JOHN "HANK MURTA" ADAMS Penncrest High School Class of 1974
John “Hank Murta” Adams is the recipient of three National Endowment of the Arts Fellowships and the New York State Arts Grant. Hank credits the wonderful teaching of “legendary” Penncrest teacher, Claude Falcone for inspiring him to attend college. His works are housed by some of the greatest collections in the United States and abroad. In an email regarding his inductions to the Penncrest Hall of Fame, Hank said, “I doubt I would have gone to college had it not been for Claude’s obsessive dedication. The art program was our unifying community at Penncrest and Falcone was our “driver,” I graduated high school in 1974 and received a scholarship to study at the Rhode Island School of Design (I’m sure Claude and my father’s pleading letters were responsible).”
MARK ALLAM Media High School Class of 1927
Professor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania from 1945 to 1977, Dr. Allam has been an author and a contributor to numerous scientific and medical journals. He was also a member and past-president of the Board of Education for the Media Borough Schools from 1941 to 1960.
JOHN BAKER Penncrest High School Class of 1967
As an All-American track and field athlete at the University of Maryland, John was a world class miler who represented the United States in international competition. Over the past twenty-five years, he has shared his education, hard-work, and sense of honor with the students of Rose Tree Media as a teacher and coach.
PERCY O. BATTIPS JR. Media High School Class of 1937
Dr. Percy Batipps, Jr. is the son of Percy and Mae Batipps, a distinguished long-time Media family. Dr. Batipps spent his life as an area medical doctor, committed to the well-being of his community. In 1996, he was recognized for his 50 years of medical service by the Pennsylvania Medical Society. Through his work ethic, Dr. Batipps continues to be a role model for this community's younger generation.
JUAN BAUGHN Media High School Class of 1962
Well known and highly regarded in educational circles around the nation, Dr. Baughn
has distinguished himself as a teacher, coach, principal, superintendent of schools, and university lecturer. He has conducted inspirational workshops throughout the country on multicultural sensitivity, self-esteem, and effective leadership. Dr. Baughn has received numerous awards such as the Bob Edgar Humanitarian Award and the Freedom Award as well as induction into the Media Old Timers Hall of Fame.
RANDALL BEVAN Penncrest High School Class of 1998
Randy Bevan, owner of Bevan's Candies in Media, PA. Mr. Bevan is the "chief cook and bottle washer" and driving force behind Bevan's Candies and has continued the long-standing Media tradition. Candy making is a tradition passed down from his parents and his grandparents before them. Always a staple in the community, Bevan's Candies is undergoing a renaissance under Randy Bevan's watch.
CINDY GILBERT BEVILACQUA Penncrest High School Class of 1980
Three-time All-American, Cindy Bevilacqua has had an extensive impact on the local, state, national and international levels in the sport of Archery as a player, coach and teacher. Cindy was Pennsylvania Athlete of the year in 1995 and is currently the Team Leader for USA Archery in Colorado Springs, Colorado, as well as a regional coach. She continues to reach out and encourage RTMSD students who choose to learn this sport.
STEPHEN BLOOM Penncrest High School Class of 1979
Stephen represents the citizens of the 199th Legislative District (Cumberland County) in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, author of the books The Believer's Guide to Legal Issues and They've Crossed the Line: A Patriot's Guide to Religious Freedom. He has been a successful lawyer in private practice and an adjunct instructor at Messiah College. Stephen is a member of the Carlisle Alliance Church and has been active in the leadership of numerous civic organizations and ministries.
KAREN EMAS BORBEE Penncrest High School Class of 1980
As a three time all-American lacrosse player, Karen led the University of Delaware to several national championships before earning a position on the 1989 United States World Cup championship team. More recently Karen has distinguished herself as a professor of physical education at Swarthmore College, where she coaches both the women's hockey and lacrosse teams.
BRUCE R. BRAUN Penncrest High School Class of 1981
Considered one of America’s leading lawyers for business, Mr. Braun’s practice has represented clients such as Microsoft and the McDonald’s Corporation. Bruce has served as a lecturer and adjunct professor at Loyola University of Chicago Law School as well as Northwestern Law School and has received a Burton Award for excellence in legal writing.
JAYNE SMITH BROWN Penncrest High School Class of 1979
A product of Media Elementary, Springton Lake Middle School and Penncrest High School, Jayne Brown quickly found her niche as a natural sales person. After getting involved with several retail outlets, Ms. Brown worked her way through JC Penny’s leadership structure over the course of fifteen years to become their District Market Trainer, focusing on point of sale training for the 15-store Philadelphia market. In 1997, Ms. Brown joined the video and e-commerce retailer QVC, currently enjoying her 16th year as an on-air program host. Her position has afforded Ms. Brown the opportunity to travel internationally and be a guest on, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” during the “Next Great Invention” episode.
STEPHEN V. BURHAM Penncrest High School Class of 1990
Stephen Burnham is definitely someone PHS students should model their lives after. Stephen is a person who is caring, ambitious, hard working, and a class act that has really reached his potential both professionally and as a person. Stephen is ambitious! He chose to pursue a career in administration where he could have more impact on students’ lives. While working a full time job and raising a family, he went and earned his Doctoral degree in Administration from Widener University. Stephen then earned the position of assistant principal at Wilson Southern Jr. High where he worked for many years. Some people who don’t know Stephen may think he is blessed with incredible intelligence and that things just come easy to him. However, Stephen learned that he had to work harder in order to succeed - Stephen had the desire to be great and his hard work got him there, and to this day, he always gives his all to everything he does.
JAMES V. COE, JR. Penncrest High School Class of 1976
Jim has distinguished himself as a scientific researcher in his career as a Professor of Chemistry at the Ohio State University. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed papers, given many international talks and has been a Fellow of the American Physical Society since 2008. His research currently involves finding applications of plasmonics in biology, chemistry and physics. Mr. Coe's work includes the development of a method to record spectra or sub wavelength particles, which includes chemically characterizing the dust particles that are inhaled into people's lungs.
NANCY ACHUFF COFFMAN Penncrest High School Class of 1968
Nancy Achuff Coffman is a leader in national and international women’s lacrosse. Her love of the game began while at Penncrest High School and has grown to have an impact on the sport well beyond our community. Her experience as a player at Penncrest and West Chester University grew into an extensive coaching and umpiring career. Her international umpiring resume includes six European Championships, six U-19 World Championships, and four World Cups. Nancy Achuff Coffman is an inductee of the Eastern Pennsylvania Lacrosse Hall of Fame and is recognized as the foremost trainer of new umpires in the Philadelphia area.
RONALD COUNCIL Media High School Class of 1959
Nicknamed, “The Media Meteor,” Mr. Council earned recognition at Media High School playing football and track and field. He also honed his leadership skills serving as class president this junior and senior years. After graduating from Gettysburg College, Mr. Council served in Vietnam for the Marine Corps as a Navy pilot, earning 2 medals for his multiple search and rescue and supply missions between 1964 through 1970. Mr. Council enjoyed a successful career in the banking industry after his time in the military, living in Dallas, Boston and eventually settling back in Philadelphia.
ELIZABETH M. CYLMA Penncrest High School Class of 1986
As senior operations manager for Bain and Company, Elizabeth is responsible for designing and implementing multi-million dollar technical assistance and advisory projects to develop financial markets and financial institutions in the countries of the former Soviet Union. Fluent in Russian, Elizabeth is a Harvard graduate who received her MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
ANN CRUMB Penncrest High School Class of 1968
Nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in 1993, Ann has performed in numerous Broadway and off-Broadway productions from the classics to post-modernist theatre.
ROBERT E. J. CURRAN, JR. Penncrest High School Class of 1981
As a Master in the Delaware County Juvenile Court, Robert takes personal interest and sincere care in each case. His leadership and sense of fairness is commendable. He has also served as chairperson of Delaware County Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. Robert has served as a member of several local scholarship committees for graduating seniors of Penncrest High School. He has distinguished himself through his dedicated service to the youth of this community.
PHILIP W. DAMIANI Penncrest High School Class of 1968
As a director in the Delaware County Criminal Justice System, Phil has developed numerous programs for troubled youth. He has also served as president of D.A.R.E., the Penncrest Alumni Association, and the Rose Tree Media Optimist Club, as well as the Rose Tree Media School Board. He has distinguished himself through his dedicated service to the youth of this community.
PAUL DIMEO Penncrest High School Class of 1976
Known as a host and designer of the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Paul DiMeo has received numerous accolades including two Emmy Awards as well as the People’s Choice Award. Through his work, Paul has become an outspoken role model who reaffirms the importance of community service within our society.
GREGORY DOWNER Penncrest High School Class of 1980
A starter for the winningest boys basketball team in Penncrest history, Mr. Downer played basketball for four years at Lynchburg College. He currently serves as the Varsity head coach for the boys basketball team at Lower Merion High School, where his teams have won three PIAA state titles. In 2014, “USA Today” named him the best boys basketball coach in Pennsylvania. Having coached NBA superstar Kobe Bryant at Lower Merion, Mr. Downer is already a member of the Media Area Sports Hall of Fame and the Lower Merion Basketball Hall of Fame.
MICHAEL P. DRASS Penncrest High School Class of 1979
Mike Drass has distinguished himself as a premier Division III college football coach at Wesley College. Under his leadership, his teams have amassed 9 ACFC championships, 18 NCAA playoff games, and since 2004, a .946 home field winning percentage. Individual honors are just as impressive with 132 All-American honors and 191 all-conference selections. All of the success on the field is secondary to what Coach Drass expects from his players in the classroom. "Football at Wesley College is about a cap and gown, not a helmet and shoulder pads. Our belief is simple: There is no success on the field unless there is progress toward a degree in the classroom."
CAROLYN ACHUFF DUFF Penncrest High School Class of 1967
Upon graduating from Penncrest in 1967, Carolyn Achuff Duffy dedicated her life to the heath and welfare of children as a school nurse. After moving to South Carolina, Ms. Achuff Duffy established herself as a leader in her field. She earned the South Carolina School Nurse of the Year Award, served as president of the South Carolina Association of School Nurses, and testified before the U.S. Senate on child nutrition programs. Ms. Achuff Duffy currently serves as president of the National Association of School Nurses.
JOHN L. ECHTERNACH, SR. Media High School Class of 1949
During his distinguished career in physical therapy, Dr. Echternach has served as an eminent scholar, professor, and chairman to the School of Community Health Professions and Physical Therapy at Old Dominion University. Considered an expert in the field of physical therapy, John has managed many physical therapy departments and outpatient clinics, conducted extensive research, and authored numerous publications.
DR. THOMAS J. EDWARDS Media High School Class of 1941
Besides working as a supervisor of reading on both the high school and college level, Dr. Edwards also served as literacy advisor to the Iranian Ministry of Education. For this work Tom was awarded a special citation by the United States government. The Learning Center at State University of New York at Buffalo was renamed in his honor.
ROBERT F. ENGLE Penncrest High School Class of 1960
A professor, author, and lecturer at New York University's Stern School of Business, Dr. Engle is an internationally known expert in financial econometrics. For devising new models for measuring economic volatility, Dr. Engle was awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize.
DIANE L. FAZZI Penncrest High School Class of 1979
As a committed teacher, Diane has dedicated her work to the improvement of services for the visually impaired and blind. As a professor, her numerous presentations, articles, and books on the subject are widely circulated on an international basis.
KATHERINE FONSHELL Penncrest High School Class of 1987
After distinguishing herself as an All-American in cross-country and track at Villanova University, Kate represented the United States in the 10,000 meter run at the 1996 Olympics. She has also been recognized as the athlete of the year by the United States Track and Field Association as well as the Delaware County Daily Times.
JULANI THOMAS GHANA Penncrest High School Class of 1982
After completing a distinguished basketball career at Philadelphia Textile which included
several NCAA appearances, two conference championships, tryouts in the NBA and CBA, Jule served as Assistant Director of Admissions at West Chester University. Through his positive attitude, character, and integrity, Jule has become a remarkable role model to his community. Presently, he manages the Philadelphia 76’ers community outreach program.
WILLIAM GROSS Media High School Class of 1939
Known for his community service, Bill has served as a member of both the Media and RTM school boards, for over 20 years. He was awarded the Purple Heart while serving as 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. army in 1945.
DAVID JOHNSON Penncrest High School Class of 1968
Mr. Johnson has spent his career in the land development industry. He worked for the National Association of Home Builders in Washington, D.C., various major builders/developers, and owned his own real estate development firm specializing in land development engineering. He was instrumental in establishing the first U.S. undergraduate land development curriculum for civil engineering students. Mr. Johnson teaches third and fourth level Land Development courses at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is a licensed professional engineer in five states and a fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers. He has published numerous articles and authored two books on Land Development that have become a primary resource for the real estate development industry. Mr. Johnson continues to give back to his profession and community through volunteering, mentoring and teaching.
THEODORE D. HADLEY, JR Media High School Class of 1946
Known for his many years of community service, Ted has been an active member of various civic organizations, dedicating his time to help those less fortunate. In 1994, he was named Citizen of the Year by the Delaware County Chamber of Congress for his leadership, vision, and commitment to our community.
CHRISTY HANSEN Penncrest High School Class of 1993
Through her work at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Christy is responsible for developing procedures to train astronauts on assembling and building components of the International Space Station. She also is involved in the Mission Control Center during actual space flights as a flight controller. Christy has received numerous awards for her contributions to the United States space program.
JO ANN HARPER Penncrest High School Class of 1961
Inducted in both the Media Hall of Fame as a player and the Delco Lacrosse Hall of Fame as a coach, Josie has distinguished herself as a player, coach, and teacher on both the high school and collegiate level. In 1992, she was appointed Associate Director of Athletics at Dartmouth College.
LYNN (WERTZBERGER) HEILER Penncrest High School Class of 1970
Known for her work in the advertising industry, Lynn Heiler became the publisher of the The New Yorker in 1992. By 1994, Mrs. Heiler was elevated to vice- president and publisher of Bon Appetit magazine. In 1995, she was named publisher of the year among Newhouse magazines. As a member of the Conde Nast organization, Mrs. Heiler managed programs for women interns and played a key role in mentoring employees.
JOHN J. HILFERTY, JR Media High School Class of 1950
Known for his humorous, yet enlightening style, John Hilferty worked as an editor, writer, and reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer for over 25 years. His most recent works include The Mad River Valley, a photographic history of the Mad River Valley in Vermont as well as his novel Moonlight in Vermont. Mr. Hilferty received numerous awards for his writing including a share in the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for general local reporting awarded to The Philadelphia Inquirer and the 1998 gold medal for newspaper travel writing. His column, "The Senior Traveler," is published monthly by The Philadelphia Inquirer.
JODY MILLER HILL Penncrest High School Class of 1968
Jody Hill is the principal hydro geologist and president of Hill Environmental Group, which specializes in environmental construction and site restoration. Under her leadership, HILL has evolved into a company with a reputation for providing integrated services in the areas of environmental compliance, site cleanup, municipal engineering, and planning and construction remediation.
JENNY HOURIHAN-BAILIN Penncrest High School Class of 1976
Jenny Hourihan-Bailin, is a Swarthmore graduate and recipient of the Thomas B. McCabe and Harry S. Truman scholarships and interfaces with both domestic and international businesses. As an investment banker, her work has spanned a variety of financial markets, including services for global enterprises and governments.
PATRICIA H. JENKINS Penncrest High School Class of 1969
Since receiving her Juris Doctor from Dickinson Law School and Master of Laws from Villanova University, Judge Jenkins has worked in her own private practice as well as taught at both Widener and Villanova Universities. In 1993, she was appointed to the Court of Common Pleas of Delaware County.
I. KING JORDAN Penncrest High School Class of 1962
After serving in many capacities from professor to dean of the College of Arts, at Gallaudet University, Dr. Jordan became, in 1988, the university’s first deaf president. Through his vision and example, he has opened unlimited educational and professional opportunities for the hearing-impaired.
ROBERT KANEDA Media High School Class of 1965
Dr. Robert Kaneda has distinguished himself in the medical profession as an orthopedic surgeon and director of the Orthopedic Residency Training Program at Community General Osteopathic Hospital. His varied interests also include flying and auto racing. Until his retirement in 1991, he was considered a very competitive professional race car driver in the Formula Ford and Formula Atlantic Circuits.
WILLIAM KAUFMAN Media High School Class of 1949
Known for his dedication, community loyalty, and service, Bill has been a legendary teacher, coach, and athletic director in Rose Tree Media for his entire adult life. Under his guidance, students learned the values of sportsmanship, fair play, honor, and dependability --- the keys to understanding adulthood and citizenship.
ELIZABETH UPSON KIDD Penncrest High School Class of 1968
Through her sacrificial giving of herself to the needy, the homeless, and the unloved, Elizabeth Upson Kidd provides health care for the inner city poor of the Boston area. Along with several friends, she founded Place of Promise, a home for people in critical need. Her mission is to give spiritual and physical support to the critically ill and dying.
ROBERT KOCH Penncrest High School Class of 1969
After working in the concert industry, Mr. Koch became instrumental in forming the New Park Entertainment Company. The Company has been responsible for promoting such famous musical artists as the Rolling Stones, U2, Phish, Rod Stewart, Whitney Houston, Shania Twain, and Bob Dylan. Bob also serves as the tour business manager for U2.
J. DOUGLAS KUSHNERICK Penncrest High School Class of 1976
A senior scientific advisor at Exxon Mobil Research and Engineering, Douglas Kushnerick is the co-inventor of a chemical process which is now used to convert benzene to higher–valued plastics. For his research, Mr. Kushnerick was honored as a recipient for the 2004 Thomas Alva Edison Award. This award recognizes outstanding inventors who positively impact the economy as well as the environment.
MICHAEL J. LANCELLOT Penncrest High School Class of 1974
As a leader in the business community, Mike has risen to the position of President and CEO of Vector Marketing Corporation. On the personal side, Mike truly understands the concept of community service and volunteerism. Through his energetic, proactive leadership, Mike has made significant contributions both locally and nationally to those in our society who are less fortunate. His compassion, love, and dedication to others are an inspiration to all.
JOHN W. LAUFER, III Penncrest High School Class of 1979
A police officer, teacher, and supervisor, Captain John Laufer is responsible for overseeing the instructional staff at the State Police Academy as well as supervising four regional police training centers. In 1985, his unselfish actions, during a shooting at the Springfield Mall, saved many citizens from certain death. Jack's caring attitude for his fellow man makes him a true leader in our community.
I. FRANK LEES Media High School Class of 1936
Having served as president of the Media Planning Commission for 25 years, Frank is deeply committed to the development and historical preservation of Media. He acts as curator for the Media Historical Archives and serves as the town’s historian.
SAMUEL LEMON Penncrest High School Class of 1969
As manager of Community Education Services for WHYY TV 12, Sam is known for directing and producing informative educational programs. His frequent columns in Applause Magazine and a publication of WHYY, focus on thought-provoking educational topics. As an author, Sam has published several short stories and plays.
PEGGY MASON LEVESQUE Media High School Class of 1966
For more than thirty-five years, Peggy Levesque has served the Rose Tree Media community as a student-athlete, teacher, mentor, and coach. Inducted into the Media Old Timer's Hall of Fame in 1998, Peggy is the coach with the most wins in Penncrest history with 264 wins and 6 volleyball championships. She is known for her caring firmness, respect for students, and service to the school community
PAUL A. LINVILL Media High School Class of 1945
As owner of Linvilla Orchards, Paul and his family have pioneered the concept of recreational agriculture. The combination of the farm, the market, and the Knowlton and Hidden Hollow swimming pools have made Linvilla Orchards a family friendly, learning environment within our community. The development of Pumpkinland, play land, and hayrides along with opportunities for school tours and for seasonal employment has been influential in the growth of our children.
DAVID LOCKWOOD Penncrest High School Class of 1984
After distinguishing himself as a defensive back at West Virginia University, David has served as a highly respected Division I football coach at major programs such as Notre Dame, Minnesota, Kentucky, and Wet Virginia. Coach Lockwood is also a member of the Media Area Hall of Fame and the Delaware County Hall of Fame.
KEVIN R. LYNCH Penncrest High School Class of 1968
Dr. Lynch has distinguished himself as a professor of Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Genetics at the University of Virginia. Through his lectures, numerous publications, seminars, and mentoring of countless students, Kevin has earned an international reputation for his work in microbiology.
PATRICIA MC GAUGHEY HIGGINS Media High School Class of 1952
Pat Higgins has demonstrated her love for the youth of her community through her selfless acts of charity: her support for education and the Special Olympics. As a philanthropist, she has given her support to both student scholarships as well as annual donations to the Penncrest library.
SUSAN CLOWER MESCANTI Penncrest High School Class of 1966
As a near lifelong resident of Middletown Township, Susan has been an integral part of RTMSD. Upon her graduation from high school Susan went to work for RTMSD for 37 years. She was the organizing president of the first Rose Tree Media Secretaries and Aides Association. As a member, and now president of the Penncrest Media Alumni Association, Susan has always worked tirelessly to provide alumni with information, support, and history of the district. She has dedicated her career and her life to the district and its community.
GUY MESSICK, Esq. Penncrest High School Class of 1970
Guy Messick has distinguished himself in both his professional career and his service to the Rose Tree Media community. Mr. Messick has been a solicitor of the National Association of Credit Union Service Organization since 1987. He has been a leader in his profession as the author of numerous articles and as a nationally known speaker on a variety of credit union topics. In the community, Mr. Messick has selflessly served as a community leader for the Media Historical Society, the Media Rotary Club and the Tyler Arboretum. He has made a positive impact on his profession and his community.
STEPHEN MILLER Penncrest High School Class of 1984
As a Navy pilot, Lieutenant Stephen Miller flew 21 missions over Iraq during Operation Deny Flight. Later in his career as part of the Air National Guard, Major Miller flew patrol missions over Philadelphia after the attacks of 9/11. For his courageous efforts in the service of our country, Stephen as received the Navy Achievement Medal, the Air Medal, as well as the Aerial Achievement Medal for heroism in flight.
P. KEVIN MORRIS Penncrest High School Class of 1981
As the managing partner of Barnes Morris, Kevin Morris's vision in the field of entertainment law makes him, according to Variety magazine, a leader and powerhouse in the entertainment industry. His numerous clients include some of the top actors, writers, directors, authors, recording artists, and corporations in the performing arts. As a result of his expertise, Mr. Morris is a frequent lecturer and panelist on entertainment law.
JOHN W. MORRISON Penncrest High School Class of 1972
The Reverend John Morrison has served as Methodist pastor and teacher, humbly dedicating his life to his fellow man. Known for his gentle spirit, compassion, openness, and honesty, John truly has been a leader who ministers to the spiritual and emotional needs of his congregation.
WALTER R. OMLOR, JR Penncrest High School Class of 1960
Known for his community service, Walt Omlor devised and implemented the concept of supervised community service as an alternative sentence for the Delaware County Courts. His concept has provided countless hours of community service to the residents of Delaware County while becoming a tax-saving community service model throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. For his personal commitment to our community, Walt has received numerous awards including the Delco Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award in 1997.
KENNETH A. OYE Penncrest High School Class of 1967
After graduating from Swarthmore College and Harvard University where he earned his Ph. D. in political science, Professor Oye served on several prestigious faculties including Princeton, Harvard, and MIT. Dr. Oye also served as a consultant to the U.S. Policy Coordinating Committee, was the editor of the journal, World Politics, and has authored numerous books on international relations and political economy whose research addresses issues in the field of science, technology and environmental policy. In 1998, Dr. Oye received the MIT Graduate Student Council Outstanding Teaching Award in Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts.
ROBERT OYE Penncrest High School Class of 1969
After receiving his medical degree from Stanford University, Dr. Oye has distinguished himself as a professor of clinical medicine and as the executive vice-chairman of the UCLA Department of Medicine. Dr. Oye’s research and publications are based on a variety of medical issues, including appraisals on the effectiveness of chemotherapy as well as a series of studies on cardiac care.
LORETTA SOMERVILLE POLHILL Media High School Class of 1961
As a lifelong distinguished teacher and administrator, Dr. Pohill works for the National Center on Education and the Economy where she has supervised and provided technical assistance for America’s Choice Network of Schools. Among her many achievements, Dr. Pohill has been recognized with the prestigious 50 Women You Should Know Award.
MICHAEL RANDOLPH Penncrest High School Class of 1974
As a three-year starter at defensive back for the University of Delaware, Michael Randolph captained the Blue Hens 1977 Lambert Cup team while leading the East Coast Athletic Conference in interceptions. During his football career at Penncrest High School, Michael was named all-conference, all-county, all-academic and nominated to the prestigious Pennsylvania Big 33 Team.
ANDREW J. REILLY Penncrest High School Class of 1980
Elected to Delaware County Council in 1999, Andrew Reilly, a practicing attorney, helps oversee the county budget as well as a workforce of 3,000 people. As an active member of many local civic organizations, Andy has distinguished himself through his dedicated service to his community.
WILLIAM H. RIDLEY Media High School Class of 1887
The son of a former Virginia slave, William Ridley became the first black attorney to practice law in Delaware County. He was admitted to the bar in 1891 and maintained law practices in Media and Chester, often representing poor and minority clients by accepting bushels of food in payment for his services. His distinguished law career spanned 54 years. He also served his country in the Spanish American War as well as World War I.
TODD ROBINSON Penncrest High School Class of 1977
Known for his work in the film and documentary industry, Todd won an Emmy award in 1994 for his direction of The Legend of Billy the Kid. Now, in 1996, he is being recognized for his artistic and sensitive screen play, White Squall.
PATRICIA LOCKWOOD ROBINSON–LINDER Penncrest High Class of 1965
As a professor of language and literature, director, and author, Dr. Robinson-Linder is best known as the executive producer and founder of Exclamation Theatre, an outlet for aspiring artists. Her online service, The Green Room at the New Globe, flourishes as an educational instrument for writers, particularly playwrights and screen wrights.
BRUCE ROTH Penncrest High School Class of 1972
As a distinguished author, professor, and chemist, Dr. Roth is best known as the inventor of Lipitor. For his many contributions to the public well-being, he has received many awards including the 1999 Inventor of the Year Award as well as the 2002 Gustavus John Esselen Award for Chemistry. Dr. Roth presently is the vice-president at Pfizer Global Research and Development.
BECCA HORNE SEPAN Penncrest High School Class of 1995
Becca Horne Sepan graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering and from the University of Maryland with a Master of Engineering. Becca Horne Sepan works at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in spacecraft mission operations for the New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt and the MESSENGER mission to Mercury. She started her career at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center working on the Terra and Aqua Earth Observation System missions and the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM). In addition to her interest and work in space exploration, Becca Horne Sepan is a member of NASA’s Solar System Ambassadors (SSA) program, where she works to inspire her community by sharing NASA science and mission discoveries through a variety of events.
MARK S. SFIRRI Penncrest High School Class of 1970
An educator, author, and lecturer, Mark Sfirri is an internationally acclaimed wood-turning artist whose pieces can be seen in galleries and exhibits in the United State and Canada. In 2003, he was recognized by Marquis Who’s Who in America. Mark has received numerous awards and grants for his distinctive work with wood.
LAURIE SHANNON Penncrest High School Class of 1979
Dr. Shannon holds a doctorate in English literature from the University of Chicago as well as her law degree from Harvard Law School. She has authored numerous articles in English literature and is considered a top scholar in her field. Laurie presently teaches Renaissance English literature at Duke University.
CRAIG S. SPANGLER, AIA Penncrest High School Class of 1977
Craig S. Spangler is a Principal with one of Philadelphia’s largest design firms, Ballinger. Ballinger has a staff of over 200 people, comprising three architectural studios, two multi-disciplinary engineering studios, and an interiors studio. With over 33 years of professional experience, Craig Spangler has become a recognized leader both nationally and internationally in the design of academic engineering and science facilities. Craig’s building designs have won numerous highly prestigious design competitions and awards. In addition to these accomplishments, Craig’s innovative designs and ideas have inspired trends in academic teaching and research. Craig’s work is published widely and Craig is a frequent speaker at academic facility forums across the country. Craig earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Maryland and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University.
TOM SREDENSCHEK Penncrest High School Class of 1981
Known as Anchor and Senior Sports Producer for WTXF-TV/Fox Philadelphia, Tom Sredenschek has always been devoted to providing information and entertainment to area viewers. Tom has received numerous honors including an Emmy Award from the Mid-Atlantic region (NATAS), and is a four time recipient of the Associated Press Sportscaster of the Year in Pennsylvania. Tom has shared his expertise and dedication with over 150 college students in various internship programs and has emceed events at Penncrest High School.
JONATHAN STALEY Penncrest High School Class of 1983
After graduating from Penncrest in 1983, Dr. Jonathan Staley earned his B.A. in Chemistry from Haverford College in 1987 and his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1993 from M.I.T. He established himself as a leader in the field of genetic and cell biology, resulting in over 25 acclaimed publications and 75 presentations around the country and around the world. Dr. Staley joined the University of Chicago in 2000, where he serves as the Chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, where he leads RNA research.
HEIDI ANNE SCHETTLER STARKEY Penncrest High School Class of 1991
Heidi Schettler-Starkey is the Senior Technical Designer and Head of the Knit Wear Department for Destination Maternity Corporation. Prior to receiving this prestigious position Heidi’s pursuit in Fashion and Textiles was ignited during her sophomore year in Ms. Mathias’ sewing class. Seeing Heidi’s talent, Ms. Mathias mentored her as she designed and produced clothes that were included in displays at Penncrest until she graduated. In 1991 Heidi took that love for fashion and sewing to Virginia Tech to study fashion and design. During her tenure at Virginia Tech, Heidi would also study computer-aided design and perform in concerts as an accomplished pianist.
WILLIAM T. STEWART, JR. Penncrest High School Class of 1981
Active in community service, Will has been a volunteer in both the Special Olympics and Big Brothers of America programs. For his unselfish work, he was honored as Regional Big Brother of the Year in 1994. By profession, Will is a genetic research supervisor who has co-authored a number of articles in his field.
JULIA VAUGHTERS Penncrest High School Class of 1980
After receiving her Bachelor of Music degree from the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts and her law degree from Temple University, Julia has specialized in labor and employment law. She has received numerous awards for her contributions to the Law School Community.
DR. PETER VISHTON Penncrest High School Class of 1987
A psychology professor and lecturer at the College of William and Mary, Dr. Vishton is known as one of the nation's foremost researchers specializing in infant behavior and child development. His research findings are published in countless journals including the Encyclopedia of Educational Psychology and the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.
LAWRENCE G. WEATHERS, III Penncrest High School Class of 1974
As an honest, conscientious, and hard-working person, Lawrence Weathers is considered to be a pillar of our business community. Weathers Dodge, a family business, has served the community for over 80 years and is well-known for its customer satisfaction. Moreover, Mr. Weathers has lent both his time and financial support to many local organizations. He is a selfless man of conviction who is committed to serving his community.
ELIZABETH STABINSKI WEBB Penncrest High School Class of 1961
A recognized expert specializing in the field of adult and child psychiatry, Dr. Webb is a teacher and role model who has shaped the careers of many women in the mental healthcare field. Elizabeth serves as president of the Psychoanalytic Center in Philadelphia and was recognized as the Practitioner of the Year in 2006 by the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society.
CURT WELDON Media High School Class of 1965
First elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1986, Curt represents Pennsylvania’s Seventh Congressional District and has served Delaware County as an educator, a county councilman, and a mayor.
ADAM WERNICK Penncrest High School Class of 1981
Adam is best known for his creative and artistic work in sound design and original music for theater. He has earned the Barrymore Award for best sound design as well as the F. Otto Haas Award as the Emerging Theatre Artist at the 1977 Barrymore Awards ceremony.
WILLIAM WHITAKER Penncrest High School Class of 1969
Bill is an Emmy Award-winning CBS - TV News journalist who has worked as a researcher/writer producer, reporter as well as national news correspondent from 1977 to the present.
GRETCHEN WORDEN Penncrest High School Class of 1965
Best known as the curator of the Mutter Museum of the College of Physicians in Philadelphia, Miss Worden revitalized the museum's collection of anatomical oddities, opening the exhibit to academic inquiry and popularizing it with the public. Through publications and television appearances, Gretchen exemplified the spirit of the Mutter Museum from her accession to directorship in 1988 until her death in 2004.
RONALD E. YEAW Penncrest High School Class of 1961
Ronald Yeaw is a highly decorated retired U.S. Navy Captain with the Naval Special Warfare Community. He has served in a variety of highly competitive Navy and joint service operational, command and staff positions including command of an Underwater Demolition Team (UDT) and SEAL Team SIX. Mr. Yeaw served three combat tours to the Republic of Vietnam and has been awarded 45 medals and ribbons. Among these distinctions are the Purple Heart and 9 medals with the combat "V" for valor including 4 Bronze Stars. During a professional service career with a $46 million / year corporation, Mr. Yeaw served as a Program Manager, Director and Division Vice President.