Distinguished Alumni Honored at Awards Gala

Posted on 4/30/2012 4:09:37 PM

2012 Distinguished Alumni Award Winners, 400px

Seated from left: Keene, Rizzo, A. Madia, Anderson, and Brown. Standing from left: Settle, Olson, Mauchant, Wansacz, Weston, B. Madia, and David Werner, interim president of IUP.

Eleven alumni were honored at the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala, held in Sutton Hall's Blue Room on Saturday, April 28.

The black-tie event annually honors those who have reached pinnacle career achievements or have provided service to IUP. This year's honorees also spent Friday visiting classrooms and speaking with students, and a group of the awardees participated in a women's leadership panel discussion in  Eberly College of Business and Information Technology

The Alumni Relations Office invites nominations for future awardees from faculty, staff, students, alumni, or friends of IUP.  Nomination materials may be found on the Alumni Relations Office's website.

This year's honorees were:

Bonnie (Harbison) Anderson ’80, cofounder and chief executive officer of Veracyte, a molecular diagnostics company.

Francie Brown ’82, a dialect coach who has worked with actors from films such as Remember the Titans, Fight Club, Holes, The Chamber, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Blind Side, The Fighter, and Inception.

Monica Rizzo ’87, senior writer, People magazine. Television is her main beat, and Dancing With the Stars is just one of the programs she covers.

Nancy (Vetakis) Keene ’72, founder of the Perfect Fit, a blog and corporate leadership consultancy, and developer of the Changeometer (TM), a framework for strategic decision-making.

Florence Mauchant M’85, managing director of HT Capital Advisors LLC and former vice president for Generale Bank (now Fortis), the largest Belgian bank, where she directed a marketing program to Fortune 500 and European clients and supervised a loan portfolio of approximately $2 billion.

Gary Olson D’80, professor in the department of English and Philosophy at Idaho State University, former provost, and writer for the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Tracy Settle ’80, a colonel in the U.S. Army and chief of International Engagements, National Guard Bureau.

Marla (Prizant) Weston ’80, chief executive officer of the American Nurses Association, which represents more than 3 million nurses nationwide and is instrumental in developing the standards and scope of practice for registered nurses.

Jim Wansacz ’94, who has served as president of the IUP Alumni Association Board of Directors and has assisted the university in numerous ways, including serving on the search committee that sought IUP's new president, received the Distinguished Alumni Award for Service. He is former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and a current Lackawanna County commissioner.

Bill Madia '69, M'71 and Audrey DeLaquil Madia '70 were honored as Volunteers of the Year. She operates an interior design firm, and he is chairman of the Board of Overseers and vice president for the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford University. They have organized and hosted alumni events on the West Coast and have provided career expertise by speaking with current students at IUP.