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22 Remarkable Alumni Fellows

From an expert in space systems and information intelligence to a leader at Starbucks, Penn State’s 2013 Alumni Fellows stand out in their fields and their communities—making Penn Staters proud.

This year’s Alumni Fellows will be honored at an Oct. 16 dinner at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel near 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 exactly 40 years ago, only 730 alumni—out of more than 616,000 living alumni—have been honored as Alumni Fellows, including this year’s group. 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 dinner and ceremony. For more information on the Alumni Fellow program, including criteria and past recipients, click here. Complete bios on each of this year’s Alumni Fellows will be posted online following the dinner at

The 2013 Alumni Fellows
Article related photo. Cheryl Lynn Allen ’69 Edu presides on the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. She began her career as a teacher in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, practiced law for 15 years, and spent 17 years as a trial judge in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County. She serves on the boards of several regional organizations, including the Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation and Hosanna House. Allen has received the Juvenile Court Judge’s Commission Award, the Pennsylvania Commission for Women’s History Month Award, and the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Juvenile Justice Award. She was the keynote speaker for Penn State’s 2013 Law and Education Day.
Article related photo. Nancy J. Anderson ’97g is the chief information officer and quality leader for General Electric (GE) Transportation. A certified Black Belt through GE’s Six Sigma program, Anderson previously served as e-business commercial initiatives leader and customer success leader within the Global Services division of GE Transportation. Anderson served as GE’s Penn State executive for more than five years in addition to her CIO responsibilities for GE Transportation. Since Anderson’s involvement with the University, GE has sponsored more than $11 million in projects with Penn State and was instrumental in facilitating many projects between GE Transportation, Oracle Corporation and Penn State Erie.
Article related photo. MeeCee Baker ’82, ’94g Agr serves as chief operating officer and managing partner of Versant Strategies, a governmental relations firm working with agricultural, environmental and rural issues, located in Harrisburg, Pa. She is also an adjunct professor at North Carolina State University. During her 20-year tenure as an agricultural educator, Baker became the first female elected as president of the 10,000-member National Association of Agricultural Educators. She has co-authored two textbooks, has authored or presented dozens of professional articles and is a sought-after keynote speaker. Most recently, Baker delivered the commencement speech for Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. 
Article related photo. O. Richard Bundy Jr. ’70 Edu, ’87g A&A is director of the Penn State Blue Band and professor of music education at Penn State. He also conducts Penn State’s Concert Band. An active guest conductor and adjudicator, Bundy has conducted ensembles and presented clinics throughout the eastern United States and Canada. Early in his career, Bundy was a trombonist with the U.S. Continental Army Band. He was named Bandmaster of the Year in 2001 by the Pennsylvania chapter of Phi Beta Mu, the national bandmasters’ fraternity, and in 2005, the Blue Band won the prestigious Sudler Trophy, presented annually by the John Philip Sousa Foundation.
Article related photo. Anthony J. Buzzelli ’71 Bus is retired vice chairman and regional managing partner of Deloitte and Touche LLP for the Pacific Southwest. He has held several leadership positions at Deloitte, including national managing partner for U.S. regions; member of the executive committee; member of the board of directors and operating committee; and deputy managing partner for U.S. firms. Buzzelli is a dedicated community volunteer, serving several organizations in the Los Angeles area, and now in the Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region. Buzzelli was the Smeal College of Business’ 2003 Accounting Alumnus of the Year.
Article related photo. Peter R. Dal Pezzo ’68 Eng is president and chief executive officer of Elevon, which mentors start-up companies and provides process and profitability improvement consultation to growth companies. In 1987, Dal Pezzo assumed co-ownership of Pelco and helped transform the company from a small niche player to a global leader in the video surveillance industry with sales of $800 million. He is a member of the Penn State College of Engineering Industrial and Professional Advisory Council and the Service Enterprise Engineering Advisory Board. In 2003, Dal Pezzo received the Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award from the College of Engineering. 
Article related photo. Joanne F. Finegan ’83 H&HD is chief executive officer and managing partner of ReMed Recovery Care Centers, a rehabilitation and long-term care provider for people with acquired brain injury. She is the president and past chair of the Council on Brain Injury and is a well-known presenter and writer in her field. Finegan was honored as a Distinguished Fellow in 2005 by the American Therapeutic Recreation Association, and in 2007, she received the Penn State Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management’s Alumni Recognition Award. She is a team member of Penn State’s Inclusive Recreation for Wounded Warriors training program.
Article related photo. Anna M. Gomez ’89 Lib is a partner with Wiley Rein LLP in Washington, D.C., with a practice specializing in communications. Before joining Wiley Rein in 2013, Gomez was deputy assistant secretary for communications and information, and deputy administrator for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, for the U.S. Department of Commerce. She was vice president of government affairs at Sprint Nextel, after serving for 12 years in various management positions at the Federal Communications Commission. Gomez was deputy chief of staff in the National Economic Council and staff counsel in the U.S. Senate during the Clinton Administration.
Article related photo. Robert Eugene Harbaugh ’78g Med is director of the Penn State Institute of the Neurosciences; distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Neurosurgery; and professor of the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. He is internationally recognized for his contributions to neurosurgery research and cerebrovascular surgery, and his scholarship has advanced scientific understanding and resulted in improvements in patient care and neurosurgical training. Harbaugh has held numerous leadership positions in major neurosurgical organizations; edited three books; published more than 230 articles, book chapters and abstracts; and delivered invited lectures around the world.
Article related photo. Elizabeth M. King ’79 Lib is vice president of global human resources solutions and services for Starbucks Corporation. After joining Starbucks in 1997, she developed a new strategy based on scalability, realistic implementation deadlines, software vendor collaboration and a conservative roll-out plan. In 2005, she became vice president of information management services, and she assumed her current role in 2006. King presents at a variety of venues and has been a member of the Penn State School of Hospitality Management's Technology Advisory Board since 2000. In 2011, she created a scholarship for a worthy undergraduate student in Penn State’s School of Hospitality Management.
Article related photo. Gay Krause Edu is executive director of the Krause Center for Innovation (KCI), located at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, Calif. The KCI's mission is to design and implement innovative professional development education and training to support the diverse workforce needed to compete in the knowledge economy. Krause has extensive experience in offering professional development programs to K-14 educators. With their $6.5 million gift, Krause and her husband, Bill, supported the recently opened Krause Innovation Studio to help faculty support their classes using powerful technology such as digital video, Web 2.0 tools, and mobile and ubiquitous computing.
Article related photo. Jane A. Leipold ’82 Bus, ’88g Hbg is senior vice president of human resources at TE Connectivity. Prior to her current role, Leipold was vice president of human resources at Tyco Electronics, a division of Tyco International. She has volunteered her knowledge and business experience through board memberships and as a guest lecturer to undergraduate and graduate students at a variety of universities and local colleges. She is a former board member of the United Way of the Capitol Region in Harrisburg, Pa., and is a member of the Penn State Harrisburg Board of Advisers. Leipold received an Alumni Achievement Award in 2011 from Penn State Harrisburg.
Article related photo. Mark X. Lima ’87 Com is vice president of news at Fusion, a 24-hour news channel launching nationally this fall that will serve primarily English-speaking Hispanic and Latino Americans. Prior to his role at Fusion, Lima was a senior producer for ABC News Nightline, where he developed stories and led digital and social media integration. A veteran broadcast journalist, Lima was deputy bureau chief for ABC News in Los Angeles. Lima is chair of the Penn State’s College of Communications Alumni Society Board video committee, which has produced several fund-raising videos. He also has served as a guest lecturer and mentor for the college.
Article related photo. Grace Litak-Jaswinski ’78, ’80g Lib is contract manager of commercial contract management and negotiations for Hewlett-Packard. Prior to her role at HP, Litak-Jaswinski was senior negotiations executive for 13 years with IBM, where she conducted key negotiations for the company at locations in France, Poland, and the United States. Litak-Jaswinski was the 2013 guest speaker for the Prudential Lectureship and Luncheon program at Penn State Worthington Scranton, speaking to more than 50 business and information sciences and technology degree students about international web security issues and protecting one's own privacy and online identity.
Article related photo. Jean M. Lydon-Rodgers ’85 Eng is vice president and general manager of military systems for General Electric (GE) Aviation in Cincinnati. Prior to her current position, Lydon-Rodgers served as vice president of the F136 engine project at GE Aviation and as the first female president of the GE Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team. She is an officer of the General Electric Company, an executive sponsor for GE's Corporate Leadership Staff and GE Women's Network, and an Alzheimer Association ambassador to a U.S. senator. In 2010, she received the Greater Cincinnati Career Woman of Achievement Award, and in 2013, she received the GE Chairman's award for expertise. 
Article related photo. Gary Ralph Matyas ’78 Sci is chief of the Adjuvants and Formulation Section at the U.S. Military HIV Research Program, located at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Spring, Md. His career has focused on preventing diseases through vaccine development. Matyas recently won the 2012 Avant-Garde Award for Medications Development from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a $5 million award that will fund his research to develop a vaccine against HIV and that also prevents heroin addiction. This research competition is meant to stimulate high-impact research that may lead to groundbreaking opportunities for drug abuse prevention and treatment. 
Article related photo. Antonio F. Pensa ’67g, ’69g Eng is an assistant director emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory. An internationally recognized expert in space systems and information intelligence, he was responsible for the development and implementation of the coherent integration tracking that led to the realization of a U.S. operational deep-space radar capability. Pensa is the recipient of many awards, including the National Reconnaissance Office Director’s Award for Distinguished Service, the Air Force Award for Distinguished Service, and the NASA Group Achievement Award. In 2007, he was recognized with an Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award by the Penn State College of Engineering.
Article related photo. Tom Richardson ’90g Sci is chief executive of AgResearch, Ltd., New Zealand’s largest research institute. Prior to joining AgResearch, he was chief executive at New Zealand Forestry Research Institute (Scion). During his time at Scion, he and his scientific team developed novel DNA-based approaches to plant and animal breeding, which lead to a partnership with the U.S. firm, PE-AgGen, to supply DNA testing to the New Zealand dairy industry. Richardson is a frequent contributor to advisory boards, external review panels and international science and trade delegations, including both the New Zealand–U.S. and New Zealand–E.U. Joint Commissions on Science and Technology Cooperation.
Article related photo. Susan Saint Sing ’78 Lib, ’04g H&HD is head coach of North Palm Beach Rowing Club, a consortium of high school, middle school, and college programs. A noted athlete, coach, and educator, Saint Sing is the author of nine books. She has served as program director of the U.S. National Rowing Center. She was head coach of the men’s and women’s crew at Penn State from 2001–03, and also coached at the University of Cincinnati, Kent, Xavier University, and Stetson University, winning seven national medals. In November 2009, Saint Sing was given a Vatican appointment by Pope Benedict XVI to address an international group on Spirituality of Sports and the Laity.
Article related photo. Matthew W. Schuyler ’87 Bus is chief human resources officer for Hilton Worldwide. Since 2009, he has led the company’s human resources organization from its global headquarters in McLean, Va. Prior to his role at Hilton Worldwide, Schuyler was chief human resources officer at Capital One Financial Corporation. In 2012, ExecRank recognized Schuyler as the number one human resources executive in the United States. He has been featured in Talent Management, Human Resource Executive and HR Magazine. Schuyler is a member of the Smeal College of Business’ Board of Visitors, the College of Information Sciences and Technology’s Advisory Board and the Penn State School of Hospitality Management Industry Advisory Board.
Article related photo. Andrew M. Sieg ’89 Bus is head of Global Wealth and Retirement Solutions for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and is also a member of the Bank of America Operating Committee. He is on the board of, a non-profit organization that promotes literacy in public schools, and The Peter Westbrook Foundation, which helps inner-city children develop life skills through mentoring. Sieg represents Bank of America Merrill Lynch on the board of the Global Coalition on Aging. He was the inaugural president of the Schreyer Honors College Scholar Alumni Society Board, where he still provides guidance for current board members.
Article related photo. Simon Ziff ’87 Bus is president of Ackman-Ziff, one of the nation’s leading real estate intermediaries. Since joining the firm as an analyst in 1989, Ziff has structured more than $30 billion of debt and equity financings for some of the nation’s foremost real estate developers and owners. Ziff has been recognized by the Real Estate Board of New York, including as its first recipient of the Most Promising Commercial Salesperson of the Year Award. He is also the six-time recipient of the board’s Most Ingenious Deal of the Year Award. The Penn State Smeal College of Business awarded Ziff the 1999 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award.

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