Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

Alumni Awards

2018 Alumni Award Winners

Matthew LeTourneau image

Captain Matthew LeTourneau '95                                                           
Wong Moss Outstanding Alumni Award (posthumous)
Philadelphia Fire Department 

Captain Matthew LeTourneau of the Philadelphia Fire Department perished in the line of duty on January 6, 2018 while responding to a house fire in North Philadelphia. Captain LeTourneau was both a graduate of the College as well as an Emergency Medical Technician and CPR instructor for the Allied Health, Emergency Services and Nursing Division.

Captain LeTourneau is fondly remembered by his academic department supervisor here at the College, Elaine Karr Remington, who praised her former colleague. “Matt was so many things to so many people. Not only to his blood family but also to his Emergency Services family, his community (Philadelphia and Delaware County), the students as their EMT or CPR instructor, our faculty at the College as a well-respected co-worker, the students at Delaware County Fire Training Academy where he was a state fire instructor, Philadelphia Fire Department, Springfield Fire Department, Springfield ambulance, and many other organizations where he volunteered his time. Our Emergency Services family is broken hearted. We are all doing the best we can and trying to make sense out of this tragic, sudden loss of our dear friend.”  

The LeTourneau family recently launched a new scholarship here at the College in honor of Matthew and his service to the College. The scholarship is available to Emergency Management and Planning or EMS majors for both an incoming student as well as a non-traditional student who resides in Delaware County.

Those interested in applying for the LeTourneau Family Scholarship are asked to visit and fill out an application or contact the Educational Foundation office for more details.

Dr. Rosa Cooper '04

Habibah Sulayman Smith MS '04
Alumni Professional Achievement Award
Project Specialist, US Department of Health and Human Services' Runaway and Homeless Youth Program

Habibah Sulayman Smith ‘04, is an author, blogger, inspirational speaker and life coach, who has served more than 17 years in the social service field working to better the lives of women and children. Mrs. Smith currently serves as a Youth Services Program Specialist for the Runaway and Homeless Youth Program with the Family
and Youth Services Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

As a Region III project specialist, Smith supports the organizations and communities that work every day to end youth homelessness in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia and West Virginia. Mrs. Smith’s own experiences with homelessness, human trafficking and childhood sexual abuse drive her to work tirelessly for disadvantaged youth. Last year, she was selected by the Federal Emergency Management Administration and the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness, Response and Recovery to help on a voluntary basis with child care and other human services that are essential to the restoration of Puerto Rico from the devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

In her spare time, Mrs. Smith devotes herself to writing, speaking and coaching women, particularly young women, about how to take pride in and feel confident about themselves. She is a member of the Philadelphia Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition and is chair of the Delaware County Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition. She also teaches a human trafficking awareness program at Mastery Shoemaker Middle School in Philadelphia.

Mrs. Smith holds an Associate in Arts in Education from Delaware County Community College, a bachelor’s degree in Health Education, with a concentration in Family Health, and a master’s degree in Health Administration/Public Health from Trident University.

The Wong Moss Outstanding Alumni Award

This award recognizes distinguished alumni for their outstanding professional, community and educational accomplishments. It was created by the late Barbara Wong Moss, a former College trustee, and her son John in honor of her father, a Chinese immigrant who believed in the value of education. The selection process for this award usually takes place in the fall. Click HERE for more about the award.

Anyone, including faculty and staff, may submit nominations. Alumni may also nominate themselves. Nomination form for the Wong Moss Outstanding Alumni Award.  

Past Winners  

2017 - Cheryl Colleluori '04 2005 - Edward DiPilla '85 1997 - The Hon. W. Curtis Weldon '73
2016 - Dr. Rosa Cooper '04 2004 - Nicholas A. Pacitti '73 1996 - B. Rena Huntsman '78
2015 - Jeanie Heffernan '84 2003 - George Hettenbach '79 1995 - John DiBuonaventuro '75
2014 - Louis Belliace '87 2002 - Wilma Fernandez Charles '92 1994 - Carol Cunningham Base '83
2013 - Denise Romanelli '94 2001 - James Mendez '93 1993 - Thomas J. Davis '74
2012 - Joseph Oaster Jr. '89 2000 - Robert B. Oliver '73 1992 - Kathleen Breslin Walker '88
2011 - Stephen Brown (ALCR '80) 1999 - Mitchel Robbins '74 1991 - Jacqueline Butcher '91
2008 - Joseph F. McGinn '75 1998 - Kenneth J.D. Boyden '84 1990 - James Reaves '76
2007 - Robert M. Madonna '74    

The Alumni Professional Achievement Award annually recognizes Delaware County Community College graduates who are accomplished in their profession, having demonstrated a significant level of distinction within their chosen field. To qualify, the nominee must have successfully completed at least 15 academic credits at the College.  

Alumni Professional Achievement Award

Anyone, including faculty and staff, may submit nominations. Alumni may also nominate themselves. Nomination form for the Alumni Professional Achievement Award  

Past Winners

2017-Francis X. Shields '80 Owner, Executive, Advisory Services 

2011 - Robert F. Downey '74, Former Assistant Special Agent in Charge FBI Philadelphia Field Office 2006 - James Benoit, Jr. ’95, Owner Benoit Czarnecki Design/Construction LLC
2016- Dr. Luli Akinfiresoye '04 Pharmacologist, United States Drug Enforcement Administration 2010 - Jane Griffin '82, Information Assurance Manager, National Air & Space Intelligence Center 2005 - Linda Vona-Davis, Ph.D. ’74, Associate Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery West Virginia University

2015-Melissa Maani '94, Graphic Designer, Philadelphia Phillies

2009 - Susan F. Haindl ’84, Managing Director, Operations The Pew Charitable Trusts 2004 - Keith Huss, Ph.D. ’81, Principal Analyst, Abbott Bioresearch Center
2014 - Dr. Dori Lawson '03, Nurse Practitioner, Cardiology Associates of West Reading 2008 - Robert R. Mandos, Jr. ’78, Senior Vice President and Controller. AMETEK 2003 - Moira G. Kelly ’75, Senior Trust Advisor, PNC Wealth Management
2013 - Frank J. McKee '70, President of The McKee Group 2007 - Mel Lindauer ’81, Financial advisor, author, business entrepreneur 2002 - John Mulvaney, Master of Fine Arts, Boston University. John Simon Guggenheim Memorial, Foundation of New York Fellowship
2012 - Laura Kasper '84, Chief Executive Officer, Monarch Staffing    

Star Alumni Awards

The Star Alumni Awards were introduced in 2002 as part of the College’s 35th anniversary celebration. At that time 35 individuals were honored for their outstanding achievement and/or contributions to the community (See "35th Anniversary Star Alumni" picture below). 

In 2007, in celebration of the College's 40th anniversary, five more stars were added to the Galaxy and three Rising Stars were named for their early successes after finishing at the College (see below). 

In 2012, five additional stars and four rising stars were added to celebrate the College's 45th anniversary.

In 2017, five additional stars and two rising stars were added to celebrate the College's 50th anniversary.

50th Anniversary Star Alumni

Ron Bradley '80
Vice President, Gas Department of PECO Energy

Dr. Rodney Bradley '01

Yeshu Conn '09,

Adult and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner and Oncology Certified Nurse at Duke University Medical Center

Gary Dauberman '99
Annabelle (2014)
Annabelle: Creation (2017)
Stephen King's It (2017) 
The Nun (2018)

Scott McAllister '80
Deputy Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

2017 Rising Stars

Audra McLauhglin '13
Season 6 finalist on The Voice, aspiring
country music and pop singer

Patrick Viesti '08

Order Execution Manager, Data Center and Infrastructure Build, Cloud Infrastructure Services, Products and Innovation at SAP. SAP Autism at Work Advocate and Team Member; Panelist, United Nations World Autism Day 2015.





45th Anniversary Star Alumni 

2012 Rising Stars

Johnny Archer

Johnny Archer ’06
News reporter, 
ABC Affiliate WHAS-11, Louisville, Ky
Esther Castilo

Esther Castillo ’06
Advance College Consulting
Celia Cheung

Hiu Sin Cheung '06

Advance College Consulting
Catherine Melissa Porter

Dr. Catherine Porter ‘97

Breast Cancer Surgical Oncology
Stanford University School of Medicine


40th Anniversary Star Alumni  

Dean Demopoulos '75

Demopoulos '75

Warren Hunter Jr. '69

Hunter Jr. '69

Daniel J. McCormick '89

Daniel J.
McCormick '89

Josephine Kapusta-Singer '92

Kapusta-Singer '92

Capt. E. J.  Quinn '78

Capt. E. J. 
Quinn '78

40th Anniversary Rising Stars 

Click a thumbnail to see background information on these esteemed Alums, and for more pictures.

Brian Ciach '88

Brian Ciach '88

Blake Joffe '97

Blake Joffe '97

Scott Neely '02 

Scott Neely '02 




35th Anniversary Star Alumni 

35th Anniversary Star Alumni group photo

Bottom row (l-r): Madeline Lambrecht, EdD; Renee Robbins; Michael Duff, Esq.; Paul Donohue, Jr.; Joseph DiJulio; Dr. Richard DeCosmo, College president; Thomas Davis; Cecile Charlton; Denis Boyle; Ella Mae McFarland; Middle row (l-r): W. Curtis Weldon; Jack Taddeo; Kathleen Walker; William Sockwell; Phyllis Corsi Sockwell; Grant Mazmanian, CPBA, CPVA; Albert Kendro, Jr.; David Horvath, CCP; Susan Hilferty, CPA; Patricia Frank, RN, BSN, OCN; Wilma Fernando-Charles; Patricia Hughes Donnelly, Esq; John DiBuonaventuro; Top row (l-r): Patrick Tomlinson; Erik Schultz; Jim Battagliese; John Rafner; Robert Oliver, CCP; John O’Connor; James Mendez, MSN, CRNP; Deborah Affonsa; Martin Finsterbusch; Bruce Madariaga. Not pictured here, Rosario Maiolino, John O’Connor; Priscilla Fox Pfizenmeyer