Johnstown Magazine is on a search for men and women who are beautiful inside and out. The nominations are in, and it's time to vote for your favorites to appear in Johnstown Magazine. Read through the contestants, choose up to 10 picks, and head to the bottom of this page to submit your vote.
Barbara Willett has done much with her young life – she's been a chef on a television program, hostess at the Polynesian in Walt Disney World, worked at Churchill Downs and Martha's Vineyard, studied in Germany, and has earned several advanced degrees – yet she remains a Johnstown girl at heart and still cares about others. She has worked with the Big Brother, Big Sister program and has been a volunteer at Sandyvale Memorial Gardens. Truly she is a beautiful girl – inside and out.
“My daughter, Bronwen Rievel, models and is a big promoter for Wildin’ Clothing Company, a clothing website which donates a profit of its sales to helping wildlife,” says Terri Rievel. “Bronwen is always looking for new opportunities and ways to better herself and the people around her. She has such a genuine heart and is always looking out for her peers. She is truly a beautiful person on the inside and out.”
“Dan Blake is the definition of a beautiful person inside and out,” writes Jessica Bent. “He is the most patient, kind-hearted, loving person I have ever met. He is my fiancee of 9 years and the greatest father any man could be. He will give without expecting and does so without hesitation. “Danny has been through so much in the past 9 years and yet still goes to work, takes care of business, loves his family unconditionally and does it all with a big smile on his face. “Not a day goes by that he doesn't talk about how we, as a whole, can help make not just Johnstown but the world a better place.”
“Donna Christopher is an amazing soul,” writes Sheri Dowden. “She constantly gives to others, promotes community involvement and exemplifies that every day as she works to beautify communities, especially Johnstown. Donna participates in many organizations and volunteers her time all while owning a business and raising two amazing children. There are not adequate words to describe her sweet, genuine, selfless and caring attributes. Whether she wins or not, those who are lucky enough to know Donna, will continue to be blessed.”
Edwin C. Kesslak is attending University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown on several academic scholarships. He studied for and received his PA state license in real estate at the age of 18. He works with real estate customers while attending college full time. He is involved in several clubs at college and a member of two honorary academic fraternities. He was a research assistant for the marketing professors at Pitt-Johnstown working with Vision 2025. At times, he helps out at his family’s business. At home, he loves to cook and probably does about 60 percent of the family cooking. In addition, he volunteers as a lector and hospitality minister at Our Mother of Sorrows Church.
“Eric Striker is a wonderful young man,” writes Aaron Sandak. “He is a fine father of five! His dedication to work his kids and community is something I myself strive to achieve. Eric just has something 'special' about him that makes him Johnstown beautiful!”
“Holly Repko is beautiful both inside and out,” writes Patricia Waltimire. “She works full time for a non-profit organization, AUCP. In addition to her job, she is the mother of a rambunctious 3-year-old boy. Despite the busyness of all that … she donates her time to coordinate and work at fundraisers that provide the funding to help the clients with disabilities so they may enjoy activities they would otherwise be unable to participate in such as bowling and other outings.”
Jeanne & Buzz Lehman
Jeanne & Buzz Lehman are the most adorable couple who have been married for over 50 years. They devote countless hours to community volunteer projects including the Hurricane Harvey Relief Drive. They are also the smiling faces you see when you are seeking area information at the Welcome Center,” said a coworker at the center.
“Kamran Shayesteh is not only a handsome man he has a beautiful spirit. His patients and co-workers love him. He is a talented plastic surgeon and a loving family man. Johnstown is so lucky to have him,”
“Katie is one of the most beautiful people I know both inside and out. She is a natural beauty and shines every day,” write Jonathan Rutledge about his wife. “She is a dedicated teacher at Conemaugh Valley High School, a swim coach for Westmont Hilltop High School and a ccd teacher at OMOS. Her beautiful red hair and freckles make her recognizable everywhere. She’s just a really beautiful person.”
Laiken Eckenrod, 25, is described as hardworking, caring, understanding, and accepting. “She continues to educate herself and achieve her goals she sets out,” writes Barry Kistler. “She is completely compassionate with her career in the mental health field. She has this honest deep compassion for individuals and connects with each of them on a deep level. But she is quick to stand up for individuals with mental health and intellectual disabilities. Born and raised in Johnstown, she is a constant supporter of the good Johnstown she has grown to love. With her father and grandfather working in the steel mill, she understand the roots of Johnstown. She would be someone many people can connect with.”
Lauren Ann Weaver
Lauren Ann Weaver is from Windber and attends Bishop McCort High School where she is a senior. Lauren works as a consultant and sales representative for The Bridal Suite and Pageant Boutique of Johnstown and spends so of much of her free time volunteering at her local hospital, her local parish, soup kitchen, numerous school and community related activities. Lauren has attended mission trips and her love for photography has led her to be both the photographer and editor of her high school yearbook. After overcoming her struggle with an eating disorder, Lauren is now a healthy athlete who wishes to model a healthy lifestyle for other young women. Lauren was Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA 2017. She is an energetic, warm and goal-oriented young lady.
Michael is a member of the Vision2025 Greenspace and Trails capture team. He developed a plan that would rehabilitate the Incline Plane trails as well as build additional trails. The plan also calls for revitalization of the James Wolfe sculpture area. On any given Saturday morning, even in below zero weather, he can be found working on the trails. Michael is also involved with the Benscreek Canoe Club, Highland Park Recreation, and First Waves.“His love and dedication to the Johnstown are is unshakable,” writes Kim Dorin.
“Morgan Dugan will my wife of 10 years in July. She is a 1st-grade teacher in the GJSD. She is kind, caring and one of the most loving people I know. She has two beautiful boys, Mason (7) and Carson (5). As corny as it sounds, she is truly as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside,” writes her husband, Adam Dugan.
“I feel that Beth Thomas is one of the most beautiful people I've had the honor to know and to work alongside for the past 10 years,” writes Wendy Pierce. “A few years ago, Beth was diagnosed with Stage IV Breast Cancer. She has fought a brave battle with the disease, loosing her hair, her strength, but never loosing her faith that she could fight this horrible disease. “Her hair has grown back, and with her type of cancer she will never be free of cancer. She exemplifies, beauty, courage and hope for those of us around her that have stood beside her as she fought this fight! “She is the mother of two amazing daughter, Shaelynn and Lariah, as well as her life partner, Jimmy, the father of her daughters. Through all this, Beth always remained positive for her family and those around her.”
“Rosemary Brant has a very kind and caring nature,” says Lori Knox. “She is full of life, and assists anyone in need. As director of social service at Chan Soon Shiong Medical Center, Rosemary is known throughout the county as an expert in her field, a true beacon of light to those patients and families she assists on a daily basis. She is well respected among her colleagues. But it goes beyond her work arena, she is funny, bright and knows the meaning of true friendship. She has great advice when asked; and is only a phone call away if needed.“Rosemary is a loving daughter to her over 90-year-old mother, caring for her as needed. Rosemary and her mother, Audrey, (a retired RN), are both attractive in appearance with bright smiles. They emit an aura of peace and welcoming to all who meet them.“To paraphrase an old song: 'Love grows wherever Rosemary goes.'”
Zach Hanley & Marissa Erminio
“I think Zach Hanley and Marissa Erminio would be a great addition to the most beautiful people section of the magazine,” writes Pam Hanley. “Marissa has just graduated from UPJ with a degree in Physical Therapy and will be continuing on to graduate school in July/Aug of this year. She was a star volleyball player at UPJ as well. Zach works for Cumberland Truck Parts and is also into physical fitness. They have been dating for approximately one year.”
Caylee Eshelman is an 18-year-old senior at Penns Manor High School who is planning to attend Mount Aloysius College for nursing in the fall of 2018. “The oldest of five siblings, Caylee works very hard at school to keep on honor roll and high honors,” writes Jennifer Nelson. “She helps out at home with having a big family, and she also has a job that she works at part time taking care of animals. She is very loving, caring, and sharing. She is definitely beautiful inside and out! She is a great example for her younger siblings. She is very excited to start a career in nursing and help others.”
“Sherri Rae wasn’t born and raised in Johnstown but since moving here many years ago to work at UPJ she has been a constant advocate for the area,” writes Megan Livingston. “She is more committed and involved in the region than some people who have been here their whole lives. Sherri is passionate about empowering women, working with youth and young adults, giving to those in need and helping others succeed. Her commitment and contributions are endless. She helps so many, this list could go on and on. A beautiful heart, a beautiful soul, a beautiful person inside and out!”
“Jayne Korenoski is a wonderful person, a dedicated grandmother who loves following her successful grandchildren in their sports and extracurricular activities,” writes Tim Burns. “More importantly, she is a strong advocate for the City of Johnstown, serving as marketing director of the Johnstown Convention and Visitors Bureau where she spearheads events like Thunder in the Valley and PolkaFest; she even played an instrumental part in leading the Johnstown relief efforts with her son, Aaron, in helping organize seven 18-wheeler big rigs for supplies for Houston. Lastly, as a board member of the Cambria County Humane Society, she was instrumental in creating the shelter's quality of life program for its animals.”
“Stefanie Murphy is truly one of the kindest and most giving people I know,” writes Megan Livingston. “She has a heart of gold. If you need a volunteer she is there and, as a friend, she will offer up anything she can to help you out. She’s just truly a giving and compassionate person. One of her loves is fostering and rescuing dogs. The amount of dogs she has taken in and in turn helped find homes for is amazing. She is an active UPJ alum and an alum advisor for her sorority. She has been a dedicated volunteer to the Cinderella Project for many years as well as YPA, VE Ericson, Richland Elementary, Alzheimer’s Foundation, and Boy Scouts. As a single mom who works full time, and has a side business, she is quite busy but that never stops her from giving and helping others.”
Dr. Elaine Confer
“Dr. Elaine Confer is a beautiful woman inside and out,” writes Laurel Pediatric employees. “She has the most caring and generous heart. She goes above and beyond to care for not only her patients but her staff as well. She is a kind hearted woman and we are so blessed to have such a wonderful boss like her! She is one of a kind in pediatrics.”
Kristen McQuillan, a nurse, has a Facebook page called “Dear Daughters. love Your Biggest Fan” that has almost 5,000 followers. Posting include inspirational messages for her two daughters about life and being the best you can be. The messages really can apply to everyone. Kristen recently collected toiletries and other items to donate to Women's Help Center. She also collected coats which she donated to a local church.
"As a working Mom of four who is involved in the community and runs a business, Jill continues to inspire me" writes Megan Livingston. "Jill was one of the four, founding members of YPA and continued to be involved to this day. She has been a committee member and volunteer for organizations such as the Cinderella Project, Lift Johnstown, Leukemia & Lymphoma Light the Night, VE Erickson and more. She also is the wife of an active duty military man, which means that she does all that she does while he is deployed. Jill and her husband also own and operate Coal Tubin and the continue to be invested in the recreational and environmental amenities in our region. For these reasons and many more, Jill is truly one of Johnstown’s Most Beautiful People."
“I would like to nominate my daughter, Jackie Bender,” writes Karen Bender. “Jackie is a licensed social worker and has a full-time position coaching/counseling veterans across our nation. She has been a wonderful asset to her company in providing veterans with much-needed coaching for health and wellness issues. She has gone above and beyond in ways of assisting veterans to obtain food and housing. She became a Beachbody coach just a few years ago and has accomplished many level goals in assisting others … and has helped many people achieve weight loss goals and healthy eating lifestyles. She loves helping others and she has a drive like no one I've ever seen.”
“I realize that their are a lot of mothers who strive to do their very best for their children,” writes Eric Kabler. “They work extremely hard and sacrifice so much to provide for their little ones. My wife, Jodi, is just that, and more. And in the midst of being a 'mother,' she gives so much and sacrifices for others too. She is actively involved in our church (a very supportive wife of a pastor). She gives and supports many of the non-profit organizations in our area. However, I'm most proud of her as a 'mother.' We have four kids, and she is pregnant now. She probably will decline if chosen, only because she is pregnant and would feel that she isn't her prettiest, but she so gorgeous on the inside . . . .and that's why I'm nominating her.”