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 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 24th Annual Dinner:

Ruth's Place Woman's Shelter


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EMAIL: ethics@misericordia.edu


Diversity Camp attendees with members of the EI Board
Pictured above: Diversity Camp attendees with members of the Ethics Institute Board.


2015 Ethics Annual Dinner

2015 Ethics Annual Dinner

Sister Siena Finley, RSM Ethics Award to be presented to Rod Gereda
09-13-13

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The Ethics Institute of Northeastern Pennsylvania at Misericordia University will recognize Rodrigo “Rod'' Gereda, chief facilitator of the Interfaith Resource Center for Peace and Justice with the 2013 Sister Siena Finley, RSM Ethics Award at the 22nd annual Ethics Institute Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 24 at Misericordia University.

“Mr. Gereda has promoted peace and mutual understanding as a teacher and mediator,'' said Joseph Curran, Ph.D., executive director of the Ethics Institute at Misericordia University. “He has worked for peace and understanding in our community, transforming lives through his teaching and example.''
Gereda holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Houston and is in his third year as a candidate for a Master in Divinity. He is the chief mediation trainer for The Father James Doyle, CSC, Community Mediation Institute. A bi-lingual peer mediator, Gereda is committed to conflict resolution, service to building community through divorce mediation, and shared parenting and servant leadership skills.
He remains active by working to build communities of peace, working toward the common good and opening community dialogue to promote peace and social integration. The majority of his work is dedicated to the Peace Camp for Kids that is operated by the Peace and Justice Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Gereda is a life-long member of the Girl Scouts.
He and his wife, Kathy, are the parents of three daughters, Arisa Lucia, 19; Katarina Maria, 16, and Maria Lucia, 13.
Tickets for the dinner are $40 per person and can be purchased by calling (570) 674-6201.Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner following at 6:15 p.m. The money raised from the dinner and program help to support programming by the Ethics Institute.
Past recipients of the award include Michael J. Hanley, M.P.A., executive director of United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania, and Monsignor Joseph P. Kelly, M.S.W., V.E., executive director of Catholic Social Services and St. Francis of Assisi Soup Kitchen; Sisters Margaret Gannon, IHM, Ph.D., and Anne Paye, RSM, Ph.D.; “the People of Luzerne County who strive for an ethical community," the Migrant Education Program of Hazleton and Scranton, the Commission on Economic Opportunity, the late state Sen. Charles Lemmond, Michael Insalaco and Sandy Insalaco Sr., the 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 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.
Ethics Institute of NEPA at Misericordia University board members are Rev. Michael Bryant, pastor, Parish of St. John Newmann; Dr. Curran, associate professor of religious studies, Misericordia University; David Ehrensperger, electronic resources librarian, Luzerne County Community College; Sister Margaret Gannon, IHM, Marywood University; Kathleen Gelso, M.S.N., R.N., assistant professor of nursing, Misericordia University; Howard Grossman, HJG Associates; Sister Martha Hanlon, RSM, Ed.D., Board of Trustees, Misericordia University; Karen Holcomb, Wyoming Valley Health Care System; Rev. Dan Issing, C.S.C., King's College; Alejandra Marroquin, Hispanic Outreach coordinator, Catholic Social Services;Thomas M. Maheady, P.E., vice president, Borton-Lawson; Gary Mrozinski, Ed.D. dean of business and technologies, Luzerne County Community College; Kristine Pruett, director of operations, graduate education, Wilkes University, and Attorney Eileen A. Reilly.

For more information about the Ethics Institute, please contact Brenda Nowalis at (570) 674-1483 or e-mail her at bnowalis@misericordia.edu.

- See more at: http://www.misericordia.edu/news/news_full.cfm?new...
Sister Siena Finley, RSM Ethics Award to be presented to Rod Gereda
09-13-13

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The Ethics Institute of Northeastern Pennsylvania at Misericordia University will recognize Rodrigo “Rod'' Gereda, chief facilitator of the Interfaith Resource Center for Peace and Justice with the 2013 Sister Siena Finley, RSM Ethics Award at the 22nd annual Ethics Institute Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 24 at Misericordia University.

“Mr. Gereda has promoted peace and mutual understanding as a teacher and mediator,'' said Joseph Curran, Ph.D., executive director of the Ethics Institute at Misericordia University. “He has worked for peace and understanding in our community, transforming lives through his teaching and example.''
Gereda holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Houston and is in his third year as a candidate for a Master in Divinity. He is the chief mediation trainer for The Father James Doyle, CSC, Community Mediation Institute. A bi-lingual peer mediator, Gereda is committed to conflict resolution, service to building community through divorce mediation, and shared parenting and servant leadership skills.
He remains active by working to build communities of peace, working toward the common good and opening community dialogue to promote peace and social integration. The majority of his work is dedicated to the Peace Camp for Kids that is operated by the Peace and Justice Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Gereda is a life-long member of the Girl Scouts.
He and his wife, Kathy, are the parents of three daughters, Arisa Lucia, 19; Katarina Maria, 16, and Maria Lucia, 13.
Tickets for the dinner are $40 per person and can be purchased by calling (570) 674-6201.Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner following at 6:15 p.m. The money raised from the dinner and program help to support programming by the Ethics Institute.
Past recipients of the award include Michael J. Hanley, M.P.A., executive director of United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania, and Monsignor Joseph P. Kelly, M.S.W., V.E., executive director of Catholic Social Services and St. Francis of Assisi Soup Kitchen; Sisters Margaret Gannon, IHM, Ph.D., and Anne Paye, RSM, Ph.D.; “the People of Luzerne County who strive for an ethical community," the Migrant Education Program of Hazleton and Scranton, the Commission on Economic Opportunity, the late state Sen. Charles Lemmond, Michael Insalaco and Sandy Insalaco Sr., the 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 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.
Ethics Institute of NEPA at Misericordia University board members are Rev. Michael Bryant, pastor, Parish of St. John Newmann; Dr. Curran, associate professor of religious studies, Misericordia University; David Ehrensperger, electronic resources librarian, Luzerne County Community College; Sister Margaret Gannon, IHM, Marywood University; Kathleen Gelso, M.S.N., R.N., assistant professor of nursing, Misericordia University; Howard Grossman, HJG Associates; Sister Martha Hanlon, RSM, Ed.D., Board of Trustees, Misericordia University; Karen Holcomb, Wyoming Valley Health Care System; Rev. Dan Issing, C.S.C., King's College; Alejandra Marroquin, Hispanic Outreach coordinator, Catholic Social Services;Thomas M. Maheady, P.E., vice president, Borton-Lawson; Gary Mrozinski, Ed.D. dean of business and technologies, Luzerne County Community College; Kristine Pruett, director of operations, graduate education, Wilkes University, and Attorney Eileen A. Reilly.

For more information about the Ethics Institute, please contact Brenda Nowalis at (570) 674-1483 or e-mail her at bnowalis@misericordia.edu.

- See more at: http://www.misericordia.edu/news/news_full.cfm?new...
Sister Siena Finley, RSM Ethics Award to be presented to Rod Gereda
09-13-13

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The Ethics Institute of Northeastern Pennsylvania at Misericordia University will recognize Rodrigo “Rod'' Gereda, chief facilitator of the Interfaith Resource Center for Peace and Justice with the 2013 Sister Siena Finley, RSM Ethics Award at the 22nd annual Ethics Institute Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 24 at Misericordia University.

“Mr. Gereda has promoted peace and mutual understanding as a teacher and mediator,'' said Joseph Curran, Ph.D., executive director of the Ethics Institute at Misericordia University. “He has worked for peace and understanding in our community, transforming lives through his teaching and example.''
Gereda holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Houston and is in his third year as a candidate for a Master in Divinity. He is the chief mediation trainer for The Father James Doyle, CSC, Community Mediation Institute. A bi-lingual peer mediator, Gereda is committed to conflict resolution, service to building community through divorce mediation, and shared parenting and servant leadership skills.
He remains active by working to build communities of peace, working toward the common good and opening community dialogue to promote peace and social integration. The majority of his work is dedicated to the Peace Camp for Kids that is operated by the Peace and Justice Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Gereda is a life-long member of the Girl Scouts.
He and his wife, Kathy, are the parents of three daughters, Arisa Lucia, 19; Katarina Maria, 16, and Maria Lucia, 13.
Tickets for the dinner are $40 per person and can be purchased by calling (570) 674-6201.Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner following at 6:15 p.m. The money raised from the dinner and program help to support programming by the Ethics Institute.
Past recipients of the award include Michael J. Hanley, M.P.A., executive director of United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania, and Monsignor Joseph P. Kelly, M.S.W., V.E., executive director of Catholic Social Services and St. Francis of Assisi Soup Kitchen; Sisters Margaret Gannon, IHM, Ph.D., and Anne Paye, RSM, Ph.D.; “the People of Luzerne County who strive for an ethical community," the Migrant Education Program of Hazleton and Scranton, the Commission on Economic Opportunity, the late state Sen. Charles Lemmond, Michael Insalaco and Sandy Insalaco Sr., the 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 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.
Ethics Institute of NEPA at Misericordia University board members are Rev. Michael Bryant, pastor, Parish of St. John Newmann; Dr. Curran, associate professor of religious studies, Misericordia University; David Ehrensperger, electronic resources librarian, Luzerne County Community College; Sister Margaret Gannon, IHM, Marywood University; Kathleen Gelso, M.S.N., R.N., assistant professor of nursing, Misericordia University; Howard Grossman, HJG Associates; Sister Martha Hanlon, RSM, Ed.D., Board of Trustees, Misericordia University; Karen Holcomb, Wyoming Valley Health Care System; Rev. Dan Issing, C.S.C., King's College; Alejandra Marroquin, Hispanic Outreach coordinator, Catholic Social Services;Thomas M. Maheady, P.E., vice president, Borton-Lawson; Gary Mrozinski, Ed.D. dean of business and technologies, Luzerne County Community College; Kristine Pruett, director of operations, graduate education, Wilkes University, and Attorney Eileen A. Reilly.

For more information about the Ethics Institute, please contact Brenda Nowalis at (570) 674-1483 or e-mail her at bnowalis@misericordia.edu.

- See more at: http://www.misericordia.edu/news/news_full.cfm?new...

The Ethics Institute of Northeastern Pennsylvania at Misericordia University will recognize Rodrigo “Rod'' Gereda, chief facilitator of the Interfaith Resource Center for Peace and Justice with the 2013 Sister Siena Finley, RSM Ethics Award at the 22nd annual Ethics Institute Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 24 at Misericordia University.

“Mr. Gereda has promoted peace and mutual understanding as a teacher and mediator,'' said Joseph Curran, Ph.D., executive director of the Ethics Institute at Misericordia University. “He has worked for peace and understanding in our community, transforming lives through his teaching and example.''
- See more at: http://www.misericordia.edu/news/news_full.cfm?new...

Sister Siena Finley, RSM Ethics Award to be presented to Ruth's Place


Dear Friends of the Ethics Institute,


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 24th Annual Dinner:


Ruth’s Place Women’s Shelter – Wilkes Barre


This year the Ethics Institute honors an organization in our community that provides emergency shelter and services for homeless women. It is the only emergency shelter for homeless women in Luzerne County and has provided shelter and services for over 2,000 women since being founded in 2003. Ruth’s Place is dedicated to providing shelter and case management services for women experiencing homelessness while honoring the dignity of each guest. Using evidence-based practices, the program provides safe, temporary and short-term emergency shelter for women in Luzerne County who have no place else to go. Ruth’s Place coordinates and collaborates with other service providers and volunteers to address the basic physical, financial, health, and spiritual needs of its guests, trying to provide them with everything they need under one roof. The ultimate goal of Ruth’s Place is to help its guests find stable, long-term housing. Ruth’s Place is a faith-based program founded by the Methodist Urban Ministry in 2003. It operated as Ruth’s Place: House of Hope, Inc. from 2008 to 2013. In July of 2013, Ruth’s Place merged with Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania. Those who work at Ruth’s Place, and those who support their work represent the best that our community has to offer. Not only do they provide a place and necessary services to women who are homeless, but they treat those women respect, and honor their dignity as human beings. We are proud to recognize and support their work.


This year’s dinner will be held on Thursday, November 12th, 2015 in Insalaco Hall, Misericordia University. Cocktails will be served at 5:30 PM, followed by dinner at 6:15 PM. Formal invitations will be mailed. The cost of the dinner is $40. per person. If you would like to receive information about placing a congratulatory ad in the dinner program, please contact Brenda Nowalis at bnowalis@misericordia.edu or 570-674-1483. Monies raised from this program will help to support the programming of the Ethics Institute.


Thank you in advance for your generosity.


With sincere regards,

Joseph J. Curran, Ph.D. Kathleen Gelso, MSN, RN, CNE

Executive Director Ethics Institute Chair




Past recipients of the award include Christine Somers, Mr. Rodrigo "Rod" Gereda, Chief Facilitator of the Interfaith Peace and Justice Center in Wilkes-Barre, Michael J. Hanley, M.P.A., executive director of United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania, and Monsignor Joseph P. Kelly, M.S.W., V.E., executive director of Catholic Social Services and St. Francis of Assisi Soup Kitchen; Sisters Margaret Gannon, IHM, Ph.D., and Anne Paye, RSM, Ph.D.; “the People of Luzerne County who strive for an ethical community," the Migrant Education Program of Hazleton and Scranton, the Commission on Economic Opportunity, the late state Sen. Charles Lemmond, Michael Insalaco and Sandy Insalaco Sr., the 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 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.



For more information about the Ethics Institute, please contact Brenda Nowalis at (570) 674-6201 or e-mail her at bnowalis@misericordia.edu.

Previous Honorees 1994 - 2014

Previous Honorees 1994 - 2013

PAST RECIPIENTS OF ETHICS AWARD

1994 Allan Kluger

1995 Sister Siena Finley, RSM

1996 Tom Bigler

1997 Buddy Rothstein

1998 Sister Adrian Barrett, IHM and Sister Lucille Brislin, RSM

1999 Thomas Pugh

2000 Habitat for Humanity

2001 Harold and Sallyanne Rosenn

2002 St. Joseph's Center

2003 Rev. Thomas J. O'Hara, CSC

2004 Children's Service Center

2005 Michael Insalaco and Sandy Insalaco, Sr.

2006 State Senator Charles D. Lemmond

2007 The Board and Staff of the Commission on Economic Opportunity

2008 The Migrant Education Program of Hazleton and Scranton

2009 Patrice and Joseph Persico

2010 The People of Luzerne County Who Strive for an Ethical Community

2011 Sr. Margaret Gannon, IHM, Ph.D. and Sr. Anne Paye, RSM, Ph.D.

2012 Mr. Michael J. Hanley, M.P.A. and Msgr. Joseph P. Kelly, M.S.W., V.E.

2013 Mr. Rodrigo "Rod" Gereda

2014 Christine Somers, M.S.W., D. Min.

Other programs sponsored by Ethics Institute

Other programs sponsored by Ethics Institute

Additional Programming by the Ethics Institute have included:

Geisinger Health System in conjunction with the Geisinger Ethics Committee and support from The Ethics Institute of NEPA at Misericordia University, Presented:

"Social Media in Health Care: Ethical Challenges and Clinical Possibilities", October 4, 2013, at Luzerne County Community College, Nanticoke, PA.

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Geisinger Health System in conjunction with the Geisinger Ethics Committee and The Ethics Institute of NEPA at Misericordia University, Presented:

"Ethical Issues in Healthcare: Bridging the Cultural Divide", October 2, 2011, at Luzerne County Community College, Nanticoke, PA.

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"Ethical Perspectives on Elder Care" that was held on April 26th, 2007, at Luzerne County Community College's Educational Conference Center.

Twelve informative lectures on a wide spectrum of topics were presented by experts in geriatric care.

Lecturers' topics included dementia, elder abuse, cultural diversity, technology, spiritual care, moral dilemmas and legal issues that arise in the care of the elderly.


The Geisinger Health System and the Ethics Institute of Northeastern PA at Misericordia University, Presented:

"Choices at the End of Life: Facing Medical & Ethical Dilemmas", April 27th, 2006, at East Mountain Inn, Wilkes Barre, PA.


Jane Randel, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Liz Claiborne, Inc., presented the program, "Is there a Role for Business in Addressing Domestic Violence?", November 9th, 2005.

Randel who is director of Liz Claiborne's award-winning, cause marketing program aimed at generating awareness, educating the public, and preventing violence against women.

Jane Randel spoke on how employers have unique opportunities to provide tools, assistance, and resources to employees to prevent and remedy situations causing emotional and physical violence in the home.

Ethics Institute Board Members

Ethics Institute Board Members

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 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.

Ethics Institute of NEPA at Misericordia University board members

Dr. James Calderone

Sr. Carol Gallagher, R.S.M.

Mr. Joseph DeVizia

Ms. Kathleen Gelso

Mr. Howard Grossman

Ms. Karen Holcomb

Rabbi Roger Lerner

Ms. Alejandra Marroquin

Mr. Rick Miller

Dr. Gary Mrozinski

Mrs. Barbara Quinn

Atty. Eileen Reilly

Dr. Paul Reinert

Mr. Rodrigo Gereda

Associate Board Members

Ms. Rita Boyle

Reb. Michael Bryant

Dr. Mahmoud Fahmy

Mr. William Jones

Ms. Elly Miller

Dr. Henry Nardone

Ms. Kristine Pruett

Dr. Margarita Rose

Dr. Charles Zola

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