23 Remarkable Penn Staters
From an award–winning architect to the director of global nutrition for a major food company, Penn State’s 2010 Alumni Fellows have demonstrated outstanding professional accomplishments in their varied careers.
This year’s Alumni Fellows will be honored at an Oct. 13 ceremony at The Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus. Recognized for their outstanding professional accomplishments, the honorees will be given the lifelong title of Alumni Fellow, the highest award given by the Penn State Alumni Association.
Since the award was established in 1973, more than 600 alumni have been honored as Alumni Fellows. Each Alumni Fellow receives a commemorative award, designed and hand-cast by Jeanne Stevens-Sollman ’72g, an acclaimed medallic artist and herself a 2007 Alumni Fellow.
Complete Alumni Fellow bios will be posted on the Alumni Association’s website following the Oct. 13 dinner and ceremony. For more information on the Alumni Fellow program, including criteria and past recipients, click here.
The 2010 Alumni Fellows
|Gary D. Bello ’69 is a private equity investor and entrepreneur in Lexington, Ky., with more than 40 years of experience in manufacturing, engineering, consulting, entrepreneurship and executive management. He is also a principal investor in several central Kentucky companies. From 1983 to 1993, Bello was vice president of Clark Equipment Company, serving as president and CEO of Clark’s worldwide forklift subsidiary, Clark Materials Handling, for four of those years. At Clark, Bello was instrumental in leading the financial turnaround of the forklift company. Before joining Clark, Bello spent 15 years at General Motors, where he became the youngest senior executive in the company.|
|Donald K. Boswell ’75, ’77g is president and CEO of Western New York Public Broadcasting Association (WNED) in Buffalo, N.Y. He has managed the WNED public broadcasting operations since January 1998. Boswell has been instrumental in focusing WNED and the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) on childhood education. Recently, he oversaw the shift of the Emmy award-winning children’s series Reading Rainbow—produced at WNED for national PBS broadcast—from a broadcast program to a web-based writing project. Before joining WNED, Boswell worked with North Texas Public Broadcasting Inc. in Dallas, KCTS in Seattle, and WVIA in Pittston, Pa. Among other honors, he’s received five national Emmy Awards.|
|T. Robert Boulware ’86 is manager of issues and crisis communications for FedEx Ground, headquartered in Pittsburgh. At FedEx Ground, with a workforce of 70,000, Boulware is responsible for strategic development for issues/crisis management plans, public and media relations, and community relations. Before joining FedEx, he managed communications and community relations and was the company spokesman for Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania and Columbia Gas of Maryland. Boulware also previously worked as media relations coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the San Diego Chargers and as a media relations assistant for six Super Bowls. At Penn State, Boulware was the 1984 IC4A long jump champion.|
|Paula Donson ’82g is director of workforce and organization development for Alaska Railroad Corporation, overseeing organization planning and development. She also is an adjunct faculty member with the University of Alaska Anchorage, where she helped create the Master of Science Project Management Program. Donson previously worked with Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, Alaska Seafood International and Wakefern Food Corporation, where she helped the company achieve its goal of increasing employee diversity in supervisory and management positions. Following a post–doc at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Donson started her career with Unisys in 1984.|
|Robert G. Faris ’60 is the founder and chairman of the board of Enterprise Investors of New York, N.Y., one of the oldest and largest private equity investment companies managing funds in Eastern Europe. Faris is a pioneer in the global private equity and venture capital industries, more recently focusing on the Eastern European market. In 1990, Faris became the first president of the Polish-American Enterprise Fund (PAEF), one of 10 enterprise funds created to invest in fledging businesses in Poland and Eastern Europe to help countries transition to a free-market economy. Before PAEF, Faris served for 17 years as the president of Alan Patricof Associates, now Apax.|
|Kenneth J. Fasola ’81 is a vice president of Humana, Inc. in Louisville, Ken. In his current role, he oversees the company's retail insurance businesses and helps the company focus on consumer-driven insurance products. Fasola rejoined Humana in October 2009 after a seven-year absence. During that time, Fasola spent nearly seven years at UnitedHealth Group in Minneapolis, serving as the company CEO of UnitedHealthcare before being promoted to president the following year. In his first tenure at Humana from 1990–2002, Fasola held senior positions in sales, marketing and business development; then served as the senior vice president in the Office of the Chairman; and finally, as the chief operating officer of market operations.|
|Edward J. Fitzpatrick ’88 is the senior vice president and chief financial officer of Motorola, Inc. Fitzpatrick joined Motorola in 2000 and was named CFO in 2009. Previous positions with Motorola include corporate vice president of finance for Motorolla's Home and Networks Mobility business, vice president and controller for the Networks and Enterprise and the Government and Enterprise Mobility Solutions business units, and controller for the Connected Home Solutions unit. Before joining Motorola, Fitzpatrick was assistant corporate controller for General Instrument Corp. and senior manager at Price Waterhouse. After graduating from Penn State, Fitzpatrick earned an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.|
|Louis G. Galliker ’56 is chairman and president of Galliker Dairy Company in Johnstown, Pa., the leading dairy operation providing a wide range of dairy and non-dairy products to the Mid-Atlantic region. After beginning his career with the Philadelphia Dairy Products Company, Galliker joined the Galliker Dairy Company in 1958 and was named president 10 years later. He became the chairman of the board in 2002 and chairman and president in 2006. A recognized leader in the dairy industry, Galliker serves on numerous local and national boards including the boards of the International Ice Cream Association, Pennsylvania Association of Milk Dealers and Pennsylvanians for Effective Government.|
|David W. Grzelak ’71 is chairman and CEO of Komatsu America Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Komatsu Ltd., Tokyo, Japan. Komatsu is the world’s second largest, fully integrated manufacturer and supplier of construction and mining equipment. Grzelak oversees five Komatsu operations in the United States, 2,000 employees, and a network of manufacturing plants, engineering development centers, and parts depots. He joined Komatsu Dresser Company in 1991 as vice president of sales and rose through the company’s ranks becoming chairman and CEO in 2002 of Komatsu America Corp., which manufactures and markets hydraulic excavators, wheel loaders, crawler dozers, off-highway trucks, and motor graders.|
|Kevin M. Harter ’90, ’05g is chairman of Saladax Biomedical Inc., a leader in personalized medicine and companion diagnostics. He provides the overall strategic leadership for the company and was primarily responsible for the company’s success in raising $24 million from investors, and their recent development partnership with Bristol-Myers Squibb. Harter is also co-founder and senior vice president of the Life Sciences Greenhouse of Central Pennsylvania. LSGPA invests in the growth of life science companies, focusing on technologies developed at universities, especially Penn State. Previously, Harter was co-founder of Keystone Medical Systems, the largest independent supplier of information technology and electronic medical record solutions to physicians.|
|Michael W. Laphen ’72 is chairman, president and CEO of Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) in Falls Church, Va. He is responsible for the effective execution of CSC's business plan and for ensuring operational excellence in the delivery of services to clients around the globe. Since joining the company in 1977, Laphen has held a number of senior positions in technical, financial, and general management areas in diverse markets that span the commercial, public sector and international areas. He is a presidential appointee to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee and is also a member of the Information Technology Association of America, the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association of America and the National Defense Industrial Association.|
|Idamarie Laquatra ’75, ’79g, ’83g is director of global nutrition for H.J. Heinz Company in Pittsburgh. At Heinz, Laquatra serves as the company’s public face for nutritional matters and as chief advisor for the Heinz’s nutrition policy. Before joining Heinz, Laquatra was a nutritional consultant to companies including Heinz, Captain D’s Seafood Kitchen, Kings Family Restaurants, Shape Up America!, and the Life Skills Center at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has also assumed leadership roles in the Pittsburgh Dietetic Association, Pennsylvania Dietetic Association, and the American Dietetic Association (ADA). In 2007, Laquatra received the ADA’s prestigious Medallion Award.|
|Beverly J. McIver ’92g is the SunTrust Endowed Professor of Art at North Carolina Central University and an acclaimed painter. McIver has gained national prominence for her artwork, which challenges cultural assumptions about race, gender and her own identity as an African American woman. She has taught at Duke, North Carolina State and Arizona State universities. McIver has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship. She has exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions and is the subject of a documentary, Raising Renee, about her life as a painter and her role as caretaker of her developmentally disabled sister. HBO has purchased Raising Renee, which is scheduled for broadcast in 2011.|
|Charlotte B. McLaughlin ’75 is president and chief executive officer of PNC Capital Markets, LLC. As the most senior executive at PNC Capital Markets, she oversees product strategy, sales, risk management and all regulatory aspects of the capital markets business. McLaughlin joined PNC’s corporate banking business in 1996 as senior vice president and managing director. She was named to her current position in 2002 and was instrumental in rebuilding previously dormant businesses at PNC Capital Markets, making them profitable and strategically important parts of PNC’s overall business. U.S. Banker magazine recognized McLaughlin as one of the top 10 most powerful women in banking in 2008.|
|George H. Miller ’73 is an architect and managing partner of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. He is also the current president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the largest architectural organization in the United States. Miller joined Pei Cobb Freed & Partners in 1975 and was promoted to partner in 1989. His projects have included Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters (N.J.), Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center (Dallas), John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse and Harborpark (Boston), China Europe International School of Business (Shanghai), Tour EDF at La Defense (Paris), National Constitution Center (Philadelphia), Hyatt Center (Chicago), Musée d’art Moderne (Luxembourg), and the NASCAR Hall of Fame (Charlotte), among others.|
|Robert E. Morgan Jr. ’89 is CEO of MorganFranklin Corporation, a business and technology solutions company providing a wide-range of expertise to help commercial and government clients throughout the world tackle high-stakes financial, operations and IT challenges. Founded in 1998 by Morgan, his brother Ron Morgan ’93, and Rob Franklin, MorganFranklin has grown to 300 employees working in offices worldwide with a diverse client list. Prior to founding MorganFranklin, Morgan was a project engineer designing communication systems for the Navy SEALs and the White House Communications Agency. He managed communications and IT integration programs for the Navy, White House Communications Agency, Special Operations Forces, the FBI and other government agencies.|
|Joseph G. Pizarchik ’79 is director of the U.S. Department of Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) in Washington, D.C. President Barack Obama nominated Pizarchik for his current position, and the U. S. Senate confirmed him last November. Prior to joining OSMRE, Pizarchik served more than 17 years with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP), rising to assistant director in the Bureau of Regulatory Counsel before his appointment as director of the Bureau of Mining and Reclamation. Among his many accomplishments, Pizarchik is also credited with helping clear the way for the sale of private mining property to the families of Flight 93 to enable the construction of the memorial.|
|Karen L. Quintos ’85 was very recently named senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Dell. Previously, she was vice president and general manager of Dell Global Public Marketing. During her 10 years at Dell, Quintos has held several positions, including vice president of marketing for Dell Americas’ $15 billion, one-million-customer commercial businesses. Quintos also has held other executive leadership roles at Dell in sales, services, call center management and supply-chain operations. Before joining Dell, Quintos worked for Citigroup and Merck & Co., in marketing, planning, operations and supply chain. In addition to her Penn State degree, Quintos earned a master’s degree in marketing and international business from New York University.|
|Walter C. Rakowich ’79 is CEO of ProLogis, a leading global provider of distribution facilities and services, with more than 475 million square feet of industrial space in markets across North America, Europe and Asia. Since joining ProLogis in 1994, Rakowich has served as president and COO, managing director and CFO, and senior vice president/director of the company’s Mid-Atlantic region. Before that, he spent nine years as a partner and principal with real estate developer Trammell Crow Company and four years as a senior audit and tax consultant for Price Waterhouse. In addition to his Penn State degree, Rakowich earned his MBA from Harvard Business School.|
|Robert V. Rege ’75g, ’82R is the Hall and Mary Lucile Shannon Distinguished Chair in Surgery, and professor and chairman in the department of surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. For more than 20 years, Rege has studied the pathogenesis of gallstone formation with funding by the VA Merit Reward Program. He has authored more than 130 publications and given 100 lectures sharing his research findings. Rege serves on several editorial boards and is a past president of the Association of VA Surgeons and the North Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).|
|Michael R. Rosenberg ’76g is president of Michael R. Rosenberg & Associates in Basking Ridge, N.J. He consults on exchange rate and interest rate forecasting and has designed innovative analytics for some of the biggest financial services companies in the world. Since 2005, Rosenberg has consulted for Bloomberg L.P. on a wide range of analytics as well as authored two flagship reports: FX Market Insights and Financial Conditions Watch, which analyzes the fundamental forces driving the U.S. economy and financial markets. Before that, Rosenberg held senior research positions at Deutsche Bank (1999–2004) and Merrill Lynch (1984–1999). He’s also the author of two prominent books on exchange rate forecasting.|
|Stuart F. Seides ’67 has practiced cardiology in Washington, D.C., since 1978. He is the founder of Cardiology Associates, P.C., the area’s largest comprehensive cardiovascular group, and he serves as associate director for cardiology at Washington Hospital Center and clinical professor of medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine. Prior to founding Cardiology Associates, Seides was a senior investigator at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health. His major clinical activities have included consultative and interventional cardiology, including the initiation of the coronary angioplasty program at Washington Hospital Center in 1981, now regarded as one of the nation’s busiest and best facilities.|
|Reginal W. Spiller ’79g is chief operating officer for Allied Energy Corporation in Houston, an international oil and gas exploration and production company. Spiller is responsible for the strategic growth and expansion of the company’s exploration and production business. Before joining Allied Energy, Spiller co-founded Frontera Resources Corporation, which was active in Central Asia, South America and Eastern Europe. As a senior executive for 14 years, he managed all technical activity on behalf of the company. During President Bill Clinton’s first term, Spiller served as the deputy assistant secretary for gas and petroleum technologies at the U.S. Department of Energy.|