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Emil Giordano joined Cohen, Feeley, Altemose and Rambo in Bethlehem Township, Northampton County, as a partner, where he will focus on personal injury; commercial litigation; wills, trusts and estates; and mediation and arbitration.

Giordano recently retired as judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Northampton County. Prior to his service on the bench, he was a lawyer in private practice, an assistant district attorney and public defender.

Wisler Pearlstine LLP based in Blue Bell and Newtown hired three business attorneys at its new Wisley Business and Entrepreneurship Center. The three formerly worked at Powell Trachtman. Michael G. Trachtman, who will head the center, has decades of experience representing businesses in issues that affect operations, growth and profitability. He serves as outside general counsel for an array of closely held companies and for more than a decade has been general counsel to the MidAtlantic Employers’ Association. David M. Burkholder, an experienced litigator, has represented owners, contractors, subcontractors and sureties in construction disputes involving multimillion dollar claims, among other issues. Mary J. Pedersen, a litigation attorney for more than 20 years, represented individuals and businesses in matters involving business dissolutions, partnership disputes, the defense of educational institutions, premises liability, the defense of employment practices claims and other commercial litigation matters.

PSECU based in Harrisburg hired Marcus Pereira of Moore Township as a business development manager, where he will serve Berks, Lehigh and Northampton counties. Pereira previously worked at Citizen Bank, TD Bank, ECI Business Solutions and Heartland Payment Systems.

Bellco Federal Credit Union based in Wyomissing hired Franko Padilla as retail branch manager in its Wyomissing branch, where he also will oversee operations at its Sinking Spring branch. Padilla, previously employed by Santander bank, has 15 years of experience.

Dr. Elizabeth E. Adams joined Good Shepherd Physician Group, where she is the primary pediatric hospitalist at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit in Bethlehem. Adams’ subspecialties include pediatric cardiology and adult congenital cardiology. She previously worked at Children’s Health Center in Nevada.

Dr. Ashkon Razavi joined Coordinated Health as a hand and wrist surgeon at the Bethlehem, Wind Gap and East Stroudsburg offices. Prior to joining CH, Razavi worked at Orthopedic Center of Illinois and Northern Virginia Orthopedic Specialists.

Pamela Cho was promoted to vice president of Early Learning Resource Centers at Community Services for Children in Allentown. Cho, who has been at CSC since 2008, most recently was director of child and family development. She has more than 25 years of experience in social work and management.

Barry Isett & Associates Inc. based in Upper Macungie Township hired three people. Clinton Newton II was hired as a senior project manager in the project management and construction services group. With nearly 20 years of experience in the architectural field, Newton has worked on numerous projects in the commercial, institutional, education and residential sectors. He previously worked at Spillman Farmer Architects and owned 3 Cubed Studio. David Backenstoes was hired as code specialist. He has 25 years of experience in code enforcement and previously worked for CodeMaster Inspection Services Inc. and South Whitehall Township. Todd Gerhart was hired as senior forensic engineer. A structural engineer for nearly 35 years, he recently worked in the power industry. He previously worked at B&W.

Muhlenberg College hired Lynn Tubman as athletic director. Tubman was most recently director of athletics and recreation at Chestnut Hill College and has worked at Philadelphia University, Drexel University, La Roche College and Penn State Mont Alto.

— WENDY SOLOMON

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