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9:35am EDT May 24, 2005
Ralph Papa, president of the Western Region of Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania, has joined the board of trustees of St. Barnabas Health System.

Papa has been president of the Western Region of Citizens Bank since 2001, where he manages all aspects of the bank's commercial banking and government and community relations in the region.

"Mr. Papa is an avid supporter of St. Barnabas through his business and personal interests, and we feel fortunate to now be able to call upon his expertise as a member of our board of trustees," says William V. Day, president and CEO of St. Barnabas Health System and secretary of its board of trustees.

St. Barnabas Health System serves approximately 700 inpatients and residents. It also serves 35,000 outpatients and home care clients.

Papa holds a bachelor's degree in social science/psychology from Penn State University, and helped lead the committee that raised more than $20 million in private funds to build the Bryce Jordan Center at the university. He also earned a master's degree from the Stonier Graduate School of Business at Rutgers University.

Papa serves on the boards of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Family House, Penn State McKeesport and the Urban League of Pittsburgh.


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Greg Swan joined SRI Quality System Registrar as president and chief operating officer. SRI Quality System Registrar is a management system registrar that provides training, audits and certification of quality, environmental, health and safety, and responsible care management systems.


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Tod R. Arbutina, a partner with accounting and financial planning firm Cottrill Arbutina Professional Services, was elected to the board of directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Beaver County. He is based in the firm's offices in Pittsburgh and New Brighton.


Stephen Falatovich was name CEO of Plantscape Inc., a Pittsburgh company that provides grounds keeping and landscape management services, as well as interior plant maintenance services to corporate and business customers.


Gerard Thomchick, senior executive vice president and COO for First Commonwealth Financial Corp., has been elected to serve as a director on the board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh.


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