Distinguished Alumni Wall of Honor & Gala
The Parkland School District Education Foundation started a Distinguished Alumni Wall of Honor in 2012. Wall plaques don the wall at the main entrance of Parkland High School for each honoree to date. Each year, nominations are reviewed and announced in January. This year, the 9th Annual Distinguished Alumni Gala and Silent Auction, presented by St. Luke's University Health Network, will be celebrated on May 20, 2020, at Muhlenberg College.
The success of this event is credited largely to the wide support of our community.
The Foundation's annual Gala is a wonderful networking night. As a valuable member of the Lehigh Valley community, your presence would help highlight the importance of educating all children to reach their highest potential.
For 2020 event information, Gala tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Lisa Ervin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Distinguished Alumni Wall of Honor
The Parkland School District Education Foundation is proud of its establishment of a Parkland High School Distinguished Alumni Wall of Honor in 2012. The program is designed to recognize notable Parkland alumni who have brought honor to the Parkland School District. Our hope is to not only pay tribute to alumni, but also inspire students and the general community who visit our high school for years to come. We are seeking nominees who have distinguished themselves and contributed to society in an exemplary manner. In order for alumni to be eligible for nomination they must be at least 25 years of age.
Number of Awards to be Given
Awards are to be given annually with the number of nominees inducted at the discretion of the selection committee. The committee will choose from the applications which must be received by November 30th of the current school year.
Nominees are evaluated on the following criteria:
1. Accomplishments in his or her chosen career
2. Volunteer work or acts of service
3. A positive impact on people or contributions to others
4. Special recognition or awards
Selection Committee and Process
The selection committee is to be composed of the following:
1. One member from the Parkland Education Foundation Board
2. One member from the Parkland School Board
3. One member from the school district administration
4. One seasoned Parkland staff member
5. One member from the PEF Gala Committee
6. One member from the business community
The selected honoree(s) for induction to the Wall of Honor will be honored at a reception which will be determined annually. Inductee(s) will have a plaque placed on the Alumni Wall of Honor located in the main lobby of Parkland High School. Applicants submitted who were not selected will be considered again the following two years without the need to resubmit an application. If not selected within two years after original nomination, a new application must be submitted.
Application forms for nominations are available on the Parkland School District Education Foundation website here. Please keep your nomination to 3-5 pages.
Nomination forms should be returned by mail or email to:
Parkland Education Foundation
1210 Springhouse Road
Allentown PA 18104
If you have any questions please contact:
Lisa Ervin at 610-351-5572.
About the Parkland School District Education Foundation
Parkland Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax exempt organization whose primary goal is to raise funds to promote, enhance, and supplement the educational and co-curricular programs for the benefit of students and staff in the Parkland School District in order to preserve a tradition of excellence and help build the dreams of children in our community.
The Parkland School District Education Foundation announces the Distinguished Alumni Wall of Honor Inductees each January. The Wall of Honor was established in 2012 and is located inside the main entrance of Parkland High School. Wall plaques highlight the inductee achievements and include a current photo as well as the inductee’s Parkland senior picture. The individuals 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.
2019 Distinguished Alumni Wall of Honor Inductees were honored at the Foundation’s 8th Annual Distinguished Alumni Gala presented by St. Luke's University Health Network in May 2019.
Parkland Distinguished Alumni Wall of Honor Past Inductees
2019 Alumni Wall of Honor Inductees:
1970 Rance Block, President, Block Insurance Agency and 25-year Parkland Volunteer
1973 Richard G. Irwin, Culmen International, LLC, Former Senior CIA officer and Director of Incident management at Dept. of Homeland Security and the White House
1968 Curtis Rinsland, Senior Research Scientist, NASA (Deceased)
1966 Barry Search, Coach, Fireman, Retired Parkland School District Science Teacher
Paul Semmel, 1957, Co-owner of Excelsior Dairy Farm, Retired State Representative
2018 Alumni Wall of Honor Inductees:
1969 Barry Dobil, Business Owner/Josh Early Candies
2010 Samir Lakhani, Founder, Eco-Soap Bank
2000 Ryan E. Mackenzie, Member, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
1962 Don Patt, Past President, Patt White Company, Realtors: Associate Broker, Realtor
1989 Eric L. Roberts, PHS School Guidance Counselor
2017 Distinguished Alumni Wall of Honor Inductees:
1982 Kelly Lynne Campbell, Partner, The Bridgespan Group, Boston
1979 Kim Viti Fiorentino, Chancellor and General Counsel of the Archdiocese of Washington
1981 Keith Flickinger, Curator & Chief Restorer at The NB Center for American Automotive Heritage and Founder of Precision Motor Cars, Inc.
1970 Barry Holben, Vice President of Sales, Allen Organ Company
1978 Mark W. Jaindl, Chairman/President/CEO, American Bank & Chairman/President/CEO, Jaindl Enterprises
2016 Distinguished Alumni Wall of Honor Inductees:
1968 Denise Donatelli – Three-time Grammy nominated recording artists and jazz vocalist
1976 Robert B. Heintzelman – Supervisor & Co-Owner, Heintzelman Funeral Home, Inc.
1954 Barry E. Isett – Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, Barry Isett & Associates, Inc.
1993 Aimee Mullins – Actress, athlete, model and TED conference ‘All-Star’ speaker
1990 D. Brad Patt – Senior Vice President / Regional Manager, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors & The Trident Group; Lehigh Valley & Bucks County
2015 Distinguished Alumni Wall of Honor Inductees
1976 Donna Katcher
1984 Dawn Spence – Sisters and Co-Founders of Donna’s Dugout to Support ALS.
1951 Curtis E. Schneck – Custom Home Builder and Developer.
2004 Jason Toff – Head of Vine, Co-Founder of PALS at Parkland High School.
1963 Ken Zellner – Educator, 47-Year Career with Parkland School District and Kutztown University.
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