NEW GM: Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort has chosen industry veteran Chris Kern to take over as general manager, effective immediately.
Kern has served as assistant general manager and vice president of marketing at the West Virginia casino since June.
"Chris' vast experience in the casino industry during the past 16 years has been an asset to Mountaineer," said Joe Billhimer, executive vice president and chief operating officer of parent company MTR Gaming Group. "The skills he brings to the position of general manager will be beneficial to Mountaineer in the competitive regional gaming marketplace."
Kern joined Mountaineer after four years as vice president of marketing at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Biloxi, Miss., where he was responsible for a variety of rebranding and operational improvement initiatives. Prior to 2007, he was director of marketing at Boomtown Casino and director of casino marketing of IP Hotel and Casino, both in Biloxi. His casino experience goes back to 1995 in the Mississippi casino markets for Caesar's Mid-South Region and Grand Casino Gulfport.
Kern graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor of science in Hospitality Management.
APPOINTED: Brea Hosenfeld has been hired as the manager of the Toronto Branch of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County.
She assumed her new duties in late December and is quickly getting to know library customers, although she isn't new to the gem city nor to the branch library. Hosenfled was a teacher at St. Francis in Toronto for three years before the school closed its doors in June 2010.
Joining the staff at the main library is Jaime Trifonoff, who has been named children's coordinator. She has been employed by the library for 14 years. She will implement activities for children and family movie nights.
APPOINTED: Melissa Hassan, MSN, RN, has been appointed director of the Trinity Health System School of Nursing.
An alumna of the Ohio Valley School of Nursing, Hassan received her master of science degree from Carlow College in Pittsburgh. She also has received awards at the undergraduate and graduate levels of education for her leadership qualities.
She has more than 26 years of health care experience in nursing education.
Hassan lives in Wintersville with her husband and daughter.
RULING: Employers can no longer require workers to sign arbitration agreements that prevent them from pursuing group claims in court.
The National Labor Relations Board ruled earlier this week that agreements that require workers to pursue class action claims exclusively with an arbitrator unlawfully bar activity protected under the National Labor Relations Act.
In a release issued Friday, the board emphasized the Jan. 3 ruling does not require employees to seek relief through class arbitration as long as the employment agreement allows workers to pursue group claims in court.
From staff and wire reports