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Ethics Institute



        The Ethics Institute 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 institution 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 this process in the academic community as well as in the community at large through special workshops and forums. The institute also bestows the Sister Siena Finley Ethics Award upon a person or organization that has demonstrated exemplary ethical behavior in their personal, civic and/or professional life during its annual dinner.


The Ethics Institute of Northeastern Pennsylvania at Misericordia University is pleased to announce this year’s recipient of the Sister Siena Finley Award to be honored at its 22nd Annual Dinner:

Mr. Rodrigo “Rod” Gereda

This year the Ethics Institute honors a member of our community who has promoted peace and mutual understanding as a teacher and mediator.   As the Chief Facilitator of the Interfaith Peace and Justice Center in Wilkes-Barre, Rod provides training and coaching in conflict resolution and transformational leadership. Rod is also the Chief Mediation Trainer for The Father James Doyle, CSC, Community Mediation Institute, where he has lived out his commitment to building community through mediation and conflict resolution.   Through this work and his work with the Peace Camp for Kids, as well as many other initiatives, Rod has worked for peace and understanding in our community, transforming lives through his teaching and example. 

This year’s dinner will be held on Thursday, October 24, at the Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall on the campus of Misericordia University.