiliary. Ms. Persico also was on the Child Development Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania board and was a member and officer for the Victims Resource Center board of directors.

She is currently the chairperson of the board of advisors for the Wyoming Valley Health Care System and a member of the board of rectors of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce and Maternal & Family Health Services. Ms. Persico is also the chairperson of the Regional Advisory Committee for The Commonwealth Medical College. Among national organizations, she is a member of the Family Firm Institute, the Family Business Alliance and the League of Women Voters.

“It is not how many organizations the couple has been involved with, but rather how they have served these organizations that merits their recognition by the Ethics Institute,’’ Dr. Zola said. “These local citizens remind Northeastern Pennsylvania that a true, ethical leader is one who recognizes the needs of the community and puts the community before their own needs. Patrice and Joseph Persico’s tireless efforts to create a better community inspire us to follow their example of ethical servant leadership.’’

Past recipients of the award include the Migrant Education Program of Hazleton and Scranton, the Commission on Economic Opportunity, retired state Sen. Charles Lemmond, Michael Insalaco and Sandy Insalaco Sr., Children’s Service Center, Rev. Thomas J. O’Hara, CSC, St. Joseph’s Center, Harold and Sallyanne Rosenn, Habitat for Humanity, Thomas Pugh, Sister Adrian Barrett, IHM, and Sister Lucille Brislin, RSM, Buddy Rothstein, Tom Bigler, Sister Siena Finley, RSM, and Allan Kluger.

The Ethics Institute of NEPA at Misericordia University was established in 1987 by Sister Siena Finley, RSM, and a group of community professionals and leaders from the Wyoming Valley who wished to foster more dialogue on ethical issues affecting the region. It is an institute directed by 15 regional leaders and educators who are committed to the discussion of ethical issues both theoretical and practical. The institute encourages responsible ethical action through informed rational deliberation and it facilitates the process in the academic community as well as in the community at large through special workshops and forums.

Tickets for the dinner are $40 per person and can be purchased by calling (570) 674-6201. Monies raised from the dinner help to support Ethics Institute programming.

Ethics Institute of NEPA at Misericordia University board members are Howard Grossman, executive director, Jewish Family Service; Kim Koehl, Leadership Wilkes-Barre; Kristine Pruett, director of operations, graduate education, Wilkes University; Rosemary Sigmond, liaison, Board of Trustees, Misericordia University; Robert Yanoshak, M.D., Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center; attorney Joseph Cosgrove, Margarita Rose, Ph.D., professor of economics, King’s College; Gary Mrozinski, dean of business and technologies, Luzerne County Community College; Susan Levinson, board member, Diversity Institute at Misericordia University and Inter-Faith Council; Sally McGuire, director, Continuing Education at Penn State Hazleton and Dr. Zola, Misericordia University.

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