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PRESIDENT’S DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD
Joan G. Thomas ’85 - read bio
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION JOHN NEUMANN AWARD
Salvatore Mattera ’07 ’09 - read bio
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION RECOGNITION AWARD
Regina Black Lennox ’77 - read bio
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Jaclyn S. Ritter ’01 - read bio
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION HONORARY ALUMNUS
Mary McCoy Ph.D. - read bio
YOUNG ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Jessica Sabato ’12 - read bio
HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
|Michael Moser ’90|
|Shannon Swavy ’01|
|Lauren Toppi ’05|
Let us know about the alumni who are excelling in their field and/or personal endeavors! Nominate alumni for an Alumni Award. The Awards ceremony takes place during Homecoming weekend at the Alumni Awards luncheon. Nominations can be sent to alumni@Neumann.edu or be sent to Neumann University Alumni Relations, One Neumann Drive, Aston, PA 19014.
Judi Stanaitis ’07 ’13
Office of Alumni Relations and Special Programs
President’s Distinguished Alumni Award:
Joan Thomas graduated in 1985 with a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing. She is currently Special Consultant to the President at Beebe Medical Center. As Special Consultant to the President, Joan has operational oversight for the Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing, Beebe Home Health Agency and the Gull House. Joan is a healthcare executive with extensive operational and strategic positioning experience in community not-for-profit healthcare facilities and federally qualified health centers.
Awards and honors that Joan has received include the American College of Healthcare Executives Regent’s Award for Administrative Achievement, University of Delaware Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement and Christiana Care Health System Department of Surgery Award for Outstanding Service. Joan’s educational background includes a diploma in nursing from The Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Wilmington DE; BSN degree from Neumann University; and MSN degree from the University of Delaware in Newark, DE. In addition, she is a member and certified as a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Tau Chapter, National Nursing Honor Society.
Alumni Association John Neumann Award:
Salvatore Mattera graduated from Neumann University with a Bachelor’s Liberal Studies in 2006. He obtained his master’s of strategic leadership from Neumann University in 2009.
Sal is the Vice President of Store Operations for Wawa, Inc. Sal became VP of Store Operations in March of 2011 and has worked at Wawa for over thirty-seven years, starting as a part-time associate in the stores. His primary responsibilities include working with the nine regions of store operations in all six states. He previously held the positions of Senior Director of Store Operations Services, Director of Store Effectiveness, and Director of Store Operations.
Sal serves as the Wawa corporate chair for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and co-chair for the National Adoption Center (NAC). Sal served as a member of the Board of Directors for the South Jersey Chapter of JDRF from 2001 to 2010 and currently serves on the board of chancellors. Sal also serves as an advisor to the National Adoption Center.
Alumni Association Recognition Award:
Regina Black Lennox graduated from Neumann University in 1977 with a BA in English. She has been a consultant, speaker and presenter since 1989 working extensively with Faith communities, institutions and organizations providing strategic planning, facilitation, educational and resource development, staff training, policies analysis, motivational seminars, mediation and conflict resolution services.
Regina began her ministry working with Faith-based nonprofits, particularly in the Catholic Church. She has created a model for the establishment of new parishes; designed and presented clergy, religious, parish leader and lay minister seminars, presented training and development programs; produced resource instruments for Pastoral Councils, and facilitated numerous parish & school self-studies, school closings and consolidations, town hall meetings and more.
Regina currently works as the Director of Philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility for one of the tri-state region’s quietest but most extensive entrepreneurs, business and community leaders, and philanthropists. She manages a significant family foundation and a corporate charitable trust with more than 35 initiatives focused on disadvantaged children, young people of promise, community and civic organizations, and cancer and energy research.
Alumni Association Volunteer of the Year Award:
Jaclyn Ritter received her bachelor’s of psychology degree from Neumann University in 2001. She is a distinguished member of the Neumann University Women’s Basketball 1,000 Point Club and a past Neumann University Women’s Basketball assistant coach.
Jaclyn started her career with Neumann University as an admissions counselor in 2001. Since 2006, Jaclyn has worked for Catholic Social Services in various positions ranging from Program Coordinator to Beacon Program Assistant Director.
Currently, she is the Out of School Time Program Director and responsible for the overall management and supervision of the program. Out of School programs are school-based community centers that offer an array of creative after-school activities in the late afternoon, early evening, and some Saturdays, aimed at youth development and family support. These programs are located in neighborhoods with high poverty and crime rates and significant child welfare problems. Programs are educational, social, and recreational in nature, and serve school-aged children and adolescents from the community.
Alumni Association Honorary Alumna Award:
Mary McCoy began teaching full-time at Neumann University in January, 1990. She received a BS in chemistry from the College of Wooster and the PhD in organic chemistry from University of Cincinnati. Prior to 1990, Mary had served as a post-doctoral fellow and a research associate at the Hospital of Pennsylvania and in many per-course and full-time teaching positions in chemistry in the area.
In January 1990, Mary began teaching organic chemistry and first year chemistry. Over the course of 21 years at Our Lady of Angels, then Neumann College, and now Neumann University, she has taught general chemistry for biology majors, college chemistry for nursing majors, organic chemistry, biochemistry, physical science, physics, and the laboratory courses for all those science courses, in addition to several physiology laboratory courses.
In addition to teaching at Neumann, Mary served as chair of the Faculty Development and Curriculum committees and as president of Faculty Senate for two and one-half terms. She received the Neumann Excellence in Teaching Award and was honored by receiving the Lindback Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Young Alumni Achievement Award:
Jessica Sabato graduated from Neumann University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Media Arts. During her junior year, she gained an internship at The Rachael Ray Show, a daytime talk show hosted by the television cooking personality, in New York City which led her to splitting her time between Neumann and New York City. After a semester of interning, Jessica was hired as a full-time production assistant while she was still taking online classes to complete her degree. Currently, Jessica is a segment coordinator working with a team that creates and executes show content.
Jessica has worked on many special episodes while at The Rachael Ray Daytime Talk Show, including The Great Philly Cook-Off, Recipe for Recovery, which was dedicated to Hurricane Sandy Victims, and 20,000 Pound Weight Loss show where the studio audience lost a combined 20,000 pounds! During her time at Neumann, Jessica was a presidential ambassador, president of Neumann Media, president of student activities, and active members of Neumann Radio, The Joust, and Neumann Sports Network.