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2021 Alumni Award Winners
Wong Moss Outstanding Alumni Award
George Shadrack Kamanda '14 is the recipient of the 2021 Wong Moss Outstanding Alumni Award. He held several prominent student leadership roles at the College, including creating the Mutual Africa Club, and received high honors before graduating with an associate degree in General Studies.
His academic journey continued at Saint Joseph's University, where he received a bachelor's degree in Political Science and later the University of Pennsylvania to receive a Global Human Rights certificate. George is currently on leave from Case Western Reserve University School of Law to pursue a Master of Studies in Diplomatic Studies from the University of Oxford, Saint Anthony's College.
Outside of the classroom, George is deeply committed to serving his community. His experiences include a presentation on youth's role in Africa's sustainable development for the United Nations, a fellowship at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics, and internships with the European Parliament, the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, and the Cleveland Catholic Charities.
No matter how busy he may be, there is always time to support his birthplace, Sierra Leone, and its citizens. He conducts weekly virtual sessions through his organization, The Necessity Firm, to mentor students and encourage citizenship efforts. George was nominated for the Wong Moss Outstanding Alumni Award by several faculty and staff members.
Alumni Professional Achievement Award
Sharon White '15 is the recipient of the 2021 Alumni Professional Achievement Award. This award annually recognizes a graduate who is accomplished in their profession while demonstrating a significant level of distinction within their chosen field. Sharon's journey to becoming the current honoree is a story of personal determination and selfless acts for her family and the community.
Sharon originally left school at an early age to find work. Her career eventually led to considerable success managing nearly 70 commercial real estate properties with her former husband, who is still her best friend and business partner today. After downsizing their holdings, Sharon decided it was time to renew her educational goals. In 2012, she enrolled in the College's New Choices Career Development Program.
For more information about Sharon and her inspiring story, please visit www.dccc.edu/alumni-news.
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, an immigrant from China who believed in the value of education. To qualify, the nominee must have successfully completed at least 30 academic credits at the College.
Anyone, including faculty and staff, may submit nominations. Alumni may also nominate themselves. Nomination form for the Wong Moss Outstanding Alumni Award.
2019 - Honorable John R. Bailey '96
|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
Alumni Professional Achievement Award
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.
Anyone, including faculty and staff, may submit nominations. Alumni may also nominate themselves. For more information, please contact the Alumni Office ([email protected])
2020 - Enrique Latoison, Esq. '01
|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
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 achievements 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 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.
2019 -Chief Kenneth Coppola ’77, ’94
Aldan (PA) Police Department
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