NEPA BlogCon 2017

You were all by our side at every step of the way. And now comes the time for us to take the next step in our journeys. This year’s NEPA BlogCon will be our last. See our full message here.

Thank you for making NEPA BlogCon one of the best experiences in our lives for the past six years. Thank you for making change possible in our region. Thank you – for everything.

2017 Presenters

Kathryn Bondi is currently a Digital Designer at Posture Interactive, a full-service advertising agency that focuses on website development. A Bethlehem, PA native, she graduated from Marywood University with her BFA in Graphic Design and and now spends time in the Marywood classroom as an adjunct instructor in the design department. Her previous background as a designer and Creative Director at Net Driven helped build up her love for the world of web design. Kathryn has also served on the board of directors for the American Advertising Federation of NEPA since 2011, and is currently Vice President of the board for 2016-2018. She also consults on the board of directors for the NEPA Design Collective. Kathryn has been involved as a speaker in several other conference events such as 2014 TEDxScranton and the 2016 TecBridge Entrepreneur Institute. In her “spare” creative time, she is involved with performances at the Diva Theater where she occasionally acts in a show or designs sets, and she creates light and branch sculptures/jewelry under her brand “BrokenTwig.” Kathryn is a lover of all things art and gladly supports being involved in community-driven events like NEPA Blogcon!

Meet the Speaker: Kathryn Bondi

Sam Chiarelli's writing focuses on science and natural history topics. His forthcoming book, Dig, explores humanity's fascination with dinosaurs and is scheduled for publication in 2018. Chiarelli earned a Creative Writing M.F.A. from Wilkes University and serves as the Vice Marketing Chair for HippoCamp: A Conference for Creative Nonfiction Writers. He blogs at

Meet the Speaker: Sam Chiarelli

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Kristin Elliott is a social media professional who manages the social and digital marketing efforts for REELZ Channel ( Prior to that, she spent several years working at the "Happiest Place on Earth" (Check your family photos. You never know, she may be in them). In her spare time, Kristin is a part-time radio show host and funnels her passion for craft beer into writing for The New Mexico Dark Side Brew Crew (

Meet the Speaker: Kristin Elliott

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Lew Hastings is the host of the Red Road Radio Show and founder of the Native Now Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization that began in 2013.

He has studied Native American culture for well over 25 years and majored in Anthropology/Archaeology at Rutgers University where Prehistoric Native American was his primary focus.

Lew has visited various tribal nations for over 40 years while living in New York, Texas, Colorado, Florida and Pennsylvania. In the late 1990's he moved to Sheridan Wyoming to be closer to the Crow Nation in Montana in order to more easily facilitate his research on the Little Bighorn Battle. He has family that lives on the Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Reservations and is working on a book recounting his journeys through Indian Country.

Lew is currently studying treaties and tribal rights and is the only International Board member for Okiciyapi Tipi, a non-profit corporation located on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in Eagle Butte, South Dakota.

Lew is a descendant of Sabael Benedict an Abenaki Indian who was born on the Penobscot, later residing with the Abenaquis of Canada and finally settled in upstate New York near Indian Lake.

Dan Kimbrough is an award-winning producer who brings over a decade of global media experience to Northeast Pennsylvania. Awarded with the Award of Distinction by the Videographer Awards twice, Gold Empixx Awards, and an Award of Merit by Accolade Awards, Dan currently serves on several division boards at the Broadcast Education Association.

He continues to shoot in locations as far as Jamaica and as close as NYC and Philadelphia. Dan has a love for storytelling and is consistently growing his skill set as technology and media distribution continue to evolve. From audio production and podcasting to the world of 360 videography and virtual reality, Dan continues to find new and immersive ways to tell stories.

When not overseeing projects for Park Multimedia, he studies and teaches all forms of media and presents nationally on social media strategy and diversity in media.

In his spare time, Dan co-runs the food blog Whiskey Bacon and serves in his favorite role, Luca’s Dad.

Meet the Speaker: Dan Kimbrough

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Jeannine Luby is a lifelong resident of Scranton, PA who believes in supporting and fostering the talent, beauty and progress of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

After working over 11 years in Marketing Communications at Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania communicating to members, groups, providers and the community about health-related initiatives, Jeannine decided to leave in 2010 and invest full time in her business Laugh to Live!, which she began in 2006.

Through Laugh to Live!, Jeannine promotes laughter and humor as life-enriching tools to help us manage stress, gain power over challenges and live well. Using motivational humor and rejuvenating laughter yoga exercises, Jeannine helps uplift individuals in a variety of organizations. She has also been performing stand-up and improv comedy for more than 15 years. Her self-published book, He’s Not Prince Charming When…,inspired her comedy tour of wineries that ran from 2011 through 2016.

In addition to her work promoting laughter, Jeannine promotes effective communication skills as a part-time faculty member at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, PA, English grader at Penn Foster and through her independent freelance work in marketing and communications.

Jeannine has a BA in Journalism and minor in Sociology from the Pennsylvania State University and a Masters of Communication Arts from Marywood University in Scranton. In addition to authoring her humor book, He’s Not Prince Charming When…,she also self-published the children’s book, Wartz and All.

Find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram under her name or at
Kenny Luck is an author, documentary filmmaker, and third-year Ph.D. student in Human Development at Marywood University in Scranton, Pa. His books include “Thumbing Through Thoreau” (2010), “NEPATIZED" (2011), and “101 Facts of Love” (2014). Luck has directed two documentaries, “Half Empty: Life in America’s Unhappiest City,” which went viral on YouTube in early 2016, and his latest, “Opioid Nation: The Making of an Epidemic.” Kenny has a wide variety of interests including reading, fitness, cooking, traveling, and film.

Meet the Speaker: Kenny Luck

Claudia Pennington is a marketing professional with more than 10 years experience.

Claudia provides technical SEO audits and Google Analytics audits for websites large and small (ecommerce included) to improve traffic, rankings, and conversion rates.

Claudia is certified in both Google Analytics and Google AdWords. Her expert-level knowledge of and extensive experience implementing Google Tag Manager makes her one of the best analytic minds in the business.

Claudia also trains and coaches aspiring digital marketing consultants via online training courses she created, which you can learn more about at

Originally from western PA, Claudia enjoys reading, hiking, kayaking, and blogging.

Meet the Speaker: Claudia Pennington

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Lori Rochino's own struggle with clutter, overwhelm and information overload led her to the declutter coaching and productivity world where she aims to use the 80/20 rule (Pareto Principle) in almost everything she does. She is the the author of Fifty Shades of Simple: How to Prioritize in the Age of Information Overload. Her professional background is in marketing communications in financial services and startups. Her work has appeared in both national (SUCCESS, Huffington Post, YFS Magazine) and local (Philadelphia Style Magazine, Wyomissing Neighbors Magazine and Examiner) outlets. She is the host of Simply Designed Life Podcast, created to serve mostly entrepreneurial women who want to simplify their busy lives in order to make room for the things that really matter. The show includes inspiration, motivation and everyday tips to help us live according to our values and purpose so we can truly thrive and help others thrive as well. The show seeks to provide coverage from amazing entrepreneurs, creatives, world travelers, and game changers with platforms both big and small.

Visit and "like" the Simply Designed Life Podcast Facebook Page. Connect with her @LoriRochino on Twitter and Instagram.

Visit and subscribe to her newsletter for weekly updates and free Simply Designed Life E-Course, 4-Day Kickstarter to Zen-Like Productive Habits!

Meet the Speaker: Lori Rochino

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