Monday, May 4th, 2015
Holiday Inn Conference Center Lehigh Valley
At this year’s Gala, we will honor the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Wall of Honor Inductees:
- Donna Katcher (1976) and Dawn Spence (1984), Sisters and Co-Founders of Donna’s Dugout to Support ALS.
- Curtis E. Schneck (1951), Custom Home Builder and Developer.
- Jason Toff (2004), Head of Vine, Co-Founder of PALS at Parkland High School.
- Ken Zellner (1963), Educator, 47-Year Career with Parkland School District and Kutztown University.
The Parkland School District Education Foundation is proud to announce the fourth class of Inductees who will don the Distinguished Alumni Wall of Honor located inside the main entrance of Parkland High School.
The people on the wall serve as an inspiration to all students to achieve excellence and remind our entire community of Parkland’s commitment to a quality educational program. We congratulate them all on this wonderful recognition. Inductees will be honored at the Foundation’s 4th Annual Gala & Silent Auction event on Monday, May 4, 2015 at the Holiday Inn Conference Center Lehigh Valley.
In September, the Parkland community was invited to nominate inductees into the Alumni Wall of Honor. Nominees are evaluated on the following criteria:
· Accomplishments in his or her chosen career
· Volunteer work or acts of service
· A positive impact on people or contributions to others
· Special recognition or awards
A selection committee comprised of one member from the Parkland Education Foundation Board, the school district’s administration, a seasoned Parkland teacher, a Gala Committee volunteer, a School Board Director, and a member from the local business community reviewed the applications and scored them using a rubric. The finalists were then approved by the Foundation Board of Directors.
Previous inductees include:
1963 Ronald C. Snyder – Volunteer, Lehigh Valley Hospital, Retired from Mack Trucks
1964 Jeffrey T. Bogert – Senior Partner, Magellan Financial Inc.
1971 Douglas Kern – Entrepreneur, Volunteer for Miracle League of the Lehigh Valley
1979 Suzanne M. Kompass – International Soprano, Platinum Selling Artist and Master Teacher of Voice
1985 Chris Renaud – Oscar-Nominated Feature Film Director
1991 Greg DeLong – Parkland’s First NFL Football Player
1967 David W. Kunkel – Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard (retired)
1977 Susan Roth (Buhosky) – Associate Professor, Culinary Arts, Northampton Community College
1977 Phil Wehr – Co-owner and Manager, A.J. Henry Lumber Co.
1977 Tom Reilly – Senior Partner at Gross McGinley LLP
1985 Dr. Marc Levitt – Director, Colorectal Center for Children, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital,
Professor of Surgery, University of Cincinnati
1988 Brent Saunders – President and CEO, Bausch + Lomb
2012 Inductees (Inaugural Year)
1952 William D. George II – President and CEO, Ironton Telephone Company
1971 Donna Steckel- Assistant Principal, Parkland High School
1974 David M. Jaindl – President and Owner, Jaindl Farms
1985 Tom Salvaggio- Managing Director, Computer Aid, Inc.
1985 Patricia Risley- Internationally Acclaimed Opera Singer
1988 Dr. Wayne J. Saunders- Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
1996 Michaela Conlin – Actress
2001 Tim Massaquoi- Former NFL Tight End
More information about the Alumni Wall of Honor program can be found here: http://www.parklandsd.org/foundation/wall.htm.
About the Parkland School District Education Foundation
Formed in the fall of 2011, the Parkland School District Education Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization raising funds in support of the academics, arts, and athletic programs in the Parkland School District for the benefit of students and staff in order to preserve a tradition of excellence and help build the dreams of children in our community. To date, the Foundation has given nearly $400,000 to the Parkland School District in the form of Celebrate Innovation grants for staff and the purchasing of equipment for the Engineering Program at Parkland High School. For more information or to donate, visit www.parklandsd.org/foundation.