2017 Alumni Award Winners
Cheryl Colleluori '05
Wong Moss Outstanding Alumni Award
Nick's Mom and President, HEADstrong Foundation
Cheryl Colleluori is Nick’s Mom and President of the HEADstrong Foundation (https://headstrong.org/), whose mission is to improve lives affected by cancer in memory of its founder, her son Nicholas. Cheryl has relentless passion to change the equation for those battling cancers. She is a compassionate leader and public voice for the HEADstrong Foundation and in her own words, “Being a family that has walked in the shoes of the population of people we are supporting, we have a full understanding of the hardships that people are going through on a daily basis. Whether financially, emotionally, or physically we are there as a resource to provide support and love. We value the importance of family support network and the contribution of being a positive for patients and their families during a time when they feel alone in the world.”
Since 2007, the HEADstrong Foundation has raised over $9.1 million supporting 13,172 patients and their families. They operate “Nick’s House” which provides complimentary lodging for out of town patients and their families who are undergoing cancer treatments in the Philadelphia metro area and recently secured a second location which will open later this year. They have several strategic partnerships with NCAA collegiate lacrosse and related vendors. In 2014, she was appointed to the Abramson Cancer Center Advisor Board for Penn Medicine. Cheryl is a credit graduate of the College, majoring in Business Management before transferring to Cabrini College where she graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Organizational Leadership.
Francis Shields '80
Alumni Professional Achievement Award
Owner, Executive, Advisory Services
Francis (Fran) Shields is an independent advisor to senior executives serving in a variety of roles, including executive coach, strategic advisor and involvement in thought leadership initiatives. Prior to his current consulting business, Fran was with Accenture for over 20 years as a Managing Partner and member of the global leadership team. He works predominately with the energy and utility sectors, and is also involved in the growing trend toward renewable energy, energy management and smart homes. Over the course of his career he has presented to various energy industry initiatives, authored or co-authored several published papers addressing competitive energy markets and invented two patents relating to the electricity markets. Fran graduated with honors from the College in 1980 with an associate’s degree in Business Administration and then from Tempe University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, also with honors. Fran is involved in the community by volunteering with The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Media Upper Providence Free Library and Habitat for Humanity in Delaware County.
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.
|2016- Dr. Rosa Cooper '04||2005 - Edward DiPilla '85||1997 - The Hon. W. Curtis Weldon '73|
|2015 - Jeanie Heffernan '84||2004 - Nicholas A. Pacitti '73||1996 - B. Rena Huntsman '78|
|2014 - Louis Belliace '87||2003 - George Hettenbach '79||1995 - John DiBuonaventuro '75|
|2013 - Denise Romanelli '94||2002 - Wilma Fernandez Charles '92||1994 - Carol Cunningham Base '83|
|2012 - Joseph Oaster Jr. '89||2001 - James Mendez '93||1993 - Thomas J. Davis '74|
|2011 - Stephen Brown (ALCR '80)||2000 - Robert B. Oliver '73||1992 - Kathleen Breslin Walker '88|
|2008 - Joseph F. McGinn '75||1999 - Mitchel Robbins '74||1991 - Jacqueline Butcher '91|
|2007 - Robert M. Madonna '74||1998 - Kenneth J.D. Boyden '84||1990 - James Reaves '76|
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
2016- Dr. Luli Akinfiresoye '04 Pharmacologist, United States Drug Enforcement Administration
|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|
2015-Melissa Maani '94, Graphic Designer, Philadelphia Phillies
|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|
|2014 - Dr. Dori Lawson '03, Nurse Practitioner, Cardiology Associates of West Reading||2009 - Susan F. Haindl ’84, Managing Director, Operations The Pew Charitable Trusts||2004 - Keith Huss, Ph.D. ’81, Principal Analyst, Abbott Bioresearch Center|
|2013 - Frank J. McKee '70, President of The McKee Group||2008 - Robert R. Mandos, Jr. ’78, Senior Vice President and Controller. AMETEK||2003 - Moira G. Kelly ’75, Senior Trust Advisor, PNC Wealth Management|
|2012 - Laura Kasper '84, Chief Executive Officer, Monarch Staffing||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|
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,
AGNP, OCN, MSN, MBA
Adult and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner and Oncology Certified Nurse at Duke University Medical Center
Gary Dauberman '99
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 ’06
ABC Affiliate WHAS-11, Louisville, Ky
Esther Castillo ’06
Advance College Consulting
Hiu Sin Cheung '06
Advance College Consulting
Dr. Catherine Porter ‘97
Breast Cancer Surgical Oncology
Stanford University School of Medicine
40th Anniversary Star Alumni
Capt. E. J.
40th Anniversary Rising Stars
Click a thumbnail to see background information on these esteemed Alums, and for more pictures.
Brian Ciach '88
Blake Joffe '97
Scott Neely '02
35th Anniversary Star Alumni
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..