Seton Hill University Presents Distinguished Alumni Leadership Awards
On June 2, 2018, Seton Hill presented the University’s Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award to 10 alumni who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership in one (or more) of the following areas: education, business
Mary Frances Senita Zadzilko (SHU ’68) has served others in numerous ways, including as an elementary school teacher, a Girl Scout leader and by giving of her musical and theatrical talents. Mary Frances, who earned a master’s degree from
Gloria Fiorelli Pollock (SHU ’68) began her path to a career as an artist and teacher with a single art class during her sophomore year at Seton Hill. Gloria joined the Pittsburgh Public Schools as an art teacher after her graduation. For 35 years, Gloria taught students in elementary, middle and high school as well as those with special needs. Gloria also taught at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Education and spent nine years teaching adults at the Carnegie Museum of Art. She was also a Consultant for Special Exhibitions at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Most of her teaching centered around
Patrice A. Tedescko, Esq. (SHU ’73) is an accomplished real estate attorney in
Ellen Katter, MS Ed (SHU ’73) has worked in the healthcare industry for the past 38 years with a particular emphasis on managing volunteer services for Excela Health. Ellen, who holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Duquesne University, has served patients and their families on a variety of fronts including the LIFELINE® program, a personal emergency response program that has kept seniors and medically in-need individuals in their homes safely. Ellen initiated and managed volunteer initiatives such as Pre-School Vision Screening in local preschools and kindergartens, which screened more
Johnette Zappone DeRose (SHU ’73) dedicated herself to improving the lives of the children she encountered as a teacher and administrator at Valley School of Ligonier. Johnette, who earned a Master’s Degree in Reading from
Patricia A. Smiy (SHU ’78) has dedicated herself to service to her parish, diocese, community and alma mater. A 1978 graduate of Seton Hill, Patricia worked for 28 years in retailing for Joseph Horne Company and Lazarus before her retirement. A parishioner at Immaculate Conception Parish in Irwin, Pennsylvania, Patricia is a member of the parish’s Christian Mothers/Women’s Guild and the Comfort Blanket
Kathleen Rylander Sarniak-Tanzola (SHU ’78) has had two careers in her life – both challenging but only one requiring a pink hard hat. A 1978 graduate of Seton Hill, Kathleen spent 25 years as an executive in the cosmetic and fragrance industry with such organizations as May Company, Cosmair Inc.
Allegra Stasko-Slick (SHU ’88) has worked to improve the lives of generations of young people during her career as an educator and as a leader. After graduating from Seton Hill in 1988, Allegra began her career in education as a math teacher at Bishop McCort High School. She later worked as a Department of Defense teacher in Camp LeJeune, North Carolina then as a homebound instructor for students on leave from school for medical reasons in the Greater Johnstown School District. In 2004, Allegra continued her teaching career as an adjunct instructor at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College teaching Math and later Early Childhood Education classes. Allegra has taught over 100 academic classes and also creates and teaches non-credit cooking and baking classes for adults in the self-enrichment program at PHCC. Since 2005, Allegra has served as executive director of Mom’s House, Inc. of Johnstown. She oversees all day-to-day activity as well as budget, fundraising
Walter M. Grushesky (SHU ’98) spent 30 years working in manufacturing before deciding to continue his education at Seton Hill for an opportunity to advance in his career. Walter began working at Kennametal, Inc. in 1966 as a mechanical draftsman while attending Greensburg Institute of Technology. In the 1970s, Walter enrolled in a continuing education program to earn his engineering certification, which led him to be promoted numerous times, and, ultimately, to Senior Manufacturing Engineer. Walter’s next focus was to move into management. In 1994, he began attending Seton Hill’s adult degree program on Saturdays to earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management. The degree he earned in 1998 led him to promotions at Kennametal, where he served as Senior Lean Enterprise Manager before his retirement in 2013. He implemented programs that saved the company $10 million over 10 years and served as benchmarks for other facilities. Walter continues to work in the manufacturing arena as a consultant and as a council member with the Gerson Lehrman Group, which offers expertise to corporations around the world. Walter has served his community through volunteering for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Lutheran Senior Life’s Gala and Grandparents Run and Kennametal’s Day of Caring. And, Walter’s affinity for Seton Hill and the Sisters of Charity and his lifelong connection to Greensburg have led him to create The Walter M. Grushesky ’98 Endowed Scholarship to provide future generations of Setonians the financial assistance they need to attain a degree.
Sean T. Garrity (SHU ’08) has dedicated himself to service in his career in the healthcare industry and in his community. After graduating from Seton Hill in 2008, Sean began his career with the international accounting firm KPMG, completing auditing and advisory work across various industries, including healthcare, manufacturing and financial services. In 2014, Sean left public accounting to join Highmark Health. In 2017, Sean transferred into a new role with the Allegheny Health Network as a Senior Project Manager in the company’s Strategy Transformation Office. Throughout his career, Sean has made service a priority. Sean’s participation in the Cook Forest River Ride for Bike MS has helped raise thousands of dollars to support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. In his professional roles at KPMG and Highmark Health, Sean also committed time to implement wellness and environmental sustainability programs. At Seton Hill, Sean served on the Graduates of the Last Decade Alumni Council and recently joined the Alumni Advisory Council and currently serves as
Clare Berenato (SHU ’13) has turned her experiences as a student-athlete into a career in college athletics. Clare, a 2013 graduate of Seton Hill, self-designed her major in Communications and Entrepreneurial Studies with a specialization in Sports Management, while playing basketball and serving as captain of the women’s team during her final two seasons. Since graduation, Clare has held leadership roles with women’s basketball programs at Lackawanna College and Fordham University. At Lackawanna, Clare served as assistant women’s basketball coach. Among her responsibilities was ensuring that the student-athletes received proper academic support, including group study hall and tutoring opportunities. In 2014, Clare joined the staff at Fordham University where she is the Director of Women’s Basketball Administration and Special Assistant to the Head Coach. Clare oversees marketing, fundraising and game day programming efforts for the team in addition to managing day-to-day operations and facilitating community service outreach for the players. Her efforts have helped to increase attendance at home Fordham games by more than 100 percent over three seasons. Clare earned her Master’s degree in nonprofit leadership from Fordham in 2016. She is a member of Women Leaders in College Sports, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and the Young Nonprofit Professional Network.