Alumni Awards

2017 Alumni Award Winners

Luli Akinfiresoye '04

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.     

Dr. Rosa Cooper '04

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 Temple University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, also with honors.  Fran is involved in the community and has served on the Boards of 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.  

Past Winners  

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  

Past Winners

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

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  

Demopoulos '75

Hunter Jr. '69

Daniel J.
McCormick '89

Kapusta-Singer '92

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

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..