Alumni Awards

Alumni Awards

2016 Alumni Award Recipients

Michael S. White '07

Sales Manager for Brookville Equipment Corp.
Outstanding Young Alumni 

Michael S. White ’07 BUS is a Sales Manager for Brookville Equipment Corp. in Brookville, PA. In his current position at Brookville Equipment, Michael performs all aspects of lead generation, evaluation, and capture of sales for streetcars, locomotives and underground mining equipment.

Michael’s work history began in the United States Coast Guard in 1989 where he honorably served eight years as an aviation electrician. Aspiring for a fulfilling career in business, Michael began Distance Learning through Penn State in 1998 which he completed at the DuBois Campus in 2007. He began working for Brookville Equipment as their marketing specialist. Traveling extensively throughout the USA, and six countries on three continents, Michael led sales and marketing efforts for all three product divisions. Today he champions the submission of multi-million dollar sales proposals for private and public procurements for transportation fleets all over the world.

When Michael is not out selling streetcars, much of his time is spent on a mountain bike trail. Eleven years ago Michael founded the FAT TIRE Challenge mountain bike race held locally in Clear Creek State Forest. That single race led to the creation of a 6-race series called “Bike-the-Wilds”. Michael has received several awards from Penn State, including the Eric A. and Josephine S. Walker Award, the Penn State Business Outstanding Junior Award, and the Penn State Program of the Year Award, all in 2006. He also received the Penn State Terry Hartman Volunteer Service Award in 2007. Michael currently serves as a volunteer on the Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee (part of the DCNR), BSA merit badge counselor, PSU DuBois Alumni Society President (2013-2014) and he is the retail committee chair on the Brookville Chamber of Commerce.

Michael’s true passion is his family: wife Melinda, and daughters Megan and Madison are all proud supporters of Penn State along with Michael’s mom Paula and father Glenn White ’73 FORT.

Craig C. Ball '82

VP, Wealth Mangement, CNB Bank, Clearfield
Outstanding Alumni

Craig C. Ball ’82 Biology/Finance is a Financial Advisor and Vice President of Wealth Management at CNB Bank located in Clearfield, PA. Craig has been in banking for 26 years and a financial advisor for the last 16 years.   

At CNB Bank Craig is the licensed principle for the brokerage side of the CNB Wealth and Asset Management Department. He is in charge of the coordination of the Banks Investment program with its outside Broker Dealer, Securities America Inc. He also oversees the licensing and compliance of the banks licensed financial advisors for CNB Bank as well as its two subsidiary banks, ERIEBANK in Erie Pa and FC Bank in Central Ohio. Prior to CNB Bank, Craig was a Financial Consultant with Janney Montgomery Scott in DuBois and started his banking carrier at First Commonwealth Bank in 1990. 

Over the years Craig has been active in the DuBois Community. Earlier this year he received the Silver Ribbon Award from the DuBois Chamber of Commerce for community service, leadership and mentoring of others. Craig is the current President of the DuBois Soccer Association, and sits on the Leadership Team at Tri County Church of DuBois. In the past he has served on and has been the president of the DuBois YMCA Board, DuBois Library Board, DuBois Area Jaycess and was the Assistant Scoutmaster of Boys Scout Troop 27.       

Craig is currently the Chairman of the Development Committee of the DuBois Educational Foundation of Penn State DuBois. While attending Penn State Craig was the President of the South Halls Dorm Complex. He represented the 2,400 students in the 7 dorm buildings of South Halls to the Penn State Association of Residence Halls Students. Prior to that he was the President of the Biology club while attending Penn State DuBois

Craig lives with his wife Marla and their two kids, Cory and Jordan in DuBois. He and Marla are still involved in coaching and refereeing youth soccer and volunteering at their church.       

Ronald A. Santini '72

Environmental Scientist
Lifetime Achievement

Ronald A. Santini ’72 AAS Business Admin, ’74 BS Biological Health, ’86 MEPC, (‘09 MEng GIS University of Colorado) is retired from Duke Energy Corp. where he was an Environmental Scientist and Manager, Environmental Assessments and Monitoring. Currently he is an instructor for Penn State World Campus and as a nature, wildlife and sports photographer.

During Ron’s tenure at Duke Energy Corp. he was responsible for managing activities of environmental scientists and technicians with responsibility for assessing and monitoring Duke Energy surface and groundwater environmental impacts from power generation facilities in the Carolinas. Major accomplishments included installation of the first dedicated groundwater monitoring systems at generating facilities in the Carolinas, implementation of rapid assessment and mobile laboratory activities for contaminated site assessments, part of a technical exchange team evaluating environmental monitoring system at the Zaporoshye Nuclear Generating Complex, Zaporozhye, Ukraine, and project manager overseeing environmental remediation for redevelopment of Potomac Yards, a 330-acre former railroad switching yard and regional rail maintenance facility in Virginia. Previously, Ron held positions with state and federal environmental agencies and numerous environmental and engineering consulting firms in Pennsylvania and the Carolinas. Ron got his start in the environmental field at Lee-Simpson Engineers.

In his current position with Penn State World Campus, Ron teaches Geography, Energy Industry Applications of GIS, and is an instructor/coach for capstone project course, EME Energy and Sustainability in Society.

Ron played basketball at Penn State DuBois and was MVP (’70-’71). He is a life member of the Penn State Alumni Association, a member of the PSAA Charlotte Chapter and a Penn State LionLink Coach. Ron enjoys active sports, coaches and plays basketball, enjoys hiking and spends much of his time on photography projects. He is a member of the Professional Photographers of America and the Carolinas Nature Photographers Association where he serves on their Conservation Committee. His photography has won numerous awards in the Carolinas and can be viewed at

2015 Penn State DuBois Alumni Awards

2015 Penn State DuBois Alumni Award Winners

2015 Penn State DuBois Alumni Award Winners

Back Row: Chancellor Melanie Hatch, Nick Suplizio, Sheri Little, Ryan McCombie,

Tony Vallone, Jackie Atkins

Front Row: Matt Gabler, Marcy Lucas, Dan Kohlhepp, Jessica Noland

Awards and Criteria

Dave Shaffer Outstanding Young Alumni Award

This award is presented to a Penn State DuBois alumnus who graduated or attended campus fifteen years ago or less and demonstrates:

  • significant professional accomplishments/promotions
  • active community leadership
  • and engagement with a campus or alumni group

Outstanding Alumni Award

This award is presented to a Penn State DuBois alumnus who graduated or attended campus sixteen to thirty years ago and demonstrates:

  • professional leadership with an impact on society
  • leadership within their professional field
  • citizenship in their community
  • and engagement with a campus or alumni group

Lifetime Achievement Alumni Award

This award is presented to a Penn State DuBois alumnus who graduated or attended campus thirty-one years ago or more and demonstrates:

  • professional leadership with a significant impact on society (global and/or international influence, published materials, etc.)
  • considerable leadership within their professional field
  • significant citizenship in their community
  • and engagement with a campus or alumni group

Distinguish Ambassador

This award is presented to a Penn State alumnus from a campus other than Penn State DuBois or friend of the Penn State DuBois campus that has demonstrated:

  • distinguished service to Penn State DuBois
  • professional leadership with a significant impact within the tri-county area
  • and significant citizenship in the Penn State DuBois service area

Current full-time employees of the university, and current members of the board of the Penn State DuBois Alumni Society are not eligible for the awards.

Previous Award Recipients


Lifetime Achievement
Award Year Recipient
2012 Stephen Johnson ‘67
2011 Dale Simbeck ‘69
2010 Michael Dugan ’68 ’78
2009 Charles Snapp ‘63
2008 Bob Grieve ‘77
2007 Robert Cavalline ‘76
2006 Francis Winslow ‘51
2005 James Meyer ’53 ‘55
2004 Alain Hunter* ’73 ’74
2003 Wilbert Lundgren ‘52
2003 Maurice Verbeke* ’49 ’54 ’66
2002 Robert Menzie, Sr. ‘50
2001 Jacqueline Schoch ’51 ’60 ‘65
1998 Benjamin Thompson Jr. ‘53
1997 Russell Orner ‘51


Outstanding Alumni
Award Year Recipient
2015   Marcella Jo Lucas ’86 ‘89
2014   Robert O. Ellinger '80
2014   Craig L. Pearce '87
2013   Rawland Cogan ’79 ‘92
2012   David Spigelmyer ‘82
2011   Christina Swank Voorhees ‘02
2010   Bryan Burhans ‘91
2009   Brent Pasquinelli ‘72
2008   Steve Monaco ‘88
2007   Ross Donahue ‘67
2006   Mark Smith ‘84
2005   Mark Freemer ‘81
2004   Lois Richards ‘89
2003   James Miller ‘68
2002   Edward Nasuti ‘74
2001   Robert Hallstrom ‘77
2000   Paul Winkler ‘78
1999   Clark Simpson ‘86
1998   Richard "Tim" Hale ‘80
1998   George Heigel ‘81
1997   Randy Burkett ‘78
1996   G. Gerald Valgora, II ‘60
1996   Vince Verbeke ‘82
1995   John Whitesell ‘62
1994   Paul Brazinski Jr. ‘81
1993   Calvin Levis, PE ’50 ‘56
1992   Jay Pifer ‘59
1991   David Ross ’69 ’71 ‘73
1990   A. Keith Smith ‘56
1989   Robert Umbaugh ‘63
1988   Harry Cowan* ‘39
1987   Frank P. Smeal* ’42
1986   David Shaffer ‘77
1985   John Meyer* ’49 ’50
1984   Gary Alt ’72 ‘77


Outstanding Young Alumni

Award Year Recipient
2015   Jessica Noland ’12 ‘14
2013   David Roush ‘04
2012   Carrie Wood ‘02
2010   C. Howard Allen ‘01
2009   Stacie Peles ‘05
2008   Jessica Jones Haggerty ‘05
2007   Jeff Case ‘96
2006   Bonnie Floro ’83 ‘99
2005   Sharon Melzer ‘99
2004   Jana Sharlow ‘00
2003   Diane Lucas ‘00
2002   Katharine Butler ’93 ‘97
2001   Teresa Morrison Amitrone ‘00
2000   Kelcey Burguess ‘86
1999   Mary Ann Himes Fields ‘92
1998   Marilynn Butler ‘92
1997   Tim Novak ’90 ’10 ‘11
1996   Douglas Brown ‘91
1995   Richard Smith* ’77 ‘86
1995   Charles Wurster ‘90
1994   Susan Spaid ‘05
1993   Kimberly Bush ‘86
1993   Laurie Sprankle ‘89
1992   Mark Falvo ‘82
1991   Joseph Zawacki, Jr. ‘82
1990   Lisa Donley Cousino ‘82
1989   David Spigelmyer ‘82
1988   Knud Hermansen, Esq. ’78 ’80 ‘86
1987   Brian Hand ‘85


Distinguished Ambassador

Award Year Recipient
2015   Dan Kohlhepp ’69 ‘71
2015   Matt Gabler
2014   Joyce R. Fairman
2013   John Bean
2012   Aaron Beatty
2011   David Trinkley
2008   Nancy Micks
2004   Dan Surra
2004   Joseph B. Scarnati III
2003   Don Georgino*