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Newsmakers for December 5

Fleetwood Bank

Curin Romich recently joined Fleetwood Bank as vice president of business development and cash management. Romich joins the company with more than 23 years in the banking industry, 12 of which she spent in supervisory roles and nine of which she spent as a bank officer. She has served as a branch manager for a location with more than $50 million in deposits and obtaining over $3 million in retail loans in just six months’ time.

Curin Romich (Photo Courtesy Fleetwood Bank)
Curin Romich (Photo Courtesy Fleetwood Bank)

A graduate of Oley Valley High School and Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Romich’s dedication and loyalty to the Berks County community is evident in the numerous voluntary leadership roles she holds. Currently, she is involved with the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce and the TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce, is serving as a committee member of the Animal Rescue League’s upcoming Festival of Trees event for the third year in a row, and is co-chairing the Auction Committee for Safe Berks’ upcoming Celebration of Peace event in February.

Romich has sat on the board of the Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce since November 2022 and serves as committee chairwoman for new members, meeting with them to discuss all of the benefits they receive as part of the chamber. She has also helped facilitate women only networking events for chamber members, and she further strengthens her support of women in business through being actively engaged with Alvernia University’s Women’s Council and Berks Women in Motion. She most recently joined the board of The Greater Reading Mental Health Alliance in October.

Romich’s commitment to her high school alma mater is apparent through her serving as board vice president of the Oley Valley Community Library since 2018, being an active member of the Oley Valley Business Association since 2017, and serving as a committee member of the Oley Valley Athletic Hall of Fame since August 2023. She has been the treasurer of the Friends of the Exeter Township Police Department, where she currently resides, since 2022.

MG Architects

MG Architects has announced that Jamie N. Snitzer, Assoc. AIA, Design Technician and Pennsylvania architecture licensure candidate, has been awarded a Paula Maynes ARE Grant for dedication to the profession and her community.

Jamie N. Snitzer
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Jamie N. Snitzer

Since 2015, the grant has recognized outstanding architectural graduates pursuing licensure and their contributions to the architecture profession and their communities. The grant celebrates the late Paula Maynes, AIA, whose legacy of mentorship and service to the profession left an indelible impact on the AIA community.

Snitzer is a presenter for the Sisters in STEM program at the Reading Science Center and regularly presents a customized Women in Design program she created for local school districts. In addition, Snitzer is a guest critic for architecture students going through the program at her Alma Mater. She recently purchased her first home in the Schuylkill Haven area, where she is utilizing her construction skill set performing home renovations.

Snitzer earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Marywood University in 2015. Snitzer brings nearly a decade of architectural experience to the firm, utilizing her solid understanding of designing and detailing commercial architecture to assist the team in bringing a design from initial planning and schematics through construction documentation and construction.

This year, the grant recognizes three dedicated, passionate emerging professionals with funding to sit to test for three divisions of the ARE — a $705 testing fee and $100 for study materials. The traditional path to becoming an architect in Pennsylvania is three-fold requiring education (Bachelor or Master of Architecture from a National Architectural Accrediting Board architecture program), 3,740 hours of experience (AXP – Architectural Experience Program), and a six-part examination (ARE – Architect Registration Examination).


Saxton & Stump

Teresa Ellington has joined the firm of Saxton & Stump as marketing manager. Ellington will work out of the firm’s Lancaster office and manage the external and internal marketing efforts of the firm. She has more than 10 years of experience as a professional marketer, working in progressing roles at an international manufacturer.

Teresa Ellington (Photo Courtesy Saxton & Stump)
Teresa Ellington (Photo Courtesy Saxton & Stump)

Ellington has experience in project management, website design, digital marketing and digital design. She previously worked for an international manufacturer for more than a decade in various, progressing roles within the marketing department, starting as an online marketing specialist, and rising to the company’s digital design manager. She received her associate degree in website development from the Reading Area Community College and has a bachelor’s degree from Philadelphia University.

The Saxton & Stump Marketing Department supports the attorneys and professions of the firm and its seven affiliate companies in business development, external publications, social media, website publication, event planning, sponsorships and more.

Barley Snyder

Barley Snyder continues to grow and expand its group of attorneys, recently hiring two new associates — Brandon R. Griest and Edwin León. Both will be primarily based out of the firm’s Lancaster office.

Brandon R. Griest (Photo Courtesy Barley Snyder)
Brandon R. Griest (Photo Courtesy Barley Snyder)

Brandon R. Griest joins the firm’s Litigation Practice Group with extensive experience at the state and federal trial court level as well as the appellate court level. He is dedicated to achieving the best outcome for every client, regardless of the size or complexity of the claim. He frequently represents clients in contract disputes, ownership disputes, employment disputes, construction litigation, real estate disputes, and eviction and ejectment matters.

Prior to joining Barley Snyder, Griest worked at a law firm based in Williamsport, where he represented clients in various matters with a primary focus on commercial litigation. The Lancaster native is a graduate of the Dickinson School of Law, Dickinson College and Hempfield High School.

Edwin León (Photo Courtesy Barley Snyder)
Edwin León (Photo Courtesy Barley Snyder)

Edwin León is a member of Barley Snyder’s Business and Creditors’ Rights practice groups. He has extensive experience handling corporate restructuring and bankruptcy litigation matters, specifically advising clients in a variety of insolvency matters including out-of-court workouts, chapter 7 and chapter 11 filings, bankruptcy sales and purchases, claims filing, and bankruptcy litigation. He is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) which is considered the gold standard in anti-money laundering certifications. Prior to joining Barley Snyder, León worked for a boutique law firm in Wilmington, Del.

León earned his juris doctor degree from the Widener University Delaware Law School, his master’s degree from Boston University, and his bachelor’s degree from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. He also has a certificate in the Economics of Blockchain & Digital Assets from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Before practicing law, León served in the U.S. Marine Corps and as a Pennsylvania State Police Trooper.

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