Rosalie Kaszycki says coworkers feel like part of a family
Rosalie Kaszycki (Staff photo by Dan DiPaolo)
The 52-year-old Johnstown native has been with First Commonwealth Bank of Johnstown for 33 years surrounded by coworkers she calls part of a family.
She recalled walking into her first day on the job as a clerk in customer accounting. "I was 19. I didn't think I would be there for any length of time," she laughed.
She soon learned she was somewhere special when she met the late Clayton Dovey Jr., the president of the bank.
"He was fantastic. He always made it so much fun to work. He treated his employees like they were a family," she said.
Employees were encouraged to participate in community service and push themselves to achieve with continuing education, she said.
She thrived in that environment, eventually becoming a business banker after succeeding at positions as a client service representative, an assistant office manager and manager of the Windber office.
As she climbed up the corporate ladder, she also became more and more involved in community service efforts and organizations.
Among her various positions, several stand out like being a member of the Windber Relay For Life and member of the Somerset Economic Development Council.
She has also been a member in the WIN (Women's Information Network) committee with the Cambria County Chamber of Commerce, chairwoman of business relations committee of Windber Hospital, Kettle chairwoman for Salvation Army in Windber, member of Somerset Rotary Club, member of Conemaugh Auxiliary and treasurer of the FAME Biofuel board.
That is not a complete list by any means.
The desire to help others was instilled at an early age through watching the good works of her parents Betty and Ross Mauro, she said. Her father was a cofounder of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Johnstown chapter.
"I remember sorting clothes as a little girl in the basement of a church," she said. "My dad was always involved."
Ross — both of her parents died in 2009 — was driving trucks as a volunteer for the foundation long after he retired from Bethlehem Steel Corp., she said.
"I just think with my parents being so involved, my dad was a World War II vet, we grew up with that sense of community," she said. "You don't realize how fortunate you are until you go out and see what some people struggle through."
Kaszycki — who is married to Dennis — has been able to share those values with twin 26-year-old daughters, Natalie and Nicole.
She has one daughter living in Brooklyn, N.Y., and another about to marry in July. Her voice, which is already warm and friendly, noticeably picked up when talking about her children.
"They're just great," she laughed.
She is also impressed with the dedication to service she sees in many of the young children she meets through various service projects.
Last year, Windber High School students Hannah Gowaty and Adam Mihalko led the charge on a Relay For Life fundraiser and pulled in $15,000 worth of donations for their team.
"These students are amazing," she said. "The effort they put into a cause like that is heartwarming and inspirational."
Her schedule affords her so little time that her hobbies are simple. "I like to come home at the end of the day and take it easy," she said.
She hasn't quite decided what the future holds for her and her family if she ever decides to cut back.
However, the bucket includes a trip to Europe and Italy where her parents were from. That Italy trip won't be to the big cities like Rome and Florence. She's more intrigued by the small towns, back roads and the people living there. She may even find a way to help a few souls while she's there.