2018 Alumni Award Winners
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 https://www.dccc.edu/2018-scholarship-application and fill out an application or contact the Educational Foundation office for more details.
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.
|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
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|
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