Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

Alumni Awards

2019 Alumni Award Winners

Wong Moss Outstanding Alumni Award

John R. Bailey ‘96
Chester County District Court 15-4-03

The Honorable John R. Bailey has served as a Chester County Magisterial District Judge since 2012. He received his M.A.S. in Administration of Justice from Fairleigh Dickenson University in 2009 after beginning his education at Delaware Community College, graduating with the class of 1996. Before joining the bench, Judge Bailey spent 34 years with the Tredyffrin Township (PA)  Police Department, retiring with the rank of Detective Sergeant while supervising the Criminal Division which investigated sensitive white collar crimes as well as homicide investigations.

A strong advocate for the Disabled, the elderly and those who are financially indigent, Judge Bailey volunteers and serves on the board of the West Chester Food Cupboard, as well a board member for PLAN of PA Foundation which addresses the needs of adults with mental illness, autism, intellectual disability or brain injury.  Judge Bailey has also served as an adjunct professor at Delaware County Community College, Immaculata University and Wilmington University.

Judge Bailey will receive his award at the 2019 Educational Foundation Dinner on Tuesday, October 15 at the Drexelbrook Events Center.

Alumna Professional Achievement Award

Gwendolyn McCullough photo

Gwendolyn McCullough '18
Chief of Staff to Rep. Mike Zabel (D-163)

Gwendolyn McCullough has experienced great personal and career success since graudating from Delaware County Community College in May 2018. Since that time, she has volunteered for local politicians including Delaware County Council Members Kevin Madden and Brian Zidek as well as Representative Leanne Krueger (D-161.) Based on these experiences and her passion for helping the community, she was hired by Rep. Zabel to run his Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania office and related operations in Harrisburg. She has come a long way since 2017 when she enrolled in the College's KEYS (Keystone Education Yields Success Program), which provides assistance to single parents.

Law Enforcement Office of the Year

Photo of Chief Kenneth Coppola

Chief Kenneth Coppola '77, '94
Aldan Borough Police Department

The first recipient of the Law Enforcement Office of the Year is Chief Kenneth Coppola ’77, ’94 who has served the Aldan Borough Police Department for 45 years and Chief for the the last 28 years.  He originally graduated from the College’s police academy in 1977 and received his associates degree in Administration of Justice in 1994. He is also a graduate of Penn State University’s Police Executive Development (POLEX) School and the FBI National Academy in 1989. In addition to his full time role with Aldan, Chief Coppola has been an instructor with the police academy for the last 22 years teaching both recruits and in-service police personnel.



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. 

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

Past Winners  

2018 - Captain Matthew LeTourneau '95 (posthumous)
2017 - Cheryl Colleluori '04
2016 - Dr. Rosa Cooper '04
2015 - Jeanie Heffernan '84
2014 - Louis Belliace '87
2013 - Denise Romanelli '94
2012 - Joseph Oaster Jr. '89
2011 - Stephen Brown (ALCR '80)
2008 - Joseph F. McGinn '75
2007 - Robert M. Madonna '74

2005 - Edward DiPilla '85
2004 - Nicholas A. Pacitti '73
2003 - George Hettenbach '79
2002 - Wilma Fernandez Charles '92
2001 - James Mendez '93
2000 - Robert B. Oliver '73
1999 - Mitchel Robbins '74
1998 - Kenneth J.D. Boyden '84
1997 - The Hon. W. Curtis Weldon '73
1996 - B. Rena Huntsman '78
1995 - John DiBuonaventuro '75
1994 - Carol Cunningham Base '83
1993 - Thomas J. Davis '74
1992 - Kathleen Breslin Walker '88
1991 - Jacqueline Butcher '91
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  

Past Winners

2018 - Habibah Sulayman Smith MS '04
Project Specialist, US Department of Health and Human Services' Runaway and Homeless Youth Program

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

2016 - Dr. Luli Akinfiresoye '04
Pharmacologist, United States Drug Enforcement Administration

2015 - Melissa Maani '94
Graphic Designer, Philadelphia Phillies

2014 - Dr. Dori Lawson '03
Nurse Practitioner, Cardiology Associates of West Reading

2013 - Frank J. McKee '70
President of The McKee Group

2012 - Laura Kasper '84
Chief Executive Officer, Monarch Staffing

2011 - Robert F. Downey '74
Former Assistant Special Agent in Charge FBI Philadelphia Field Office

2010 - Jane Griffin '82
Information Assurance Manager, National Air & Space Intelligence Center

2009 - Susan F. Haindl ’84
Managing Director, Operations The Pew Charitable Trusts

2008 - Robert R. Mandos, Jr. ’78
Senior Vice President and Controller. AMETEK

2007 - Mel Lindauer ’81
Financial advisor, author, business entrepreneur

2006 - James Benoit, Jr. ’95
Owner Benoit Czarnecki Design/Construction LLC

2005 - Linda Vona-Davis, Ph.D. ’74
Associate Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery West Virginia University

2004 - Keith Huss, Ph.D. ’81
Principal Analyst, Abbott Bioresearch Center

2003 - Moira G. Kelly ’75
Senior Trust Advisor, PNC Wealth Management

2002 - John Mulvaney
Master of Fine Arts, Boston University. John Simon Guggenheim Memorial, Foundation of New York Fellowship

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.

Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

The Delaware County Community College Alumni Association created the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award in 2019 for graduates of the Municipal Police Academy. The award recognizes a local police officer for his or her leadership in the community while continuing to stand out professionally on the job and in the classroom. 

50th Anniversary Star Alumni

Ron Bradley

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

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

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